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Submission + - Police want fast track to get at your private data (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to this story on CNET, police again are pushing for new laws requiring ISPs and webmail providers to store users' private data for five years and also want a new electronic way of speeding up subpoenas and search warrants via police-only encrypted portals at all ISPs and webmail providers.
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Submission + - Microsoft's Creative Destruction (nytimes.com) 1

tugfoigel writes: Dick Brass, a former speechwriter for Larry Ellison and reporter for the New York Daily News http://www.seattlepi.com/business/bras11.shtml is dishing the dirt on Microsoft. He was in charge of Microsoft's e-books and did not get his way.
"As they marvel at Apple's new iPad tablet computer, the technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon's popular e-book business. But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company, no longer brings us the future, whether it's tablet computers like the iPad, e-books like Amazon's Kindle, smartphones like the BlackBerry and iPhone, search engines like Google, digital music systems like iPod and iTunes or popular Web services like Facebook and Twitter.

Some people take joy in Microsoft's struggles, as the popular view in recent years paints the company as an unrepentant intentional monopolist. Good riddance if it fails. But those of us who worked there know it differently. At worst, you can say it's a highly repentant, largely accidental monopolist. It employs thousands of the smartest, most capable engineers in the world. More than any other firm, it made using computers both ubiquitous and affordable. Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office applications suite still utterly rule their markets."

Submission + - Symbian platform released as EPL open source (allaboutsymbian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Symbian Foundation has completed it moves to opensource. The platform, which runs on more than 330 million devices and has been developed over the last 10 years, is now freely available to all under the EPL (Eclipse Public License). The process, which was delivered four months ahead of schedule, is the largest transition from proprietary code to open source in software history. The release compromises 108 packages and around 40 million lines of course code.

Comment Communication, Honesty, Sharing (Score 1) 1146

It's probably been said above already, but it bears repeating.

Remember that you're sharing your life with someone. Keep them involved (or at least aware) of what's going on, and visa-versa.

Be open and honest...don't hide or shade the truth.

Talk. Communication is by far the most important aspect as it enables the first two components. Depending upon the type of people you are, this might be easy or hard...and it can get harder as the years progress, and you fall into your patterns. Always try to understand...even if at first, what your partner says may seem nonsensical...just take the time to work through it so you know what's going on.

Comment What's the definition of "human"? (Score 1) 409

We're evolving, right? So at some point, we'll evolve into something that isn't "human", though still "human" like.

Of course, wait long enough, and we'll have evolved into something that's not recognizable as "human". Assuming we don't blow ourselves up, or introduce a disease or nano-whatever that'll wipe us out.

Comment Re:To hell with them! (Score 1) 683

Though I don't disagree in general with your three points, they are not as cut and dried as you lay them out:

-The right to not let my friends borrow my book when I'm finished reading it? Actually, up to 5 Kindles can be connected to a single account, meaning 5 people can read the same DRM'd book, at no extra cost. You may not want to give your friends access to your Amazon account, but you might for your family.
-The right to having access to my books revoked on a whim if my provider goes out of business, or *gasp* decides it's not a profitable market (MSN Music, I'm looking at you)? Even if Amazon went out of business, I don't know that the DRMd books I have on my Kindle would just go up in a puff of smoke. Plus, I get books from tones of other places that don't have DRM, and read them on my Kindle just fine...no Whispernet required.

So, yes, in general your points are valid, but it's not quite as cut & dried, and Kindle users are not quick as restricted as you claim.

I am a happy Kindle user (but do not work for Amazon), so it does probably color my position.

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