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Trust Microsoft? Hell no!
Opinion: It can stop forcing companies to pay for its bogus Android patents. Right. Like that's ever going to happen.
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When a corporation behaves in an untrustworthy way, my own algorithm is to withdraw trust for an equal period after they have taken sincere steps to regain trust again. Microsoft has been untrustworthy for my entire IT career, so the earliest I could ever consider trusting them, if they turned over a new leaf tomorrow, is 2042 or so. And I'll be retired by then.
Conclusion: no-one now living should ever trust Microsoft at any point in their IT careers.

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Really shit experience today with an Opal card today. Mine just stopped working for no good reason when I tried to get the train home from work. When this happens it is a major inconvenience but all that the ShittyRail and the Opal employees can give me is time consuming, privacy invading "solutions" to get back the cash I put on the damn card to begin with.
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It's probably the antenna embedded in the card. A common failure mode, because cards are carried in flexible wallets in pockets of jeans.

My Suica broke once that way. Because it was embedded in my ATM/visa card, I fronted at the bank. Their first gambit was that I was holding it wrong. LOL. Ultimately a replacement took weeks because Bank! Being without your ATM card, transport card and credit card makes you think about over-integration.

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OSTIF, QuarksLab, and VeraCrypt E-mails are Being Intercepted. As we have began the process of staging our audit, we have set up PGP encrypted communications between OSTIF, QuarksLab, and the lead developer of the VeraCrypt project. In these communications we have discussed vulnerability ...
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/me nods.

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Written by: Ayman El Kaissi In the middle of April, Facebook removed more than six Arabic-speaking atheist pages due to “violations” of Community Standards.
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My new laptop was due to arrive today. I was watching it on the courier tracking website all day. It was loaded onto a truck at Botany a little after 8am and did not manage to reach me in the city by 6pm. One only needs to be a tiny bit paranoid to wonder if the machine has been intercepted by $government_bad_guys and tampered with.

I use Linux. I use Tor. I run a Tor middle relay. I use Bitcoin. I run a Bitcoin node. I'm going to assume any one of those makes me a potential target for surveillance.

I will be inspecting this machine very thoroughly when it finally arrives.
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Yes, if I was out for a run of the mill laptop, I would get one in a walk-in, pay money and walk out retailer. This new one is not run of the mill.
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The agency appears to be bending the rules to place surveillance over software security.
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Attended the first meet up of the Sydney LLVM group tonight. Of the 8 attendees, 5 were hard core Haskellers. Of those 5, 3 will presenting papers at ICFP or associated co-located conferences and the other two code Haskell almost exclusively in their day job.
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Australia's Telstra and Optus are one of 6 networks

".... that are more than an order of magnitude more expensive than other bandwidth providers around the globe and refuse to discuss local peering relationships. To give you a sense, these six networks represent less than 6% of the traffic but nearly 50% of our bandwidth costs."
CloudFlare protects over 4 million websites using our global network which spans 86 cities across 45 countries. Running this network give us a unique vantage point to track the evolving cost of bandwidth around the world. CC BY-SA 2.0 image by Quinn Dombrowski Recap Two years ago, we previewed
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+Murray Wayper This was the article I was telling you about.

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The new laptop has arrived and its incredible!

Its a Dell 15 inch Precision m5510 with quad Core i7 CPU, 32Gig of RAM, a 1TB SSD and 3840x2160 pixel resolution screen, with almost no border at all. For work I have a brand new high end Macbook Pro and this Dell is actually prettier. Its specs are also better than the very top of the line Macbook Pro and it was $400 cheaper.

It came with Dell's version of Ubuntu 14.04 pre-installed. This is probably fine for someone who is relatively new to Linux but its definitely not right for me. Its based on Ubuntu 14.04 instead of something more recent like 16.04, its running a 3.19 kernel and I hated Unity when it first came out and I don't like it any better now. I also hate the "advertising on the desktop" bullshit. I'll be switching to a Debian install as soon as I've burnt it in with a few builds of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler.
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+Emmanuel Galanos Wow, Australia tax!

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It's entirely possible that the National Security Agency has already put backdoors into your PC, enabling them to bypass any encryption techniques you might be using.
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Software hacker. Compiler geek.
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Two of my projects, libsndfile and libsamplerate are installed on just about every Linux desktop system on the planet.
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