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Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free 583

chicksdaddy writes "In the days since stories based on classified information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden hit the headlines, a string of reports and editorials claim that he had his facts wrong, accuse him of treason – or both. Others have accused journalists like Glen Greenwald of The Guardian of rushing to print before they had all the facts. All of these criticisms could be valid. Technology firms may not have given intelligence agencies unfettered and unchecked access to their users' data. Edward Snowden may be, as the New York Times's David Brooks suggests, one of those 20-something-men leading a 'life unshaped by the mediating institutions of civil society.' All those critiques may be true without undermining the larger truth of Snowden's revelation: in an age of global, networked communications and interactions, we are all a lot less free than we thought we were. I say this because nobody has seriously challenged the basic truth of Snowden's leak: that many of the world's leading telecommunications and technology firms are regularly divulging information about their users' activities and communications to law enforcement and intelligence agencies based on warrantless requests and court reviews that are hidden from public scrutiny. It hasn't always been so." Bruce Schneier has published an opinion piece saying that while Snowden did break the law, we need to investigate the government before any prosecution occurs. (Schneier's piece is one in a series on the subject.) Snowden himself said in an interview today that the U.S. government has been pursuing hacking operations against China for years.

Comment Re:Strange Complaints (Score 3, Informative) 771

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Buddy, you hit the nail on the head. I manage a network of 20+ macs with 2 mac servers. I'm typing this on a mac. I say this to hopefully demonstrate that I'm not a troll or a windows fanboy.

Try maximizing a window on a mac. Minimize a window, then alt-tab back to that app. You get the app, with no window! You then get the 'pleasure' of moving the mouse to the menu bar, selecting the window menu, and hopefully finding the window you wanted.

On some Apple made apps closing the main windows does not close the app, on others (still made by apple) it does. System Preferences I'm looking at you here.

I Spend more time in my day fighting the mac interface than I do getting productive work done. Yes this is an exaggeration, but that is how it feels.

OSX server (both tiger and leopard) fail in such spectacular manners that it would make your head spin. The admin tools crash all the time. Open Directory loves to trash it's LDAP database. God help you if you need to restart your server after an update to iTunes! Make sure all your OD data is backed up somewhere right before the reboot. Oh, and be ready to do a repair on all the filemaker data while you are at it.

If you install FileMaker server on OSX Server it will overwrite your php.ini file with it's own idea of the settings you need. Among those, it reduces the php mem amount back to the default 16 megs. The bundled (by apple) web apps on the server can't run in that little memory. For those that don't know, FileMaker is owned by apple.

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Seriously though, apple does make nice equipment. It just seems like they don't give a crap on certain issues.

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