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BlackBerry Posts $4.4 Billion Loss, Will Outsource To Foxconn

Hmmm2000 Re:American made (141 comments)

We all know that Canada is the 51st state.

about a year ago
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Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses

Hmmm2000 Re:Regular customers also hate it when security (555 comments)

I have one pluggin - google toolbar - probably one of the most popular I would imagine, and it was broken -- for a security update? We are a small company of about 20 people and because of this crazy release 6 week policy and updates with no concern for plugin compatibility we had to ban firefox from the work place and go back to IE . . .

more than 3 years ago
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Jeff Bezos Calls Sales Tax Requirements On Amazon Unconstitutional

Hmmm2000 Re:Finish your sentence! (623 comments)

Foolish people like to convince themselves this is true, but the reality is that if you raise income tax to Reagan era levels, you will raise about $800B/year.

Our deficit is $2.2T

So the question is, where are you going to cut the other $1.4T?

So, because restoring tax rates to Reagan era levels will only erase 36% of the debt - not 100% - we should ignore that as an option - obviously.

more than 3 years ago
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New Chrome Exploit Bypasses Sandbox, ASLR and DEP

Hmmm2000 How the exploit will be used (150 comments)

To me the most troubling part of this issue is what VUPEN does ... from their web site -- "Exclusive and sophisticated exploits for Law Enforcement Agencies". So, the reason the exploit is not being made public is so that Government agencies can use these exploits to install keyloggers or whatever they choose on whatever computer they which to target and monitor.

more than 3 years ago
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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

Hmmm2000 Re:Yes (486 comments)

Actually no it not - if the bots are sending spam - that MUST be done on port 25 to the target mail server .. if that port is blocked, it cant deliver its payload to other mail recipients.

more than 4 years ago
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Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones

Hmmm2000 The metadata (175 comments)

Someday soon a politician will post what appears to be a benign photo with an embarrassing long/lat location.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Police Plan To Use Military-Style Spy Drones

Hmmm2000 Slipperly Slope (390 comments)

On the surface, this does not seem like a bad idea. If the drone is just capturing video of what is out in the open for all to see anyway, I don't have a problem with a drone recording it. What is a bit troubling is that we know that some of the military drones have infrared capability - so it would be possible in theory for one of these drones to be equipped with the same capability, allowing it to look directly into buildings and homes.

more than 4 years ago
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Real-World Consequences of Social Networking Posts

Hmmm2000 Welcome to the 21st Century (451 comments)

Any time you post something to any social networking site, you should imagine yourself on a podium in giving a presentation in front of millions of people. If you would be embarrassed to say it on stage, don't post it, because they are effectively the same thing now.

more than 5 years ago
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US Manned Space Flight Taking a Budget Hit

Hmmm2000 A shame and ironic (182 comments)

In a bad economy, pure science and space exploration seem to be first on the budget chopping block. However the information learned and technology developed while performing these activities quite often lead to innovations that fuel the economy for years to come.

more than 5 years ago
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More Americans Play Video Games Than Go To Movies

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 (183 comments)

It would be interesting to know, out of the folks that still go to movie theatres, how many of them go to see them in the imax format. With many families having big screen tvs at home, I'm sure many of them (as I do) wait until it comes out on dvd. The one exception to that is if its a movie I'm interested in watching and its at an imax theatre, as the imax experience with a 6 story movie screen is hard to replicate at home.

more than 5 years ago
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R.I.P. MS-DEBUG 1981 - 2009

Hmmm2000 Re:Article not quite right ... (240 comments)

Correction - removed from 64bit Vista & 64bit Windows Server 2008. I forget that people still run the 32bit only version :)

more than 5 years ago
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R.I.P. MS-DEBUG 1981 - 2009

Hmmm2000 Article not quite right ... (240 comments)

Acutally, the debug command was removed in Windows Vista & Windows Server 2008.

more than 5 years ago
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Police Race At Dragway To Fight Illegal Street Racing

Hmmm2000 Re:Huh? (15 comments)

As someone who street raced in a previous life and has been drag racing for 25 years, why is this interesting?

Maybe to fulfill someone's childhood dream of "beating the fuzz".

more than 5 years ago
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Flu Models Predict Pandemic, But Flu Chips Ready

Hmmm2000 Hungry for breakfast . . . (216 comments)

All this talk of swines, avians, and now Pan(demic)s make me hungry for bacon & eggs.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

Hmmm2000 Re:Boy oh boy! (414 comments)

I question this data .. they have iPod and iPod Touch listed as operating systems . . .

more than 5 years ago
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E-Merlin "Super-Telescope" Switched On

Hmmm2000 Re:shocking (41 comments)

Simple solution, put a telescope in your back yard, and E-Merlin will hook you up with fiber asap!

