Not that I agree with any of these outcomes, but online activism requires a much lower amount of effort to take part and potentially has a much greater effect.
In the free world you can bring a private prosecution, however in the US this freedom was killed in 1981.
How do you make that comparison? Just a few months ago JP Morgan was fined $14Billion by US and UK regulators for its involvement in various dealings leading up to the crash. So far, nearly $100Billion in fines has been handed out across the US and EU for suspect deals that contributed to the financial climate prior to the crash.
I used the N900 for 6 months, hated it - and the screen was one of the main reasons for my hate. The FAQ can preach the good word all it wants (of course its going to back the decision) but it doesn't change my mind about how terrible the N900 was.
You really believe you should have control over public facts about you? That you have the right to never be documented in public in any form? The ability to enforce your whims over your friends?
There are certain things you should control, and in the UK most of those are covered by the Data Protection Act. But I wouldn't ever consider that I have the right to never, ever be known, to disappear entirely while still in public or to control what my friends can and cannot say about me.
If you are in public, then you should expect to actually be publicly exposed in some ways and everyone should have the right to record you and your activities when you are in public. Private citizens should equally not be bound by laws meant for corporations, and should be able to record or disseminate any information they know about you. The law isn't there to enforce your perceived rights over whomever you decide to hang around with, or to fix your bad choice of friends.
I'm not entirely sure that any of those things are about privacy, as any right to privacy does not extend to the right to be completely unknown.
Except that the UEA climate department was investigated and no problems with their science were found...
Paid for either as part of your ISP bill when you use their servers, or when you sign up to a USENET provider. I never saw a free provider which gave you all branches, especially alt.binary etc.
You say "it turned out" as if that was only discovered later on, when infact it was a well known thing from day one, or at least those of us who signed up on day one knew what was going on and the "revelation" was not a surprise.
You certainly can have a personal cloud, or an internal cloud, or a private cloud.
The term cloud is one of those that people seem to go out of their way on Slashdot in order to misconstrue or misunderstand, when in fact its simple - its a resource that you want to do X but you don't necessarily want to know the indepth details of how it goes about it. I want a website hosted, I want it redundant and I want it scalable, but I dont necessarily want to give a toss about manually balancing resources across several servers. Creating a single resource out of all of my local servers and letting the management software work out the details of where and how my redundant, scalable website is spread across those individual servers...
Old timers might call it something else, or people coming from a particular industry might call it something else, but for the rest of us its just the cloud. Its separating the physical resource from the task you need to do, hiding the complexity of the underlying resource provision so you just get the task done. In an IT department for a large company, the hardware department might create a private cloud in order to remove the task of managing the hardware from the various departments that might want to utilise them, so they just allow the web department to deploy their sites, and the analytics department to run their tasks etc etc all without worrying about hardware failing or getting gummed up by a single process, because the underlying management later spreads the load across multiple physical resources automatically.
Here in the UK its called sweet corn, and is shortened to corn on the cob.
I owned the N900. Thought it was shit, went back to my old phone after 6 months. So glad the world moved on.
I'd love to know what their definition of "buy new devices frequently" is in relation to the MacBook Pro - mine is 3.5 years old and its still going strong. I envision getting another 2 or more years out of it yet, probably more. Its already older than the Dell it replaced.
The Oyster Card really makes a huge difference to the transport experience in London, so much so that you find many many people wondering why it hasn't been rolled out nationally
VIA was also one that was affected by Intels compiler behaviour.