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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

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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Vulnerability in embedded Web server exposes millions of routers to hacking

alphadogg alphadogg writes  |  yesterday

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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 1 month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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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