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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

cavreader Re:I don't think so (270 comments)

You do realize IBM has been a going concern since way before the term "Open Source" was ever uttered? Apple is one of the most closed computing ecosystems in existence for both hardware and software. Like Goggle they open source some code but don't think for a second they are open sourcing anything might actually result in giving a competitor a chance to catch up. Their contributions to open source are used to generate good PR in the development world.

4 days ago
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Chinese Man On Trial For Spreading False Rumors Online

cavreader Re:is libel or slander? (53 comments)

Why do you assume the American public is not capable of locating other media outlets across the world? Do you think you are some how smarter then everyone else? It's becoming harder everyday to get to the truth about anything. Media outlets with prejudicial and biased editorial lines publish nothing more than opinions which are usually derived from information taken out of context and purposely omitting any facts that would contradict the publishers predetermined stance. It's become a competition between those supporting opposite ends of any controversial issues and winning the argument is put ahead any facts that might force someone to re-examine their arguments.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

cavreader Re:Themes... (448 comments)

"People expect Linux to look like Windows."
No, people expect the applications they use on a daily basis to continue working. In the end that is the only thing that matters.

5 days ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

cavreader Re:Hardware off switches (152 comments)

The only thing you should push lawmakers towards is a high cliff so they take a flying leap and protect the country from their idiocy and malfeasance. And there are plenty ways to disable a microphone and a little piece of black tape takes care of the camera problem. If you need the government or a corporation to protect your privacy then you really don't deserve any.

5 days ago
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In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

cavreader Re:But... (78 comments)

I don't think the problem is about corporations providing requested information to law enforcement. The problem is more about making sure there is a valid warrant before handing over the requested data. Court provided warrants have been a crucial and well litigated part of US law enforcement and are used to provide a level of protection that satisfies the requirements under the 4th Amendment. It's never been a perfect system but it is what it is.However the FISA warrants introduce a gigantic loophole into the entire process. People are just supposed to "trust" the government which is an absurd notion in the extreme. FISA warrants are basically requests for information that can be used to obtain a regular court approved search warrant. Any information collected using a FISA warrant can be presented to the court when trying to obtain a normal warrant but none of the information collected under a FISA warrant can be used in court against a defendant.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

cavreader Re:Outrage fatigue (230 comments)

And what exactly would you expect the government to do about the Russians annexation of Crimea even if they knew in advance? What exactly did you expect the government to do about all the turmoil in the middle east caused by the Arab Spring? As long as the government can spot an incoming flotilla of troop ships from China or missile launches coming over the north pole why should the US do anything except let the various calamities resolve themselves one way or another? The US gets hammered for doing anything and gets hammered even harder when it doesn't act so why bother doing anything?

about a week ago
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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

cavreader Re:He should get the Nobel Peace and War Prize (123 comments)

It's ironic that the H-bomb has indeed stopped war on the scale of WW2 since it's development but today the advances in missile defense could very well do the opposite. Any country sitting on a nuclear stockpile of missiles would lose their ultimate defense if the missiles are rendered useless against a robust missile defense system. The defense systems are only going to get better and it won't be long before orbital defense platforms get added to the mix regardless of any treaty about weaponizing space.

about a week ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

cavreader Re:Money money money (163 comments)

There are already pressure meters, flow rate monitors, gravity meters, automatic shutdown valves. Every origination station, booster station, tank farm, delivery station, and pumping station monitors their assigned segments while simultaneously passing all the monitoring data back to a centralized pipeline control center. However these precautions cannot stop at least some product from being released into the environment if the actual pipeline is ruptured.

about two weeks ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

cavreader Re:Bad Neighbors (107 comments)

The NK government stays in power because of the severe isolation that it keeps it's citizens in. 65 years of non-stop government repression coupled with brutal penal laws for any dissent has produced a docile, compliant, and non-questioning public that literally knows nothing about the outside world and how there lives measure up when compared to others around the world. There will never be any citizen led protests against the NK government.

about two weeks ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

cavreader Re:Bad Neighbors (107 comments)

Outside of a full military invasion there is not much China can do about NK. The NK hissy fits and temper tantrums hurt China more than they do the US. Do you think China wanted to see the US and it's Asian allies beefing up their missile defense systems? That's exactly what they got when NK was spouting all the BS about launching nuclear attacks against the US and anyone else who happened to be in range.

