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How To Eliminate Transparency in OSX Yosemite

Apple keeps fiddling around with their flagship OS, changing little things here and there. One of the less intrusive, yet still annoying changes from Mavericks to Yosemite and El Capitan is the addition of a “transparency” effect that gives this sort of frosted glass look to menu bars and drop-downs. I prefer my easily-read opaque menus, thankyouverymuch. Fortunately for Apple Luddites like me, there is a way to eliminate transparency in OSX altogether.

Just like the tap-to-drag settings, reverting any of Apple’s silly aesthetic choices is as simple as finding them in the Accessibility pane under System Settings. In the menu on the left, highlight “Display” and check the box next to “Reduce Transparency”.

Not reduce, but eliminate transparency in OSXBob’s your uncle.

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Defendants should be able to inspect software code used in forensics.

Machines can lie, even “under oath”. Volkswagen has proved this. The only thing that can protect the public is transparency via the right to examine code–especially code that is employed by government agencies.

Secret code is everywhere—in elevators, airplanes, medical devices. By refusing to publish the source code for software, companies make it impossible for third parties to inspect, even when that code has enormous effects on society and policy. Secret code risks security flaws that leave us vulnerable to hacks and data leaks. It can threaten privacy by gathering information about us without our knowledge. It may interfere with equal treatment under law if the government relies on it to determine our eligibility for benefits or whether to put us on a no-fly list. And secret code enables cheaters and hides mistakes, as with Volkswagen: The company admitted recently that it used covert software to cheat emissions tests for 11 million diesel cars spewing smog at 40 times the legal limit.

Source: Defendants should be able to inspect software code used in forensics.