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Posted on October 20th, 2013 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


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  1. Love this picture, especially since Win8.1 won’t fit on anything smaller than a DVD. However, the label stating that this is disc 1, 2, etc. of 3711 is a good one! Kudos to the creator. :-)

  2. If one floppy weighs about 20 grams, then this upgrade would weigh 74.22 kg, or about 163.6 lbs. I don’t want to think about the cost of postage.

    What I’m not as sure of, is whether 3711 is sufficient to meet the storage requirement for this upgrade.

  3. And disk 3708 will fail.

Introduction to Abject-Oriented Programming

Posted on October 16th, 2013 at 18:19 by John Sinteur in category: Software


Abject-oriented programming is a set of practices for encouraging code reuse and making sure programmers are producing code that can be used in production for a long time. The number of lines of code in the application is a common measure of the importance of the application, and the number of lines a programmer can produce in a day, week, or month is a useful metric for project planning and resource allocation. Abject-oriented programming is one of the best ways to get the most lines of code in the shortest time.

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  1. Ah yes, more whacky futuristic coding practices that no-one will ever implement :-)

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’

Posted on October 5th, 2013 at 10:07 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


The preparations were top-secret. From Thursday through the end of the following week, Apple completely took over Moscone. Backstage, it built an eight-by-eight-foot electronics lab to house and test the iPhones. Next to that it built a greenroom with a sofa for Jobs. Then it posted more than a dozen security guards 24 hours a day in front of those rooms and at doors throughout the building. No one got in without having his or her ID electronically checked and compared with a master list that Jobs had personally approved. The auditorium where Jobs was rehearsing was off limits to all but a small group of executives. Jobs was so obsessed with leaks that he tried to have all the contractors Apple hired — from people manning booths and doing demos to those responsible for lighting and sound — sleep in the building the night before his presentation. Aides talked him out of it.

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Google’s Datacenters on Punch Cards

Posted on October 1st, 2013 at 17:50 by John Sinteur in category: Google


Who watches the watchers?

Apparently, Domino’s.

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Steve Ballmer crying on stage during his last speech at Microsoft

Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 17:01 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Posted on September 26th, 2013 at 17:31 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft


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Program halted after LA students breach school iPads’ security in a week

Posted on September 26th, 2013 at 9:22 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.

The breach at Roosevelt High and two other LA schools has prompted Los Angeles Unified School District officials to halt a $1 billion program aimed at putting the devices in the hands of every student in the nation’s second-largest school system, the Los Angeles Times reported. The district also has banned home use of the iPads until further notice as officials look for ways to make sure students use the devices for school work only.

This is indisputably educational. It probably only took one kid and one hour to do the crack, and a week to spread it to the rest of the school population. Why on Earth is anybody surprised about this? And why on Earth stop them? If you give them pen and paper, they quickly learn how to write notes to each other, but you don’t ban pen and paper because of that!

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  1. The problem is that the iPads do nothing to help education and are an unnecessary expense. If computers and electronics made any difference, we’d have the smartest kids in the world. Most of them can’t do simple math in their heads.

Why is Apple so shifty about how it makes the iPhone?

Posted on September 25th, 2013 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


Are you excited about the launch of Apple’s new iPhones? Have you decided to get one? Do you have any idea what you’re buying? If so, you are on your own. When asked where it obtains its minerals, Apple, which has done so much to persuade us that it is deft, cool and responsive, looks arrogant, lumbering and unaccountable.

The question was straightforward: does Apple buy tin from Bangka Island? The wriggling is almost comical.

Nearly half of global tin supplies are used to make solder for electronics. About 30% of the world’s tin comes from Bangka and Belitung islands in Indonesia, where an orgy of unregulated mining is reducing a rich and complex system of rainforests and gardens to a post-holocaust landscape of sand and acid subsoil. Tin dredgers in the coastal waters are also wiping out the coral, the giant clams, the local fisheries, the endangered Napoleon wrasse, the mangrove forests and the beaches used by breeding turtles.

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CCC | Chaos Computer Club breaks Apple TouchID

Posted on September 22nd, 2013 at 21:24 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


The biometrics hacking team of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple’s TouchID using easy everyday means. A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID. This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided.

Apple had released the new iPhone with a fingerprint sensor that was supposedly much more secure than previous fingerprint technology. A lot of bogus speculation about the marvels of the new technology and how hard to defeat it supposedly is had dominated the international technology press for days.

