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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

WolfgangPG Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (316 comments)

I have to agree. The NSA may or may not have stopped any attacks with this snooping. They can of course point to attacks they claim to have stopped, but sadly we can't verify any of that. Instead we can point to the Boston Marathon Bombings where the US Government was informed by other countries to watch out for these guys and we still did nothing.

We also have the Fort Hood shooting. Where any Army person was using army computers to contact terrorists and went on to shoot up an army base. Where was the NSA there?

"Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of e-mail communications between Hasan and the Yemen-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been monitored by the NSA as a security threat, and that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. The failure to prevent the shootings led the Defense Department and the FBI to commission investigations, and for Congress to hold hearings."

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Effective, Reasonably Priced Conferencing Speech-to-Text?

WolfgangPG Re:There isn't any... (81 comments)

Agreed. This is why Bane (you couldn't see his mouth) was a common complaint in the most recent Batman movie and why in Transformers, etc... they add moving mouths to robots, etc...

about 9 months ago
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AMD's Radeon R9 290 Delivers 290X Performance For $150 Less

WolfgangPG Re:Are PC gamers benefiting ? (183 comments)

Lets not forget PowerVR. They had a decent run and their GPU powered the Dreamcast :)

about a year ago
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Nokia Admits Decrypting User Data Claiming It Isn't Looking

WolfgangPG Re:What? (264 comments)

Thank you. A lot of products are already doing this. It is cool to hate Nokia though because they partnered with Microsoft vs Amazon who is running Android, but doing the same thing...

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Admits Decrypting User Data Claiming It Isn't Looking

WolfgangPG Kindle does this too (264 comments)

This seems like it will be common place as cloud based web rendering becomes popular to save people "bandwidth".

Kindle: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/amazons-kindle-fire-silk-browser-has-serious-security-concerns/1516

Amazon Silk's terms and conditions state that Amazon will keep your the Web addresses you visit, the IP addresses you use, and your Kindle Fire's unique media access control (MAC) addresses for 30 days. With that information, Amazon can track your every Web move.

On top of that, when you lock into a site that uses Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) or HTTPS for security, EC2 will handle that for you as well. According to the Silk FAQ, "We will establish a secure connection from the cloud to the site owner on your behalf for page requests of sites using SSL (e.g. https://siteaddress.com./ Amazon Silk will facilitate a direct connection between your device and that site. Any security provided by these particular sites to their users would still exist."

Amazon will do this by acting as man-in-the-middle (MTM) SSL proxy. That's fine if you trust Amazon. I'm not sure I do. I'm not crazy about extending my trust to any large corporation. I have to trust my ISP, they connect me with the net, I don't want to extend my trust much farther than my ISP.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8

WolfgangPG Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (675 comments)

I happen to like it. When it comes up I will talk about liking it. You might call it shilling, but I mostly a) talking about my feelings towards a product or b) talking about the truth. I work at a company that has over 20,000 employees and we are already using Windows 8 on a few devices with no real complaints. We have also started to use Windows Server 2012 in a few deployments.

Is it an amazing ground breaking change your life software package? No. Do I happen to enjoy using it? Yes. I find, as many have mentioned, it performs better than Windows 7, has some cool new features and I enjoy the start menu and think the Live Tiles are ingenious.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8

WolfgangPG Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (675 comments)

I guess a lot of people like it. None are using touch screen devices. We have a few executives that we have traded out their iPads for Samsung Win 8 Pro tablets, etc... I happen myself to enjoy Windows 8 on my desktop, but to each their own.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8

WolfgangPG Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (675 comments)

We have already deployed several Windows 8 Touch laptops and most of our IT staff is using Windows 8. We don't currently have plans to roll it out to the general population -- but we will be buying more surface Pros, etc...

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

WolfgangPG Re:microsoft looks to have fired to architect of w (663 comments)

If your modern application needs to do stuff in the background then you can code a background agent and it will behave like an iOS app. Your app can still do stuff while completely closed. You could say schedule it to upload photos on an interval, etc...

Windows 8 didn't remove anything. If you need the power of a traditional Win32 app -- then develop a traditional Win32 app. Which probably more useful for desktop users.

However if I am using an app to read twitter, facebook, watch a video or listen to music -- I shouldn't have to worry about closing them. Just let the system manage it and when I want to come back to the movie or music just click on the tile and it brings up my paused movie.

The vast majority of people also don't have 8+ applications running at once. Most people get along fine on an iPad -- so clearly the need to have 9, 10 apps all actively running and visible isn't needed by most people.

Right now I have outlook, IE, Visual Studio and Powershell ISE open.

If I needed an app to run in the background you can do that with modern apps using background tasks: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27411

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

WolfgangPG Re:microsoft looks to have fired to architect of w (663 comments)

It is added functionality because you don't have to close "modern" apps on Windows 8. It keeps I think 7 open in the background if you launch an 8th it will automatically save the status of app #1 (the with that not being used recently and #7 being the most recent used) and then close #1 for you.

So this is actually a huge step forward for the average consumer. They no longer have to worry about closing apps, the OS does it for them and makes sure they have free resources.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

WolfgangPG Re:It wasn't time (663 comments)

It is awkward at first -- no app has a "search box", but instead every app is supposed to use the Charms search bar if they want to have search within their app. No app is supposed to have a "settings" screen, but instead it should use the "settings" charm on the charms bar.

It is awkward at first because you are looking for the search or settings within the app. But after using it a few times it is cool because every app search, print, settings, etc... is in the same place and you don't have to learn the app.

Windows 8 Winkeys: http://winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-tip-windows-key-shortcuts-140626

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

WolfgangPG Re:It wasn't time (663 comments)

You can search the app store with ease. The Charms bar -- hit winkey+C or take the mouse to the top right corner and drag down, or the bottom left corner and drag up or on a touch device swipe in from the right...

Winkey+Q will bring up search right away.

The Charms bar is context sensitive. So if you want to search an app use the Search on the charms bar. You will use that to access settings within an app, search the Windows Store, search the Wikipedia app, etc...

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

WolfgangPG Re:microsoft looks to have fired to architect of w (663 comments)

If you have a Metro (Full Screen app) open just take your mouse cursor and put it in the top center of the metro app. It should turn into a hand. Click and hold and drag the screen down the bottom of the screen. This will close the app.

about 2 years ago
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Apple, ARM, and Intel

WolfgangPG Re:Complicated Story (246 comments)

As a consumer it provides you with a secure and easier to maintain Windows. You just get your apps from the app store, it comes pre-loaded with office and you shouldn't have to worry about the x86/x64 legacy issues.

Of course that might not be what you want, but that is what it offers the consumer. You get a truly productive tablet, that is cheaper than Windows 8, ligther, and more secure (since it is more locked down, hopefully hacks would occur less and malware shouldn't be as frequent in the Windows App Store). However it is more restricted and doesn't run legacy applications.

about 2 years ago

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