wtop ^ | 7-14-2014 | LINDSEY TANNERPosted on 7/14/2014, 2:13:02 AM by Citizen ZedUnexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones.
In the past, one thing that’s always separated Google from its rivals has been the ability to use Google services across many platforms.
Whether you owned an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, or a Windows PC, you always had access to Google services like Search, Maps, and Docs. Of course, Google would prefer that you use Android and Chromebooks, but that rarely felt like a requirement.At this year’s Google I/O conference, we’re starting to see a different strategy emerge.
You have to admit… It’s a pretty slick system that has slaves waiting in line overnight for the privilege of getting a shiny new collar. An alternative look at the iPhone and other “cool” technologies…..
***** You have to admit... It's a pretty slick system that has slaves waiting in line overnight for the privilege of getting a shiny new collar. Read more...
Obama Administration Vetoes Ban on Sale of Some Apple Devices
WSJ ^ | 8/3/2013 | BRENT KENDALL
Posted on Saturday, August 03, 2013 3:06:20 PM by Monty22002
The Obama administration on Saturday vetoed a U.S. trade body‘s ban on the sale of some Apple AAPL +1.28%iPhones and iPads, a rare move that upends a legal victory for smartphone rival Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE +0.47% U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining “undue leverage.”
King George had his own State Controlled Media too…. “Generally speaking, the role of journalism and the press in support of tyrants historically has been woefully under-explored.”
PGA Weblog ^
Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 11:23:59 AM by ProgressingAmerica
On the website for McGraw-Hill, there is an interesting poll question available for now:
A) Required individuals to obtain a license before printing materials.
B) Forced printers to deposit large sums of money in the form of bonds.
C) Made it a crime to criticize the government in print.
D) All of the above.
Fred Seeks Political Asylum
May 5, 2013
Every farm boy and columnist learns early on what not to step in. Some subjects are too sensitive to write about unless you have a hidden bunker in Patagonia.
The two most explosive, oddly enough, are not race, feminism, or Israel. They are Star Trek, and the Macintosh computer.
No. It is a vile marketing platform aimed at illiterate adolescents with cell phones—malign, an affront to civilization, probably designed by misanthropic garden slugs.
Having paid for this monstrosity, I decided that there was nothing wrong with Microsoft Corp. that couldn’t be cured by blowing it up. If you think this extreme, try Windows 8.In high dudgeon, and all intermediate altitudes of dudgeon, I bethought me of Apple.
Extreme times call for extreme measures. Whatever crimes Cupertino might have committed, or not have committed, I was sure that it didn’t foist Windows 8 on the innocent.I had no particular feelings about the Mac, for or against.
RUSH: We got this piece in The Daily Beast: “A Scarlet Letter — the Monica Lewinsky-ing of Paula Broadwell — When powerful men stray, the press continues to ogle, and shame, the women they do it with, writes Allison Yarrow.” And this whole story got me to thinking about how the country’s changed in terms of simple things like humor. What used to be harmless, clever humor, today is heard by the people who’ve been educated the last 30, 35 years, today causes legitimate anger and indignation and charges of cruelty and insensitivity and bigotry or sexism or what have you. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this.
Presidential messages to have their own distinctive ring tone
Not only does the Department of Homeland Security’s new emergency alert system force cellphone users to receive text messages directly from President Obama, it also “follows” the user wherever they go, according to newly released details of the program.
DHS Cellphone Alert System Follows You Around iphone tracking 007
The Corporate Cult evolved in the United States as a hybrid of the sales force of the corporation and the religious devotion of the cult. This type of entity might be a cult like Scientology, which used the aggressive and organized sales tactics and marketing campaigns of a corporation, or it could be a corporation like Apple, whose employees earn little, but feel a sense of satisfaction at being part of a meaningful entity.
Prison Planet.com » Will Apple customers be forcibly bombarded with texts from President Obama’s campaign?
Civil liberty commentators have expressed concerns that by signing up to the Personal Localised Alerting Network (PLAN), Apple have turned their phones into part of President Obama’s re-election campaign.
