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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

DJRumpy Re:The year of the Linux Tablet (487 comments)

They do this every time. Gartner left out almost 4 million Apple sales. Those were actual sales, rather than 'shipped'. This happens every time, and we always find out later that Shipped from folks like Samsung != Sales from Apple.

Apple reports Sales. The others do not.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/03/gartner-ignores-apples-sales-numbers-reports-android-marketshare-doubled-ipad-in-2013

about 5 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

DJRumpy Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

A foolish argument, stating that a no-shirt policy should apply to someone with a shirt, no?

As to firing someone for practicing religion while working, absolutely they should be fired, if the employer doesn't allow such. It's still a private company, which company policy and employees excepted to perform and act within company guidelines.

I can't claim one way or another what is or isn't true in the bible, and frankly don't care what book some people want to thump as long as it doesn't interfere in my private life, although common sense shows us that a simple message rarely ever makes it past 20 people in a room and comes out the same. Why someone would expect a book that is supposed to be passed down through generations of corrupt humans to stay true to it's source is beyond me. It was an example of a story they espouse as gospel, not a submission of absolute fact.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

DJRumpy Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

You forget that such policies are applied equally to everyone. If anyone comes in with no shirt, then anyone matching that is is denied service. The rules don't specifically say black with no shirt, or rapist with no shirt. The state has also failed to establish how serving a gay customer is substantially different than serving a straight person a cup of coffee. The simple act of purchasing a coffee does not violate anyone's religious freedoms, and the state has yet to prove how such a coffee purchase does so or how it is i the states best interest to protect such 'coffee buying' from allowing homosexuals to purchase it in the same way as a heterosexual. It's not as if the person walking in is somehow demanding that the business perform gay sex acts on demand. It is a public company. The owner opted into the market and as such has to accept both the benefits and controls that come with operating a business in the public domain.

As to the bible, Jesus at with prostitutes and thieves. Apparently it didn't harm his religious beliefs in the slightest. Kind of a hard example to cite when one of the major religious figures supposedly ignored such separation and did the exact opposite.

about 5 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

DJRumpy Re:Okay, but... (351 comments)

I saw nothing in the linked article that indicated 'what' information was pulled for these 70,000 'records'. It could be something as simple as IP information. Simply claiming you hacked a site without providing specifics at to what was extracted isn't all that useful. It makes for good headlines and 'clicks', but not much else.

This is what passes for reporting these days?

Then yesterday, after explaining “passive reconnaissance, which allows us to query and look at how the website operates and performs,” Kennedy said he was able to access 70,000 records within four minutes! It was “a rudimentary type attack that doesn't actually attack the website itself, it extracts information from it without actually having to go into the system.”

Kennedy also told Fox News Sunday, “70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to. And I stopped after that. You know, and I'm sure it's hundreds of thousands, if not more and it was done within about a four-minute time frame. So, it's just wide open. You can literally just open up your browser, go to this and extract all this information without actually having to hack the website itself.”

about 6 months ago
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VPN Encryption Vulnerability On Android

DJRumpy Re:black listing all androids in 5..4..3..2..1 (77 comments)

You are making the false assumption that when Apple releases a new OS, they stop supporting the old. That is not the case. They continue to path them.

about 6 months ago
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VPN Encryption Vulnerability On Android

DJRumpy Re:black listing all androids in 5..4..3..2..1 (77 comments)

Although a bit flippant, the parent does have a point. Most older Android devices will never see a security update or fix for this issue. It is what it is, and unless that changes, a valid response it to require a minimum level of OS on the device. This is one area where Apple excels and Android does not.

about 6 months ago
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Valve's Steam Machines Are More About Safeguarding PCs Than Killing Consoles

DJRumpy Re:Oh, well (296 comments)

You have a few valid points as some of the GP's examples were a bit out there, and for some of your own points, you would be laughed out of your procurement department. Corporate IT environments care very much about who uses software. I don't know about your IT department, but ours has very strict standards about supportability, health of a company, number of customers and business strength, etc. Those things are key to investing heavily in a software or hardware platform. You don't want to drop millions on a product only to find the company has gone under and won't be supporting your purchase. There comes a point when an OS reaches enough market saturation that it is largely considered a viable alternative that has achieved it's own momentum. Linux simply hasn't gotten to that place yet. Does that make it an invalid choice? Certainly not, BUT it does make many corporate IT shops hesitate to invest heavily in it. We have Linux in our environment. Not a large one, and certainly not widely supported, but it's there.

