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Samsung just dumped $500M into the Linux Foundation

Julie188 HEY I GOT THIS STORY WRONG (1 comments)

My apologies ... MAJOR typo. It's only $500,000 ... NOT $500 million. Not quite as exciting, huh, but still kinda interesting that Samsung is a platinum sponsor when Red Hat isn't.

more than 2 years ago
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Metasploit Launches Exploit Bounty Program

Julie188 Re:I think they might need to offer more money (26 comments)

My thoughts exactly. Mozilla and Google are offering about $3,000 for exploits and TippingPoint has got a whole multi-tiered points-scheme for them. Some of the exploits they want modules for look pretty complicated, and worth more than $100. But given that many people would contribute to Metasploit for free, I suppose its still a nice Bug Bounty experiment.

Julie

more than 3 years ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In i4i Case

Julie188 The ruling offered a bit of hope about bad patents (162 comments)

As part of the commentary in the ruling, Justice Breyer offered some advice to courts on how they can use facts in court cases about patent infringement. Some patent lawyers think that this may make it easier for juries to overturn a patent. (More in my article here, if you're interested: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/060911-microsoft-i4i-patent.html) It's not the same as a ruling that would make it easier for companies to defend against patent infringement suits from bad patents, or if the Bilski case had lead to invalidated "business process" patents altogether ... Yes, the Supreme Court is making it clear that this is up to Congress to fix ... which it really is. But gimme a break ... Members of Congress are a little busy right now arguing over gutting Medicare and scandals involving naughty Twitpics.

Julie

more than 3 years ago
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Will Microsoft Release Its Own Windows 8 Tablet?

Julie188 Microsoft will draft hardware requirements (207 comments)

Microsoft isn't likely to start building a Microsoft-branded tablet ... why should it? It has a system in place for that. It drafts hardware the specs and OEMs build the devices. The partnership with Nokia is the closest it will come (or needs to come) to building its own tablet. But it still has the clout to coerce Dell, Acer, HP and others into building tablets, too. There's already grumbling in the OEM community that the early specs for Windows 8 are too restrictive ... not leaving room for each vendor to bring special features to compete. They were all hoping that Android tablets would take off enough to give them some leverage against Microsoft, but so far, that hasn't happened. Microsoft still calls the shots with OEMs and has no need to strike out on its own. Intel, with its poor MeeGo project is another story ...

Julie

more than 3 years ago
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RSA Admits SecurID Tokens Have Been Compromised

Julie188 Re:two factor? (219 comments)

It says that RSA isn't really coming clean with the details. Story says, "Coviello defended the company's decision by saying that they didn't want to reveal to the hackers how to mount further attacks." Of course, blackhats already know how to mount the attack ... by not coming clean with the details the ones that don't know how this happened and what they could be doing to protect themselves are the users.

Julie
Open Source Subnet

more than 3 years ago
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Man Creates Open Source Flashlight

Julie188 I love the trend of "open source hardware" (172 comments)

Flashlight looks cool. I have a friend with a full machine shop in his garage, so if he ever decides to make a flashlight it's nice to know he can just grab the documents and freely make one like this. I can think of reasons why you might want to program a flashlight ... maybe you want a combo flashlight/strobe/disco ball ... Julie Open Source Subnet

more than 3 years ago
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World Internet Traffic To Top 966 Exabytes In 2015

Julie188 Cisco working hard to sell its Internet video gear (100 comments)

Video is already a big reason people use the Internet and no doubt all forms of Internet traffic will grow. But I'm always struck at how hard Cisco is working to sell the idea of video growth ... given that it is trying to convince the world that they need to ditch their current routers and switches and upgrade to its latest, greatest wares. Maybe it's true, but it still feels like a sales pitch.

Julie

more than 3 years ago
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MeeGo 1.2 Released

Julie188 I have to admit a weird fascination with MeeGo (1 comments)

Watching developments with MeeGo is like watching a train wreck ... I can't resist keeping track. Nokia bails for Microsoft, Intel plows ahead, so Microsoft shows off ARM netbooks, then Microsoft and IBM dis each other in public over Windows 8, and then MeeGo arrives ...

Julie

Open Source Subnet

more than 3 years ago
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PSN Up, And Then Down Again

Julie188 Can somebody help these guys? (282 comments)

After all the publicity, the best they come up with is to use a system that still lets you use your old credentials to get new ones? What exactly were they doing when they pulled the system down to fix the hack? If hackers really took everything Sony knows about its users, validating users accounts is going to be tough ... but will it be impossible?

