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Comment Re:Federal law (chap 206) says a court order is re (Score 2) 211

The "Stingray" mimics a cell tower, and operates at a frequency which the police are not legally entitled to broadcast. They force a disconnect from your legal cell tower and take all traffic, and can read and write data and metadata from/to the phone. They are fully capable of intercepting your content communications as well. this isn't exactly an envelope, this is setting up fake mailboxes and catching all mail that goes through and injecting data/metadata/intercepting content into the mail as well. There is nothing legal about this without a warrant, and even with a warrant the claims of legality are spurious at best.

Comment Re:Science and human behavior (Score 1) 277

Most police departments won't hire people with IQ's above the range of their "safe zone". They don't want intelligent, think about what you're being asked to do types in the department. It is legal for them to do this because they argue the high turnover rate of intelligent policeman makes training too expensive to waste. All in all I wouldn't expect high levels of scrutiny or complex thought to be put off by this measure. that's already in on the institutional level.

Comment Re:This isn't Apple envy. This is Google envy. (Score 1) 249

Windows is losing ground in the mobile sector. The return rates are insanely high on Windows phones. The app selection is losing ground as the ones already made sit aging without updates. Win 10 ubiquity of apps etc is the same claim they had for 8/8.1 and 7 etc.

Comment Re:Die, white whale, die (Score 2) 249

How about that time when Starbucks stacked the ISO committees to get a ratified undocumented XML as a standard? Or that time when Starbucks had the FUD campaign threatening to sue corporations and home users who used other coffees, due to the Non Disclosed coffee patents they all were infringing?

Starbucks sucks, I won't step foot in one, but MS has a special sort of evil that has fostered a long term distrust and disrespect, that has only been achieved by precious few companies.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 249

The reason Apple's margins work are because of the scale to which they operate. The less than 2% market share which MS owned at the time of purchasing Nokia was no where near enough to operate at those scales, and the equation on their ledgers would and did look nothing like what Apple had. MS was desperate to get a hardware manufacturer, to make their phones which most others refused to touch. The math in buying Nokia was not entirely unlike putting out Win 8/8.1 in a touch format to force their entry into the tablet sector. You can't necessarily buy your way into a market sector. Look at Bing/Nokia/WinRT/Surface Pro's/MS Stores etc.


Submission + - "We screwed up," says Reddit CEO in formal apology

An anonymous reader writes: After moderators locked up some of Reddit's most popular pages in protest against the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, and an online petition asking the company to fire CEO Ellen Pao reached more than 175,000 signatures over the weekend, Pao has issued an apology. The statement reads in part: "We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven’t communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes. We have apologized and made promises to you, the moderators and the community, over many years, but time and again, we haven’t delivered on them. When you’ve had feedback or requests, we haven’t always been responsive. The mods and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of reddit. Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me."

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 484

You know they fired Sinofsky because of Windows 8... Is that because consumers are all petulant assholes? Perhaps if MS wasn't so desperate to try and force their way into the tablet space, Windows wouldn't feel like a bipolar experience. Win 8/8.1 reeks of desperation. I give credit to MS for trying to push the OS forward, but I do not agree that the way forward was forcing in a touch interface to get to the desktop application which is anything but touch friendly.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.