I don't think the OP was stating it was ineffective or a bad choice, and your defensive post speaks to that, but rather it just hasn't achieved enough market saturation that it is largely considered a viable general use desktop for the masses. No more, no less. That speaks nothing to it's benefits, or it's drawbacks, and you should take such at face value, which is true enough. Linux is more of a specialty desktop. It can do what it does extremely well, but for most purposes, it would require a bit of customization that an OS with better market saturation would probably get out of the box. Not because it can't do those things, but because the vendors who create such products probably also took that market saturation into account when designing their products.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

DJRumpy Re:MS Security Essentials (408 comments)

NoScript causes to much impact. I actually tried that route early on with my dad, who is very non-techie. It caused all sorts of headaches by breaking various websites. The idea being that they can still browse relatively freely, use a scanner that doesn't bring the system to it's knees, or destroy the OS with bad AV quarantine, etc.

The above method is what I ended up with after a decade of various tech as it evolved. Not bullet proof, but keeps the re-installs down to one every 4-5 years.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

DJRumpy Re:MS Security Essentials (408 comments)

I would suggest this as well. If she's comfortable with Windows, then make it as safe as possible. Security Essentials has far less risk of throwing a key Windows file into quarantine and hosing the install. It's also far better as far as performance. Ensure she knows how to spot when it has not updated in a while (it happens). Ensure it updates when the PC is likely to be on.

From there, you need to use a few plugins that will help keep your mother safer online. WOT is an excellent, and low impact plugin that will warn her about known dangerous sites. AdBlock is a must if she's prone to clicking on things she shouldn't.

If you can swing it, get an SSD, and kill scheduled tasks like defrag, which would no longer be necessary.
DO schedule checks for updates when she is most likely to be on. Ensure you train her to spot the prompt that updates are needed, and how to install them.
If she can't deal with the update process, then you should setup some time each week to remote into the PC to do them, and to handle basic maintenance

For remote fixes, I'd suggest TeamViewer, set to auto-run as a service., with an Admin password setup for yourself.

I used all of the above steps with my Dad who lives about 2 hours away with decent results for quite a few years until the old XP hardware failed. I should note that I eventually moved him to a Mac mini when his old hardware failed, and when I no longer wanted to pay a hundred bucks for Windows. My dad likes playing games for the most part, and the ecosystem on a Mac made sense for him (app store), while keeping him largely out of trouble.

about 7 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

DJRumpy Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

What you've posted stands to reason, since they still require warrants to parse the data in the phone record metadata. They can't just randomly go out and start reading the data in the hopes that they find something useful, but rather must get approval from FISA with a credible threat. In short, the data collected doesn't drive the investigation, but rather re-enforces it. With millions of records to go through, they need a key value to look for (say a phone number from a known terrorist), which they would take to the court to get a warrant to search the metadata for a match to any calls to/from that phone number. Without that key data, the volume of numbers in the collected phone logs is largely useless until something comes along that gives them a target to look for.

That said, I do have to agree wholeheartedly about the 'publicly approved' statement, which is blatantly false. Although the public may have given tacit approval by voting certain members into congress, the closed door court approvals are a far cry from public approval.

about 8 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

DJRumpy Re: Have you noticed? (219 comments)

Which would be be invalidated if it was ever leveraged.

Far too may on here seem to lack basic knowledge about trade dress. Samsung doesn't even deny that they heavily copied Apple at this point. Their executives state they were in a design 'panic' due to the iPhone.

This was to address lost profits for Apple that Samsung took as a result of Samsung copying trade dress and infringing on various patents. It's also the reason a CPA was noted as a key factor in the amount awarded.

about 8 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

DJRumpy Re: ***FEAR*** as a very powerful tool (926 comments)

You misunderstand what the debt ceiling is. The debt is already incurred, meaning we are already obligated to pay for that existing debt. Raising the debt ceiling allows congress to borrow as needed for short term income to pay off incoming debt. It does not authorize additional spending or incurring any new deb (only congress can do that with spending bills). I assume by 'doom', you are generalizing. We've already seen one immediate affect of not raising the debt ceiling the last time they failed to do so. Our credit rating was dropped, costing us billions more in interest, much like your interest rate spikes if you miss a payment. This isn't rocket science. Our credit worthiness allows us to do things that a poor credit rating does not. It's really just that simple.

The root cause of 'spending' is Congress, not the debt ceiling. The right has turned the debt ceiling into some bogeyman without any context as to what it is, and why it's necessary to raise it.

If you are looking to address a spending problem (ex: live within our means), then tell congress to stop authorizing such spending. They control the purse strings. Playing with the debt ceiling is like giving your children your credit card, letting them max it out, and then refusing to pay the bill when it shows up in the mail because you think it was irresponsible to let you children max out your card.

