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

whoever57 Re:customer-centric (396 comments)

Imagine that a future Iraqi government indicts George W. Bush's cabinet for war crimes. They claim that payments to military contractors involved bribery. Do you think that the Iraqi court should get access (via a local office in Iraq) to the bank records held by US banks of the cabinet members?

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

whoever57 Re:customer-centric (396 comments)

Actually, this same scenario happened with the banking industry and what the judge is proposing actually follows the international law and treaties that came out of it. In short, it doesn't matter where the assets are stored as to who has jurisdiction, but as to who has control over them

So there is a treaty convering funds in accounts held by international banks. Tell us why a company should be obligated by a treaty that doesn't apply to the industry in which it operates?

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

whoever57 Re:customer-centric (396 comments)

Imagine that someone overseas has deposited something in a box held (overseas) by the subsidary of a US bank. Should the hypothetical US bank comply with the demand of a judge to make the contents available to a US law enforcement authority?

2 days ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

whoever57 Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (207 comments)

The War on Drugs has been a failure

Not sure where you got that from

- it's put millions of people in prison, cost our society billions of dollars, and fueled honest-to-God warfare in South America and Mexico

Exactly -- it's working as planned.

2 days ago
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Judge Lucy Koh Rejects Apple's Quest For Anti-Samsung Injunction

whoever57 Re:I don't understand the injunction (30 comments)

This is one case where I enjoy seeing the lawyers rake in the money at the expense of their asshole clients (both sides). Why Apple and Samsung don't settle this pissing match is beyond me. This can't possibly benefit either company.

Remember the tale of the the scorpion and the frog? . You identified what their nature is already.

3 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

whoever57 Please RTFA (180 comments)

Read the FA. THe summary doesn't explain exactly what is happening. EO 12333 originally allowed for collection of data abroad, but today, the collection happens in the USA -- in domestic Internet hubs. Naturally, the vast majority of the data scooped up this way is purely domestic and concerns US citizens, but the NSA claims that this is purely incidental. That's right -- the majority of the collection is "incidental". Yeah, right.

FISA? That rubber stamp is bypassed while collecting masses of data on US citizens.

"This program was started at least back in 2001 and has expanded to between 80 and 100 tap points on the fiber optic lines in the lower 48 states," he said by e-mail. "Most of these fiber optic tap points are not on the East or West coast. This means that the primary target of this collection is domestic... Most collection of US domestic communications and data is done under EO 12333, section 2.3 paragraph C in the Upstream program. They claim, near as I can tell, that all domestic collection is incidental. That's, of course, the vast majority of data."

4 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

whoever57 Re:Abandoning Desktop was a BIG Mistake for RedHat (232 comments)

More than a decade ago, when they abandoned desktop and regular users and only focused on enterprise, they made their biggest mistake. Where do you think Ubuntu Server users come from?

This.

Absolutely true. RedHat desktop was awful (in comparison to other distros) for a while. Unfortunately, it's going that way again (Gnome 3). I only hope that someone will create a MATE repository for RHEL/CentOS 7.

What this implies is that the execs at RedHat don't eat their own dogfood, which is terrible for any software company. They should run RHEL on their personal desktops/laptops, etc..

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

whoever57 Re:Sigh (335 comments)

After Citizens United, they can fund Super PACs.

Incorrect. You could have at least tried to check Wikipedia before posting ignorant comments. This is directly from their page (check the link if you want source references).

Pot, kettle, much? I specifically referenced Super PACs. From that very page:

Super PACs[edit]
Super PACs, officially known as "independent-expenditure only committees," may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns. Unlike traditional PACs, they can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions, and other groups without any legal limit on donation size.[19]

5 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

whoever57 Re:I like... (613 comments)

it's only a bad idea if the police have control over the recordings ... then you would see incriminating footage getting lost or deleted (and blamed on "equipment failure" )

Even if the police have control, after some time, ordinary people would see a pattern: "no recording == suspicious behaviour by the police". Then, turning off the camera isn't going to provide much protection to a police officer.

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

whoever57 Re:Sigh (335 comments)

Corporations can create PACs, but cannot contribute to them.

