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Microsoft Scraps Windows 8 Major Updates. Bets The Farm On Windows 9

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 23:24 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


It’s official, Windows 8 is a write-off . Sales for the operating system have been poor and now it is even starting to lose market share to Windows 7. To Microsoft MSFT credit it has bravely persisted addressing issue after issue. Most notable was the major Windows 8.1 Update 1 patch released in April which makes the OS a genuinely credible platform. Still it remains far from perfect and now Microsoft is prematurely pulling the plug.

In a blog post by Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc, he explains that there will be no more major update releases for Windows 8: “despite rumours and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 ‘Update 2’.”

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Google to Tie Mobile Web, App Trackers for Ad Targeting

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 22:37 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Privacy


Google has come up with a way to overcome the ad-targeting gap between mobile web visitors and mobile app users, according to people familiar with the matter.

The online ad giant is set to begin testing a new method of targeting tablet and smartphone users that connects the separate tracking mechanisms that follow what people do on the mobile web and in mobile apps respectively, the people said. Until now, advertisers have usually been forced to treat individual mobile users as two unconnected people, depending on whether they are using a mobile browser or apps.

A Google spokesman confirmed the effort. “As an alternative to less transparent methods, we’re doing some tests to help businesses run consistent ad campaigns across a device’s mobile browser and mobile apps, using existing anonymous identifiers, while enabling people to use the established privacy controls on Android and iOS,” the spokesman said in an email.

The targeting method relies on Google’s two-million-plus network of third-party sites and its mobile app ad network AdMob, which is able to track and serve ads to users of hundreds of thousands of mobile apps across Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems.

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Casual Friday

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 22:30 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. Where’d he get the cheetah skin?

“If you blow the whistle,” Obama said, “you should be thanked.”

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 11:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


Obama said the department and administration have started reaching out to veterans who are on the wait lists to match them with care, have fired people and are investigating numerous allegations of misconduct.

Obama and members of Congress said one of the most important provisions of the bill is free: It allows McDonald free reign to fire people who are not doing their jobs or have engaged in unethical behavior.

If an employee does not meet standards of conduct, “You should be fired, period,” Obama said. Whistleblowers, Obama said, should be protected.

“If you blow the whistle,” Obama said, “you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.”

“…Unless you blow the whistle on my or any of my pals. In that case, you’d better flee the country quick or my people will kill you or lock you in a cage for the rest of your life.”

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  1. Politicians are fair weather friends, you can’t expect them to be consistent and they have to pander to the mass vote, ideally with meaningless slogans that are open to multiple interpretations.
    When Obama talks about whistle-blowers he doesn’t mean people alerting us to the miss-deeds of his own security services, oh no, that is treason.

  2. The man is an habitual liar. He’s never told the truth in his life.

WHO: Ebola ‘an international emergency’

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 9:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency.

WHO officials said the possible consequences were “particularly serious” because of the virulence of the virus.

The announcement came after experts convened a two-day emergency meeting in Switzerland.

I wonder… if they announced a vaccine tomorrow, would all the anti-vaccine people line up to get a shot?

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Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 9:29 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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The Social Laboratory

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 8:06 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


When Peter Ho, the senior defense official, met with John Poindexter back in 2002 about the Total Information Awareness program, Poindexter suggested that Singapore would face a much easier time installing a big-data analysis system than he had in the United States, because Singapore’s privacy laws were so much more permissive. But Ho replied that the law wasn’t the only consideration. The public’s acceptance of government programs and policies was not absolute, particularly when it came to those that impinged on people’s rights and privileges.

It sounds like an accurate forecast. In this tiny laboratory of big-data mining, the experiment is yielding an unexpected result: The more time Singaporeans spend online, the more they read, the more they share their thoughts with each other and their government, the more they’ve come to realize that Singapore’s light-touch repression is not entirely normal among developed, democratic countries — and that their government is not infallible. To the extent that Singapore is a model for other countries to follow, it may tell them more about the limits of big data and that not every problem can be predicted.

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  1. Interesting. Not much mention that they are yet trying to manipulate public opinion.

    Another thought: The idea that perpetual growth in an economy is necessary and desirable seems to be unquestioningly accepted, by everyone. At some point humans will have to manage population growth so that a fertility rate of 1.2 is good.

Snowden gets three-year residence in Russia

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 3:27 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower, has been granted a three-year residence permit to remain in Russia.

Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told reporters on Thursday that Snowden had been granted asylum allowing him to move about freely and travel abroad.

Funny coincidence that, just as the Russians want to be really annoying to the West…

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  1. Strange that freedom should annoy the West.