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Comment Re:Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 1) 88

I think you missed something or made an assumption that has given you the wrong idea of the concept behind Continuum. I don't think that MS is expecting one to carry around a docking station and all the paraphernalia. I believe they think people will be a dock for their home and/or work. Outside of those environs, the phone is just "a phone". But when they get to the workplace or at home where they consume media, surf the web, etc., they can hook up to the dock and have the full laptop experience. Who wouldn't want that ability?

Comment Re:Sounds about right... (Score 1) 435

The phone is locked up? You obviously haven't read any of the articles about MS providing support for the indie developer that created the Windows Phone unlocking app. And I assume that iOS is a wide-open environment, right? Try actually using the Windows Phone OS, first, before passing judgement (if you can be objective).

Comment Re:have you seen my representative government late (Score 1) 239

When has the Republican party attempted to give back any of the Federal powers "stolen" from the states? While I agree the Republicans pay lip service to limiting the Fed, when have they ever really put that ideal in action.

Each of the two major parties is in it for themselves, not for the rest of us (again, gross generalization, blah, blah blah).

As to some states failing while others prospering if the Fed were to stop their redistibution of wealth, that would be a shame. But history is littered with the downfall of governments and civilizations. Sounds harsh, I know; but it's true. Also, no one is making us stay in any given state (or country, if it gets that bad). If a state is not bearing up under pressure, move. We are free to move about this land of ours. Surely one can find a place that suits one's ideals and needs. If they cannot change the place they are (I'm talking to myself here, too), go elsewhere.

Comment Re:have you seen my representative government late (Score 1) 239

My reference to our founders involves the fact that only the powers specifically granted the Federal government by the Constitution were to be within the federal purview. All else was to be that of the States. The Federal government has stepped way beyond that limitation. This was a response to a the colonies being ruled by a government separated geographically from their citizenry and thus, out of touch with the immediate needs of said colonists. I don't believe for one second that a group of in-fighting, power-hungry, money-grubbing (gross generalizations, I know, but you sound intelligent and I believe you will get my meaning) politicians can honestly make decisions that best serve the citizens of states outside of the politicians' day-to-day exposure.

Comment have you seen my representative government lately? (Score 3, Insightful) 239

I love my country, I hate my government (because it is no longer "my" government). We need a change. We need to break the stranglehold the Republican and Democratic parties have on the machinery of government. We need the populous to wake up and Vote for repealing rights that the federal government has usurped from the state governments. We need to limit federal legislation of states and depend upon each state to make the decisions that affect the people that they know better than the federal government (you know, they way our founders intended it to be). I'm going to stop here and get ready for the onslaught of all of the knee-jerk, anti-American flames aimed squarely at me.


Secret ACTA Treaty May Sport "Internet Enforcement" Procedures After All 239

Andorin writes "Ars Technica writes about the recent work on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and reveals that while the public does not have access to the text of the agreement, a handful of lawyers representing Big Content and numerous companies and organizations do. 'Turns out that... ACTA will include a section on Internet "enforcement procedures" after all. And how many people have had input on these procedures? Forty-two. ... Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) found out in September that the US Trade Representative's office had actually been secretly canvassing opinions on the Internet section of the agreement from 42 people, all of whom had signed a nondisclosure agreement before being shown the ACTA draft text.'"

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