“In reality, Apple’s sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake”, said the hacker with the nickname Starbug, who performed the critical experiments that led to the successful circumvention of the fingerprint locking. “As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints.”

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  1. I thought the sensor Apple’s using was supposed to be looking below the skin surface at deeper features? That now seems to be clealy wrong. If you find any decent commentary on that discrepancy, I’d love a link. The discussion at HackerNews is disappointing.

  2. “Deeper features?” Blood vessels, I imagine. Patterns are probably unique, but perhaps perhaps they are not consistently visible.

Senator asks if FBI can get iPhone 5S fingerprint data via Patriot Act

Posted on September 21st, 2013 at 11:23 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


Since Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) arrived in the United States Senate, he’s become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. He’s made it his mission to raise questions about tech issues that he feels are improper, unjust, or just downright questionable.

The debut of the new iPhones 5S, replete with a fingerprint reader, has now also gotten Franken’s attention. On Thursday, the Minnesota senator published a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, raising questions about the logic in making fingerprint readers more mainstream.


He also has specific questions for Cupertino:

(1) Is it possible to convert locally stored fingerprint data into a digital or visual format that can be used by third parties?

(2) Is it possible to extract and obtain fingerprint data from an iPhone? If so, can this be done remotely, or with physical access to the device?…

(10) Under American intelligence law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation can seek an order requiring the production of “any tangible thing (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items)” if they are deemed relevant to certain foreign intelligence investigations. See 50 U.S.C. § 1861. Does Apple consider fingerprint data to be “tangible things” as defined in the USA Patriot Act?

The problem, senator, is that the NSA has been caught lying about this kind of stuff. Why do you think the FBI is any better?

Let’s set up a timeline here. We’re at the first step:

1) Franken: Can the FBI get the fingerprints?
2a) FBI: No.
2b) Apple: No, and how dare you ask me that!
3) Snowden: Yes
4a) FBI: Okay, yes.
4b) Apple: Yes, but they forced us. Not giving it is treason.

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  1. I think you meant, “4b) Tim Cook: Yes, but if we hadn’t given them the data I would’ve gone to jail and might have had to share a cell with Marissa Mayer.”

  2. Also, aside from the fact that the US Gov’t already has my fingerprints, I’m not sure I’d be so concerned about them getting my prints. Much less concerned about that than about all my email.

What A Difference Six Years Makes…

Posted on September 20th, 2013 at 22:55 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft


Steve Ballmer, 2007:

Right now we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year.

Steve Ballmer, a few months later:

It’s sort of a funny question. Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have products that appeal to everybody.

Now we’ll get a chance to go through this again in phones and music players. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.

Steve Ballmer, yesterday:

Mobile devices. We have almost no share.

And talking about 6 years of mobile phone history, ouch.

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iOS 7

Posted on September 20th, 2013 at 9:17 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Cartoon


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Watch A Cat Unlock The iPhone 5s Using Touch ID And The Fingerprint Sensor

Posted on September 19th, 2013 at 18:07 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


As you can see in the video above, Apple’s new fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s isn’t restricted to human users. After commandeering a cat, I tested a colleague’s hypothesis that you could register the identifying skin segments of your favorite furry friends for Touch ID, too.

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  1. Just don’t let your furball play Angry Birds! :-)

Syrian rebel uses iPad accelerometer to aim homemade mortar

Posted on September 17th, 2013 at 8:47 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, News



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  1. How do you say “There’s an app for that!” in Arabic?

  2. Simple: هناك التطبيق لذلك!

  3. Shouldn’t the exclamation mark be at the other end of the sentence?

Presenting The Gold iPhone 5s

Posted on September 12th, 2013 at 16:06 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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How the feds asked Microsoft to backdoor BitLocker, their full-disk encryption tool

Posted on September 12th, 2013 at 9:08 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


In the case of Microsoft, according to the engineers, the requests came in the course of multiple meetings with the FBI. These kinds of meetings were standard at Microsoft, according to both Biddle and another former Microsoft engineer who worked on the BitLocker team, who wanted to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter.

“I had more meetings with more agencies that I can remember or count,” said Biddle.

Biddle said these meetings were so frequent, and with so many different agencies, he doesn’t specifically remember if it was the FBI that asked for a backdoor. But the anonymous Microsoft engineer we spoke with confirmed that it was, in fact, the FBI.

