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Summary: Intel executive found guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud; Microsoft faces new backlash from politicians
WHEN it comes to Intel, we have already covered stories of bribes, various types of corruption with Microsoft [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], and even collusion with Microsoft [1, 2]. Here comes yet another conviction which sheds light on this company’s criminal tendencies.
Former Intel executive Rajiv Goel has pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy and securities fraud in connection with the Galleon insider trading case. Goel is the tenth person to plead guilty in the case, which the FBI and the US attorney’s office in Manhattan call the largest hedge fund inside trading case in US history.
In other news, despite the recent attacks from China — attacks which exploited defective Microsoft software [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] — Microsoft is gradually moving to places of cheaper labour, notably China:
Microsoft’s China Outsourcing Totals $142m
Microsoft’s (Nasdaq:MSFT) outsourcing projects in China totaled $142 million in fiscal 2009, DoNews reported February 3 citing Microsoft Greater China CEO and President Liang Nianjian. Liang reiterated the company’s previously announced plan to spend $ 1 billion on research and development in China in the future, according to the report.
Maybe this is why Microsoft defended China and not Google, which was reportedly attacked by China (there were dozens of smaller victims too). Microsoft booster Gavin Clarke indicates that US politicians are concerned about Microsoft datacentres moving people’s data around the United States for tax exemptions (more illicit cost savings [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]), but how about addressing the issue of Microsoft storing data abroad (and censoring search results in favour of totality over in China)? In some countries, this would qualify as treason, but Microsoft enjoys enormous political power in the United States government. █
Summary: Microsoft is being accused of “hand washing” (or whitewashing) the battery problems that were found in Vista 7
As expected, Microsoft spokespeople blame someone else. It is never ever Microsoft’s fault. Never. Saying so would have an adverse impact on shareholders’ value.
Microsoft blogs (sometimes paid by Microsoft) are pushing the Microsoft line which is denial and even calling this bug a “feature”. The bias is so telling that it takes a vegetable to miss it. What an amazing spin. Needless to say, the public is not buying Microsoft’s blame-shifting game quite so easily.
Users Dispute Microsoft’s Explanation of Windows 7 Battery Problems
Within minutes, Windows 7 users who have experienced those problems disagreed, calling the explanation “hand washing” and noting that if the company’s conclusion was correct, then many affected users must be “under some sort of bizarre bad battery curse.”
“I completely reject Steven Sinofsky’s explanation. It’s simple hand-washing,” said a user identified as “Btstech” on the support thread. “There are hundreds of postings here explaining the problem. Immediately after installing Windows 7, people’s batteries are effectively ‘dying.’ Numerous people have purchased NEW batteries and encountered the same behavior immediately.
“The OS is causing this for some reason. Not saying it’s damaging the batteries, but it’s rendering them useless,” Btstech continued. “This is a no brainer. There is a problem here with the new operating system and the way it interacts with various laptops and it must be fixed.”
Summary: The Microsoft fan press lies or at least knowingly deceives about how Microsoft is doing against Google
ACCORDING TO some global metrics and statistics (only approximate), Microsoft continues losing market share to Google (not only in search). But that’s not the story Microsoft wants the world to be told. Microsoft has always been an empire of lies.
A Microsoft/Bing-sponsored site cites a Mirosoft-sponsored firm [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] showing only US market share and neglecting to state this clearly, as usual. Bing’s real market share is said to be around 3%, but many boosters of Microsoft spend their day pointing to numbrs that are 4 times greater (US-only). The Microsoft/Bing-sponsored site even asks, “Could Microsoft overtake Yahoo?” (yes, that’s part of the headline which says “Stats show Bing cracking 11%: Could Microsoft overtake Yahoo?”)
It’s all part of an exercise in hypnosis and Microsoft uses the same methods to lie about (aggressively belittle) the market share of GNU/Linux. A lot of people wrongly believe that Microsoft has over 10% share in search and that GNU/Linux (desktop) has just 1%. █
When the over-the-top hype met the reality of Apple’s iPad, a majority of consumers decided they didn’t need, and wouldn’t buy, the new device, a survey published today said.
With all of the hype surrounding the introduction of Apple’s iPad, it was practically impossible for the device to live up to the runaway expectations. While it’s impossible to please 100 percent of the crowd, Apple may be finding that as time goes on, people like what they see less and less.
