A new study by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities finds that America’s government policies reflect the wishes of the rich and of powerful interest groups, rather than the wishes of the majority of citizens.
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“People clinging to Microsoft’s aging Windows XP operating system will be left to fend off cyber criminals by themselves come Tuesday. On April 8, the US software colossus will stop patching newly found security holes in Windows XP”
XP Armageddon is on the way according to experts who consist mostly of Microsoft staff. It can be avoided, naturally, by installing Windows 8 which is almost universally hated by everyone who touches it. Since XP has a 30% market share verses Win 8 at 8%, it sounds to me like Microsoft should stop supporting Win 8 instead.
But Microsoft can’t make money without forcing upgrades so the popular XP gets canned for no real reason. It would work another 13 years if Microsoft didn’t abandon it. It’s a fabricated money grab.
So will lack of patches make XP a malware ridden infection? Probably not. Standard antivirus programs will afford some protection. Also keep in mind Win 7 and 8 aren’t safe either. Millions of them get infected daily. A Microsoft security patch is no assurance against infections.
After 13 years most of the major vulnerabilities in XP have already been identified and fixed. This doesn’t mean new ones can’t be found but the glaring holes are gone. XP will certainly be less safe but you won’t wake up one day to find it instantly compromised. What you’re hearing are scare tactics meant to sell new Windows. Since most XP machines are older, they cannot run Win 7 or 8 anyway. Your only option is to buy a new computer or install a Unix based operating system. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that if you don’t mind losing all your installed software while spending money you shouldn’t need to spend.
Microsoft’s actions will compromise nearly 30% of the world’s computers. Millions of people will suffer financial and personal losses. At the very least, most will be forced to buy new computers and applications. If a hacker had done even a fraction of this damage the response would be immediate. Heaven and Earth would be turned over until the culprit was found. They would rot in jail as the most destructive hackers in history.
By throwing you to the wolves, Microsoft is essentially doing the same thing. It is standard operating procedure for them and they will do it again with Win 7 and 8. Keep this in mind before you blindly buy another Windows based machine. It might be time to rethink your options.
Many businesses say anonymity of comments is unfair.
Online review site, Yelp, is in a legal battle for your right to post legitimate comments. Negative reviews hurt business even when they are justified. We might reword that to say ESPECIALLY when they are justified. Business owners want to silence you by suing for defamation and slander. They know you do not have the money or time to defend yourself in court. Whether the negative comments are justified doesn’t matter. The instant you post one, they want to sue you.
Our ability to express opinions have been protected by the First Amendment. However, lower court rulings have sided with business. If this continues on appeal, your free speech will vanish. The courts are basically saying free speech does not apply when it impacts business profit. If a choice is between your rights or money, the money wins and your rights go out the window.
All sites with user reviews will be impacted. This includes Amazon, Yelp, Angie’s List, and wherever they appear. Anything negative will be met with an instant lawsuit. You won’t be able to tell the good from the bad or relate your experiences. Business will love it but you lose a valuable tool to weed out bad players.
Jim Cicconi denounced Hastings’ desire for a “cost-free delivery” agreement with ISPs, saying that it unfairly shifts the burden of infrastructure cost to AT&T and its subscribers rather than to Netflix’s own customer base.
AT&T is an internet service provider yet they say AT&T isn’t responsible for internet service. Netfix isn’t a service provider. They have no control over your service but they must somehow insure your internet functions properly.
What are we paying AT&T for if it isn’t internet service?
As predicted, the loss of net neutrality is playing out to the detriment of you, me, and everyone else. It is an intolerable situation.
Senate Intelligence committee and CIA accuse each other of improperly snooping. DOJ asked to weigh in.
Government tells us privacy is an “unreasonable expectation” but it’s an outrage when they are the spying target. Justice Department investigations are called. Where are the concerns for my rights and privacy? Hypocrites like Feinstein deserve what they get. They created our climate of unconstitutional invasion. Let them live with the consequences.
Our government never learned the lessons of J. Edgar Hoover. The first priority of a spy agency is digging up dirt on politicians. He had rooms full of incriminating data covertly obtained on Capital Hill. It made him the most feared person of his time. He could control almost any politician he pleased.
Feinstein is getting a taste of her own medicine. She can live with it like the rest of us.
Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness. Whom do you trust? The answer is essential in everyday interactions but particularly so in the Intelligence Community, where knowing whom to trust is often vital. The Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) TRUST program seeks ways to detect… neural, psychological, physiological, and behavioral signals that reflect a partner’s trustworthiness. The goal of this Challenge is to develop an algorithm that identifies and extracts such signals from data recorded ….such as neurophysiology and data analytics to solve this complex problem. This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and delivery of source code implementing an algorithm that solves the problem.
Can the government depend on you? Will you do as you’re told? If not, you aren’t trustworthy. New computer algorithms will soon uncover all the malcontents who refuse to obey authority.
This isn’t a joke, people. It’s deadly serious and shows the tract our government is on.
"Universities, which should be incubators of new and radical ideas, are being stripped of their ability to independently critique the widening gap between reality and the false models of reality that are disseminated by the elites.
The kind of willfulness with which I can talk to you now is not guaranteed for future scholars,” he said. “The academic system has discovered it is no longer necessary to provide tenure. This system is fraying. And this is deliberate. This independence is a source of trouble. When Stalin carried out his purges he purged the best and the brightest. These were an alternative source of power. And I think there is a sense in government and business that there is too much independence in academia. We need to be put in our place. The spirit of free inquiry, free expression, and to some extent free teaching, and communality is alien to the corporate and political culture, which are repressive hierarchies.
Those academics who deviate from the central core doctrines, including in economics, are finding themselves defunded. Oversight committees impose quotas on academics and insist that the work conform to what they call disciplinary norms. The idea of the autonomous scholar is disappearing. I am not sure many people even remember it.”
- Aven Offer, economic historian and Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History.
you might read about the international community being “surprised at the Russian invasion of Crimea. There’s no truth to it. Not a soul on earth believed Russia would stand idly by while political turmoil threatened its Black Sea naval bases and the surrounding military industry. Russia is heavily reliant on both. There was no question they would step in.
The US clearly stated they plan to deploy a Missile Defense Shield throughout Europe. Russia would be insane if they allow a host of ballistic missiles literally in their back yard. For this reason, they will not allow the Ukraine to fall under UN control.
So nothing about the Ukrainian situation is unexpected or surprising. Russia has its back to the wall.
It is no secret the political upheaval in the Ukraine is largely due to the US. We have spent over $5 billion funding the uprising, even resorting to hiring paid protesters. In a leaked phone conversation between Victoria Nuland of the US State Department and the US ambassador to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pratt, Nuland is heard actually picking people to fill political offices. You can read about it here.
I’m not saying the US was unjustified. The Ukrainian situation is so complex it requires more information than we can know reading news. Armchair pundits are operating in the dark and anything they say is pretty worthless.
However, a few things are obvious. The citizens are increasingly embracing the Right Sector. They are a neo-Nazi contingent of extremists. It tells you a lot when the public prefers Nazis over either UN or Russian control. I can’t say the State Department did a convincing job selling the UN.
The question remains why the US created riots and political upheaval when they knew Russia would eventually step in? The answer is very troubling no matter what it is.