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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Chris453 Re:Texas? (172 comments)

Actually you might want to read the data in the link you just posted. There is a column label "Renewable electicity w/o Hydro (GW hr)". Your link text was "largest producer of clean energy". Texas is, in fact, the largest producer of clean energy (w/o hydro) as it is #1 in that list. Hydro is only available in certain parts of the country so including it will skew the results.

about a month ago
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Apple Holds Firm As Publishers Settle With DoJ Over e-Book Pricing

Chris453 Re:Apple trying to protect the market from Amazon (129 comments)

Yep. They're out to make as much money as possible by *DROPPING* the average price by $2.

Reading comprehension for the win!

Maybe you should take a look at who made that $2 claim that you are spouting off as fact. Who made it again? Senator Charles Schumer made that claim in an op-ed to the Wall Street Journal. The SAME Charles Schumer that has taken at LEAST $100k in legal bribes (campaign contributions) from the book industry according to latest figured released.

Maybe you have a reliable source for that $2 claim that isn't getting kickbacks from the same industry?

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Holds Firm As Publishers Settle With DoJ Over e-Book Pricing

Chris453 Re:Apple trying to protect the market from Amazon (129 comments)

It was about the publishers (and Apple) trying to keep the market more open to competition

Do you really believe that? If so, I have some ocean side property to sell you in Arizona...

Apple and the publishers did this to make money (as much of it as possible) and didn't think anyone would notice their backroom dealing.

about a year and a half ago
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EFF To Ask Judge To Rule That Universal Abused the DMCA

Chris453 Where is Anonymous when you need them? (139 comments)

I really wish that Anonymous would do something useful and setup an automated system that would issue fake DMCA take down requests against these major media corporations that abuse the process. That would get the attention of the politicians fast. If ALL of their videos were taken offline due to a random request from outside the US and they weren't able to go after anyone due to the law having no bite outside the US..... At the very least, maybe they will remove the provision that says US companies have to follow through on requests they receive from outside the US even though those requests are probably fake. The companies issuing them have nothing to lose.

about 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

Chris453 Yes and No (767 comments)

In my experience over the last 10 years in a military programming shop, it does take a different mindset to be a good programmer. We have had several programmers that just didn't have what it takes to learn even the basics of programming. That doesn't mean they were dumb, in fact some were very smart and motivated. They just that they couldn't comprehend the concepts and reapply them to changing circumstances. Out of the 20-30 programmers over the years only 2-3 were actually good at programming and 3-4 were not able to function as programmers since they couldn't grasp the concepts. The others might have been classified as 'OK'. BTW the good ones were the enlisted programmers off the street, not the ones with degrees.

about 2 years ago
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White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

Chris453 Re:whitehouse.gov site buggy and or broken? (596 comments)

It is even buggier than that:

Michael C January 22, 2012 Signature # 11,843

Ernesto R January 22, 2012 Signature # 11,843

more than 2 years ago
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CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

Chris453 Why is this impossible? (1088 comments)

And why would this result be impossible? Many have posted that the instruments were flawed or the scientists made a mistake, but not too long ago scientists were 100% certain that the world was flat too. Just because scientists currently believe that nothing can go faster than the speed of light doesn't make it so. Our views of the universe are always changing and saying that a result is "impossible", no matter how unlikely the result, is a bit short sided.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Contemplating Five Week Release Cycle

Chris453 No more gov customers (495 comments)

Since many US government agencies requires that all software be on an approved list by version numbers, this version game is shooting themselves in the foot.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Kills $10 Texting Plan, Pushes $20 Plan

Chris453 Google Voice (348 comments)

The Google Voice app is capable of sending/receiving messages using your phone's data plan already. If you and the people you message have Google Voice you might be able to reduce the amount of actual SMS messages you use per month. Plus it has other useful features too...

about 3 years ago
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Top General: Defense Department IT In "Stone Age"

Chris453 The problem is system accreditation (155 comments)

I currently work as an Air Force civilian and the biggest single problem is the crazy accreditation process. We would LOVE to use the best and newest open source programs and utilities to do our jobs but we are stuck using technology from 5-6 years ago because the accreditation process was intentionally created by contractors to be as complex as possible so that only they were qualified to get anything approved. (Job security anyone?) Got a great new product that would save 1,000 lives and countless millions? It *might* be fast tracked and only take 2 years to get approved.... The system IS a mess and our adversaries don't have to deal with it - they can use the best equipment and software immediately....

more than 3 years ago
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HP Sues Oracle For Dropping Itanium Support

Chris453 It seems pretty obvious (153 comments)

IANAL but it seems to me that if you have a contract with someone that says you are going to support their hardware they have already purchased, then it is irrelevant that the hardware vendor *might* be discontinuing the product. Even *IF* Intel discontinues it, Oracle should still be bound by their support contracts.

more than 3 years ago
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The Big Technical Mistakes of History

Chris453 Dont forget Spam! (244 comments)