The iPad is too big and lacks communication capabilities, argued the former Apple executive who oversaw the demise of the company’s iconic-but-flawed Newton more than a decade ago.
Summary: Leeds hospital is under attacks from Windows malware/botnets (a familiar story from many other UK hospitals)
Leeds hospital has come under attack by Conficker and/or Microsoft Windows zombies. This puts many lives at risk and probably causes increased casualties.
Servers on the network of NHS Leeds were struck down by the Conficker worm late last week.
Microsoft delivers huge Windows security update
The 26 flaws fixed today were off the record of 34 set in October 2009 when Microsoft last issued 13 security bulletins. However, if Microsoft had waited until today to deliver the rush Internet Explorer (IE) update it released late last month — the IE patches were original slated to appear as part of today’s collection — this month’s lot would have tied the vulnerability record.
Well, these patches were mentioned twice already [1, 2]. They show that Windows will never be secure. But it’s actually worse than that. Based on some new numbers from McAfee, Windows zombies continue to ruin E-mail with about 1 trillion (that’s 1 with 12 trailing zeros) spam messages per week. We’re all paying for this.
Spam volumes decreased by 24% in the fourth quarter of 2009 sequentially, with an average of approximately 135.5 billion spam messages per day, according to McAfee’s threat report for the fourth quarter of 2009.
What can Microsoft do about it? Surely it can only deliver the illusion of security that one gets from software that is shrewdly labeled by marketing people. Based on this new report:
Even users running up-to-date anti-virus software still get infected with malware, according to stats from an online malware scanning service.
Nearly a third (25,000 out of 78,800) of computers with up-to-date anti-virus software were discovered to be infected with malicious code when users scanned their PC using SurfRight’s HitmanPro 3 behavioural scan.
In the end it ended up being an issue on AT&T’s end (after all I was still online it was just redirecting any pages I tried to view to AT&T’s website). A couple days later and some paper work later needless to say my internet was back online – Linux and otherwise.
It just irks me greatly that companies always try to blame a third party when their own equipment is not functioning properly.
In such a Windows-centric world, pitching Linux to clients who are not tech savvy is not as hard as you might think — you just have to know the product and know where (and how) the product fits into the client’s infrastructure. Here are some examples.
Let clients try Linux
If a client wants to play around with Linux to see if it will fit their needs, a really good approach is to give the client a Live CD of a distribution and tell them to boot it up. The Live instance will not change their current OS, and they could get easily get an idea if Linux will work. You can take this one step further by rolling your own Live CD (with a tool such as SUSE Studio) and adding your branding to the desktop, as well as to applications you think the client will want and/or need.
Another plus: Linux job openings on the Dice.com job website rose by 5.5% during the last half of 2009 (June was the bottom of last year’s IT job market) in contrast to Windows listings which dropped by 4% during the same period. The salary findings were tallied by Dice.com based on the responses of 16,908 registered job seekers and site visitors from Aug. 24 to Nov. 12, 2009.
Taras Glek works for Mozilla, but he is not a browser hacker; instead, he works on GCC and other tools aimed at making the browser development process better. It is, he says, a good job. While carrying out his duties, Taras has been able to put a new GCC feature to work in ways which may prove to be useful well beyond Mozilla.
On the 20th of February which is a Saturday, The HeliOS Project will be hosting their first official Organization Day. We will be gathering volunteers to meet at our facility in Lakeway and try to bring some order to the chaos I have created.
Plans are going ahead for the delivery of up to 30 computers for Our Texas Grandchildren. This is a foundation established by Carole Keeton Strayhorn to care for and nurture the most neglected in our Texas foster care system. We are proud to provide these machines and training to these kids.
Linux has become the strategic ‘Unix’ rival to Voleware and while it does not have the years of development behind it, it is approaching and will soon equal Unix in performance, reliability and scalability.
He will also work with Tony Weeresinghe, CEO of MillenniumIT on a project to switch on the Linux-based MillenniumIT trading platform by 2010. It replaces the outgoing TradElect platform, based on Microsoft .Net architecture.
Meanwhile, David Lester, the LSE’s director of information services, will manage the merger of Turquoise and Baikal.
I’m announcing the release of the 220.127.116.11 kernel.
Researchers at MIT have turned an innovative open source security technology known as Ksplice into a commercial product.
3D drivers are a traditional source of complaints in open source systems. David Chisnall looks at the history and current state of the art to see what changes are in store for 2010.