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

cavreader Re:Yawn (90 comments)

Actually it gives Cuban citizens a non-governmental channel they can use to communicate with one another. Such communication doesn't necessarily need to be political in nature. Twitter was born out of the efforts to provide Iranians with a way to communicate that could bypass the government controls.

about two weeks ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

cavreader Re:Ah... (217 comments)

Memory and CPU power are there to be used so why not take advantage of it. And what the hell is a hand coded app? Or are you referring to programming against a runtime versus programming directly against the OS? And what does eschewing OO approaches mean? Are you talking about an application that encapsulates all it's functionalities without referencing any external resources or dependencies?

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

cavreader Re:USAID (173 comments)

I see absolutely no propaganda in my earlier statement. Are you actually saying only the US operates foreign intelligence programs to push for desired outcomes that could benefit its own interests? As far as a US Ministry of Truth goes the US is the only major power that places national firewalls or internet filters to restrict access to any information. People that speak of Ministries of Truth are just upset that their pet opinions might not be as popular as they would like them to be. Anyone expressing a differing opinion is automatically stupid, lying, or a state agent looking to suppress the truth.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

cavreader Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

Wasn't there a recent private company looking for people to sign up for a one way trip to Mars?They got a couple hundred thousand applications. NASA could just chip in some money for access to study the health data on those going to help research ways into making it safer.

about two weeks ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

cavreader Re:Warning Shot (148 comments)

Russia is not the only country capable of this type of action. After all how much precision is really necessary when you are dealing with nukes?

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

cavreader Re:USAID (173 comments)

The US does not act in a vacuum. It is not the only country with aggressive intelligence agencies looking to collect information from every one they can. And the preposterous claims that the US should not spy on it's "friends" is hilarious in the extreme. Countries don't have "friends" they only have interests which are constantly in flux. Outside of some initial indignant statements for public consumption concerning the NSA foreign intelligence programs the issue has been gradually pushed to the background because hypocrisy does have it's limits. When the Russian FSB, China's MSS,
England's GCHQ, Brazil's ABIN, France's DCRI, Germany's BND, and all the other international agencies close up shop then the NSA and CIA can be disbanded.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

cavreader Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

And who exactly was threatening their shipping traffic? Even the most idiotic countries understand that attempting to interfere with international shipping traffic gives any maritime power all the authority it needs to correct the situation. Even supposedly allied countries frown upon any disruptions of the established shipping lanes as the US proved when it refused to support England, France, and Israel from taking control of the Suez canal from Egypt in 1956. The Egyptians and surrounding Arab countries paid a steep price when they tried to deny Israel the use of the Suez canal in 1967. Just a few poor fishermen hijacking shipping off the coast of Africa resulted in a multi-nation modern task force being formed to secure shipping through the area. If Iran was to ever attempt to follow through with their threats to close the Strait of Hormuz they would give the US, SA, Israel, and possibly China all the justification they need to correct the problem.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

cavreader Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

And now the Russians are burdened with propping up Syria and tying up resources in the Ukraine for little or no gain while scaring the European countries into breathing life back into NATO. Not to mention they have kicked off a mad dash for Europe to come up with alternative natural gas sources because they don't want to be at the Russians mercy. That will hit the Russians where it really counts. It seems the Russians are no better than the US when it comes to entering into pointless and ultimately unproductive foreign policies.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

cavreader Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

As long as gay couples are mandated to use the exact same divorce laws why not let them join in the fun known as marital bliss?

about two weeks ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

cavreader Re:Funny how (123 comments)

It doesn't matter whether it was a Civil or Military expenditure, what matters is that the project was funded. There is also a manned version of this vehicle in the works. If you need billions to pursue technology research you are more likely to get your funding if your project can pitched as having any military related applications.

about two weeks ago

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