After Citizens United, they can fund Super PACs.

They can (after the SCOTUS decision) fund media information about candidates but cannot endorse for or against any candidates

In other words, corporations can put unlimited money towards echoing a candidate's talking points, as long as they don't coordinate with with candidate. However, as Stephen Colbert [I think] pointed out, Super PACs can apparently have an office next door to a candidate, have staff who work for both, but still not be coordinating with that candidate.

As far as I can tell, the banned activities are:
Give money either directly or indirectly (via a PAC) to a candidate.
Directly endorse/oppose a candidate

But, as I have pointed out above, they can use their own money to promote the same message as a candidate.

5 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

whoever57 Re:DNS? (133 comments)

When I subscribed to Comcast a while back, there was a 4 day outage. By the second day, I found out that it was due to an attack on the DNS servers.

Comcast runs DNS servers? Wow, perhaps I did not need to run my own for all these years! On the other hand, I have not had any problems at my home LAN due to DNS going down.

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

whoever57 Re:Sigh (335 comments)

That's exactly what I said, but in different language.

Umm, no, it isn't. You quoted a statement that companies are banned from "spending money to influence federal elections.", whereas the quote I provided shows that companies can spend money on "electioneering communications", which I think includes spending money to influence federal elections.

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

whoever57 Re:Sigh (335 comments)

I think that you missed the note at the beginning of that page:

Note: Portions of this publication may be affected by the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Essentially, the Court's ruling permits corporations and labor organizations to use treasury funds to make independent expenditures in connection with federal elections and to fund electioneering communications.

about a week ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

whoever57 Re:Not Sharing (181 comments)

It's only carpooling or "sharing the ride" if it's non-profit.

That's one possible definition. Let me suggest another: It's only sharing if the driver would drive to the same (or very nearby) location without the other people in the car.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

whoever57 Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

and I've lost count of the amount of times when I simply wanted to just find a way to make the init system restart a service automatically when it crashes

I cannot understand what your problem is. I have systems that run continuously for years without processes dying. I have systems where the OOM killer inadvertantly kills some system task, in which case, simply re-starting that task isn't likely to be a helpful response.

From the perspective of re-starting system tasks, systemd is a solution to a non-problem.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

whoever57 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

The point is that although it happened it's isolated

My point is that your experience is meaningless in the context of how many machines are affected. Yes, it may be a small percentage of machines that are affected, but how small? 1%? .1%, .01%? I have not seen any figures published on this.

PS. Please, please, look up the definitions of "to affect" and "to effect". Make sure you are looking at definitions of the verbs, not nouns.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

whoever57 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Yes there was and as I read about it I thought "Oh crap, We have 40k systems that might be effected." but not one had a bsod so I was very relieved

And in my small office, we had one machine that was affected. So what's your point? Clearly MS screwed up with bad updates. You were just lucky, probably because you buy from a single supplier, whose machines were not affected.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

whoever57 Re:WTF is up with the title of this article... (190 comments)

It is a single council, speaking as a single entity. One council says; two councils say.

This is British English style. In British English, when referring to certain entities that are made up of many people (such as sports teams), the plural is often used. However, in the case of this story, I am not sure that this would apply to "Council" in this manner.

about a week ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

whoever57 Re:Should have kept the domain name (186 comments)

He should have held on to the domain name. He may have been obigated to shut the site down, but nothing requires him to give the name over to them.

It appears there was some negotiation over the shutdown and perhaps giving up the domain name was done in order to secure the user database:

With the user database secured, an agreement was quickly reached to close down the site and transfer the domain.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

whoever57 Re:Actually, it does ! (375 comments)

I should also point out that tax revenues per head are only higher in Scotland if oil and gas revenues are included in the calculations. Otherwise, they are broadly similar to UK average.

