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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Frankie70 Throwback (137 comments)

a throwback to the days when Detroit tried to undercut its franchise dealers by opening company-owned shops.

This seems to indicate that the same laws were good then & not good now. How?

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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Frankie70 Lumia 5 series (50 comments)

Solidly built phones. Doesn't look cheap. No lag. Good camera. Good Battery life. Costs around 110-120$ depending on the model.

yesterday
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

Frankie70 Re:Cultural Differences (110 comments)

And what many don't realize is what is called bribery in other countries is called Lobbying and Campaign contributions in the USA.

4 days ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Frankie70 Exhaling More (427 comments)

I think people are exhaling more than they did 20 years back.

about a week ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

Frankie70 Re:Use your cell phone (129 comments)

Remember the phrase "help me, help you"

The right phrase is "Help me help you". The comma changes the meaning to something irrelevant to this discussion.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Frankie70 Insuring a phone - stupidity (253 comments)

I think it's stupid to insure a phone. You insure stuff whose loss or destruction will bring you financial ruin. Not every other stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

Frankie70 Re:Nokia is a not a Phone company (67 comments)

What is left is not a phone company...just another patent troll(I know they own more) waiting for a big buyout.

Yeah, they own more. Their telecom equipment division has 13 billion dollars revenue.

about two weeks ago
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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

Frankie70 Re:Nokia Handsets Can Rise Again (67 comments)

What features did they pull? I recently updated my WP8 to WP8.1 - still haven't figured out what's changed.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

Frankie70 Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

How does it go more than 600$/year for you for maintaining an Accord? How many miles do you drive?

about 1 month ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

Frankie70 Re:Public Lending Right (165 comments)

> Yes, the library buys the book, but that doesn't benefit the author much - one book will be borrowed by many people, none of whom now have to buy the book, so this is a net loss for the author.

So what?

Once the book is sold, does the author get to decide what is done with it? I can buy a book & then share it with friends and family. Should I send some money to the author then?

about 1 month ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

Frankie70 Great (107 comments)

So are all the people who funded this company through Kickstarter going to get a cash share or just part of the stock?

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Frankie70 Re: There's more to EU transport than cheapness (341 comments)

> In Germany, insurance that covers passengers is mandatory for anyone driving a car.

Does the regular insuance cover the case where the car is used for commercial purposes as a taxi & the passenger is a paying passenger?

about a month ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

Frankie70 Re:Public Lending Right (165 comments)

I went through the wikipedia article of Public Lending Right - I can't make head nor tail of it.

A Public Lending Right (PLR) programme, is a programme intended to either compensate authors for the potential loss of sales from their works being available in public libraries, or as a governmental support of the arts, through support of works available in public libraries, such as books, music and artwork.

They are already being compensated right - i.e. the library buys the books. Isn't that compensation already?

about a month ago
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Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

Frankie70 miss quoting (46 comments)

Hey BlackBerry idiots, stop miss quoting me on your blogs.

Misquoting Justin, misquoting. Not miss quoting.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Frankie70 Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

They need to pay the ISP for hosting and maintaining it.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Frankie70 Voluntary surgery (550 comments)

I avoid voluntary surgery of all kinds.

about 2 months ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Frankie70 A regular end user (206 comments)

As a regular end user, I would really prefer my data to be in the hands of a foreign govt than my own govt. The foreign govt doesn't really have any power over me & can't do much with my data.

about 2 months ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Frankie70 Re:Gipperphone (225 comments)

They started getting free landlines under Reagan in the 80s - google Lifeline Assistance program. Cellphones were added to it under Clinton.

about 2 months ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Frankie70 Gipperphone (225 comments)

Nope. It started when Reagan was Prez.

about 2 months ago

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Demilitarize the police – and stop flinging false racism charges

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about a month ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Eric S Raymond feels that the local civil police in the U.S. are too heavily armed and in many places have developed an adversarial attitude towards the civilians they serve, one that makes police overreactions and civil violence almost inevitable.

However, he also feels that there is another injustice being done here: the specific assumption, common among civil libertarians, that police overreactions are being driven by institutional racism. He believes this is dangerously untrue and actually impedes effective thinking about how to prevent future outrages."

