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Comment Re:I'd like to thank the leader of said nation-sta (Score 1) 667

Since the election I've been fascinated with the idea that only 1/3 Americans have a great or fair amount of trust in the media* while at the same time an increasing number of people prefer news from a single-source or whatever they find on facebook.**

What leads so many people to say that investigative journalism is a sham? If there is no free media, how do we trust any news. I'm sure not able to read the thousands of Wikileaks e-mails and do the research necessary to determine what is pertenant.

* http://www.gallup.com/poll/195... ** http://www.gallup.com/poll/193...

Comment Re:social media site (Score 1) 232

I wish more people had the time and/or inclination to fact-check what they believe and pass onto others. How many plausible claims for or against candidates did you fact check this election cycle and how much time did you spend doing it? I stop short at name calling because the truth is I spent hours trying to verify certain claims and most voters don't have that kind of time. It's inundating to try obtain reliable facts and evidence from a credible source.

The question in my opinion is does Facebook profit from turning a blind eye to the kind of polarizing self-affirming material and the feedback-loop of a bubble they create for their users because it keeps them in-house? If they do profit from this and Facebook is the sole source of news for an increasing number of adults what, if anything, can or should be done?

Submission + - Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows NSA (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Edward Snowden joined Twitter Tuesday, picking up more than a quarter of a million followers on the social network in just over two hours.

Snowden followed a single Twitter account: the US National Security Agency, from which he stole electronic documents revealing the agency's secret surveillance programs.

"Can you hear me now?" he asked in his first tweet, which was quickly resent by Twitter users tens of thousands of times.

In his second, Snowden noted the recent news about the planet Mars and then quipped about the difficulty he had finding asylum after the US government fingered him as the source of the NSA leaks.

"And now we have water on Mars!" he wrote. "Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend."

Submission + - Libiquity to sell Libreboot X200, fully-free laptops

Victor_0x53h writes: Libiquity is announcing that it will soon start selling Libreboot X200 subnotebooks — laptops modified to run entirely on free/libre and open source software. The fast, flexible, and secure Libreboot firmware will boot to a user-friendly Trisquel GNU/Linux desktop.

The Free Software Foundation recently announced its endorsement of the Libreboot X200, a refurbished Lenovo laptop, currently available through Gluglug. The laptop ships with 100% free software and firmware and Intel's AMT removed.

Comment That'll work well (Score 1) 199

Easy enough for a desktop application when all you have to do is uninstall the new version, and install the older one. A little more complex for your PC or laptop's OS: you need is enough free space on the disk drive to store all the originals and a somewhat elaborate restoration routine. The idea's great, but there are limiting factors for a phone (disk space, processing power). Whats more is all the different firmwares for radios, gps, etc. which should, but don't always like to take a step back if you simply install the old firmware over top. Maybe we could just download all of the OS and factory restore the whole thing to whatever version. This would work, but it's kind of a hassle for your average user - probably not what Andy meant. Moors law dictates these devices will become more powerful, so maybe in the not-so-distant future. Really though, if they can't get the new OS to work right why do you think they could perfect a restoration routine. Who is this guy anyhow?

Comment Clever Exploitation or Genuine Belief? (Score 1) 126

Are you sincere in your vehement G+ rants on Global Warming or is this a clever exploitation of humans "Backfire Effect" (when given evidence against their beliefs, people can reject the evidence and believe even more strongly)?

What particularly made me think this at one point was: "Does that kind of language persuade anybody"?

Submission + - Tor is building an anonymous instant messenger

An anonymous reader writes: "Forget the $16 billion romance between Facebook and WhatsApp. There's a new messaging tool worth watching.

Tor, the team behind the world's leading online anonymity service, is developing a new anonymous instant messenger client, according to documents produced at the Tor 2014 Winter Developers Meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland."

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