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Comment How is it installed? (Score 1) 548

From the article it seems as though it's installed on a new system or you have to install it yourself. Not having seen an OEM install of Ubuntu lately as long as they let the end user know what they're doing and tracking with an easy opt out path who cares? It'll be interesting to see if it's part of the base install from the OEM and if they let you know it's there and calling home. If it's just a metric it would seem like it's not that big of a deal. Although, it does have an greasy kind of feel to it. Does anyone know if this is slipped in with the update stream?

Comment Re:He's wrong (Score 1) 624

Gee...sounds a lot like the Slashdot Mod system.

How many "insightful" moderation's does it take to overcome 50 "Troll" Moderation's?

The same number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop...

Comment Re:It is obvious (Score 1) 234

Actually Microsoft bought Sysinternals hired the developers and made the whole thing better and is still giving it away for free. Those utilities are good enough that I would pay for them and I believe I did donate back before MS acquired them. Oracle on the other hand was saying:

"We've been in the open source business a very long time. We've been a distributor of Apache and we have our own version of Linux," Ellison said. "We have no problems having both Linux and Solaris and we want to make them both better." -- Larry Elison Interview on

While the reality is that they're letting OpenSolaris die on the vine...

Comment Re:NASA is not efficient (Score 1) 508

Thank you. Not only that, but the opportunity for R&D on survival technology in a place that is far enough away to make it really tough but not completely unobtainable. All the tech. we need to develop, cosmic ray exposure, self contained atmospheric tuning and testing, reduced gravity survival, the list goes on and on. All in our own back yard not two hundred million miles away (I know, I know, it's not always that far away, but you know that's when the crap will break).

If there is a catastrophic failure it's only two or three days away not several months.

Comment Re:Not just Google (Score 5, Insightful) 543

Most people over 40 realize that in the end it's just a job. Families are important and when you reach a certain age you start to understand what's important in life. Most corporations will drop you short of fully vetted and with not so much as a "thank you very much" to save the money.

20 somethings are great because they'll work long hours and think nothing of it. The problem is quantity does not equate to quality. Google might not be in so many new court cases if they had a little wisdom present when some 20 something said "Hey, lets put WiFi sniffers on our camera cars!".

Comment Re:Surveillance laws (Score 1) 329

they can just have the FBI spy on us

Actually it's the NSA at Menwith Hill sitting on phone lines that should have us up in arms, or maybe Pine Gap (another NSA listening post in Australia). The Brits spy on US citizens, the US on British citizens and then trade the data... It's the next best thing to legal compared to the other crap they've been pulling lately. BT lawyers gave paperwork to opposing counsel in a trespassing case in 1997 that admitted they put three high capacity cables from their network into the NSA facility! Facebook's published on the web and meant for sharing. Did you think they weren't gonna data mine it?


Submission + - Obama could soon be able to shut down the internet ( 2

Michael writes: "A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate (773 & 778) by Senator Jay Rockefeller would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared "cyber emergency. A working draft of the legislation obtained by an Internet privacy group also spells out plans to grant the Secretary of Commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed to be critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access.""

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