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Why Brendan Eich had to go - It was about DRM

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "It looks rather like the failure of the Mozilla executives to defend CEO Eich from the Gay Mafia campaign being waged against him may have been at least in part due to the desire to remove a major obstacle to DRM being added to Firefox. Eich stood firmly in the way of Mozilla incorporating DRM into Firefox. Now that he's gone, and his technological authority with him, Mozilla immediately caved to Hollywood interests."
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What was Edward Snowden doing in India

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Nearly three years before he revealed himself as the source of leaked documents about NSA surveillance, Edward Snowden traveled to New Delhi, India. There, he spent six days taking courses in computer hacking and programming at a local professional school, according to school officials and people familiar with Snowden's trip. Working with a private instructor, Snowden, who was then a contractor for the spy agency, took a course in "ethical hacking," where he learned advanced techniques for breaking into computer systems and exploiting flaws in software."
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The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "The U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to snoop on nearly every communication sent from an Apple iPhone, according to leaked documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel.

An NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP allows the agency to intercept SMS messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and even activate the device’s microphone and camera."

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Apple fined in Taiwan for iPhone price fixing

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has hit Apple with a small fine and warned the company that it may face a more substantial penalty if it doesn’t stop interfering with carriers’ iPhone pricing and the prices of the plans carriers sell alongside the iPhone. “Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market,” Taiwan’s FTC said in a statement."
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Italy investigates Apple for alleged Tax Fraud

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "From Reuters, U.S. tech giant Apple is under investigation in Italy for allegedly hiding 1 billion euros ($1.34 billion) from the local tax authority, two judicial sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Milan prosecutors say Apple failed to declare to Italian tax authorities 206 million euros in 2010 and 853 million euros in 2011, one of the sources said, confirming a report by Italian magazine L'Espresso.

The Italian subsidiary of Apple booked some of its profit through Irish-based subsidiary Apple Sales International (ASI), thus lowering its taxable income in Italy, the source said."

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile unit

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  1 year,13 days

Frankie70 (803801) writes "One of the most enticing "what-ifs" of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's Devices and Services unit, it announced today. It unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware supporter, and gives the company an integrated solution across hardware and software. When the deal closes in the first quarter of 2014, Microsoft will pay 3.79 billion Euros for Nokia's business, plus another 1.65 billion Euros for its portfolio of patents."
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Windows 8 Phone reaches 8.2% in Europe

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  1 year,13 days

Frankie70 (803801) writes "In Europe, Windows Phone has seen promising growth, posting its highest ever market share of 8.3 per cent across the five major European markets – the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Year-on-year this is an increase of 3.3 per cent. Windows Phone’s success has been in convincing first time smartphone buyers to choose one of its devices with 42% of sales over the past year coming from existing featurephone owners"
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Googling Backpacks and Pressure Cookers triggers a visit from the Feds

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about a year ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which begs the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?"
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Why you should boycott the US Cloud Tech

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about a year ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "So, America's National Security Agency has been tapping up US internet giants to gather information about foreigners online, allegedly sharing that data with Britain's GCHQ — and gobbling up details about US citizens' phone calls.

After the past month's privacy scandal after privacy scandal and liberty scandal after liberty scandal involving the NSA and the American administration, I'm rapidly moving from being "uncomfortable hosting my data in a US-controlled cloud" to "feeling ethically bound to vote with my wallet in order to send a message".

That power belongs to each and every one of us expressed through something as simple as where we choose to invest the money we spend. I believe it is our duty to choose wisely and to make those choices based on more than mere pragmatism.

If you know of any providers of internet services who have – deliberately or accidentally – created a business free of American legal encumbrances, please, leave a note in the comments. The ability to choose differently starts with knowledge and we might as well start building that list here."

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IDC predicts Windows Phone to be the fastest growing platform

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Overall, IDC says Windows Phone and Windows Mobile devices accounted for six percent of the 227 million smartphones shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the year, Windows Phone made up 2.6 percent, however, the analyst firm is predicting Windows Phone to be the fastest growing platform between now to 2016 with a compound annual growth rate of 71.3 percent. IDC expects Windows Phone to account for 11.4 percent of smartphone shipments by 2016, largely off the back of declining Android market share.

