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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

walterbyrd Re:Would need tougher hardware (101 comments)

I have found winboxes to be much more delicate. No spinning disks in my chromebook.

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

walterbyrd Re:I have a Chromebook (101 comments)

I have a chromebook also, and I have no idea what you are posting about.

Please explain how using a chromebook causes anybody to "signing your soul away to Google."

And while you're at it, please explain how MS never pulls any vendor-lock-in scams, or anything like that.

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

walterbyrd Re:Stay away from my school please (101 comments)

> Think of all the personal information the pupil will generate and hand-over to Google in over a decade of schooling!

But it's okay to hand-over said data to Microsoft?

Microsoft is worse than google when it comes to harvesting data from grade schools children.

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

walterbyrd Re:Phil has no idea what he's talking about. (101 comments)

IMO: chomebooks blow windows laptops right out of the water, in many respects.

Every time I start my windows laptop, I want to groan: wait . . . wait . . . wait, while windows makes long series of updates. When I want to shut down it's the same thing. Even when windows is booted, it's not *really* booted - the computer is unusable because of so much crap going on in the background.

Plus I don't like being a victim of msft's non-stop format scams, and so many other vendor lock-in scams.

Then there is the anti-virus headaches. AV software can slow your winbox almost as much a virus. And it's nearly as hard to remove. AV software hardly works anyway.

Getting on a chromebook, or a linux box, after using windows is like a breath a fresh air.

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

walterbyrd Re:Google and Apple (101 comments)

Whereas Microsoft all angels, right?

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

walterbyrd Re:Wow, do you have it wrong (101 comments)

Bill Gates Marginalises Teachers and Harvests Schools’ Data for Profit at Expense of Privacy
http://techrights.org/2013/06/21/bill-gates-marginalising-teachers/

Bill Gates Brings NSA-esque Surveillance to Children
http://techrights.org/2013/12/03/indoctrinate-control-and-spy/

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

walterbyrd Re:Wow, do you have it wrong (101 comments)

> I work in a K-12 school setting. And let me be up front about it...Google is Evil Empire 2.0. I'm not a fan of signing over 1,000 students to Google so that they can harvest personal data and target ad services to them.

You think MS is any better? You must not have been keeping up with the news. Microsoft is worse - far worse - when it comes to harvesting data from k-12 students.

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

walterbyrd "Open SORES" still beats the snot of MS (301 comments)

Linux is far more secure than Windows. Also more reliable, boots faster. Does not spend ten minutes updated when I turn on, or turn off, PC.

Maybe you should take you childish troll somewhere else?

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

walterbyrd Why is that a problem? (673 comments)

> There is a problem with the number of girls who go into technical fields such as coding and engineering and that problem needs to be solved.

Why?

I know five nurses, all woman. Two of them earn over $100K a year. Very few men work as nurses. Is that a problem that needs to be solved?

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

walterbyrd If ur not coding because you like it . . . (673 comments)

Then you are not going to be very productive anyway.

If you have to bribe people to code, they clearly do not enjoy coding.

about a week ago
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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

walterbyrd Other problems . . . (169 comments)

>>
But if the mainframe job market have a problem, is lack of people. Mainframes are not user friendly, and youngsters are not likely to devote two or three years learning something from the grannies, on a very harsh learning environment, with a step learning curve, when all their peers are talking about creating a new app and selling to Google for a gazillion dollars.

There is also the problems of: you cannot realistically teach yourself, no classes are offered, and you cannot get experience until you already have experience - and experience is *always* mandatory.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

walterbyrd Re:The Internet has strengthened my Christian fait (1037 comments)

> There is evidence that Christ came back from the dead. If he did in fact return from death, then he is who he claimed to be.

But Christ *is* god, so he could have never really been dead.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

walterbyrd Why stop there? (1037 comments)

> 1. Gay people are evil and should be put to death by stoning.

Same fate for people who work on the Sabbath, disobedient children, woman who lie about being virgins, adulterers, and so much more.

The bible strictly condones slavery - except for Israelites.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

walterbyrd Re:Not religious... (1037 comments)

> Honestly it's hard to imagine more hate spitting out of modern westerners

No hate coming from the religious? Ever hear of 9/11?

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

walterbyrd "Take away" religion? WTF? (1037 comments)

How can any expression of ideas "take away" your religion?

The only way that could happen, I would think, is if such expression of ideas prompted to government to stop being secular. Which is exactly what a lot of religious people want.

about two weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

walterbyrd Same with $25,000 handbags (161 comments)

Fashion slaves, with money to burn, buy all kinds of useless, overpriced, crap.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

walterbyrd There are already plenty of US STEM workers (325 comments)

That has been proved over, and over again.

