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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

whoever57 Not completely gone (97 comments)

Apparently (I haven't read the source docs myself), there is some similar language -- suggesting that some type of order has been served on Apple, so the canary is perhaps not dead yet -- just pining for the fjords [yes, I know, not really the correct use of this phrase].

To date, Apple has not received any orders for bulk data

What's missing is a specific reference to Section 215, suggesting that a limited Section 215 order has been served on Apple.

6 hours ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

whoever57 Re: I never thought I'd say this... (281 comments)

Recently, my co-worker was quoted $60,000 to get internet brought to his rural community... per home...

A couple of years ago, I asked Comcast to quote for installing Internet service to my office in the middle of Silicon Valley. Their quote: $99/month and an installation fee of $200,000. Yes, that's right: $200,000 to install an Internet connection in the middle of Silicon Valley. We declined.

yesterday
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

whoever57 Re:Natural immunity (120 comments)

the courses prevent enough sickness that farmers that ONLY give antibiotics to sick animals, at much higher doses, actually use just as many antibiotics.

You seem to be under the same misapprehnsion as much of the farming community -- that high doses of antibiotics are dangerous, whereas the reverse is true. Low doses are far more likely to cause resistance than high doses given for the proper lenght of time.

2 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

whoever57 Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (532 comments)

Any time I try to explain it to someone who has never used them, they always ask me "Why would I use/want that?" and then they always jump on the multi-monitor mantra and say "Why not just get X number of screens?"

You make it sound like multi-monitor and multi workspace are options of which only one can be chosen. Using two monitors and eight workspaces here!

2 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

whoever57 Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

I keep hearing "greed" but that is a copout. Greedy people do not refuse to license their products for decades.

They do if they believe that the new channel will cannibalize their existing channels (DVDs) and produce lower net revenue.

2 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

whoever57 Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (245 comments)

We've done everything we can in our Active Directory network to overcome roaming profile issues.

I believe that a lot of Windows users (including administrators) simply don't understand anything beyond the personal computer. They just don't understand a world in which one can sit down at another machine, log in and continue working just like they had sat down at their regular workstation. It's an alien concept to them.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

whoever57 Re: Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (245 comments)

a Ubuntu wants $105/desktop per year for a system that hopes to someday be as stabil and robust as MS Active Directory and Group Policy solutions that are (essentially) free with Windows Server...

CALs are free?

about a week ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

whoever57 Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

But I would most people to continue paying for cable tv. Someone has to foot the bill, making tv shows and content is expensive.

How about the people who watch those shows? Why should I pay for the most expensive group of non-premium channels (ESPN) when I never, ever watch any ESPN channels? Today, my choice is limited to paying for ESPN or not getting the channels I really want (BBC*)

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

whoever57 Re:Classic conflict of interest (223 comments)

Maybe they are given magic powers by Leprechauns and allowed to vote by the number of Trolls they fellate?

How do you think routinely ruling against the executive branch affects the prospects for a judge who wants to be appointed to the higher courts?

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

whoever57 Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

Oh I understand the issue just fine. But, they have to have a minimum level of proof to do the seizure and they also have to defend the action in court if/when the property owner objects.

Neatly proving that you don't have a clue. Read this and see how asset forfeiture happens in the real world.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

whoever57 Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

and that requires that they actually have some level of proof that illegal activity was going on.

You haven't been following this issue very much, have you? Siezures have been made where there was no proof, only suspicion (based on the flimsiest of evidence). As the owner, you don't have the right to challenge the siezure -- the siezure is made against the property itself.

I don't expect that I have much to worry about, but that probably has more to do with my socio-economic status and the color of my skin than any other factors.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

whoever57 Re:Lucrative isn't all it's cracked up to be (385 comments)

HA! Try to get rid of me now.

It only takes one PHB who thinks that programmers are a fungible commodity.

about two weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

whoever57 What's suprising (362 comments)

What's surprising, based on this article, is the minimal checks that the BBC's geolocation blocking uses. It's purely DNS based. Just set your nameserver to a UK-based DNS nameserver and you can fire up and watch programs using the BBC iPlayer.

The ITVPlayer, in the other hand requires the actual program streams to be pulled using a UK-based IP address.

For people with the technical skills, a London, UK based virtual private server can be rented for about $10/month and perhaps less.

about two weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

whoever57 Re:Undercover cop issue a non argument. (142 comments)

Civil forfeiture consists of your property being the defendant, and you have no standing in the case.

It's things like this which convince me that the majority of the Supreme Court justices don't give a flying f*ck about the text of the constitution. Instead, they make up ridiculous justifications for any pro-police/pro-government/anti-civil rights judgment.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

whoever57 Re:A little scary (188 comments)

The IRS scandal is pretty much all hogwash. But it was handled badly.

Then what was in the "lost" emails? Something doesn't smell right.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

whoever57 Re:Are we british now? (173 comments)

Where is "Environment"? I've never heard of a place by that name. Or was the headline about ambient mercury in "the environment"?

Headlines miss out words all the time. Film at 11...

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

whoever57 Re: Anthropometrics (814 comments)

It's not even that expensive... there's usually plenty of Economy Plus available ranging from $50-$80 on a cross-country flight, down to $30 on a two hour flight (not exact, just my recollection)

I qualified for lifetime Gold in American's frequent flyer program some years ago and now I always get my pick of the economy plus type seats, but without having to pay extra for them.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

whoever57 Re:Anthropometrics (814 comments)

Maybe if the airlines want to cram so many folks into the space, they should look at preventing the seats from reclining at all.

I assume that you never fly on long-haul flights (especially overnight)?

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

whoever57 Re:At home too (185 comments)

At this point, I realize that I owe you an apology. I had confused you with the person who was 0/5 for installing Ubuntu on Thinkpads.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

whoever57 Re:At home too (185 comments)

Which means you don't actually konw how one could possibly reproduce such an issue, but you're going to offer your opinion that I don't know what I'm doing.

Based on the fact that I have performed many successful installs of Ubuntu on Thinkpad laptops and you have not performed a single successful install of Ubuntu on Thinkpad, my opinion of your abilities is quite reasonable.

pop Windows back in

No indication that you put a drive containing Windows back in. Also, "dump" is not synonymous with "remove". As for "professional", see my comment above.

about two weeks ago

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The world of fan fiction

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 months 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 3 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 9 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 9 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  |  1 year,15 days

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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