During a meeting, an agent complained about BitLocker and expressed his frustration.

“Fuck, you guys are giving us the shaft,” the agent said, according to Biddle and the Microsoft engineer, who were both present at the meeting. (Though Biddle insisted he didn’t remember which agency he spoke with, he said he remembered this particular exchange.)

Biddle wasn’t intimidated. “No, we’re not giving you the shaft, we’re merely commoditizing the shaft,” he responded.

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Setup a new MacBook on your birthday, Apple gives you a (virtual) cupcake

Posted on September 12th, 2013 at 9:05 by John Sinteur in category: Apple



Mike McCue, co-founder of Flipboard, got his 14-year-old a MacBook Air for his birthday. His son promptly set it up, and the Apple ID process gave him this. What a nice, low-calorie touch.

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  1. Because having to tell the manufacturer of your computing device your birthday isn’t creepy at all.

Apple Unveils Panicked Man With No Ideas

Posted on September 11th, 2013 at 14:51 by John Sinteur in category: Apple



At a highly anticipated press event at its Silicon Valley headquarters Tuesday afternoon, tech giant Apple officially unveiled to the public a panicked and completely idea-free man.

The white, ultrathin man, who exhibited such features as artificial excitement, a fully quavering voice, and what appeared to be a near total lack of inspiration, was put on full display for thousands of shareholders, industry insiders, reporters, and fans today in what Apple hopes will be a game-changer for the multinational corporation.

“This is the future of Apple,” announced the lightweight, 75-inch desperate man while being presented on stage. “We are indeed staking our company’s reputation on what you see here on this stage. And as always with Apple, you are getting a glimpse of the entire tech industry’s future today.”

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  1. I wonder if Cook has been keeping copies of all of the times The Onion has made fun of him since he became CEO. I remember one of their first ones being something to the effect of the then new CEO expounding his vision: “I’m thinking printers”

  2. If I were him, I would treasure each one, and feel honored :-)

  3. I seem to recall that Stephen Hawking keeps a copy of this article in his office:


    (And I believe he wrote to them, asking how they knew…)

Microsoft to acquire Nokia

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 9:43 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


Whoa. Big news from the middle of the night. According to Nokia, Microsoft will purchase “substantially” all of Nokia’s device and service arms as well as licensing the phone maker’s patents and mapping know-how. The Redmond company will pay Nokia a cool 3.79 billion euros ($4.99 billion) for the business, and 1.65 billion euros ($2.18 billion) for its patent armory.

Microsoft hopes that allying with its biggest Windows Phone manufacturer will speed up growth (and improve its smartphone market share) — the company is already promising “increased synergies”. CEO Steve Ballmer added: “It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services.”

Just a few short years ago this would have been unthinkable…

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  1. Now it reads like that was Nokia’s plan from the beginning, bringing Elop on board to kill Symbian and ship WinMo exclusively.

  2. This’ll be interesting. Nokia makes nice hardware, and Win Phone is quite a decent OS that would do well if the market was less crowded. Putting the two together in one company leaves Msft with no excuse to not have *some* success in the mobile phone market.

    Microsoft also gets some seasoned hardware designers that can go to work on their tablets. Not a bad thing for them.

    One of the better comments I read about the deal is that the acquisition will be paid with overseas profits money, giving Msft effectively a discount equivalent to the profit repatriation tax.

What Google Glass aspires to be

Posted on September 2nd, 2013 at 20:31 by John Sinteur in category: Google


Google has a plan. Eventually it wants to get into your brain. “When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information,” Google CEO Larry Page said in Steven Levy’s book, “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives.” “Eventually you’ll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.”

Don’t worry, we’re only scanning your brains to check for pedophiles. Protect the children.

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NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

Posted on August 24th, 2013 at 15:08 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft, Privacy


The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency’s activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.

The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court.

And in the article, you can find Google basically admitting as much:

Google did not answer any of the specific questions put to it, and provided only a general statement denying it had joined Prism or any other surveillance program. It added: “We await the US government’s response to our petition to publish more national security request data, which will show that our compliance with American national security laws falls far short of the wild claims still being made in the press today.”

Falling short of “wild claims” is very easy…

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 at 16:07 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor.

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  1. Steve Balmer RTires.