Regarding your 'mentally ill' statement, a mentally ill person could certainly harm someone with a knife for example. but it's unlikely they could commit mass murder without being stopped. They could do the same with a rock, but again it's unlikely they could kill 20, 30, or more people before being disarmed and contained. I suspect you knew that before you put up that particular straw man argument.

For you climate change question, you are making an assumption that the short term result is harmful, when in actuality, one may see an increase in growing seasons. That doesn't mean it's not harmful, but rather shortsighted to assume that those changes will remain beneficial. Eventually when the increase begins to affect planetary ecosystems to such a degree that they break, you are faced with flooding, increased storm activity, etc.

As to short term damage, you need only look at the last few decades of increased storm activity, both in number, and in power.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-10/record-typhoon-damage-shows-aquino-s-task-in-philippine-tragedy.html

Here in the US, we also had two record storms that caused billions in damage. Each considered a 'storm of the century' except they both happened in the same decade (Katrina and Sandy). As the temperature increases, climatologists predict even more increase in storm severity. You are providing yet another straw man argument that says "Look here..short term, this hasn't caused any issues at all". The same could be said for poison, until it reaches a toxic level.

That two week 'vacation' as you call it had a larger impact than simply sending people home for two weeks. Those two weeks without pay affected every business that takes such money in, affecting their bottom lines, which in turn affects the goods that they order and produce. The work that would have been done in those two weeks became backlogged, causing new work when they return to also be delayed. Any fees and fines that would have been collected by the government were lost revenue. Any contacts that the government would have spent would be pended or cancelled, causing more ripples in the business sector. The CBO estimates that the shutdown costs about $300 million a day in lost economic activity. The shutdown was never just about 800,000 people being sent home for two weeks.

about 9 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

DJRumpy Re: ***FEAR*** as a very powerful tool (926 comments)

When folks like the Koch brothers are found to directly affect local politics across the entire nation, donating millions to sway election decisions, it becomes simple fact rather than fear.

Fear itself is not a bad thing, but Irrational fear is. Frightened people are easily controlled. Although your argument might appear to put my statement in the same class, it only appears that way. For example, death panels were widely used to scare people when health care reform was begin drafted. The simple facts are quite different with specific text preventing the fed from denying any type of medical care or 'rationing'. This would be an irrational fear. In my statement, I indicated that big money is pulling the strings. The fact that these political organizations must often disclose their donors, and those donors happen to be folks like the Koch brothers, puts the statement into fact, rather than irrational fear.

http://philanthropy.com/article/Koch-Brothers-Influence/140227/

Their donations are public record. They spend millions to sway elections towards business friendly politicians. They aren't the only ones. Does this follow the same category that implied the president was friendly towards the 9/11 Terrorists that killed thousands of Americans, that Death Panels would be used to let the Fed decide who lives and who dies, etc. The above fear mongering had no basis in fact. Even worse, it was peddled by both news outlets, and directly from the mouths of representatives of the government itself. Pailin and her anti-immunization rant is a good example of fear based rhetoric with no basis in fact.

The following examples are reports, obtained from public disclosures of donations by various political groups, some loosely defined 'charities', etc.

http://www.lung.org/associations/states/california/for-the-media/inthenews/study-tobacco-money.html
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/05/01/12591/gun-lobbys-money-and-power-still-holds-sway-over-congress
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/11/local/la-me-special-interests-20100712

Are they in the same category?

about 9 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

DJRumpy Re: ***FEAR*** as a very powerful tool (926 comments)

FEAR: feeling of anxiety: an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger

The family of the victims of various shootings at the hands of the mentally ill would beg to differ with you as to something perceived to be a danger, and something that kills your family. There are already gun control laws, and the 2nd amendment doesn't guarantee unrestricted access to any weapons a citizen might want. There are already restrictions on automatic weapons, as well as a wide range of military grade weapons, explosives, poisons, WMD's, etc. There are also restrictions on who can gain access to weapons based on criminal history, as well as location. Not one single bill being seriously discussed in congress was taking away anyone's guns, as in every case, currently owned guns were grandfathered in. The vast majority of such legislation was aimed more at sensible background checks. Something even the NRA used to support before they were against it.

