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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.

more than 2 years ago
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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'.

more than 2 years ago
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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.

about 3 years ago
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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

more than 3 years ago
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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?

more than 2 years ago
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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.

more than 3 years ago
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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.

more than 3 years ago
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SlashTweaks Let YOU Micro-Edit Slashdot

itwbennett madlibs live! (257 comments)

Only snarkier

more than 3 years ago
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Firing Phraseology: 'Pursure Other Interests'?

itwbennett headline typo (2 comments)

'Pursure' should be 'Pursue'.

more than 3 years ago

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T-Mobile To Pay $90M for Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  9 hours ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suit that alleged it looked the other way while third parties charged T-Mobile subscribers for services they didn’t want. The settlement is the second largest ever for so-called 'cramming,' following one that the FCC reached with AT&T in October. It came just two days after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint for the same practice."
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  yesterday

itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a blog post Tuesday, security service provider Alert Logic warned of a Linux vulnerability, named grinch after the well-known Dr. Seuss character, that could provide attackers with unfettered root access. The fundamental flaw resides in the Linux authorization system, which can inadvertently allow privilege escalation, granting a user full administrative access. Alert Logic warned that Grinch could be as severe as the Shellshock flaw that roiled the Internet in September."
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Diversity Among Tech Workers: How 11 Well-Known Companies Stack Up

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  2 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The tech industry has a well-publicized problem (including on Slashdot here and here and here) with a lack of diversity. After years of denial and evasion, the industry is starting to acknowledge the underrepresentation of women and minorities, particularly among those in technology roles. And this year a number of them went public with diversity data about their total workforce and about their tech workers specifically. Here's how 11 of them stack up."
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Study: Android Apps Slurp Up User-Identifying Data

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  4 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a recent study, ten volunteers used Android phones that tracked app behavior using a monitoring app, Mobilitics, developed by the French National Institute for Informatics Research (INRIA) in conjunction with the National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL). Almost two-thirds of apps studied in the three-month real-world test accessed at least one mobile phone identifier, a quarter of them at least two identifiers, and a sixth three or more. Apps don’t need many permissions to build up a comprehensive user profile, said INRIA researcher Vincent Roca. He described how, simply by requesting access to the permissions 'Internet' and 'Access_Wifi_State,' an application could identify the phone through the MAC address of its Wi-Fi adapter and track its movements around the world."
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Cybercriminals Face New Hurdles To Cashing Out

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  4 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Even for hackers, data is a numbers game. If 10,000 cards are stolen, as few as 100 may have the potential for a successful cash out and maybe 10 cards will actually be productive, says Alex Holden, founder and CISO for Hold Security, a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in finding stolen data on underground websites. And, similar to the gold rush, where many profited by selling shovels and mining equipment, there’s a healthy trade in email lists of potential victims, spam messages crafted to evade filters and specialized malware that can slip past antivirus software. But those expenses all ultimately come out of a hacker’s bottom line. 'Cybercriminals don’t have enough resources to monetize stolen data in big volumes,' adds Andrew Komarov CEO of security company IntelCrawler. 'It really has a small margin, and it is pretty complicated to resell it in big amounts.'"
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  4 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "According to a report in Korean IT Times, Samsung Electronics has begun production of the A9 processor, the next generation ARM-based CPU for iPhone and iPad. Korea IT Times says Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production (a cutting-edge design for semiconductors that many other manufacturers, including AMD, IBM and TSMC, are adopting) in Austin, Texas and Giheung, Korea, but production is only taking place in Austin. Samsung invested $3.9 billion in that plant specifically to make chips for Apple. So now Apple can say its CPU is 'Made in America'."
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UX Fails Make Installing Fedora 21 Harder Than It Has To Be

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a week ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Swapnil Bhartiya has posted a handy how-to for installing the new Fedora, a process that is made more problematic due to a couple of UX flaws in the Anaconda installer. First, is the all-but-hidden placement of an error message if the user enters a too-weak password. Second, is the de-selection of the 'user creation' button, which would result in the the installation continuing with only a root user."
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How Your In-Store Shopping Affects the Ads You See On Facebook

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a week ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Facebook has made several acquisitions over the years to help advertisers target their ads and extend their reach. Custom Audiences is one such targeting tool, allowing retailers to match shoppers in their stores with their accounts on Facebook. It’s often done through an email address, phone number or name. Facebook won’t give hard numbers, but there seems to be a lot of matching going on. For decades, marketers have been trying to understand more about what’s happening at the point of sale, ‘so their systems are really robust at capturing a strikingly large amount of transactions,’ says Brian Boland, Facebook’s VP of advertising technology."
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Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10 Mobile Apps

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "IBM and Apple have unveiled the first results of the enterprise IT partnership they announced in July: 10 mobile applications aimed at businesses in six industries as well as government users. One of the apps, for example, allows a flight crew to personalize a passenger's in-flight experience. An app targeted at the banking industry allows a financial advisor to remotely access and manage a client's portfolio. And police officers can use iPhones to view video feeds from crime scenes with an app for law enforcement."
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The 14 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2015

