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Comment: Irrelevant. (Score 1) 197

by jakeroberts (#36789248) Attached to: Judge Says You Can't Know If Google Spies For NSA
Can you trust the government? No. That's why we have regular elections to minimize exposure. Can you trust big corporations? No. The CEOs of huge corporations like Google are responsible first and foremost to their share holders. Pissing the government off tends to lead to troublesome inquiries and so on, so fo course Google is going to play ball. Can you trust yourself? Yup. Google is NOT the internet. You can limit the information they have on you. There are other search engines. Duck Duck Go is a good example of this. No free email service is secure, but you can use plugins like thunderbird-enigmail to encrypt and sign your messages, or, if you have the technical chops, run your own mail server in-house. You can use anonymizing technologies like TOR and I2P to keep your browsing habits private. Your privacy is always going to be in far better hands with yourself than with a third party anyway.

+ - Consumed media not disappearing

Submitted by jakeroberts
jakeroberts (1113299) writes "I tried to consume some media on my mp3 player today. Everything started out just fine, I navigated to the track I wanted to hear, pressed play and was off. The song finished without a hitch and all was fine until I pushed the back button. Then, much to my horror the song I had just tried to consume was still there! I was horrified. People all over the internet have been informing me for quite a while now that I am consuming media all the time. Not one to quit at the first sign of trouble, I fired up my favorite RSS reader and tried to consume some news. I read several articles in an attempt to consume them but no matter how many times I read the lines they were not consumed. I am completely lost at this point, am I doing it wrong? Why have my attempts to consume various forms of media not been successful? I am I in error somehow or is the term “consume” being misapplied in an attempt to make me feel as though I owe a price for using it? --Jake"

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

Posted by timothy
from the vlc-generally-rocks dept.
plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."
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Journal: Can a computer manufacturer force me to purchase an os?

Journal by jakeroberts
I spent about 30 minutes this evening talking to some nice folks over at a major laptop manufacturer down in Texas. I want to purchase a Vostro 1510 with no operating system. They informed me this was not possible and that if I wanted the computer I had to buy the OS too. Is this true? I have read where Microsoft is compelled to offer a refund for the OS if you don't want it. Is this true? If so how big a hassle is it?

I came, I saw, I deleted all your files.