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Dell's Hot Air Video: Parody or Lapse in Judgment?

itwbennett Dell confirms it's not their video (1 comments)

Gizmodo is calling shenanigans and the Dell Twitter account confirmed it's not their video. But Dell also seems to be OK with it, which I suppose just means they believe there is no bad press.

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FoxConn Faces Mass Suicide Prrotest

itwbennett In related news... (1 comments)

A Microsoft investigation of the protest has found that workers aren't complaining about working conditions, but about 'staffing assignments and transfer policies'.

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E-Mail Can Reveal Your Friend Hierarchy

itwbennett Re:Is this an article from 2005? (85 comments)

My thoughts exactly. Email is so 5-10 years ago. If I'm communicating only with people who are in their 40s, then maybe this study has some merit. But anyone in their 20s is using facebook (incl facebook chat) or texting. And folks on the other end of the age spectrum are probably using the phone.

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Microsoft Now Collects Royalties From Over Half of All Android Devices

itwbennett ChromeOS also implicated as infringing patents (241 comments)

What's notable this time around is that ChromeOS is also implicated as an infringing technology. Compal is now the third ODM company to enter into a Microsoft agreement over ChromeOS and Android. Brian Proffitt goes into more detail in this blog post: http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/215897/microsoft-why-innovate-when-you-can-litigate

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Paywalled NYT Now Has 300,000 Online Subscribers

itwbennett Need more numbers (179 comments)

Is 300k subscribers good? What percentage of total online readers is that? Also, sure, a 6% increase in digital advertising revenue is good, in that any increase is good. But what sort of increase did comparable websites see?

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Lack of Technology Puts Star Wars Series On Hold

itwbennett Define cost effective (309 comments)

How 'cost effective' does it need to be when it's got a guaranteed audience of male tweens, teens, 20s ... plus all the geek girls. And the nostalgia audience too (that's my demographic, btw.).

more than 3 years ago
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Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands

itwbennett taking stock (325 comments)

Hoping the attention of the slashdot community will do good things for the Beacon stock I bought.

more than 3 years ago
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35% Use Mobile Apps Before Getting Out of Bed

itwbennett Numbers are higher for nighttime checkins (180 comments)

Also, not surprisingly, 72% check Facebook from bed before going to sleep and 20% check Twitter. That's what happens when you keep your smartphone on your nightstand and/or work on your laptop into the wee hours.

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Detained MS Employee Freed By Libyan Gov't?

itwbennett Microsoft confirms release (1 comments)

The blog post linked to above has been updated. Microsoft has confirmed that Khalid Elhasumi was indeed freed on Tuesday.

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SlashTweaks Let YOU Micro-Edit Slashdot

itwbennett madlibs live! (257 comments)

Only snarkier

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Firing Phraseology: 'Pursure Other Interests'?

itwbennett headline typo (2 comments)

'Pursure' should be 'Pursue'.

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Was Microsoft Forced to Pay $136M in Back Taxes in China?

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  2 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "China's state-controlled Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday that an unnamed international company was forced to pay 840 million yuan ($136 million) in back taxes, as part of a Chinese government crackdown on tax evasion. The Xinhua article simply referred to it as the "M company," describing it as a top 500 global firm headquartered in the U.S. that in 1995 set up a wholly owned foreign subsidiary in Beijing. The details match Microsoft's own background, and no other company obviously fits the bill. Xinhua added, that despite the company's strengths, its subsidiary in China had not been not making a profit, and posted a loss of over $2 billion during a six-year period."
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Is Ruby on Rails Losing Steam?

