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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Frankie70 Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

The car insurance people also probably said no to all those people who called them and asked them if they could park it in a theatre showing the movie.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Frankie70 Re:Write software (176 comments)

So just make sure you will understand it. Others need not.

about a month ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Frankie70 Voter ID (401 comments)

Are there any other countries in the world which do not enforce Voter ID for voting. I am pretty sure most of Europe and Asia insists on Identification before voting.

I am not an American. I was shocked when I first realised that the US doesn't need ID for voting.

about a month and a half ago
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Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

Frankie70 Fix (87 comments)

Fix can be downloaded here.

about 2 months ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Frankie70 Re:Of Course it did (256 comments)

Who decides what someone is worth?

If there is a minimum wage law, it means employers may be forced to pay someone more than what they think that person is worth.

If there is a maximum wage law, it means employers may be forced to pay someone less than what they think that person is worth.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Frankie70 Re: Close vote (155 comments)

Most closed questions are closed by regular users not moderators. I think you need 3000 points as a user to have a close vote.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Frankie70 Close vote (155 comments)

Then it was talked about briefly on stackoverflow in 2009 - http://stackoverflow.com/quest...

I think this question is not right for SO. It can be closed under different reasons
- Primarily Opinion Based
- Too Broad
- Questions asking us to recommend or find a book, tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, describe the problem and what has been done so far to solve it.

I don't have a SO login in this machine. But as soon as I get on my other machine, I am planning to do a close vote on this question.

about 2 months ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Frankie70 Spaces not tabs (195 comments)

Do your damn application logic on the server, as it is indented to.

And use spaces not tabs.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Phone dominating the no-contract smartphone sales, as per Amazon

Frankie70 Re:On which market? (2 comments)

From the submission

As of now, within the United States , Amazon.com reports that out of its top five bestselling no-Contract cell phones, three of them are Windows Phone devices.

about 2 months ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Frankie70 Kill (335 comments)

They can kill foreign people, what's a bloody server.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Frankie70 Stock Options (134 comments)

Wait a few months. These guys will sue Google for stock options, win the case & google will settle for millions. And then back to agencies again.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Frankie70 Radical (602 comments)

Note to manufactures, to get on my bad boy list, have high premature deaths. To get on my recommended list, be the last man standing in my testing

Wow, that's radical.

about 3 months ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Frankie70 Throwback (155 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?

about 3 months ago
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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.

about 3 months ago
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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.

about 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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Why Apple Failed to Make Sapphire iPhones

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Apple invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of iPhone 6's selling point. But iPhone 6 released without the sapphire screen. GT Advanced Technologies, the small company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, declared bankruptcy a month later. Recent documents from GT’s bankruptcy proceedings, and conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT, provide several clues as to what went wrong. GT said that to save costs, Apple decided not to install backup power supplies, and multiple outages ruined whole batches of sapphire. The terms Apple negotiated committed GT to supplying a huge amount of sapphire, but put Apple under no obligation to buy it. In its bankruptcy documents, GT would later accuse Apple of using “bait-and-switch” tactics, and said the terms of the deal were “onerous and massively one-sided.”"
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Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Clay Shirky who teaches theory and practice of social media at New York University(NYU), moved from recommending students to set aside laptops and phones to requiring that they set this aside, adding this to the class rules: “Stay focused. (No devices in class, unless the assignment requires it.)”. What tipped the scale for him was the research paper Laptop Multitasking Hinders Classroom Learning for Both Users and Nearby Peers which concluded that

We found that participants who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask, and participants who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to those who were not.

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Microsoft's Handwriting Recognition keyboard for Android Wear devices

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Here is a video of Microsoft's prototype software handwriting recognition keyboard for Android wear devices. Looks really cool.

With the Analog Keyboard Project, Microsoft is exploring handwriting recognition for text input on small touch screens. Handwriting, unlike speech, is discreet and not prone to background noise. And unlike soft keyboards, where many keys have to share the small touch surface, handwriting methods can offer the entire screen (or most of it) for each symbol. This allows each letter to be entered rather comfortably, even on small devices. In fact, it has been shown that some handwriting systems can be used without even looking at the screen. Finally, handwriting interfaces require very little design changes to run on round displays, which are becoming increasingly popular."

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Windows Phone dominating the no-contract smartphone sales, as per Amazon

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "Windows Phone is not exactly taking the world by storm, but it does seem to have a leg up on the competition when it comes to no-contract cell phones. As of now, within the United States, Amazon.com reports that out of its top five bestselling no-Contract cell phones, three of them are Windows Phone devices.

Here is a link to the Amazon bestseller list."

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Demilitarize the police – and stop flinging false racism charges

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 4 months 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 7 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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  |  about a year ago

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  |  about a year ago

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 and a half 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 2 years 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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