The un-hearalded changes to Apples iOS 6 mobile operating system give customers the option to opt in or out of receiving alerts from FEMA or the Amber Alert program, but not to messages directly from the president.
This raises the possibility of Barack Obama using the PLAN program to send campaign messages to all of Apples mobile device users, abusing the emergency alert program.
Will Apple customers be forcibly bombarded with texts from President Obamas campaign? article 2161851 13B18C58000005DC 815 468x380Following Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, technology commentators have noticed that iOS 6 has joined up to the NAP emergency alert system…………
Amazon currently monopolizes e-book sales, controlling 60 percent of the market. And, like a jealous lover, Obama is suing Amazon’s competitors in order to further strengthen her e-book monopoly. Obama may be faithful to his wife, but he is breaking his vow to the American people to defend the Constitution. He is openly abusing his executive powers and giving preferential treatment to Amazon—hoping to curry favor with consumers and ensure his reelection in November.
Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, announced on April 11, 2012 that the Department of Justice is suing Apple and five major book publishers on charges that they violated anti-trust laws by conspiring to raise the price of e-books.
You Won’t Believe What My iPhone Did in the Car This Morning
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 2:11:21 PM by Kaslin
RUSH: Now, if there is anybody in this audience listening that writes for an Apple or high-tech blog — or if there is anybody listening to this program that works for or at Apple, Incorporated — you have to hear what happened to me this morning. Sadly, I can’t prove it. (interruption) Well, you’ll hear why in a moment. I was so discombobulated by what happened that I didn’t save what showed up on my iPhone. Now, let me describe my setup for you. I have a car that has a Bluetooth mating system in it. So my iPhone is paired with the Bluetooth system, which means that I can use hands-free operation. Everybody does this, probably. No big deal there.
I also drive around with a Verizon LTE hotspot because Verizon’s turned on LTE here which is 20 megabytes down. So I don’t use AT&T’s 4G, I don’t use cellular when I’m driving around. I use Wi-Fi. This hotspot from Verizon converts the LTE signal to Wi-Fi and that’s how I connect the iPhone. So my system is my phone paired with the car’s Bluetooth provided by the manufacturer, and it is also connected via Wi-Fi to a Verizon LTE hotspot. Now, the way Apple iPhone dictation works is you hit the microphone button on your keyboard, and that immediately establishes an online connection with Apple servers somewhere.
Controversy underscores Google’s contempt for web freedom
Following the revelation that Google had been tracking the surfing habits of iPhone users via a code that disables the Safari browser’s privacy settings, Microsoft has now discovered that Google is using similar methods to bypass privacy protections and spy on the browsing habits of Internet Explorer users.
“When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies,” reports Microsoft on their IEblog.
Last week it was revealed that Google had circumvented Apple’s efforts to block third party cookies by default, allowing Google to track which ads Safari users clicked on.
The Internet giant, whose motto is “don’t be evil,” has now been caught using a similar process to disregard cookie preferences of Internet Explorer users, allowing targeted ads to be served based on browsing history.
“Google is trying to do is figure out things based on what you have looked at, figure out ways to serve you more relevant ads,” explains Henry Blodget. “Google intentionally circumvented some privacy protections that Apple put in place, now Microsoft is saying ‘hey wait a minute, they did the same thing to us.’”
While Google’s actions are not illegal, they will only serve to underscore the fact that the company has a flagrant disregard for privacy, which is no surprise given Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s creepy 2009 warning, when he stated, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”
Indeed, as we have documented on numerous occasions, Google’s actions are completely consistent with the charge that the company is in cahoots with the National Security Agency, America’s foremost spying operation.
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The logical outcome of the OWS movement (What is AmericanThinker Thinking?)
AmericanThinker ^ | November 18,2011 | Claude Sandroff
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 5:35:51 AM by broken_arrow1
As OWS was the logical outcome of three years of Obama’s fascistic class warfare rhetoric, nationalizing America’s most profitable global companies is the logical outcome of the OWS movement.