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Won't Vouch For Linux

Hmmm2000 Re:They ought to provide training for Linux (208 comments)

The year of the Linux Desktop has come and gone without much notice .. it was 2008. The desktop will be windows/mac for the foreseeable future, unless something new and compelling takes the stage, which is very possible. Just look at the iPhone - Apple came out of nowhere to dominate the smartphone market in a 2 year timeframe. We may see a yet-unknown or underrated player do the same with the desktop. Microsoft has stumbled with Vista, leaving an opening.

more than 5 years ago
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Sun's Phipps Slams App Engine's Java Support

Hmmm2000 Re:do their own then... (186 comments)

I thougth the a key feature of java was "write once - run anywhere". Dont blame the developer if a new JVM breaks a java app.

more than 5 years ago

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Finders Keeps, Loser Weepers - Not in California

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hmmm2000 (1146723) writes "At first, I thought the whole iPhone 4 reveal by Gizmodo may have been a crafty marketing ploy by Apple .. not so.
Gizmodo made headlines by purchasing a "lost" iPhone 4 prototype for $5000, and releasing all its juicy details.
However, Apple has filed a criminal complaint, and the Gizmodo editor may be in the criminal hot seat for purchasing stolen property.
Under California law, if you know the likely owner ( they did ) and dont return it, its considered stolen."

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A space in the wrong place

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hmmm2000 (1146723) writes "Recently several Visa card holders were, um, overcharged for certain purchases, to the tune of $23,148,855,308,184,500.00 on a single charge.

The company says it was due to a programming error, and that the problem has been corrected. What is interesting, is that the amount charged actually reveals the type of programming error that caused the problem.

23,148,855,308,184,500.00 * 100 (I'm guessing this is how the number is actually stored) is 2314885530818450000.

Convert 2314885530818450000 to hexadecimal, and you end up with 2020202020201250.

Most C/C++ programmers see the error now .. hex 20 is a space. So spaces were stuffed into a field where binary zeros should have been."
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$23,148,855,308,184,500.00 a bit much

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hmmm2000 (1146723) writes "Recently several Visa card holders were, um, overcharged for certain purchases, to the tune of $23,148,855,308,184,500.00 on a single charge.

The company says it was due to a programming error, and that the problem has been corrected. What is interesting, is that the amount charged actually reveals the type of programming error that caused the problem.

23,148,855,308,184,500.00 * 100 (I'm guessing this is how the number is actually stored) is 2314885530818450000.

Convert 2314885530818450000 to hexidecimal, and you end up with 20 20 20 20 20 20 12 50.

Most C/C++ programmers see the error now .. hex 20 is a space. So spaces were stuffed into a field where binary zero should have been."
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Uniloc .. the next SCO?

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hmmm2000 (1146723) writes "Uniloc has won its patent infringement case over Microsoft in relation to its license activation technology.

http://inventlaw.com/2009/04/13/microsoft-ordered-to-pay-uniloc-388-million-for-patent-infringement/

It appears that Uniloc wants to use this victory to get every other company that has license activation technology to get on the Uniloc train. Will Uniloc be the next SCO, going after everyone with a license activation technology? Our company just received this email today from Uniloc, the result of a "license activation" google search I would imagine. I wonder how many other emails like this have been sent out recently:

XXXXXX,

I visited your website this morning, and wanted to better understand if we might be able to help your development efforts.



We offer a new technology to assist with compliance and license activation of your software.



Our solution Uniloc SoftAnchor, is extremely compelling as we recently won a $388M patent infringement lawsuit vs. Microsoft for their unauthorized use of our technology. We are confident our solution can tackle your challenges with license activation, copy protection, and comprehensive reporting like we have for our other clients.



Who is the best person at XXXXXXXX to speak with about our solution?



Thank you,



XXXXX XXXXX

XXX-XXX-XXXX"
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Did Ashton & Oprah blow up twitter?

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hmmm2000 (1146723) writes "You have probably heard that Ashton Kutcher was the first person on twitter to have more than one million followers. Last week Oprah created a twitter account, and already has over 100,000 followers. I just logged on to twitter today, and was met with a screen I had never seen before, which said: "Twitter is over capacity. Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again." I wonder if all the media attention to twitter has caused it to start collapsing under its own weight?"
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Warrantlessly wiretapped? Prove it!

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hmmm2000 (1146723) writes "With the recent FISA legislation passing the Senate, the vast majority of the lawsuits against telcos will be thrown out of court. However there is a fasinating and mind-boggling tale of a case still winding its way through the court system. The lawyers received proof that their clients were being spied on via the secret warrantless wiretapping program Bush put into place after 9/11: the DOJ accidentally included a top-secret document among some non-classified documents during the discovery phase. When the DOJ realized its mistake, it required all all copy of the document destroyed, or returned to the DOJ. Now the lawyers have to prove their case without using the document, to establish legal standing, before they can re-gain access to it."
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Did the Apple fall from the tree?

Hmmm2000 Hmmm2000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hmmm2000 (1146723) writes "Company claims to be offering a Mac clone for considerablly less than the standard Apple price. A typical Mac Pro runs about $1999, and this company is selling their "compatible" system for $399. I'm no fan of closed hardware systems, but the law is on Apples side .. I wonder how long it will take before Pystar get poked by Apple."

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