The Verge: Google patents ‘pay-per-gaze’ eye-tracking

Posted on August 19th, 2013 at 18:52 by John Sinteur in category: Google, If you're in marketing, kill yourself


Google patents ‘pay-per-gaze’ eye-tracking that could measure emotional response to real-world ads

Advertisers spend heaps of cash on branding, bannering, and product-placing. But does anyone really look at those ads? Google could be betting that advertisers will pay to know whether consumers are actually looking at their billboards, magazine spreads, and online ads. The company was just granted a patent for “pay-per-gaze” advertising, which would employ a Google Glass-like eye sensor in order to identify when consumers are looking at advertisements in the real world and online. 

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  1. I’ll let Google have a camera in my living room when water in hell transforms to its solid state.

Cross a border, lose your ebooks

Posted on August 18th, 2013 at 9:19 by John Sinteur in category: Google


Jim O’Donnell was at a library conference in Singapore when his Ipad’s Google Play app asked him to update it. This was the app through which he had bought 30 to 40 ebooks, and after the app had updated, it started to re-download them. However, Singapore is not one of the countries where the Google Play bookstore is active, so it stopped downloading and told him he was no longer entitled to his books.

It’s an odd confluence of travel, updates, and location-checking, but it points out just how totally, irretrievably broken the idea of DRM and region-controls for ebooks is.

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  1. I don’t purchase ANYTHING that is DRM-encumbered, other than DVD’s, which are trivial to circumvent…

Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world’s net traffic

Posted on August 17th, 2013 at 8:32 by John Sinteur in category: Google


You can all relax now. The near-unprecedented outage that seemingly affected all of Google’s services for a brief time on Friday is over.

The event began at approximately 4:37pm Pacific Time and lasted between one and five minutes, according to the Google Apps Dashboard. All of the Google Apps services reported being back online by 4:48pm.

The incident apparently blacked out every service Mountain View has to offer simultaneously, from Google Search to Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and beyond.

Big deal, right? Everyone has technical difficulties every once in a while. It goes with the territory.

But then, not everyone is Google. According to web analytics firm GoSquared, worldwide internet traffic dipped by a stunning 40 per cent during the brief minutes that the Chocolate Factory’s services were offline.

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  1. Seems to me that this indicates that the traffic that GoSquared tracks is likely not representative of traffic overall.

  2. That was how long it took the NSA to switch over all of Google’s fiber links to their data collectors…

  3. Careful. Do the words “too big to fail” mean anything? :)

  4. They found the cause:

Google is Reading Your Gmail

Posted on August 16th, 2013 at 20:12 by John Sinteur in category: Google


When was the last time you emailed yourself something from work? Or had a private moment over chat, the kind you’d like to keep just to yourself? If you’re like most of us the answer is “relatively recently.” According to Google, however, that’s just too bad. All of that information, from your confidential memos to your love letters, is now fair game.

You see, in a recent filing in federal court, the Internet giant announced that no one should expect privacy when sending messages to or from a Gmail account.

“Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter,” Google wrote in a brief to the court, “people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS provider in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’”

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  1. What a desperately poor analogy. Google is not the recipient’s assistant. Google is the postal service. OK they bring junk mail but that’s a price we accept. But if you found a postman had opened your mail and was reading it, you’d know what to do. For a start, have him arrested.

  2. I doubt the company actually approves of reading their clients’ email. I think they’re just protecting themselves in the event one of their employees does and makes it public.

    The only thing that continues to surprise me about Google’s revelation is that it surprises anyone. I had a BBS in the 90s. I didn’t read anything that passed through my system that wasn’t public or for me … but I could have.

  3. I guess we’ll all just have go back to using the old microdot-under-the-postage-stamp trick in future.

  4. @Rob – How on earth can you make the claim “I doubt the company actually approves of reading their clients’ email…” when that is the entire basis their revenue engine to deliver ads based on content? With all due respect sir, you need do some more research on this issue.

  5. Not true, Mykolas. They glean their information from their spiders and your cookies, your click-throughs, and your search history, not your email. You can test this, yourself, any time you want if you have a gmail account. Do a Google search on a cordless drill and click through any result that appears and you’ll start seeing lots of banner ads for cordless drills 5 minutes later … if that long. Send email to anyone saying you’re interested in purchasing a toaster and see if you start seeing any toaster ads.