As corporations are not people no one will be hurt as we nationalize. It takes medium-sized cities in Shenzhen and Chengdu for Foxconn to manufacture Apple products in China. (snip) The repatriation of Apple manufacturing infrastructure to the US could create as many as 500,000 positions–all high paying, high quality union jobs–here at home, offsetting by at least a factor twenty-five the jobs lost by the delay of the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta, BC to the Gulf of Mexico.
Informationtechnologyschools.org ^ | 3/31/2010 | Admin In Technologhy
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 4:31:20 PM by Signalman
Many people today either are too young to have ever seen some early pc’s or have forgotten what they looked like and how much they cost. Today we complain about the cost of a laptop running 2Ghz with 4GB ram for a cost of $ 400.00, however it wasn’t that long ago that laptops and pc’s were priced quite a bit higher. Here are 30 Old PC ads that will make you laugh and possibly appreciate what you have today. (Images at link)
The GRiD 1101 is the grand-daddy of all modern-day laptops. It cost over $8000 in 1982.
Their new VIC-20 (1980) was so embarrassing to parent company Commodore, that they considered giving them away. Instead, it sold over 1,000,000 units within just a few years, making Commodore hundreds of millions of dollars.
The first “IBM” computer to run on batteries was the IBM Convertible PC from 1986.
(Excerpt) Read more at oldcomputers.net …
Seventy years ago Orson Welles directed Citizen Kane, which critics still praise as the most innovative film ever. Welles modeled the main character, Kane, on a famous northern California magnate who revolutionized the media of his day, William Randolph Hearst.
“Rosebud” was Kane’s dying declaration, and the narrative structure of the film emphasized the work of a reporter trying to figure out the meaning of that word and the meaning of Kane’s life. Everyone he interviewed saw Kane through the prism of his own preoccupations. The reporter ended up much like the blind man feeling different parts of the elephant and thinking he’s in the presence of a tree trunk, a snake—or something else.
When Steve Jobs died on Oct. 5, newspapers and airwaves (along with iPhones and iPads) were flush with accounts of the Apple founder’s life and legacy—but each biographer seemed to recreate Jobs in the beholder’s own image:
Those wanting a classic American success story described Jobs as the college dropout who co-created the first user-friendly computer and became a multimillionaire at age 25.
Those crafting a moral tale about never giving up…..
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In one of the GOP Presidential debates the number of prisoners who had been put to death in Texas drew applause from the audience. In a subsequent debate, the issue of the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was being discussed and, during a short video of a Marine talking about being openly gay, two members of that audience booed.
None of the candidates on stage reacted to the boos which led to a week of projectile sweat outrage by Liberal commentators as to why no-one told the boo-ers to put a sock in it. Note, please that the moderator(s) didn’t ask the candidates about it after the fact.
During my tour de force performance on the Bill Maher show later that week, they showed the same clip with the two people booing and I said, “It was only two people. It wasn’t like the whole audience stood up and waved its collective fists at the screen” or, as Dr. Samuel Johnson was wont to say, “words to a like effect.”
Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher continued to claim, or at least feign, outrage at the lack of response by the candidates but the discussion moved on.
Now, to present day.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters are apparently accepting of a small, but vocal number of their team who have shouted anti-Semitic remarks.
Is it a large percentage of the protesters? Of course not. But, at his press conference yesterday President Barack Obama claimed a loose fellowship with the protesters, and, according to the LA Times, “Obama said he has monitored the movement, which has spread to dozens of cities nationwide. ‘I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel.’”
So, if he has “monitored the movement, he must have been briefed on the (few) anti-Semitic outbursts and yet the President, like the dog in Arthur Conan Doyle‘s The Silver Blaze, did nothing.
If Liberals were outraged by the lack of response to a hateful reaction to a serving U.S. Marine by two people in a debate audience, why aren’t they equally outraged by the lack of response to a hateful reaction to Jews in general by a handful of protesters on Wall Street?
I never met Steve Jobs. I have had breakfast with Bill Gates once, and not with 1,500 other people; with three other people one of whom was Speaker Gingrich.
I have never been a “Mac Guy,” I am comfortable with, and good at, Microsoft’s DOS (in the early days), and Windows (in later iterations).
