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How Boston exposes America’s dark post-9/11 bargain
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 24 2013 @ 11:40 PM EDT
We agreed to give up most of our enumerated rights and civil liberties (except for the sacrosanct Second Amendment, of course) in exchange for a lot of hyper-patriotic tough talk, the promise of “security” and the freedom to go on sitting on our asses and consuming whatever the hell we wanted to. Don’t look the other way and tell me that you signed a petition or voted for John Kerry or whatever.

The fact is that whatever dignified private opinions you and I may hold, we did not do enough to stop it, and our constitutional rights are now deemed to be partial or provisional rather than absolute, do not necessarily apply to everyone, and can be revoked by the government at any time.

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

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Barnes & Noble and Android
Authored by: nyarlathotep on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 12:57 AM EDT
As an Android developer I can also state that B&N have been
one of the best markets for apps.

Rumors keep popping up that with Microsoft's investment in
NOOK that B&N will drop Android and go with Windows, but
they keep coming out with improvements to the Android
infrastructure, like in-app payments recently.

I really hope B&N are able to stay in the NOOK/Android game,
because I think they and their NOOK shop are an excellent
counterpoint to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Heck, you even get used to typing NOOK instead of Nook. They
vet the apps pretty well, and the former is one of the
things they request all developers use.

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U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 03:18 AM EDT
Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws.

The secret legal authorization from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors' Internet links. Since then, however, the program has been expanded by President Obama to cover all critical infrastructure sectors including energy, healthcare, and finance starting June 12.

"The Justice Department is helping private companies evade federal wiretap laws," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which obtained over 1,000 pages of internal government documents and provided them to CNET this week. "Alarm bells should be going off."

Declan McCullagh, CNET


EPIC FOIA Request Reveals Details About Government Cybersecurity Program reveals-deta.html

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Microsoft Respects No One
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 07:59 AM EDT
Even as Microsoft is refusing to pay IP royalties on RAND
patents to Motorola, Microsoft inked a patent licensing deal
with ZTE on Android and/or Chrome devices.

"Much of the current litigation in the so-called 'smartphone
patent wars' could be avoided if companies were willing to
recognize the value of others' creations in a way that is
fair," Microsoft Vice President and General Counsel Horacio
Gutierrez said in a statement. "At Microsoft, experience has
taught us that respect for intellectual-property rights is a
two-way street, and we have always been prepared to respect
the rights of others just as we seek respect for our

Clearly the only thing we might expect from Gutierrez is
propoganda, not credibility.

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Wikipedia Moved from MySQL To MariaDB 5.5
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 09:38 AM EDT
SlashDot Link

"As we all know Oracle is not the biggest friend to the Open Source Community. Long standing OSS supporter Wikipedia has now moved from an optimized fork of MySQL 5.1 to MariaDB 5.5, for both its English and German sites. Wikipedia expects all other languages to follow within a month. Performance-wise, this move has no big implications, but it will ensure our biggest community database will live long and prosper."

Z Dnet Link (Dec/2012)

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Is the government evil ?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 12:23 PM EDT
The government-run horror show

Arguing that we shouldn't be outraged at government because "it's just us" is one of the worst lies we tell ourselves.

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Texas Judge Rejects FBI Attempt to Use Spyware to Infiltrate Unknown Suspect's Computer
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 05:40 PM EDT
The order rejecting the request revealed that the FBI wanted to use the surveillance tool to covertly infiltrate the computer and take photographs of its user through his or her webcam. The plan also included recording Internet activity, user location, email contents, chat messaging logs, photographs, documents, and passwords.

As the Wall Street Journal reported, Houston magistrate Judge Stephen Smith said that he could not approve the “extremely intrusive” tactic because the FBI did not know the location or identity of the suspect and could not guarantee the spy software would not end up targeting innocents.

Ryan Gallagher, Slate

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MS Word Bites Again
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 05:57 PM EDT
The long arm of the law reconstructs document deletions

The Independent

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Historical Supreme Court audio recordings released
Authored by: xtifr on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 06:03 PM EDT

The Supreme Court has opened up a collection of historical audio recordings to the public, dating back to 1955, according to a report at NPR: "Once Under Wraps, Supreme Court Audio Trove Now Online."

(Recordings from the 1990s on were already available, so this new material is, well, older material. Still certain to be full of fascinating material, if you're interested in that sort of thing.)

Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for it makes them soggy and hard to light.

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What Are They Eating?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 06:11 PM EDT
Or not eating in this case. If the dryness of desert air can do that to a hamburger, think of its effect on a legal mind ...
Utah man David Whipple has managed to hang on to a hamburger from McDonald's since 1999. The extraordinary part isn't the fact that he didn't throw the burger out, though -- it's that the burger barely looks like it has aged.

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  • Dessication - Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 01 2013 @ 01:45 PM EDT
Samsung's Nightmare
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 09:23 PM EDT
While people are playing silly twerps in Californian courts,
Archos shakes up cell phones with three new models
These three, and the 700 others you don’t hear about are the worst nightmare for Samsung, Nvidia, and any other bigger players. Why? Long story.   I don't have a subscription to read the rest of Charlie's story, but what I do read suggests that if a very small handful of Chinese makers decide their internal market is boring, they could pull the rug out from under Apple and Samsung so fast and so hard it'll hurt your eyes to watch.

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Smartest Machine on Earth - PBS, IBM, Watson and Jeopardy
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 10:13 PM EDT
Smartest Machine on Earth

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Abolish the Patent System
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 01 2013 @ 11:58 AM EDT
The costs of Patents and Copyright far out-strip their supposed value to
"culture", something that cannot be measured anyway.

The only thing that can be seen is the costs involved, and the crushing of
innovation and culture caused by enforcement of these government mandated

Monopoly is supposed to be a bad thing. Why tolerate it anywhere?

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