I hope Microsoft does NOT give in to the demands of China for extending XP support, that OS (and the ancient broken version of IE it shipped with) need to die and ending security updates for it will be a good way to help do that.
Assuming the website really violates COPPA, Google "COPPA violations" and grab some links to articles showing where the FTC sued over such violations and got big settlements. Then email those links to the boss (keeping copies of all this as others have suggested) and say something like "these guys got sued by the FTC and had to pay some big $, do you want to see our company get sued?"
If the boss takes an "I dont care" attitude or ignores the emails, go to the legal department or compliance officers with the same thing and say "I pushed this to my superiors and they chose to ignore it, I dont want to see our company held liable by the FTC, what should I do about it?"
If that doesn't work, consider packing up and leaving. Any company where the legal department doesn't care that the company is violating such a law and is one tip-off away from an FTC investigation (which could be a PR nightmare especially for a site that targets kids specifically) isn't a good company to work for.
ok, so to prevent manufacturers from competing with dealers, you pass a law that says that if a manufacturer has a 3rd party dealer anywhere in the US, they can't open a manufacturer-owned dealer. But if they have no dealers anywhere (and more to the point, if they have never had one) then they should be free to do what Telsa has done.
Amazon just needs to say "no more affiliates based in New York" and they wont have to pay the tax.
But are they going to replace the aging copper with fiber or are they going to do nothing and tell people to talk to the cable company (if they can get it in their area) or go wireless?
Biometric devices aren't particularly secure plus if they are compromised somehow you cant change your fingerprints or iris pattern or voice print or palm veins or DNA in the way that you can change a password or a security card.
Oh and using a device secured by biometrics rather than a good strong password can reduce your legal protections if the cops want to get at whatever it protects
Or all the ads I have seen asking for x years experience in
What microsoft SHOULD have done is what Google and Apple did and basically made "Windows Tablet" based on the Windows Phone OS. So they would have had x86 machines running Windows 8 with a normal desktop OS (possibly with a few enhancements to make it run better on x86 tablets) then ARM devices (phone and tablet) running the Windows Phone codebase and supporting the Windows Phone interface and apps.
As a geek, a software developer and a security guy with a library of Schneier books on his bookshelf, I personally think that a list of "Technologies now considered "safe" for foreign spies, terrorists, and criminals to use - but have actually been hacked" is EXACTLY the sort of thing someone like Snowden should be leaking.
Deliberately making widely-used things less secure in order to catch bad guys (including withholding exploit information that could be used to make things more secure) is NOT something the good guys should be engaging in. (and yes I still consider the US, UK and Australia as "good guys")
They have just released a "tech preview" of the compiler that (per the Microsoft provided info) supports constexpr and inheriting constructors with a clear roadmap to supporting the rest of C++11/C++14 (including user defined literals and attributes)
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog/archive/2013/11/18/announcing-the-visual-c-compiler-november-2013-ctp.aspx is the announcement from the Visual C++ guys about it.
Nuclear isn't the only option to replace fossil fuels. Geothermal power is baseload and has been successfully used in a number of countries for a while now. Bio-fuel plants are baseload and if fueled by the right fuel (e.g. there are bio-fuel plants fueled by waste products from other processes) can be a viable option too.
Oh and Solar Thermal (heating up a massive store of heat using the sun and mirrors and such) is also baseload if its used in areas where the sun shines enough of the time that there will be enough heat in the thermal mass to provide electric power when the sun isn't shining.
And there are various forms of water power, not just bad-for-the-environment hydroelectric power (where you block off a river and kill the ecosystem) but wave and tidal power that extract the vast amounts of energy in the movements of the waves and tides.
Anyone who says "there is no option for baseload other than fossil fuels and nuclear" clearly knows nothing about energy generation.
They should stop subsidizing things like coal, oil and gas and "let the market decide the most cost-effective options for electricity generation". Oh and that counts for any other energy sources subsidized by the government including Corn Ethanol.
Stop subsidizing energy production in any form, remove any blocks, red tap or other things that result in anything other than a level playing field and let the chips fall where they may.
If that results in higher electricity prices, introduce a direct subsidy on electricity that is totally unrelated to the method of generation.
I use WinAmp because its a great media player and I dont listen to music on a portable device.
But for anyone with a portable device, they will likely be using the play-and-sync tools that come with the device/support the device, i.e. iTunes or Nokia PC Suite or whatever the various Android vendors are pushing with their phones.
Also if you are using a cloud music service like Google Music, Spotify, iCloud etc, WinAmp is irrelevant because you will be using the browser interface or native client for that service (whatever it might be).
And then for those not using a portable device OR a cloud music service, lots of them are probably using Windows Media Player because its the default and its there and they dont see a need for anything else. More of them are using something free (or open source) rather than WinAmp.
Then of course you have all the people who only ever downloaded the free version of WinAmp and never paid a cent for it.
Why are countries like Australia, Canada and others supporting this kind of crap?
These kinds of trade agreements give greater powers to big US IP holders (Hollywood, big pharma etc etc etc), they dont give any of the reductions in agricultural protectionism that countries like Australia want and they probably have very little benefit in terms of actually reducing trade barriers.
So why don't countries like Australia say "no, we wont sign up to a treaty that gives a whole pile of benefits to big US corporations and almost zero benefits to us"?
Its not like the US is holding a gun to their backs forcing them to sign.
The difference I suspect is that what runs on the WiFi chip (or the Bluetooth chip if its got its own firmware) is not an operating system under the definition of the term, it doesn't have separate distinct processes like a OS.
Whereas what runs on the baseband does have separate processes and other OS-like characteristics. Or at least it does on the baseband CPUs I saw when I did a 6 month student internship at Motorola