$40M divided amongst those four companies (Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google) is a drop in the bucket. If it's so important to them, let them pony up the money.
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You mean all those industries that off-shored their IT and Security to the cheapest bidder can't secure their systems?
BIG FREAKING SURPRISE.
Yes - I've turned down two solid offers in 2014 (both with a minor 10%ish package increase but more interesting research, at least more interesting to me) because the position did NOT come with dedicated office space. I agreed to do a followup interview and stated in no uncertain terms the entire reason for me refusing the offer was the open layout of their lab. The 30-something HR person looked at me like I had just grown two heads. Depending on your career level and path, your mileage may vary.
Or you could just use one of the dozens of Apps for Android or Apple that shows that and much more info about the nearby hotspots.
Why do people re-invent the wheel - poorly?
Maybe you just need to get a grip.
It's not your toys, it's not your electronics, it's not your friends, it's not your classes, it's not the radio/mp3/tv around you, it's not the 21st century - IT'S YOU.
Learn self discipline and control what and when and how you do things.
It's not that hard - people have been doing it successfully for centuries, until the fad to blame everyone and everything else for your own shortcomings became the norm.
In the old days (i.e. pre-90's) your parents would have taught you this, unfortunately now days your parents consider you to be a precious snowflake and didn't teach you squat, so you're on your own.
So robots are the solution to not having a pair and being able to fire upon any intrusion on a soft perimeter?
Just like a embassy, let the world know that we consider a 50 meter perimeter around ANY US vessel to be American soil and will act as needed (including weapons fire) to protect that perimeter.
There - problem solved. If the Cole (and it's Pentagon masters) would have had a pair back in the day, that cluster f**k wouldn't have happened. But hey, soon as a few more billions are spent, we'll have a fleet of rubber robot boats to yell mean things at people trying to damage our fleets.
You should use them to host various flavours of your resume, because once everything is settled in to the cloud, your employment will be the next thing to expire.
6 million to a billionaire is like me losing a $50 Toy RC Helicopter. Only I don't whine about it as much, or milk it for all the PR I can get.
So what exactly do you have to hide?
Just kidding (more or less) but really, what difference does it make. If NSA (or any other powers that be) wants to "get you", does it matter if they have "real data" they sniffed from one of your digital systems or not? If they truly want to arrest/harass/make you disappear whether they have real data or fudged data is rather moot.
So why worry? Either you're below their radar, and they can collect or not your precious data, or you're a target, in which case no matter what you do/hide/avoid won't help you in the long run.
Privacy went out the door along with all those AOL CD's - what's amazing is that people are just starting to notice (or care).
A free turd is still a turd.
With OpenOffice (and LibreOffice) even the most minor of updates REQUIRES a full download.
Apparently writing a simple update API is beyond the scope of the project (or skill set of the programmers - take your pick).
So assuming that each download is a NEW user (and therefore counts as if they were buying a commercial office suite) is complete bullshit.
If it didn't arrive by certified mail requiring a signature, ignore it. Don't respond, don't ask for more details. D O N ' T.
Email has no authority, no authentication, no traceability, nothing.
Responding just adds more burden to you - so don't do it - just ignore that email, and any future emails.
Until you get an official snail mail letter, preferably from a legal firm, relax they're just trolling for a easy fix.
How many studies do you need that show TV/Computers/Consoles are BAD (bad bad bad bad bad) for young kids?
Get your kids a book and encourage them to learn to read well, remember well, and imagine well.
Then get them a rubber ball and teach them to invent their own physical games out doors.
The world already has enough fat, apathetic, couch potato kids (and parents). Get off your ass and teach your kids to use their brains and their body instead of just twitching their nacho encrusted thumbs.
I've used both their Book and Movie apps for several years.
For the book collection (with just under 8000 in four sections: technical/non-fiction/fiction/collectable) I have a relatively cheap (i.e. $120) cordless bar code scanner.
I've just moved my Video collection (around 700 dvd's) from their PC Application to their Cloud app (which I have mixed feelings about. Nice to have it on the cloud and shareable, don't have to worry about updates or backing up, but lose a handful of useful features - like loaning and list printing).
Hope the bird has a good lawyer, I'm sure Apple thinks it invented the stick, so watch out birdy, the black turtleneck of the law is on your tail.