Even if oil and gas are included, spending per head in Scotland is approximately 1,400 more than UK average, while revenues are about 1,700 more than UK average -- really quite a small difference.

about two weeks ago

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The world of fan fiction

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a month ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK's Daily Telegraph has an interesting and somewhat balanced view of the world of fan fiction, providing an historical perspective, the different types of audiences and how different authors and publishers react to fan fiction. Of particular note, is how the author of Fifty Shades of Grey (originally a fan fiction based on the Twilight series) reacts to parties themed around the novel (not well). The article notes how some publishers and authors welcome fan fiction because it enables the original author to make more money."
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Layoffs coming at Microsoft?

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Shaun Nichols at The Register interpets Satya Nadella's open letter as "prepare for layoffs". The letter suggests radical changes are coming to Microsoft and, combined with duplication of functions because of the Nokia handset business acquisition, he thinks that layoffs are highly likely. Wes Miller, research vice-president at Directions on Microsoft, says that Microsoft is shifting from the Windows-everywhere approach, towards supporting productivity applications on different platforms. More details will be forthcoming from Microsoft on July 22."
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Yetis: close relatives of ancient polar bears

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A study of "Yeti" hair samples shows some interesting results. Most of the samples were not hair at all, some were human, some were from horses, some from known bear types but two samples showed a surprising match: a 100% match to 40,000 year old DNA from a polar bear. One sample came from the carcass of an animal killed 40 years ago in India and the other from Bhutan. The scientists report that: “It seems more likely that the two hairs reported here are from either a previously unrecognised bear species, or brown bear/polar bear hybrids.”"
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UK Government pays Microsoft £5.5M for extended support of Windows XP.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 5 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK Government has signed a contract worth £5.5M (almost $9M) for extended support and security updates for Windows XP for 12 months after April 8. The deal covers XP, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003 for users in central and local government, schools and the National Health Service. The NHS is in need of this deal because it was estimated last September that 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP."
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NSA intercepts shipments of new computers and installs software.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 8 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "According to an orginal report in Der Spiegel, and
secondary reporting in the Washington Post, the NSA intercepts deliveries of PCs and installs logging software or hardware on them before the customer receives them. According to a document cited by Der Spegel, interception is one of the NSA's "most productive operations"

Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA intercepts and uses Windows crash reports in order to gather information that is used to develop new methods to crack Windows machines."

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Microsoft pulls update for Surface 2 after problems.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 8 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Decemer 10, Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2. Now, due to widespread issues with battery life, charging, sleeping, etc., Microsoft has pulled the update. It appears that some of the tablets failed to completely install the update. The number of people posting about the the problem in the Microsoft Community site shows that there are at least hundreds of users with this problem. What propeortion of the Surface Pro 2 user base does this represent?"
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Why you should not talk to the cops, redux.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 9 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The technique most commonly used by police in the USA for interrogations produces a shockingly high rate of false confessions. People who have solid alibis tend to be found guilty purely because of their confession. This technique was developed by John Reid and the defendant who confessed in the case that made Reid's reputation was shown, years later, to be innocent. The technique discussed in an article in the New Yorker magazine (subscription required). The author of the article also discuses it in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air program. The underpinnings of the Reid technique have been shown to be based on pseudo-science. The UK police now use a different technique, which is not focussed on obtaining a confession, but rather eliciting information which may be used to show the guilt or innocence of the interviewee: the PEACE technique, which is closer to the way journalists conduct interviews. Good cop/bad cop doesn't seem to feature in any techniques."
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Nearly 150 years late, the Church of England apologises to Charles Darwin

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 10 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Almost 150 years ago, the Church of England rejected Charles Darwin's theories. Now, 150 years later, the church is comparing that rejection to the rejection of Galileo's work. The CoE will publish an apology, written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs. The apology will be on a CoE website, going live on Monday, which will promote Charles Darwin's ideas."
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Team Oracle penalized for rules violations

