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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

JoeyRox Time to strike back at N. Korea with a meme (53 comments)

I for one am tired of N. Korea's arrogance in having been successful in shutting down Sony's release of the movie. I say it's time to strike back - how about we start a meme where we photoshop and videoshop/YouTube images of Kim Jong Un into compromising depictions? I'm being completely serious. Let's see if N. Korea can shut down the entire internet before we make a laughing stock of them.

1 hour ago
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Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

JoeyRox Waiting for the industry study... (54 comments)

that says proprietary, closed-source games are 23% more fun to play and have 45% lower IT maintenance costs.

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

JoeyRox Re:Shingled encoding performance penalties (219 comments)

But the majority of users aren't running OS's that have filesystems with copy-on-write support, including Windows 7 and below with NTFS.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

JoeyRox Shingled encoding performance penalties (219 comments)

SMR drives are fine for I/O scenarios that don't overwrite data very often but they suffer from significant performance penalties for overwrites due to the read-modify-write/write-relocate operations required to modify a set of sectors within a shingled-encoded track. There are tricks to lessen the impact such as virtual sector remapping and background remapping but those can't avoid performance penalties in many scenarios.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

JoeyRox I see a lot of fatties in those photos and video (465 comments)

Perhaps them walking wouldn't have caused so much damage if they had reduced *their* carbon footprint by not stuffing their face with more than their fair share of food on the planet.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

JoeyRox I'm perferctly willing to share my net w/strangers (291 comments)

As long as Comcast lets me share my cable TV with all my friendly neighbors as well. Since we're all in the sharing mood...

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

JoeyRox Can they stop calling it "New" Republic? (346 comments)

No magazine that is a century old should be called new, unless it's readership is mostly vampires.

about two weeks ago
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With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

JoeyRox Hard times for a former monopolist (33 comments)

Intel is learning that success doesn't come as easy in business segments where your tried-and-true monopolist practices don't apply.

about two weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

JoeyRox Not brave to declare after you've become CEO (764 comments)

It doesn't seem all that courageous to me to declare you're gay *after* you've completed the climb up the corporate ladder to the CEO position. It would be more impressive if he did it before the perceived risk to his career had long-since passed. Doesn't set a good example for other gays - hiding the fact you're gay until it's safe career-wise to come out.

about 1 month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

JoeyRox Easter egg hunt (622 comments)

If it were April I would say that huge mount of boring text has a point hidden somewhere inside it. Let's hope there's a piece of chocolate attached to it as well.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

JoeyRox Wonder if health care workers will give pause (421 comments)

We now have two cases of Ebola being contracted by health care workers in developed nations (Spain, USA), plus the many workers who have contracted it while working with patients in the affected African nations. One wonders if the pool of health care workers willing to work with these patients will start to dwindle and whether the CDC call for calm is more direct at those workers than the general public.

about 2 months ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

JoeyRox Why not create a new API version function? (349 comments)

Old function: GetVersion() and GetVersionEx() [for Windows 8 and older]
New function: GetVersionEx2() [for Windows 9 and newer]

Seems a less intrusive solution that jumping a whole major Windows revision.

about 3 months ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

JoeyRox Re:Too bad it wasn't Los Angeles (209 comments)

Tell that to the community when an outbreak starts because some narcissistic celebrity didn't want their child afflicted with a disorder that make their parent look bad. Then we can talk about what compassion actually is.

about 3 months ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

JoeyRox Too bad it wasn't Los Angeles (209 comments)

Would have been useful to takeout all the mindless celebrities who don't vaccinate their children and thus assure a healthier society for us all.

about 3 months ago

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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of Electric Companies

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about two weeks ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Tesla's 'gigafactory' publicized goal is to make electric cars more affordable. However that benefit may soon be eclipsed by the gigafactory's impact on roof-top solar power storage costs, putting the entire business model of utilities in peril. “The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose” comes from systems that include storage, said Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Snowmass, Colorado-based energy consultant. “That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.”"
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SF evictions surging from crackdown on Airbnb rentals

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 8 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The city of San Francisco is aggressively enforcing its ban on short-term rentals. SF resident Jeffrey Katz recently came home to an eviction notice posted on his door that read "You are illegally using the premises as a tourist or transient unit". According to Edward Singer, an attorney with Zacks & Freedman who filed the notice against Katz, "Using an apartment for short-term rentals is a crime in San Francisco". Apparently Airbnb isn't being very helpful to residents facing eviction. "Unfortunately, we can't provide individual legal assistance or review lease agreements for our 500,000 hosts, but we do try to help inform people about these issues", according to David Hantman, Airbnb head of global public policy. SF and Airbnb are working on a framework which might make Airbnb rentals legal, an effort helped by Airbnb's decision last week to start collecting the city's 14% hotel tax by summer."
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Bill Gates curses at Windows 8.1