Can you cite any sources whatsoever as to the cost of shutting down a park as opposed to keeping it open? Unless you handle the billing for the various public park departments, you are just parroting talking points you read online or heard on the 'news'. You are also suggesting that they just leave these parks open to the public, which would be like opening the door to your home, and going on vacation for a month, and hoping everyone was on their best behavior. The Fed is legally required to shut down any services that are payed for with discretionary funds when they are no longer legally authorized to pay for such parks to remain open. Period, end of statement. The fact that you are more concerned about some park begin shut down, rather than people being denied food, social services, life saving medicines through various studies, etc, speaks volumes about your priorities.

No one is 'ignoring' the debt ceiling, and it has been dropping steadily for the last few years. In fact, it's dropping faster than it has since the 1950's. This is probably something you might be aware of if you weren't solidly wrapped up in your fear based news network.

http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/22/news/economy/deficits/index.html
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-debt-load-falling-at-fastest-pace-since-1950s-2012-06-08

Just as an FYI, Benghazi was a TERRORIST ATTACK, not a 'scandal'.

about 9 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

DJRumpy Re: ***FEAR*** as a very powerful tool (926 comments)

Just in case you missed , it is not the government selling fear thus time (WMD Anyone?), but rather the right wing media. The left media can spin as well, but are simply outclassed by outlets such as fox, which has ingrained itself as 'mainstream'. I have friends from over seas who laugh when they hear Obama is called an extremist.

Death Panels, socialism, communism, dictators, taking your guns, scandalegate, climategate, gay armageddon, etc.

The list just goes on and on. I turn on Fox 'news' and they literally have huge flashing red warning banners about whatever talking point is on the menu for today. I hear my right wing friends whispering about the dictator in office, the Muslim friend of the 911 terrorists. The saddest part is that they truly BELIEVE these stories.

The media is far better equipped at selling fear than the government. The current crop is ripe for the picking.

The reason? It allows those who are really pulling the strings, like the big money behind every political engine, to control things in a way that makes business more profitable, regardless of the real cost.

about 9 months ago
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Dell Fixes Ultrabook That Smelled of Cat Urine

DJRumpy Re:A Feature! (133 comments)

This hasn't been my experience with Apple either. I had a Macbook Pro (17" 2008) that was affected by an issue with a bad nVidia card causing a black screen on boot up. nVidia claimed the issue did not affect my Macbook. Apple investigated and found a significant number of those Macbook owners who were affected, and warrantied the repair anyway. My Macbook Pro was 3 years out of warranty in late 2012 when I had this happen to my Macbook (it was 4 years old at the time), and Apple replace the motherboard free of charge, no questions asked. I made an appointment, brought it in, and they offered the repair to me after troubleshooting it on the counter.

I have also gone in with a missing key on a keyboard, and they replace it free of charge. I also had an iPhone fresh from the factory with markings on the case when I took it out of the box. I found this when it was shipped to my home. They replaced it with a new one, again no questions asked.

I do know that Apple always tops the satisfaction survey and has for the last decade. There's a reason for that, and it's certainly not due to poor service.

about 9 months ago
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Samsung Offers Patent Cease-Fire in EU

DJRumpy Re:Licensing framework (80 comments)

Requiring cross licensing as a condition of licensing a FRAND would violate the (F)air and (Reasonable) piece of the puzzle. By their very nature, only one company can own a patent, so every person wanting to license FRAND patents can't offer the same cross licensing. Allowing a FRAND owner to pick and choose the cross licensed patents they require in order to license a FRAND patent is by it's very nature, anticompetitive. Although a company might opt to cross license, it cannot be made a condition of licensing a FRAND patent.

It would require a company surrender any competitive via surrendering their standard patents in order to cross license FRAND patents. This is exactly what Samsung was doing. Samsung was slapped down for extorting from competitors via it's FRAND patents in order for them to enter the market.

about 9 months ago
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Samsung Offers Patent Cease-Fire in EU

DJRumpy Re:What's the point of a patent then? (80 comments)

I have to agree there. Patent law as it applies to an inventor as opposed to a corporation, which is lifeless, and potentially very long lived (read: centuries), has twisted the original intent of a patent and it's purpose. As to governments taking a FRAND patent from the owner, it would also discourage any company from entering their patents as FRAND patents. This is done voluntarily now. If a government forced a company to surrender such patents, then the industry overall would suffer.

Misguided android fanboi defenses aside, a FRAND patent is an entirely different animal. Samsung was demanding cross licensing of choice non-frand patents from competitors in order to license FRAND, and they were caught, and reprimanded. This I agree with completely. They were also caught with confidential court documents, leveraging the licensing info in them against competitors. You would do better to choose a better cause to champion. They are hardly the industry leader in exceptional and above-board behavior.

about 9 months ago
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Researchers Show Apple Can Read iMessages

DJRumpy Re:Terrible summary (124 comments)

The Apple hate has grown to the point where they are marking satire as 'informative'? Seriously? I would expect my parents to fall for something like this. Any /. user that does needs to hand in their geek card.

about 9 months ago

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Snowden: "(Leakers) Should Be Shot In The Balls!"

