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Submission + - Obama Campaign Pledge gets Put to the Test

SinisterRainbow writes: For those of us who dislike propaganda and bad government more than party politics, I thought it was noteworthy going back through Obama's campaign pledges. I found one that is quite relevant to recent news as it may raise eyebrows:

"Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. [He] will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. [He] will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process."

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Comment Re: Stock Price Comparison (Score 1) 240

But I think all of what you're saying sort of proves the point. To make a comparison, Microsoft was just like CP/M. Sure, they were the king of their time, but they didn't have the vision or ability to see it through to what PCs would be. Now, part of that obvious was a matter of the technology that was available. But as you state, WinMo "sucked for making actual phone calls". But, that's the primary function *of* a phone, smart or not. It's the same reason PalmOS stumbled, as it too focused first on what it knew (PDAs) and was unwilling to seemingly jump ship and piss off its established base. But, sometimes that's precisely what you've got to do to create a new market, which is exactly what smart phones are. Of course, the best thing to do is to keep supporting both products and try to gracefully push people to the new product line. You'd think with the Win 9x/NT consumer merging, they'd know this simple fact. Of course the other catch is sometimes you have to keep supporting a product of some sort of the original line because it's still popular. :)

Comment Re:In today's news... (Score 0) 365

Hi, kid, welcome to slashdot. Twelve comments, yours FP IIRC. Suspiciously trollish, too stupid to be serious. Note my answer to your stupid comment sits at 3.

Then I see a completely offtopic comment by the same username and same insanely huge UID and looked at your comments.

There's this thing here called "karma." You might want to be a bit more careful.

Comment Re:So happy (Score 1) 365

What percentage of politicians believe in God? This makes 99+% of politicians in America stupid, or at liars pretending to be stupid, or both.

3/4ths of the world's population believe God or some variation. A third is Christian and a third is Muslim.

Over half of scientists believe in God. You're saying the 2/3rds of thye world's population and over half of its scientists are stupid?

That's just stupid.

Comment Re:Windows Phone (Score 1) 227

What... hang on, really? We all hate Microsoft because they came out with a free browser? I'm.... at a loss for words. So.... we don't hate Opera for coming out with a free browser, or Google, or Apple, or Mozilla or Mobotap? Only Microsoft?

Here, let me connect some different dots.

a) Lots of us here in Slashdot are in IT.

b) This means that a high percentage of us have had to either do work-for-pay using Microsoft products, and/or been assigned Microsoft devices to use, and/or have had to support Microsoft products and/or devices. If you're in IT, you have a high likelihood to have had deep experience with Microsoft products in one way or another. Est donc le cas.

c) We're all just damned sick and tired of dealing with Microsoft's crappy products. The back end products are tolerable, but holy crap, the rest is junk.

d) We all hate Microsoft because we hate having to use and/or administer their products, and we deeply resent the various necessities that force us to. It really is that simple.

e) Profit! (I don't know how that part works, but lists like this always end this way.)

Mind you, nobody hates absolutely everything about anyone. I find Win7 tolerable, for instance, although I freely admit to a burning hatred for Win8. (And yes, I've tried it. I own a touchscreen laptop running Win8. Well, I say "running" but we haven't booted it in awhile.)

Comment He might be brilliant... (Score 1) 240

...but he seems to have a blind spot or two. The mistakes Microsoft has made this century appear to have two threads in common -- the overriding conviction that We Are Microsoft, You Will Buy Whatever We Release, and its corollary, We Know What You Need And What You Don't Need. (ME, Vista, any number of Windows tablet efforts, Win8, any version of Windows Phone.) They've gone too long being to all intents and purposes the only game in town, and it's affected their basic strategies. They're a corporate-driven company rather than a user-driven company, and when something substantially better becomes available, users will migrate. It might take awhile, but it does happen.

Submission + - Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic (

holy_calamity writes: When Microsoft re-engineered its online services to assist NSA surveillance programs, the company was either acting voluntarily, or under a new kind of court order, reports MIT Technology Review. Existing laws were believed to shelter companies from being forced to modify their systems to aid surveillance, but experts say the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court may now have a new interpretation. Microsoft's statement about its cooperation with NSA surveillance doesn't make it clear whether it acted under legal duress, or simply decided that to helping out voluntarily was in its best interest.

Comment Re:Is it just me... (Score 1) 227

Just for one example, the LG Nexus 4 [] was introduced November 2012 with 4.2. C|net reports it was running 4.2.1 in January; it's currently running 4.2.2. So clearly 4.2 phones were available within days of its release. *And* amazon shows it as approx $150 cheaper than the Lumia. What is your definition of "none of the Android phones in my price range"?

But as much as I think I might be wasting my time, I'm mildly interested; what feature in 4.2 that 4.1 did not have that Windows Phone *does* have did you absolutely need? My Razr is still running 4.1. What am I missing? Should I be concerned???

Something you said in your original note:

> It also has wifi calling.

Um, I can't speak for IOS, but there's a bunch of Android apps to accomplish this, and have been for some time. I believe it's also a native feature of Google Voice. Not to mention, Skype has been available on Android since 2009. (With a company phone, I don't pay for minutes so I don't bother with this.) Now, it may be new on the Microsoft platform, so I understand why it feels like a new thing for you. But it's really not for the rest of us.

So again, what specifically about your Windows phone did you absolutely need, besides that it was Windows?

Comment Re:I speak for all of us when I say (Score 3, Interesting) 192

Whether they are or not depends entirely on your perspective:

  • If your perspective is that the U.S. was legitimately fighting against a corrupt regime that attacked them, then they are war criminals who were jailed for illegal combat.
  • If your perspective is that the U.S. illegally invaded a sovereign nation and took its citizens captive, then they are at best militia POWs whose only crime was defending their homeland, whom the U.S. is no longer at war with, which means that the Geneva conventions demand that they be released immediately (and indeed, that many should have been released several years ago). Continuing to hold them past the cessation of primary hostilities makes them political prisoners.

So the question of whether they are or are not political prisoners hinges entirely upon whether the U.S. invasion was a legal action or not. Given that nobody is big enough to force a war crimes trial against the U.S., it is unlikely that the latter question will ever be fully resolved except by default, so there's really no way to say whether they are or are not political prisoners....

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