Even if there were not enough US workers, all you would have to do is create good jobs, and you could be 100% certain that US workers would train for those jobs. No shortage of US students competing for med school.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

walterbyrd Problem is with Cargill, not with US workers (325 comments)

If Cargill does not hire correctly, or manage correctly, that should be their problem. It is not fair to blame their bad management on all US tech workers.

I have worked in IT for over 30 years. I can tell you that there are plenty of competent, and hard working, US techies.

about two weeks ago

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Tech Lobby: H-1B Workers Cheaper than Hiring Americans

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Beryl Lieff Benderly of Science Careers asked, "If there is such a desperate need for talent why not [retrain] some of the tens of thousands of people over 35 who have been laid off?"

In a rare display of honesty from lobbyists, Scott Corely of CompeteAmerica answered, "If it could be done as easily, there would be less value in the worker.""

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Supreme Court skeptical of computer-based patents

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, poses huge risks for both sides. If the court upholds the patent or rules only narrowly against it without affecting most others, the problem of too many patents — and patent lawsuits — will continue. In that case, Justice Stephen Breyer said, future competition could move from price and quality to "who has the best patent lawyer.""
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The truth is that there is little credible evidence of the claimed widespread shortages in the U.S. science and engineering workforce. How can the conventional wisdom be so different from the empirical evidence?"
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Microsoft wants targeted political ads on Xbox

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "This by the company that brought you "scroogled."

The Washington Post reports that Microsoft officials were handing out promotional materials for this purpose this Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual conference for conservative activists and elected official in the United States."

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Microsoft Perception Management Continues at 'New' Slashdot

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Slashdot is promoting Microsoft spin/agenda, insinuating that people who dislike Microsoft are irrational and that it’s the equivalent of discrimination. . . Slashdot rapidly became a Microsoft mouthpiece, choosing agenda instead of news. No wonder readers are moving elsewhere, abandoning Slashdot and sometimes even boycotting it."
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Asus Announces $179 Chromebox Desktop PC

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes ""The Asus Chromebox offers the simplicity, security, and speed of Chrome OS in the most compact and powerful Chrome device to date," said Felix Lin, director of product management at Google. "Perfect for home, the classroom or the office, Chromebox is designed for the way we use computers today.""
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Microsoft Secretly Paid YouTubers To Praise Xbox One

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "According to a leaked copy of the full agreement, video creators were not allowed to say "anything negative or disparaging about Machinima, Xbox One, or any of its games." As Ars points out, the real issue with the campaign comes down to the fact that participants were also apparently prohibited from mentioning the promotional agreement, which would void payment."
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Microsoft to throw in the towel on Windows 8.x

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "''Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on fewer than 25 million PCs at the moment. That's a disaster,'' Thurrott says."
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Unencrypted Windows crash reports give 'significant advantage' to hackers, spies

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Windows' error- and crash-reporting system sends a wealth of data unencrypted and in the clear, information that eavesdropping hackers or state security agencies can use to refine and pinpoint their attacks, a researcher said today."
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Hot water does not clean hands any better than cold water

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Multiple government and health organizations recommend the use of warm or hot water in publications designed to educate the public on best practices for washing one's hands. This is despite research suggesting that the use of an elevated water temperature does not improve handwashing efficacy, but can cause hand irritation. There is reason to believe that the perception that warm or hot water is more effective at cleaning one's hands is pervasive, and may be one factor that is driving up unnecessary energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions."
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Google calls ibiblio.org a malware distributer

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The following is the message I get when I try to access ibiblio with my chrome browser:

Danger: Malware Ahead! Chromium has blocked access to this page on groklaw.net. Content from www.ibiblio.org, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware. Malware is malicious software that causes things like identity theft, financial loss, and permanent file deletion

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Oracle Wants $1 Billion From Google

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) is suing Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) for more than $1 billion in damages. Oracle claims that Google has infringed on its patent and has used code developed by it to develop the Android operating system. Android operating system is used in a majority of smartphones and tablets with estimates of its market share putting the figure at 70+% and above. The earlier claim of $6 billion was not found sustainable. The courts will now decide whether the case should be pursued further.

In other news, Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) has announced that it will integrate OpenStack capabilities in its own products."

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Why I will no longer donate to Wikipedia - And Why You Shouldn't Either

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "I can understand errors, and I can understand disputes. But wikipedia, knowingly, defends information it knows to be false. Far too often, when inaccuracies are brought to wikipedia's attention, wikipedia response is to "circle the wagons" and defend the inaccuracies, in deference to overwhelming evidence. Here is one example (this has been in wikipedia for quite some time).

