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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Tasha26 Re:I've questioned that myself (283 comments)

I agree, it's a long game. If Wall Street investors told Amazon "grow as big as you can be, reach for the skies," then clearly they are in it for the longterm. Someone on this thread also mentioned that Amazon is re-investing its profit in growth, which is why its graph of sales maybe growing exponentially up but profit line is zero or flat. This is why I'm claiming that it's not a normal company. How can it afford to do what it's doing? And for that long (since 1997?)? Even if you find investors in Europe to do the same, you will have 2 problems: scepticism and not-so-deep pockets. The culture of risk taking is far greater in the US. I'm not sure why trade ministers over Europe are not talking more about the disaster (e.g. death of local book stores) that's being created by hurricane Amazon.

about 1 month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Tasha26 Re:I've questioned that myself (283 comments)

From the documentary I mentioned, a lady said she buys books at £8 while Amazon sells the same at £5.50 (with free shipping!). Afterwards the Amazon rep agreed that sometimes they sell books at a loss. France saw this danger and their Minister of commerce talked about tackling this threat on the documentary (i believe Free Shipping was mentioned too). Let me reiterate my question, how can one compete against a "company" like Amazon (IPO 1997)? Every country it goes to, it kills off local rivals because they don't have the same generous investors and banking credit-lines as Amazon. This is just not normal.

about 1 month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Tasha26 I've questioned that myself (283 comments)

To me Amazon is not a normal company at all because the philosophy of its investors is "Do whatever you have to do, don't worry about profits/losses, we'll be right behind you." How can one compete against a company like that? It's as if a bank (hell, maybe Treasury!) opened an infinite credit line just for Amazon! No wonder our high-street shops (and online shops) are falling like flies!

From a BBC documentary on Amazon (Business Boomers) someone said "Amazon was designed to be a shark right from the start." It's true in a way. Since spending money is no issue, it can do whatever it wants with its prices while growing its business areas. However its brick & mortar (or online) rivals cannot. They don't have an infinite credit line with their banks or investors, and depend on their profit margins. I'm wondering why European governments have not cracked down on this unfair "business" that is Amazon?

about 1 month ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Tasha26 830 Series (101 comments)

My 512GB 830 series heats up like the CPU does. The 500GB traditional 7200rpm drive next to it stays relatively cool. I thought SSD were the future of the storage, not a flipping burn/fire hazard!

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Tasha26 Definition of a troll? (489 comments)

Basically anyone who disagrees with the government, their friendship with banksters and bloodshed they caused after invading a country based on lies (George Bush & Tony Blair). Even criticising a fast food outlet with "Your food sucks!" or a religion. Free-speech advocates and freedom fighters will now be victims of this anti-troll law. I sure hope people falsely accused will sue the government for all inconvenience caused.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

Tasha26 Re:Is university a waste of time and money? (187 comments)

See what am talking about! Lots of IFs, DOs and DONTs. What's the point of spending $35K/year + living fees for 4 years just to find out that you're basically fucked if you want to program anything. Should have gone for culinary or wood/metal carving. Once they graduate they can start converting their ideas into the physical world, no messing about or perusing USPTO.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

Tasha26 Re:Is university a waste of time and money? (187 comments)

Do I go ahead developing something regardless of patent or not? For instance, if I want to code an audio editor, do i go ahead and code or do I first check if "Timeline display for audio waveform" has been patented and therefore I cannot make and sell an audio editing app?

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

Tasha26 Is university a waste of time and money? (187 comments)

Why spend 3 to 4 years studying computer science just to realise at the end, that everything patentable in software has been patented (from the truly stupid, trivial to non-trivial ideas) and big firms holding the patents have been and are doing so for decades and decades!! For innovation's sake and to tell university student that they have a future in this sector, isn't it time to shorten the life of software patents or ban them all together?

about a month and a half ago
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Twitter Sues US Government Over National Security Data Requests

Tasha26 Hackers of the world unite? (57 comments)

If filthy Monsanto can sue State of Vermont over "GMO" food labelling, on grounds that this violates Monsanto's freedom of speech (yes, am still working that one out), then it's in Twitter's god damn right to sue the US government over its constant abuse of people's private life! It's like asking someone to stop raping you but that someone enacted laws to legalise rape. This is what's going on in the US today!