NVIDIA’s Optimus is similar to the hybrid-switching technologies that have been available on notebooks up to this point for switching between ATI/AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA GPUs on notebooks depending upon the graphics workload, but with Optimus the experience is supposed to be seamless.
These days–in contrast to ten years ago–the world has plenty more Web browsers than it needs. And yet I can’t find one I’m happy with. My continuing search for a browser I get along with led me recently to try Opera, a seasoned but still largely obscure player on the browser scene. Here’s what I thought of it.
So what’s the verdict on Opera? Overall, it’s fine, but I’m not convinced it’s anything special. However, it’s also currently installed and has yet to cause the loss of three hours’ worth of work, so I just might stick with it–at least till something better comes along.
Music Player with the aims to be intuitive, easy to use and fast even for huge music collections. Developed for Linux with wxWidgets for GTK under Gnome.
In the Linux world with Ubuntu dominating the market to discuss about the comparison of Desktop Managers available for Linux is of good importance . By default Ubuntu comes with gnome desktop environment and Kubuntu comes with kde as the desktop manager . Considering the case of someone who is interested in trying out something different xfce might be fun .
One of the biggest items to impact KDE 4.4 was Nokia’s release of Qt 4.6 in December 2009. The Qt open source GUI framework is the core user interface framework used by KDE. Qt 4.6 brought KDE 4.4 a number of significant advancements, including noticeable performance improvements and a new animation framework, Seigo noted.
Linux offers users numerous separate apps to manage files and handle system-related computing chores, but Krusader packages these functions in its own tool sets. Krusader is designed for the KDE desktop, but this file manager does not need the KDE window manager to run on your computer.
What’s the single most important thing you think free software projects could do to improve their fundraising efforts?
Start reading emails from organizations like MoveOn.org and BarackObama.com and start emulating them and their tactics. You don’t have to agree with them politically to see how they’re doing what they’re doing.
A lot of people are going to call me crazy, but look: I’d argue that GNOME has as much if not more installations than the number of people that are subscribed to MoveOn.org’s email list. And unlike MoveOn.org, a lot of these users are interacting with your software every day, not just when an email pops up in their inbox or when something happens in Washington.
Oracle laying off GNOME contributors is certainly bad news for the project. It’s particularly bad news because Willie Walker, one of my favourite GNOME contributors, is now out of a job.
I just want to put this in perspective, though. In 2007, IBM made deep cuts in its support of GNOME accessibility, affecting contributors such as Peter Parente, Eitan Isaacson and Aaron Leventhal, who are no longer paid to work on GNOME accessibility work. The IBM cuts were perhaps deeper than those that Oracle are announcing right now (but I suspect that we’re not finished hearing bad news from Oracle). So we’ve been through this (and worse) before.
I have both Ubuntu 9.10 and Mandriva One 2010 installed on my computer. I have been using Ubuntu for many years since version Gutsy Gibbon until Ubuntu 9.10 but I just use Mandriva for a month. Basically I was love Ubuntu than any other linux distro. But after I install Mandriva 2010, I planned to leave Ubuntu as my default OS on my laptop. I know, for some people this is strange, but I have a realistic reason why Mandriva is better than Ubuntu at any aspects.
At FOSDEM 2010 in Brussels, software that was declared dead was resurrected (Hurd), known combatants sat down at the same table (openSUSE, Fedora and Debian) and almost forgotten entities raised their hands again (openSUSE for PowerPC).
CA has announced its SiteMinder and SOA Security Manager products are now available for the open source JBoss middleware platform.
I’ve just put the slides of my talk on Debian and Ubuntu online.
Don’t hesitate to post comments to ask for clarifications where needed (it might be difficult to understand some parts of the slides without being in the room).
I’m about 100% sure that the next person to be interviewed needs no introduction – everybody will have heard of Jono at some point, whether it be from his role within the community, his activity on identi.ca & twitter, or maybe even from Lernid…Either way, I hope you enjoy this as much as I have!
8. What would you like to see happen with Linux in the future? with Ubuntu?
I want to see free software, delivered via Ubuntu, become the most ubiquitous platform in the world for users and developers, available to all, respecting local languages and culture, and inspiring innovation and sharing.
In the continued interests of helping to make Ubuntu rock as a platform for scratching itches and making awesome apps, I am putting together a new online learning event: Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week, happening online between 1st – 6th March 2010.
