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Comment: Re:A fervent defense of Apathy (Score 1) 658

America is where a Jew and an Arab can live next to each other in peace, not brainwashed from birth to destroy each other because of some argument between scruffy goat-herders hundreds of years ago. America is where a Catholic girl can marry a Muslim guy simply because they love each other, and not be bred into fervent hatred because of the faiths of their families.

You got it confused. This place is called "Europe", not "America". America never was this tolerant to begin with. The whole "land of the free" mantra comes from the times where it was relatively new to have country without explicit LAWS against the above. The lack of laws mandating intolerance however never had any bearing on the intolerance of the society itself, which was and is the norm.

Comment: Re:#1 reason to use Android (Score 1) 287

by Makawity (#44199913) Attached to: Motorola Is Listening

Not on Moto you can't. Locked bootloaders all along (except some developer units), which means the only thing you're able to boot is one of the vendor-delivered signed kernels. This has been circumvented somewhat by chain-loading, but it still means vendor kernel is started first and can setup whatever spyware they damn please, even if you're on (unofficial) CM.

Comment: Re:And still no Windows sandboxing (Score 1) 181

Look up New Tab, New Window extension that forces Chrome to open any new tab in new window instead. You'll still have the ugly tabbar above and the window title is therefore not shown fully (limited by tab with), but this can't be helped without changing source, I guess.


+ - Smartphone companies are now entering a phase of Mutually Assured Destruction->

Submitted by Tryfen
Tryfen (216209) writes "As patent trials rage across the globe, it has become clear that smartphone companies are engaged in Mutually Assured Destruction. What's the endgame here? Do they all capitulate and cross-licence their patents? Are they forced to buy patents and pass the costs onto customers? Will companies withdraw — voluntarily or otherwise — from the smartphone space?"
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+ - Is Police Cellphone Tracking Okay If There's No Trespass?->

Submitted by marbux
marbux (761605) writes "Two-part article criticizes a questionable recent appeals court ruling that police in the U.S. may track cell phone locations without a search warrant.

This past August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in United States v. Skinner, held that police may, without a warrant or probable cause, use global positioning technology to track a suspect’s whereabouts through his cellular phone. This ruling is important because it follows up on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last term in United States v. Jones that police do need a warrant and probable cause to attach a global positioning device to a vehicle and thereby track a suspect’s whereabouts.


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+ - Confirmed: Germany Monitors Skype, Google Mail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "German Government has went a bit too far trying to be transparent and has inadvertently revealed that German police monitors Skype, Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat as and when necessary. The revelations come as the German Government let out figures of expenses incurred by the Federal Ministry of the Interior following a parliamentary inquiry, which were spotted by the annalist blog. The pages contain a whole lot of tables and as many would find those boring, some pages reveal something very startling. On page 34 and page 37 of the report line item 486 and 265 respectively, represent decoding software for Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail for prevention and investigation."
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