I resisted Microsoft’s move to the graphical interface of Windows (which was not pioneered by Apple – it was designed by Xerox but popularized in the machines of Steves Jobs and Wozniac) on the technologically elitist grounds that “if you can’t deal with a ‘C-prompt’ maybe you shouldn’t be using a computer.”
As I thought about this position, it occurred to me I must have sounded much like an early pilot who, having seen an altimeter in a cockpit for the first time, might have said, “Hell, son, if you don’t know how high you are without one of those things maybe you don’t belong in an airship.”
In the mid-1990s when I was working for EDS I was in a unit that used Apple Powerbooks as our travelling computers. I was sitting at DCA working on my laptop and a man came up to me and asked how I liked the Apple.
“I hate to admit it,” I said, “but I really like it.”
He said that was great because he was the regional sales manager for Apple.
I still use a PC for my heavy-duty writing, but I have fallen in love with my iPad and am trying to figure out how to buy an iPhone 4S without having to wait in a line at my AT&T store a week from today.
In 2010 Apple employed over 46,000 people in the U.S. – the large majority of them at Apple retail stores. Apple provides employment for thousands more at the plants overseas where the guts for its devices are made.
It’s a pretty good model: Invent things here. Assemble them somewhere else. Sell them all over the planet.
I’m sorry Steve Jobs is gone. We need more of him.
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Steve Jobs the technology genius, co-founder of Apple and billionaire past on into ETERNITY today surrounded by his loved ones. Jobs -who was suffering from pancreatic cancer for some time – finally lost his battle Wednesday. During Mr. Jobs’ existence – in this brief and temporal life – his career spanned more than three-decades in which he revolutionized the computer industry. Mr. Jobs transformed Silicon Valley into a technology innovational center. Also to his credit Jobs laid the ground work for the computer industry alongside others like Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates. Mr. Jobs played a huge part in transforming the way the world interacts with technology and his Apple products were the most desired by the masses.
The most productive era in Mr. Jobs’ career took place near the end of his life. It was in this period when Job’s brought forth products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad which changed the PC, electronics and digital-media industries. The manner in which Jobs marketed and sold Apple products helped turn Apple into a pop-culture phenomenon.
Buddhism has NO answers or remedies for mankind’s unregenerated state and leaves its followers deceived and living in a subjective relativistic world of delusion which can NEVER answer the realities of time and ETERNITY.
Mr. Jobs practiced the pagan spiritual philosophy of Buddhism , who’s teachings exclude the reality of the required RIGHTEOUS PERFECTION demanded by Almighty God our Creator.(John 3:16-17, Rom. 3:23, 10:4, 1 John 2:2). Buddhism has NO answers or remedies for mankind’s unregenerated state and leaves its followers deceived and living in a subjective relativistic world of delusion which can NEVER answer the realities of time and ETERNITY. If Mr. Jobs…………..
The Death Of Entrepreneurship
IBD Editorials ^ | October 6, 2011 | Editor
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011 7:35:36 PM by Kaslin
Steve Jobs: The college dropout who started a company called Apple changed the world and our lives for the better, creating jobs, wealth and opportunity. He didn’t need an industrial policy picking winners and losers.
It is fitting that many people learned of the passing of Steve Jobs on devices of his making. The iPods and iPads that sprang from his creative imagination and bold leadership have changed society in ways that can’t be counted, starting with the way we obtain and disseminate news and entertainment.
He joins the pantheon of American genius that includes Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford and many others before and after who demonstrated what free minds in a free country that relied on free markets were capable of.
Once, we were a country that created and made things that changed lives and society for the better.
We built what President Obama called the “intercontinental railroad.” Our greatest generation saved the planet from incomprehensible tyranny and a new dark age. We went to the moon.
Now we are largely a service economy, one that consumes rather than creates. We are in debt up to our proverbial eyeballs to those who once lined up to buy what we made. We shuffle forms and papers, largely to and from a government that regulates, taxes and stifles the current generation of entrepreneurs.
Steve Jobs, the visionary who dropped out of Oregon’s Reed College after one semester, went on to co-found a startup company called Apple in his parents’ Silicon Valley garage. He and Steve Wozniak built their first commercial product, the Apple I, in 1976.