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  3 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a post last week, Quartz ranked the most valuable programming skills, based on job listing data from Burning Glass and the Brookings Institution. Ruby on Rails came out on top, with an average salary of $109,460. And that may have been true in the first quarter of 2013 when the data was collected, but 'before you run out and buy Ruby on Rails for Dummies, you might want to consider some other data which indicate that Rails (and Ruby) usage is not trending upwards,' writes ITworld's Phil Johnson. Johnson looked at recent trends in the usage of Ruby (as a proxy for Rails usage) across MS Gooroo, the TIOBE index, the PYPL index, Redmonk's language rankings, and GitHut and found that 'demand by U.S. employers for engineers with Rails skills has been on the decline, at least for the last year.'"
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Home Depot Spent $43 Million On Data Breach In Just One Quarter

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  2 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, Home Depot spent $43 million in its third quarter on investigations, providing identity theft protection services to consumers, increased call center staffing and other legal and professional services. The retailer said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that it expects $15 million of that cost will be reimbursed by a $100 million network security and privacy liability insurance policy."
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  3 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that."
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  3 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Chat app maker Slack is hoping to make inroads in the enterprise with a new paid plan that will include an optional feature called Compliance Exports that will let administrators access their team's communications, encompassing public and private messages. The tool is far-reaching, potentially including the edit history for workers' messages as well as messages workers have marked for deletion, if the supervisor so desires."
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EU Lawmakers: Breaking Up Google Just One Possible Antritrust Option

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  4 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A draft version of a European Parliament resolution, reported by news outlets over the weekend, calls on the Commission to break up Google as one way to solve competition issues with the search engine provider, which is the biggest in Europe. But there are other options as well. "We want fair and neutral search in the interest of consumers. Unbundling is one of the ideas but we proposed several ideas of solutions that are on the table," said German Parliament member Andreas Schwab and Ramon Tremosa of Spain, who drafted the resolution. One of the other solutions is a rotation mechanism, which would display commercial services from Google and its competitors in the same location and with the same prominence on the search results page. And another option for resolving Google's antitrust issues is to adopt legal measures that would specifically prevent anticompetitive behavior in search, Tremosa and Schwab said."
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Critical XSS Flaws Patched in WordPress and Popular Plug-in

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a week ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The WordPress development team on Thursday released critical security updates that address an XSS vulnerability in the comment boxes of WordPress posts and pages. An attacker could exploit this flaw to create comments with malicious JavaScript code embedded in them that would get executed by the browsers of users seeing those comments. 'In the most obvious scenario the attacker leaves a comment containing the JavaScript and some links in order to put the comment in the moderation queue,' said Jouko Pynnonen, the security researcher who found the flaw."
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Microsoft Patches Kerberos Vulnerability Being Used In Attacks

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Microsoft released an out-of-band patch on Tuesday, addressing a vulnerability in Kerberos KBC, a component that handles authentication on local networks. The patch was supposed to have been released earlier this month, but Microsoft withheld it due to QA concerns. However, Redmond says the flaw is being used in attacks online, so organizations are urged to update immediately."
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Facebook's Flow Could Help JavaScript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Facebook has released as open source a debugging tool for JavaScript, called Flow. Flow is a static type checker, one that ensures that when a program is run that its variables, functions and other elements of code will adhere to their original specifications. 'Flow improves speed and efficiency so developers can be more productive while using JavaScript,' Facebook engineers said in a blog post on Tuesday."
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Superbugs: 10 Long-Lived Software Bugs

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Earlier this week, Microsoft patched a 19-year-old security vulnerability that has been present in every version of its operating systems since the release of Windows 1995. As the IBM researchers who discovered the bug put it, it’s been 'sitting in plain site' while other vulnerabilities in the same library have been fixed over the years. While it may seem surprising that a critical error in such a major piece of software, used by so many people, could go unnoticed for decades, it’s actually not that uncommon, writes ITworld's Phil Johnson, who rounded up 10 more examples of software bugs that were particularly long-lived — not all of which have yet been fixed."
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Facebook Testing Lithium-ion Batteries for Backup Power

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Facebook has just started testing lithium-ion batteries as the backup power source for its server racks and plans to roll them out widely next year. Lithium-ion has been too expensive until now, says Matt Corddry, Facebook's director of hardware engineering, but its use in electric cars has changed the economics. It's now more cost effective than the bulky, lead-acid batteries widely used in data centers today."
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China's Smartphone Boom Times Are Over, Says Lenovo CEO