Julie

more than 3 years ago
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Eulogy For Groklaw

Julie188 Groklaw's end will leave a hole (70 comments)

Anyone can understand why P.J. would want to move on, but it's a shame! The legal complexities surrounding FOSS and patents and games that Microsoft and Google play seem to be getting more complicated, not less, than the days when SCO made it's bold and ridiculous claims. (At the point that SCO started its anti-Linux campaign, that company was already starting to whither.) There's some good work going on at Silicon Flatirons in Boulder by lawyers interested in tech. Maybe one of them will pick up the hole that Groklaw will be leaving.

Julie Bort
Open Source Subnet

more than 3 years ago
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Daniel Ellsberg On WikiLeaks, Google and Facebook

Julie188 If it's in their interests, they'll protect it (87 comments)

Looking to the application/cloud service providers to protect your personal data is like looking to a car dealership to tell you when you *really* need that repair. If they think it's in their best interests to protect their customer's data, they will -- but it's costly for them to do so (even to use encryption for all stored personal data), so what's their motivation? AND do we want other people protecting our data? It's our job to protect our data ... what we need are privacy laws/protections/policies that make it easier for us to control what's stored on us, when, where, for how long and how to get rid of it. I smell a booming area for Silicon Valley startups offering tools that hunt out info on you and walk you through the steps to get rid of it.

Julie
www.opensourcesubnet.com

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Usage Catches Up With Television In US

Julie188 I actually watch more TV in all forms now (119 comments)

It makes sense that Internet usage rivals TV watching since most of us are actually watching video (and often TV shows) via the Internet. But I find that I am watching more video overall ... DVR'd TV shows, Netflix on Roku, Hulu ... than I did a few years ago. All this competition has made it easier to find great stuff to watch. Last weekend, I read a book -- first time in I don't know how long ... and I used to be a book-a-week reader. TV has gotten better. Julie

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Announces Hardware Endorsement Criteria

Julie188 Leave it to the FSF to go to the outer edges (273 comments)

It is totally fair that if you want the FSF's endorsement you've got to open all the software on the product, and license any software patents. I love how the FSF always defines the outer edge completely in favor of the person that buys the product, rather than the one that creates it. I don't think the typical product creator will be interested in this because it seems like it will create a giant boiling vat of legal implications and who wants to sign up for that? But so what? Eventually a happy middle will be found.

Julie
www.opensourcesubnet.com

more than 3 years ago
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Don't Stop File-Sharing, Says Former Pink Floyd Manager

Julie188 Re:All in all... (243 comments)

We don't need no copyright education.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Cybercrime Enquiry Report Released

Julie188 How would they enforce such a requirement? (81 comments)

I think it's reasonable to say to people, hey, your ISP isn't responsible for data on your computer particularly if you don't even have basic protection on it. But it's another thing altogether to say, "you can't use the the Internet if you don't use anti-malware." That gets into all sorts of enforcement issues, what constitutes appropriate anti-malware, what happens if you don't comply ... can the ISP still bill you that month? What if you completely rolled your own, and there's no appropriate anti-virus software out there for your operating system. If ISPs must act as the enforcement gates, it's going to make a whole bunch of "network access protection" vendors quite happy. They'll get to sell a lot of complicated NAC gear to these ISPs.

more than 3 years ago
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A Sad Day For the New Zealand Internet

Julie188 Re:NZ Filtering FAQ (221 comments)

Interesting. That site says, "New Zealand’s censorship laws forbid viewing or owning certain types of material (e.g. depictions of bestiality or sex with children) and this applies to material accessed over the internet too. A number of people have been convicted for possessing material they have downloaded over the internet." ... Now I'm torn. Censorship is evil. But it does make sense to make it illegal to view or own materials which harm others, like children. The bigger concern is that the Scoop story says that the NZ government is keeping the list of stuff they are censoring a secret. If they are censoring for pedophiles -- they should be forthright about it, after all, isn't the idea to let them know its not ok? But if they are spying on their citizens, that's completely awful. Julie

more than 4 years ago
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Google Wants To Administer the First White Spaces

Julie188 Re:Oddly, Google could be the good guy here (112 comments)

