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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

SpzToid Re:Simple (381 comments)

Nothing, I say nothing can beat Reel to Reel. They don't call it reel for nothing.

(And don't use no double-negatives, never!)

about half an hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

SpzToid Re:Simple (381 comments)

What Pico, are you mad? You have failed to provide even the slightest mention whatsoever to Nano; dammit all to Hell!

36 minutes ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

SpzToid Re:Obvious Reason (507 comments)

I am a man, and I completely agree with your female friend. Wikipedia doesn't seem worth much investment of my own time and energy, especially given my experience contributing to technical topics like round-robin DNS . Hell, I've got the Slashdots for that! (Plus the other stuff, all of which is usually taking place, when I can turn my attention to the Slashdots; where my karma is what it is).

yesterday
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

SpzToid Stakeholders vs. Customers (99 comments)

Seems to me that stakeholders in municipal broadband are a more satisfied lot than the customers of the Telcos (with their paid lobbyists so nicely donating money to the boy/girls scouts to enlist their 'support' for crazy-ass mergers and what-not; nevermind that The Public has Clearly Told The 3 (is it?) commissioners at the FCC to take a flying leap).

yesterday
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

SpzToid Remember the Sochi Olympics (798 comments)

Wasn't it a wonderful, peaceful time, so long ago? Ah, those were the days.

2 days ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

SpzToid Re:facepalm (125 comments)

Or it didn't happen.

2 days ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

SpzToid Re:No more "Cloud", please (59 comments)

Except the GP's argument does indeed apply to the Adobe Cloud, today.

2 days ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

SpzToid Re:Don't forget the Nokia and Skype purchases (316 comments)

one correction to what I just wrote above: Steve Ballmer paid 50% *more*, not less, for Nokia (about 3 billion dollars total) than he did for the LA Clippers basketball team (2 billion).

OK, buying the Clippers was his personal transaction using his own money, and the other was a Microsoft transaction under his authority, having ruined the Nokia Mobile Devices unit in the first place, but let's not try to split any of Ballmer's hair over that detail.

about a week ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

SpzToid Don't forget the Nokia and Skype purchases (316 comments)

Notice the numbers in TFA are following the Nokia and Skype purchases from several years ago. Skype cost Microsoft about 8 or 9 billion. Nokia cost Microsoft about 3 billion dollars (50% less than Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, and using his own money).

In other words, The U.S. based Microsoft Corporation (HQ'd in Reno, NV to avoid paying taxes to Washington State) bought those non-US companies with off-shored income having paid very little tax to anyone, for anything. You and I can't buy companies so easily, but Microsoft can, and did.

Google paid 1.5 billion dollars for prime London real estate to build their office there, with the same type of Non-US, double-Dutch sandwich money. This is the way the game is played. And these large companies seriously lobby the US congress for a special tax repatriation holiday, as a way to negotiate a lower rate, if they are to chose to pay US taxes.

At least when Facebook paid 16 billion dollars for WhatsApp, they didn't use non-taxable offshore money, because they bought a US company.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

SpzToid Either use dual-sim or multiple SIP accounts (161 comments)

Obviously a dual-SIM phone can alleviate this problem, as can a modern phone with multiple SIP accounts configured, assuming then you have a good data plan, or can live happily as a simple hotspot-whore, (and most people could!).

To cite a reference, these Nokia phones have SIP support within the OS, so battery life is excellent, compared to having to run an App just for SIP accounts, (like SIPdroid).

http://developer.nokia.com/com...

The Nokia N9 and N900 phones also have SIP support within the OS and battery life is very good. Hmmm, I never bothered to look, but what about Jolla's Sailfish? For that matter, does anyone else know of another low-energy SIP stack in-use? I don't think iOS offers it, but I've been wrong before.

As to how to get your company telephone line (DID) in a workable state so you can access it via SIP, well, you're on your own slashdotters. (Hint: lowest common denominator is something like an OBi110 PSTN FXO adapter). In fact an OBi110 and a Raspberry Pi runny asterisk/FreePBX can forward incoming calls from a DID to any pre-configured (mobile) phone number.

That's a simple solution. At which point separate telephone bills become trivial and automatic.

about a week ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

SpzToid Re:Duration??? (162 comments)

You've confused your different Mars Rovers. Curiosity was launched from Earth on November 26, 2011.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

SpzToid Re:Motive? (359 comments)

The word you are looking for is ignorant I believe, and there's actually a cure for it.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

SpzToid Re:Motive? (359 comments)

Should Not Feed Trolls(!), but yet again I can not help myself. What about former playmate, former co-anchor Jenny McCarthy, last seen on the (Oprah Winfrey replacement) daytime television show primarily aimed towards women called The View? Considering her anti-vaccination rhetoric, she was lucky to even be given her prominent seat at the table to begin with. Yet there she was, (until she wasn't).

about two weeks ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

SpzToid Re:The Truth (160 comments)

This makes perfect sense, because Siri's reply (or best-score) would be calculated as based upon previously successful tasks of a similar nature.

about two weeks ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

SpzToid Re:The Truth (160 comments)

Siri could have been more helpful, like suggesting, "I see you're in Florida..."

about two weeks ago

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Oregon Sues Oracle for an "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about a week ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program.

