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Comment: It is selling the sizzle with no steak (Score 4, Insightful) 320

Companies and politicians are more interested in looking good and in getting the snazzy release announcement / photo op then releasing accurate, neutral data to the public. An announcement will be heavily promoted / advertised and people will remember those ads more then they will remember the tiny retraction issues three weeks later.

Comment: Re:IBM (Score 1) 99

by Meshach (#48943359) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

He is making the assumption that IBM is concerned with a sales drop. For the last decade and a half the only thing their awful management has cared about is executive compensation. Even after this year's awful earnings the genius Ginni said 'the results prove our strategy is working', and lo and behold they voted themselves bonuses today.

Actually last year bonuses were forgone amid lower profits: BBC.

+ - Is open-source more secure then closed source?->

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Meshach (578918) writes "Interesting article about whether open source sofware is able to be secured against threats as well as closed-source software. Open-source advocates say they are more secure than proprietary software because developers are constantly fixing flaws found by users. The recent Heartbleed and Shellshock outbreaks vindicate this theory. Critics say the open nature of the software leaves it vulnerable to hackers because the programing flaws are out in the open for all to see."
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Comment: For anyone else scratching their heads (Score 1) 112

by Meshach (#48107487) Attached to: National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court
From the Wikipedia article on National_security_letter: A national security letter (NSL) is an administrative subpoena issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in authorized national security investigations "to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities" (i.e., spying).

+ - Google heavily critizied for releasing new Bomb Gaza game->

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Meshach (578918) writes "Google is being heavily critisized for releasing a game called "Bomb Gaza". Users play the part of Isreal and they drop bombs on terrorists and avoid civillians. The desctiption on the play store is as follows: “Terrorist cells are launching rockets into your country, do you have what it takes to protect your citizens?” A few users have complained but Google has been unavailable for comment."
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