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OMG how have I never seen this?!
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Ha,good one!
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We're still waiting for a great biography of Steve Jobs. A highly touted new book isn't it.
Someday, someone will write the definitive book about how Steve Jobs led Apple out of the wilderness, saving a near-dead company that ultimately became one of the world’s most valuable and beloved enterprises. It will combine a genuine understanding of technology with a full, nuanced, and unblinkered view of Jobs,...
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At the end of the day it's not like Jobs was the first President/CEO of a company who was a major prick to everyone but his friends and family.  Last I checked that's not exactly uncommon.  Pretty sure most everyone who has ever had, you know, "a job" figured that one out awhile ago. I actually commend Jobs for not trying to hide that reality. There's not many people who will even realize let alone admit they were a jerk. Because for all points and purposes that's what he did in his biography.
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With trepidation, just installed the 3.16 kernel in Ubuntu 14.04.2. I prefer 3.16 because it supports the wi-fi card inside my T440s, which earlier kernels didn't support (I've been using a wi-fi USB dongle in the meantime).

The 3.16 kernel was in 14.10, which was horrible on my machine -- frequent freezes and crashes. So I rolled it back to 14.04 and resumed using the dongle, and haven't had a system crash since.

Hoping I get the best of both worlds now...and my plan is to stay with LTS versions generally.
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I upgraded just so I can print with comments in libre office.
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Looking for camcorder advice

Buying a new camcorder:. HD (720 ok but prefer 1080) obviously. Also vital: needs to be as small as possible; mic input, headphone jack. Strongly prefer optical zoom. Idealy also with optical stabilization and good pictures in lower light.

Ideas?

UPDATE: I've pretty much decided on this: Canon VIXIA HF R600, as the best combination of features and price.
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You can get an infrared or visible helmet camera at ragecams that looks like a flashlight. I film the police and none of them have ever noticed it.
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One reason I admire Richard Stallman is this quote, at the end of this excellent article:

"Nothing good can come of giving up. That just means you lose completely, right away."
Richard Stallman, who published his manifesto in March of 1985, has been known to say that, “with software, either the users control the program, or the program controls the users.” Credit Photograph by Denis Allard / REA / Redux
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The GPL has shrunk the public domain, both by directly encouraging the effective removal of software from the public domain, and also by competing (at times unethically) with software in the public domain or under less restrictive copyrights.

Worse, it has created this false history in which RMS invented something that was already thriving.
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Ubuntu dilemma

Trying to decide whether to install 3.16 kernel (which unlike 3.13 support my wifi card) on Ubuntu 14.04.2... 14.10 was quite unstable.

Meanwhile have been using a USB wifi dongle, which works great.
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I was going to hold out for 15.04.   The 13.19 kernel has a bunch of wifi and audio support upgrades.    I just did a backup of my 14.04 system (using APTik) this evening in preparation for 15.04. 
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The explosion of "top level domains" -- TLDs -- has led to a totally outrageous but equally predictable result: honorable brands feel obliged, in some cases, to buy expensive domains just to protect themselves from trolls, squatters and malefactors.

Here's a perfect example.

ICANN, which made this happen, is raking in cash along with the operators who are selling domains no one needs.
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Harvard would probably argue that they are a famous mark which transcends categories, like Coke or Pepsi.
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Well, so much for the 3.16 kernel in Ubuntu 14.04.2. After a couple of mostly trouble-free days I had my first hard freeze -- so I guess it's somewhat more stable on my ThinkPad T440s than Ubuntu 14.10 was (a horror show) but still not what I need.

Have deleted it and reverted back to the 3.13 kernel, with some regret, since I still have to use my wi-fi dongle (the Realtek radio doesn't get supported before 3.16).

Even one freeze a week is too much of a hassle for me, since these things always happen at times that cause me to lose work in progress.
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May be graphics but this is vanilla Intel. Last time was total lockup.
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News organizations are getting ready to give away their future to Facebook. What mind-numbingly short-sighted "strategy" --
The social media giant is said to be in talks with several news publishers, offering to deliver their content quickly, in exchange for a certain loss of control over their readership.
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Newspapers don't have their "own" web sites. (any more than malware-infected users have their "own" PCs.)  Newspapers have data-leakage-filled messes.

http://zgp.org/~dmarti/business/st-louis/

Going from a site that's teeming with 3rd-party trackers to a single silo is like going from a house with a zillion roaches to a house with one big rat.
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If the FCC lets Big Entertainment get special treatment from ISPs, the net neutrality rules are just about meaningless.
HBO, Sony and Showtime are asking broadband providers for a separate lane for their online-TV services, hoping to steer clear of the growing congestion on the Internet, opening up a new question on net neutrality.
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+Mark Milliman This is why you need to think of Net Neutrality regulation as a dispute resolution and mediation method rather than "hard and fast rules". It's why they have catchall rules like "reasonable network management" etc that provide exemptions to the rules.

Unfortunately, ISPs (especially big cable providers) have shown time and time again that they are unwilling to go through this diagnostic process you speak of to identify and resolve issues. For example, it's been repetitively pointed out that the L3 and Verzion link was saturated and despite L3 willing to pay for it, Verzion refused to up the interconnect bandwidth from 20Gbps to 30Gbps for no clear reason.

So mediation is required.Hopefully the FCC is smart enough to let the actual technical decisions happen by people who know what they're doing. 
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As Apple insiders go more and more public about how much they hated Walter Isaacson's book about Steve Jobs because (they think) it wasn't positive enough -- it was a love letter, in my opinion, though not a great book -- a new film is showing Jobs' less-attractive side more clearly.

I'm thinking about doing a book myself, from a skeptic's point of view. I recognize Jobs' brilliance and drive. But this is also a guy who, among many other not-so-admirable things, led a conspiracy against his (and other tech companies') best people, in which companies agreed not to poach each others' employees.

What I won't have is the hours and hours of interviews that Isaacson and others got with Jobs. Apple made it clear to me in the 1990s that I would get an interview with the boss approximately one month after hell froze over. I can only speculate about why, but I'm sure it had to do with my non-reverence for him and Apple.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing this film.
Just a few minutes into ;Alex Gibney's new documentary about Steve Jobs , it becomes glaringly obvious that the ;filmmaker ;may not be the ;biggest fan of his subject.
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+Jaspreet Singh not true at all. Ifruity is not the only company working on a convergent device melding the functions of PDA and mobiles of the time. They are just the first one out of the door. :(

In fact if other companies other than ifruity came out with the first convergent devices, we will be looking at better features, less restrictions and saner price points for smart phones.
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My piece about taking more control of the tech I use just went over 200,000 views, which is gratifying. I'll be be posting more on this topic in coming weeks and months.
I’m done sending my money and data to corporations I don’t trust
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I have a Jolla on order...
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