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Comment: NZ Perspective (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by Seriousity (#40925131) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Raid - What Really Happened
As a New Zealander, I'm frankly outraged that the US has this kind of influence down here. It's about to get a LOT worse as the Trans-Pacific Partnership gets finished off and pushed through... Most people won't have even heard of it until the deal is done. Dodgy, dodgy secret deals with US corporations, and my country stands to gain absolutely nothing but the unjust legislative offspring off the MAFIAA.

Comment: No surprises here... (Score 0) 45

by Seriousity (#37152314) Attached to: Microsoft Drops Use of 'Supercookies' On MSN
Considering the corporate mindset and the modus operandi of companies like Microsoft, this is the tip of an unexplored iceberg. I bet they're saving logs of every conversation that takes place over their MSN IM software to glean competitive information to exploit / sell to fellow corporations. We would have to be pretty stupid to assume otherwise.
Censorship

Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables 685

Posted by timothy
from the we're-checking-your-history dept.
IamTheRealMike writes "The US State Department has started to warn potential recruits from universities not to read leaked cables, lest it jeopardize their chances of getting a job. They're also showing warnings to troops who access news websites and the Library of Congress and Department of Education have blocked WikiLeaks on their own networks. Quite what happens when these employees go home is an open question." Update: 12/04 17:48 GMT by T : The friendly warning to students specifically cautioned them not to comment online or otherwise indicate that they'd read any of the leaked information; reading them quietly wasn't specifically named as a deal-breaker.
Advertising

YouTube Launches Ads You Can Skip 249

Posted by samzenpus
from the skip-button dept.
wiredmikey writes "A new format that YouTube has been testing for a while officially launched today. YouTube is launching TrueView, a new ad format that lets users skip over ads they aren't interested in — and advertisers are actually okay with it. When a TrueView ad unit begins playing, you'll notice a five second countdown timer — as soon as that's up, you'll see an arrow that will let you skip the remainder of the ad and get back to the content you wanted to see, or you can choose to keep on watching the ad."

Comment: Re:I hope it's moderated (Score 3, Insightful) 372

by Seriousity (#34373476) Attached to: George W. Bush Live From Facebook
I would be more interested in seeing him squirm when asked more controversial questions, like questions about how it felt to lie in a coffin with a ribbon tied around his penis during the Skull and Bones initiation ritual (not joking, this is exactly what happens and has been confirmed by multiple sources)
Businesses

Paying With the Wave of a Cellphone 137

Posted by timothy
from the gesticulate-wildly dept.
holy_calamity writes "Tech Review discusses how it will soon be possible to pay in stores by waving your cellphone over a contactless reader, thanks to new handsets due next year, and RFID stickers and cases offered today by firms including Visa. It's convenient for shoppers, but a major driver of the technology is the opportunity for retailers to gain access to their customers' cellphones and social networks for marketing purposes."
Red Hat Software

Alternative To the 200-Line Linux Kernel Patch 402

Posted by timothy
from the you-go-first dept.
climenole writes "Phoronix recently published an article regarding a ~200 line Linux Kernel patch that improves responsiveness under system strain. Well, Lennart Poettering, a Red Hat developer, replied to Linus Torvalds on a mailing list with an alternative to this patch that does the same thing yet all you have to do is run 2 commands and paste 4 lines in your ~/.bashrc file."

Comment: Re:Heh (Score 3, Interesting) 433

by Seriousity (#34110052) Attached to: Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie
My initial thought is that they're recording peoples' responses to product placement / subliminal advertising, in an attempt to gauge the effectiveness thereof.

Did anyone else catch the giant cigarette advertisement in the last James Bond? It was right after he had sex with the blonde, what a hero.

Comment: Re:Monsanto seeds in there? (Score 1) 115

by Seriousity (#34096294) Attached to: How the Global Seed Vault Aims To Fight Future Famine
Straw man. Nowhere did he claim that everything Natural News proposes is true; conversely he is arguing that their central message is greatly evidenced apart from their side fringe theories. There are only a couple of authors on that site that extol the virtues of magnetism, and by no means should we lump them all together.

Your preconceived notions about natural medicine are blinding you to some great truths. All uninformedLuddite is saying is that modern medicine doesn't have all the answers - the clarity of this truth is increased in abundance each month.

Open your eyes.

Comment: Re:Monsanto seeds in there? (Score 2) 115

by Seriousity (#34076252) Attached to: How the Global Seed Vault Aims To Fight Future Famine
Monsanto are one of the largest investors of this elaborate project, and anyone who has studied Monsanto knows that Monsanto is NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

They take absolutely every chance they get to strengthen their death-grip on international agriculture, if we give them an inch they will take a mile. This is about world domination of agriculture.

They always sell their modified crap as being greatly beneficial and liberating to the poor farmers, when in reality they are shackling third world countires to rely on first-world corporations to produce food. Total enslavement.

"When you control the oil, you control the county. When you control the food, you control the population" - Henry Kissenger

Please people, open your mind and consider the history of Monsanto and the other groups involved in this project - we cannot afford to allow things like this to happen. Monsanto's seed is designed to produce only a single yield, and is modified to withstand the poisonous pesticides they produce; they have a very elaborate marketing machine working to deceive poor farmers across the globe to buy into this rip-off, this rabbit whole goes quite deep and when you get to the bottom of it, it's a total travesty that words can scarcely describe. If ever there was an organization worthy of the moniker "Evil Corporation" it would be Monsanto.

I implore you all to take the time to watch the documentary The World According to Monsanto and follow the claims up with your own research - only when you have verified the length and breadth of the crimes against humanity commited by this corporation will you understand the gravity of what is transpiring. These people are presenting enslavement as a solution, seeking to rule us with an iron fist in a velvet glove - we must be vigilant to avoid deception.

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