The 126-page lawsuit claims Oracle has commmitted fraud, lies, and "a pattern of activity that has cost the State and Cover Oregon hundreds of millions of dollars".

"Not only were Oracle's claims lies, Oracle's work was abysmal", the lawsuit said. Oregon paid Oracle about $240.3 million for a system that never worked, the suit said.

“Today’s lawsuit clearly explains how egregiously Oracle has disserved Oregonians and our state agencies”, said Oregon Atty. Gen. Ellen Rosenblum in a written statement. “Over the course of our investigation, it became abundantly clear that Oracle repeatedly lied and defrauded the state. Through this legal action, we intend to make our state whole and make sure taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag.”

Oregon’s suit, alleges that Oracle, the largest tech contractor working on the website, made falsely convinced officials to buy “hundreds of millions of dollars of Oracle products and services that failed to perform as promised.” It is seeking $200 million in damages.

Oracle issued a statement saying the suit "is a desperate attempt to deflect blame from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project. The complaint is a fictional account of the Oregon Healthcare Project.""
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Michael Devine has a new lawyer to argue HR antitrust against, APPL, GOOG, ADOB

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about two weeks ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Following up earlier coverage here on Slashdotin the potential antitrust lawsuit between a large class of Information Technology employees, and a few of the largest, most proftibale technology companies in the world.

You may recall Michael Devine, one of the priginal plaintiffs in the case, objected to what amounted to a secret settlement behind his back, as being far too low for the class represented in the case. Mr. Devine has been successful so far in his petition to the judge to hear his motion, and now has gained the representation of Daniel Girard. Asked if he will participate in any negotiations, Girard said "we would certainly expect to be included."

Girard is no stranger to many of the attorneys in the case: he was once a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, one of the elite plaintiff firms which reached the $324.5 million deal. Girard has a 19-lawyer firm, Girard Gibbs, and has worked alongside Lieff Cabraser in other class action cases.

Girard, who was referred the case by another lawyer, said it's "a genuine concern" to litigate against former colleagues. But at the hearing in June, he made clear that his objection to the settlement was not the often-raised concern that plaintiffs' lawyers are settling low to make a fast buck on attorneys fees.

Girard told Koh he did not believe attorneys for the tech workers had colluded with the companies or "sold out the case." Rather, Girard said the plaintiffs had simply overstated the risks of going forward given the strength of their evidence."
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China smartphone maker Xiaomi apologizes for unauthorized data access

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about three weeks ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Following up an earlier story here on Slashdot, now Xiaomi has apologized for collecting private data from its customers.

Xiaomi Inc said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission. The privately held company said it had fixed a loophole in its cloud messaging system that had triggered the unauthorized data transfer and that the operating system upgrade had been rolled out on Sunday. The issue was highlighted last week in a blog post by security firm F-Secure Oyg. In a lengthy blogpost on Google Plus, Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra apologized for the unauthorized data collection and said the company only collects phone numbers in users' address books to see if the users are online.

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Cable TV boxes are the 2nd biggest energy users in many homes

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about 2 months ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "224 million U.S. cable TV set-top boxes combined consume as much electricity as produced by four giant nuclear reactors, running around the clock. They have become the biggest single energy user in many homes, apart from air conditioning.

Cheryl Williamsen, a Los Alamitos architect, has three of the boxes leased from her cable provider in her home, but she had no idea how much power they consumed until recently, when she saw a rating on the back for as much as 500 watts — about the same as a washing machine.

A typical set-top cable box with a digital recorder can consume as much as 35 watts of power, costing about $8 a month for a typical Southern California consumer. And the devices use nearly as much power turned off as they do when they are turned on."

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NY Times: Plaintiff Maligns Class-action Deal to Judge in Silicon Valley Suit

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about 4 months ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Apple has more than $150 billion in the bank, eclipsing the combined cash reserves of Israel and Britain. Google, Intel and Adobe have a total of about $80 billion stored up for a rainy day.

Against such tremendous cash hoards, $324 million is chump change. But that is what the four technology companies have agreed to pay to settle a class action brought by their own employees.

The suit, which was on track to go to trial in San Jose, Calif., at the end of May, promised weeks if not months of damaging revelations about how Silicon Valley executives conspired to suppress wages and limit competition. Details of the settlement are still under wraps.

“The class wants a chance at real justice,” he wrote. “We want our day in court.”

