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Technical Glitch Lets Reporters Eavesdrop On Obama, Sarkozy 411

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-all-government-interactions-should-be dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that a technical glitch allowed reporters to listen in on a private conversation between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama, made in a backroom meeting at the G20 summit, treating listeners to a rare insight into the importance of personal relationships in international politics. 'I can't stand him any more,' said Mr. Sarkozy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 'He's a liar.' Mr. Obama replied: 'You're sick of him. I have to deal with him every day!' According to Reuters, the two presidents were apparently 'unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.' The reporters made 'a group decision... not to report the conversation as it was considered private and off-the-record,' but Arrets Sur Images, a French website that covers current affairs, got wind of the exchange and broke the story."

Comment: Re:I'll take my Firefox add-ons instead , thanks (Score 0) 234

by TheSeer2 (#27255077) Attached to: Google's Amazing Browser Experiments

I thought the lack of adblock and noscript would be an issue when switching - but it really isn't. The much more streamlined, speedier experience just makes up for it (well, it doesn't "make up" for it since I realised the ads just don't bother me - adblock, solving a problem I didn't know I had!).

The Courts

Microsoft Sued Over Vista-To-XP Downgrade Fees 479

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-win-for-losing dept.
Krojack writes with this excerpt from Computerworld: "Los Angeles resident Emma Alvarado charged Microsoft with multiple violations of Washington state's unfair business practices and consumer protection laws over its policy of barring computer makers from continuing to offer XP on new PCs after Vista's early-2007 launch. Alvarado is seeking compensatory damages and wants the case declared a class-action suit. ... Irked at having to pay a fee for downgrading a new Lenovo notebook to XP, Alvarado said that Microsoft had used its position as the dominant operating system maker to 'require consumers to purchase computers pre-installed with the Vista operating system and to pay additional sums to "downgrade" to the Windows XP operating system.'"

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