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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Frankie70 Stupidity (728 comments)

It would be stupid to chose your profession based on something which has low probability of happening.

5 days ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Frankie70 Re:Discovered? (351 comments)

Ok - Columbus invented America. Happy now?

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Frankie70 Outlook Express (641 comments)

I used to love Outlook Express for usenet (NNTP). I preferred to every other newsreader I have tried. Thunderbird even today is terrible for NNTP. The only problem with OE was that it didn't do quoting correctly. But there was a free 3rd party fix available for that. The Outlook Express Live (or whatever else it's called) which is available with Windows Live Essentials is just not as good as Outlook Express.

BTW, I used XP till March 2011 before moving to Windows 7.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

Frankie70 Is this currently legal? (328 comments)

Is this currently legal in the united states - posting porn photos of people on websites without their consent?

If no, why is a new law needed?

about two weeks ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Frankie70 Apple? (409 comments)

While Microsoft has started offering schools incentives to use Office 365, including free licenses for their pupils, the company is under greater pressure from its competitors. As more schools like Chicago's face budget shortfalls, free and discounted products from companies like Google and Apple, especially when attached to financial assistance, start looking better and better

Why does Apple look better?

about a month ago
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Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

Frankie70 Re:Not so many options (207 comments)

IE is out of the question because it is too clunky,

What version of IE did you last use? I use IE as my secondary browser. There are reasons why it's not my primary browser, but clunkiness is not one of them. I find it far less clunky & far more stable than Firefox.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

Frankie70 Walled Garden (125 comments)

How is Windows Phone more of a walled garden than android? Can you give examples?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

Frankie70 Lava & Xolo (125 comments)

In response, suggests the Times of India, Microsoft may have dumped licensing fees for two Indian smartphone makers, Karbonn and Lava (Xolo)

What the hell does Lava(Xolo) mean?
Lava and Xolo are different companies. The article doesn't mention Xolo.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

Frankie70 Calculators (384 comments)

it was in the '70s and there was no PC-based POS back then

Were there no calculators back then?

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

Frankie70 Not in Europe & India (248 comments)

The problem with Microsoft and Nokia, is that nobody really wants a Microsoft Phone

Not in Europe. Not in India.

Windows Phones crossed 10% in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K for the 3months ending Jan 2014.

Nokia 5xx is the phone which is opening up new markets in Europe. Most of Nokia 5xx phones were people upgrading from non smartphones.

Some of India's local cellphone brands (who mostly sell rebranded Chinese phones & tablets) are planning to launch cheap Windows phones & tablets.

about a month and a half ago
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Background Javascript Compilation Boosts Chrome Performance

Frankie70 Re:Too Late (136 comments)

My biggest question is why all Google products (Chrome, GTalk etc) install a Windows Service. Most other browsers manage well enough without needing a Windows Service?

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Frankie70 Re:Restaurant (731 comments)

And you punch in your PIN with the waiter and the others at your table watching you.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Frankie70 Restaurant (731 comments)

So what happens at a restaurant. The waiter gets the check. You go with him to whether the credit card machine is set up to punch your PIN?

about 2 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Frankie70 Hash (195 comments)

I am sure the white list contains the hash of the all the items.

about 2 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Frankie70 82 (401 comments)

If you gonna live till 82, you gonna develop any disease you can possibly develop.

about 2 months ago
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Google Poised To Settle EU Anti-Trust Probe

Frankie70 Re:Tiresome (55 comments)

Why do you need to replace it? You can just install another browser? How many people uninstall IE even now?

about 3 months ago
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Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

Frankie70 Re:How much you want to bet (172 comments)

You are a fool who doesn't understand what a tax writeoff is.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Polygraph Instructor Who Was Targeted By Feds Goes Public

Frankie70 Re:Bin Laden (197 comments)

One of Bin Laden's goals was to turn the US into an oppressive country like the ones in the Arab World,

Citation, please?

about 3 months ago

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What was Edward Snowden doing in India

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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  |  about 7 months 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 7 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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  |  1 year,20 days

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 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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FoxNews Twitter claims Obama shot dead

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes "From the article "The Twitter account of the American Fox News Politics team was compromised and used to falsely announce the death of the US president.

Hackers, who identified themselves as "The Script Kiddies" and said they shared the spirit of prominent hacking group Anonymous, used the account to write: “BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It's a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP”. "

This is a link to the Twitter Account — http://twitter.com/#!/foxnewspolitics -"

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Plagiarism by Indian magazine

Frankie70 Frankie70 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Frankie70 (803801) writes ""Tanveer singh posted his travelogue and pictures in an Indian automobile forum Team-BHP. An Indian Car and Bike magazine Overdrive printed his whole travelogue and pictures in the print issue of their magazine without his permission. Not just that, they also got the story sponsored by Goodyear & modified his writeup to say that he did the trip on Goodyear tyres.""
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