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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

brunes69 Free Upgrade??? (202 comments)

All I care about is if users that are stuck with the never-ending train-wreck that is Windows 8/8.1 going to get a free upgrade to Windows 10.

yesterday
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

brunes69 Re:Lots of things (82 comments)

I didn't say they "dominate in the cloud", I said they were one of the largest companies in cloud. I never even said they were the largest.

The largest players in general compute cloud are Amazon, Oracle, ATT, Verizon, IBM, Microsoft, Google. Any one of these players could compete for a 100 million dollar deal.

You could also group Salesforce, Concur and some other very large cloud-specific companies in there.

2 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

brunes69 Re:How on earth? (82 comments)

The main reason is it costs A LOT of money to lay people off due to severance payments and things like having to pay out retirement benefits etc.

2 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

brunes69 Lots of things (82 comments)

Enterprise Software - IBM is still the kingpin in this

Cloud - Since they bought SoftLayer and combined them in with their existing portfolio, IBM is one of the largest companies in cloud today

Security - Taken as a standalone unit, IBM Security software & services is the second largest company in security today, second only to Symantec. It's bigger than McAfee now.

2 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

brunes69 Re:TV vs Film (186 comments)

It gets better in Season 2.

The thing I loved about Arrow is how real it is. It's the only superhero movie or show I have seen in which the hero comes right out of the gate killing everyone he battles. None of this "letting them live" nonsense. This changes in the later seasons but it gave the character a much more realistic story arc, and made the show a lot more gritty.

4 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

brunes69 TV vs Film (186 comments)

DC does a lot better with TV than film. Consider

- Smallville was a huge success, very long run
- Arrow has been renewed twice, has a good audience and is doing very well
- The Flash looks like it has legs
- Gotham is getting rave reviews and looks like it has legs as well

Now let's look at their last couple of films:

- Man of Steel - OK this wasn't that bad
- Green Lantern - horrible
- Watchmen - Good movie but flopped
- Jonah Hex - Did anyone even know this movie came out?
- Superman Returns - horrible

The only saving grace has been the Nolan Batman films.

5 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

brunes69 Re:I don't trust it (284 comments)

The thing people seem to forget is the Apple is a corperation and thus cares about profit over all else.

If the government asks Apple to do something outside it's legal bounds, that will cost Apple a lot of money, Apple will tell the government to F off. They won't just bend over and spend hundreds of millions of dollars installing backdoors on phones because the FBI asked nice.

This is the main reason Microsoft, Apple, and Google fight NSLs so much and it is the hidden motive behind recent moves to always-on encryption - it will be a huge cost saver to them.

5 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

brunes69 Re:I don't trust it (284 comments)

Couple of things

a) A national security letter is not a "warrant". It is not even close to the same thing

b) Even a national security letter can't be used to tell Apple or anyone else to install some kind of backdoor on a device. The most a national security letter could do is authorize a wiretap on the device and all it's communication flows inbound and outbound. This is not even close to the same thing. An NSL can be sent to Apple telling it to give the FBI all information it has. If Apple does not have any information, that is the end of the scope of an NSL.

5 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

brunes69 Re:I don't trust it (284 comments)

No matter how strong the encryption algorithms are themselves, there's nothing to stop the FBI from planting a malicious app (a keylogger for instance). They could even serve Apple with a warrant to require them to install this app as a software update.

Umm... you need to learn how warrants work.

This comment got modded to 3???

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

brunes69 It's not a party thing at all (292 comments)

.... this is Michigan you are talking about. Ford, Chrysler, and GM country.

You can be it is them and their dollars doing this, and it would be happening regardless of what party was in power.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

brunes69 Re:Progressive Consumption Tax (832 comments)

Explain please because your statement makes literally zero sense based on the rebate system.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

brunes69 Re:Problem with wealth tax (832 comments)

Your understanding of capitalism is flawed.

Capitalism is based around the drive to accumulate. If you introduce a tax on anything that is accumulated, that constantly eats away at it, then what drive do you have to accumulate anymore.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

brunes69 Re:Progressive Consumption Tax (832 comments)

I didn't come up with that number and I don't know the math behind it.

Anyway, I am not trying to argue the semantics of the numbers. Feel free to shift the percentage around and the thresholds around until it works.

I am trying to argue that there are very clear and obvious ways to make a consumption tax progressive, while everyone on here keeps yammering on about how it is not. Even above you do this! How does such a system "excise taxes from the poor to the rich", when the poor are paying ZERO TAXES with this system? You don't even make any sense with that argument.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

brunes69 Progressive Consumption Tax (832 comments)

A lot of people here are attacking consumption tax in a very misinformed way and clearly did not RTFA or do any kind of background research on it.

Nearly all advocates for consumption tax, or "flat tax" systems, advocate to make it progressive through a rebate system.

In plain english:

- We ditch the income tax.
- We give everything a 17% sales tax (this is the rough number I have seen thrown around as what would be required)
- People who make under 30K / year get an annual rebate of 100% of their consumption taxes. They thus pay NO TAX AT ALL
- People who make 30K to 60K or some other number gets a 50% rebate
- Everyone else gets no rebate.
 