I'm extremely concerned at the amount of power Google is gathering, its data collection, its lack of privacy protection. BUT in this case, Google is the good guy. The FCC forced this whole database option upon the white spaces industry and then said white spaces database admins can charge fees for the service. The company with the most experience (and in Microsoft's camp) was actually partially funded by an FCC commissioner ... so the FCC could be granting a profit-making contract to "one of its own." Now the FCC can't say that it doesn't have another option. Google is big enough -- and its proposal not only says it wants to offer this service for free (possibly), but it includes a method for multiple providers, keeping competition in the game. (My full views here if you are interested: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/49544).
Julie
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Network World's Google Subnet

more than 4 years ago
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Time Warner Passes the Buck on Pricing

Julie188 We just killed cable/satellite (1 comments)

With Hulu, Fancast and Roku, not to mention HDTV over the air, there's plenty to watch ... our Bluetooth player also offers access to Internet content ... though it's weird stuff that I mostly don't want to watch. In any case, most of us can end our dependence on television providers right now today. Vote with your checkbook. And if that doesn't work for you there's always this thing called the library ... price is really right on that.

more than 4 years ago
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CrunchPad Being Re-branded As JooJoo

Julie188 Re:Tablet market seems like the ultimate niche (277 comments)

I agree. Hard to see the average person buying a tablet for $500, when you can add a digital pen/tablet input device, like from Wacom, for about $99. I guess there is the lug-it-around factor ... if you need to do a lot of drawing out in the field. But that's a niche. I'm a keyboard kind-a-girl myself. -- Julie

more than 4 years ago

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The worst things about working at Twitter

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Julie188 (991243) writes "Just because Twitter's IPO turned many of its employees into (paper) millionaires, doesn't mean they don't have gripes about working there. Employees are frustrated in a number of ways, mostly because the company grew so fast in its pre-IPO days. They complain of politics, new employees added to teams with no clear role and (if you can believe it), one even complained of "unfair" pay."
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Why The Game-Changing Product From Cisco's Super-Secret Startup Is Delayed

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  about a year ago

Julie188 (991243) writes "Cisco's secret "spin-in" startup Insieme Networks was supposed to have emerged with bang, not a whimper, last month. But the product it is working on was neither launched nor demoed at Cisco's big customer conference last month. Business Insider is reporting that the product, a new software-defined networking box, has been delayed because of trouble with the custom silicon. Cisco will be using off-the-shelf chips the same as other SDN products."
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Your iPhone Will Soon Detect Bad Breath

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Julie188 writes "A tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying to give your iPhone a sense of smell and taste.. The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors to digitize these senses. The first app planned is a consumer device that plugs into an iPhone and detects bad breath. (That way, you'll always be the first, not the last, to know!)"
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Is HP right? Autonomy salesperson shares internal emails

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Julie188 writes "You know how HP said it uncovered $5 billion worth of "improper" revenue at Autonomy? One thing HP has accused Autonomy of doing is booking software-as-a-service contracts as software licensing deals. So how might that type of accounting work? A former Autonomy salesperson fighting a legal battle with HP says she's seen it happen firsthand. She's shared internal Autonomy emails and documents that show the details of one deal."
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More Reasons Why Windows Users Will Hate Windows 8

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Microsoft has a problem with Windows 8. After playing with the near final version released today, Business Insider editor Matt Rosoff decided that Microsoft must have been on drugs or something. "Unlike the iPad (and iPhone), which were immediately intuitive, Metro is not. A lot of the apps themselves are excellent, but as soon as you get out of the apps and into the "chrome" — the interface of the actual operating system — it gets weird.""
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Facebook open sources HTML5 mobile app test tool

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Facebook is trying to make it easier for mobile app and game developers to use HTML5 instead of having to re-write each app for every device. It had earlier announced Ringmark, a tool that tests how an app does with each mobile browser. Today it released it as an open source project on GitHub.
Ringmark is trying to be like an ACID3 for mobile browsers. Maybe it can shame mobile browser makers into getting their act together."