Windows Phone handsets have outsold the iPhone in seven markets including India, analyst firm IDC has revealed, and beat out BlackBerry in 26. Some of the countries where Windows Phone pipped the iOS handset in Q4 2012 were Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and the Ukraine."

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School that spent £500,000 giving its pupils iPads says half are now broke

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "A school which gave out iPads to every pupil in hope of improving their education has admitted that just a year later half the costly devices have been broken.

Honywood Community Science School dished out iPad2 tablets to its 1,200 pupils a year ago, at vast cost to the taxpayer.

Apple, the manufacturer of iPads, is said to be aggressively targeting the school market and at the time headteachers were accused of ‘falling for a gimmick’."

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IPhone 4S's Siri is a bandwidth guzzler

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Siri’s dirty little secret is that she’s a bandwidth guzzler, the digital equivalent of a 10-miles-per-gallon Hummer H1.

A study by Arieso shows that users of the iPhone 4S demand three times as much data as iPhone 3G users and twice as much as iPhone 4 users, who were identified as the most demanding in the 2010 study.

In all, Arieso says that the Siri-equipped iPhone 4S “appears to unleash data consumption behaviors that have no precedent.”"

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Willow TV will not sue you if you subscribe to the

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Willow TV owns some of the rights to broadcast cricket in the USA. Several unethical websites resold the willow stream and charged money from the customers. Willow has got hold of the customer's email ids and have sent them the following email which essentially says that we know you purchased a pirated stream and that we will not sue you if you subscribe to our services for 1 year. The immigrants from the sub-continent, England, Australia etc form a market for cricket broadcasting services in the USA."
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Boy, 12, told by iPhone 'Shut the f*** up, ugly t*

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "A 12-year-old boy got a shock when he tried out the new iPhone 4S in a shop it answered: 'Shut the f*** up, ugly t***.'

Charlie Le Quesne had been trying out the new gadget's Siri voice assistant system in a Tesco branch in Coventry when it came out with the string of profanities.

The obscene response came after he had asked the phone: 'How many people are there in the world.'"

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Stratfor Hacked, 200GB Of Emails, Credit Cards Sto

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "A few hours ago, hacking collective Anonymous disclosed that not only has it hacked the Stratfor website (since confirmed by Friedman himself), but has also obtained the full client list of over 4000 individuals and corporations, including their credit cards (which supposedly have been used to make $1 million in "donations"), as well as over 200 GB of email correspondence."
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HP reviving the 99$ Touch Pad on 11th December

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Starting Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. Central time, 16GB and 32GB Touchpads will be available on HP's ebay store. A $79 accessory bundle will also be available, which includes a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard. The caveat with this deal is that these are refurbished TouchPads rather than the brand new models sold during the first firesale."
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Microsoft embraces Elephant of Open Source

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "It took more than three years, but Microsoft has finally learned to stop worrying and love Hadoop. Microsoft acquired a Hadoop pioneer as far back as the summer of 2008, its relationship with the platform has been uneasy at best, as the company continued to shed its traditional aversions to open source software. Any aversion to Hadoop disappeared on Wednesday, when the company announced that it will integrate the platform with future versions of its relational database, SQL Server, and its platform cloud, Windows Azure, an online service for hosting and readily scaling applications. The company is now working to port the Hadoop platform to Windows"
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Slideshare ditches Flash, rebuilds site in HTML5

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Slideshare has ditched Adobe Flash technology entirely, and rebuilt its website using the HTML5 markup language. This means that SlideShare is now viewable on every kind of mobile device, from iPads to iPhones to Android devices and beyond."
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Netflix creates Qwikster for DVD only business

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings just dropped a bombshell. In the wake of a rapid decline in Netflix’s stock price last week, Hastings is taking a bold step by separating the DVD and video streaming services. The DVD-by-mail service will now be called Qwikster, and the streaming service will maintain the Netflix brand."
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