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  about a year ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Arstechnica has a rather lengthy article on Snowden and his chat activities from the 2009 timeframe. Apparently he had a very different opinion of leakers in 2009. This story has begun circulating around the web in the last few weeks and has surfaced on popular social media sites.

HOLY SHIT http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/washington/11iran.html?_r=1&hp WTF NYTIMES Are they TRYING to start a war? Jesus christ they're like wikileaks they're just reporting, dude. They're reporting classified shit shrugs about an unpopular country surrounded by enemies already engaged in a war and about our interactions with said country regarding planning sovereignity violations of another country you don't put that shit in the NEWSPAPER meh moreover, who the fuck are the anonymous sources telling them this? those people should be shot in the balls.

Why the drastic 360? You'll find the quoted text on the 3rd page."
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FTC staff recommends suing Google via antitrust law over FRAND patent abuse

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes ""The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a formal recommendation to its commissioners to sue Google for violation of antitrust laws after the search giant attempted to block the sale of competitors' products using standards essential patents.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the recommendation to sue Google must still be approved by a majority of the agency's five commissioners. The report noted, however, that the majority are already "inclined to sue," but aren't likely to act until after the U.S. presidential election next week.

In July, the FTC began a civil investigation into Google's efforts to block competitors over standards patents already committed to so called "Fair, Reasonable and Nondiscriminatory" licensing. ""

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Death by defibrillator: FDA called to address hacking risk

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  about 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes ""It sounds like a scenario out of a James Bond movie: a villain spots his quarry and uses a small device to hack into the official’s heart defibrillator, sending a signal for mayhem. There’s chest grabbing, and a collapse, and alarms, but the bad guy walks free because there’s no gun, knife, poison dart — no evidence at all a murder has been committed.""
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Court filing reveals Apple was working on iPad designs as early as 2002

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  about 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "This may add speculation and fuel to the fire as to who's OS was under development first. It's well known that the iPhone iOS was created as a result of the iPad initially. If this court filing is to be believed, iOS would have been in development for some years before it was placed on an iPhone.

Pictures of early design concepts for the iPad made between 2002 and 2004 have been revealed through an Apple court filing

The pictures, published on Wednesday by Network World, show an early prototype design very similar to the final product Apple would eventually release in 2010. It features many of the signature elements of the iPad, including rounded corners, a dock connector port at the bottom, a front panel dominated by a glass touchscreen, and a plain back with just the Apple logo.

However, the early concept lacks the home button that is found on all iOS devices, and it also features a smaller black border on the outside of the screen. The concept device is also noticeably thicker than the first-generation iPad ended up being in 2010.

Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive, was asked about images of the prototype in a deposition conducted in December of 2011.

Ive said he couldn't precisely remember the first time he had seen the prototype, but guessed that it was at some point between 2002 and 2004. He revealed that was when Apple was first exploring tablet designs that would eventually become the iPad.

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Privacy advocates slam Google Drive's privacy policies

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Privacy advocates voiced strong concerns this week over how data stored on Google Drive may be used during and after customers are actively engaged in using the cloud service. While the TOS for Dropbox and Microsoft both state they will use your data only as far as is necessary to provide the service you have requested, Google goes a bit farther:

Google’s terms of use say: “You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours. When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”

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J.K. Rowling bypasses Amazon, iTunes, etc. to offer an in-house solution

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "J.K. Rowling may have just turned the digital book business on it's ear. They are offering the Harry Potter series via their website exclusively while foregoing the typical distribution channels like Amazon's Kindle, and iTunes. The formats are supported by every e-reader capable device out there according to their website. Is this the start of a new trend?"
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Apple met with Samsung 4 times in 2010 trying to avoid patent litigation

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "AppleInsider has published new information regarding the behind the scenes talks that occurred between Apple and Samsung prior to a lawsuit being filed to resolve patent disputes:

Prior to filing suit against Samsung for alleged copyright infringement, Apple approached its rival four times in 2010 in an attempt to avoid resorting to litigation.

Details of the meetings between Apple's and Samsung's lawyers were revealed in an Apple court filing discovered by The Verge. The first meeting took place in July 2010, and Apple soon after made three more attempts to broker a deal with Samsung to no avail.

