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Comment The absolute power of proprietary software (Score 1) 124

Once again, a proprietary software company is caught red-handed violating users' privacy. Sigh.

Why are we still trusting those companies who engage in software abuse, mistreating our digital lives? What will it take before mass resignation of such companies' employees because they're fed up from being part of immoral spying schemes?

Oh, and don't give me that food on the table bogus argument; Red Hat makes hundreds of millions profit a year with free software, and most web developers who mix and match free software make more than a decent pay. There's ways to make a living in computing without sacrificing human dignity.

Submission + - Why Google Home Will Change the World (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: Much has recently been written about Google Home, the little vase-like cylinder that started landing in consumers’ hands only a week or so ago. Home’s mandate sounds simple enough in theory — listen to a room for commands or queries, then respond by voice and/or with appropriate actions.

What hasn’t been much discussed however, is how the Home ecosystem is going to change for the better the lives of millions to billions of people over time, in ways that most of us couldn’t even imagine today. It will drastically improve the lives of vast numbers of persons with visual and/or motor impairments, but ultimately will dramatically and positively affect the lives of everyone else as well.

Comment Re: Simple (Score 1) 322

Windows was important in the 90s. Wake up that is so last century.

Some of us grown-ups have to use our computers for *work* and can't just choose whatever OS has the prettiest icons, you know. That's why Windows still runs the vast majority of the world's workstations.

The company I work for is on track to be Microsoft free by Q3 2017. We are already MS free on the workstation side, but there are things like Great Plains, that they got backed into a corner YEARS ago, that are a lot harder to let go of. Even that will be gone Q1 2017, the two biggies are the SQL server clusters, they will be the last to go.

So don't cry me a river about it isn't possible to run a big corporation without sucking on the MS teat. I have helped several companies shed at least the MS workstation weight, and this will be the first that has decided to go *entirely* MS free.

Now I am not a graphics person. But I can still see that in the professional gfx world, Photoshop is still king. However, the shops that have custom software, and don't have the source code -- well they were just stupid.

Comment What shocks me (Score 2, Insightful) 56

What shocks me the most: the public reaction to the news. I'm from Quebec, saw the local news and everyone from mayors to prime ministers had their word about the incident.

It's mostly about the police's power and journalist's source protection. Almost no one mentions how the whole operation was sanctioned by law, and that *anyone* can easily be spied on the same way (that seems to involve way more than cell tower math), and almost nobody seems to question the fact that most phones are manufactured in a way where the consumer has no reasonable way to opt-out of surveillance.

Am I late to the party or is this dystopia something humanity wilfully agreed on?

Oh, right, convenience of a portable candy crush game trumps everything, don't make me think.

Submission + - Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking 1

Fudge Factor 3000 writes: Google has recently quietly changed its privacy policy to allow it to associate web tracking, which is supposed to remain anonymous, with personally identifiable user data: https://www.propublica.org/art...

This completely reneges its promise to keep a wall between ad tracking and personally identifiable user data, further eroding one's anonymity on the internet. Google's priorities are clear. All they care about is monetizing user information to rake in the big dollars from ad revenue.

Think twice before you purchase the premium priced Google Pixel. Google is getting added value from you as its product without giving you part of the revenue it is generating through tracking through lower prices.
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Interviews: Ask Martin Shkreli a Question 410

Martin Shkreli has agreed to answer your questions. Shkreli is the co-founder of the hedge fund MSMB Capital Management, the co-founder and former chief executive officer (CEO) of the biotechnology firm Retrophin, and the founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Shkreli has been active on Twitter about a wide range of topics, including the 2016 presidential election. Most recently, he expressed interest in buying 4chan.

Ask him your questions here, and we'll post the full interview with Shkreli's answers in the near future.

Comment Re:Canada, eh? (Score 1) 130

I'm pretty sure Canada "ratified" the Kyoto protocol as well. Did we meet those targets? I'm thinking no.

True. Kyoto was ratified by the Liberal party then in power; they were defeated in 2006 by Conservatives (led by fossil fuel enthusiast Stephen Harper) who ruled over Canada until 2015. Liberals are back in the driver seat and odds are they will stay in control until at least 2023, as the two other significant parties (Conservatives, NDP) are now running internal leadership races without a single strong candidate on either side.

That does not mean the Liberals will follow through, of course, but at least for now Canada is not ruled by a bunch of anti-science jerks.

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