(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com …
WASHINGTON – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) group sounded the alarm Thursday about new media outlets such as Facebook, Google and Apple, which they say have written policies that violate the fundamental rules of free expression, particularly concerning religious free speech.
The NRB released a report at the National Press Club Thursday analyzing the various content policies of social networking websites. What they found was disturbing: new media platforms Facebook, Apple, Comcast, AT&T and Google have adopted policies to censor lawful viewpoints expressing Christian views or controversial ideas on “hot button issues.” Some platforms, such as Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google’s search engine, have already started to use those policies to remove orthodox Christian viewpoints considered “offensive” or too controversial.
Former Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth said, “The irony is the companies listed in this report are some of the most open companies in the world.”
In a January 2010 interview with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg praised social networking for opening people up to share “more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people.”
However, Zuckerberg’s social network has removed content deemed “anti-gay,” according to the NRB report. It is unclear whether that censored material contained any religious expression. However, the NRB report warns, “The position of Facebook on the issue of homosexuality and its collaboration with gay right group the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD), coupled with its troublesome written policies, are all strong indicators that its social networking platform poses a high index of risk for anti-Christian discrimination.”
The Associated Press caught Comcast blocking or at least delaying peer-to-peer file sharing of the King James Bible.
Google has also committed a number of free speech violations, the NRB report alleges. The world’s most powerful search engine initially prohibited the English Christian Institute from purchasing space for an advertisement about abortion. It also allegedly blocked a Massachusetts pro-family website because of its conservative Christian content. Google also has also excluded churches and other faith groups from free or discounted use of its web tool Google for nonprofits.
Colby May, senior counsel and director for the American Center for Law and Justice, said of new media’s apparent split personality, “Something else is in play.” He and others attending a panel discussion of the report suggested that social networking platforms are under a tremendous amount of pressure from various special interest groups.
For example, Google removed pages of a Norwegian anti-Church of Scientology site after it was pressured to do so by Church of Scientology lawyers.
And when Facebook, citing its outlined responsibility policies, abruptly yanked a fairly innocuous photo of two fully clothed male actors kissing from the blog post of gay rights activist Richard Metzger, it sparked criticism in the gay community, leading Facebook to repost the photo.
Facebook issued a formal apology and reposted the picture. The report contrasts this incident with several others where Facebook “has permanently and unapologetically removed sexual content.”
The grossest act of anti-Christian censorship, according to the report, is Apple’s removal of the Exodus International and Manhattan Declaration apps.
Gay rights protesters demonized Exodus’ app as the “gay cure app,” although the app primarily advertised the date, times and locations of its upcoming events. They rallied more than 107,000 sign petitions asking Apple to remove the app from the iTunes store. Gay activists also successfully petitioned the removal of the Manhattan Declaration.
May lamented Apple’s skewed judgment, saying it rejected an app for a document that upholds the sanctity of life and marriage as “offensive,” but maintains an app for the violent videogame Grand Theft Auto.
The panelists all expressed the fear that selective censorship may silence not just Christianity, but all religions.
May stated that the religious community must demand that companies such as Google and Facebook open their media platforms to more kinds of speech. “When we say ‘open,’ we mean open … don’t give the heckler veto,” he urged.
Roth urged the religious community to educate the public about the importance of free speech. He said those in academia – millennials such as Zuckerman and the early makers of Google who launched their companies while attending college – may not be aware of why censorship, however small, is problematic.
NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel Craig Parshall told The Christian Post it plans to send the report to the offending companies along with an invitation for dialogue and discussion. Parshall and others on the Thursday panel made clear their preference for change through dialogue rather than resorting to legislative or regulatory means. However, if the companies do not respond, Parshall says the NRB reserves the right to begin talks with the FCC.
The company announced new features here on Thursday that could unleash a torrent of updates about what media choices Facebook users are making: Frank is watching “The Hangover” on Netflix, Jane is listening to a Jay Z song, and so forth. The idea is that those updates will act as guides for those users’ friends, influencing tastes and purchases.
