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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Virtucon Re:Not Great (108 comments)

unless it's bundled in the office suite it's not there, only OWA https://play.google.com/store/... As I indicated I'll go back and look again but the Office package for Android wants you to create a fucking account to use it. So it's back to the mantra of tying you to another fucking service account, which is not what I want to begin with. Microsoft should me talk to Exchange, IMAP, SMTP and POP3 like other Android mail clients without all the bullshit.

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US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

Virtucon Re:Always Check the Source (29 comments)

no.. My question relates to who decides where the proceeds go. This is a public auction, licensing public airwaves. Who makes the determination where the proceeds go. The money should go to the Treasury and it's dispensation determined by congress.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

So who in the government approved funding for this new national response network from these proceeds?

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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

Virtucon Re:Majority leaders home district (62 comments)

Like Radio Free Europe or Voice of America? Yeah we spend a lot of money putting out our message but they do the same thing. It's still a Spy v. Spy world and they have their propaganda engines and we have ours. There's also feet on the street, right now there's a trial going on in NYC and it really sheds some light into the low budget approach on how Russia pursues it's goals. One of my favorite quotes so far in talking about American Women:

"I have lots of ideas about such girls, but these ideas are not actionable because they don't allow (you) to get close enough. And in order to be close you either need to (have sex with) them or use other levers to influence them to execute my requests."

If you take a look at Russia Today, they spew a ton of propaganda, daily, all with English speaking ex-pats or well groomed English speaking Russians. It makes for hilarious viewing sometimes.

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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Virtucon Re:Not Great (108 comments)

I'll go back and look in the package, both are Microsoft so go figure. More confusion.

1 hour ago
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US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

Virtucon Just curious who decides.. (29 comments)

Who decides where the proceeds go for public airwave auctions? I would have thought it would go to the treasury to contribute paying all the bills of the government, not just an isolated project?

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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

Virtucon Re:Won't be enough (62 comments)

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain were the shiznit! I won't listen to accusations of bad acting. Hurumph!

1 hour ago
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

Virtucon Re:Ooh! (188 comments)

You've been playing Radiant Defense too much.

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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Virtucon Not Great (108 comments)

First, OWA only lets you link up with Exchange or Office365 accounts, no support for POP3/IMAP/SMTP.
The Office apps want you to create an account.

Just let me have the apps without all the fucking caveats, I'm already licensed for Office/Outlook/Visio/Project on multiple systems and shouldn't have to jump through these hurdles!

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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

Virtucon Won't be enough (62 comments)

Even if the Nuclear Waste Repository was located on the Moon it would be too close for some people. This was an opportunity lost.

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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Virtucon Why we have RAID and Spares (243 comments)

Calculating the the System MTBF of 77 drives at 100,000 hours as a subsystem we'd expect to have a drive failure approximately every 1300 hours. That's not the reality of most observations/environments but it's enough to have a least a couple of spares on hand and why we have things like Raid 6 and ZFS. It also doesn't necessitate you having tons of spares onsite either.

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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Virtucon Re:Not enough (243 comments)

dedicated POTS line

You realize that's not really feasible in most places anymore, right? Also, hate to burst your bubble but LPOPs and COs are being phased out as well. It's something to do with this newfangled network switching technology. Pretty soon circuit switched connections will be a thing of the past. ;-)

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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Virtucon Re:Clear and present danger (157 comments)

50 Years? Try much longer than that, try the 1930s. The problem has been that now you have much easier flight control systems including advanced computer controls to help you fly, especially in a sub $500 range for something that represents an attack vector. Nothing prohibits an R/C airplane enthusiast from becoming a nutjob and attaching a grenade to his plane either and ruining somebody's day. Trust me, there's people in DC who've thought out these scenarios but now oh my gosh something landed on the white house lawn. Probably with a camera so somebody could get a birds eye view of the place. Most likely somebody with a little too much time on their hands looking for a little fun. I'm sure at one time a lawn dart landed on the grass there or even a paper airplane but I don't hear the press raving about a possible attack from a paper airplane with Ricin or Anthrax. What that now means is endless droning (word use intention) from every media outlet about them based on FUD.

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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Virtucon Re:Welcome to the party (218 comments)

It's all about style. Writing software is very creative and it needs to have the authors fingerprints on it somewhere. If corporations don't like that they can suck the source code into a parser and spit out perfectly mundane crap that loses the intonation and the thoughts the original developer had for it.

