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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

WheezyJoe Re:power consumption? (207 comments)

I'm still using an old Core2Duo (2.53 running at 3.8). It *only* has 4GB, but I put in and SSD and an ATI 6770 a couple years ago. Does everything I need, the only things it has problems running are recent games, not a reason to upgrade in my case. Many components got upgraded from machines found in the trash.

I applaud you, sir. An evening of tech dumpster-diving with a friend of mine some time back was a real eye-opening experience, particularly where we found some office or government building chucking mass quantities of "older" equipment. Tons of working, capable silicon, heading for landfills, when a lot of it maybe a year ago would have been tempting on newegg. There was a time when the latest OS or application release would make your hardware seem terrible, prompting you to pine for an upgrade, but not any longer, with the narrow exception of cutting-edge games, or professional apps for which you should get your employer to pay for anyway.

What you miss out on with older hardware is size and power-consumption. If performance is not your goal, then with modern gear you have the opportunity to build a silent, fanless system and/or an entire PC that fits in a 5" square box. It surprises me that this remains a niche market for do-it-your-selfers or small shops online. It would be worth it to me to pay a few bucks for a noiseless rig that fits on my desk. But as long as my older rigs are running fine, no worries.

about a week ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

WheezyJoe Easy Lesson Here: Don't Piss Off The Judge (465 comments)

Ars Technica has more on the story, and links to actual news sites covering the mess. And as many insightful Slashdot commentators have surmised, there's more to the story than a lousy cam-rip of a lousy movie.

Copyright silliness may have led to him being caught, but Danks got his 33 months all by himself.

Danks was arrested only six days after he'd uploaded the video, and two days later he wrote on Facebook, "Seven billion people and I was the first. F*** you Universal Pictures."

Danks had also sold DVD copies of the movie for £1.50 each. He said his total profit from the scheme was about £1,000.

To who? Who buys these things? Why would anyone spend money and time to suffer through a cam-rip?
how much of this was earned after he was arrested?

The prosecuting and defending attorneys both seemed to agree that Danks' motive for the piracy of Fast and Furious 6 was “Street Cred.” His defense attorney told the court, "He has no substantial assets of any sort, and his financial gain has been extremely limited, but he was obviously aware that it was a popular film that would be of interest."

The judge was particularly harsh on Danks because of his cavalier attitude."This was bold, arrogant, and cocksure offending,” he said to Danks, as Sky News reports.

about a month ago

The 2014 Hugo Awards

WheezyJoe Re:Novella versus Novellette (180 comments)

I believe you, but do you have a cite? Does some literary authority make these numbers gospel?

about a month ago

Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

WheezyJoe Re:Apple problem. (188 comments)

Google, unlike Apple, doesn't actually force you to go through its "stupid "store"". And Microsoft doesn't force you either, at least on its non-RT, non-phone versions of its Windows OS.

Well, if you're going to bring up non-phone versions, then Apple doesn't force (Mac) users to go through its store either.

about a month ago

The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

WheezyJoe Re:speaking as a senior engineer (160 comments)

thermonuclear power plant turbine

thermonuclear? you mean like the H-bomb, but it's a power plant? with... a turbine? you worked on that?
then I will stay off your lawn, but maybe I could borrow your mower?

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

WheezyJoe Re:Cue Hypocrisy (327 comments)

The Patent Office, in an effort to modernize and attract more talent (you know, accept less salary for your engineering/science degree by working for the government instead of the private sector) implemented a plan to permit people to work from home, and from there to work remotely from the city the Office itself is located at, any city you want (within the 48 contiguous states). This was a natural outgrowth of an earlier (and successful) effort to eliminate paper at the office and work entirely electronically.

The actual source material for the Post article appears to show growing pains that one can reasonably expect from permitting thousands of employees to do their work from home, hundreds or even thousands of miles from the Office (if they qualify). Whereas the Post article seems written intentionally to inflame the reader (for what... maybe to sell more advertising? build cred for the writer?), the source material shows no wide-spread fraud, just your typical employees finding that, with the freedom to work at home, it's real easy to put your work off until deadline and then cram, or not put in the hours you would if you had a supervisor looking into your cubicle each morning. Same shit the private sector has been dealing with for years.