Facebook is not becoming a purveyor of goods, like Amazon.com or Apple. Instead, by teaming up with companies that distribute music, movies, information and games, it is positioning itself to become the conduit through which news and entertainment is found and consumed. Its new partners include Netflix and Hulu for video, and Spotify for music.
“We think it’s an important next step to help tell the story of your life,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, who unveiled the new features at the company’s annual conference for developers. He called what Facebook was doing an effort to “rethink some industries.”
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …
When I last bought a laptop in 2006, I asked my fellow Freepers for advice and got such great responses. Based on those responses, I finally bought a Dell D820 and was completely happy with the result.
I use the computer primarily for work which means I’ll be running MS Office Pro — and most of my work uses MS Office apps.
I’m not a gamer, but I do want fast video. Any thoughts about the chipset would be helpful.
I’d also love opinions about any manufacturers to avoid. My Dell has been a great machine, even though I needed the screen and motherboard replaced at last three times since I bought it. But that was OK because Dell’s next-day onsite service warranty has been very reliable.
(By contrast, I bought an HP desktop from Circuit City a few years ago, but it had constant problems. And when Circuit City closed, I could no longer get support and repair. So it’s just a dust collector now.)
Anyway, I’m strongly considering a Dell Vostro 3550, but would certainly welcome advice from my fellow Freepers regarding what to buy and what to stay away from.
Thanks, as always.
Lost iPhone 5: Bernal Heights Man Says Visitors Impersonating Police Searched His Home (Exclusive):
Update (3:25 p.m.): Police now say they did assist Apple security with the home search of a Bernal Heights man. Read the full story here.
A Bernal Heights man says that six officials claiming to be San Francisco Police officers questioned him and searched his family’s home in July for a lost iPhone 5 prototype they asserted had been traced to the residence using GPS technology.
The man’s statements to SF Weekly in an exclusive interview add significant new twists to the unfolding story of the unreleased iPhone 5 that was reportedly lost at a San Francisco restaurant this summer.
If accurate, his account raises the possibility that Apple security personnel attempting to recover the prototype falsely represented themselves as police officers — a criminal act punishable by up to a year in jail in the state of California — or that SFPD employees colluding with Apple failed to properly report an extensive search of a person’s home, car, and computer.
“This is something that’s going to need to be investigated now,” SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said, when informed about the Bernal Heights man’s statements to SF Weekly. “If this guy is saying that the people said they were SFPD, that’s a big deal.”……………….
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Despite the corporate-driven hubbub surrounding the inevitability of “the cloud” replacing personal hard drives as the pre-eminent storage center for all web content, this system represents another dangerous trojan horse for the establishment to complete their agenda to regulate and shut down the free Internet.
“It’s all part of a generational trend away from owning physical media content and towards renting media content from the computing universal cloud,” reports Investmentu.com.
However, despite the
Whereas the government feels it has the “right” to invade our bank, medical, credit card records, and mandate that all new automobiles come equipped with “black boxes”; government will not allow Americans to track the burgeoning police state emanating from Washington. Such an extension of the “App Ban” will without question look to include the random suspicionless checkpoints referred to as “Constitution Free Zones” run by ICE which cut a 100-mile swath around the contiguous 48 states as well as the random DHS VIPR checkpoints designed for use on city streets and highways.”
Apple Orders Technicians to Feign Ignorance About Mac Malware
Apple Orders Technicians to Feign Ignorance About Mac Malware: “Apple hopes that if it pretends that malware doesn’t exist its customers will believe so too. Apple techs are under strict orders not to help customers who are suffering from malware infe Employees claim ~6 percent of Macs are now infected by malware, though many Mac owners are convinced their computers are ‘immune’ to such problems. (Source: Cult of Mac) Microsoft actually helps protect its customers from malware programs and acknowledges they exist. It even offers its customers free protection. (Source: iTech News Net) Jobs and company hope to keep customers ignorant of the truth”
Posted by Gunny G at Friday, May 20, 2011
A Bite from the Poisoned Apple
A Bite from the Poisoned Apple: “A Bite from the Poisoned Apple
coachisright.com ^ | May 18, 2011 | Basil Irwin, staff writer
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:29:04 PM by jmaroneps37
By Well, it looks like some more fascist roosters are coming home to roost. Apple, Google, and others have tricked the American public into buying a whole bevy of “smart” devices over which they have total control over which applications that you shall or shall not be allowed to install….
