Conservative parliamentarian Liam Fox, Britain’s former defense secretary, is urging his country’s top prosecutor to investigate whether The Guardian and its journalists violated The Terrorism Act 2000 while handling Edward Snowden’s leaks.
He is focused on the newspaper’s decision to partner with foreign publications like The New York Times. “There have been further accusations that The Guardian passed the names of GCHQ agents to foreign journalists and bloggers. Would such activities, if true, constitute an offense under the Terrorism Act 2000 or other related legislation?” Fox asked in a letter to the director of public prosecutions, adding a question about how a prosecution might be initiated.
These actions are ominous.
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17:05// Fascism rising.
Source: The Atlantic
Tech note: First experience with Windows 8.
MS was stupid-dumb to force the new tablet UI on users, but it’s easy and no cost to fix this major shortcoming. Once fixed, the reality of W8… it’s really a great OS with excellent application compatibility and spectacular performance. Solid, and so far completely problem free.
Just finished building a new PC for myself & decided to jump into W8 even though it’s been much maligned in the media. Without a doubt MS, was dumb, dumb, dumb, … to force that ridiculous tablet interface called Modern UI (or Metro, or Tile World or whatever) on us. Some may like it, and it might just be fine on a tablet, but it’s certainly not my cup of tea for a desktop.
With that said, W8 is absolutely incredible! I installed a small program called “Classic Shell” which completely brings back the familiar interface (see picture) and even adds a bunch of improvements you can configure and take advantage of if you like. Classic Shell is free with no strings attached (i.e. no malware, no PUP SW included, no bait and switch to pro version). Start8 is similar, but costs $5 and might be easier for some to get started with as Classic Shell give lots of configuration choices, but you’re not required to set them. There are probably a dozen similar programs out there as well. So, you end up with what Windows 8 should have been out of the box … a better (maybe much better) Windows 7.
Some statistics… So far 112 programs have installed (as counted in the control panel) and work without a single issue. Some are very large and complex programs and some are tiny. Some are years old and not officially supported (e.g. Adobe Photoshop CS5) but work without a hitch. The performance is spectacular: boot up from off to when you can click and have the computer respond is less than 15 seconds (not including typing time for password, and I’ve not optimized the boot setup and could probably take a couple seconds off that figure). From full on to sleep state is 7 seconds, and on to full shut down is 5 seconds.
Not exactly a completely fair comparison, but similar statistics from my wife’s work Macbook Air (a non-expandable notebook is much more deterministic and should have faster performance than a desktop with many configuration options): Off to on in 17 seconds; on to sleep in 30 seconds (the screen blanks immediately but the system takes quite a long time to enter the true sleep state), sleep to on in 2 seconds and on to off in 23 seconds. Both systems are based on the OS being installed on a SSD.
Shame on MS for not providing this interface out of the box, but it was an easy and no cost fix. Credit should go where credit is due… MS actually created a worthy upgrade and what appears to be a very solid and responsive OS.