Most ordinary users I know actually like the idea of encryption. They just can't use it because no one has created a highly opinionated encryption API that is intended to be plugged into browsers, email applications, office suites, etc. and is dead simple to use. This is something that an open source desktop like KDE should take on as a proof of concept. I'm sure there's plenty of code in GPG that could be extracted, turned into a tight little module and then wrapped with really slick C or C++ APIs with really friendly dialogs in Qt or GTK.
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That arbitrarily seizes cash left and right because it is deposited in "structured deposits" to avoid a policy requiring the transaction information be logged in a government database. I'm sure this will be a real hit--with the IRS.
Let me be the first to say that Yandex sounds like a bunch of whiny losers if this is their comparison. Google isn't imposing anti-competitive contracts on OEMs and using secret APIs to give their products a home turf advantage. They've open sourced the entire OS and most of the problems getting a competing product on an Android device is due to OEM malfeasance.
If Microsoft had competed with Be and Netscape back then like this, I'd be running Firefox on BeOS R10.5 not Windows 7.
Ground forces, however do. It's time to take the kid gloves off and let the US Army have a free hand at deploying troops against these targets instead. Ground forces say you're committed in a way drones never will. They also tend to produce far fewer non-combatant casualties.
And while we're at it, you want to defund ISIS? Obama could start to weaken them by simply announcing on in a press conference that he has given permission to the DNI and SOCOM to start assassinating any foreign national found intentionally supplying funds to ISIS. Live in Qatar and send them money? Too bad. CIA will slit your throat and dump your body in the gulf if they find you.
Pass a federal law that stipulates the following...
2. They must be written to the 9th grade reading level and all industry terms must be defined in as close to 9th grade reading level language as possible.
4. Failure to comply within 90 business days is a misdemeanor.
5. A pattern of three or more intentional failures within a five year period is a class E federal felony (1 to 5 years prison).
6. When done to facilitate other classes of crime, it becomes a class D federal felony (5 to 10 years in prison).
Make KDE into a full OS. Fork Kubuntu, tell all other distributions that KDE will provide them access to the sources and patches, but KDE intends to become a full competing desktop and tablet OS. Ubuntu vs Mint vs Fedora makes no sense to the casual users I know. If I could hand them a copy of KDE and say "run this" that would improve things tremendously.
If the national security hawks would pass a bill that categorically prohibits the sharing of criminal evidence between national security agencies and law enforcement except where the criminal accusation is based upon violent terrorism, solicitation to terrorism, provision of material aid, treason, efforts to overthrow the United States Government, sabotage the functioning of the United States Government for the direct benefit of a terrorist organization or conspiracy to commit any of the aforementioned. If they really wanted to make the case, they'd make it black letter of the law, strict liability (ie no intent or motive required to be fully guilty) that any assistance involving intelligence methods in ordinary criminal investigations results in immediate revocation of security clearance and life-long removal from civil service qualification.
Google has a number of products they could be marketing to private cloud providers and large enterprises. Google Translate alone would probably net them conservatively $100m/year in licensing fees if they offered it on private federal networks with a license system that lets federal contractors develop for free on the open internet version and deploy on private federal networks. Yet I doubt it's even occurred to anyone at Google to have their federal consulting team even ask the Director of National Intelligence, DHS and DoJ how much it would be worth to them.
They sell an overpriced search appliance when in reality what they should be doing is going after software licensing like Autonomy, ElasticSearch and Solr. Again, Google doesn't want to deal with this, even though they could go so far as to create separate corporations that do nothing more than make private deployable forks of Google's ad-supported products.
They've left so much money on the table it's not even funny.
Boys are systematically falling behind women across academia and they are obsessed with getting more women into one of the few areas where boys are still doing well. No equivalent zeal for the question of why boys are falling behind on most other subjects. If the roles were reversed with legislators assaulting the few academic strongholds where girls were still excelling, the center and left would be frothing at the mouth about the obviously misogynistic priorities of the government.
There should be absolutely no government concern for women in CS until boys are back up to parity with girls in public education and universities. None. Women already are starting to dominate Law, Medicine and other big former bastions of professional men. The idea that girls face any meaningful barriers to getting an education that leads to a career in a field with solid remuneration is a very sick joke.
Women, particularly feminist women, need to do some serious "privilege checking" on the education issue.
Traditionally, one could twiddle who could mount devices via
/etc/fstab lines and perhaps some sudo rules. Granted, you had to know where to look, but when you did, it was simple; only two pieces to fit together. I've even spent time figuring out where to look and STILL have no idea what to do.
On the other hands, mounting USB storage "just works" now on Linux.
Foreign language classes in most K-12 classes are so useless that they might as well be disbanded. In most schools, senior foreign language classes are about as difficult as very early elementary school classes in English. I had about 7 years of Spanish between middle and high school; barely learned a damn thing until my senior year when I read the grammar rules and decided to just start talking to a teacher who was actually fluent (ironically, not our Spanish teacher***).
***I also learned basic Esperanto and would respond to his Spanish with Esperanto. If you've ever heard spoken Esperanto, it sounds about as close to Spanish as Portuguese. Needless to say, he often couldn't tell that it was Esperanto.
They'll make a patent pledge to never go after FOSS software and offer a program wherein anyone who uses
Well, what do you expect from an agency whose director said that despite the fact that Americans who've signed up with ISIS have literally committed treason (since ISIS is a standing army/unrecognized state at war with the US and its allies in Iraq), there's not much more the FBI can do than monitor said Americans if they return to US soil. This is an agency that goes into Shatneresque contortions straining gnats while wolfing down camels like they're popcorn.
However before you start raving how stupid we Aussie's are, what other country can you name where the leader can go for a regular morning jog in the street without a small army of heavily armed body guards following him around?
Certainly not the UK which has gun laws comparable to Australia. I don't know of any other country where you could make this claim, if it's even generally true of Australia, but even if it is, it's a statistical outlier across the world regardless of gun laws. Chances are that if your leader needs no body guard (this was not true even in the medieval era for monarchs), your leader is simply not important enough for anyone to want dead.
Serious libertarianish social conservative here...
Anyone who thinks there exists more than a Potemkin Village level of competition in this industry is either an idiot or a liar. Exhibit A? You're looking right at it in TFA. In a modestly competitive market, stories like this would get Comcast eaten alive.
If I were a major executive at Verizon, I'd see if we could find these people and if they're anywhere near FiOS. Why? Because I'd order the construction crews to build out to their neighborhoods and then offer them two years of free service just as a publicity stunt to show how much more Verizon cares about its customers than Comcast.