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Comment: Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (Score 5, Insightful) 316

I have to agree. The NSA may or may not have stopped any attacks with this snooping. They can of course point to attacks they claim to have stopped, but sadly we can't verify any of that. Instead we can point to the Boston Marathon Bombings where the US Government was informed by other countries to watch out for these guys and we still did nothing.

We also have the Fort Hood shooting. Where any Army person was using army computers to contact terrorists and went on to shoot up an army base. Where was the NSA there?

"Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of e-mail communications between Hasan and the Yemen-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been monitored by the NSA as a security threat, and that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. The failure to prevent the shootings led the Defense Department and the FBI to commission investigations, and for Congress to hold hearings."

Comment: Re:privacy ? (Score 1) 132

by WolfgangPG (#43481385) Attached to: Microsoft Hops On Two-Factor Authentication Bandwagon
You can use Google's authenticator app or Microsoft's authenticator app. This was a typical poorly written summary on Slashdot. Anything MS does that is remotely positive was be half reported or not reported at all.

Comment: Re:Well to be fair (Score 1) 111

by WolfgangPG (#43432657) Attached to: Bing Tops Google At Finding Malware
Bing runs Server 2012.... Decent article about how Bing and Google are handling future search: Bing was running Server 2012 even before it was released for sale... as stated by the AC.

Comment: Kindle does this too (Score 1) 264

by WolfgangPG (#42546913) Attached to: Nokia Admits Decrypting User Data Claiming It Isn't Looking
This seems like it will be common place as cloud based web rendering becomes popular to save people "bandwidth".


Amazon Silk's terms and conditions state that Amazon will keep your the Web addresses you visit, the IP addresses you use, and your Kindle Fire's unique media access control (MAC) addresses for 30 days. With that information, Amazon can track your every Web move.

On top of that, when you lock into a site that uses Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) or HTTPS for security, EC2 will handle that for you as well. According to the Silk FAQ, "We will establish a secure connection from the cloud to the site owner on your behalf for page requests of sites using SSL (e.g. Amazon Silk will facilitate a direct connection between your device and that site. Any security provided by these particular sites to their users would still exist."

Amazon will do this by acting as man-in-the-middle (MTM) SSL proxy. That's fine if you trust Amazon. I'm not sure I do. I'm not crazy about extending my trust to any large corporation. I have to trust my ISP, they connect me with the net, I don't want to extend my trust much farther than my ISP.

Comment: Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (Score 0) 675

I happen to like it. When it comes up I will talk about liking it. You might call it shilling, but I mostly a) talking about my feelings towards a product or b) talking about the truth. I work at a company that has over 20,000 employees and we are already using Windows 8 on a few devices with no real complaints. We have also started to use Windows Server 2012 in a few deployments.

Is it an amazing ground breaking change your life software package? No. Do I happen to enjoy using it? Yes. I find, as many have mentioned, it performs better than Windows 7, has some cool new features and I enjoy the start menu and think the Live Tiles are ingenious.

Comment: Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (Score 1) 675

I guess a lot of people like it. None are using touch screen devices. We have a few executives that we have traded out their iPads for Samsung Win 8 Pro tablets, etc... I happen myself to enjoy Windows 8 on my desktop, but to each their own.

Comment: Re:Poor Sample Pool (Score 2) 675

How to use Windows 8 in 4 minutes:

Windows 8 Tutorial in 12 minutes:

I share those videos with most people who purchased Windows 8. Answers the vast majority of questions for most people.

Comment: Re:microsoft looks to have fired to architect of w (Score 1) 663

by WolfgangPG (#42043943) Attached to: Windows 8 Sales Below Projections
If your modern application needs to do stuff in the background then you can code a background agent and it will behave like an iOS app. Your app can still do stuff while completely closed. You could say schedule it to upload photos on an interval, etc...

Windows 8 didn't remove anything. If you need the power of a traditional Win32 app -- then develop a traditional Win32 app. Which probably more useful for desktop users.

However if I am using an app to read twitter, facebook, watch a video or listen to music -- I shouldn't have to worry about closing them. Just let the system manage it and when I want to come back to the movie or music just click on the tile and it brings up my paused movie.

The vast majority of people also don't have 8+ applications running at once. Most people get along fine on an iPad -- so clearly the need to have 9, 10 apps all actively running and visible isn't needed by most people.

Right now I have outlook, IE, Visual Studio and Powershell ISE open.

If I needed an app to run in the background you can do that with modern apps using background tasks:

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.