Microsoft is pushing back against government snooping.
We also will take new steps to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data. For example, we are committed to notifying business and government customers if we receive legal orders related to their data. Where a gag order attempts to prohibit us from doing this, we will challenge it in court. We’ve done this successfully in the past, and we will continue to do so in the future to preserve our ability to alert customers when governments seek to obtain their data. And we’ll assert available jurisdictional objections to legal demands when governments seek this type of customer content that is stored in another country.
Should really be enjoyed in HD.
I don’t know the deets of Common Core, but the principle of this still stands.
You see, Common Core isn’t wrong because of the values it teaches. Common Core is wrong because it is an unconstitutional, federal usurpation of power. In fact, it’s not even directly from the federal government, but a private initiative from the Gates Foundation used by the federal government to coerce states. It is the very same “gun to the head” of the states that Chief Justice Roberts referred to in National Federation Of Independent Business v. Sebelius (Obamacare) with regard to the medicaid expansion coercion. Regardless, conservatives, libertarians, and moderates are all too in favor of such usurpation when it aligns with our values. This is not only wrong, it is extremely dangerous.
I’m not convinced that allowing other nations to spy on Americans online legally is worth preserving our “right” to do so to them. And by “right” I mean dubious legal standing that ignores our own political history and is far more in line with those of dictators, fascists and history’s monsters across the centuries.
The problem is what two or four or ten administrations down the line will do with it when this is commonly used and everyone’s cars come with it standard. The government should develop some safety minimums and guarantee privacy for the car’s owner and then let the technology mature.
Does anyone not see how this is going to end badly?
While the brown recluse spider’s bite is not a good thing, most of the spiders identified as brown recluses weren’t. And if you’re worried about spiders in the house, I recommend a cat.
“The truth is, bad things happen to us all the time, and it’s completely random,” said entomologist Gwen Pearson, author of the WIRED Science Blog, Charismatic Minifauna. But being able to blame a nasty skin lesion on a spider is more satisfying than acknowledging that a necrotic crater has emerged on your arm for no identifiable reason, she says.
What’s really awesome is the photo in the picture. “It’s not a recluse bite, it’s anthrax!” In a better world, those shouldn’t be confusable.
Gaming consoles have come full-circle and now the most advanced console available lets you play… [spoilers] Pong [/spoilers]
Bill Clinton and Bill Gates on the state of the world and what they’re doing to make it better. Remarkably well-balanced answers from both of them.
A timeline of why healthcare.gov isn’t working.
There’s something to be said for steamrolling the other party when you need to get something done. Also, for funding something properly when you write the law. And letting businesses do business and not getting the government involved.
Thanks for a game that brings hundreds of hours of entertainment, laughter and tears.
Full disclosure: I liked the ending. Not everyone’s story ends well. Saren was right, Illusive Man was right or you are right about the Reapers: choose. And your choice has deadly consequences, no matter what.
I would buy one even if I didn’t get a discount on my insurance.
If you remove accidents and violent crimes from the life-expectancy equation, Americans live the longest.
Your young urban professionals are learning math and economics. And just how far social justice will hold out against self-interest.
Because, right now, it’s young, middle-class people just outside the subsidy range who are biting the bullet. Young, middle-class people who already bore the highest toll in the recent financial collapse, who have seen our wages sliced and our job prospects dwindle.
You can only ride our backs for so long before we’re going to tell you enough is enough.
Insistence on idealogical purity in politics never ends well and, indeed, hands victory to your opponents.
What if the GOP didn’t just flail around blaming Obama, but instead presented attractive alternatives. Of course they can’t, they’re too deeply in the pockets of the insurance companies, but it’s a nice thought.
Everything the government touches becomes a matter for the public to decide. Don’t want your healthcare to be decided by the voters? Too bad, you got the government involved in it.
Because really, government finance is mindbogglingly un-intuitive. But America legally and literally cannot default on our debt as a nation. Not that I thought we were going to, because I assume anything the media brings up for us to panic about is horribly mangled and overly-simplified spin from one side or the other.
NBC: Very quickly before I let you go. As you well know, there is a debt ceiling vote on the horizon. Will Republicans let this country go into default?
SEN. PAUL: I think it’s irresponsible of the president and his men to even talk about default. There is no reason for us to default. We bring in $250 billion in taxes every month, our interest payment is $20 billion. Tell me why we would ever default. We have legislation called the full faith and credit act and it tells the president, you must pay the interest on the debt. So this is a game. This is kind of like closing the World War II memorial. They all get out on TV and they say, we’re going to default. They’re the ones scaring the marketplace. We should never default.
I’m still convinced that borrowing 2.7 BILLION dollars every day is excessive and maybe we could just do without some mid-level bureaucracy (OMG, I spelled it right first try) or possibly an aircraft carrier. Sorry mid-level bureaucrats or aircraft carrierists.
The top 1o cartoons of all time, according to TV Guide. Who clearly never watch the TV.
First off, the Simpsons while brilliant back in the day, wins purely because of longevity. Of course if you’re on the air for 20 years you’ll have time to do all the funny. The Flintstones are not better than Looney Tunes in any way. The Peanuts, while having the greatest theme song, was not a particularly good cartoon. Scooby Doo is barely tolerable, and certainly not top 5 material. Rocky & Bullwinkle is criminally low. Darkwing Duck is not on the list. Gargoyles is not on the list. Woody Woodpecker is on the list. Luckily they don’t rank most of them, because that would be a trainwreck, based on their top 10.
