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Comment Re:LIAR (Score 1) 572

The NSA wants total access to everything man-made. They could use effective restraint, but from where? Not from the useless news media, not from an ill-informed public, and certainly not from the congress nor executive branches, & apparently not from the judiciary. I'm sure those in the NSA are stopping all kinds of evil doings that human beings do. Without proper oversight that eavesdropping power is open to all kinds of abuse/misuse, from petty personal vendetta's, to political/commercial spying and assassinations. I'd like to believe that every NSA agent is an outstanding and responsible, disciplined, individual with a much higher than average intellect, wisdom, and moral compass driving them. Is that really the case though? Apparently it is not the case.

Comment Keyboard (Score 1) 186

Selling the tablet bundled with a keyboard suggests Dell views it as a device for creating content rather than just consuming it, perhaps because Windows RT is designed to provide some "laptop-like" capabilities, Kay said.

Got it? Softkeys on tablets on smartphones are for consuming content, not creating any serious content. For texting, and short emails, softkeys are annoying. Are quality tactile keyboards and keypads antiquated by the hipster consumer crowd? Damn brats.

Comment Armageddon (Score 1) 416

Political rhetoric aside, if there is a shred of truth to this possible methane bomb event, then humanity is too stupid, and unable to hit the brakes. You wind up with theories on how can human civilization possibly make the type of significant global changes to its daily operation that might mitigate the damage? Drastically cut the population via conventional weapons or some bio-engineered attack on humanity? Jam the majority of human population into giant bio-domed metropolises? (nah, that's sci-fi fantasy). I'm leaning more on mass-extinction level event that accelerates on top of the existing mass-extinction event already in progress, that wipes out everything except maybe cockroaches. Jesus isn't going to save us from our stupidity. Either way, its a possible type of armageddon, no matter what you believe.

Comment I call BS (Score 1) 139

Nothing but astroturf PR. Cluck! Cluck! Caw! Caw! Squee! Squee! Whine and moan for show. They all know damn well nothing changes because we no longer have an informed public that cares one way or the other. That's the power of money, you buy things like revolving-door congressmen and congresswomen. Its the same reason we are wrecking the planet at record speeds.

Comment Re:Bury (Score 1) 550

That was an interesting comment on a specific historical tale, even if its a complete distraction. Big corporations in bed with a government that has always wanted backdoor keys to easily bypass all encryption all the time. Always open to human frailty - our ability to be manipulated and coerced, and for the users of such power to quickly be wholly corrupted. On the other hand, its good news for cheap-thrill exhibitionists naked on Skype, at least until puritans (by perception) take over everything again.

Comment Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (Score 1) 332

“Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Spying on criminal elements of society is one thing, spying on everyone, and assembling metadata into some huge searchable database with a profit motive is another.

I assume all pivacy online is now gone for good. This does not mean it's ok. ie: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

Submission + - What Happened to cherrypy.org?!? (cherrypy.org) 1

mengel writes: In attempting to review some docs over at cherrypy.org, I see pages: "Coming soon: Another fine website hosted by WebFaction." — does anyone here know what happened? Does the cherrypy project need assistance?

Submission + - 2 ways to setup SSL on Tomcat 7 (kahimyang.info)

An anonymous reader writes: Today we will demonstrate how to setup SSL on Tomcat 7 with and without Apache2 in Debian servers using self-signed certificates. This should work with Debian Squeeze and Wheezy servers. We assume you already have existing Apache 2 and Tomcat 7 installations.

Submission + - Google is going Puritan on us (zdnet.com)

DougDot writes: In three days, Google's Blogger will begin to delete scores of blogs that have existed since 1999 on Monday under its vague new anti-sex-ad policy purge.

On Wednesday night at around 7pm PST, all Blogger blogs marked as "adult" were sent an email from Google's Blogger team.

blogger sex purge
The email told users with "adult" blogs that after Sunday, June 30, 2013, all adult blogs will be deleted if they are found to be "displaying advertisements to adult websites" — while the current Content Policy does not define what constitutes "adult" content.

To say that Twitter ignited with outrage would be an understatement. Blogger users are panicked and mad as hell at Google.

Comment Re:No persuasion required (Score 1) 510

Smartphones are vulnerable, uncontrolled front-ends to the web & "cloud" apps like dropbox and GPS surveillance. Ban non-corporate smartphones, while allowing call-forwarding. Disable PAN ports & Wifi on all workstations- anything that connects unauthorized devices to the corporate network. This will not stop stealth cameras/camcorders/GPS from spying. As these devices get smaller and smaller, anything short of an invasive strip search will not prevent spying. You'll need to rely on usage policy statements. Regardless, if you run an R&D outfit, or you're Gordon Gecko, and give a damn about your private corporate data, consider banning non-corporate smartphones. .

Comment Re:Food Inc (Score 1) 76

Those chickens were most likely buried alive. i.e. Chickens Buried Alive - Culling, and Chickens Alive in Bags before buried Alive The food processing and factory farm/aggribusiness lobbies are the most effective at shielding the general public from severely cruel and unethical operations to maximize profits. These are living animals with advanced nervous systems and brains. So laugh at this

Comment Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (Score 1) 151

"Four or more cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers by 49%." Is that public relations from coffee producers? Did the percentage of oral cancers go down because people died from diabetes? I'm VERY skeptical.

Why'd you flag his post as a troll for? It's a legit assumption, whether its completely ignorant of the study or not. Most of the general public are increasingly unaware of more and more reality outside their individual tiny inner circles of immediate friends and family, and their social media apps. Corporate media is a dubious source of information controlled by the biggest advertisers and trust funds from big oil and other polluters. These types of funders, clearly driven by self-interest, drive the storyline the public chats about, injecting half-truths and lies that promote their own selfish interests into the public conscience, everyone and everything else be damned. So yeah, warm n fuzzy "studies" like this should be initially met with skepticism.

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