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Ubuntu Touch Beats Firefox OS For 'Best of MWC' From CNET

D H NG Just sue CBS (152 comments)

If Canonical sues or gets sued by CBS, they'll just get disqualified.

about a year ago
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For Sale: One Nobel Prize Medal (Slightly Used, By Francis Crick)

D H NG First Nobel auctioned? (179 comments)

Did the submitter even read the article? It clearly said that Aage Bohr's medal was sold last year.

about a year ago
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Facebook Announces Social Search Tools

D H NG Too many "friends"? (128 comments)

If you've got to perform a search to know which of your friends live in San Francisco, they're not really your "friends".

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Engineers Are Well Paid, Not Just Well Fed

D H NG Re:Off Topic: Facebook?! Really?! (342 comments)

It's actually a typo in the blurb. Facebook was in second place, not Microsoft.

about 2 years ago
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Google pays its Engineers Highest Among Tech Companies

D H NG Facebook (1 comments)

The company in second place is Facebook, not Microsoft.

about 2 years ago
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The Oatmeal Begins a Fundraiser for a Nikola Tesla Museum

D H NG Re:Buy cheap Viagra? (134 comments)

Google cache is seeing the same thing I'm seeing here.

about 2 years ago
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The Oatmeal Begins a Fundraiser for a Nikola Tesla Museum

D H NG Buy cheap Viagra? (134 comments)

Is it just me or is their about page infested with spam?

about 2 years ago
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In Vietnam: Being a Blogger Could Land You In Jail, Cost You Your Life

D H NG Curbing Nationalism (144 comments)

The Vietnamese government has a fine line to tread. Due to the current territorial disputes with China, there is a resurgence of Sinophobia among the populace in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government doesn't want to antagonize the Chinese government and jeopardize a huge trading relationship, but it also doesn't want to appear to be caving to the Chinese. It had shown remarkable restraints in allowing anti-China protests to proceed, but recently it had been curbing them because the protestors attention is now focussing on the government itself.

about 2 years ago
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Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

D H NG Cheap cellular cost? (851 comments)

Where did you get such a cheap cellular plan? I hardly make any calls, but my bare-bones prepaid phone plan costs more than $4 a month. In the US, the cheapest I found is T-Mobile To Go, which charges about 10 cents a minute if you buy $100. Since the minutes last at most a year, the minimum you have to pay is about more than $8 a month.

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired

D H NG Re:I would rather.... (554 comments)

If you get fired, you get none of the unvested stocks, so it's a choice of all or nothing.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

D H NG Re:Hold up, wait a minute (585 comments)

May eventually happen, but It's going to be a bit...

Stats from from a real world web site over the last 30 days...

MS Internet Explorer No 891,058 47.4 % Firefox No 317,909 16.9 % Safari No 264,506 14 % Google Chrome No 162,473 8.6 % Android browser (PDA/Phone browser) No 93,691 4.9 % Unknown ? 54,509 2.8 % IPhone (PDA/Phone browser) No 28,603 1.5 % Mozilla No 25,610 1.3 % Opera No 12,074 0.6 % BlackBerry (PDA/Phone browser) No 9,396 0.4 %

Must be an Apple-oriented site. Where in the real world would Safari be ahead of Chrome?

more than 2 years ago
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Wealthy Americans Turning To Europe For Medical Treatment

D H NG One word (519 comments)

Thalidomide

more than 2 years ago
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YouTube Disables Comments and User Uploads For Korean Users

D H NG This is old news (237 comments)

This happened 2 years ago, and the Korean government already caputulated and gave YouTube an exemption.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Unity: The Great Divider

D H NG Won't run on older machines (729 comments)

I "upgraded" my 5-year-old Dell laptop (one of the first that came pre-installed with Ubuntu) from 10.10 to 11.04 and had to switch to classic mode. The Unity interface seems to require too much resource and so it didn't load anything besides the desktop icons. I've had similar problems before with Compiz. Seems like with this release, the Ubuntu people dropped any pretense of catering to older systems and went full force with the eye candy. If I want a resource hog OS, I might as well go with Windows.

more than 3 years ago
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China Starts Censoring Phone Calls Mid Sentence

D H NG Re:Who cares? (366 comments)

How do you expect to get an honest response from the Chinese when they're being constantly monitored by the government?

more than 3 years ago
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Unwise — Search History of Murder Methods

D H NG NOT Google (532 comments)

Given that Google was founded in 1998, the same year that Julie Jensen died, it's highly unlikely that Mark Jensen used Google to make these searches.

more than 3 years ago

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Vietnamese court forces casino to pay US$55.5 million in winnings to gambler

D H NG D H NG writes  |  about a year and a half ago

D H NG (779318) writes "A court in Vietnam had ruled in favor of a gambler who won US$55,542,256.70 from a slot machine in 2009. The casino claimed that the machine malfunctioned and offerred to pay back only the US$300 he spent gambling. The man sued, claiming that it is the casino's responsibility to ensure the integrity of the machines and that their regulations were vague as to what constituted a malfunction. The court sided with the plaintiff, since the defendants unilaterally took out the circuit board of the machine to investigate, rendering the evidence inadmissible. The defendants planned to appeal, claiming that 'no one would program a slot machine to pay $55 million from 10 cents.'"
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Google pays its Engineers Highest Among Tech Companies

