Think Your Office Is Soulless? Check Out This Amazon Fulfillment Center | Co.Design

“When you buy something from an independent retailer, you might pay more than Amazon, but that extra bit is an investment,” Roberts explains. “When you pay it, you’re investing in the quality of not only your own life but the life of the community around you.” I don’t buy things from Amazon because shopping requires… Continue reading Think Your Office Is Soulless? Check Out This Amazon Fulfillment Center | Co.Design

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Björk cancels Kickstarter, blames complexity of Android and Windows 8 | The Verge

Kickstarter backers in line for an Android or touchscreen Windows 8 port of Björk’s app/album Biophilia are going to be be disappointed: the project has been put on hold indefinitely, reports Pitchfork. In a letter to the project’s contributors, the Biophilia team explains that “the costs were too gigantic and we were too optimistic,” deciding… Continue reading Björk cancels Kickstarter, blames complexity of Android and Windows 8 | The Verge

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US Surveillance Law May Poorly Protect New Text Message Services | ACLU

People are finally beginning to understand the issues I’ve been tightening my tinfoil hat over for years now. Refreshing. Where we go from here, is a choice I leave to you. Google’s customers should be free to vote with their feet (or their data), and to use services that offer them the greatest degree of… Continue reading US Surveillance Law May Poorly Protect New Text Message Services | ACLU

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Circumventing Windows RT’s Code Integrity Mechanism | On the Surface of Security

It’s taken longer than expected but it has finally happened: unsigned desktop applications run on Windows RT. Ironically, a vulnerability in the Windows kernel that has existed for some time and got ported to ARM just like the rest of Windows made this possible. MSFT’s artificial incompatibility does not work because Windows RT is not… Continue reading Circumventing Windows RT’s Code Integrity Mechanism | On the Surface of Security

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Microsoft inks $617 million deal to bring Windows 8 to 330,000 Department of Defense employees | GeekWire

“[The agreement] recognizes the shift to mobility,” said David G. Simpson, DISA’s vice director and senior procurement executive. “Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.” Make no… Continue reading Microsoft inks $617 million deal to bring Windows 8 to 330,000 Department of Defense employees | GeekWire

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I Do Not Support the Troops | Common Dreams (Michael Moore)

Striking piece by Michael Moore on the hypocrisy of saying “I support our troops”. I don’t yet know what the stats are for Canadian troops, though it’s common knowledge that we participate in the same cash/land/resource grabbing operations to our own ethical detriment. I don’t “support the troops” or any of those other hollow and… Continue reading I Do Not Support the Troops | Common Dreams (Michael Moore)

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Activists protest Microsoft deal | Egypt Independent

The main contention with the deal, the activists say, is that Microsoft products bought by the government are imported, expensive and their code source is usually closed and protected by rigid copyright rules which do not allow for knowledge sharing and generation. Meanwhile, an alternative lies with locally conceived, less expensive software, whose open code… Continue reading Activists protest Microsoft deal | Egypt Independent

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