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It is being reported that #Microsoft  is acquiring +SwiftKey / #SwiftKey ; one of the popular +Android replacement keyboards. One that I actually use myself... so... bit of concern here.

The SwiftKey keyboard is known to use a substantive amount of meta-data and direct input data collection in order to improve word predictions and structural formation. I, personally, have never been too entirely concerned about the implications of potential privacy invasions that get other users up in arms. Most smaller software product focused companies generally can't survive torquing the user-base off by abusing the implied trust(s) into how such information is handled. 

Microsoft... on the other hand... pretty much has a career long record of proving that a company can make money while simultaneously applying the equivalent of a CENSORED  up the user's CENSORED  and then getting paid for the REALLY CENSORED  

In other words; I'm highly concerned that under Microsoft Management, SwiftKey's data-collection(s) could rapidly turn into a serious liability. 
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Yea, very glad I've stuck with Swype for a long time, the punctuation and gestures are vastly superior anyway.
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Reports are coming in that #Iowa  has selected +Ted Cruz / #TedCruz  / #CruzMissile  / #IchooseCruz  as the winner of the first #caucus  to go on the record books for the 2016 US Presidential Election.

I will shortly be posting to the Zerias Blogger my own reasons for why Ted Cruz is likely the best candidate for the +GOP to get behind; so this is one electoral victory that I am happy to see this early in the race. 

Incidentally... #Trump  nudged out +Marco Rubio / #marcorubio  for the second place spot. Honestly I think Marco's stances on #Snowden  and what actually constitutes information American Citizens need to be aware of in relation to law enforcement were factors within voters minds. 
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#MurkyPolitics  ... #LikeHellThisIsMurky  

... Various emails found on #HillaryClinton 's #emailserver  are classified under the #TopSecret  sub-category  #SpecialAccessProgram . This is a level of access that under normal conditions absolutely REQUIRES  the viewer of the information to input, in real-time, security codes or some other form of identity confirmation. Assuming Standard Operating Procedure the content of those emails should have only been transferred or accessible were Hillary Clinton physically present to provide the correct credentials for access. 

The SAP Classified content found in Hillary Clinton's email server was, apparently, discovered in a plain-text non-encrypted state. The insecure state in which the SAP Classified was identified now places any contained information in a position where it must  now be considered to be known by any political and special-interest entities who might have had the opportunity or capability to intercept or access the email server. 

In addition to those emails it is now confirmed that Hillary Clinton did leave multiple instructions to various entities asking for the deletion of headers and meta-data that would mark the type of content contained in specific messages. In turn this means that a number of other texts, pictures, and other assorted data stored within that server have a high probability; as in I'm calling it 99.9%; of Top-Secret or SAP designations. 

I think I ruined my lungs again screaming at this. 

Hillary Clinton would like to use the defense that she is technically incompetent, and thus was not aware of how to read or understand the classifications of data sent to her. In other words a claim of plausible deniability. However, as pointed out by a rather disturbingly large number of judges and lawyers versed in US law, against charges of Espionage there is no need to prove Intent  as failures to protect such assets can be committed under conditions of negligence. A claim of plausible deniability on the part of Hillary Clinton is an in-court admissible confession of guilt by negligence. 

Remember what I've said over multiple posts that Hillary Clinton has already CONFESSED  to some of the crimes in question?  

That Hillary Clinton is not currently cooling her heels in a Maximum Security Penitentiary or Military Brig awaiting trial is almost, at this point, inconceivable to the point of Princess Bride jokes. This isn't just accidental Oops I made a mistake  territory. This is full on #ContemptOfLaw  territory. 

What makes it worse for the American Citizens is that even with the specific revelation of just how what types of data were on that private email server, the Obama Administration still openly refused to allow the FBI to take gloves off. The White House Press secretary gave a performance in answering press-bullpen questions on the subject of Hillary Clintons illegal activities that caused a screaming fit in and of itself; indicating that the Obama Administration wasn't interested in pursing the crimes already confessed to. Never mind that the investigation by law enforcement is far from over and will likely result in uncovering further evidence of committed crimes. 

In the wake of the performance by the White House Press Secretary, comments by the sitting president, and additional comments from Hillary Clinton herself... I finally saw televised news programs ask one of the most important questions to date: #IsTheObamaAdministrationProtectingHillaryClintonFromProsecution

Yeah. That's not really a question. In terms of the US Judicial system there is a clause of #ReasonableDoubt . There should not be any question, in anybody's mind, that the #ObamaAdministration  is deliberately working to hamper and impede the efforts of Law Enforcement Officers in discharging their duties to put Hillary Clinton in front of a Judge for sentencing.  
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In the list of... #ICalledIt ... or rather #ICalledItAgain ... more evidence is surfacing that theories I outlined on the proper Gamenikki In Exile site on +Nintendo's #NX  platform... were hitting fairly close.