Race is a classification system used to categorize humans into large and distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, and/or social affiliation.

This is clearly ridiculous. By this definition, identical twins could belong to different races. A person’s religion does not determined by his/her race. Furthermore, it has been brought to wikipedia's attention, that this citation has been taken out of context, and twisted to say the opposite of what was in the cited source. Wikipedia stubbornly refuses to correct this. Instead, wikipedia has removed the posts of those who pointed out the error, and stopped discussion about the issue. I have connected wikipedia, and explained why I will no longer donate, but since donations are small, I doubt wikipedia will care. Maybe if enough people stop donating?"
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Microsoft's New 'Smart' Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A team of engineers at Microsoft Research have developed a high-tech bra that’s intended to monitor women’s stress levels and dissuade them from emotional over-eating. The undergarment has sensors that track the user’s heart rate, respiration, skin conductance and movement — all of which can indicate the type of stressful emotions that lead to over-eating, according to Microsoft researchers. The data is sent to a smartphone app, which then alerts users about their mood."
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German court invalidates Microsoft FAT patent

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft storage patent that was used to get a sales ban on products from Google-owned Motorola Mobility in Germany has been invalidated by the German Federal Patent Court.

Microsoft's FAT (File Allocation Table) patent, which concerns a "common name space for long and short filenames" was invalidated on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Federal Patent Court said in an email Friday. She could not give the exact reasons for the court's decision before the written judicial decision is released, which will take a few weeks."

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Get Ready For Streaming Music Die-Off

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Streaming services are ailing. Pandora, the giant of its class and the survivor at 13 years old, is waging an ugly war to pay artists and labels less in order to stay afloat. Spotify, in spite of 6 million paid users and 18 million subscribers who humor some ads in their stream, has yet to turn a profit. Rhapsody axed 15% of its workforce right as Apple’s iTunes Radio hit the scene. On-demand competitor Rdio just opted for layoffs too, in order to move into a “scalable business model.” Hmm no one wondered about that business-model bit in the beginning?

Meanwhile, Turntable.fm, a comparatively tiny competitor with what should have been viral DNA, just pulled the plug on its virtual jam sessions this week—and it just might be the canary in the coal mine."

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Apple heads to trial against man claiming to have invented iPhone Read more at h

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 5 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "“Apple maintains the NetAirus Technologies LLC patent is invalid because the technology was known long before the company filed its patent. Cupertino, California-based Apple, which three weeks ago defeated patent holder Wi-Lan Inc. at trial over a $248 million royalty demand for wireless technology used in mobile devices, has won pretrial rulings that cap any recovery NetAirus may win,” Pettersson reports. “The company owned by inventor Richard L. Ditzik filed the patent application in 1997 for a handheld device that combines computer and wireless-communications functions over both a local-area network and a wide-area network. Jury selection started today in Los Angeles federal court in the lawsuit, filed 3 1/2 years ago by NetAirus.”"
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Yahoo's latest email change a complete disaster

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 6 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "WTF is the matter with all these "change for the sake of change" thinkers? Even Linux is not exempt.

Yahoo's new email — second time within a year — completely sucks. Worst of all, for me, yahoo just deleted tons of my contact information. Stuff like birthdays, home addresses, work

I am not the only one unhappy about this. Lots of attention in the media.

Petition: "Yahoo: Bring back the old version of Yahoo Mail!" has over 25,000 signitures so far.
http://www.change.org/petitions/yahoo-bring-back-the-old-version-of-yahoo-mail

Anger explodes at Yahoo Mail redesign disaster: Key functions removed or broken
http://www.zdnet.com/anger-explodes-at-yahoo-mail-redesign-disaster-key-functions-removed-or-broken-7000021911/#postComment

Furor Over Yahoo Mail Changes
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/furor-over-yahoo-mail-changes/?smid=fb-share

Marissa Mayer Sparks Outrage From Longtime Yahoo Mail Customers
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/yahoo-mail-change_n_4107257.html

Yahoo Mail users furious over Marissa Mayer's redesign that wiped away key features and left interface looking like a 'Gmail knock-off' (except useless)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2460096/Yahoo-Mail-users-furious-Marissa-Mayer-led-redesign-wiped-away-features-left-interface-looking-like-Gmail-knockoff.html

Yahoo Mail redesign plagued with bugs
http://www.cnet.com.au/yahoo-mail-redesign-plagued-with-bugs-339345681.htm"

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