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Comment: Search Results (Score 1) 221

by ZombieBraintrust (#47442297) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water
Google results are biased based on your old search history and based on the data Google has collected about you. What Google displays for to you is different than what it displays to the parent. You can type in the same terms but Google will order the results based on your history. Parent gets a bunch homeopathy pages. You get a more mainstream result. Google is not a safe way to research an idea. Sometimes your bias is just going to be reinforced.

Comment: Re:They are not a charity (Score 1) 228

by ZombieBraintrust (#47363377) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals.

IRS views charity as something sepperate from religion, the arts(literary), and education. I think they should of applied under literary instead of charity/science/education. They can say their code/tools are works of art for the public good.

Comment: they were not trying to be a charity. (Score 3, Informative) 228

by ZombieBraintrust (#47363347) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US
not quite. They wanted to be a 501 c. this includes non charities:

501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals.

They applied under charity, education, and science. Scientific seems the best bet. By providing source code you could say they are advancing computer science. But it is a stretch. The IRS instead saw Yorba as a provider of free stuff. Free stuff is nice but it isnt' advancing science or education. Free stuff is only charity when it is provided to a disadvantaged group of people according to the IRS. Note that environmental activism does not appear in that list. I don't think planting trees would quilify at all as a non profit. (unless it was done in a disavantaged neighborhood)

Comment: Re:It is Canada's fault! (Score 2) 130

I think that is what they have done. They sent out an email with instructions on how to get the security updates. The method they are using, RSS, gives you control over how you recieve those updates. With the new approach microsoft isn't keeping track of your email address or personal information. They are not using some propietarty bs either. RSS is a standard supported by lots of companies.

Comment: Re:It is Canada's fault! (Score 1) 130

That is exactly what Microsoft has done. They likely have poor records for this massive list. The list also no longer serves a marketing purpose as they can't include advertisements for services and still be exempt. So they canned it. RSS was the cheapest replacement.

Comment: Re:It is Canada's fault! (Score 2) 130

Thats the thing. Microsoft did not have implied consent. Thats was this announcement means. They likely have no record of who consented to be on this mailing list. I bet they simply have a list of of email addresses in a db somewhere. When you ask to be on the list they add you and then delete the email. When you ask off they remove you and delete the email. If they want to do an maililng list they have to start from scratch and keep better records.

Comment: Timeline (Score 4, Insightful) 130

The Canada Anti Spam Law requires very specific opt in from the people recieving emails. It requires that certian content not be in the email. It has fines. Microsoft is going to have to train its people and change its templates. It is going to have to get its emails approved by Canadian lawyers. It will take time for it to get in complience of the law. But the deadline is tommorow. So they will RSS feeds instead. It is very easy for an expert to say the emails are exsempt to the press. But I bet if you showed them a few emails they would find a few problems. Things Microsoft needs to fix or get fined.

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