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Torvalds helped teach Dries Buytaert how to make money on Drupal

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "The story of Drupal is like the movie The Social Network in reverse. Drupal's creator Dries Buytaert is such a nice guy he used to do personal tech support for big Drupal users at night for free. Drupal was his college project that turned into his life — but it took him a long time (8 years) to figure out how to make a living from it. Linus Torvalds was one of the people that helped him figure out how."
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FCC wants ISPs to start killing Zombies

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Millions of PCs on the Internet are zombies. On Thursday the FCC officially asked ISPs to adopt a list of cyber-security practices to start knocking these things out. The list is obvious stuff you would think ISPs are doing anyway, like watching for botnet behavior and warning users if their PCs seem infected. But some action is better than no action and if ISPs agree, it will contribute to an effort to start collecting stats on botnets, too."
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How 'Corporate Antibodies' Can Kill Your Best Ideas

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "If you have a great idea for a new product or service would you try to launch it at your current job? Or would you try and do a startup? My experience is that a big corporate culture makes it impossible for an average employee to do an in-house project. Suggest an idea and politics will squash it. So it's funny that one of the most stodgy tech companies, HP, had an internal "innovation program." The guy that ran it recently left (was the PC group's CTO Phil McKinney) and now he's offering tips on how employees can navigate corporate politics and get their ideas taken seriously."
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Guy gets his old CCIE job back after stealing $2M from Cisco

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Imagine you are a Cisco CCIE working for a Cisco Gold reseller. You get convicted for stealing nearly $2 million worth of gear from Cisco through SMARTnet fraud. You are sentenced to 33 months in jail. You leave jail and your old company — a reseller that manages SMARTnet contracts — hires you right back. Tell me ... are honest CCIEs THAT hard to find?"
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Bill Gates Makes Progress On Reinvented Toilets

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Last summer the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spread $3 million in grants among eight research teams in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe, reports the Scientific American. This challenge is part of Gates' pledge last summer to spend $42 million to reinvent the toilet. The teams delivered a bunch of ways to turn human waste into energy."
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Did Microsoft secretly buy Parallels?

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "If you think that Stephen Elop was a Trojan plant from Microsoft into Nokia, you should see what Microsoft is doing with Parallels. Looks like the reason for Microsoft minions to take over Parallels has to do with its hosting software — as a way to squeeze Office 365 onto people already using cloud versions of Exchange. BUT Microsoft probably doesn't mind getting its fingers on Parallels popular desktop virtualization app, unbeknownst to all those Linux users of it."
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Cap for 2012 H-1B visas already hit

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "The jobless numbers don't reflect it, but there's a shortage of skilled workers available to fill high paying tech jobs. So it would seem by the rush to hire H-1B talent from overseas. It only took six months for U.S. companies to hit the 65,000 cap for visas (and this doesn't include 20,000 additional petitions for those who are exempt from the cap — or anyone already in the U.S. on a visa). And guess who leads the pack in overseas hiring?"
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Barnes & Noble names Microsoft's disputed Andr

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "B&N is really blowing the lid off of what Microsoft is doing and how they are forcing money from Android. It has accused Microsoft of requiring overly restricted NDA agreements from those even entering into patent license talks. Because it is disputing Microsoft's claims, and the restrictions of its own NDA signed with Redmond, B&N has gone public. It has named in detail six patents that it says Microsoft is using to get Android device makers to pay up. Plus B&N is also trying to force open Microsoft's other plans for stomping out Android, including the agreement Redmond made with Nokia, and Nokia's patent-troll MOSAID."
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Survey shows IT certs are not a rip off

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Debate rages among IT professionals over the value of certifications, but a survey of 700 network professionals by Network World indicates that certs do improve IT careers. There's some caveats ... some certs are more valuable than others, for instance. The timing of when to get a cert is also important. Still, all told, the impact of certs on IT careers is impressive. Some 60% said a certification led to a new job; 50% said they earned more pay, with 40% saying their pay increased by more than 10% directly because of a certification; and 29% said a cert led to a promotion. Interestingly, respondents also named Cisco certifications as both the most, and the least, valuable."
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Test: Windows 8 on an old Asus Eee netbook

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Among the plethora of information regarding Windows 8 that Microsoft has so far disseminated is talk about a handful of optimizations meant to streamline, speed-up, or otherwise reduce Windows 8's footprint in comparison to Windows 7. So, blogger Marco Chiappetta set out to put these claims to a real world test on his old Asus Eee PC 900 netbook. The netbook didn't even meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for its W8 developer preview version. Yet Chiappetta was able to get W8 installed and running well. He logged some surprisingly good results verifying at least some of Microsoft's claims."
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Bing HTML5 app only for iPhone, Android

Julie188 Julie188 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Julie188 writes "Microsoft has rolled out a new mobile app for Bing built with HTML5 and available first only to iPhone and Android users. Guess even Microsoft isn't all that interested in developing for Windows Phone. It's also another indicator that Microsoft is turning away from its home-baked development platforms, .Net and Silverlight, and toward the industry-standard HTML5."
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