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Tasha26 Question (230 comments)

Sometimes when I log into Yahoo mail (https log-in page), the secure icon in Firefox changes from padlock to exclamation mark. Same problem on Twitter, the https turns into an exclamation mark. This is a permanent problem on Google Image search. The worst thing about this problem is in Yahoo. When I press tab and am about to fill in my password, the caret jumps from password field to username field, which means part of my username now has appended to it part of my password. I only notice that after hitting Enter and the screen returns an invalid login error. My suspicion is that my ISP has somehow managed to inject a tiny Java script into my https log-in page. In Facebook, sometimes my first login attempt doesn't even register, so I have to hit Enter again. Is that me being too paranoid?

about 3 months ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Tasha26 Re:She's selling a book (457 comments)

She will probably call you a "troll" just for voicing your opinion. :)

about 3 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Tasha26 Re:Freedom of Expression... (424 comments)

Who makes the laws in France? I find this ruling so incredibly stupid that I might indefinitely postpone my already delayed-by-a-decade trip to Paris.

about 4 months ago
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Head of MS Research On Special Projects, Google X and Win 9

Tasha26 Question... (71 comments)

Is this the same Microsoft Research team which researched and gave birth to a superb piece of shyte called Windows 8? A version Windows that cannot even update itself because it is that shitty under the hood!

about 7 months ago
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Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

Tasha26 Can someone blow the lid on Android Apps? (191 comments)

Each time an App wanted to update in the last 6 months, it was to increase its access to areas of my Samsung phone that I thought were completely un-necessary for it to work properly. Makes you wonder who in the Google Store is rubber stamping the ok on such Apps! When will privacy groups wake up and start lawsuits against App makers and/or Google? Maybe it will fist require a popular tech website to run a Top-10 Worst Privacy Infringing Apps in Google store.

about 7 months ago
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Hackers Steal Law Enforcement Documents From Microsoft

Tasha26 Re:Monday's announcement: (53 comments)

Won't be long before NSA gets hit too. Afterall, they're the ones who opened pandora's box!

about 10 months ago
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Hackers Steal Law Enforcement Documents From Microsoft

Tasha26 Finally! (53 comments)

Don't care if it was an actual hack or a pretend-hack to leak information. Someone needs to lift the curtain on these thousands of law enforcement requests to Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and F***book.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Tasha26 Re:My Newsfeed barely moves! (457 comments)

Thanks but my point is that if you remove/hide the self-obsessed bloggers, the narcissists and those who plainly dislike your posts (they will read it but won't thumb it up or comment) then your Newsfeed will remain almost static. The "chronological" thing is me saying that since Facebook displays posts in order of popularity then when you recently post something, it will end up at the bottom of the Newsfeed pile. It's hard to blame a friend for not seeing your post when it's Facebook's fault for making it hard to find. Facebook truly sucks.

about a year ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Tasha26 My Newsfeed barely moves! (457 comments)

After hiding those who consistently (long-term) wouldn't participate on my posts, may it be in terms of comments or thumbs-up, I've proceeded to also hide friends who only "share" links such as those from 9gag or Youtube or Facebook pages. Problem now is that my Newsfeed looks nearly static for 24-36 hours! Facebook is indeed dead to me but that's after removing the selfish/narcissists and true time-wasters.