From what I can tell from the source, the management of the PTO is on it, and has been on it at least since the report came out in 2012. The only difference is that, because this is government, it's public and everyone can arm-chair quarterback their asses (probably as they themselves goof off at their terminals at work or from inside their momma's basement), whereas if a private company were going through this, it would be an internal matter and none of your damned business.

The Patent Office performs a function that is crucial; not even the Koch brothers would deny that. Shitting on the whole lot of them because a couple of employees can't handle the freedom of telework is unfair and dishonest, particularly coming from people taking suspiciously long lunch hours to write comments on slashdot :-|

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

WheezyJoe Re:You Don't Know The Half Of It (327 comments)

As a reviewer for USPTO, I can tell you...

Just in case anyone is confused from the fact that this was modded "interesting" (as opposed to"funny" or "troll"), it is most assuredly bullshit. The AC is not "a reviewer for USPTO".

Key flaws: there is no such thing is a patent "reviewer" (they are called examiners, and a real patent examiner would never call him or herself otherwise).

AC also wrote about "approve approve approve reject approve". Patent examiners do not "approve" anything... they "allow" applications or pass applications to "allowance". Again, an actual examiner, after all the training they go through, would not make this mistake.

One more, "A major compounding factor is the fact that if you reject an application, it's likely to come back and be noticed, but if you approve an application, no one notices." Bullshit, the opposite is true. An application has to go through multiple reviews before it goes to patent, whereas rejecting an application only needs approval from a supervisor (if the Examiner does not him or herself have signature authority).

Just out to set the record straight for the /. community. If you thought AC's rant was funny/sarcastic (e.g., "Those vague descriptions and those wonky diagrams with little to no coherent explanation are intentional"), then chuckle chuckle; but if you read that stuff and bought it, you've been had by an Anonymous Coward.

about a month ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

WheezyJoe Re:Could Be Curing Cancer (195 comments)

Insightful response... would mod you up if I could.
agree that only time will tell if Bitcoin will pay off for all the energy and the dedicated silicon being put to it (hopefully not headed for the landfill). I maintain that the effort would be far better spent on medical research, but humans will be humans, betting on maybe getting rich is more fun than betting on maybe curing a disease you might get in ten years. but rich or not, being sick sucks.

This a thousand times over. Run this equipment with World Community Grid or Folding@Home, might lead to curing cancer or AIDS. Fuck, just donate it to some medical research effort and maybe in 20 years a cure will come out and save your ass.

I'm sure specialized circuits that do SHA256 and only SHA256 will be incredibly useful when donated to medical research. Yep.

Seriously. The days of using general purpose hardware in bitcoin mining operations are long gone.

You can also think about this differently. The energy isn't wasted to make money out of nothing. Energy and highly specialized and efficient hardware are used to secure a distributed ledger and payment system against attacks from powerful adversaries by increasing up the cost of attacks. The money miners make is payment for this service they provide.

Wouldn't it suck for all the bitcoiners if a talented mathematician found a way to trivially circumvent the bitcoin exchange system or if someone came up with a new cryptocurrency that people just liked better (I think both are just a matter of time), leaving Bitcoiners with worthless data stored on hard drives.

Former might happen or not. Mathematical breakthroughs that lead to catastrophic failure of the system seem unlikely however. The current design is pretty resilient. If SHA256 is broken, there'll be a big mess, but the community may decide to switch to a different algorithm, fixing it with a hard fork. Even breaking ECDSA has limited impact, unless you can break keys in under 10 minutes. Even then, your attack will be probabilistic at best.

As for new cryptocurrencies, there are loads of them and one or two actually have some worthwhile new features. Guess who'll know about them before you do? Bitcoiners. Guess what they'll do with their Bitcoin holdings when they find new ones that look interesting? Go to an exchange and buy some using Bitcoin.

about a month and a half ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

WheezyJoe Could Be Curing Cancer (195 comments)

Good thing you're not solving real problems. What. A. Fucking. Waste.

This a thousand times over. Run this equipment with World Community Grid or Folding@Home, might lead to curing cancer or AIDS. Fuck, just donate it to some medical research effort and maybe in 20 years a cure will come out and save your ass.

