Sure, the data might be safe from a government’s prying eyes, but will it be safe from a government who kindly pays for the data, with the company acquiescing between it wants to maintain its lucrative business links with the authorities?
Apparently the writer of the original article thinks “legacy” means that you have to maintain and enhance existing applications instead of developing new ones.
To me, “legacy” means that there are no new applications being developed in that language, and the only jobs available for it are maintaining and enhancing existing applications..Net and Java are certainly not “legacy” in that sense by any stretch of the imagination.
Microsoft bought SoftImage, as a part of the effort to displace high-end Unix workstations with PC’s running NT. It was all over, but the shouting. Alias transformed Wavefront into Maya in roughly this timeframe, while MS starved out “dot release” life support on SoftImage…
Honestly if Metro doesn’t go away, I will… lol
Away to Linux or Android…
That will be a while though as they will have to pry Windows 7 from my cold dead hands.
It’s pretty sad, I do love me some Windows and I have been using it for a long long time since the 3.11 days, I even liked Windows ME. But I just can’t love Windows 8 and it’s abomination of a UI. I can’t count how many times I have installed Classic Shell in Windows 8 machines because the owners couldn’t stand Metro.
I am sure it is fantastic on a tablet though? I have an Android tablet so yeah…. I am already in the process of ditching Windows:( If my PC didn’t function as my home server and general PC work, I would probably be trying to figure out some way to go Android PC right now.
Are you kidding? The very first thing I do when I see a Linux GUI is CTRL+ALT+F1 (or F2, F3… anything to get a normal tty). In any other *nix, I immediately pop open a terminal and do all my work there.
For those who know why, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not (*cough*MCSA types*cough*), no explanation will suffice.
malachiorion writes with this report from Popular Science“Seventy-four years ago, Russia accomplished what no country had before, or has since: it sent armed ground robots into battle. These remote-controlled Teletanks took the field during one of WWII’s earliest and most obscure clashes, as Soviet forces pushed into Eastern Finland for roughly three and a half months, from 1939 to 1940. The workings of those Teletanks were cool, though they were useless against Germany, and Russia proceeded to fall behind the developed world in military robotics.”
Groovy… but before I care, SpaceX needs to first have humans in space.
Then I’ll give a quid about their plans for space travel.
I mean, if they haven’t done a manned space flight to outside the atmosphere, it is far-fetched to be running before you can walk or even stand.
NeverVotedBush writes with news reported by CNN that a passenger manifest for the flight that went missing on its way from Malaysia to China indicates that “Twenty of the passengers aboard the flight work with Freescale Semiconductor, a company based in Austin, Texas. The company said that 12 of the employees are from Malaysia and eight are from China,” and writes “Apparently, at least two passengers used stolen passports to board.”
Privacy groups have filed with the US Federal Trade Commission to try to block Facebook’s $19bn acquisition of WhatsApp until the social network comes clean on how it’s going to use the personal data of the messaging service’s 450 million users.
Non-profit groups the Electronic Privacy Information Centre and the Centre for Digital Democracy are challenging the acquisition because WhatsApp has a commitment not to collect user data for advertising purposes.
“Facebook routinely makes use of user information for advertising purposes and has made clear that it intends to incorporate the data of WhatsApp users into the user profiling business model,” the groups said in their filing. “The proposed acquisition will therefore violate WhatsApp users’ understanding of their exposure to online advertising and constitutes an unfair and deceptive trade practice, subject to investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.”
The privacy advocates also said that many users were already worried about how WhatsApp would change under Facebook management. They cited the creation of the Facebook Page “Please Don’t Ruin WhatsApp” and quoted journalists who had written about their worries and users who had posted their concern to Twitter.
The filing pointed out that some European data protection authorities had already launched investigations into the deal, including Dutch commissioner Jacob Kohnstamm and Thilo Weichert, the data protection commissioner for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
WhatsApp stores user mobile phone numbers, but doesn’t collect email addresses and other contact information. Both Facebook and WhatsApp have said that the firms would be run as separate entities after the acquisition and privacy policies would not change. But the filing pointed out that Facebook had changed privacy policies after mergers before, like after its 2012 acquisition of Instagram.
The advocacy groups want the FTC to force Facebook to “insulate WhatsApp users’ information from access by Facebook’s data collection practices”, if the deal goes ahead.
“WhatsApp users could not reasonably have anticipated that by selecting a pro-privacy messaging service, they would subject their data to Facebook’s data collection practices,” the filing complained. ®
Police in Singapore are investigating the “unnatural” death of of a virtual currency exchange boss.
Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead in an apartment block at Cantonment Close yesterday.
According to the city state’s police force, “preliminary investigations showed no foul play is suspected.”
They have not yet announced how she died, although Reuters sources suggested she had jumped to her death.
The news agency also claimed she was having professional difficulties.
“She had a phenomenal network of highly successful people around her, and here she is running this little exchange and it just isn’t taking off in the way anybody had hoped,” said Steve Beauregard, CEO and founder of Bitcoin startup GoCoin.
First Meta started out as way of exchanging virtual currencies used in games like Second Life or EVE Online, or swapping them for real money, before it began offering Bitcoin exchange services in July of last year.
In a statement, the exchange said: “The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed.”
There is currently no evidence linking Radtke’s death to the collapse of Mt. Gox.
In the days leading up to her death, Radtke used Facebook to post a link to an article entitled “The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship”.
She then wrote: “Everything has a price.”
Her Google Plus page is headed with a stark image of a small house on a lonely island, while her tagline simply says: “Killing it.”
However, her Twitter page shows her in happier times, posing beside Richard Branson. Her previous jobs included a freelance stint at Apple and a spell at Virgin Charter.
Did you know Ms Radtke? Please get in touch with us. ®