I'm now wondering why I even joined Facebook. It used to be ok and then one day the Newsfeed was changed to default to "Most popular" posts rather than chronological. So much for not putting a view-count on your Profile page or under your photos because somehow management didn't want Facebook to be some MySpace popularity contest sh***y website. That new Newsfeed is a true contradiction to that ancient moto.

about a year ago
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Jolla: Ex-Nokia Employees Launch Smartphone (MeeGo Resurrected)

Tasha26 Had a good run with Nokia (141 comments)

I've been a loyal Nokia fan during their "it" days. Heck I still have my Nokia 5800XM with a 2.5G simcard in it! Bloody thing is locked to Orange. My first great disappointment was with the N810. Everything took ages to load even the GPS. Everything sort-of needed a user manual to operate and the battery life was horrendous. Nokia's lack of quickly getting onboard with touchscreen (on their normal phones) alienated me and in the end I went for an iPhone. Problem solved! There was no way I was going to buy one of their Windows Phone. Windows? Seriously!!!

Am sure this new model is an "Android Metoo" phone. Goodluck with that and goodbye.

about a year ago

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Edward Snowden: The Video Game

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  about a year ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "Game-maker activists BINJI have recently released a free Mario-type platform game called Eddy's Run: The Prism Prison as both an homage to Edward Snowden (the man who risked his life to leak information on NSA's spying programmes) and a wake-up call on the inhuman actions a government can take against millions of its own people. It is as they put it, their contribution in the fight against total surveillance and the undermining of democracy. Here's a CNN video interview of the game developers."
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Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in France!

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "Maybe those 300,000 farmers will have a little cheer this week. A french farmer who suffered neurological problems (incl. memory loss, headaches and stammering) after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004, sued the company for chemical poisoning and won. Monsanto said it was disappointed by the ruling and would examine whether to appeal against the judgment. Meanwhile the farmer was asked to establish the amount of damages caused."
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3D Printed bones cut cost of surgery operations

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "A trainee surgeon, Mark Frame, has figured out how to save UK's NHS thousands of pounds by taking advantage of 3D-printer technology. Success in orthopaedic operations relies on surgeons having an accurate 3D model of the area where the operation will take place. Such models take time to produce and cost upto £1200 ($1915). Mark, a self-confessed "technology geek," used open source OsiriX software to convert CT scans into files which are readable by the 3D printers at Shapeways, a company in the Netherlands. Within a week they produced & delivered the first plastic 3D model of a child's forearm at a cost of £77 ($123). Mark has written a free guide so that other surgeons can make their own bones which is being considered for publication by the World Journal of Science and Technology. He's also contactable via twitter: @3Dbones"
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Foxconn International removed from Hang Seng index

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "After the suicides and fatal explosion, the Taiwanese company Foxconn now faces losing its blue-chip status. Falling prices for smartphones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets and rising wages (20%) in China have undermined Foxconn's financial performance. The company lost $220m (£135m) in 2010. Foxconn International will be removed from Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index and be replaced by insurer AIA and nappy maker Hengan. The two new entrants use China both as a source of cheap labour and as a market for their product, a switch which Foxconn is now considering."
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Nokia gags discussion of partnership with Microsof

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "After reading a recent Slashdot article about Nokia, I thought I'd discuss the Microsoft partnership on their own Forum and get some insight. I posted it under "News Announcements and Job Listings," so as not to interfere with programming discussions. Unfortuantely my thread was closed within 24 hours by a Nokia employee: Ron Liechty (Manager Forum Nokia Online Community). He even sent me a private message saying that it was off topic. Did I really do something wrong here or was this a daft move by Nokia?"
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MoD's error leaks secrets of UK nuclear submarine

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "UK's Ministry of Defence admitted that secret information about its nuclear powered submarines was leaked on the internet by mistake. A "technical error" (i.e. turning the background colour of certain text to black) meant that sensitive blacked-out parts of the online MoD report could be read by anyone who copy-pasted it into another document. This accidental leak reveals amongst many things, how easy it would be to cause a Fukushima-style reactor meltdown in a sub and details of measures used by the US Navy to protect its own nuclear submarines."
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First Brit prosecuted over Twitter Libel

