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More consolidation means less freedom

Big cloud providers are few and far between. If you need cloud services, you have only a few commercial-grade options. And that means businesses could run into history's newest feudal system: cloud providers. We are starting to see the day when small companies depend on their competitors to provide the infrastructure they require to operate.

Don't believe me? How about this:

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A privacy policy we can finally understand

Ever wonder how your personal information is being abused used? Here's, possibly, the first-ever truly honest privacy policy:

So just to recap: Your information is extremely valuable to us. Our business model would totally collapse without it. No IPO, no stock options; all those 80-hour weeks and bupkis to show for it. So we’ll do our very best to use it in as many potentially profitable ways as we can conjure, over and over, while attempting to convince you there’s nothing to worry about.

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Nuclear terrorism is "survivable" according to the US Government

I am just barely too young to remember "duck and cover" drills. But now, apparently, the US government has decided to start re-educating Americans on the value of this simple strategy to protect yourself if an atomic bomb were to be detonated by terrorists (or anyone else) in your neighborhood.

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In defense of Wikileaks

This is probably the best defense of Wikileaks I've seen or heard. And it's absolutely correct. The problem is not Wikileaks, it's a system that allowed this information out in the first place (and in the hands of a very junior person, even):

Congressman Ron Paul addressed the house about Wikileaks. He stated that the attack on Julian Assange is like killing the messenger for bringing bad news and gave them nine questions to consider:

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Reinflating the dot-com bubble

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Looks like history hasn't taught us anything:

Less than a decade after the dot-com bust taught Wall Street and Silicon Valley investors that what goes up does not keep going up forever, a growing number of entrepreneurs and a few venture capitalists are beginning to wonder if investments in tech start-ups are headed toward another big bust.

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For rent: you!

For those who think China is a progressive country, well, they're backwards about some things:

For a day, a weekend, a week, up to even a month or two, Chinese companies are willing to pay high prices for fair-faced foreigners to join them as fake employees or business partners.

Some call it "White Guy Window Dressing." To others, it's known as the "White Guy in a Tie" events, "The Token White Guy Gig," or, simply, a "Face Job."

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