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+ - Linux Lands on NSA Watch List->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "According to a report first published in German on Tagesschau on July 3 and followed up by an English language report on DasErste, Linux users are an area of specific interest for surveillance. The report details rules in the XKeyscore source code that identify visitors to the Linux Journal Website, the Tor Onion Router site as well as the Tails Linux distribution site. NSA's interest in Tor has been previously documented in an October 2013 report."
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+ - Study: Going vegetarian can cut your food carbon footprint in half-> 1

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Food production is responsible for as much as 25 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions that are heating up the planet. And meat tends to have a bigger footprint than fruits and vegetables do — partly because meat takes more overall energy to produce, but also because cows tend to burp up a lot of methane."
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Comment: Cannot trust Microsoft (Score 0) 178

Microsoft's motives are obvious. Other nations are adopting open-source, because nothing is hidden, and Microsoft is saying "me too." Microsoft is just trying to stop other countries from adopting open source.

Problem is: as soon as you start trusting Microsoft, Microsoft will pull the 'ol switcheroo. Then once Microsoft has you vendor-locked: it's problem solved - for Microsoft.

Microsoft's basic strategy has been the same for decades. Anybody who trusts Microsoft at this point is an ignorant fool.

+ - Microsoft caught paying blogger to write pro-MSIE posts->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "SocialChorus, an "advocate marketing" firm working on behalf of Microsoft, has been offering to pay bloggers for promoting Internet Explorer. The campaign was exposed after popular blogger and Twitter designer Paul Stamatiou, who also contributes to TechCrunch as a guest writer, was approached by the company to write a paid piece."
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+ - What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "“Fast lane is how the internet is built today,” says Craig Labovitz, who, as the CEO of DeepField Networks, an outfit whose sole mission is to track how companies build internet infrastructure, probably knows more about the design of the modern internet than anyone else. And many other internet experts agree with him. “The net neutrality debate has got many facets to it, and most of the points of the debate are artificial, distracting, and based on an incorrect mental model on how the internet works,” says Dave Taht, a developer of open-source networking software."
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+ - The way we board airplanes makes absolutely no sense->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Most US airlines follow the same procedure for allowing non-first-class passengers to board a plane. They let people who are sitting in the back board first, then people in the next few rows, gradually working their way toward the front.

This procedure makes absolutely no sense.

The fastest ways to board a plane are Southwest's boarding method — where people choose their own seats — or a theoretical boarding method known as the "Steffen method" that's not currently in use"

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Comment: How amazingly convenient! (Score 0) 682

by walterbyrd (#47272445) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

The hard crashed right after it was discovered that the IRS was involved in a partisan scam. Perfect timing.

And this from an administration so well known for it's cover-ups - like the Benghazi cover-up.

If this is what the government claims, then it must be true. We never get anything but 100% truth from our government, right?

Comment: 1997 and badly disappointed (Score 1) 204

by walterbyrd (#47272279) Attached to: X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

I heard so much about Linux, and how it blew Windows away, in terms of performance.

At the time, Windows 1995 ran acceptably well on a 386. Linux, with Gnome, was so slow, I could practically count the pixels as they appeared on my screen.

These days, I use Linux, nearly exclusively. On modern hardware, I think Linux does just fine. But on 1990s era hardware, not so much.

+ - Ask for the resignation of Tom Wheeler (Head of the FCC)->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "It is now clear that Tom Wheeler is not a representative of the people, but corporations. Previously to taking his current position Wheeler was the former head of 2 different lobbying organizations, which represented companies like Verizon, Comcast, and At&t. His actions helped turn them into the monopolies that they are today."
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Comment: Did Apple start the "patent bully" thing? (Score 3, Interesting) 140

Or is that just another idea that somebody else invented, but Apple perfected? Then Microsoft steals the idea from Apple?

In the early 1990s, Apple was suing everybody over this "look and feel" nonsense.

Apple has to be the ultimate patent trolling software company. Especially considering their patents are mostly over silly design issues that Apple did not even "invent."

But as horrible as Apple is, Microsoft comes close.

+ - Chinese gov't reveals Microsoft's secret list of Android-killer patents->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "A list of hundreds of patents that Microsoft believes entitle it to royalties over Android phones, and perhaps smartphones in general, has been published on a Chinese language website.

The patents Microsoft plans to wield against Android describe a range of technologies. They include lots of technologies developed at Microsoft, as well as patents that Microsoft acquired by participating in the Rockstar Consortium, which spent $4.5 billion on patents that were auctioned off after the Nortel bankruptcy."

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