It would be as if you bought an oven from General Electric to cook your meals, but you could only buy your food for that particular oven from GE and, even worse, GE decided what food they would sell you.
Oh, you wanted to buy some meat to cook? Well, sorry GE is opposed to meat-eating on “ethical” grounds, so they won’t sell you any and, sorry, but your oven is tethered to GE and the door won’t open unless it detects that GE food is going to be put into your oven.
So, guess what? The government fascists like thuggish Democratic Senator Charles Schumer from New York have figured out they can control the applications you and I are allowed to have by controlling corporate fascists like Apple.”
Posted by Gunny G
While it can perform many of the functions of a PC or Mac, Apple’s iPad— including the new iPad 2—lacks two of the most common and frequently used features of a traditional computer. It has no standard USB port for connecting a flash drive or external hard disk, so you can’t move files into and out of it from these devices. And it doesn’t have a systemwide, user-accessible file system like those on traditional computers.
The iPad lacks a USB port and can’t accept a flash drive or external hard disk. So how do you get your files on it? Walt Mossberg gives a primer for retreiving Microsoft Office files or Adobe PDFs from a computer or cloud services.
These omissions have led many readers to ask me how you get files—especially Microsoft Office files and PDFs—into and out of iPads. They have bolstered the contention that the popular tablet is really just a “consumption device,” not a productivity tool.
So, here’s a brief primer on how to get such documents into and out of an iPad, and how to view, edit and create them on the tablet. This isn’t an in-depth product review, though I’ve tested every product and method I will mention here. It’s merely a quick, practical guide to how to work with documents on an iPad.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com …
In the video here, the multinational telecom corporation Motorola associates itself with 1984, the year of George Orwell’s dystopian and authoritarian nightmare future.Motorola tells us 1984 represents freedom and its technology – wireless telephony that serves as a vital component of Big Brother’s vast panopticon spy network – is one authority, one design, and one way to work.On the surface the video seems innocuous enough – yet another 30 second commercial featuring computer animation and dazzling effects – but in fact it is another attempt to normalize tyranny, the same way the government and the corporate media daily normalize TSA sexual molestation, naked body porno scanners, cavity searches, warrantless checkpoints now with thugs in ski masks and dozens of other examples of the steady erosion of our liberty.Goodbye 1984, ShareMoto headlines this video.Say hello to a boot stamping on a human face — forever. Social bookmarks Social bookmarks Email this article Email this article Print Print this page
Apple’s new Lion OS will be leaner, keener and meaner than ever; it will teach Mac users a whole new touch-based way to interface with their computer, and borrows heavily from elements of Apple’s also NeXT-based iOS system for mobile devices.
Jobs explained that touch interfaces don’t feel right in a vertical plane — you don’t want to touch your iMac‘s screen — this means trackpads and the Magic Mouse are the interfaces for the future iOS/OS X integration at least at present — for the future, who knows?In future it isn’t hard to imagine touch controls evolving to become gesture-based using the iSight now FaceTime cameras inside most Macs, but that’s some way down the line. Minority Report isn’t here yet.Promising a “ton of new features”, Jobs observed, “Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,.
“So, what do we know about the new operating system that will power ever more substantial chunks of the PC industry?
The Apple Lisa 1983 was the first successful computer with a graphical user interface GUI and a mouse. It cost $10,000. The GRiD 1101 is the grand-daddy of all modern-day laptops. It cost over $8000 in 1982.
Their new VIC-20 1980 was so embarrassing to parent company Commodore, that they considered giving them away. Instead, it sold over 1,000,000 units within just a few years, making Commodore hundreds of millions of dollars. The first portable Macintosh computer, the Macintosh Portable 1989 weighs 16 pounds and had a 16MHz processor.