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TSA Internally Blocking Websites With 'Controversial Opinions' 147

Posted by Soulskill
from the less-filling-tastes-great dept.
sterlingda writes "The Transportation Security Administration is blocking certain websites from the federal agency's computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a 'controversial opinion,' according to an internal email obtained by CBS News. The new rules came into force on July 1, and prevent TSA employees from accessing such content, though what is deemed 'controversial opinion' is not explained."

Comment: Satisfaction to Price ratio. (Score 4, Insightful) 188

by yanguang (#30868640) Attached to: How Do You Measure a Game's Worth?

I bought Torchlight at $4.99 for the Steam deal back then. Best. Value. Ever. I give it 50 units of Awesome. Dragon Age: Origins gets 75 Awesome, but costs obviously more. In terms of a purchase decision, I actually hesitated for DAO. Steam's got it right with their deal system, sapping mah wallet dry.

Comment: Silly Telcos. (Score 1) 102

by yanguang (#30295280) Attached to: AU Mobile Operator Optus Blocking Paid Android Apps

Customer buys paid apps. Customer uses more data through paid apps. Customer pays for data use. More customers start buying data plans to be able to buy and use paid apps.

Telco bans paid apps. Customers can't get paid apps. Data use significantly reduced. Less paying for data use. Less customers buy data plans.

Comment: Basis, action, reaction. (Score 1) 567

by yanguang (#28170485) Attached to: CoS Bigwig Likens Wikipedia Ban to Nazis' Yellow Star Decree

Now whenever someone does something unexpectedly, sometimes in a negative way. I stop. And I think. Why did he/she do that? Was it something I did, something I said?
Now, as far as Scientology is concerned.. there is a lack of transparency, and well, their direction and the way they handle things is.. somewhat unethical.
Also, bringing your ideological conflicts into a public, secular domain, such a move is unwise by any Religious organisation's standards.

Comment: Could prove interesting (Score 1) 181

by yanguang (#27009079) Attached to: Bunnie Huang on China's "Shanzai" Mash-Up Design Shops

I could use a low grade Kindle clone. Then again, the cost of importing it here costs abit too.

Slightly off topic, but there was a 'Shanzai' version of the popular Chinese New Year celebration programme awhile ago.

Although it met with much problems finding a broadcaster, and failed to stream it live. They eventually made a DVD of it. One can call it a grassroots movement. Maybe the people of China are stirring. Not yet awake, but stirring.

Comment: Well.. (Score 1) 559

by yanguang (#26758251) Attached to: Is It Windows 7, Or KDE 4?

I'm not particularly surprised. The last time I went to check with my school's network helpdesk, the admin said to me bluntly, "no, our wireless networks do not support Linux". The admin assistant, whom I asked before consulting the admin, asked me what Linux was, after apparently looking through a pile of user manuals for Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS X.

I don't blame them, but, would a school not save much by cutting back on Windows and adopting a free OS? Assuming it's $200 per license, per PC, and the labs with 40 or so machines, that's quite a bit. Even if it was a lump sum for coverage of the entire facility, wouldn't it still be a significant sum of money? Suppose that amount was used in installations of better facilities, or upgrading old machines, would that not be a better usage of government subsidised funds?

People want things that work, and all that everyday person wants is a system that works, without that much hassle. I suggested to certain lecturers in charge of the school's elearning development lab to try open source alternatives to certain software they were using. I wrote in my summary report (I was attached there for a couple of months) to try GIMP and Audacity. Some of you may point that, well, GIMP isn't all that spiffy when it comes to it's user interface, and it lacks a considerable amount of features. I've seen what the lab uses Photoshop for, and I know, for a fact, GIMP has more than enough built-in features. The slightly dated machines also struggled with anything after Photoshop CS2, much less the newest version of the Photoshop license. After all, a system that fits the user's needs should be foremost in considering adoption, no?

I'm not really fanatical about using Linux. I admit, I'm a noob when it comes to this. I only started using Ubuntu since November last year, I can work around some stuff with guides, and the most minimal of command line. Now I tried to reach out to friends and classmates and introduce Linux (I told them of other distros too, not just Ubuntu). It was interesting to see that they were more interested by the flashy (arguably bloat) stuff that Compiz could do than the other features I told them about. One tried and gave up after he could work wireless within school on a linux system. I only stayed on because my Windows was borked, and the school possesses the reinstallation disk (I'm too lazy to go to that office and reinstall), and so I made the best of what I could.

As much as I have grown weary of Windows and it's flaws, I cannot deny that Windows 7 is decent and is at least heading in some direction towards what consumers may want (the bells and whistles, perhaps). Everydayfolk don't really care what it is, as long as it works like it's supposed to (or what they think it's supposed to).

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.

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