Specifically speaking: the CEO of #Macronix , a vendor of ROM type memories, announced to investors that Macronix would be supplying ROM chips to Nintendo for a device expected to be launched within the 2016 time-frame. Currently it seems that Macronix supplies the ROM's used in the cartridges for the 3DS.

The outside indication then is that the NX will be leveraging some sort of cartridge based system. Further commentary now available on a quote/unquote "Mobile Portion of the NX"  lends further weight to Nintendo converging their devices.  
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http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/39546.html

... +Jim Zemlin and +The Linux Foundation have some explaining to do. This was not, under any conditions, an acceptable change to the Linux Foundation's method of selecting representatives for the board of directors. 
The Linux Foundation is an industry organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and standardising Linux and open source software [1]. The majority of its board is chosen by the member companies - 10 by platinum members (platinum membership costs $500000 a year), 3 by gold members (gold ...
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Watching the +GOP debate on +Fox News / +Fox Business. More and more I find myself thinking #IChooseCruz

More surprisingly... I'm actually finding #GovKasich  and #GovBush  to not be the absolute train wrecks they were in previous debates. Quite frankly I'm surprised to see them on the stage given last years performance; and #CarlyFiorina 's drop to the undercard was certainly... disappointing. 
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Not much to comment on here. If the KDE Free QT Foundation is okay with these updates, then these are probably acceptable updates. 
 
The KDE Free Qt Foundation has updated the agreement with The Qt Company that extends the scope of the protection of Qt to Stay Free and Open.
https://dot.kde.org/2016/01/13/qt-guaranteed-stay-free-and-open-%E2%80%93-legal-update
KDE develops Free, Open Source Software. Most of the KDE software uses the Qt library, which is available under compatible free licenses. The continued availability of Qt as Free Software is safeguarded by the KDE Free Qt Foundation, founded in 1998.
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http://zerias.blogspot.com/2016/02/i-would-choose-cruz.html

I'll follow up on how the other candidates stumbled at one point or another after I get something resembling sleep. 
The 2014 Preamble In 2014 US voters spoke en masse. An unprecedented wave of election results sent not just record numbers of freshmen representatives into both Houses of Congress; but also into the houses of Governors across...
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It seems to be confirmed. The company that #JimKeller  left +AMD for is... +Tesla Motors

The apparent job there will be handling Tesla's Autopilot development. I might as well just go ahead and lay on with the snark for this one:

After dealing with Boards of Directors for AMD and Apple Jim Keller should be well versed in working around issues with malfunctioning semi-autonomous entities.  
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Recently I shared the #SuicideSquad  trailer into my feed. It is a movie from the stable of Warner Brothers +DC Entertainment Properties that I am genuinely interested in. All of the information to date paints the picture of a film that features actors who care about the roles they play; perhaps scarily so for Jared Leto; and a production staff that takes the roots of the Suicide Squad seriously. I find myself intrigued, not alienated, by the possible update to the backstory of #HarleenQuinzel ; aka #HarlyQuinn

In many ways the Suicide Squad movie is as much a throw-away movie along the lines of +James Gunn's (still not sure if valid account)   #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy  or +20th Century Fox's take on #Deadpool . It's a film scheduled to be released in a traditional "Dumping Ground"  time slot; featuring characters that may or may not have any quote/unquote "Mainstream"  appeal. If the title succeeds, great!  If it fails, then the studio can say they at least tried to do something that did not resemble a cookie-cutter sequel approach; which only justifies canning any other edge projects. 

So it is with much morbid interest that I watch the promotion for a film that Warner Brothers could not possibly care less about be entertaining and fun. It is also with morbid interest that I watch the promotion for a film that Warner Brothers has banked a significant amount of resources behind; up to shooting completely new footage and re-shooting significant chunks of already processed footage in order to focus the film on a single actor's performance; turn into a complete train-wreck every time something happens.

I am of course talking about #BatmanVsSuperman ... or #DawnOfJustice ... or the #BenAffleckBatShow ... or the #BatFlackAttack ... or any other hashtags that have no doubt filtered through the social media circles. The director, #ZackSynder , went on record saying that the choice of #BenAffleck  as #Batman  was a quote/unquote #NoBrainer

After watching the already posted footage; I agree. It took absolutely zero brain power to cast Mr. Affleck in the role. As per almost every other film ever featuring Mr. Affleck; he's got this silly little smirk regardless of the scene in play. The smirk is quite obvious in the the trailer scenes pitting #BruceWayne  versus #ClarkKent ; and shows up again during the trailer footage introducing #WonderWoman . Yes, Bruce Wayne is supposed to be very epitome of confident; but the character is also supposed to be one of the most talented actors within the DC Universe.