The meetings took place both at Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., as well as in Samsung's home country of Korea. At one meeting in Korea in August of 2010, Apple representatives showed a presentation to Samsung officials entitled "Samsung's Use of Apple Patents in Smartphones," detailing its belief that Samsung was infringing on two patents.

Last year, it was first revealed that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs contacted Samsung in 2010 in an attempt to resolve the patent dispute between the two companies. But the extent of talks between Apple and Samsung was not known until Apple disclosed it in court.

Apple eventually sued Samsung in April of 2011, accusing its rival of copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad with its own smartphone and tablet products. Samsung quickly fired back with its own accusations, and the two companies are now involved in lawsuits that spread across four continents.

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Google bypassing Safari's default 'Block 3rd Party Cookies' setting

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Google has joined other online advertisers in intentionally circumventing the privacy settings of desktop and iOS Safari users in an effort to better track their web browsing activity.

According to an investigation by Wall Street Journal, Google and at least three other smaller web ad networks (Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group and Gannett PointRoll), have purposely overridden Safari's browser privacy settings using code that misrepresents its ads as being a user-initiated form submission.

The default settings of Safari block cookies "from third parties and advertisers," a setting that is supposed to only allow sites that the user is directly interacting with to save a cookie (client side data that remote web servers can later access in subsequent visits).

Advertisers like Google save cookies on users' browsers so they can track their browsing habits across the various websites they place their ads on, and these "third party" cookies are expressly what the setting is designed to block.

The report notes that "Google added coding to some of its ads that made Safari think that a person was submitting an invisible form to Google. Safari would then let Google install a cookie on the phone or computer.""

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Motorola seeking 2.25% of Apple's sales for standard-essential patent license

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "

Recently uncovered court documents from Motorola's legal complaints against Apple have revealed that the handset maker is seeking 2.25 percent of Apple's sales of wireless devices in exchange for a patent license covering its standard-essential intellectual property.

The figure came to light as a result of a motion from Apple requesting Qualcomm's patent license agreement with Motorola, as reported by Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.

The Cupertino, Calif., company argued that its devices could potentially be covered by extension under its own license for baseband chips from Qualcomm. It also sought to prove that Motorola's request for 2.25 percent in royalties was unfair. The patent in question was committed by Motorola to be subject to Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory licensing, which means that the company must offer a licensing agreement to competitors asking for it.

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Apple granted a suspension of the German injunction against 3G-enabled

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Apple has been granted a suspension of the German injunction against 3G-enabled iOS devices, with the iPad WiFi + 3G, iPhone 4 and other gadgets back on sale through the company’s online store. ”All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple’s online store in Germany shortly” the company told us in a statement.

“Apple appealed this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.” This follows news earlier this morning that apple had pulled earlier iPhone 3G models from it's online store in Germany after Motorolla successfully leveraged a FRAND patent against Apple and paid a $131 million dollar bond to enforce the ruling."

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New group paves way for 2012 Online Primary

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Americans Elect, which has raised $22 million so far, is harnessing the power of the Internet to conduct an unprecedented national online primary next spring. If all goes according to plan, the result will be a credible, nonpartisan ticket that pushes alternative centrist solutions to the growing problems America's current political leadership seems unwilling or unable to tackle.

The theory: If you break the stranglehold that more ideologically extreme primary voters and established interests currently have over presidential nominations, you will push Washington to seriously address tough economic and other issues. Even if the group's ticket doesn't win, its impact will force Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capital to start bridging their cavernous ideological divide."

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Adobe Rumored to announce today it will abandon fl

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Apple insider has a story it found on ZDNet indicating that as early as Wednesday, Adobe will announce that it will be abandoning all future development of flash on mobile devices:

ZDNet cited "sources close to Adobe" late Tuesday as claiming that the company will soon make the following announcement, possibly as early as Wednesday: Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Adobe's partners will reportedly receive an email briefing them on the fact that it is "stopping development on Flash Player for browsers on mobile," the report continued. The company will instead focus its efforts on mobile applications, desktop content "in and out of browser," and investments in HTML5."
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Android App Fragmentation Revisited

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "TechieInsider has an interesting write up on fragmentation at the app level and the growing discontent it's creating in the Android community.

CNet is currently running a survey about whether Android phones are upgradable enough and at the moment, 70% of the responders are saying NO. While they only have 715 people responding, it is an indication about how people feel about the Android OS. If the general perception is that they are not, what is that going to mean for the market for those Android phones? Apple has proven that their phones going back to the iPhone 3GS can support the most recent iOS 5 version. There are reasons that the Android OS cannot duplicate this, but they need to come a lot closer than they currently are.

