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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

Name Anonymous Question for thought... (535 comments)

Considering what Motorola has done for Google, I wonder if the Nokia acquisition will turn out any different for Microsoft.

about a year ago

Tapeheads and the Quiet Return of VHS

Name Anonymous Re:LOL! (446 comments)

One of the many reasons why I won't spend a dime on Bluray.

I can think of one case where you might buy a Bluray player. If you needed a new player. Remember you can borrow Bluray Discs from most libraries. And if you have to spend the money on a new player, you may as well get something multiformat.

more than 2 years ago

Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod

Name Anonymous Re:+1000. Goodbye Moto, Hello HTC (757 comments)


This is what can be done when you don't shut out your customers - I am an HTC purchaser for life now.

Or until HTC does something really stupid and doesn't back down. There are many companies who used to be great, then they changed. I'm not saying HTC will change in a bad way, but you just never know.

more than 4 years ago

Google Street View Logs Wi-Fi Networks, MAC Addresses

Name Anonymous Re:Ignorance abounds (559 comments)

In regards to Streetview itself and recording SSIDs and such, there is simply no privacy concerns. When you are in public, people can see you. When you broadcast signals, people can receive them. If you don't want to be seen, don't go out in public. If you don't want people to see the SSID of your AP, don't broadcast it.

If you're not broadcasting the SSID and are using some form of encryption, is Google still getting this data? I would hope not, because at that point, they're dealing with data that has not been made public.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Words

Name Anonymous Will this change the meaning? (323 comments)

Many words have multiple meanings. Will Amazon pick the synonym that has a compatible meaning? Or will they change the work totally?

Also what if a word they pick is also the name of an item? This would break the work they modified.

An example works for both: "Grill" do they mean to cook or to interrogate? And what if it is a grill as in the item to cook with?

And as for changing the spelling of words, well what if it becomes another word? Or maybe it gets changed into a name used in the book - this would cause confusion. And what about people learning the wrong spelling for words?

Of course there is also the issue of possibly violating the authors copyright by changing the work in question.

more than 5 years ago

TrapCall Service To Bypass Caller ID Blocking

Name Anonymous TelTech is in the protection racket. (399 comments)

From the linked article:
He also expects his new business will be good for his old one.
"The only way to block your number after this is released is to use Spoofcard," he says with a laugh.

Basically the TrapCall service is extortion to get people to buy their SpoofCard service.

more than 5 years ago

McCain vs. Obama on Tech Issues

Name Anonymous Re:Do you really think they have opinions? (877 comments)

On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a woman with a huge chest who owns a beer distributorship.
But is it just junky US beer, or is it actually a decent brew?

more than 6 years ago


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