Two prizes up for grabs. One prize pack will be given to the story that the community votes is their favourite. One prize pack will be given to a randomly drawn entrant. I have been given the pleasure of drawing this entrant in a videocast, and announcing both winners to the world on March 8th. Thanks to the Ubuntu Women project for asking for to do this.
This will be the first UbuCon at SCALE and will be held Friday, February 19, prior to the main Expo.
What really strikes me as a real storm in the tea-cup is the pseudo announcement that Ubuntu will drop Openoffice.org from its upcoming Lucid Lynx release, in its netbook edition. The news came from this website and got quickly picked out by the largest french newspaper, stirring quite an uproar among the French community.
So for those who are wondering what these wallpaper clocks are all about, wallpaper clocks are wallpapers that show live date and time. And there are a number of good source for wallpaper clocks. But we will get to that later. First the basics. Read on.
The Linux Mint team announced the final release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE Community Edition. Based on Kubuntu 9.10, Linux 2.6.31, KDE 4.3.4 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 8 KDE CE boasts improved OEM installation, as well as “ignore updates” and multiple software selection features.
Lantronix announced a design contest based on its recently introduced XPort Pro, touted as the “world’s smallest Linux networking server.” Lantronix will award prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 to the two top entries for Best Linux Design, plus a separate $3,000 prize for the Best Student Linux Design, says the company.
Moxa announced a rackmount automation computer, with four PCI expansion slots and four gigabit Ethernet ports. The DA-710 has a 2GHz Intel Celeron M processor, a CompactFlash slot, SATA and IDE interfaces, two serial ports, plus four USB 2.0 ports, and runs Debian Linux 5.0, says Moxa.
Access subsidiary IP Infusion announced a new version of its Linux-based, Next Generation Network (NGN) carrier-grade middleware. ZebOS Network Platform 7.8 adds support for Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS), Data Center Bridging, and MPLS resiliency for wireless backhaul and Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) implementations, says the company.
Android comprised only 5.2 percent of the market in December 2009, but that was more than double than its 2.5 percent share in September, comScore says. This would make the Linux-based Android OS the fastest growing mobile OS during the period, and the only other platform in the top five aside from Apple to grow at all.
Customers who want a Nexus One but don’t want to buy from Google can now pay an additional hundred and fifty quid to have one shipped through Play.com.
Buzz about Google’s Super Bowl ad started spreading when CEO Eric Schmidt implied in a Twitter post that there would be one during the third quarter. There had been rumors–which turned out to be untrue–that Google’s ad would feature the Nexus One smartphone. As it turns out, the “Parisian Love” ad has been on YouTube since November 19 as part of Google’s “Search Stories” ad campaign–which had been online-only until the Super Bowl. It had chalked up over a million views on YouTube.
Motorola is adding another device into its Android arsenal. The Motorola Devour, officially announced on Wednesday, will be available on Verizon Wireless starting in March.
Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST) announced an Android-ready version of its FancyPants 3.0 lightweight embedded graphics framework for consumer electronics. FancyPants 3.0 will initially support Android 1.5 and 1.6 SDKs on MIPS and ARM platforms, providing “autonomous UI” capabilities for ongoing customization, says the company.
ARM Holdings, the UK company that makes a core CPU design that licensees can modify into their own designs for handheld devices, plans to launch three more Cortex processor cores during 2010 as it pursues new markets.
ARM Holdings announced that more than 1.3 billion chips based on its designs were sold during the fourth quarter of 2009. Reporting better-than-expected financial results, the company added that it’s signing up licensees for three new designs, code-named “Eagle,” “Heron,” and “Merlin.”
Symbian, the giant maker of that well known operating system for cell phones is an inspiration. By announcing that it was going to release ‘billions of pounds worth of Intellectual Property’ as Open Source software it made the BBC news.
Hoorah! Symbian will join the likes of Android OS and Linux, thereby making OSS the dominant software of the phone market. Good luck to them I say…hmm, but hang on I’ve heard this story somewhere before.
Terracotta and Eucalyptus Systems, both open source startups, have announced a new joint partnership. According to the companies, which specialise in scalability for Java applications and the private cloud platform, the partnership will “provide enterprises with an open source solution that maximizes data scalability and application performance in a private cloud environment”. With the new agreement, the companies will reportedly combine their sales and marketing efforts and improve integration between their products. Woody Rollins, CEO and co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems said that, “Together we are making private clouds a viable option for managing critical applications and processes at even the highest workloads”.
