Microsoft has finalized its Windows 8.1 update. Sources familiar with the company’s Windows plans have revealed to The Verge that the software maker completed the development of Windows 8.1 earlier this week — stamped as build 9600 for Release to manufacturing (RTM). The completion of the 8.1 development comes just over a month after the company promised to finalize the software in “late August.” Providing there are no final bugs that require the 9600 build to be recompiled, the final copy will be shipped to PC makers.
- Windows 8 to arrive by late October, Microsoft says (reviews.cnet.com)
- Final Windows 8.1 RTM version number may be 6.3.9600 (neowin.net)
You probably remember the online outrage over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) copyright enforcement proposal. Last week, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released a report on digital copyright policy that endorsed one piece of the controversial proposal: making the streaming of copyrighted works a felony.
- Obama still want the SOPA provision making unlicensed streaming a felony (m.washingtonpost.com)
- Obama Administration Revives SOPA Proposal To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony (libertycrier.com)
- Obama Administration Proposes Bringing Back Key Part Of SOPA (huffingtonpost.com)
GIZMODO Steve Wozniak: I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs. Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the ‘movie’ was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn’t like the movie because I’m paid to consult on another one. These are examples of Ashton still being in character. Either film would have paid me to consult, but the Jobs one already had a script written. I can’t take that creative leadership from someone else. And I was turned off by the Jobs script. But I still hoped for a great movie.
We live in a nation full of spineless jellyfish who refuse to stand for anything. Crass? Maybe, but it feels as though if it wasn’t for being “sensitive” the USA would not have a culture at all. For the sake of all that is right and good please express yourself! Dare to be heard! At least then we would know which people are part of the problem and who is seeking to make a better world. If you hate a group of people or their lifestyle then grow a pair and unabashedly say so. You may be an idiot but at least you’ll be an idiot with convictions (and bonus: the rest of us will know who to avoid).
Think about this. Don’t all of us look up to people who live a life of convictions? We pay tons of money to watch television shows and movies with a protagonists that lives by a definitively higher code. We cheer and walk out of the theater feeling better (if only for a fleeting moment) about life because some script writer has painted a gripping picture of a world we long to have back again. Remember when we aspired to harmony? The old folksy shows that we grew up with. The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie or even the progressive shows like Star Trek with their Prime Directive. When Superman (Christopher Reeve obviously) saved the world and defeated corruption and evil men then our hearts surged with something dare I say . . spiritual? We long for equality and justice. We love to feel a hopefulness about it all.
Isn’t it about time that we as a society get off our collective arse and take some responsibility for our country and our world. We whine and moan like petulant children about the economy and our government in general. Honestly evaluate this for a second, how many of us who are crying so loudly will really do anything more than cast a vote (if we do that much)? BTW, stop all the whining!! Seriously, is there anything more sad and annoying than listening to someone moan about their situation but refuse to be proactive? Why are so many waiting for someone else or something to change their circumstances. How’s that working out so far?
Is it just me or does it seem that the only ones fighting for their agendas are blatantly selfish and power-hungry? Republicans, Democrats, Senators, Representatives, Policy-Makers, Religious Leaders and their acolytes. The list goes on and on.
While all the afore mentioned “Pillars of Society” continue their march toward power “We The Sheeple” bury our heads in the sands of entertainment. We have abdicated our destiny to those who can’t see past their own self-interests and dogma.
So what do we do about it? Firstly, question authority. If they are right then there is no harm in questioning them. Secondly, when “authority” is wrong then remove them from their positions or deny them power. Thirdly, quit tolerating half-hearted efforts and laziness in yourself or those you patronize. You’re just fueling the problem. Finally, live by your convictions without apology. Be proud and proactive about your agenda and partner with those who share your beliefs. Lift each other up and you will see change!
One caveat if I may. If your convictions and agenda are based in hatred and vitriol, if they tear people down instead of creating a more just society then please do everyone a favor. Relax and take a moment for yourself. You deserve it. Make some popcorn, get some tea or a warm glass of milk and get comfortable. I think that there is some really good reality TV on tonight.
by Paul King (Geeklosophy)
Facebook advertising, Chromecast, Cord Cutters, What exactly is 1.6%?
Fear not, says the NSA, we “touch” only 1.6% of daily internet traffic. If, as they say, the net carries 1,826 petabytes of information per day, then the NSA “touches” about 29 petabytes a day. They don’t say what “touch” means. Ingest? Store? Analyze? Inquiring minds want to know. For context, Google in 2010 said it had indexed only 0.004% of the data on the net. So by inference from the percentages, does that mean that the NSA is equal to 400 Googles? Better math minds than mine will correct me if I’m wrong.
- The NSA Monitors 1.6% of the World’s Internet Traffic (gizmodo.com)