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"I'm not sure why [FBI Director James Come] believes he can have a technological means of access that somehow only works for people of the correct morality with the proper legal documents, but he seems to believe that's possible."

Exactly.

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/10/more_crypto_war.html
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Sony on their cyber security: "We were extremely well prepared for conventional cyber security".
Yep, we noticed. No defense in depth, using Windows and hoping an antivirus catches everything. And paying big bucks to security auditors and contractors.
You're doing it wrong, Sony. And you insist on doing it wrong.
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Music All Access has it. Enjoy.
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Net Neutrality movement says:
"We need to convince Obama to act now to protect the Internet -- and his legacy — even as his FCC goes rogue."
Ri-ight. Obama appointed, and the Congress approved Mr. Wheeler to head FCC. Mr. Wheeler, a former telecom lobbyist whose job was to promote interests of the telecoms, not the people. A man who promised prosperity to the telecoms.

And now - wow! - FCC goes "rogue". Oh really?
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NPR asks: "Should we continue to explore space at the unavoidable cost of human life?"
I ask: "Should we continue driving cars at the unavoidable cost of human life?" and "Should we continue using elevators at the unavoidable cost of human life?" -- elevators take ~10 lives a year, way more than space exploration, you know.
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Their SSL implementation is not OpenSSL. One more argument in favor of open source against those who claim "open is dangerous".
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"Your unsubscribe request has been processed. As a proof, here's another email from us."
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Please change your mind, or we'll change it for you.
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Guess now I have to repost it just to be banned by Apple. What a stupid response!..
 
Apple will BAN any media doing a bend test video
Apple is committing fraud on a massive scale by selling a flawed device to millions of people willingly. Here might be why we don't see any bend tests on +The Verge CNET +Engadget and +ABC News: One of the major German tech medias +COMPUTER BILD demonstrated to their audience how fragile the iPhone 6 Plus is and Apple's response is to BAN Computer BILD from all future Apple events and early access review units, see +COMPUTER BILD's open letter to Tim Cook: http://www.computerbild.de/artikel/cb-News-Handy-Apple-boycotts-COMPUTER-BILD-An-open-letter-to-Tim-Cook-10953399.html

Apple boycotts COMPUTER BILD: An open letter to Tim Cook
VON RAINER SCHULDT, AXEL TELZEROW, 29.09.2014, 15:00 UHR

In a video COMPUTER BILD showed how easy it is to bend an iPhone 6 Plus. The reaction from Apple: no more testing devices and no more invites for COMPUTER BILD. It is time for an open letter to Tim Cook.

Huge success for Bentgate video from COMPUTER BILD
This video is a screamer: Axel Telzerow, editor in chief of the german PC magazine COMPUTER BILD, proved how easy it is to bend the iPhone 6 Plus. The 5 minute clip reached over 350,000 people via YouTube. Blogger and TV stations reported about the video. 

Apple boycotts COMPUTER BILD
And Apple? The german PR department of the company reacts in a disturbing way: Instead of answering the questions about why the iPhone 6 Plus is so sensitive, a manager called COMPUTER BILD and told us, that COMPUTER BILD will not get any testing devices and no invites to official events any more.

Open letter to Apple boss Tim Cook
On occasion of this reaction, COMPUTER BILD editor in chief Axel Telzerow applies to Tim Cook via an open letter:

Dear Mr. Tim Cook!
Just like anyone else who is obsessed with digital technology we have eagerly awaited the new iPhone. We felt relief when the head of our telecom department one day shouted “Here we go!”, presenting an invitation to the great event. And certainly we took a flight, went all the way to California, just to tell our readers every detail about the device that you and your company have worked on so hard for such a long time.
When the iPhone 6 Plus finally hit the market we noticed a few reports on a possible problem. According to them the case seemed to be weak, “bendable”, to drop the evil word. Being popular for our tests with utmost scrutiny, we could not leave the subject without comment. Of course that required further tests since testing new products without any prejudice is our obligation to our readers.
And so we bought an iPhone 6 Plus, just to find out whether it was a singular problem or some kind of hoax. The test was quite simple, so we could easily record it on video. Just to prove that what happens is nothing but the truth.
To be honest: We were shocked about how easy it was to bend the device. And so were around 200.000 viewers who watched the video up until now. We can imagine that you and your colleagues must have been shocked, too. This might have been the reason why we got a call from one of your german colleagues the next morning. He was upset, and it was a rather short conversation. “From now on”, he said, “you won’t get any devices for testing purposes and you will not be invited to Apple events in the future.”
Dear Mr. Cook: Is this really how your company wants to deal with media that provide your customers with profound tests of your products? Do you really think that a withdrawal of Apple’s love and affection could have an intimidating effect on us? Luckily we do not have to rely on devices that Apple provides us. Luckily, a lot of readers are willing to pay money for our magazine to keep us independent. So we are able to buy devices to do our tests anyway. Even devices of manufacturers that seem to fear COMPUTER BILD’s independent judgement.
Even if we are quite dismayed about Apple’s reaction, we won’t give up our principles: We will continue our incorruptible tests that have the same high reputation in the german media-landscape as Apple has for its products. So far. We congratulate you to your fine new generation of iPhones, even if one of them has a minor weakness with its casing. But we are deeply disappointed about the lack of respect of your company.