Bitcoin? Megawattage flushed down the entropy hole. Wouldn't it suck for all the bitcoiners if a talented mathematician found a way to trivially circumvent the bitcoin exchange system or if someone came up with a new cryptocurrency that people just liked better (I think both are just a matter of time), leaving Bitcoiners with worthless data stored on hard drives. Maybe all that fine computing equipment won't end up in the landfill, but that's a lot of heat and fossil fuel gone for nothing.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Confessions

WheezyJoe Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

Aren't they obliged to cancel your account if you ask, though? I mean, say you say "i want to close my account", they asked if you're sure, aware of the great deals etc. Say no, again, politely, then firmly "close my account now". What would happen if they continued trying to get you to stay and you stay silent?

You make me smile, my friend. But your cable company is not like the police who have to stop questioning you when you invoke your rights to remain silent and ask for a lawyer. Unless an ambitious attorney-general is riding up their ass over some consumer-protection clause, your cable company can keep on shilling until they (not you) become convinced they are wasting their time.

Tell them you're moving out of town (to a location that's not served by the company). Tell them you're broke and destitute with no job, and your wife left you and took the TV. Tell them your cable box overheated and burned your house down. Tell them you're appeals have run out and you're going to prison.

Then they might give up.

about 1 month ago

Comcast Confessions

WheezyJoe Bullet-Proof Glass (234 comments)

Every cable company office I've ever been in - every single one - all the employees are behind bullet proof glass that would make a bank teller envious.

My experience also. Would mod up if I had mod points. Everywhere I've lived, returning a cable box was like visiting a prison. Desolate white-washed cinderblock waiting rooms with strange-smelling air in a run-down part of town. The security glass makes you think you're looking out from a decompression chamber. The steel drawer you put your equipment in can take your arm clean off.

What could have happened in these places to inspire this much security? I wanna know!

about 1 month ago

Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

WheezyJoe Re:all that article tells me is that they are (149 comments)

staying the corse with fewer people.

I'm sure that'll work out well, like the current corse is.

Agreed. The article is MBA-speak, with no vision, ideas, or anticipation. You hear this kind of shit, irrelevance is coming.

I'm sad to see it come to this, but the rumors have been persistent that MS had become more and more of an un-fun drudgery politics look-over-your-shoulder shit-hole to work at, and that can only lead to brain-drain, loss of morale, and a black-hole sucking away product ideas that might make the company worthwhile again, leaving only the suits and bean-counters steering the ship.

about 2 months ago

Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

WheezyJoe Re:Discrimination against atheists (200 comments)

Plus good luck getting elected if you are honest about being an atheist. It's basically considered political suicide in most of the country.

Pffft. Who's requiring you to be honest? It's politics. Fuck being honest about that shit. It ain't nobody's business.
(besides, if religious nuts would just keep it as their business, instead of always making it everyone else's business, religion wouldn't be such a fucking problem)

about 2 months ago

Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

WheezyJoe Re:recoiling in disgust is not the same as apathy (200 comments)

Then run for office yourself.


Have you seen the caliber of psychopathic nimrods that run for office?
That's beneath me. /jk

Yep. And that's how shit keeps happening, the circle jerk goes round and round.
But just imagine if a bunch of non-nimrods stepped up, put cooler heads together, start chipping away at the nimrods.
Might go slow at first, but man, how cool would it be if our legislatures were nimrod-free.

(how nice it would be)

about 2 months ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

WheezyJoe Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

As for the "pull down mirror", that isn't even remotely new technology. Other vehicles have had those for a decade or more.

Yeah, like limos. So where's the feature that lets the kids raise the privacy partition to cut their parent off?

about 2 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

WheezyJoe Re:There is no magic bullet (474 comments)

Ending prohibition didn't kill the mob. They just switched from bootlegging to trafficking narcotics, and they reached the height of their power in the 50s and 60s, long after the prohibition ended.

Well... by this thinking, the mob continued because prohibition didn't end. They moved from one prohibited product to another, but always a product the people wanted, but couldn't get because of a prohibition, and the mob was in a particularly good position (with their organization and international reach) to supply.

In the same way, while legalizing marijuana might reduce crime here in the US, cartels in Mexico are Too Big to Fail. They won't pack up their things and head home quietly if marijuana is legalized; they'll just start peddling something new.