On Tuesday. Lucid’s chief executive Eric Gries claimed 80 per cent of the FAST’s customer base ran on Linux or Unix, and Microsoft’s decision will simply mean those who’d been previously unsure, concerned about the future under Microsoft, or interested in using an open-source architecture like Lucene or Solr will now move elsewhere.
“This news is the final nail in the coffin,” Gries said of FAST. “I’m puzzled by the thinking at Microsoft. But for us it definitely helps. Customers who were on the fence thinking about staying with FAST and Linux and moving to Solr – their decision is very clear.”
Lucid counts those who’ve moved to Lucid or Solr in the last year as Fortune 500s that don’t want be tied to a single company’s roadmap or paying expensive licensing fees. Microsoft’s plan with FAST is to integrate the search capabilities into Office and SharePoint 2010. Since January 2009, Lucid has picked up Ford, Nike, Sears, and Macy’s.
I didn’t blame SourceForge for this (although plenty of people did). When you get a legal order from an entity that has the right to issue and enforce legal orders, if you are law abiding in your nation of residence, you comply with the order. SourceForge had nothing to gain by “bucking the system” and could ultimately do more harm than good to the open source community by telling the U.S. Government to “go pound sand”.
And, yes, lots of work. For example several new systems installed for our automated test and certification solution, approximately 60 customers and countless prospects have had their questions answered, and significant recruiting work on our immediate priorities including inside sales, sales engineering, software develand support.
I’m only a fairly recent convert to Firefox for the simple reason I didn’t need too many bells and whistles in a browser before now. It’s no surprise then that I used Google’s Chrome for a while after leaving my IE days firmly behind me, but having had to use Firefox because my online banking didn’t support Chrome at the time, I got hooked and have never looked back.
Two Firefox add-ons available for months on Mozilla’s website infected users with malware that stole passwords and opened a backdoor on Windows machines, the open-source browser maker has confirmed.
Ken Jacobs, who was one of CEO Larry Ellison’s first 20 hires, says he is leaving the company after seeking to run mySQL and being turned down.
Jacobs gets credit for keeping InnoDB moving forward after its 2005 acquisition. This was a big win for open source.
Since one of my main areas of interest is the conflicting intersection of Free Software and Open Source, Mr. Hill’s thoughts are often very illuminating for me – even when I don’t agree with him I never feel like he makes his argument poorly.
In his FSF appeal, I’m glad to say Mr. Hill delivers and makes a point I am in strong agreement with:
Free software is not really about software in this fundamental sense; it’s about bringing freedom to users through software.
Just like open source is necessary but not sufficient for Free Software, Free Software in turn is necessary but not sufficient for “users to take control of their technology”.
OpenDNSSEC works in all Unix-like operating systems and is suitable both for those who will only sign a single large zone (such as top-level domains) and those who have many small zones (e.g. web hotels, ISPs).
Industry observers say YouTube appeared to be supporting IPv6 in production mode, as opposed to running a test of the next-generation Internet protocol.
In years past, an ISSCC presentation on a new processor would consist of detailed discussion of the chip’s microarchitecture (pipeline, instruction fetch and decode, execution units, etc.), along with at least one shot of a floorplan that marked out the location of major functional blocks (the decoder, the floating-point unit, the load-store unit, etc.). This year’s ISSCC is well into the many-core era, though, and with single-chip core counts ranging from six to 16, the only elements you’re likely to see in a floorplan like the two below are cores, interfaces, and switches. Most of the discussion focuses on power-related arcana, but most folks are interested in the chips themselves.
The Itanium 9300 line gives the long-delayed “Tukwila” family of quad-core Itanium processors their day in the sun.
The US space agency (Nasa) will attempt to launch its latest Sun probe on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA explains that Pluto’s overall hue is “believed to be a result of ultraviolet radiation from the distant sun breaking up methane that is present on Pluto’s surface, leaving behind a dark and red carbon-rich residue”.
After the release of ccc-gistemp 0.3.0, I contacted Dr Reto Ruedy of NASA GISS to ask him to try out the release and have a look through it.
Dr Ruedy responded, thanking us for our effort, and saying “I hope to switch to your version of that program”. After some further discussion, he clarified this:
When GISS has the resources:
Ideally, we would like to replace our whole code
Political activists are increasingly using net attacks as a means of protest, reveals a report.
INTERNET HACKERS connected with the group Anonymous, which is better known for its attacks against Scientology, have launched a campaign against Australian government websites.