Oh, I’m shocked that the global warming feel-good targets are unattainable without horrific consumer energy price increases. At least you felt better when you signed them. I’m sure you enjoyed sneering at the US for not buying in to this incredible opportunity.
If the U.K. can’t find an affordable supply of natural gas via hydrofracking of its shale deposits, it might have to restart mothballed coal-fired power plants to keep the lights on in future decades. “One way or another, we’ll muddle through,” says George Day, economic strategy manager at the Loughborough-based Energy Technologies Institute, a partnership between industrial firms and the U.K. government. “Whether we’ll hit our carbon targets is another question,” says Day.
And I want a pony…
Those targets would slash greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. For the country to get there, the U.K. power industry would have to slash its carbon intensity from more than 500 to 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour by 2030, according to the quasi-independent Committee on Climate Change. Under that committee’s roadmap, 60 percent of new cars sold in 2030 should be electric, rising to 100 percent by 2035.
“The president has said that he understands and regrets the concerns disclosures of alleged U.S. intelligence activities have generated in Brazil,” the White House said in part in a statement.
There’s no regret of the actual intelligence activities, of course. Of course he regrets the fallout. Though why Brazilians are concerned about it is beyond me. They don’t have a Fourth Amendment that is being folded, spindled and mutilated.
Congress is actually legislating something reasonable and limiting the executive branch. I’m sure they’ll get back to steroid use in baseball soon.
Shifting focus from condemning Africa to an extra century of malaria, now we’re going to condemn 2 million people a year in Asia to blindness and death from vitamin A deficiency.
You don’t want to eat genetically modified foods, fine, forgo your corn and wheat and well, all modern vegetative food, but why not let the people that are suffering decide if GMOs are worth the risk for them.
A college exit exam. Interesting idea. I can see how it would eat at the basis of college education, but given the shenanigans that go on these days, I wouldn’t blame employers for wanting to see proof of some sort of learning.
They tried something, it didn’t work. At least they’re willing to admit it.
I sometimes wonder what our military would do if our political organization broke down to that degree. I like to think they would stay out of it.
Like I’ve said before, while I don’t necessarily thing that a big-L libertarian would be a good president, I’m glad they exist to keep the other parties in check.
If Christie voices right-wing anxiety about libertarians’ rising prestige and influence on politics and culture, the think-tank Demos articulates the left-wing version. The group has just announced its “Gordon Gamm Initiative,” which is explicitly geared to roll back the tide of laissez-faire it feels has swamped a nation.
Also worth a read.
It’s funny cause it’s true.
Finished Mass Effect 2 last night. It went by quick. And despite the encouragingly named “Suicide Mission” only Legion and Miranda died. Well, the second time through. The first time through Garrus got swarmed because Samara was the weakest biotic justicar evar. That could not stand so the second time Jack came through for me, despite being the most annoying person in the galaxy. Yeah, no one cares about your troubled childhood except you, okay? Get over it. Buy a tshirt too, while you’re at it.
I was sad about Legion. He wasn’t there long, but I liked him. Miranda was nothing but trouble though, creating a second line of command through Cerberus,
good riddance. I mean, a noble sacrifice.
Onward to the DLCs and eventually, ME3. Yay!
This comment wins the internets:
Gaiash Ketoji 1 week ago : It’s George RR Martin. Destroying the things you love is what he does.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
I’d embed this but wordpress.com isn’t cool like that.
Oh look, the NSA is gathering more than just phone data without warrants. How is their very existence not unconstitutional again?
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
A good reason to change your passwords regularly. It’s rumor, but the sad thing is that it’s not so far-fetched that I’d reject it out of hand. The lack of respect for the 4th amendment makes me sad.
Chromecast. Finally doing what Roku and Tivo and all that stuff should be doing.
I will, however wait until they make enough that the price drops back down to MSRP, if not lower.
The NSA, overarching and incompetent. Yay.
But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees’ email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.
“There’s no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,” NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.
The system is “a little antiquated and archaic,” she added.
After all, they probably already have it.
That filing describes a new “system of records” that will store names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, taxpayer status, gender, ethnicity, email addresses, telephone numbers on the millions of people expected to apply for coverage at the ObamaCare exchanges, as well as “tax return information from the IRS, income information from the Social Security Administration, and financial information from other third-party sources.”
They will also store data from businesses buying coverage through an exchange, including a “list of qualified employees and their tax ID numbers,” and keep it all on file for 10 years.
In addition, the filing says the federal government can disclose this information “without the consent of the individual” to a wide range of people, including “agency contractors, consultants, or grantees” who “need to have access to the records” to help run ObamaCare, as well as law enforcement officials to “investigate potential fraud.”
But here, too, the Supreme Court and public opinion are demanding the return of more powers to individuals and states. DOMA, pot legalization, the limits on the Voting Rights Act, and a rash of new state limits on abortion all point to a strong public interest in the decentralization of power.
The federal legislature, the Court, and state governments, both blue and red, seem to have adopted this principle of devolution as a strategy for dealing with the most politically toxic issues of our time. America is too big and its citizens are too diverse for one-size-fits-all solutions to some of our culture war issues. Some traditional American views seem newly relevant as we cope with these issues: individuals should be allowed as much freedom as is consistent with their not harming others; wherever possible, states should be free to settle their affairs on their own terms.
Because, clearly, the federal government can’t be trusted with the power.
More information on what information the NSA is keeping with utter disregard for the Fourth Amendment has been leaked.
Two US senators, Ron Wyden and Mark Udall – both members of the Senate intelligence committee – have been seeking this information since 2011, but senior White House and intelligence officials have repeatedly insisted that the agency is unable to gather such statistics.