Case in point: #MatchesMalone . Within the DC Universe Bruce Wayne routinely appears before his enemies as the thug Matches Malone. The performance is so effective that not even #DickGrayson realized that Matches Malone was really his mentor Bruce Wayne. 

So... just from the trailers?  Ben Affleck's usual inability to change his expression to at least fit the character he is supposed to be portraying is downright infuriating. It's almost like Zack Synder never actually read any Batman comic books or even watched the #Timmverse  version of Batman to get a handle on the character that he cast Ben Affleck to play. Well... I've seen the most recent Superman movie... and I think I've leveled commentary before on Zack Synder's inability to understand DC characters.

Ben Affleck isn't the only issue with Dawn of Justice. There is also #JesseEisenberg ; who is portraying #LexLuthor  according to +IMDb; or   #LexLuthorJr  according to a number of fan sites actually tracking Dawn of Justice production notes. 

I think it was Ryeata... might have been Foxcat... who commented upon the release of the second Dawn of Justice trailer that watching Jesse's Lex Luthor was akin to watching colliding dirigibles. The logic followed that given the average mass, average density, average physical size, and average air speed of a dirigible; it would take not just one or two errors in order to produce a collision; but a succession of errors the likes of which would create a statistical anomaly so great that reality would force every human within a 100 mile radius of Richmond Virginia to pick winning Powerball numbers. 

Last year on January 27th I commented here on G+ that the editorial direction from #DanDidio ; combined with Zack Synder's directorial focus; would likely result in another film like  #BatmanAndRobin . Seems fitting then that Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of a Lex Luthor is over-the-top and exaggerated; it feels like like the performance was directed to blend in with a 1990's Batman film. I seriously found myself questioning whether or not Zack Synder was walking around on the Dawn of Justice sets shouting: #RememberWeAreMakingAComicBookMovie .

Suffice to say then; Suicide Squad has been doing everything correctly; Dawn of Justice has not... and then things got... more... blimp wreckish. The short version is that Zack Synder took to twitter asking his legion of followers who would win in a fight between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. This wasn't the normal; shall I say; clash of theologies. This was an attempt to get fans to cheer for one side or the other... DURING THE UPCOMING MOVIE  

Several major problems with that.

First Problem: the title is Dawn of Justice. The whole POINT  of the entire film is that Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent establish some sort of Detente between their superhero identities. 

Second Problem: the fight against Doomsday which is displayed in the already released trailer already shows the two standing down their fight against one-another.

Third Problem: the trailer itself already spoils, verbally, that the lack of a fight between the two Titans is Exactly why Doomsday was unleashed to begin with.

Fourth Problem: A DC Entertainment Special that pulled back some of the curtains on #WonderWoman  used verbiage to place Diana Prince as a character who could flatten both Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. Quote/Unquote: #SheIsTheBestFighterInTheDCUniverse

So... what exactly is Zack Synder indulging in? It is like asking who is going to win in the 2015 World Series: The Toronto Blue Jays or the Chicago Cubs. The event already happened, and featured neither of those two teams. There is absolutely zero point to be picking one side or the other in Dawn of Justice as within the limitations and constraints of the film's already established plot: NEITHER SIDE CAN WIN.  

There are several significant differences between events that drive good Public Relations; and complete failures to understand any concepts of chronology. Zack's admission that his casting choice(s) involved the use of Zero Brown Power certainly calls into question if anything he has done in relation to Dawn of Justice has involved exercising his grey matter. 
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... so #oculusrift  will cost $599.

Not to put too fine a point on it, back when Oculus was not owned by Facebook the company was fixated on a $200~$400 finalized price point. Extensive market research covering consumer uptake on niche electronics markets suggested that the $400 was likely a hard upper limit. Items considered within that range included graphics cards, central processors, monitors, televisions, DVD drives, Blu-Ray Drives, HD-DVD drives, BetaMax, VHS, mp3 players, mobile computing devices, and so on and so on and so on.  

Put bluntly, the +Sony / +PlayStation  #PlaystationVR  gave extra weight to that hard upper limit with a touted $400 price point. +HTC  and +Valve also indicated that the #HTCVive  could possibly be floating in around the $400 mark; substantially more than the fiscal costs of the Rift Development kits available at the time. 

Fast forward to now... and I'm fairly confident the Facebook owned +Oculus just priced themselves out of the market and may, in turn, have killed off VR as a viable consumer tech trend. While Sony and Valve's hardware partners could possibly use the Consumer Rift as an excuse to raise the entry price points on their VR solutions; I don't think they will. I think the negative backlash from consumers looking at the Rift's price point will certainly factor into the finalized #PSVR  and additional #SteamVR  devices likely to be unveiled at #E32016

If the price of good  VR equipment does not more realistically reflect consumer buying practices and trends; VR could quickly follow the consumer 3D Television into the rubbish bin of technology that consumers just wouldn't ante up for. 
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