2 days ago
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New Micro-Ring Resonator Creates Quantum Entanglement On a Silicon Chip

Virtucon so quantum entanglement is like a beard? (58 comments)

Sometimes I have to use my beard like a food filter. I guess you could consider it a quantum entanglement device in large scale.

2 days ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Virtucon Re:Dear DOJ (420 comments)

I think it went downhill with Teddy Roosevelt.

2 days ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Virtucon Dear DOJ (420 comments)

Too Fucking Bad! Your entire administration and the one before it has demonstrated that you have absolutely no intent of defending the constitution especially where privacy and due process are concerned. To make this kind of statement while new stories of how you're tracking people's everyday movements even more you still complain that you don't get access because people and companies are defending themselves. Lawlessness? Fuck! Where have you been? There's already instances where evidence has been forged in cases to keep secrets of how information was obtained illegally and the DOJ has sanctioned it! Ms Cadwell, you're not the person who should be in the DOJ and you should resign immediately because you have your head right up your ass.

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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Virtucon Re:Fermi's Paradox.. wait (235 comments)

So then we have a Universe full of Hulks waiting for us out there.

2 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Virtucon Fermi's Paradox.. wait (235 comments)

I thought gamma rays explained The Incredible Hulk?

2 days ago

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IBM divorces itself from chip manufacturing business

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 3 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "IBM has reached a deal with Global Foundries to divorce itself from chip manufacturing. The deal looks to have IBM pay GF $1.5 billion USD to take over the ailing division. Meanwhile they've abandoned their long stated 2015 earnings goal which means they expect to have a shitty year. They've divested themselves of multiple business lines and people for over 5 years in an attempt to reach their 2015 goal."
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Protesters picket in front of Kevin Rose's Home

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 10 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another anti-tech protest happened this weekend outside of Kevin Rose's home in San Francisco. Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and a Google Ventures partner was targeted with a protest and leaflets were handed out "warning" the neighbors that he is destroying San Francisco.

The anarchistic group protesting Kevin was called Counterforce and has demanded that Google Pay $3 billion. The group has called for the creation of "autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California."

I don't know about you but if two women held up a protest banner threatening to snip something off I'd be a bit concerned."

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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  1 year,26 days

Virtucon (127420) writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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23AndMe Ordered To Stop Selling DNA tests.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science. It seems that 23andMe has been slow in responding to the FDA with regards to the testing and methods used in the Personal Genome Service (PGS) as the main reason for the order. The issues were outlined in the order the FDA sent on 11/22. "
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GOCE satellite is falling to Earth but Scientists don't know where.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer or GOCE Satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend. It weighs over a ton and unfortunately the Scientists don't exactly know where it will land. You can track it here. It should re-enter sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Makr Hopkins, chair of the National Society's Executive Committee said: "The satellite is one of the few satellites in a Polar Orbit. Consequently, it could land almost anywhere,"

The GOCE mission was to create an accurate gravity map of the Earth."
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Engineers Create Urine Powered Robot

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Using the idea that urine can be used to generate electricity, Engineers in the UK have developed a prototype pump that mimics the human heart. This pump presumably could be used to deliver urine to waste powered fuel cells.

‘We speculate that in the future, urine-powered EcoBots could perform environmental monitoring tasks such as measuring temperature, humidity and air quality,’ said lead researcher Peter Walters of the University of the West of England (UWE), which runs the BRL with Bristol University.

Are pee powered robots in our future? Could the technology be used to power vehicles and would you want it? I mean would you buy a $90,000 Tesla if it smelled like urine all the time?"
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pics and Links of Max Mosley

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "This one goes to the old adage "closing the stable door after the horse bolted." A French court on Wednesday ruled that Google must remove from its search results photos of a former Formula One racing chief, Max Mosley, participating in an Nazi-themed orgy. Google could be fined up to 1,000 Euros/day for not complying. What's strange here is that Mosley A) Sued in a French Court B) Didn't go after anybody else other than Google and C) has definitely strange tastes in extracurricular activities. In this day and age it's laughable to think that once your private photos/videos hit the Internet that you have any expectation of reigning them in or filtering the embarrassing parts out. Google isn't the only game in town so to speak in terms of Internet search. I wonder if his lawyers checked out Yahoo or WebCrawler? Of course Google plans to appeal the decision to ... be able to show pics of an old man getting er um never mind..."
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New Allegations of large scale data collection by the NSA on Google and Yahoo

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another revelation of a new program that goes beyond PRISM, this program called MUSCULAR which gets around sticky US laws by relying on the GCHQ. If true this may actually start to get Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to start flexing some of the legal and lobbying muscle in Washington to outlaw this kind of crap.
David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google has said:


"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform."

