"I've got 1,300 channels of shit on the TV to choose from..." (Pink Floyd, Nobody Home, from The Wall, 1979 -- revised to add double 00's)
You make it sound like they have a choice (other than leaving the country or shutting down).
I don't know. I have a suspicion that some companies are quite happy to lend a helping hand to the surveillance dragnet. Certainly the Guardian articles pointed to at least one company that was apparently quite willing to cooperate. I'm sure there's either increased revenues or increased chance of securing large government contracts as an incentive for them to comply. Probably the opportunity for big contracts is the bigger piece of the pie.
The American public tweets their favorite sexual positions and post pics of themselves stoned on FB
Some people do that stuff. And some people run large corporations and associations that guard their data and communications quite closely. America is not a homogenous group of pot-heads and sex-crazed teenagers.
Some people are criminal defense attorneys and healthcare law attorneys and civil rights attorneys that are busy suing the government to defend the rights of citizens. You think they want their private emails reviewed by big brother?
Why spread FUD?
Is it FUD if it is "certain" and "beyond doubt" that private companies are taking money from government agencies to help them scoop up your private communications?
When you consider that the elite banker class controls the printing of money, nothing would be out of reach for them if they wanted it. For instance, they propped up the bankrupt US economy for the past 5 years - a project that has cost much more than $10 trillion in "quantitative easing" money (of which amount, STRANGELY, untold billions of those dollars have found their way back into elite banker accounts, while the working class has actually gotten poorer).
I agree - navigation of the page is horrendous, like a too-busy MySpace page.
However, if they can make these for less than $300, it would make a great outdoor hobby toy. Like back in my youth, when we would spend hours fascinated by our first hand-cranked international weather radio.
Yes, but most access the internet via internet cafes or mobile devices. The number of Zimbabwean internet users has tripled from 1.5 million to 4.5 million (around 37% of the population) in just the past two years. This number should jump substantially over the next year, as 3G/4G service has grown rapidly - reaching 91% of the population in the past year. A 2010 United Nations survey found the Zimbabwe literacy rate was the highest of all African countries.
1995 called - they want their stale jokes back.
MS has long had some of the most effective sales teams of any software company in the world. To claim otherwise, or to say that ALL their success was based on "luck" or "immoral business practices" is a serious stretch of the imagination.