Best regards,
+Axel Telzerow 
Editor in Chief COMPUTER BILD-Group

No reaction by Apple so far
COMPUTER BILD not only published this open letter, but also mailed it directly to Tim Cook and to the European Apple headquarter. There is still no reaction, but we will inform you, once a statement will reach us.
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I sent this to Costco today.

Dear Costco! I pay your membership fee because I value the work you put into selecting your products. I trust that you do a good job at it, because you do. I think you need to know about a blunder someone on your staff made recently that puts this trust at risk.
I've bought an Acer desktop at Costco two months ago. It has Windows 7 preinstalled, and it comes with 1-year license of Kaspersky Internet Security. Sounds good, right?
The problem? The computer comes with McAfee software preinstalled, and no trace of Kaspersky. McAfee is "bloatware crap", to put it mildly. It changes your browser search engine (!) without as much as asking you. After you uninstall it, your browser is still hijacked, sending your searches to McAfee's "site advisor" (which is their monetization site redirecting to Yahoo).
Dear Costco. I believe it's a mistake on your part. Please get it fixed. It's probably Acer who does this, but if you have enough influence to make them provide unique Costco-only models, you definitely have a say in the kind of software they preinstall.

Sincerely,
Alex Emelianov
(my member ID and contact info follows).
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"Set the Table, Bend a Little Space-Time, the Usual" http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/failblog/~3/BBbpL8XjxdM/8371452928
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Install Skype on a new Windows 7 computer. Let it sit unused for two weeks.  Start Skype. "Skype can't connect". Verify your account by logging in to the website. The account is fine, the password is right. "Skype can't connect".
Uninstall Skype. Delete the %appdata%/Skype folder. Install Skype again.
Now it works.
Turns out, the message actually means "we released an upgrade, and your two-week-old version won't work unless you figure out to reinstall the newest version"

Wow, user interface geniuses.
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Some people insist that calling using one's computer is called "Skype"
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Adobe Reader needs... In-app purchases? Seriously?
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... and yet CyanogenMod pulls it off just fine.
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The place is tiny, but they are extremely efficient making take-out online orders. Portions are generous, fish is very fresh. I order from them regularly, and never seen the problems other reviewers mention, like getting the order wrong, second-rate salmon (I especially love their salmon!) or soggy rice.
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Don't let room process fool you. Add $22 for the valet parking, since it's your only option. WiFi is available, if looking at "maximum number of subscribers are already connected" message counts as internet access. Also, it's noisy. I'd rather use a motel.
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A snake oil (no, actually, a no-water-car-wash aerosol) salesman is harassing every customer. Station owners don't seem to mind. And don't forget Valero sponsored a law to suspend California's greenhouse gas emission regulation, because polluting more is good for their business.
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If you ever tried to book tickets online, you know it's tricky. Which days have the best prices? What if you want to return two days later? What if you go to Berlin on your way back? It takes hours to research such prices online, and trust me, you will not find the options and special pricing Sofia can find. They know airline business, tariff rules, airline partner programs, every trick in the book. They will take time to call the consulate and make sure you can book a hotel or whether you need to apply for a visa first. They know which travel insurance programs work best. You'll be in good hands with Express International Travel.
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Lowest prices, that's true. But if you remember that Valero sponsored a measure to suspend California greenhouse gas emissions, you wouldn't buy from them.
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Screens installed at every pump shout ads at you while you are fueling. The owner (or attendant) said "buy earplugs if you don't like it". On the good side, a functional squeegee and detergent solution are provided for your windshield.
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