What might happen if the cartels' market dried up is, at best, speculation. Could be risky, change is scary. But doing nothing and maintaining the status quo is worse. The cartels continue to get better and better at smuggling (they got submarines for fuck sake) and much, much richer while turning Central and South American countries into murderous hell-holes from which children flee to the U.S. on foot, and that ain't no shit.

I don't see how decriminalizing them good possibly be a good idea. The addiction rate for these drugs is 2.5 to 3 times that of alcohol.

I'm also nervous about cocaine and meth easily getting around (like, more than it already is). But the fact is, drug addiction and mental illness is just gonna have to be something that this country has to shut up, knuckle-down and deal with. It's not going away, and prohibition doesn't help. Prohibition only has power to do one thing... throw people in jail. It doesn't cure addiction (drugs make their way into prisons all the time), and distracts everyone from the larger issue of mental illness. It's like taking out the garbage: nobody wants to do it, nobody gets credit for doing it, but it's gotta be done or shit just piles up and gets worse.

about 2 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

WheezyJoe Re:No public drug use (474 comments)

Companies should not be permitted to profit from the sale of addictive substances for recreational purposes.

like tobacco in cigarettes?

or the 200 other ingredients in there to get you addicted?

The poster is saying what's typically said. You would think that selling a highly addictive substances for recreational purposes would make you rich and invincible, entire nations hopelessly enslaved by your product. Addict-zombie attack. But you'd be wrong.

Sometimes, the answer isn't the easy one. The lesson painfully learned from prohibition is that prohibition raises demand, not lowers it.

On the other hand, education and regulation, not out-and-out bans, really work. Tobacco smoking in the U.S. used to be around 50% in the Don Draper years. Now it's under 20 and still dropping. Tobacco companies are having to merge to maintain market share.

The difference is between people politely, but firmly, told to take their habit outside or into a (dirty) designated area or else you'll get a fine, and police breaking down doors and throwing flash-bombs that kill your grandma with a heart attack (because the Informant lied, and the Chief gave the green-light because the Politician wanted to go on the news that evening with pictures of drugs on the table.

about 2 months ago

Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

WheezyJoe Blame the Players, not the Game (127 comments)

The great thing about D&D (that's often lost on people) is that it was a social thing. All your friends get together, kinda like college poker nights (except you're NOT trying to drain the sucker next to you). Best campaign I ever had we were ten kids in a room (on a rainy day), working together, hashing things out. The DM was really prepared, and we got completely immersed and the hours flew by like they do when you're really having fun. It was great.

The fact is, it's just damn hard to get a good campaign together, get a lot of people interested. Probably much harder now because D&D has that (false) anti-social stigma these days, and who needs a DM when you got a computer? D&D takes a lot more work than just firing up WoW (or, for that matter, Zork) by yourself in the basement. Even in the day, if your friends weren't into it, role-playing games kinda suck. On the flip side, if your friends are stoked, your DM puts in the prep-time, and you're all keen to cooperate and work with each other, D&D can make some of the best memories you'll ever have. 'cause it's with your friends.

Most people I know who shit on D&D either never played it, or had a lame experience in a lame campaign. That's a shame, but that's life. Anything involving people, from drama club to Boy Scouts to playing football can leave a bad taste in your mouth if the people in it don't care or are uncooperative assholes.

about 2 months ago

Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

WheezyJoe Re:Major source of corruption is Tax Code not PACs (209 comments)

To get rid of the major source of political corruption in the U.S. we need to rewrite the tax codes.

In order for "we" to rewrite the tax codes, better people need to be elected to Congress and state legislatures. Today, to a great extent, that means PACs, because PACs raise the money for campaigns that make the difference between someone wanting to get elected and someone having a real chance of getting elected.

The weak link of democracy is... democracy. First, the voting public needs to know who you are, and second, the voting public needs to get off their asses and vote. Seriously. There's a mid-term election coming up... pay attention to the turn-out.

"We" will continue to elect puppets and pawns, owned by and obligated to the "secret" donors to the PACs (and who will continue to twist the tax code for their benefit), until "we" start coming out in sufficient numbers and elect other people, and thus embarrass all the "secret" donors who sent money to the PACs but got no return on their "investment".

about 2 months ago



Training Materials Leaked from Comcast

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about 1 month ago

WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "Ars Technica and the Verge report how leaked training manuals from Comcast show how selling services is a required part of the job, even for employees doing tech support. The so-called "the 4S training material" explicitly states that 20 percent of a call center employee’s rating for a given call is dependent on effectively selling the customer new Comcast services.
"There are pages of materials on 'probing' customers to ferret out upsell opportunities, as well as on batting aside customer objections to being told they need to buy something. 'We can certainly look at other options, but you would lose which you mentioned was important to you,' the guide suggests clumsily saying to an angry customer who doesn’t want to buy any more Comcast services."
Images of the leaked documents are posted on the Verge, making for fun reading."

