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Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

DavidGilbert99 Re:Seriously? (550 comments)

Yes it has sold other hardware but it has never produced a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone because it was seen as potentially upsetting the OEMs who make Windows a success.

about 9 months ago
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BlackBerry Looking To Quench 'Insatiable Demand' For New Smartphones

DavidGilbert99 Re:Self shilling? (173 comments)

I was indeed

about a year ago

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Privacy Online Now Seen as a Luxury Good

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  yesterday

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "According to newly published research, more than 50% of people in the UK are willing to pay to secure their online privacy however the amount they are willing to pay is a paltry £2.50 per month, Rik Ferguson, from security firm Trend Micro who carried out the research, told IBTimes UK: "It's a sad state of affairs that we now think of online privacy as a luxury good. Users are clearly telling providers they will vote with their feet rather than pay excessively for privacy and there's the real possibility of an exodus from certain services if users feel their data is being unethically handled.""
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Why is this 16-year-old Toshiba Laptop attracting bids of $45,000?

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a week ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "A Toshiba laptop from 1998 is not going to run Crysis very well, and you can forget about it mining bitcoin for you. But just because this was the laptop used by President Bill Clinton to send an email to Nasa astronaut John Glenn while in outer space, it seem some people think it's worth over $45,000..."
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James Dyson Vacuum Barge Concept Will Clean Up World's Rivers

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a week ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "James Dyson, the UK investor behind the bagless vacuum cleaner, has revealed his concept of a barge — called MV Recyclone — which would use cyclone technology to clean up the huge amount of plastic blighting the world's rivers and oceans."
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New Research Claims Economics Professor Nick Szabo is Creator of Bitcoin

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a week ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Nick Szabo has been identified previously as one of the possible creators of bitcoin. Giving this theory new weight is a study by students at Aston University's Centre for Forensic Linguistics who say Szabo is by far and away the closest match when you compare his writings and 10 other 'suspects' with the bitcoin whitepaper which was published by the mysterious Satohsi Nakamoto in 2008"
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Turkey's Attempt to Block Tor Failing Due to Multiple Mirrors

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already block Twitter and YouTube. Now, after Turkish people flocked to anonymous browser Tor, he is trying to block that too. However the Tor project has multiple mirrors, including one operated by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which are still accessible in Turkey, making the block on the official site a bit pointless."
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Fake Football Manager App Secretly Mining Bitcoin and Dogecoin

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "More and more apps are appearing which are looking to secretly mine cryptocurrencies using the power of your smartphone and tablet. Using the well-known cpuminer software, criminals inject fake versions of real apps (such as TuneIn Radio and Football Manager) to mine for bitcoin, dogecoin and litecoin. The problem for these criminals is that such is the limited power of smartphone CPUs that they will be waiting a long time for mine a significant amount of any cryptocurrency."
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Sending a Dishwasher to the Moon Could Inspire Future Israeli Engineers

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "A non-profit group in Israel is planning on sending a spaceship to the moon, which will be the smallest spacecraft to ever land there. Described as a "dishwasher with a few legs" the spaceship is part of the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize, but the founders say that their goal is to inspire children for the future rather than win the $20 million first prize."
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Is Google Really Going to Kill Google Glass?

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Google Glass is held up by many as the shining light for the wearable tech revolution which is about to happen any time now. The problem is that even Google doesn't seem to convinced by its future. As affirmed Glasshole, Robert Scoble, pointed out the company's CEO Larry Page wasn't wearing one during his TED Talk this week showing a lack of support for the device, and insider sources suggest even Google hasn't figured out what it should be used for."
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Why Wearable Technology Needs the Cloud to Succeed

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Wearable technology will only become pervasive when it is small enough that we don't even see it anymore, but to make it really work, it will need the power of big computing. That is the belief of Intel's chief futurist Steve Brown who says that computing needs to get very big AND at the same time, very small in order for wearables to become ubiquitous."
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'Android Wear' Tailors Google's Software for Smartwatches

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Google has announced Android Wear, a wearable–specific version of its mobile operating system which it will roll out for smartwatches first. Google is looking to make a big play for the fast-growing wearable market and Android Wear will allow developers to tailor their apps to work better with the smaller screen sizes of smartwatches."
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Operation Windigo Botnet Compromised of 25,000 Unix Servers

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "A complex and potent cybercriminal campaign dubbed Operation Windigo has seized control of 25,000 Unix servers attacking half a million computers daily. The botnet is capable of spewing out 35 million spam emails daily and Windigo-affected websites typically serve malware to anyone visiting from a Windows PC while those using Apple's Mac OS X are served ads for dating sites while iPhone users are redirected to pornographic content."
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MIT Scientists Engineer World's First Bionic Plant

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "They are capable of absorbing light 30% more effectively than normal plants and could be used to monitor pollution or the distribution of chemical weapons. The bionic plants integrate carbon nanotubes into the leaves of regular plants, and the scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) were able to replicate and improve upon a plant's natural ability to photosynthesise."
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'Most Valuable Tweet in History' Donates 40 Million Dogecoin

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "What has been described as "the most valuable tweet in history" saw an anonymous benefactor donate 40 million dogecoin ($11,000) to the Doge4Water campaign — which is raising money for drought-stricken Kenya — via the @tipdoge account on Twitter. Going by the name Hood, the anonymous donor said the dogecoin community had "pure intentions" and he wanted to give them a hand."
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Could EU's Ruling on Common Charger Standard Force Apple to Change iPhone?

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "MEPs in the European Parliament have passed legislation which will force smartphone and tablet manufacturers to conform to using a single type of charger by 2017. And as this is likely to be the microUSB standard, it could signal the end of Apple's use of its proprietary 30-pin and lightning connectors on its iPhone, iPad and iPods. But will Apple change or will it just give customers an adaptor?"
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Romanian Man Kill Himself and 4-Year-Old Son Because of Malware on PC

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "A tragic story has emerged from a small village in east Romania where a man is reported to have killed himself and his four-year-old son after finding malware on his computer demanding a payment of £13,000 or face time in jail. The man clearly believed the demand was real and came from Romanian authorities to have taken such terrible action. A suicide note left to his wife said: "I received a warning [on my computer] that said I have to pay 70.000 lei [£13,000] or go to prison for 11 years. I don't think it's normal what I've done...I apologise to all of you...I don't want Nicusor to suffer because of me...I can't stand going to prison. I can't.""
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CloudHashing.com Preps $20M-a-month Bitcoin Mining Operation

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "A bitcoin mining company, which rents out most of its network to individual customers, says it is expanding its network and by the end of this month will have a processing capacity of 2.5 petahashes per second — which based on the claims made by another bitcoin miner this week could see CloudHashing.com churn out up to $20 million worth of bitcoin per month."
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Russian Man Faces Jail for Buying Smartwatch from China

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "A 21-year-old man from the central Russian city of Surgut has been charged with buying a smartwatch which could have been used to secretly record audio and video. If found guilty the man could face up to four years in jail and/or a $8,000 fine. It is unclear if this is the beginning of a wider clampdown on wearable devices in Russia or an isolated incident."
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One Bitcoin Miner is Mining $8 Million Each Month

DavidGilbert99 DavidGilbert99 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "While most people are toiling in their bedrooms to try and optimise their graphics cards to most efficiently crack the complex mathematical equations needed to mine a bitcoin, one Seattle-based bitcoin enthusiast has taken things to a whole new level. Dave Carlson has two warehouses full of purpose built mining rigs running 24/7 and which are mining an estimated $8 million every month — though his electricity bill is a bit high...."
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