  6. @Rob — Sorry I was not aware you worked for Google. Do they have in office in Bush?. Silly of me. Perhaps you and your “employer” should read http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-02-08/news/36993262_1_google-s-gmail-outlook-com-personal-email
    or the complaint available here http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/gmailcomplaint051613.pdf
    Even your “employer” says they https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6603?hl=en .

  7. Your first link is suspect. It was commissioned by Google’s sworn enemy, Microsoft. Take it with a grain of salt … unless you believe everything else Microsoft claims. Any article that claims 90% of Americans agree is a load of cr@p. You can’t get 90% of Americans to agree the sky is blue.

    The second link is merely a complaint. Here nor there but I wonder

    The third link proves you technically correct but not really in the context of a “postman” opening your mail and reading it. That’s where I was. Sorry I didn’t make myself clearer.

    Nice snark BTW.

  8. Why was so much of that court document redacted? It’s here nor there as I was trying to say but I would think any good conspiracy enthusiast would jump at the chance to trash it rather than use it.

  9. I must agree with Mykolas on this. I sent an email to a friend describing the kinds of antics that boaters get up to when anchoring (hilarious, but off topic). I used the words “anchor windlass” a few times.

    Very shortly thereafter, ads appeared at the top of the mail viewer about anchor windlasses. Not my kind that are hand-operated for a small boat, but the frigging massive kind that are steam-driven for those Huge Ships (That One Must Avoid).

    OK, so perhaps that isn’t a person looking into each of my emails, but I see what they did there. Your email is just as much food for the mill as your searches, probably more.

  10. He is right. It’s automated.

    Was your email sent before or after Google’s revelation, Sue, and will you continue to use gmail or send to gmail addresses?

  11. Suggest no gmail and limit what is sent to gmail accounts “sorry, due to privacy concerns, I can no longer send info to gmail accounts”. Maybe this will start a trend.

  12. You can try that, I suppose, Mykolas, but a cursory glance at my contact list shows about a third of them using Gmail. You could also encrypt your email if you like but a substantial number of recipients will just trash it rather than read it because they don’t think it’s worth the trouble. Fast, easy, and cheap/free will trump any trend you suggest. There are a handful of people who CAN read your email if they’re so inclined. This doesn’t necessarily mean they ARE but they can. Proceed accordingly is the advice I’m giving but if you’d rather disconnect from a substantial portion of the world, have at it.

  13. Anything information you put online is available to some system administrator. About the only thing you can expect to have complete, paranoia-satisfying privacy over is your password, and only for reputable sites (the admins can see a salted, hashed version, but nothing more). Anything transmitted over the internet does not even have a reasonable expectation of privacy unless the transmission is encrypted. The problem here is that you can’t control over whose routers the connection will pass, so someone who is not contractually liable to you can intercept your email.

    Most mail administrators will get fired for reading your mail without a good reason, but if you suddenly start sending a higher volume of mail than usual, they’ll take a look to make sure a spammer hasn’t compromised your account. I know this because I’ve done it. It is considered a good reason. Almost all mail administrators scan your email coming and going to filter out spam messages.

    Frankly, Google is merely pointing out that what they are doing is not far outside of the normal boundaries. The ad scraping does not mean someone is reading your email, and the data is almost certainly as out of bounds to inspect as the contents of your messages. In other words, the admin doing it must be able to point to a good reason for their inspection.

    Also, if you think you can delete your email so the admin can’t see it, then you’ve obviously never heard of what’s known as “legal hold.” You won’t know when it gets turned on. It will look like the email went away. But in reality it just went to a folder you can’t access.

    The internet is a communication mechanism. It is not designed to keep your secrets. Keep them offline.

  14. @Rob –all that says is 33% of either ignorant of privacy issues, don’t care, or both.
    @Anon — Ah the world of absolutes – “The internet is a communication mechanism. It is not designed to keep your secrets.” — no argument on the communication system, but the applications are another thing. And email is an application that one should expect privacy. That said, anyone that uses google for anything at this juncture should not expect anything except that they are fodder for their ad business.

  15. @Rob; the email was sent several months ago. It’s pathetic that someone selling something so bloody huge was using these ads. As Google is my witness, I just don’t have that kind of money! (However, next time I buy a container ship I might consider whatever-their-name-was.)