Apple seeking laid-off BlackBerry workers

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about a year ago

WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "Coming from the 'I saw it coming but it's still sad' dept., the Financial Post reports "Just days after BlackBerry Ltd. revealed plans to lay off 40% of its global workforce amid disastrous financial results, representatives from smartphone rival Apple Inc. hosted a recruitment drive roughly 20 kilometres away from the embattled technology company’s Waterloo, Ont. home base... the iPhone maker invited local talent with the aim of luring them to their Silicon Valley operations." BlackBerry is expected to post a nearly $1 Billion loss."
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Keyless Remote Entry for Cars May Have Been Cracked

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about a year ago

WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "The Today Show had a piece this morning showing video of thieves apparently using a small device to open and enter cars equipped with keyless entry. Electronic key fobs, which are supposed to be secure, are replacing keys in more and more new cars, but the evidence suggests that a device has been developed which effortlessly bypasses this security (at least on certain makes and models). Says the article, police and security experts are "stumped"."

A Computer-based Smart Rifle with Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about a year ago

WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "A story on NPR reports that the TrackingPoint rifle went on sale today, and can enable a "novice" to hit a target 500 yards away on the first try. "The rifle's scope features a sophisticated color graphics display. The shooter locks a laser on the target by pushing a small button by the trigger... But here's where it's different: You pull the trigger but the gun decides when to shoot. It fires only when the weapon has been pointed in exactly the right place, taking into account dozens of variables, including wind, shake and distance to the target. The rifle has a built-in laser range finder, a ballistics computer and a Wi-Fi transmitter to stream live video and audio to a nearby iPad. Every shot is recorded so it can be replayed, or posted to YouTube or Facebook."
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Passenger's iPhone May Have Sent a Plane Off Course

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about a year ago

WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "Bloomberg reports that as the airlines and the FAA wrangle over whether to permit the use of electronics onboard passenger aircraft, anecdotal evidence continues to suggest that personal electronics can mess with a plane's avionics. The article cites a particular incident in 2011 where turning off a passenger's iPhone seemed to fix a problem with the cockpit compass that was sending the plane several miles off course. "Laboratory tests have shown some devices broadcast radio waves powerful enough to interfere with airline equipment, according to NASA, aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. (BA) and the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority... Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), which argued for relaxed rules, told the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration its pilots and mechanics reported 27 suspected incidents of passenger electronics causing aircraft malfunctions from 2010 to 2012. Atlanta-based Delta said it couldn’t verify there was interference in any of those cases.""
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Copyright Troll Righthaven Loses Last Appeal

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about a year ago

WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "Ars Technica reports that copyright troll Righthaven is finished. Righthaven is the Las Vegas operation that sought to make a business out of making copyright claims to newspaper articles, find people who had posted pieces of those articles online, and then threaten those people with massive statutory damages unless they sent in checks. This morning, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit told Righthaven to take a hike (PDF).
In a follow-up press release, Marc Randazza, the lawyer who helped bring Righthaven down, said "given Righthaven’s unwillingness to make rational choices, I expect a petition for the United States Supreme Court to hear the case. Stay tuned.”"

Another Internet Scam: Scientific Journals

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about a year and a half ago

WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "Wanna get rich quick with a server and a business plan? Dupe unwitting researchers, gullible scientists, and unapologetic charlatans seeking to pad their resumes into sending you their precious papers — and then charge 'em a nice fat fee. Peer review? Nope! The "editorial board" is there to recruit more sales (submissions)! According to this article in the New York Times, all you need is a name that looks and sounds like a legitimate scientific journal or seminar (e.g., just add a hyphen), and sucker scientists will make your business a success! Own one journal, own 250! Fill cyberspace with "scientific" papers of dubious quality! Ain't the Internet great?"