The group is protesting against the Australian government’s determination to censor its citizens’ Internet connections.
Top flight outsourcing firm Tata Consulting Services appeared to have lost control of its website to hackers today, with the domain apparently being touted for sale.
The Washington Post reported that the site had fallen prey to a DNS hijack over the weekend.
FORMER US ARMY computer insecurity specialist Christopher Tarnovsky showed the Black Hat Technical Security Conference exactly why the US cannot handle a cyber war.
The news that the NSA and Google are working on a deal for the military agency to help protect the information giant’s data networks comes at a time when the NSA is angling to get a major piece of cybersecurity action.
Isn’t it a bit embarrassing for an “expert on counter-terrorism” to be quoted as saying this?
Bill Tupman, an expert on counter-terrorism from Exeter University, told BBC News: “The problem is trying to predict the mind of the al-Qaeda planner; there are so many things they might do.
“And it is also necessary to reassure the public that we are trying to outguess the al-Qaeda planner and we are in the process of protecting them from any threat.”
America has slid back again into its own special brand of terrorism-derangement syndrome. Each time this condition recurs, it presents with more acute and puzzling symptoms. It’s almost impossible to identify the cause, and it’s doubtful there’s a cure. The entire forensic team from House would need a full season to unravel the mystery of what it is about the American brain that renders us more terrified of terrorists today than we were five years ago and less trusting of government policies to protect us.
Staff Sgt Rob Piercy said: “This is an instance where the Taser saved this man’s life. He was very strong and athletic, and it was difficult to arrest him.”
The man was taken to hospital where tests revealed he “may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol”. He was later released on “a promise to appear in court” and could face charges of “mischief and assault”.
Although Blair emphasized that it requires “special permission” before an American citizen can be placed on the assassination list, consider from whom that “permission” is obtained: the President, or someone else under his authority within the Executive Branch.
New Ministry of Defence figures show the RAF has fired 84 missiles from Reaper drones since they were first deployed there in June 2008, with more than 20 being fired over the past two months.
Police have questioned a scientist at the University of East Anglia in connection with the leak of emails from the University’s Climatic Research Unit.
In his first State of the Union Address last week, President Obama stated his support for Nuclear energy and that America needed to be “…building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country.” He seemingly followed up on this pledge on January 29th by proposing tripling existing loan guarantees for new reactors be increased to more than $54 billion.
Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it’s not pretty. So why isn’t anyone in America doing anything about it?
To understand how radiation from cell phones and wireless transmitters affects the human brain, and to get some sense of why the concerns raised in so many studies outside the U.S. are not being seriously raised here, it’s necessary to go back fifty years, long before the advent of the cell phone, to the research of a young neuroscientist named Allan Frey.
When a cigarette burns, nicotine is released in the form of a vapor that collects and condenses on indoor surfaces such as walls, carpeting, drapes and furniture, where it can linger for months, said the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Further details have emerged regarding the US Department of Justice case against UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems. The feds – without argument from BAE – say that the company engaged in a “conspiracy” to violate several US laws in recent years.
An Indian national pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and aggravated identity-theft charges related to an international fraud scheme to hack into online brokerage accounts in the U.S. and use them to manipulate stock prices, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Anand explained that a number of factors contribute to the success of the zero rupee notes in fighting corruption in India. First, bribery is a crime in India punishable with jail time. Corrupt officials seldom encounter resistance by ordinary people that they become scared when people have the courage to show their zero rupee notes, effectively making a strong statement condemning bribery. In addition, officials want to keep their jobs and are fearful about setting off disciplinary proceedings, not to mention risking going to jail. More importantly, Anand believes that the success of the notes lies in the willingness of the people to use them. People are willing to stand up against the practice that has become so commonplace because they are no longer afraid: first, they have nothing to lose, and secondly, they know that this initiative is being backed up by an organization—that is, they are not alone in this fight.
A lot of people are very upset about the rapidly increasing U.S. national debt these days and they are demanding a solution. What they don’t realize is that there simply is not a solution under the current U.S. financial system. It is now mathematically impossible for the U.S. government to pay off the U.S. national debt. You see, the truth is that the U.S. government now owes more dollars than actually exist. If the U.S. government went out today and took every single penny from every single American bank, business and taxpayer, they still would not be able to pay off the national debt. And if they did that, obviously American society would stop functioning because nobody would have any money to buy or sell anything.
