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The company agreed to China's cyber-security rules in January, and started storing user data in China last year.
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So Obama is saying tech companies should not allow the Chinese government to access Chinese users' data, but tech companies should install back doors for US government and police to access US users' data?
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A short film (16:30) about Admiral Grace Hopper.  The USN didn't know what to do with a 37-year-old female mathematician, so they sent her to work on the Mark I project.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-queen-of-code/
You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should. As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the ...
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I have worked on COBOL and while it can get a bit wordy, spelling things out that maybe shouldn't need to be, I prefer it over the other extreme.  I can't imagine anyone really wanting to work in RPG.
Java is a nice middle ground, where any good programmer spells things out just enough that they should be self documenting.
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The Russian government pays pretty well for trolling the Internet.

We studied the job advertisements of the Internet Research Agency. On 2 February, there were ten of them on a Russian job website. The company is not looking for “trolls” but, for example, “social media specialists”, “Internet operators”, “content managers”, and “copywriters” for day and night shifts.

The advertisements state that the company wants to recruit people who “can work on the Internet, produce web content to different types of audiences, and rewrite texts”. The monthly salary varies from about 400 euros for regular employees to approximately 660 euros for managers. The job is described as “steady” in the advertisements.

http://kioski.yle.fi/omat/at-the-origins-of-russian-propaganda
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Apple's dominance of the mobile web is not healthy for a standards-based community.

http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2015/02/tired_of_safari.html
Yesterday, in reaction to pointer events becoming a W3C recommendation, Tim Kadlec published an important piece about Apple's huge influence on the mobile web. I agree with him to the extent of writing this extended Me-Too entry. It is increasingly becoming necessary to do something about Apple, ...
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I need to mull over whether I want Apple to fix this MacBook, or let it go since the workaround of disabling "Automatic graphics switching" seems to be solid. 

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/02/apple-launches-repair-program-for-longstanding-2011-macbook-pro-gpu-problems/
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Hey, at least it is pretty, which is all that counts, right?  (That and Apple's profit margin of course).
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I dunno; Microsoft Office isn't the must-have app that it used to be.  I have Office 2011 on this Mac, and I use it very occasionally; I'm not sure I see a lot of point in bothering with Office 2016.  And if they try to enforce a subscription pricing model, I'm definitely not interested.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/03/05/first-look-microsofts-all-new-office-2016-for-mac-public-preview
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I rarely need it, so it's worth very little to me to upgrade.  I'm a bit annoyed by the flood of downvotes to my comment that subscription pricing is a deal-breaker; the tiny potential use I might get out of it could never come close to justifying $100/year to Microsoft indefinitely.
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Just this week, Windsor Public Library announced that two of its branches — and some of its patrons — had shown up in the background of a series of online porn videos
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jeeeez , , , libraries always been one of my fave spots for meeting interesting women , , , i guess this kicks it up a notch
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The problem illuminates the danger of unintended security consequences at a time when top U.S. officials, frustrated by increasingly strong forms of encryption on smartphones, have spoken of requiring technology companies to build “doors” into systems to protect the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/03/freak-flaw-undermines-security-for-apple-and-google-users-researchers-discover/
Companies and U.S. agencies scramble to fix a newly discovered security hole. Hundreds of thousands of sites such as Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov are vulnerable.
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His final tweet.

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/569762773204217857
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
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