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "A former town Mayor, Colin Elsbury, made legal history yesterday by being first Brit to pay damages for libel on Twitter. His tweet on polling day said "It's not in our nature to deride our opponents however Eddie Talbot had to be removed by the Police from a polling station" amounted to pure election slur. The Twitter libel was settled at Cardiff High Court with total bill hitting £53,000 (£3,000 compensation + £50,000 legal fees). The fine works out at more than £2,400 per word. After Courtney Love recent £260k settlement in a Twibel case, this case reaffirms that anything posted in the public domain is subject to libel laws."
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UK cosmetic retailer Lush targeted by hackers

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "Cosmetic retailer Lush stopped its online activities on Jan 21 due to hacking activities. Their website is still down due to "continuing attempts to re-enter" and Lush is thinking of spinning a small paypal outlet as temporary solution. The company is urging customers who placed an order between Oct 2010 to Jan 2011 to contact their banks for advice on compromised credit card details. Ironically the company even posted a message addressed to the hacker, saying: "If you are reading this, our web team would like to say that your talents are formidable. We would like to offer you a job — were it not for the fact that your morals are clearly not compatible with ours or our customers'.""
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UBS Fashion Week: 43-page Dress code

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "The HR of Swiss bank UBS AG came up with an innovative 43-page document (french) to establish fashion "dos" and "don'ts" in their retail branches. Will it nail the debate on what's acceptable corporate attire? Here's a skinny: Men: — Tie-knots should match facial bone structure; — Socks with cartoon motifs are strictly verboten. — Fingernail length of no more than 1.5mm; — Schedule barber appointments every four weeks to maintain your haircut shape; Women: — Light makeup consisting of foundation, mascara and discreet lipstick. No black nail polish or nail art — Wear flesh-coloured underwear and skirts extending to 5cm below the knee; — Have a haircut that is suitable for their age; And neither sex should "allow their underwear to appear," perhaps Dilbert was a bit ahead of them on that. The document also mentions smells and "avoid garlic and onion-based dishes.""
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Stuxnet worm sold on black market

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "Sky News is running a piece on the aftermath of stuxnet worm attack on Iranian facilities. Their source claims to have evidence that the virus is now in the hands of bad guys. The big concern is that hackers can now analyse the Stuxnet code and produce variations which can potentially shut down power stations, transport networks or even 999/991 emergency system. Now experts warn that the West is extremely vulnerable to similar attacks by criminal gangs seeking blackmail payouts or more likely by terrorist groups."
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Amazon EC2/S3 vs. traditional Webhosting?

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "I was recently asked to name a good webhosting site (and the friend didn't want GoDaddy for some reason), but then I wondered how an Amazon EC2/S3 solution compares (in price or advantage) over traditional web-hosting? Maybe there's a study on it or someone has experience of running a site from Amazon. I looked at the Amazon pricing but it turns out to be a structure: I/O connections, bandwidth, S3, EC2... even if you don't use S3 but your Firefox S3 app. pings to it, you get billed. Too many variables for a straightforward comparison. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks."
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Turning attackers tool against them

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "BBC has an interesting web security snippet from the SyScan 2010 security conference in Singapore. In a presentation, security researcher Laurent Oudot released details of bugs found in commonly used attack-kits such as Neon, Eleonore and Sniper, proving that not only are they not secure but these loopholes could be exploited to get more information about the attackers, perhaps identifying them, stealing their tools and methods, or even following the trail back to their own computer."
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Toshiba mobile shipped with virus

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "I was off to check out the recently acclaimed fastest cpu (1 GHz) mobile phone, the Toshiba TG01, at my local Orange-UK dealer shop and was told that the model had been quarantined! Some research on Engadget and elsewhere confirmed that the model came with a virus/rootkit on its memory card (built-in or spare?) and that further investigation by Toshiba was needed before a re-release of the device. It just struck me that news of storage devices with built-in viruses are going a bit over the top, consider the following: Maxtor External drive with virus (Apr'07), Virus-infected HP USB keys (Apr'08) and ASUS Eee with worm (Oct'08)."
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Wall Steet 2: Greed is bad?