Goldman Sachs helped the Greek government to mask the true extent of its deficit with the help of a derivatives deal that legally circumvented the EU Maastricht deficit rules. At some point the so-called cross currency swaps will mature, and swell the country’s already bloated deficit.
It all seemed easy to Angela McLeod when a doorstep lender first turned up at her home in Cranhill, Glasgow. She only needed £300 and here it was, with no credit checks and no questions asked. She just had to agree to an interest rate of 55%.
PayPal, eBay’s payment system, has suspended all payments to personal accounts in India.
The company is working with regulators and bank processing companies to resolve the problem as soon as possible, it said. But “personal payments to and from India will be suspended for at least a few months until we fully resolve the questions from the Indian regulators.”
The United States has warned that it may stop working with EU institutions on terrorist data exchange if the European Parliament next week blocks a bilateral deal on the issue.
“If the European parliament overturns the agreement, I am unsure whether Washington agencies would again decide to address this issue at EU level,” US ambassador to the EU William Kennard wrote in a letter sent to European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, according to news agency AFP.
Iran said on Sunday its Internet connections will remain slow this week due to technical problems, ahead of anticipated protests by opposition supporters.
Connections have been slow since last week and some email accounts have been unavailable for several hours each day.
Iranian authorities have blamed fibre-optic network damage for a convenient slow-down in net connection speeds in the country this week.
China’s aggressive crackdown on internet smut and dissent continues – yesterday a man was sentenced to 13 years prison for renting a US server for distributing pornographic material
The NSS was a founder member of the One Law for All Campaign which seeks to impede the march of sharia law in Britain. Naturally we think that in a democracy everyone must be equal under the law, with no exceptions. Sharia law is full of exceptions and it is clear that women are not equal under that system.
But now we discover that a different — more favourable — system of justice is being applied to religious people by Cherie Blair (professional name Cherie Booth) in her capacity as a judge. Last week in the Inner London Crown Court, Ms Blair/Booth spared a violent yob from prison because he is a “religious man”.
Wikileaks is usually described as a “whistleblower” site, but it’s really more of a safe haven for secrets that need to be exposed — kind of like a Swiss bank, only in reverse, so it’s kind of fitting that a Swiss bank is one of its most famous targets. But instead of shielding people who are trying to hide their assets, it exposes them. Thanks to the nature of the Net, confidential sources can make those secrets public without putting their own necks on the chopping block.
So it’s your choice. You can spend $10 on a couple of lattes and a kruller, or you can spend it on keeping information flowing just a little more freely around the world. I know which one I’d pick.
The result: Berliners are pulling down their pants when the car scoots into view, making obscene gestures, shouting, and kind of making a scene.
In a followup to his State of the Union address, the president said:
I’m a big believer in net neutrality. I campaigned on this. I continue to be a strong supporter of it. My FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has indicated that he shares the view that we’ve got to keep the Internet open, that we don’t want to create a bunch of gateways that prevent somebody who doesn’t have a lot of money but has a good idea from being able to start their next YouTube or their next Google on the Internet.
Under the Special 301 process the U.S.T.R. seeks input from U.S. copyright, trademark, and patent owners about whether policies and practices in foreign countries deny them adequate IP protection. The process has generally been used by IP holders to complain not only about lax enforcement in other countries, but also about limitations and exceptions in their laws that are beneficial to libraries, to education, to innovation, and to the public interest generally. The ability to comment in the Special 301 process is not limited to IP owners only. Any member of the public is free to file comments. If you believe in the importance of balanced copyright policies, file comments with the USTR and make your voice heard.
Alexander Alvaro (ALDE) has asked 9 questions about ACTA, including 3 strikes and transparency, or the access by the INTA committee to the drafts documents. He is also asking about changes to substantive patent law (read software patents here).
Summary: Microsoft’s EDGI-type tactics are reaching more US states and even going abroad in order to indoctrinate the young
FOR those who are not familiar with EDGI, here is a decent place to start. Microsoft has mastered a tactic whereby it dumps software free of charge wherever it identifies a migration to GNU/Linux and/or Free software. EDGI is anti-competitive as it is designed and intended to suppress competition before it even gets off the ground. Damning evidence of EDGI comes from Comes vs Microsoft exhibits which Microsoft paid a lot of money to hide from the public.