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California Public Utilities Commission approves Ride Sharing Services

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ride Sharing Services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar received a big boost today when the California Public Utilities Commission approved rules that would allow them to continue to operate as long as the followed a few rules. This makes California the first state to adopt such rules and is expected to preempt local governments who are trying to clamp down on these services and try to regulate them like local taxi companies."
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How do you deal with software publishers who ignore known Vulnerabilities?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "If you have a software publisher who ignores vulnerabilities or distributes software that has third party dependencies that have vulnerabilities, what do you do about it when they ignore the situation? I mean if they keep distributing updates and the vulnerabilities still are present, other than not using the application anymore or reporting it what can you do? Shame them publicly? Also what if it's a home-use product vs. an enterprise product, do you treat those differently?"
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Labor Department wanted $1 million for e-mail addresses of political appointees.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "

The AP asked for the addresses following last year's disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged—but often happens anyway—due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.

The reason for the $1 million dollar request was to do research including going to backup tapes. Some of the information has been turned over to AP but it still seems that the government just can't get their hands on e-mail addresses for their own people."
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Federal Magistrate rules in favor of accused in decryption issue.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "U.S. Magistrate William Callahan Jr. of Wisconsin has ruled in favor of the accused in that he should not have to decrypt his storage device. The US Government had sought to compel Feldman to provide his password to obtain access to the data. Presumably the FBI has had no success in getting the data and had sought to have the judge compel Feldman to provide the decrypted contents of what they had seized.

The Judge ruled:

This is a close call, but I conclude that Feldman’s act of production, which would necessarily require his using a password of some type to decrypt the storage device, would be tantamount to telling the government something it does not already know with ‘reasonably particularity’—namely, that Feldman has personal access to and control over the encrypted storage devices. Accordingly, in my opinion, Fifth Amendment protection is available to Feldman. Stated another way, ordering Feldman to decrypt the storage devices would be in violation of his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

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Google is pushing back on law enforcement requests for access to Gmail accounts

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ars technica has an interesting article on how Google is handling requests from law enforcement for access to Gmail accounts. With the recent Petraeus scandal where no criminal conduct was found, it seems that they're re-enforcing their policies and standing up for their users.

"In order to compel us to produce content in Gmail we require an ECPA search warrant," said Chris Gaither, Google spokesperson. "If they come for registration information, that's one thing, but if they ask for content of email that's another thing."

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MIT Researchers find that some Android apps collect information when off

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "MIT Researchers have discovered that some Android applications collect personal information including Google Maps even when they are off. Maybe Free isn't so great after all?

From the Article: " After evaluating 36 applications — ranging from popular games such as Angry Birds to text-messaging platforms, social media applications and photography applications — researchers found that most applications collect personal information about their users even when the phone is not in operation. Shih and Zhang found that applications tracked everything from location information to stored contacts and the device's Web history.""

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Judge Refuses Appeal in Kim DotCom case for extradition

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.

The previous order had required the FBI to disclose an extensive amount of documentation to support its application for Dotcom’s extradition. As noted by NZ’s LawGeekNZ blog, the disclosure would cover communications between US authorities and the MPAA and RIAA on behalf of copyright owners.

This had been resisted by the US, which requested a judicial review. This has now been completed, and in a 51-page judgment (available at LawGeekNZ), Judge Winkelmann has dismissed the application."

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New Mineral found in Metorite.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The new mineral was found embedded in the Allende meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1969. Since 2007, geologist Chi Ma of Caltech has been probing the meteorite with a scanning electron microscope, discovering nine new materials including panguite."
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Facebook on a slide based on User Data?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A recent report from analyst firm comScore said that unique U.S. visitors to Facebook dropped slightly in May compared to April and March. But an analysis of additional comScore data suggests that the slowdown could be more significant and longer lasting. Falling traffic could be a concern to investors, who justify Facebook's high market value by pointing to its growth potential."
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Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Virtucon writes "German physicists say they've built a heat engine measuring only a few micrometers across which works as well as a normal-sized version — although it sputters, they admit.

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems say that the engine does basically work, meaning there's nothing, in principle, to prevent the construction of highly efficient, small heat engines."

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