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Flatlining User Base May Spell End of RIM

alphadogg Add me to the RIM refugees list (180 comments)

Have stuck it out long enough. I don't even mind the lack of apps, it's the lack of even halfway decent web access that is the killer for me. Contract ends in December, time to move on

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James Bond can't wait for iPhone 5, using Sony phone in "Skyfall"

alphadogg Re:So, just how many (2 comments)

I'm actually one of the BlackBerry survivors (maybe not for long), so have no stake in promoting iPhones or Sony products... just figured people might be interested in the tech placement

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I most recently switched ISPs ...

alphadogg RCN to Verizon (250 comments)

Held on to RCN as long as we could, to fight the man, but eventually caved to Verizon for the phone etc bundle

more than 2 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

alphadogg comments comments comments (1521 comments)

Best thing to me about CmdrTaco's Slashdot has been the site's unique ability to generate comments in quantity (and sometimes quality) unlike I've seen on any other website. Wishing Rob the best on his next venture

more than 3 years ago

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Big IT vendors mostly mum on commercial drone plans

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  yesterday

alphadogg (971356) writes "Word that the Federal Aviation Administration might take a very hard line on commercial drone use has those with designs on such activity nervous. But as for big enterprise IT vendors, it's really hard to tell what they think because they're keeping any plans in this field very hush-hush. More consumer oriented companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google are active, but companies like IBM and HP are quiet, while Microsoft affirms it has nothing doing. A former FAA lawyer says sitting on the sidelines even during this unsure regulatory period is probably not a great idea. "I have a hard time believing they don't have some sort of programs in place," attorney Mark Dombroff says."
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Debian devs vote down anti-systemd measure, sponsor steps down

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a week ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Debian developers voted down a proposal that would have weakened the Linux distribution’s integration with a controversial system software package on Tuesday, in a victory for systemd supporters. The proposal, promulgated by former Debian project leader Ian Jackson, called for all Debian software to be effectively init-system-agnostic – the aim being to limit just how tightly bound to and dependent upon systemd Debian could become."
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Google quadruples Nobel Prize in Computing to $1M

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about two weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The Association for Computing Machinery has announced that its annual A.M. Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in Computing, will now come with a $1M award courtesy of Google. Previously, the award came with a $250K prize funded by Google and Intel. The award, which goes to "an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community," is generally doled out in February or March. This past March, the winner was Microsoft Research principal Leslie Lambert. The ACM says the bigger prize should raise the award's visibility."
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U.S. government issues alert about Apple iOS "Masque Attack" threat

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about two weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Three days after security company FireEye warned of an iPhone/iPad threat dubbed "Masque Attack", the U.S. government has issued a warning of its own about this new risk by malicious third-party apps to Apple iOS devices. US-CERT warned: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/a... "This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link." Revelations of Masque came on the heels of a related exploit (that also threatens Macs) called WireLurker."
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Cisco rival Juniper ousts CEO Kheradpir

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about two weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Juniper Networks has replaced recently appointed CEO Shaygan Kheradpir with Executive Vice President Rami Rahim effective immediately. Kheradpir was removed by the Juniper board following a review of “his leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer,” the company said in a statement. An internal memo from the company Chairman, obtained by Network World, states that the company had doubters when it came to industry leadership."
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Mapping the ultimate Halloween candy haul route: Sweetest use of Big Data ever?

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about two weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "A North Carolina computer scientist and his son joined forces to collect data during this year's trick-or-treating that will be used to create a map for an optimized route for next year. It's gets a bit creepy, in the spirit of Halloween, in that they were able to figure out which houses to avoid, which to target based on everything from political affiliations to home value to the number of daughters in the house."
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Apple was warned about WireLurker months ago, Georgia Tech researcher says

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about three weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The WireLurker malware that may have infected hundreds of thousands of Mac OS and iOS devices is exactly similar to a proof-of-concept attack Apple was warned about at the beginning of this year, according to the researcher who first publicly described such attacks. The malware can siphon off data from iOS devices when they sync up with computers or are charged by computers via USB cables, but the potential for this type of attack can be much broader, says Tielei Wang, a researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology who presented a paper https://www.usenix.org/system/... about such attacks at USENIX Security Symposium in August."
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After criticizing it, Cisco joins Open Compute

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about three weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Cisco has joined the Open Compute Project, a Facebook-driven effort to develop open source servers and switches, 16 months after criticizing it. At that time, Cisco CEO John Chambers said OCP has “weaknesses” that Cisco can exploit. Chambers said efforts like Facebook’s to commoditize and wring cost out of hardware purchases will open up opportunities for Cisco to provide solutions that are better tailored to specific customer needs."
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Popular messaging apps fail EFF's security review

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about three weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Some of the most widely used messaging apps in the world, including Google Hangouts, Facebook chat, Yahoo Messenger and Snapchat, flunked a best-practices security test by advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The organization evaluated 39 messaging products based on seven criteria it believes such tools should meet in order to ensure the privacy and security of digital communications. The reviewed products included mobile texting apps, instant messaging clients, voice and video calling software and email services. The results were published Tuesday under the form of a Secure Messaging Scorecard.https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard"
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Why this reporter will live with an NFC chip implant for a year