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iOS 5 dramatically boost BrowserMark scores

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "AI has a story regarding the change in scores on the older iPhone 4 hardware after being upgraded to iOS 5. The older single core 800Mhz A4 chip jumps to 2nd place in the benchmark scores after the update, compared to the Motorola Atrix and LG Optimux 2X, which use a dual core 1GHz chip. It also bests the Samsung's Galaxy S II, which has a dual core chip that runs at 1.2 GHz, on an older and under clocked CPU.

According to a video of the new phone published by mictvstation, the new iPhone 4S hardware achieves a score of 89,567, a score over 74 percent faster than the existing iPhone.

This would seem to launch the 4S on top for benchmark scores even with it's slow dual core 800Mhz clock."
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Verizon's Android share down dramatically

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "AppleInsider has a story regarding a 10% drop in Android's share of the market in the U.S. since Verizon has included the iPhone. The drop was recorded over a 5 month span.

In less than six months, Verizon Wireless' share of Android phones sold in the US has eroded from 51.4 percent to 41.1 percent, indicating a huge shift among Verizon subscribers to iPhone 4. A breakdown of US Android providers published by Chitika Insights at the end of March showed Verizon to be the largest Android carrier, largely due to that carrier's migration from RIM Blackberry to Droid branded Android smartphones throughout 2010. A new study by Chitika, looking a the same market just five months later, shows a huge decrease in Verizon's slice of the US Android pie after it launched iPhone 4. Despite a new wave of promotion of Android devices, AT&T's share of Android users is up just 5 percentage points. Figures by T-Mobile and Sprint indicate both have maintained a static ratio of the nation's Android users as Verizon moved millions of its subscribers to the iPhone. The largest growth comes from other carriers, including MetroPCS, Virgin andUS Cellular, who amounted to less than 3 percent of the US Android market in March, but now collectively claim 8.5 percent, nearly as large of a share as AT&T.

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Android Market Share Continues to Drop

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "AppleInsider has an interview with Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf discussing the drop in Androids market share last quarter and the effect of the iPhone on Verizon.

After Google's Android experienced its first loss of market share in a region since 2009 during the March quarter, one analyst believes Apple's iPhone will continue to win back share in the U.S. smartphone market.

In a note sent to investors on Monday, Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf predicted Android would regain share in the June and September quarters before a "material decline" in the December quarter following the expected launch of the iPhone 5. "In our opinion, this is just the beginning of Android’s share loss in the U.S.," Wolf wrote.

Android's share of the U.S. smartphone market fell from 52.4 percent in the December quarter to 49.5 percent last quarter. The drop was the first sequential loss of market share in any region for Android since it began its "growth rampage" in 2009.

Wolf attributed the dip to the launch of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network, while also acknowledging that a "substantial percentage" of Verizon subscribers appear to be waiting for the next iPhone before upgrading. Verizon has indicated that it will receive the next iPhone at the same time as AT&T. Wolf also speculates that "the iPhone could launch on the Sprint and T-Mobile networks this fall," which could give Apple another boost in share.

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Apple files motion to intervene in Lodsys dispute

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "It appears Apple has chosen to throw it's hat into the ring in the LodSys in-app-purchases dispute.

AppleInsider has a story this morning covering some details about the dispute, as well as providing some history on it.

In an effort to protect its iOS developers, Apple has filed a motion to intervene in legal action taken by patent-holder Lodsys over App Store in-app purchases.

Apple's presence in the Lodsys complaints is pending court approval, but intellectual property activist Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents said he believes it's "fairly likely" that Apple will be admitted as an intervenor. In its filing, Apple asserted that its iOS developers are covered by an existing license agreement with Lodsys.

"The app developers whom Lodsys sued appear to be bound by a non-disclosure agreement (which makes sense), so they can't speak out on their current relationship with Apple," Mueller wrote in his blog on Friday. "While I don't have any confirmation from anyone that Apple has agreed to cover those defendants' costs and potential risks, it's hard to imagine how else this could work.

"In its motion, Apple states explicitly that the sued app developers 'are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and [...] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple's rights under its license agreement."

While developers aren't allowed to speak out on matters involving the Lodsys lawsuit, this week Apple began asking its iPhone and iPad developers about legal complications. Developers who access the iTunesConnect application management service have been asked, through a form titled "iCloud Legal Information," if they have any apps that "may have a legal issue." It has been assumed that the question pertains to the Lodsys complaints.

