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Comment Re:In today's news... (Score 1) 365

I think al0ha's point is that people are responsible for the behavior of corporations. The buck doesn't stop with corporations. In this case it seems senior execs at google (maybe not the founders themselves) have a very conservative bias. Similarly, if we elect George Bush, or for that matter Obama, then WE have to take some ownership of that person's decisions.

Submission + - Mozilla Launches Firefox OS Devices In Stores, Opens Up App Payments

An anonymous reader writes: After almost two years of development, Mozilla today officially launched Firefox OS devices in stores. At the same time, the company has opened up payments for developers interested in charging for their apps or charging for content inside their apps.

Last week, the first commercial Firefox OS devices arrived in Spain ready to be sold by Telefónica, starting on July 9 with the ZTE Open for €69 ($88.80) including VAT. Mozilla says Poland, Colombia, and Venezuela also have upcoming launches soon, and more countries will be joining the list as well, but today today marks the day official Firefox OS devices are available in store.

Submission + - EDA Destroys Printers, Cameras, Keyboards, and Mice to combat Malware (arstechnica.com)

rwise2112 writes: A security contractor declared EDA's systems largely clean, but found malware on six systems and advised these were easily repaired by reimaging the affected machines.

The CIO of the EDA, however, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.

Submission + - Snowden's legacy... (eff.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Filed in 2008, Jewel v. NSA is aimed at ending the NSA's dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans and holding accountable the government officials who illegally authorized it. Evidence in the case includes undisputed documents provided by former AT&T telecommunications technician Mark Klein showing AT&T has routed copies of Internet traffic to a secret room in San Francisco controlled by the NSA. The case is supported by declarations from three NSA whistleblowers along with a mountain of other evidence. The recent blockbuster revelations about the extent of the NSA spying on telecommunications and Internet activities also bolster EFF's case.

As part of the latest development in the long running case managed by the EFF, Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California federal court agreed with EFF that the very subject matter of the lawsuit is not a state secret, and any properly classified details can be litigated under the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Comment Re:Good (Score 0) 459

Let's live in ignorance. Why don't we, it's such bliss. Point out constructive suggestions, try to be proactive, try to go through the right channels -- only to get shot down. "Shut up", "You're disrupting", "You are a nuisance", "Go away", they say... Go the only way you know how to get recognized (sadly, a last recourse), and get incarcerated. Justice in a dogmatic world.

Comment Genetic Diversity (Score 1) 758

The problem with genetic engineering crop is no different than the problem of the cheetah. You take away from a species it ability to environmentally adjust (minimize its genetic diversity) to climate change, disease and pathogens, and other forces of nature, you potentially destroy the species. Fundamentally we are playing at a level we don't understand. Whether we are endangering our health or our planets, it is just too early to tell, and as a result we need to be wary and cautious.

Comment Genetic diversity (Score 1) 637

His argument reeks nostalgic, i.e. a return to the Greek philosophical ways. And I would guess he started off with a vague hypothesis and found facts to support his claim. Some arguments say agriculture and plentiful food allowed brains to get larger... go figure. Whatever the conclusion, I do think that mutations have allowed for a greater genetic diversity of brain types, and that is a good thing.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 421

And guess what, no VC is going to give you money. They are more eager in fly-by-night operations that can sell hype over product -- I mean which is easier and less risky? I feel your pain, as I'm also a startup with large capital costs. Your best strategy is to find someone higher up on the vertical chain that is your customer investor.

Comment Re:Oh no (Score 1) 421

AC has more wisdom in his tiny little pinky fingernail than you BS have gained in your meager lifetime of experience. If we limit to just VC's, remarkably VC's have done no better than the stock market since they proliferated and mushroomed in the early '90s. VC's feed the hopes of the greedy few investors, for hope and greed spring eternal and have nothing to do with providing value to society. And to think they want exit in 2 years after seeding a company after taking over more than 75% of its equity. What worthwhile venture in real-world do you think provides value in that manner?

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