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "A reporter got chipped together with nine other volunteers during an IT Innovation Day organized by IDG Netherlands. The volunteers will spend the next 12 months testing the use of an NFC chip in their daily lives to see whether having the chip implanted in their bodies is more useful than using a chip embedded on a card or in a smartphone."
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Researchers launch CheckCell debugger for Excel spreadsheets

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have released a tool designed to spot all-too-common errors in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that could lead to big problems. CheckCell, available as a free Excel software plug-in on GitHub, https://github.com/plasma-umas... is the brainchild of a computer science team whose approach uses "a threshold of unusualness" in which questionable data points are marked for spreadsheet designers to double check."
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Secretive funding fuels ongoing net neutrality astroturfing controversy

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "he contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process. News stories from a handful of publications in recent months have accused some think tanks and advocacy groups of "astroturfing" — quietly shilling for large broadband carriers. In a handful of cases, those criticisms appear to have some merit, although the term is so overused by people looking to discredit political opponents that it has nearly lost its original meaning. An IDG News Service investigation found that major groups opposing U.S. Federal Communications Commission reclassification and regulation of broadband as a public utility tend to be less transparent about their funding than the other side. Still, some big-name advocates of strong net neutrality rules also have limited transparency mechanisms in place."
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RiteAid blocks Apple Pay, Google Wallet

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Days after the launch of Apple Pay, Rite Aid has stopped accepting the payment system at 4,600 stores across the United States. The company, which is one of the biggest drug store chains in the country, said it is currently not accepting Apple Pay or the competing Google Wallet. Posts from customers on Twitter indicated that Apple Pay worked successfully when the system launched on Monday, but it was subsequently disabled by the retailer later in the week."
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Microsoft exec opens up about Research lab closure, layoffs

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research, posted what he termed an "open letter to the academic research community" on the company's research blog.http://blogs.msdn.com/b/msr_er/archive/2014/10/21/harry-shum-open-letter-to-academic-research-community.aspx In the post, Shum is suitably contrite about the painful job cut decisions that were made in closing the lab, which opened in 2001. He also stresses that Microsoft will continue to invest in and value "fundamental research"."
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Monument to Wikimedians unveiled in Poland

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "WIkimedians — those people who contribute to the free Wikipedia website — were recognized for their selfless work on Wednesday in Slubice, Poland with the unveiling of a monument. The fiber-and-resin sculpture, designed by Armenian Mihran Hakobyan, depicts the Wikipedia globe held up by four people. Consistent with the Wikipedia logo's globe, the world is shown as being unfinished, ready to accept more knowledge. The sculpture stands 5-and-a-half feet high in Frankfurt Square."
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Cisco slashing stake in VCE data center venture with EMC/VMware

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "EMC confirmed on Wednesday that its VCE converged infrastructure joint venture with Cisco and VMware is heading into a new phase, with EMC taking control of the business and Cisco drastically cutting its stake in it. "Expected to be finalized this quarter, VCE will become an EMC business. Cisco and VMware will continue as strategic partners and investors, with Cisco having an approximately 10% equity interest in VCE," according to an EMC statement, http://newsroom.cisco.com/pres... which emphasizes VCE's focus on helping customers deploy hybrid clouds."
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Cisco said to be selling most of VCE data center joint venture stake to EMC

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "A press alert from EMC that it will be announcing a "new business development" on Wednesday has triggered reports that the company plans to buy out most of Cisco's stake in their VCE converged infrastructure joint venture.
Melding VCE's revenues with its own could give EMC a much-needed financial boost, according to Bloomberg, which first reported Tuesday on the anticipated split. While neither Cisco nor EMC is commenting yet on the nature of Wednesday's announcement, it wouldn't surprise anyone if Cisco is backing away from VCE given that it increasingly is competing with EMC and its VMware virtualization/cloud subsidiary, another VCE partner that helped form the venture in 2009."

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Broadband boost: G.fast testing lab, consortium to foster 1G over copper

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "(Sorry, earlier sub mistakenly said 100G, not 1G, which is correct)

"The emerging G.fast standards for boosting last-mile broadband connections took a step forward this week with the establishment of a formal testing lab, plans for interoperability tests and the formation of an industry consortium at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab. https://www.iol.unh.edu/ G.fast could give service providers a cheaper alternative to fiber for connecting to homes and businesses. The news about the 1Gbps technology was revealed at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam.""

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Broadband boost: G.fast testing lab, consortium to foster 100G over copper

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The emerging G.fast standards for boosting last-mile broadband connections took a step forward this week with the establishment of a formal testing lab, plans for interoperability tests and the formation of an industry consortium at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab. https://www.iol.unh.edu/ G.fast could give service providers a cheaper alternative to fiber for connecting to homes and businesses. The news was revealed at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam."
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