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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

briancox2 Marketing: Include a 7! (174 comments)

Putting a 7 on a Windows product is now the key to a successful marketing campaign. I suspect this will be a huge success.

yesterday
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

briancox2 Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (241 comments)

Aren't these secret agents?

I don't think a secret agent who cannot make up a fake name within 1 second is really cut out for the job.

2 days ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

briancox2 Fuck Joe Green ... (260 comments)

He's throwing the entire pool of U.S. workers under the bus!! "...just OK..." ???

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

briancox2 Well done! (504 comments)

Well done, Apple. Your move, Google.

about two weeks ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

briancox2 Flavor of the week (222 comments)

When you don't need to prove anything ... and it only needs to be "evidence based" ... a diagnosis can change as frequently as insurance billing requirements.

about two weeks ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

briancox2 Troglodytes? (166 comments)

This and the "Automatic Lip Reading" story both approach the attitude of technophobia. I get it. People are affraid that new technologies will encroach on personal freedoms. But it's a futile attitude. One thing is certain --
progress will occur!

The only solution is for freedom lovers to co-opt the technology itself. Camera's everywhere are a problem? Then pass laws that require all government owned camera's to be publicly accessible on the web to everyone all the time. Drones are encroaching on personal property? Then develop technology for property owners to take over any drone entering private property. And legalize it nationwide.

You can't stop technological progress. You can only take control of the rules that make it unfair. That's what self-government is for -- to empower the populatioon to solve all of the new problems that the society encounters.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

briancox2 Re: best to do the time in Poland (110 comments)

Apparently none of you have ever tried to do business is Russia, Mexico or Poland. The politicians are corrupt ones. Business just does whatever it can to be free to sell product. And in many countries...this is the result. I consider this a story about Russia and Mexico. Not of HP.

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

briancox2 Re:anyone remember when (316 comments)

I remember how excited I was to buy a Vulcan 100MB internal hard drive/power supply for my Apple IIgs computer. You had to replace the power supply with the Vulcan because the Apple IIgs was not designed for internal components the size of shoe.

It only set me back about $600 at the time.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Olivier Bloch Explains Microsoft Open Source (Video)

briancox2 Re:We don't think of MS for open source because... (101 comments)

At least we know the name of this scheme. It's called "Embrace, extend, extinguish".

But perhaps that's not what this is about. Maybe it's a new evil scheme. "Embrace, extend, own"?

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

briancox2 The worst company in the world (401 comments)

Comcast simply will not accept being second place in the competition for the worst company in existence.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

briancox2 Re:Cover your input (116 comments)

Actually, going under the large shelf of boob provides enough coverage and you can continue to hold both hands on your phone. Which is where you obviously want them.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

briancox2 Re:Cover your input (116 comments)

I never said it was easy. =)

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

briancox2 Cover your input (116 comments)

For the last couple of years I have been completely covering any input I give to a phone unlock or ATM PIN given. With cameras everywhere, this was only a matter of time.

about 3 months ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

briancox2 Re:/. included ! (191 comments)

Considering that this article seems to be a precursor to "The Internet of Things" acceptability campaign, I think I agree with your sentiment the most.

about 2 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

briancox2 Re:One word. (483 comments)

Can you demonstrate that being unconscious is a more pleasant death than being conscious.

Just because people have convinced themselves that something is better doesn't make it so. Experience belongs to those that have it. Studying blood and brainwaves and chemicals may make the observer feel better about the experience. But it doesn't tell you anything about how the actual act was experienced.

about 4 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

briancox2 One word. (483 comments)

Guillotine. The most humane method humanity ever invented.

about 4 months ago
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BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

briancox2 Re:How long? (165 comments)

My car sits in the sun for 8 hours per day. While I'm at work.

about 5 months ago
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Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

briancox2 Re:Russia you were so close (284 comments)

Our government does not have higher moral in this regard. They want the same thing. They are fortunately just a tiny bit less capable of pulling off what Putin can pull off.

about 5 months ago

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Amazon Instant Video now available on Android

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about three weeks ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Amazon has avoided releasing the Amazon Instant Video app that is on Fire and Kindle to the general Android market, even though the app has been available for some time on iOS. Now, after a workaround had allowed some users to install the app on Android by fiddling with permissions, Amazon has released the app to many devices calling it "Amazon Instant Video for Google TV". It's not clear yet which devices can run this app. Currently it is not available for older Samsung Galaxy lines, however the Nexus, a major competitor of Amazon's devices, can run the new app."
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Comcast apologizes to man harassed for cancelling service

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 2 months ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult — breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible.

Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone.

Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud."

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Google Maps can now make you connect to Wi-Fi networks

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 10 months ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "A change in permissions requires you to approved Google Maps to have the right to disconnect you from and connect you to the Wi-Fi networks of Google's choice. Given that there is no settings change which can disable this "feature" and no description of why this would be needed in the description of what's new with this update, it's unclear how this will benefit users and when it will be used."
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Samsung claims progress on 5G.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Technology for the next generation of mobile internet connectivity being developed by Samsung promises download speeds that will WOW you. Samsung has claimed that the new technology can download HD movies in seconds. Representatives believe this technology will be available within 7 years. Internet use will mean something completely different in 2020 with data transfer speeds that can provide you with any software package, OS distro or complete TV series while you tie your shoes."
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Firefox: The new 3D CAD software?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Of course, being a question, the answer to the title of this story is "no". But a developer has been playing with the Inspector Tool, which allows you to graphically see the DOM structure in 3D, to design 3D objects. While this is only a proof of concept, it does indicate some very fun possibilities. Now the question is, when will someone create that Firefox Add-on that allows us to design the objects in 3D as well?"
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Google forbids users to loan or resell Google Glass.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Move over DMCA. If you thought purchasing something shouldn't come with restrictions on what you can do with it, Google has taken it another step. Google is requiring people who purchase the first Google Glass. There's no word yet whether they are requiring you to keep them in your possession at all times, though it's unclear how else you can avoid breaking the terms of service if you have friends or family that like to borrow things you own."
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Intelligence lawmakers to amend cybersecurity bill behind closed doors

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Members of the media and the public will not be able to watch the House Intelligence Committee's markup next week of a controversial cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Lawmakers will be allowed to discuss what happened in the meeting afterward, and the committee plans to release information about what amendments were offered and how lawmakers voted. But the public will not be allowed in the room, and the meeting will not be streamed online."

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Best Practices for Mechanical Engineers?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "I am a Mechanical Engineer with a small firm. Recently new computers were purchased and with them cam a new policy that all Engineering computers had to have the same software. Also, the ability to install new software was taken away. The reason given was that this made IT management easier and that it is an industry “best practice”. Also, the IT department would like to have Internet Explorer as the only browser that can be used on the network, to enforce the network’s policies.

My thought is that, while it may work best for some fields, Engineers, even Mechanical Engineers, need flexibility in an IT policy which allows them to solve unique problems as they crop up. Also, being only a lowly Mechanical Engineer, I don’t know if there are ways to enforce these policies on all browsers from the network itself.

Do you know of any standards for evidence that indicate it is better for Engineers to have flexibility with their computers? Do you think it’s still better to lock down the network this way?"
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What's So Bad About SOPA

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "... if a government were to make a decision that a current business model was the correct one, and begin passing laws that cement that business model in place forever, then that government does not have the best interest of the entire economy at heart. Instead a true Capitalist system encourages any and all business models to exist. And a government that wishes to promote the ideals of Capitalism does not lend itself to any industry as its personal strong-arm to prevent competitive threats. Instead, such a government would stick to its original purpose of promoting freedoms of its people."
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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggerati

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

briancox2 writes ""Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer.""
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Android vs. Ubuntu – An open letter to Mark

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

briancox2 writes "The news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s mobile business is a potential game changer for the mobile computing market. The reasons Google made this purchase were obvious; they needed an arsenal of patents to fight the illegitimate battles of the patent wars to protect Android. As I have described in my previous post, these wars are an unfair and obtrusive burden on the entire tech industry, preventing innovation and bogging down our legal system. It’s too bad Google had to do this. I must admit I feel bad for their position."
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Does Intellectual Property Need a Redesign?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

briancox2 writes ""The Patent Problem

Patent law in the United States has always been framed with the intent to promote innovation. Because there has generally been a large amount of capital required to produce such innovations as the railroad, the airplane and modern medicines...""

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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggeration"

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer. http://wp.me/p1d7KZ-2t

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