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Glassdoor's annual list of the 50 Best Places To Work is out, and tech companies make a strong showing again this year, with Google coming out on top, and not just among tech companies. What makes Google a particularly great place to work? 'My work is used by lots and lots of users. It's cool stuff that makes people happy. I'm learning a lot which will make me employable within Google and elsewhere. I get to go home whenever I want to enjoy my free time and I make enough money to travel.' says one Google Developer Advocate. Compare that to Qualcomm, which came in 14th overall and 4th among tech companies, where the reviewer, a Qualcomm Staff Engineer/Manager, waxes realistic about the work life balance, saying it is good 'in some divisions.' Or LinkedIn (23rd overall, 8th among tech companies) where work schedules are 'generally pretty flexible.' Or NVIDIA (36th overall, 11th among tech companies) where promotions are meted out based on talent 'over years of experience.'"
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DOJ Wants Companies To Trust the Government on Cybersecurity

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "During a forum on cybersecurity in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general with the DOJ's Criminal Division, called for private companies to put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies. Caldwell pointed to smartphone encryption as one area that is likely to become a problem for law enforcement. ‘We really need to think long and hard about whether we want to create a zone of lawlessness that law enforcement can't access,’ she said. ‘I think that's a very dangerous precedent that's been set.’"
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Intel Invests Billions in Mobile Ambitions

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The allure of mobile devices has led Intel to take some uncharacteristic moves, partnering with Chinese companies to build some smartphone and tablet chips, and relying on third parties to manufacture those chips. Intel is betting the partnerships will accelerate its business in China, where smartphone shipments are booming. But the company wants to regain complete control over manufacturing, and on Thursday said it was investing $1.6 billion over 15 years in a China plant for mobile chip development and manufacturing."
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FTC: Online Billing Service Deceptively Collected Medical Records

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The FTC has reached a proposed settlement with PaymentsMD, an Atlanta health billing company that used the sign-up process for its billing service to surreptitiously seek customers’ consent to obtain detailed medical information. The medical information PaymentsMD requested included customers’ prescriptions, procedures, medical diagnoses, lab tests performed and their results, and other information, the FTC said. The bright spot in all this: In all but one case, the health care providers contacted for data refused to comply with PaymentsMD’s requests."
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LinkedIn Social Login Flaw Allows Access To Slashdot, Other Sites

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "IBM's X Force security researchers found an easy way to gain access to Web accounts by taking an advantage of an oversight in how some social login services are configured. The attack that abuses LinkedIn is demonstrated in a video included in a blog post. The attacker creates an account with LinkedIn, using the victim's email address. Once the LinkedIn account is created, the attacker goes to Slashdot (or Nasdaq.com, Crowdfunder.com and other sites) by abusing LinkedIn's social login mechanism. and uses the social login feature."
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Silicon Valley Startups Discover Power of Political Lobbying

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "In the last three months, Fitbit, Snapchat and Sidecar all began lobbying in Washington for the first time, each paying D.C.-based lobbying companies to monitor moves by the federal government and lawmakers that might impact their business. Some companies have gone a step further and opened their own office in D.C., with their own lobbyist. Uber began in-house lobbying this year, less than a year after it first arrived in Washington, and has already spent $100,000 on its own efforts. Music streaming service Pandora, which has spent almost a million dollars on lobbying in the last four years, registered its own lobbyist in September and quickly spent a further $120,000. And then there's the erstwhile over-air TV streaming company Aereo, which had already spent $820,000 over two and a half years to pay a lobbying company, and then a few months after the Supreme Court ruling it filed papers to begin lobbying activity itself."
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Iranian Hackers Compromised Airlines, Critical Infrastructure Companies

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "For the past two years, a team of Iranian hackers has compromised computers and networks belonging to over 50 organizations in 16 countries, including airlines, defense contractors, universities, military installations, hospitals, airports, telecommunications firms, government agencies, and energy and gas companies, researchers from IT security firm Cylance said in an extensive report released Tuesday. According to the report, 'ten of these victims are headquartered in the US and include a major airline, a medical university, an energy company specializing in natural gas production, an automobile manufacturer, a large defense contractor, and a major military installation.'"
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Plaintiffs in the Apple iPod iTunes antitrust litigation complain that Apple married iTunes music with iPod players, and they want $350 million in damages. The lawsuit accuses Apple of violating U.S. and California antitrust law by restricting music purchased on iTunes from being played on devices other than iPods and by not allowing iPods to play music purchased on other digital music services. Late Apple founder Steve Jobs will reportedly appear via a videotaped statement during the trial, scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California."
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Was Microsoft Forced to Pay $136M in Back Taxes in China?

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks 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  |  about three weeks 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  |  about three weeks 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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