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Saturday, Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand begin racing for the America's Cup in the amazing AC72 boats. However, the Oracle team starts with a siginficant handicap. It was recently discovered that members of Oracle Team USA made illegal changes to the boats used in the Americas Cup Series (which is sailed in the smaller AC45 boats). After a hearing on Friday, the International Jury has decided on the penalty: Team Oracle will have to pay a fine, sail without some team members and more significantly, loses 2 points before starting the Americas Cup races against Team New Zealand. A tiny amount of weight had been added to the kingposts, in violation of the measurement rules for the class. This was reported to the measurement committee some weeks ago after its discovery by boatbuilders working for America's Cup Regatta Management (ACRM), not members of Oracle Team USA."
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The NSA can't search its own emails.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The NSA responded to an FOI request asking that the requestor narrow the information required because its email system is "a little antiquated and archaic". This followed a request for information on emails between the NSA and the National Geographic channel, following the latter broadcasting a documentary that was very friendly to the NSA. The intent was to investigate the NSA's PR efforts. Apparently the NSA can only search individual employees' mailboxes and cannot search all emails across the agency."
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No porn from public WiFi hotspots in the UK

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The Prime Minister of the UK is proposing that porn should not be available through WiFi hotspots in public areas. Exactly how this will be implemented has not been identified, even to the extent of whether the ISP or the hotspot operator should implement the blocking. The Children’s Charities Coalition has demanded urgent action on the issue."
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Explaining the persistence of Microsoft in the Enterprise

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Galen Gruman writes in InfoWorld about the persistence of Microsoft technologies in the enterprise. He notices that IT groups are the most likely buyers fro Windows tablets, despite their users preference for Android and IOS tablets. He blames this on "in-breeding" within IT groups — who simply expect Microsoft technologies "to extend into the newfangled technologies such as mobile and cloud". IT groups, he writes, will wait for Microsft to deliver the technologies that are already available from other sources. He summarizes the status of Microsoft's offerings thus:
"It's clear Microsoft's strategy is to withhold its better technologies to force users to stick with the inferior Windows platforms. IT is waiting for that magic day when Microsoft's Windows delivers beyond the legacy desktop.
Users, meanwhile, have moved on. They'll buy more tablets than PCs this year, and adoption will only accelerate as users start augmenting their PCs at work with tablets, not just buy them for home use as is usually the case today"
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European carriers complain to EU about anti-competitive contracts with Apple

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Several European phone carriers have complained to the EU about the contracts that Apple imposes on them if they want to sell the iPhone. Because the contracts stipulate a minimum purchase, and the carier must compensate Apple if they fail to sell through that minimum, it has the effect of forcing the carrier to promote iPhones ahead of alternative phones. The European Commission is monitoring the situation. Apple claims that its "contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U""
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Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8 and Office in response to slow sales.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A report in ExtremeTech (quoting an article in the Wall Street Journal) details price cuts that Microsft has made for sales of Windows 8 and Office to OEMs in response to slow adoption. According to the report, the price of a dual pack of Windows 8 and Office for touchscreen devices under 10.8 inches has been cut to only $30 from the prior price of $120. The Wall Street Journal attributes the claim to anaonymous sources, hwever, other sites, including Digitimes report information that tends to confirm the original claim."
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Steve Jobs yacht held over disputed bill

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The yacht that Steve Jobs commissioned has been held over a claim that the architect's bill has not been paid in full. Co-designer Philippe Starck claims that Job's estate has paid him only $6M out of a $9M bill. The court of Amsterdam has allowed Starck's lawyers to impound the yacht."
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Sandy island found on 1908 Admiralty chart and 1897 The Times Atlas.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 years ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "In a follow-up to stories about the non-existent Sandy Island, a librarian in New Zealand looked for Sandy Island on the library's colection of charts. Sandy Island was
  found on a 1908 British Admiralty chart. On the chart, it was reported that the island was discovered in 1876. According to the report, another person found a record of Sandy Island on his copy of The Times Atlas of 1897."

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Man arrested at airport for wearing ornate watch.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 years ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport and charged with having bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb squad determining that there was no bomb, the spokesman for the Alameda county sherriff's department claimed that he was carrying "potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles". Linked in has a profile for a person with a matching name that (Geoffrey McGann) who is the owner and creative director of a media production company called Generator Conten"
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I finally did it: +5 funny with a one-word post!

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I finally did it, a one-word post was modded up to +5 funny! OK, so the title was 2 words, but there was only one word in the text -- read it here. If you don't think it is funny, then read the article text.

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