He noted that the settlement amount was about one-tenth of the estimated $3 billion lost in compensation by the 64,000 class members. In a successful trial, antitrust laws would triple that sum.

“As an analogy,” Mr. Devine wrote, “if a shoplifter is caught on video stealing a $400 iPad from the Apple Store, would a fair and just resolution be for the shoplifter to pay Apple $40, keep the iPad, and walk away with no record or admission of wrongdoing? Of course not.”

“If the other class members join me in opposition, I believe we will be successful in convincing the court to give us our due process,” Mr. Devine said in an interview on Sunday. He has set up a website, Tech Worker Justice, and is looking for legal representation. Any challenge will take many months. The other three class representatives could not be reached for comment over the weekend."

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Astronuat Dale Gardner has died at age 65 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about 6 months ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Dale Gardner flew on two shuttles missions and took two spacewalks. During the 1984 spacewalk he helped grab a stranded satellite and stuck it into the bay of the space shuttle."
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U.S. D.O.J. implicates Apple, Google, Intel, and others, in no-hire consipracy

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Emails to and from the late Steve Jobs may show that several tech companies adopted a "no-hire" policy in which they agreed not to recruit one another's top talent.

The emails were made public Tuesday by a United States federal judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by tech workers against several Silicon Valley tech companies, including Apple, Google and Intel.

"I'm sure you realize the asymmetry in the financial resources of our respective companies," Jobs says in the email.

In another email that seems to be related to "no-hire" policies, Google's then-CEO Eric Schmidt told another Google employee to communicate orally rather than in writing because "I don't want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later."

Just nice people doing 'nice' things to others, less fortunate and trying compete. /rant

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/23/3906374/email-exhibits-in-silicon-valley-no-hire-case"

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Kim Jong Un is People's Daily choice for the sexiest man alive in 2012!

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about 2 years ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Kim Jong Un is 2012 the sexiest man alive according to People's Daily, which apparently was influenced by an earlier article in The Onion.

Is The People's Press the new People magazine, when it comes to defining which male is most-sexy this year?
http://www.people.com/people/package/0,,20315920,00.html

Hey If Rick Astley can make a 2nd career because of the internet, maybe Kim Jong Un has a chance too. Best of luck."

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warns of a possibile "cyber-Pearl Harbor"

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about 2 years ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.

Countries such as Iran are motivated to conduct such attacks, in retaliation actually.

Perhaps old news around here, even though Panetta is in-fact requesting new legislation from congress and the sentate, isn't the message wise and current that "we would be much better served if we accepted that prevention eventually fails, so we need detection, response, and containment for the incidents that will occur." as Richard Bejtlich has argued in his security blog?

Incidentally, Richard has also written a Top 10 list of the best ways to stir up the security pot (http://taosecurity.blogspot.nl/2012/09/top-ten-ways-to-stir-cyber-pot.html):

  If you want to start a debate/argument/flamewar in security, pick any of the following.

        "Full disclosure" vs "responsible disclosure" vs whatever else
        Threat intelligence sharing
        Value of security certifications
        Exploit sales
        Advanced-ness, Persistence-ness, Threat-ness, Chinese-ness of APT
        Reality of "cyberwar"
        "Builders vs Breakers"
        "Security is an engineering problem," i.e., "building a new Internet is the answer."
        "Return on security investment"
        Security by mandate or legislation or regulation

But seriously folks, time do change, don't they? (Even in the technology sector) Currently the congress is preoccupied with the failure of US security threats in Benghazi, while maybe Leon isn't getting the press his recent message deserves?"

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US Chamber of Commerce infiltrated by a group in C

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that a group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of the United States Chamber of Commerce. The intrusion was quietly shut down in May 2010, while FBI investigations continue.

A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Geng Shuang, said cyberattacks are prohibited by Chinese law and China itself is a victim of attacks.

Still, the Chamber continues to see suspicious activity, they say. A thermostat at a town house the Chamber owns on Capitol Hill at one point was communicating with an Internet address in China, they say, and, in March, a printer used by Chamber executives spontaneously started printing pages with Chinese characters."

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Nasdaq intrusion spreads to listed companies

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SpzToid writes "Nasdaq's Directors Desk is a program sold to listed and private companies, whose board members use it to share documents and communicate with executives. Apparently Directors Desk was infected during a breach widely publicized earlier this year. It has now become known that hackers were able to access confidential documents and communications of the corporate directors and board members who received this infected application, said Tom Kellermann, chief technology officer with security technology firm AirPatrol Corp. It is unclear how long the Directors Desk application was infected before the exchange identified the breach, according to Kellermann and another source."
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China has relented on Search Censorship now?

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "The Christian Science Monitor is reporting success, when searching for the (sic) "...'Tiananmen Square massacre' was typed in, deliberately choosing the more controversial phrase instead of 'Tiananmen Square incident.'.
Maybe this is an 'accident'?"

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