In May, iOS developers first began receiving legal threats from Lodsys, accusing them of patent infringement. The company has asserted that developers who utilize the in-app purchasing system Apple created for iOS software are in violation of U.S. Patent No. 7,222,078, entitled "Methods and Systems for Gathering Information from Units of a Commodity Across a Network."

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Google Android experiencing chaotic gro

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Apple Insider has an interesting review of a phone conference held by Intel's CEO regarding Androids explosive growth and in his opinion, Google's move towards a more controlled environment, in order to fight fragmentation and to get a better handle on the ecosystem.

According to Otellini, Apple stands on the other end of the spectrum with a high level of order in its products. "Apple's objective is to control everything end to end so they can control the experience and the pricing."

Android faces a problem similar to Microsoft's efforts to exert control over the Windows ecosystem, Otellini continued, noting that Windows originally ran on a variety of platforms before settling on Intel's x86 architecture.

In time, Otellini sees Android moving away from openness in order to fight fragmentation. "The notion of compatibility forwards and backwards, the notion of verification...is something you'll see imposed on the Android ecosystem over time. If you read the press about [Android's] anti-fragmentation agreements that's exactly what's happening today," he said.

Beyond just talking about Android, Otellini also took the opportunity to quell recent rumors that Apple will abandon Intel for the ARM architecture on its line of Mac laptops.

"[Apple's] growth in Macs has quadrupled since they shifted to Intel, their market share has quadrupled since they shifted to Intel. And that value proposition has served them very well," the CEO said. "I don't see their Mac line moving in any different direction anytime soon."

According to a survey last month, 87 percent of Android developers view fragmentation as a problem on the platform, with 57 percent viewing it as a huge or meaningful problem.

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Apple's iPhone 4, App Store set world records

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "Apple's success with the iPhone 4 and the App Store has earned the company several impressive records in the 2011 Gamer's Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Given analyst estimates of 1.5 million iPhone 4 units sold on launch day, Apple has earned the title of "Fastest-Selling Portable Gaming System" for its popular smartphone, as certified by Guinness World Records, The LA Times reports.

By comparison, Sony's PlayStation Portable sold just 200,000 units on its launch date in 2005, while the Nintendo DS sold 500,000 units in its first week of availability in November 2004."

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Epic game developer calls iPad 2 graphics leap

DJRumpy DJRumpy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DJRumpy (1345787) writes "AppleInsider has an interesting read from an Epic game developer that touches on the new iPad 2 game performance, and his take on Android, platform fragmentation, and it's effect on the gaming industry.

The blistering pace of graphics performance improvements on Apple's iPad 2 will enable a new class of handheld gaming titles, but Android devices aren't likely to get the same kind of attention due to platform fragmentation, says Epic Games's Tim Sweeney.

Sweeney, a key developer of Epic's Unreal Engine used in a series of 3D games over the past decade from the first "Unreal" in 1998 through such popular titles as "BioShock" and "Batman: Arkham Asylum," noted in an interview with Gizmodo that mobile devices are improving much faster than consoles historically have.

The 9x iPad 2 graphics leap

Sweeney described conventional game consoles as seeing "a 10-20x leap in performance every 7-8 years," compared to the 9x leap Apple claimed for the iPad 2 in just one annual refresh. Asked whether iPad 2 can really deliver a 9x improvement in graphics performance, Sweeny said, "I certainly believe 9x," although his group hasn't benchmarked the device's core chips yet.

Last year's A4 CPU used in the iPhone 4 and iPad is roughly "comparable to a single Xbox 360 core" Sweeney estimated. The new A5 used in iPad 2 holds the potential for "far, far more potential in that platform than we're exploiting today," he added.

Sweeney said iPad 2 delivers enough shader performance that "you can use the high-detail shaders we did during Gears of War." The interview noted that "more complex shaders and post-processing effects are going to remain the visual differentiators between high-end mobile devices and consoles for the time being, though we could 'see more of that with more time with the iPad 2.'"

Android hardware fragmentation a problem for high end games

Uncertainty about the hardware available across a given platform is a particular problem for higher end gaming developers. Sweeney explained, "when a consumer gets the phone and they want to play a game that uses our technology, it's got to be a consistent experience, and we can't guarantee that [on Android]. That's what held us off of Android." Contrasted against a gaming platform where hardware aspects don't vary between models and makers, an "open" platform like Android becomes a difficult beast to target. "If you took the underlying [Sony] NGP hardware and shipped Android on it, you'd find far far less performance on Android," Sweeney said.

"Let's say you took an NGP phone and made four versions of it. Each one would give you a different amount of memory and performance based on the crap [the carriers] put on their phone," he added, alluding to the additional layers of software fragmentation that affect Android devices.

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