A few weeks ago we wrote about Georgia receiving what we call "American EDGI". The term EDGI usually refers to developing countries (although not necessarily) and in the United States Microsoft uses a banner/motto called “Elevate America” to achieve something similar. Here is another belated report about “American EDGI” in the state of Georgia. Microsoft employees have no shame. They also take it to Georgia Tech this month, under the “Imagine Cuffs” [sic] slogan. But Georgia is mostly old news; Microsoft is moving to conquer state after state with its “American EDGI” programme and the latest victims mostly include Kentucky, Colorado, and even Sunderland in the United Kingdom.
Here are the reports from Kentucky:
The state of Kentucky has developed a partnership with Microsoft Corp. to help unemployed get technology training in hopes of reentering the work force.
The partnership will allow the state to offer 20,250 vouchers for free online training and certification that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beshear said Kentucky will receive 20,250 vouchers for free online training and certification through the public-private initiative “Microsoft Elevate America.”
Kentucky will work with computer software giant Microsoft to distribute more than 20,000 vouchers for free Microsoft software training and certification programs to residents across the state, Gov. Steve Beshear and officials from the company announced Wednesday.
Here is an article with a photo of “Gov. Steve Beshear during the Microsoft Elevate America press announcement.”
Governors who sell their citizens to an abusive corporation are there for business, not citizens. Well, that’s how politics typically works.
On we move to Colorado, where Microsoft is using the same type of scam to indoctrinate the young/unemployed and prepare them to become Microsoft clients:
Technology giant Microsoft and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will offer 12,500 vouchers to state residents for free technology training courses.
Microsoft Corp. and the state of Colorado Tuesday announced a online job-training program for workers to learn information-technology skills.
We were appalled to find the same scam coming to the UK, Sunderland to be specific:
A multimillion pound training package is set to revive Wearside’s beleaguered jobs market thanks to software giant Microsoft.
Bill Gates’s international company is handing over £10 million to provide IT training to improve skills of thousands across the city.
This is ridiculous. This is not a donation and these are not skills. It’s preparation for troubled people to become Microsoft vassals. It’s like when poor people on the streets are pressured to join the military for personal direction and guidance.
Microsoft Starts New Initiative to Promote Student Leadership in the Classroom
The initiative recognizes the leadership shown by students and teachers in schools across America who are working together in meaningful ways to revitalize learning, schools and communities through the use of technology.
Bill Gates may be assisting such efforts by charming politicians. We wrote about this in:
Changes for students are coming in March as JMU upgrades its e-mail system to Microsoft Exchange and its Live@edu interface.
Microsoft’s Tony Hey tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 2) will open Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute’s Digital Science Center Seminar Series with a presentation titled “Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery: The Fourth Paradigm.”
Same in Alaska:
The UAA Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program announced Friday that Microsoft contributed a Large Strategic Software grant valued at just over $1 million. The Microsoft contribution will provide Windows 7 and Microsoft Office software for ANSEP’s pre-college component, benefiting high school students across nine states: Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona.
“Software grant” is like “oxygen grant”. It doesn’t really cost anything to make more of it, yet Microsoft characterises it as a donation. By these metric, the FSF too can donate $100,000,000,000 to schools (in software).
More Microsoft indoctrination can be seen here in the news (IDG):
Microsoft has created a slew of freebies to help enterprises train users on its latest software, particularly those angst-inducing Ribbon menus.
People should not be studying menu layouts of particular pieces of proprietary software. That’s just training that’s beneficial to one company; it’s the antithesis of education. Here is Microsoft offering “training” (indocrination) for people who are already quite troubled. Microsoft is aiming to imprison the people who are least privileged sometimes. This relates to "Disaster Capitalism".
Microsoft is also doing this in the Philippines right now; it’s related to the PR charade for EDGI-type tactics, which are called “Unlimited Potential” (a euphemism) in this one case:
Despite struggling with hearing impairment, second-year Information Technology (IT) student Jeremiah Oon, 20, became the first NP student to receive the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Scholarship.
Recently, Microsoft signed what it calls MoUs [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], which continue to expand in the middle east. Microsoft is taking more control of education in the UAE and Pakistan too is selling out [1, 2]. From the end of January we have:
A strategic partnership agreement was signed between the Punjab government and a leading computer software company Microsoft at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here Friday.
According to the agreement, the Microsoft will extend all-out cooperation for training and development of local IT industry. The company will also set up an innovation centre at Software Technology Park.
We previously wrote about Pakistan in relation to OOXML misconduct. It’s truly appalling. █
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