Ransomware Is On The Rise

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  about 2 years ago

WheezyJoe writes "Ransomware is becoming big enough that the NY Times is covering it. Essentially online extortion, ransomware involves infecting a user’s computer with a virus that locks it, scours the drive for personal info, and demands money before the computer will be unlocked. In some countries, the payout rate has been as high as 15 percent. Early variations of ransomware locked computers, displayed porno, and, in Russian, demanded a fee to have it removed. Now, fake messages from local law enforcement accuse victims of visiting illegal pornography, gambling or piracy sites and demand fines to unlock the computer, many originating from sites hacked from GoDaddy. 'This is the new Nigerian e-mail scam... We’ll be talking about this for the next two years.'"
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US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WheezyJoe writes "NBC News has some wicked disturbing security video of people getting beat up... over their smart phones. And it's on the rise. Police Chiefs like D.C.'s Cathy Lanier are asking US mobile carriers to brick phones that are reported stolen to dry up what must be a big underground market for your favorite Android or iPhone, but right now they won't do it. So I suppose we're best leaving our mobile phones at home?"
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Shadowy Source of a TV Attack Ad

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WheezyJoe writes "How many people actually read that text at the end of an attack ad about some "coalition" or "people for such-and-such" or remember to look up the web-site for dose of greater truthiness? The author of this NY Times article (subscription maybe required) checked up on a Medicare ad (complete with a talking baby!) and found a series of dead-ends, a PO box at Mailboxes Etc., and a shadowy corporation with no staff. From the article,
One last clue emerged from the filings. They showed that much of its money had gone to a Florida consulting firm, the Fenwick Group, a two-person outfit whose Web site listed other clients that included health care and technology companies.
I called the phone number for Fenwick. A man answered.
“K & M Insurance,” he said.
“I’m looking to speak to somebody with the Fenwick Group,” I said.
“Oh, that would be Jay.”"

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Microsoft Open-Sources U-Prove Secure ID Framework

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WheezyJoe writes "ArsTechnica posts that Microsoft has released an SDK for U-Prove under its Open Specification Promise. The U-Prove system allows the creation of secure ID tokens, incorporating whatever information is needed for a given transaction — but no more — along with cryptographic protection to ensure that it can't be forged, reused, traced back to the user, or linked to other tokens.

FTFA: "In a world with U-Prove, many existing identity management problems would go away. If my credit card company and online music service both supported U-Prove, I could create a token that allowed a single limited electronic money transfer from my card to the music company, without disclosing my name, address, or date of birth, and without that token being usable to make further purchases."
The release as Open Source is apparently to encourage the adoption of the technology, which would require new software at both vendors and end-users."

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Download Trouble with Windows 7 Student Offer

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WheezyJoe writes "Windows 7, Home Premium or Professional, can be had by students with an .edu e-mail account for only $29.99if it works. The special pricing is handled by a third-party host that surprised many takers by failing to produce a burnable ISO. Microsoft acknowledges the problem and suggests a workaround, with which some have claimed success. Speaking personally, confidence is uncertain. Why couldn't they just put a DVD in the mail like normal people?"

Apple Stores Demonstrate that Retail Still Lives

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WheezyJoe writes "Maybe OS X Leopard has its problems, but the New York Times seems to think Apple has designed the ideal techie retail store. A policy that encourages lingering, with dozens of fully functioning computers, iPods and iPhones for visitors to try, even for hours on end (one patron wrote a manuscript entirely at the store) has 'given some stores, especially those in urban neighborhoods, the feel of a community center... Meanwhile, the Sony flagship store on West 56th Street, a few blocks from Apple's Fifth Avenue store, has the hush of a mausoleum. And being inside the long and narrow blue-toned Nokia store on 57th Street feels a bit like being inside an aquarium. The high-end Samsung Experience showroom, its nuevo tech music on full blast one recent morning, was nearly empty.'"

Little Old Lady Hammers Comcast

WheezyJoe WheezyJoe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WheezyJoe writes "The Washington Post reports that a little old lady took a hammer to Comcast. Apparently fed up with the lousy service she received from a botched Comcast installation of "triple-play", and a completely humiliating experience at a customer service center, 75-year-old Mona "The Hammer" Shaw took her claw hammer back to the customer service center and bludgeoned the office equipment into tiny plastic pieces. The article includes pictures."


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