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Comment Re:Heart's in the right place... (Score 1) 480

I would personally not care one bit if a fast food worker got paid as much as me or more.... good for them, I wouldn't want to do that job so why would I complain?

The point of the thing is not your want of a particular job. If all you were able to do was flip burgers, then you'd find yourself in one of two situations to earn your living. Either flipping burgers, or demanding that those who are able to do more give what they earned to you. Essentially the philosophy here is that ability deserves punishment and not reward.

Comment Re:'Leak' ? (Score 1) 302

The Windows Insider builds are available to anyone who can be bothered signing up to the program. The only 'leak' here is if publishing screenshots constitutes a breach of the EULA.

Microsoft only releases some builds to the insider program. More to the fast ring than the slow, but they certainly do not release every internal build to the insider program. For example, the currently available build for PC is Build 10130. For me, it's always interesting to see what's in the latest internal builds even if they aren't released to the public - just to know what to expect when a build is released.

Also, this is not just a screenshot release. The entire build was leaked, and this is the appropriate word, because it is not available through official Microsoft channels. The story chosen for the summary was just one that shows a lot of pictures primarily in place of writing more informative content.

Comment Re: Network layer and education (Score 2) 260

The easiest solution that I've found for this at home is opendns using DNS port intercepting on a ddwrt router. Simple instructions for making this happen are at If you give your kid a cell phone with a data plan this will be quickly side stepped, but if you take a pass on giving your preteen a phone until they are old enough to grasp some of the needed conversations, it does give some measure of reliable and configurable protection to your local network.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 24

Why make it download emails from a Exchange server and then reupload it to some out-of-organization server?

According to the article this is not the reasoning that is being given for banning the app. As with any aggregator app that runs on a phone, there are many rather plain reasons why data such as emails and attachments would be temporarily stored on the app provider's servers.

The real issue that is being objected to here is that the app double-encrypts login credentials for various email providers using both a unique-per-client key that they generate and a key that is derived from the specific piece of hardware accessing the data. This encrypted data is then stored in "the cloud". The counterpoint to this methodology is gmail's use of OAuth to avoid storing any credentials - regardless of the sophistication of the encryption scheme - in a public cloud setup.

Comment Re: As a parent, which requires no testing or lice (Score 4, Informative) 700

The certification argument is almost entirely a red herring for two major reasons. First, if you ask most teachers with certifications, you'll find that a massive portion of their education was based on classroom administration and not effectively communicating specific subject matter. Secondly, most home school curriculum are not based on in seat teacher to student instruction (though there are a plethora of online options if you choose that style). They are generally based on classical education which relies heavily on teaching children a love for reading with a heavy emphasis on classics and an ability to go seek and find answers for one's self.

Comment Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 570

That is already how windows 8/8.1 handles OEM licensing. There is no more product key sticker as the product key is integrated into the BIOS. The licensing agreement with OEM stuff has always technically been that it is tied to the specific hardware if my understanding is correct. With 8.1, this is just being more effectively enforced through technical means. It seems extremely unlikely that Microsoft will depart from that model going forward.

However, with the 8 upgrade licenses, they were product key based, because there is no control over the hardware before it reaches the user as there is with an OEM device. I don't really see how they could possibly get away from shipping a product key if they are upgrading any Windows 7+ machine. It also seems unlikely that at registration of said product key, Microsoft is going to store some sort of hardware fingerprint in a database to prevent reusage of the key at a later date on different hardware.

Comment Re:Concrete reality (Score 1) 771

I'm fairly certain that people can still assemble peacefully offline. I should probably check the news in the morning to be sure...
I wouldn't go to Atlanta, but this is a major enough shift that I'd show up in Chicago to publicly register discontent. As one poster wrote:

US government ... decided to go out and spy+opress its citizens officially. You're at the tipping point, folks.

Submission + - Lavabit forced to shut down

clorkster writes:

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

No doubt this has much to do with Snowden's use of the provider

Submission + - Fiddler Gets Financial Backing (

clorkster writes: Telerik has just acquired Fiddler. Even more exciting is that Fiddler’s creator, Eric Lawrence, will come over from Microsoft to join the team fulltime. For those of you who don’t know, Fiddler is a web debugging proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer or device and the Internet. Telerik has committed keeping Fiddler free and to making further investments into the tool. If you want to vote on the first improvements to be targeted, go to the fiddler website (make sure Ghostery is disabled).

Comment Re:Philosophical thought experiment (Score 0) 580

If indeed the above is a documented phenomenon, then certainly the laws need change. I doubt eliminating child porn laws is a good solution... perhaps immunity for people who turn it over to the police (like used heroin needles or firearm collections).

But you realize that you are criminally liable, with the potential to wind up on a sex offender registry, lose your job, your family, your home, EVERYTHING

Even with that risk in play, I have to note that I believe that logic very similar was used at Penn State. Bring the tapes directly to the police. Cowardice, however shrewd in its self-interest is still cowardice. I maintain the belief that the judicial system would ultimately do right, and if it did not that the legislative would. Even if I never lived to see either of those two things happen, at least I wouldn't go to my grave knowing that I am a coward who could have stopped more children from being raped and instead did nothing.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best mobile phone solution without data plan 2

clorkster writes: I am looking to upgrade my mobile phone. I have always bought the cheapest possible phone with the least features since I only use it to make calls and text. Further, I am opposed to paying for internet access twice and my home access is certainly more important and necessary. I am now running into the issue that my phone is too archaic to receive text messages from newer smart phones (they somehow become picture messages). Any thoughts on a good smart phone without data plan or an almost smart phone solution?

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