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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

jbolden Re:epic (271 comments)

Heck I have a machine that has all sorts of problems with Linux for 2 years running now and it is a fairly common configuration. I have the rMBP doesn't work. Linux doesn't handle asymmetrical graphics processors. It doesn't handle rescaling required for retina to work right. It doesn't handle the system's wifi or bluetooth.

Linux desktop support is getting worse not better since the commercial desktop Linuxes: Mandrake, Xandros... died.

12 hours ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re: This is huge ... (406 comments)

There is no hidden clauses anywhere. They have a whole website on security where they discuss this. Nothing remotely hidden about it. The license agreement specifically indicates where you can find this information.

  Moreover the customers using Azure i.e. the developers are expected to understand this, they aren't end customers. There is no anti-export clause of Azure it is a pro-export clause. When it is uploaded to Azure you have already told Microsoft that it is legal to transport the information to the USA.

The people using Azure are exporting their data to the USA. You may not like that, but that is the status of the data. Same as if they sent it to a USA hosting provider directly.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (406 comments)

They data is not on European servers. It is on American servers in Europe. That is unambiguously specified in the Azure agreement. Moreover those servers are not operated in Ireland. Some of the operators are Irish. But their are American operators.

MOIL does not run Azure.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re: Stop the US-centric crap already (406 comments)

The data is not 'in the community". That's how Microsoft is getting around this. When it is uploaded to Azure it is already exported.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re: This is huge ... (406 comments)

Your sentences don't even make sense.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (406 comments)

And there would still be a US subsidiary for that purpose if needed.

A US company is considered to be under FOCI (foreign control or influence) when a foreign interest has the power, direct or indirect, whether or not exercised, to direct or decide matters affecting the management or operations of the company in a manner which may result in unauthorized access to classified information or may affect adversely the performance of classified contracts. Such a company in ineligible for any facility security clearance (FCL). A US subsidiary won't cut it.

You'd think "life plus 50 years" would be reasonable enough, but the US has been strong-arming countries to extent copyright 20 years. (until the next extension)

Point taken. But they aren't applying massive pressure to Europe like they do in other countries i.e. no imports. They are being obnoxious and trying to change the law.

Let me ask you... European governments are strong arming various USA states on the death penalty by both enforcing patents and not selling drugs. What are your feelings on this?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

Thank you.

Now actually I was making the argument that a USA court can order a USA company to force its the subsidiary to deliver the contents of a safety deposit box. That of course puts the company in an impossible situation where they are subject to conflicting law. So staying with the analogy they way Microsoft handled it is by letting the patient know when they walk in the door of subsidiary X that if they have X perform tests on them they have already agreed to export the results of those test to the United States already and thus don't have European privacy law protection.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

Holding the USA people in contempt is how they enforce their orders.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

I'm losing who owns what in the question. There are several slightly different versions floating through this thread.

But if the USA company is able to comply they must comply. So if they are able to get the box shipped the court can force them to ship it. So yes for the same reason a European wanting privacy from US courts shouldn't use Azure, if they want their safety deposit box to operate outside USA law they shouldn't use a safety deposit box owned directly or indirectly by a USA company.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re: customer-centric (406 comments)

It is not the end. You would like it to be the end, but it isn't.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:This is huge ... (406 comments)

Which since Microsoft announces this would be the clients not Microsoft. Under your agreement with Azure Europe you aren't allowed to use it to store information which it would illegal to export to the United States.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:This is huge ... (406 comments)

We both agree the USA court can ask the Irish court to assist.

In your analogy have Seamus live in a house Bob owns in Dublin. Also Bob pays for the maid who cleans up and thus has legal access to the book.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

Yes a USA court could order it. They can order Microsoft USA to do anything that Microsoft USA can do on its own. If you agree Microsoft USA can do it then a USA court can order them to do it.

The liquidation would be subject to European law but whether it happens or not is not.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

Huh? Microsoft USA could disband MOIL tomorrow. Executives are just employees they can be fired and replaced with other executives whose job it is to liquidate. There is no due process. MOIL is a possession of a USA legal person. Same as if I owned a chair in Europe. The chair doesn't get due process.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

They don't do that. In the USA setting up a system unable to comply with the laws is called racketeering and it could get MIOL seized in its entirety. Microsoft USA has control over the Azure infrastructure. As far as MIOL employees are concerned at the time of first upload it has already been handed over to Microsoft USA.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:This is huge ... (406 comments)

The daughter companies can be forced indirectly. The parent company is obligated to assist in collecting the information. Since the parent company has effective control... What happens in this case with MIOL is that Microsoft USA does the handing over so the MIOL people aren't involved in anyway.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

Then like I said there isn't a problem. You are disagreeing with the premise of the other AC's hypothetical.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (406 comments)

Under USA law the corporate parent is responsible for the properties they own including foreign subsidiaries. USA law doesn't allow companies to go around committing crimes because their foreign subsidiary did it.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (406 comments)

I get where the data is. MOIL is owned by a Bermuda company that is owned by a Nevada corporation that is owned by a Washington State corporation called Microsoft. Microsoft of Washington State as the owner of MOIL has obligations to keep MOIL compliant with USA law.

As far as sanctions. Microsoft has already said unambiguously that agreeing to store data on Azure is exporting it. Azure should not be used for data which it is illegal to export to the USA. The clients not Microsoft would be sanctioned.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jbolden Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (406 comments)

MS is a multi-national. They could move their HQ to Ireland next week, for tax purposes, and not much would change.

A lot would change. They would lose all the USA government contracts. They would no longer be trusted for all sorts of companies with export restrictions... They would then be a foreign company.

As slashdot readers should know, the USA frequently shoves its copyright laws for a start. The problem is not so much in buying USA products, as
"If you want to be able to sell anything in the US market, here are a bunch of laws we need you to adopt before getting our 'free' trade agreement. "

In this case it is buying. In the case of copyright that's the USA government applying pressure to get countries to have copyright laws that don't. That doesn't apply to much to Europe as Europe has reasonably copyright laws.

2 days ago

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Screen shots and light review of Microsoft Office 15 early beta

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jbolden writes "Winsupersite has recently published a light review of the upcoming version of Microsoft Office Microsoft Office 15 Preview. The new Office a new Metro look and feel with more traditional elements showing the transition towards the Windows 8 paradigm. There is a button which resizes screen elements to make the interface touch acceptable. The mechanics of the ribbon interface have changed, though some of the menus are still too small to be usable with finger / touch. Skydrive is fully integrated into the save menu."
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Time for another round of Fink vs. Macports

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jbolden (176878) writes "Its been a while since /. has had a discussion of Fink vs. Macports vs. other alternatives like Homebrew. I wanted to just have an open discussion on people's thoughts."
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FCC considering free internet for USA

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jbolden (176878) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal the FCC is considering a plan to provide free wireless internet. The plan would involve some level of filtering but might allow adults to opt out. CTIA has argued that this business model has traditionally failed (see Slate magazine analysis as to why). Hearing are coming up soon, so /. seems like a good place to start a conversation on where the tech community is on this issue."

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