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "NY Times has an interesting interview with Oliver Stone for the sequel to the infamous 1987 movie: Wall Street. Is Greed still good? Well Gordon Gekko (Michall Douglas) is back and so are some others such as Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). There will even be a part for Nouriel Roubini (who predicted the market crash in his book: Black Swan) as a hedge fund manager. Unfortunately, as I read page 2 of the interview, I discovered that Jar Jar Binx, I mean Shia LaBeouf will also have a prominent role as a young trader who is engaged to Gekko’s daughter! It would seem that Michael Bay hasn't quite yet wrecked Shia's career in the terrible Transformers movies. Wall Street 2 is scheduled to be released next April, 2010. Can't wait!"
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Poor security of UK wifi hotspots

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "BBC's Watchdog programme has an interesting investigation of the appalling state of Wifi security at Hotspots such as those found at coffe shops, burger places or even on trains. The video report shows live hacking minus the how-to, obviously, but you can see bits of linux shells (@1m08) and what appears to be Wireshark as tools used. The hack involved taking control email accounts of unsuspecting people to (1) send bogus emails as identity theft (@1m43) and (2) hijack email session so the user wouldn't be able to log out (@3m43). The programme carried out tests on UK's top 3 hotspot providers (BT Openzone, The Cloud and T-Mobile) and all revealed the same flaw. So people, be warned!"
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Still want to use Wifi at the coffee shop?

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "BBC's Watchdog programme has an interesting investigation of the appalling state of Wifi security at Hotspots such as those found at coffe shops, burger places or even on trains. The video report shows live hacking minus the how-to, obviously, but you can see bits of linux shells (@1m08) and what appears to be Wireshark as tools used. The hack involved taking control email accounts of unsuspecting people to (1) send bogus emails as identity theft (@1m43) and (2) hijack email session so the user wouldn't be able to log out (@3m43). The programme carried out tests on UK's top 3 hotspot providers (BT Openzone, The Cloud and T-Mobile) and all revealed the same flaw. So people, be warned!"
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Thou shall not infringe my 10 patents

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "So it's been in the news and on Slashdot that Apple's iphone allegedly infringes 10 of Nokia's patent. Since that number was so precise, I did some digging up within the official complaint and here's the list of infringements:
1. Patent 5,802,465: Data transmission in a radio telephone network.
2. Patent 5,862,178: Method and apparatus for speech transmission in a mobile communications system.
3. Patent 5,946,651: Speech synthesizer employing post-processing for enhancing the quality of the synthesized speech.
4. Patent 6,359,904: Data transfer in a mobile telephone network.
5. Patent 6,694,135: Measurement report transmission in a telecommunications system.
6. Patent 6,775,548: Access channel for reduced access delay in a telecommunications system.
7. Patent 6,882,727: Method of ciphering data transmission in a radio system.
8. Patent 7,009,940: Integrity check in a communication system.
9. Patent 7,092,672: Reporting cell measurement results in a cellular communication system.
10. Patent 7,403,621: System for ensuring encrypted communication after handover

Gee, I guess those folks at Nokia are really feeling the profit squeeze resulting from customers shifting to iPhones and Blackberries, and the recession on top of it!"

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Burberry to launch its own Social Networking site

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "Iconic British luxury fashion house Burberry is to launch its own social networking website next month. It will initially target current fans and those in need of a brand experience.

Quote: "These might not even be customers yet. Or they may be a customer for a bottle of fragrance or for eyewear," "But these are the customers who need the brand experience, who need to feel the brand. That word-of-mouth spreads through their social networks and continues to be a positive conversation [about Burberry]... that is so powerful." Unquote.

The company already has a huge 660K+ fan base on Facebook and the site will be called "ArtOfTheTrench.com" It will initially feature text and photo sharing functionalities (mostly of fans wearing Burberry outfits)."

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D-o-S on twitter

Tasha26 Tasha26 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tasha26 (1613349) writes "I was submitting another of my graffiti on twitdraw when i discovered that none were going through. I then discovered that my twitter account wasn't responding either. The site's health status (http://status.twitter.com/) was intially reported as "Site is down" but has now changed to "Ongoing denial-of-service attack.""
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