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Swearing off Lenovo products. The company is at best run by complete idiots. Just google Lenovo+superfish+MITM to see what I mean.

http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1929
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Now I remember why I weened myself off Reddit discussions. It's because people are fucking idiots. So many people try to argue points they have no clue about (especially in technical subreddits like /r/linux) that are easily disproved using some searching and Wikipedia. Time to get myself off Reddit.
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One of my favorite distros is ending support - CrunchBang Linux. I moved on years ago but it was really good back when I did use it. Hopefully corenominal will move onto better things.

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=416493#p416493
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Take what happens when people Facebook Freeboot and combine it with the fines you see the MPAA (et al) levy on people who torrent movies, music, etc. Since Facebook Freebooting gives you concrete evidence of how many people have seen and thus stolen your content, it makes the fine calculation easy. Facebook would be fined out of existence if the IP laws were in any way equal when it comes to the "haves" vs the "have nots" (money for lobbyists and lawyers). Of course, the USA is extremely corrupt and there is no way reform will come fast enough to save the little guys. Yay for the country that boasts it's entrepreneurs and small businesses, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6A1Lt0kvMA
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Watching / skimming the Windows 10 Event. Some interesting things and bits, but goddamn is this shit boring. It's like they purposely found the least charismatic and most monotone speakers ever to do the presentation. Logically, some of this should be exciting, but none of it sounded exciting.

Windows 10 - not inspiring confidence.

http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/
Everything you need to know about Windows 10.
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Wow scary.... I guess the Sony hack resulted in something very good despite all the employees it hurt.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/12/7382287/project-goliath

tldr; article: http://blog.opendns.com/2014/12/30/sony-reveals-even-bigger-attack-internet-time-mpaa-behind/
What is "Goliath" and why are Hollywood’s most powerful lawyers working to kill it? In dozens of recently leaked emails from the Sony hack, lawyers from the MPAA and six major studios talk about...
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I've always wanted to use Apple but didn't like their closed ecosystem and certain parts of their philosophy. However, I can make similar complaints about Windows and Linux.

Windows being that they went insane during the Balmer era in just about every possible way. But I've loved Nadella's moves - open sourcing, hardware, etc. - and think they are on the right track back. Though I can't see myself going back simply because it's one of those "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me" type situations.

Linux, oh god the community. It can be both good and bad at the same time. That and there isn't a single DE that is sane. All of them go bonkers at some point to the point where I actually wish to use Windows or OS X just for having sane interface decisions that don't change on the whim of a developer. That and their inability to have a unified package system. Without that, Linux will never be understandable enough for an every day user.

And that brings me back to Apple. Tim Cook has made a lot of public statements and pushed for certain ideologies that makes me very comfortable with using them as an ecosystem despite the drawbacks. That and a closed ecosystem doesn't seem so bad any more because even Linux is going in that direction (hello GNOME and Ubuntu). I try to avoid it by using KDE but at this point, I realized that I just don't have the time to fight against the closed ecosystem tide. And since the Linux ecosystem doesn't appear to want to move to a standard packaging system, having a closed ecosystem looks inevitable. And so, if I do make a move to upgrade my systems (I'm running pretty old hardware now), I think I'll be going Apple. If I get screwed by Apple, at least I know that I got screwed by a guy whose ethics I believe in.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/13/apple-ceo-tim-cook-challenges-obama-privacy
Highest-profile tech executive at cybersecurity summit calls privacy ‘life and death’ issue but hopes to work productively with government
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I've been following this story since the start and now that I've heard some back and forth between both sides (including real evidence and statements!), I can only think that Google has passed the Moral Event Horizon. They've gone from a company with good intents to one that is patently evil. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/29/oops_google_somebody_left_a_tape_running/
Cellist Zoë Keating strikes back with YouTube transcript
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Got to the holo demo part of the event. Watching them use it, I got flashbacks to my old visual interfaces and UI design classes in college. Biggest thing they need to fix:

In a hand controlled UI, use all of the space! Make those things big! Mini-map + closeup of only a portion of the selectable items + big arm swiping movements = far better UX.
They gotta get out of the desktop / tablet mindset and realize that holographic computing is a completely new user interface paradigm.
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Man so hard to not think that we are living in an Orwellian future.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/verizon-and-turn-break-browser-privacy-protections
Verizon advertising partner Turn has been caught using Verizon Wireless's UIDH tracking header to resurrect deleted tracking cookies and share them with dozens of major websites and ad networks, forming a vast web of non-consensual online tracking. Explosive research from Stanford security expert Jonathan Mayer shows that, as we warned in November, Verizon's UIDH header is being used as an undeletable perma-cookie that makes it impossible for cus...
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Great read and visualization.
http://ncase.me/polygons/
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