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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

more than 2 years ago
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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

more than 2 years ago
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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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Amazon takes on Microsoft, Google with WorkMail for businesses

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  2 days ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Amazon Web Services today launched a new product to its expansive service catalog in the cloud: WorkMail is a hosted email platform for enterprises that could wind up as a replacement for Microsoft and Google messaging systems. The service is expected to cost $4 per user per month for a 50GB email inbox. It’s integrated with many of AWS’s other cloud services too, including its Zocalo file synchronization and sharing platform. The combination will allow IT shops to set up a hosted email platform and link it to a file sharing system."
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FCC calls blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots "disturbing trend"

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  3 days ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The FCC on Tuesday warned http://transition.fcc.gov/Dail... that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots. This issue grabbed headlines last fall when Marriott International was fined $600K for blocking customer Wi-Fi hotspots, presumably to encourage the guests to pay for pricey Internet access from the hotel."
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How not to waste your money on the second wave of 802.11ac wireless gear

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  3 days ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The best way to avoid wasting your money on Wave 2 of 802.11ac access points is to not buy them right away, and the second-best is to not overreact to their presence on your network. Wave 2 APs have been on the market for about a year, dating back to last January’s release of the Asus RT-AC87U, but the technology hasn’t yet become commonplace among enterprise users."
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Conference calls a waste of time? In 1915, this one made history

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  5 days ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "These days, making a call across the U.S. is so easy that people often don’t even know they’re talking coast to coast. But 100 years ago Sunday, it took a hackathon, a new technology and an international exposition to make it happen.
The first commercial transcontinental phone line opened on Jan. 25, 1915, with a call from New York to the site of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Alexander Graham Bell made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson. Just 39 years earlier, Bell had talked to Watson on the first ever phone call, in Boston, just after Bell had patented the telephone."

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Smartphones, tablets & eBay send SkyMall to Chapter 11

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a week ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "SkyMall, the quirky airline catalog, looks as though it may be grounded before long. Parent company Xhibit has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection http://www.xhibitcorp.com/inve... and seeks to sell its assets. In an SEC filing, Xhibit explains that it has fallen victim to an "intensely competitive" direct marketing retail industry that now includes the likes of eBay and Amazon.com. Smartphones and tablets are largely to blame for SkyMall's downfall, according to the SEC filing. "Historically, the SkyMall catalog was the sole in-flight option for potential purchasers of products to review while traveling. With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog.""
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Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about three weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Network World’s analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion’s share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names."
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Linus Torvalds Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about three weeks ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The leap second is the rare and obscure practice of occasionally adding a second to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) system that most of us use to set our watches. It’s necessary, but not exactly computer friendly. In 2012 it crashed websites such as Reddit and Yelp and snarled up airline departures in Australia, so you’d think most computer experts would really hate them. After all, we have perfectly accurate timekeeping systems, such as the one used by GPS, that don’t futz with leap seconds. But it turns out many computer folks are OK with the leap second, including Linux’s creator, Linus Torvalds."
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Hotel group asks FCC for permission to block some outside Wi-Fi

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The FCC will soon decide whether to lay down rules regarding hotels’ ability to block personal Wi-Fi hotspots inside their buildings, a practice that recently earned Marriott International a $600,000 fine. Back in August, Marriott, business partner Ryman Hospitality Properties and trade group the American Hotel and Lodging Association asked the FCC to clarify when hotels can block outside Wi-Fi hotspots in order to protect their internal Wi-Fi services."
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Vulnerability in embedded Web server exposes millions of routers to hacking

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month and a half ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "A serious vulnerability in an embedded Web server used by many router models from different manufacturers allows remote attackers to take control of affected devices over the Internet. A compromised router can have wide-ranging implications for the security of home and business networks as it allows attackers to sniff inbound and outbound traffic and provides them with a foothold inside the network from where they can launch attacks against other systems. It also gives them a man-in-the-middle position to strip SSL from secure connections and hijack DNS settings to misrepresent trusted websites. The new vulnerability was discovered by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies and is located in RomPager, an embedded Web server used by many routers to host their Web-based administration interfaces."
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Ping Identity co-founder now has sights set on commercial drone management

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about a month and a half ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The Federal Aviation Administration has taken a hard line so far against most commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e.,drones) for safety and privacy reasons. But one other good reason for taking things slow is that the software for managing such drones has trailed hardware development. A new company called PixiePath launched by Ping Identity co-founder Bryan Field-Elliot seeks to address the software shortage by delivering SaaS-based tools for controlling fleets of commercial drones. Because of the FAA taking its time outlining rules, PixiePath could find its biggest early opportunities up North or overseas."
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MIT names US CTO Megan Smith as 2015 commencement speaker

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 2 months ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "The mechanical engineering alum and Obama's top techie returns to MIT to deliver speech to Class of 2015. Before taking on her government role, Smith lead new business development at Google and worked on early smartphones at General Magic."
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Cisco slaps Arista Networks with suit for "brazen" patent infringement

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 2 months ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Cisco today filed two lawsuits against data center switch competitor Arista Networks for allegedly violating its intellectual property. One suit is for patent infringement, which charges Arista with violating 14 Cisco patents for 12 features in the Arista EOS operating system. The second suit is for extensive copying of Cisco’s user manuals and command line structures, right down to the grammatical errors within them. “This is not an accident but a strategy,” says a source familiar with the matter. “It was a deliberate, brazen and blatant intellectual property violation in order to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. Arista’s shortcutting to get to market and win share.”"
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Remember when Cisco sued Apple over the iPhone name?

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 2 months ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "Cisco Systems' General Counsel Mark Chandler, explaining Friday's blockbuster patent and copyright infringement lawsuits against switching rival Arista Networks, http://www.networkworld.com/ar... emphasized that "I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve initiated suit against a competitor, supplier or customer." Chandler might be right, but he's probably pretty close to having to resort to his second hand for counting lawsuits. And when Cisco does sue, it makes a splash. Remember when the company lawyered up vs. Apple seven years ago over the name of a brand new little device dubbed iPhone?"
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Notable deaths of 2014 from the worlds of technology, science & inventions

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 2 months ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "In 2014 the worlds of technology and science lost many influential contributors, from inventors of key technologies like LEDs and GPS, to leaders of companies like IBM. Here's a look back at them."
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How UPS uses analytics to drive down costs

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 2 months ago

alphadogg (971356) writes "When you have an organization the size of UPS – with 99,000 vehicles and 424,000 employees – every single little bit of efficiency that can be squeezed out of daily operations translates into a big deal. UPS has been using analytics to do just that for a long time now, and keeps getting better and better at it. Network World caught up with UPS Senior Director of Process Management Jack Levis for an update on their latest achievements."
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Big IT vendors mostly mum on commercial drone plans

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 2 months ago

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 2 months 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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U.S. government issues alert about Apple iOS "Masque Attack" threat

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 3 months 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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Google quadruples Nobel Prize in Computing to $1M

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  about 3 months 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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