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Comment Do you suppose... (Score 2) 143

...they'll be able to get their old jobs back at Foot Locker?

Sorry...that was mean. There probably are some Geeks that know what they're doing and I'm sure they're brilliant at getting Grandma on Facebook. I just get the call when one of them has screwed up somebody's server or line of business application because they had no idea what they were doing. Which happens way too often.

Comment Re:Yes it is! (Score 5, Insightful) 585

There's just as much, if not more, grant money for people who prove climate change ISN'T man made. You don't think the oil companies aren't at the head of a VERY long line of corporations that would pay handsomely to any scientific group that could actually prove that?

There's no need to falsify info proving global warming if it would be easier to produce evidence DISproving it. Certainly not for financial reasons.

Comment Re:So they wont get sued by asshats (Score 1) 213

"What you (and most others here) seem to have missed is that Dropbox generally has absolutely no idea what your content is. Everything is encrypted. How exactly are they distributing your "copyrighted material" when it can't be decrypted?"

Except it *CAN* be decrypted. Dropbox has already admitted that THEY have the encryption keys and they can decrypt (and turn over to the gov't if necessary) your data. If they can decrypt it then they can read it. And that means, according to their terms of service, that they can "use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display" your data.

The bottom line is simple: By agreeing to their terms of service you are giving them permission to do those things to your data. You can argue all day that they WON'T, but you're effectively signing agreement that says they CAN.

Comment Re:ISPs only (Score -1) 236

Well, actually, if Google asserts the right to your message content (and they do) then the gov't would only need a warrant if Google declined to turn over your e-mail to them.

And I quote:

"11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services."

Google can choose to turn your e-mail over to the government, or the Chinese or the Scientologists or Lord John Whorfin if they wanted to. This ruling only says if they tell the gov't to sod off that the gov't has to come back with a warrant to compel them to change their tune.

Comment Re:Because Cab drivers are notoriously ethical (Score 1) 232

It even pervades information services. I wonder how many people get busted telling their boss or client they're working on Project A because they were on Twitter or Facebook talking about doing something totally different.

Accountability, for better or worse, is rising to a whole new level due to voluntary and involuntary location and presence services.

Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum 999

Macharius writes "Today, the Texas Board of Education approved 11-4 a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the role of Christianity in American history and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light. The article goes on to mention that Texas's textbook approvals carry less influence than they used to due to digital localization technology, but is that even measurable given how many millions of these textbooks will still be used across the country?"

Comment Re:The chart is mis-labeled (Score 2, Insightful) 295

I can do a lot of things with Office 2010 than I couldn't do with Office 2000. Search folders, RSS, Galleries, better task management, better calendar sharing, better utilization of 64-bit machines....

Windows 7 has some nice advantages as well - it's faster, has better 64-bit support, some nice improvements to the UI (such as pinning items to the taskbar), is more secure...

Are either of them "must upgrades for everybody"? No. Some people will do just fine staying on Windows XP and Office 2000. But a lot of people, especially folks who are power users, will find a lot to like in the new versions.

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