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Since 2010, Lenovo's smartphone business has almost solely grown on demand from Chinese consumers, with the company rising to become one of the country's top handset vendors. 'But now the China market is not hyper-growing any longer,' said Lenovo's CEO Yang Yuanqing in an earnings call earlier this month. 'It has been saturated. If you want to win you have to find new growth areas.'"
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A U.S. court has quashed an attempt to seize Iran's, Syria's and North Korea's domains as part of a lawsuit against those countries' governments. The plaintiffs in the case wanted to seize the domains after they successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as state sponsors of terrorism. But the court found the domains have the nature of a contractual right, and ruled that rights arising under a contract cannot be seized as part of a judgment."
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German Spy Agency Seeks Millions To Monitor Social Networks

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Germany's foreign intelligence agency reportedly wants to spend €300 million (about $375 million) in the next five years on technology that would let it spy in real time on social networks outside of Germany, and decrypt and monitor encrypted Internet traffic. The agency, which already spent €6.22 million in preparation for this online surveillance push, also wants to use the money to set up an early warning system for cyber attacks, the report said. A prototype is expected to be launched next June with the aim of monitoring publicly available data on Twitter and blogs."
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NEC Smartphone Tech Can Spot Counterfeit Goods

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "NEC has developed an anti-counterfeiting smartphone app that compares images snapped with a phone with those in a cloud-based database. The "object fingerprint" technology can establish authenticity by identifying fine patterns in the grain of metal or plastic that occur naturally during manufacturing and are invisible to the human eye. The accuracy of the system depends on the material in question, but NEC said its tests on bolts yielded an equal error rate (EER) of less than one in 1 million."
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MS Word Macro Attacks Make a Comeback

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A recent piece of malware that aims to steal your online banking credentials revives a decade-old technique to install itself on your PC. Called Dridex, the malware tries to steal your data when you log into an online bank account by creating HTML fields that ask you to enter additional information like your social security number. That's not unusual in itself. What's different is how Dridex tries to infect your computer in the first place: It's delivered in the form of a macro, buried in a Microsoft Word document in a spam email message."
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Google To Bolster Flu Trends Model With CDC Data

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Scientists spoke, and Google listened. As reported in Slashdot over the weekend, when scientists combined historic flu levels with Google Flu Trends data, they found that "Google Flu Trends data sets significantly add information to the forecasts of current flu levels," but that the aggregate Web searches alone cannot provide an accurate assessment of where flu has struck and its severity. Now Google has decided to take into account data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Google Flu Trends model for the 2014-2015 flu season. Christian Stefansen, a senior software engineer at Google, wrote in a blog post that the company decided it could improve the accuracy significantly with a model that learns continuously from official flu data."
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Adobe's Digital Editions Collecting Less Data, Says EFF

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Tests on the latest version of Adobe System's e-reader software shows the company is now collecting less data following a privacy-related dustup last month, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Adobe was criticized in early October after it was discovered Digital Editions collected metadata about e-books on a device, even if the e-books did not have DRM. Those logs were also sent to Adobe in plain text. Digital Editions version 4.0.1 appears to only collect data on e-books that have DRM (Digital Rights Management), wrote Cooper Quintin, a staff technologist with the EFF."
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Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Assuming that people who use the anonymity network want to also use Facebook, the social network has made its site available on Tor, Facebook software engineer Alec Muffett said in a post on Friday. Facebook also decided to encrypt the connection between clients and its server with SSL, providing an SSL certificate for Facebook's onion address. This was done both for internal technical reasons and as a way for users to verify Facebook's ownership of the onion address. Since it is still an experiment, Facebook hopes to improve the service and said it would share lessons learned about scaling and deploying services via an onion address over time."
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Vulnerabilities Found In More Command-Line Tools

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line utilities. Two remote command execution vulnerabilities were patched this week in the popular wget download agent and tnftp client for Unix-like systems. This comes after a remote code execution vulnerability was found last week in a library used by strings, objdump, readelf and other command-line tools."
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