    Private information held by governments will end up being misused, sold, or bought. Almost guaranteed. Just like information from tax departments or driver/vehicle registrations. Mistakes will be made, corrupt officials may seek bribes. Businesses probably have the most to lose; most individuals are less interesting sources of revenue (except perhaps for blackmail purposes).

  16. @Sue — Give up the main, genoa, and spinnaker. Stop fretting about chain-plate failure, sell your boatswain chair. Here is what you need http://www.ships-for-sale.com/container_ship_for_sale.htm . With this purchase, all your google ads will makes sense. :-)

  17. @Mykolas: lol…but what about my jib, not to mention my yankee? Arrr! Avast behind!

Man Taking Photo With iPad Oblivious To How Badass He Looks

Posted on August 16th, 2013 at 12:09 by John Sinteur in category: Apple



According to those witnessing the impromptu photo session, an unidentified man taking pictures of Millenium Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture on his iPad has no idea how incredibly badass he looks. “The way he’s holding the iPad all the way out in front of his body like that? Dude looks so awesome he doesn’t even realize it,” onlooker Jessica Walker, 25, said of the man, who, after taking one photo of the landmark, became the very essence of cool when he hitched up the waistband of his shorts, squatted down, squinted, jutted out his arms and captured a second image of the sculpture. “I don’t know who he is, but he reminds of Jay-Z or of a 1970s Mick Jagger—maybe even a young Marlon Brando. He’s just so fucking smooth, you know?” At press time, the badass had reportedly turned his iPad around to take a picture of himself smiling in front of the artwork.

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Evolution of Windows

Posted on August 14th, 2013 at 16:42 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


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  1. It needs a picture of a building being demolished for Windows RT.

  2. a smoking crater for windows millenium?

Samsung Electronics infringes Apple patents

Posted on August 10th, 2013 at 9:46 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google


A U.S. trade panel on Friday ruled that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd infringes on portions of two Apple Inc patents on digital mobile devices, a decision likely to inflame passions in the long-running dispute.

The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a limited exclusion order and a cease-and-desist order prohibiting Samsung from importing, selling and distributing devices in the United States that infringe certain claims on the patents.

And now we wait for Obama to veto this one as well…

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  1. Yeah (Obama veto) – when pigs can fly! Personally, I’d like to see Samsung refuse to sell anything more to Apple until this is resolved. The disruption to Apple’s production pipeline might make them think twice about their behavior.

    Disclaimer – I wrote a lot of the software that Samsung uses to run their semiconductor, display, and disc drive factories, and that gives them a serious competitive advantage over other manufacturers that don’t use that software – higher production, lower costs, less scrap, more profits. Most of Samsung’s competitors are using more recently issued software which doesn’t have the adaptive code that theirs does, which allows them to more quickly change their manufacturing processes without extensive engineering and programming…

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies

Posted on August 9th, 2013 at 18:03 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft, News, Privacy


Snowden, who told me today that he found Lavabit’s stand “inspiring”, added:

“Ladar Levison and his team suspended the operations of their 10 year old business rather than violate the Constitutional rights of their roughly 400,000 users. The President, Congress, and the Courts have forgotten that the costs of bad policy are always borne by ordinary citizens, and it is our job to remind them that there are limits to what we will pay.

“America cannot succeed as a country where individuals like Mr. Levison have to relocate their businesses abroad to be successful. Employees and leaders at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, and the rest of our internet titans must ask themselves why they aren’t fighting for our interests the same way small businesses are. The defense they have offered to this point is that they were compelled by laws they do not agree with, but one day of downtime for the coalition of their services could achieve what a hundred Lavabits could not.

“When Congress returns to session in September, let us take note of whether the internet industry’s statements and lobbyists – which were invisible in the lead-up to the Conyers-Amash vote – emerge on the side of the Free Internet or the NSA and its Intelligence Committees in Congress.”


U.S. President Barack Obama met with the CEOs of Apple Inc, AT&T Inc as well as other technology and privacy representatives on Thursday to discuss government surveillance in the wake of revelations about the programs, the White House confirmed on Friday.

Google Inc computer scientist Vint Cerf and civil liberties leaders also participated in the meeting, along with Apple’s Tim Cook and AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, the White House said in confirming a report by Politico, which broke the news of the meeting.

“The meeting was part of the ongoing dialogue the president has called for on how to respect privacy while protecting national security in a digital era,” a White House official said.

The session was not included on Obama’s daily public schedule for Thursday.

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