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 10 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Bill Gates spent his first day as Microsoft's new Technology Adviser by attempting, and failing, to install Windows 8.1. After making no progress by lunchtime, Gates recruited Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella for help, but to no avail. "Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth," the source said. A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates' first day in his new job had been "a learning experience" and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7."
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Zappos adopts holacratic organization model

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Zappos is replacing its traditional hierarchical business organization with a flat, self-governing system that has no managers or job titles. The company will be made up of 400 circles, within which employees will share the roles and responsibilities that traditionally have been segregated by title. The goal is to promote transparency and collaboration."
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Facebook is "dead and bured" to young users

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The recent decline in Facebook's popularity with teenagers appears to be worsening. A Global Social Media Impact study of 16 to 18 year olds found that many considered the site "uncool" and keep their profiles alive only to keep in touch with older relatives, for whom the site remains popular. Researches say teens have switched to using WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Twitter in place of Facebook."
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Utilities fight back against solar energy

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The exponential growth of rooftop solar adoption has utilities concerned about their financial future. Efficiency gains and cost reductions has brought the price of solar energy to within parity of traditional power generation in states like California and Hawaii. HECO, an electric utility in Hawaii, has started notifying new solar adopters that they will not be allowed to connect to the utility's power grid, citing safety concerns of electric circuits becoming oversaturated from the rapid adoption of soloar power on the island. Residents claim it's not about safety but about the utility fighting to protect its profits."
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Target has major credit card breach

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  1 year,2 days

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Target experienced a system-wide breach of credit card numbers over the Black Friday holiday shopping season. What's unique about this massive breach is that it didn't involve compromising a centralized data center or website but instead represented a distributed attack at individual Target stores across the country. Investigators believe customer account numbers were lifted via software installed on card readers at checkout."
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Cisco warns NSA spying hurting its revenue in China

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Cisco Systems shocked Wall Street today when it reported a large revenue miss for its first-quarter earnings and, even worse, projected a 10 percent drop in revenue for the current quarter. Cisco CFO Frank Calderoni said Cisco was most affected by the political backlash in China, although he indicated it was difficult to quantify exactly how much revenue was lost from the political fallout vs macroeconomic trends. "Between economic and political issues that are occurring in emerging markets we had a significant impact," Calderoni told Reuters in an interview."
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Steve Ballmer calls Google a monopoly, questions their practices

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer lamented Google's success in a meeting with financial analysts yesterday, saying "They (Google) have this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with.". Ballmer continued with more pointed criticisms, stating "I do believe that Google's practices are worthy of discussion with competition authority, and we have certainly discussed them with competition authorities"."
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Google removes ability to disable saving chat history on its servers

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The Google Talk Windows client has always supported the option of globally disabling the saving of chat history on Google's servers. Sadly Google just notified users this option is no longer supported and that all chats will now be archived on their servers by default unless the users opts-out on a per-conversation basis. What happened to do no evil? https://support.google.com/talk/answer/161925"
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Credit card numbers stolen from buy.com customers

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "There is no press about this yet but over 100 buy.com customers (now rakuten.com) have reported their credit card numbers stolen and used for unauthorized charges after placing orders on Rakuten's website. A thread about the breach can be read here (http://slickdeals.net/f/6018544-Rakuten-Buy-com-Fraudulent-Use-of-Credit-Card-Info-within-Company?). Rakuten representatives are participating on the thread and asking victims to contact them but have yet to provide any details about the nature of the breach."
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Video poker bug reaped rewards for player and CFAA charge

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Over the course of playing $12 million worth of video poker, Las Vegas resident John Kane stumbled onto a firmware bug in IGT's "Game King" machines that allowed him to cash out for 10x the amount of his winnings. John and friend took advantage of the vulnerability to the tune of $429,945. John's friend was arrested by U.S. marshals and charged with violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but a federal magistrate ruled that the law doesn't apply and recommended dismissal. The case is currently being argued in a U.S. District Court."
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Sentate to vote on Internet Sales Tax (for real this time)

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "On 3/22 the Senate approved (http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/295115-senate-poised-to-back-internet-sales-tax) a non-binding proposal to allow states to tax online sales to residents outside their state. That vote was a trial balloon to gauge the support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. This week Reid filed a cloture (http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/295115-senate-poised-to-back-internet-sales-tax) to allow the law to be voted on for real this time. The vote may occur as soon as tomorrow. eBay is attempting to rally Americans against the bill via a massive email campaign (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/21/ebay-online-sales-tax_n_3127098.html?utm_hp_ref=business)."
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