The lack of authentication before forwarding/sending mail has to be one of the biggest issues today. If only the original designers of the software would have thought ahead and verified the sender of the message was legit and that the mail came from the domain specified before blindly sending it along.

more than 4 years ago
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In Test, Windows 7 Vulnerable To 8 Out of 10 Viruses

Chris453 Testing Methodology (843 comments)

Were these run on an administrator account? Also what does 'run' actually mean? Does it mean that the viruses performed their full function or just that they were allowed to run but didn't cause any real damage to the OS? I would be interested if the viruses could still cause OS damage with UAC enabled on a non admin account. The article doesn't do a good job of answering any questions. The articles goal seemed to be to grab headlines.

more than 4 years ago
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Military Enlists Open Source Community

Chris453 Finally (131 comments)

A viable launch platform for my Skynet application.

more than 5 years ago
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He's a Mac, He's a PC, But We're Linux!

Chris453 Re:But wait... (508 comments)

So are Macs... oh wait, the official designation for a Mac is 'paperweight'.

more than 5 years ago
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He's a Mac, He's a PC, But We're Linux!

Chris453 Re:The fall's hot new sitcom (508 comments)

NBC? I would imagine seeing this on FOX. They have to find some crap to replace great shows like The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

more than 5 years ago
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The Last Will and Testament of Circuit City

Chris453 Re:The Real Reason Circuit City went under (600 comments)

I'm pretty sure that someone made this story up as a way of characterizing the poor customer service at the individual stores. I'm sure someone thought 'Wouldn't it be great if I wrote a story about them treating a billionaire the same as if he walked into one of their stores and wanted help buying a $200 stereo?'.

more than 5 years ago
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UK High Court Allows Software Patent Claims

Chris453 Hello World in danger? (125 comments)

I am going to patent all methods and techniques for displaying "Hello World" :)

more than 6 years ago

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President Obama refuses to veto import ban on Samsung products

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "In August 2013, President Obama issued a veto to an import ban of the iPhone 4S after Samsung won several court battles against Apple claiming that the iPhone 4S violated several of Samsung's patents. Despite the hypocracy in a very similar case, the Obama administration today announced that it would not veto the International Trade Commission import ban against Samsung products (filed by Apple) in a move that could spark a trade dispute between the US and South Korea."
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Texas High School Student loses lawsuit challenging RFID tracking requirement

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "Earlier today, a Texas High School student named Andrea Hernandez and her family lost the first round of the lawsuit filed to prevent her school district from forcing its students to wear RFID badges for tracking purposes. The judge in the case declared that the district's compromise for the student (a badge without the battery) was sufficient and dismissed any first amendment issues.

The badges are RFIDs powered by built-in batteries and one of the concerns was that the badges would be used to track students off-campus. Interestingly enough, the school district claims in court documents that "The badges do not work off campus." However, on their website the school district confirms that it is conceivable that an off-campus RFID reader could access badge serial numbers, but tries to downplay the significance:
Therefore, an intruder or “hacker” can only learn that the tag serial number is, for example, #69872331, but that does not provide any useful information.

Has the district committed perjury by claiming that the active RFIDs magically deactivate themselves when off school property even though they already know of a possible exploit?"

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US court to Motorola: You can't enforce Injunction in Germany against Microsoft

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit cannot enforce a patent injunction that it obtained against Microsoft Corp in Germany, diminishing Google's leverage in the ongoing smartphone patent wars. Motorola won an injunction against Microsoft in May using their H.264 patents. Apparently the US federal justices in California have worldwide jurisdiction over all court cases, who knew? Maybe that is why Apple keeps winning lawsuits..."
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Sony Breach Worse Than Initally Indicated

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "The news for Sony keeps getting worse. Apparently the recent security breach at one of their data centers not only affected PS3 customers but ANY customer of their online games. Gamers who have ever played Everquest, Everquest II, Planetside, etc. have likely had their details released. I have never played a PS3 and received the following email this morning:

      Customer Service Notification

May 2, 2011

Dear Valued Sony Online Entertainment Customer:

Our ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment systems has discovered that hackers may have obtained personal customer information from SOE systems. We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyber-attack. Stolen information includes, to the extent you provided it to us, the following: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password.

Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained and we will be notifying each of those customers promptly.

There is no evidence that our main credit card database was compromised. It is in a completely separate and secured environment.

We had previously believed that SOE customer data had not been obtained in the cyber-attacks on the company, but on May 1st we concluded that SOE account information may have been stolen and we are notifying you as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the attack and as a result, we have:

1. Temporarily turned off all SOE game services;
2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When SOE's services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your Station or SOE game account name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:

    U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

    We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a "fraud alert" on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.

Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013

Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

    You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at (877) 382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us.

We are committed to helping our customers protect their personal data and we will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in regions in which such programs are commonly utilized.

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at (866) 436-6698 should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,
Sony Online Entertainment LLC"

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