Riiight. Because after spending billions in marketing and billions to buy Nokia they're going to release a phone with a competitor's OS. How delusional are you?
Don't you dare bring facts into this!!
Seriously, only a delusional idiot would believe the scenario that Nervall's Lobster has concocted.
Stupid editorializing like that is what you get when people put nationalism before human rights. The other side is always needing to be painted as worse than the home team to to keep the plebes in check.
But if these companies didn't have such huge troves of private user data there would be no need to worry about NSLs, etc. They'd have nothing to give over. He's not against bulk collection of data, etc. He's simply against the government competing against him in the data collection realm.
You don't need to use Google to be tracked by them. Did you not notice the Google Analytics and Google AdWords scripts that Slashdot runs?
And this article is amusing in light of the fact that Slashdot has been using Google Analytics and other tools that are feeding this data to Google.
Which means that you have a better chance of dodging the abuse if you simply don't put yourself in the center of the target, by not using any Google product.
Both extremely wrong and naive. Tons and tons of websites are still reporting back your data about you to Google through their analytics tools. Google is still getting plenty of your data without ever visiting a single one of their products. No different than Facebook being able to aggregate data about people who have never been members simply through the people that person knows posting info about them.
They just want to do it all themselves?
It doesn't matter. If the people behind Bitcoin never bothered to file for a patent, JP Morgan is now going to get it first--meaning Bitcoin will then be in violation of said patent (as unfair as that is).
That's not what first-to-file means, you Twit. First-to-file has to do with who gets a patent granted in the case of multiple application covering the same idea. And in fact, the scope of what could be used as prior art was broadened in the act that changed the system to first-to-file.
Basically it says you must have some amount of metal in the gun so it can be detected.
It's because the summary misrepresents what it's linked article actually said. The important quote is:
On Monday evening, only days before the one-year anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Senate extended the Undetectable Firearms Act but failed to pass modifications that would address the growing prevelance of plastic firearms.
Basically the original act was extended but a modified version failed to pass.
They aren't opposed to government surveillance. They are opposed to the damage done to their images because their collusion with the government was publicly revealed. Had Snowden never leaked anything you would have heard jack-and-shit from these companies about "reform". They would have just continued writing it off as a cost of doing business.
I'm sure I'll get downmodded again like I was yesterday for pointing this out by the clueless numbnuts who fall for these corporate PR stunts.
My bad. That should be *share* since obviously they never stopped.