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Comment Re: Change the law (Score 1) 1424

California must be doing something right if the population has grown so much. People actually want to come here. Unlike the Republican South from where people are leaving in droves for Blue states.

Your assertion is factually incorrect. There is a statistically significant migration from blue states to red states. People are voting with their feet, but not in the direction you imply.

captcha: "inconvenient truth"

To visualize this easily:

To get in the weeds with raw data:

captcha: "inconvenient truth"

Comment Re:We probably should have a law for this (Score 1) 243

I appreciate your sentiment, coward, I really do. I don't know if privacy settings are persisted through OS upgrades, and if it isn't then that is a bug.

That said: It takes fortitude to stand up, use your real name, identify your employer, and then talk about an unpopular feature in your employer's products. I choose to do so. If you are going to personally attack me for it please be so kind as to extend the same courtesies, Coward.

You asked for information, I provided it. Microsoft tells you what is in Telemetry. You want to see for yourself; I told you how. The "other bazillion sites" (your words) are listed in the second link I posted, as well as links for how to opt-in or opt-out.

Internally Microsoft is crushingly strict about privacy and data protection. I didn't realize that until I started working here and saw it for myself.

These are my own opinions, and not those of my employer.

Submission + - SPAM: Nuclear weapon missing since 1950 'may have been found' 1

schwit1 writes: A commercial diver may have discovered a lost decommissioned US nuclear bomb off the coast of Canada.

Sean Smyrichinsky was diving for sea cucumbers near British Columbia when he discovered a large metal device that looked a bit like a flying saucer.

The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) believes it could be a "lost nuke" from a US B-36 bomber that crashed in the area in 1950.

The government does not believe the bomb contains active nuclear material.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - 'Here Be Dragons': The 7 Most Vexing Problems in Programming

snydeq writes: 'It’s been said that the uncharted territories of the old maps were often marked with the ominous warning: “Here be dragons.” Perhaps apocryphal, the idea was that no one wandering into these unknown corners of the world should do so without being ready to battle a terrifying foe,' writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner in a roundup of seven gnarly corners of the coding world worthy of large markers reading, 'Here be dragons.' 'Programmers may be a bit more civilized than medieval knights, but that doesn’t mean the modern technical world doesn’t have its share of technical dragons waiting for us in unforeseen places: Difficult problems that wait until the deadline is minutes away; complications that have read the manual and know what isn’t well-specified; evil dragons that know how to sneak in inchoate bugs and untimely glitches, often right after the code is committed.' What are yours?

Comment Re:We probably should have a law for this (Score 1) 243

Use fiddler and capture the traffic that is sent to and

To see precisely what is collected and how to control that:

Full disclosure: I work for Microsoft as a platforms PFE supporting enterprise customers.

Submission + - Defense Distributed Requests Hearing on 3D Firearm Plans Over Freedom Of Speech (

SonicSpike writes: In September, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion to enjoin the State Department from censoring the American organization Defense Distributed. The Department back in 2013 threatened them with prosecution for hosting computer files that instruct 3D printers to make a plastic pistol, one the company calls "The Liberator." Defense Distributed have since then complied with the department's demand.

Provocateur and author Cody Wilson, who runs the organization and built and fired the first 3D-printed plastic pistol, believes that State Department threats to treat hosting such files as the equivalent of exporting illegal munitions amount to a prior restraint violation of their First and Second Amendment rights. (The Second Amendment Foundation is also a plaintiff in the suit.)

Defense Distributed's legal team, including Alan Gura (who has won two substantial victories for the Second Amendment at the Supreme Court), filed on Friday a petition to the Fifth Circuit for an en banc rehearing (before the entire Court, not just a three-judge panel) of the injunction request.

The new filing's arguments, quoted and summarized:

"Never before has a federal appellate court declined to enjoin a content-based prior restraint on speech while refusing to consider the merits of a First Amendment challenge...The panel majority's novel decision contradicts a long line of established Supreme Court and circuit precedents governing constitutional claims and injunctive relief—including decisions of this and all other regional federal circuit courts of appeal."

Submission + - Clinton Had Uncleared Filipino Maid Print Emails, Handle Sensitive Documents ( 13

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Post reveals that Hillary Clinton routinely had her emails forwarded so her immigrant Filipino maid who lacked a security clearance could print her emails from an iMac in Clinton's home, including ones that contained classified information. The maid also had access to the SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) built at Clinton's home so she could "securely" receive Top Secret information such as the presidential daily brief she received at times. The maid was expected to retrieve faxed information from the SCIF for Secretary Clinton. It appears that the maid was never interviewed by the FBI, nor was the computer seized or searched. One is left wondering, "Was email that hard to print in 2009?" Will the reinvigorated FBI investigation cover untrodden ground like this, or just serve as another white wash?

Comment What this really means is... (Score 5, Informative) 110

Windows 10 uses a cumulative patching system. To update a Windows 10 out-of-the-box install to this month's updates you only need this month's update, not every single update that has been released since that CD was made. That's a huge change from previous versions.

The downside of this is that cumulative updates have gotten much larger over time. October's update clicked in at around a gig. That is a lot of data to move around on a network. With this change the computer only pulls down the differences between the last time it patched and today. The hope is that this will take some of the pain out of patching.

Full disclosure, I work for Microsoft in an unrelated group.

Comment Re:Oh drop it already (Score 2) 822

You don't feel the slightest discomfort in electing a person who
* ignores sunshine laws
* mishandles classified information
* fights congressional subpoenas
* lies to congress
* intentionally destroys evidence in an ongoing investigation


I confess it gives me pause, and I'm no fan of the Donald.

This whole thing would be long dead if she'd said "I had a private email server because of the technical limitations of my office. Here it is."

She didn't do that last year, that's why it's still a topic.

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