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

brunes69 Problem with wealth tax (832 comments)

The problem with your "wealth tax" is that if you had a 5% tax on "wealth", then no one would want to own ANYTHING, because the tax on everything you accumulate would outpace inflation. It would just make everyone want to rent every single thing, always. This would be HORRIBLE for the economy.

- Why should I invest in the stock market if I have to pay 5% tax on everything I accumulate when I would be fairly lucky to have 5% annual gains long term? I am more likely to lose money than make any. Might as well just sit it out and lose only 2% to inflation vs. 5% taxation.

- Why should I buy a home if I have to pay 5% tax on it's value every year? Might as well rent everything.

5 days ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

brunes69 Re:Breakage (111 comments)

Sounds great. So are you going to volunteer the 10 million dollars to re-write the applications?

5 days ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

brunes69 Breakage (111 comments)

Click to Play is great for the public web but it is important to remember that there is a huge darknet of private intranet sites as well. Click to play breaks a lot of Java intranet applications that assumed that the applet would load at page load time without any user interaction.

5 days ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

brunes69 Re:Service's True Test (139 comments)

What may end up happening is HBO might actually start issuing DMCA takedowns en-masse now, whereas previously they basically said they were happy to turn a blind eye to the pirated content.

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

brunes69 Early adopters skew results (138 comments)

The type of people who would have the know-how to, and be willing to, download and install beta copies of windows are not typical windows users, and this is reflected in the types of requests.

Configurable wallpapers for virtual desktops? A better multi-boot menu? Give me a break. What percentage of Windows users do you suppose even know what a virtual desktop is? I am pretty sure if I asked my wife or mother their eyes would glaze over.

It's kind of embarrassing almost to see these types of things in the Top 10 issues, while I am sure there are many more worse problems that the average users will run into often. Is the VPN setup and wireless configuration in Windows 10 as horribly crippled as it was in Windows 8 for example?

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

brunes69 Re:Because studies show ... (246 comments)

No they don't. Not in my province anyway.

This is straight from my companys HR database:

Written notice required before LOA start date at least three weeks

Parental LOA for birth mother and natural father 52 weeks*
Combined Pregnancy/Parental LOA for birth mother 70 weeks*
Combined Paternity/Parental LOA for natural father 57 weeks*
Parental LOA for adoptive parents 52 weeks *
Earliest date Parental LOA can begin The week of the child's birth or placement in adoption.
Required start or End date of Parental LOA Must be completed no later 70 weeks after child's birth or adoption

And your comment "however in almost all cases I've seen, the mother refuses to give up any of her 12 months" is quite false, at least nowadays. Many people are taking concurrent 6 months, and many others are taking 6 and 6 so that both the mother and the father get lots of time with the child during the first year, while neither needs to take a full year off work, because of course it affects your career, regardless of how you frame it taking 6 months off of work is going to affect you. But, this is a tradeoff you make as a parent.

about a week ago

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Google protects undersea cables against potential shark attacks

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about 2 months ago

brunes69 (86786) writes "When you plan for the costs to span the entire Pacific Ocean with fibre optic communication cable, you need to account for a lot of different factors to ensure that cable will remain protected and intact. Google, for one, is apparently taking no chances with its cables, even going so far as to protect them against shark attack."
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Wireless Carjacking Now Possible

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

brunes69 writes "The convenience offered by mobile apps for unlocking car doors and remotely starting their engines is also a weakness, as two hackers will demonstrate at the upcoming Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Researchers Don Bailey and Mathew Solnik managed to use a laptop to hack the mobile app connection in two different car brands.
The researchers discovered that, when a user pushed the unlock or remote engine start buttons on the app, the phone sends a signal to a service center, which then sends a signal to the car telling it what to do. The researchers intercepted and duplicated the signal sent to the car, afterwards using it to repeat the function."

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Astronaut learns of mom's death while in orbit

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

brunes69 writes "Daniel Tani is the first American astronaut to learn while in orbit of a family member's death. "He is obviously pretty sad," the astronaut's brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times. "He was pretty close to [his mother]. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone." Tani's wife broke the news to him in a video conference call. The 46-year-old astronaut has been on the space station since late October."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google/a> is in talks with DoubleClick's majority owner, San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Google's interest comes after reports surfaced last week that Microsoft was considering buying DoubleClick. Yahoo and AOL — a major customer for the advertising Email Marketing Software — also reportedly held talks with the owners, though their interest is judged to be less intense than that of Google and Microsoft.

Google's arrival on the scene is likely to lift the price of any deal to around US$2 billion, The Wall Street Journal report stated. That would be slightly less than double that Hellman & Friedman and other investors paid for the company when they took the company private in 2005."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google has once again become a pioneer with their offer of free WiFi access to everyone via their new Google TiSP service. Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "The CBC is running an interesting article profiling the problems with archiving digital data in New Brunswick's provincial archives. Quote from the story: 'I've had audio tape come into the archives, for example, that had been submerged in water in floods and the tape was so swollen it went off the reel, and yet we were able to recover that. We were able to take that off and dry it out and play it back. If a CD had one-tenth of one per cent of the damage on one of those reels, it wouldn't play, period. The whole thing would be corrupted'. Given the difficulties with preserving digital data, is it really the medium we should be using for archival purposes?"

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