D H NG D H NG writes  |  about 2 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "According to a study by the career site Glassdoor, Google tops the list of tech companies in the salaries it pays to software engineers. Google paid its engineers an average base salary of $128,336, with Microsoft coming in second at $123,626. Apple, eBay, and Zynga rounded off the top 5."
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Google's Marissa Mayer becomes Yahoo CEO

D H NG D H NG writes  |  about 2 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "Marissa Mayer, Google's employee #20 and Vice President of Local, was appointed CEO of Yahoo. She was Google's public face for years, famously being responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. Mayer resigned from Google Monday afternoon and will begin her new job on Tuesday."
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Juror's Tweets Overturns Trial Verdict

D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 2 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "The Arkansas Supreme Court had overturned a murder conviction due to a juror tweeting during the trial. Erickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted in 2010 of killing a teenager and was sentenced to death. His lawyers appealed the case on account of a juror tweeting his musings during the trial. Tweets sent include "The coffee here sucks" and "Court. Day 5. here we go again". In an opinion, Associate Justice Donald Corbin wrote "because of the very nature of Twitter as an... online social media site, Juror 2's tweets about the trial were very much public discussions." Dimas-Martinez is to be given a new trial."
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Belgian newspapers delisted on Google

D H NG D H NG writes  |  about 3 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "After being ordered by the Belgian courts to "remove from its Google.be and Google.com sites, and in particular, cached links visible on Google Web and the Google News service, all articles, photographs and graphics of daily newspapers published in French and German by Belgian publishers", Google had removed all traces of the newspapers in question from all its search services. The newspapers, however, are crying foul, and alleged that it was done in retaliation for being sued for copyright violations."
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China-Based Password Collection Campaign Uncovered

D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 3 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "Google announced that it recently uncovered a campaign to collect users' passwords. The campaign, apparently originating from China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists. Google said it detected and has disrupted this campaign and has notified victims and secured their accounts, as well as notified the relevant government authorities."
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Bing Caught Copying Google Results

D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 3 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "Google had gone public with the results of a sting operations that it says showed Bing was copying Google results. Following the practice of cartographers adding fake data to their maps, Google created fake results for gibberish search strings (such as "mbzrxpgjys") and performed Google searches for those terms on computer with IE Suggested Sites and Bing Toolbar enabled. Sure enough, these results started appearing in Bing for those search terms. Microsoft did not deny the allegations."
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Software engineers have the best US jobs

D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 3 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "According to a new study by CareerCast.com, software engineers have the best jobs of 2011 in the United States, based on factors such as income, working environment, stress, physical demands and job outlook, using Labor Department and Census data. Mid-level software engineers make between $87,000 and $132,000 a year, putting them in the top 25% of the 200 professions studied by income. Software engineers beat out last year's number one job, actuary, which came in third, behind mathematician."
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Microsoft Kills the Kin Phones

D H NG D H NG writes  |  about 4 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "Barely two months after launching the Kin phones amid much hoopla, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the phones aimed at teens. "We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned," the company said. "Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.""
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Google mistakenly collected Wifi payload data

D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 4 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "After the Data Protection Agency in Germany asked Google to audit the Wifi data that its Google Street View cars were collecting, Google discovered that it was inadvertently collecting more data than intended. Besides the SSID and MAC addresses, it was also collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks. Google is asking a third party to review the software at issue, how it worked and what data it gathered, as well as to confirm that they deleted the data appropriately; and internally reviewing its procedures to ensure that its controls are sufficiently robust to address these kinds of problems in the future."
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Google Publicizes Government Requests

D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 4 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "In the aftermath of Google's exit from mainland China, it had sought to be more open about what it sensors. Google has launched a new tool to track the number of government request targeted at Google and YouTube. These include both requests for data and removal requests. A quick look at the tool shows that Brazil is the top country for both categories and information for China can not be disclosed because "Chinese officials consider censorship demands as state secrets". As part of its four-part plan, Google hopes to "change the behavior of repressive governments", "establish guiding principles for dealing with issues of free expression", "build support online to protest repression", and "better provide resources and support for developing technology designed to combat and circumvent Internet censorship"."
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Google Pulling out of China

D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 4 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "Following a sophisticated attack on Google infrastructure originating from China late last year, Google had decided to a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html">pull out of China. In their investigation, Google found that more than 20 large companies have been infiltrated and dozens of Chinese human-rights activists' Gmail accounts have been infiltrated. Google had decided to "review the feasibility of [its] business operations in China", no longer censoring results in Google.cn, and if necessary, "shut down Google.cn, and potentially [Google's] offices in China."
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D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 7 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "Google announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. YouTube will continue to operate independently. This comes at the heels of announcements that Google had signed deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group to offer Google Video users their contents."
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D H NG D H NG writes  |  more than 7 years ago

D H NG (779318) writes "Wired News has a story about the non-profit Open Prosthetics Project. Founded last year by Jonathan Kuniholm, a graduate student in biomedical engineering at Duke University who lost his arm below the elbow from Iraq, the Open Prosthetics Project applies the ethical and intellectual property foundation of open-source software to the task of building better artificial limbs. So far, the project has produced a "handful" of useful homebrew prosthetic hacks, and is closing in on a solution that would dramatically improve the functionality of the common hook device."

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