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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.

more than 2 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?

about 3 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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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

itwbennett Re:Price (618 comments)

I agree. It's all about the "ridiculous pricing model". I may reconsider when smartphone data plans are bundled in with Internet, phone, cable TV. Until then, I'll do my Internet-enabling on my laptop and calling on my dumb phone (which, btw, is prepaid and hardly ever used). Sorry, AT&T, Verizon.

more than 3 years ago

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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  2 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine to show news snippets in search results free of charge — at least for the time being. The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google in which, predictably, publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content and Google isn't interested in sharing revenue. The move follows a Google decision earlier this month — and which was to go into effect today — to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites."
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Microsoft, Ask.com, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  3 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff. The suits appear to refer to a memo that names a large number of companies that allegedly had special arrangements with Google to prevent poaching of staff and was filed as an exhibit on May 17, 2013 in another class action suit over hiring practices. The former employees filing lawsuits against Microsoft, Ask.com and Oracle have asked that the cases be assigned to Judge Koh as there were similarities with the case against Google, Apple and others — and it maybe doesn't hurt that Judge Koh thought the $324.5 million settlement in that case was too low."
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  4 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe, announced today, will let broadcasters see (in aggregate and anonymized) how people interact with digital video between devices — for example if you begin watching a show on Netflix on your laptop, then switch to a Roku set-top box to finish it. The information learned will help broadcasters decide what to charge advertisers, and deliver targeted ads to viewers. Broadcasters can use the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, as they're called, beginning early next year. Early users include ESPN, Sony Pictures Television, Turner Broadcasting and Viacom."
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What Are the Best Programs Written By a Single Person?

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "While programming is generally considered a solitary task, most developers still work as part of team, dividing up coding responsibilities for a single piece of software and generally helping each other out during the process. But sometimes a lone genius coder creates something so impressive that other developers take note. ITworld's Phil Johnson rounded up 8 software programs written by one person that the developer community has deemed to be particularly impressive pieces of code. Making the list: Fabrice Bellard’s JSLinux, Richard Stallman’s GNU Emacs, and Chris Sawyer’s RollerCoaster Tycoon among notable others."
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Tech Workers Oppose Settlement They Reached in Silicon Valley Hiring Case

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Tech workers have asked an appeals court not to approve a $324.5 million settlement in Silicon Valley's controversial employee hiring case, according to a document filed Tuesday. This move by the plaintiffs puts them in alignment with an earlier decision by Judge Lucy Koh of the federal district court in San Jose to throw out the settlement on the grounds that it wouldn't pay the workers enough. Attorneys for the defendants — Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel — subsequently appealed Koh's decision."
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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Four alleged members of an international computer hacking ring face charges in the U.S. of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army and several tech companies and stealing several software packages, including programs used to train Army helicopter pilots, as well as software and data related to the Xbox One gaming console, the Xbox Live online gaming service and popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Gears of War 3."
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Chinese Regulator Claims Flaws In Apple's iOS Can Steal Users' Data

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "China has effectively cleared the iPhone 6 for sale in the country, granting the product a license, but not before a government regulator demanded Apple make some security changes in the iOS operating system to fix suspected flaws in the software. These flaws involved "three background services" that can be exploited to retrieve users' private information, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in its posting."
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EU Data Protection Authorities School Google On Privacy Policy

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a letter to Google (PDF) that was published Thursday, the Article 29 Working Party, an umbrella group for European data protection authorities, said Google's privacy policy, in addition to being clear and unambiguous, should also include an exhaustive list of the types of personal data processed. But if all that information is overwhelming to users, Google should personalize the privacy policy to show users only the data processing it is performing on their data."
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iPhone 6 Expected To Fetch Over $3,000 In China's Grey Market

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Apple has yet to say when the new iPhones might arrive in China, but grey market dealers in Beijing expect unofficial shipments of the iPhone 6 from Hong Kong and Australia to start arriving in China this weekend. Saying 'Chinese people will buy anything,' Beijing electronics dealer Wang Qingyun said he expects initial prices will reach over 20,000 yuan ($3,251) and perhaps up to 25,000 yuan, depending on how many iPhone 6 units actually make it to Beijing."
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Scary Video Highlights Danger of Damaged Lithium Ion Batteries

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "As part of its work testing electronic components, the Japanese National Institute for Technology and Evaluation (NITE) tested batteries about the size of those used in cellphones. They were struck with a hammer then left on a work bench, unconnected from any apparatus. Later — the period of time is unclear from the edited footage — one of the batteries ruptures with a bang, flying across the laboratory. A second clip shows a similar battery erupting in a shower of sparks."
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US Military Unaware of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The Senate Armed Service Committee released on Wednesday an unclassified version of a report (PDF) commissioned last year to investigate cyberattacks against contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The report alleges that the Chinese military successfully stole emails, documents, login credentials and more from contractors, but few of those incidents were ever reported to TRANSCOM. During a one-year period starting in June 2012, TRANSCOM contractors endured more than 50 intrusions, 20 of which were successful in planting malware. TRANSCOM learned of only two of the incidents. The FBI, however, was aware of 10 of the attacks."
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Use of Forced Labor 'Systemic' in Malaysian IT Manufacturing

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The use of forced labor is so prevalent in the Malaysian electronics manufacturing industry that there is hardly a major brand name that isn't touched by the illegal practice, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and undertaken by Verité, a nonprofit organization focused on labor issues. The two-year study surveyed more than 500 migrant workers at around 200 companies in Malaysia's IT manufacturing sector and found one in three were working under conditions of forced labor."
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FCC Gets Record Number of Net Neutrality Comments. What Now?

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The deadline for the public to comment on the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, a record number for an FCC proceeding — and by far eclipsing the 1.4 million complaints the FCC received over Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. The agency will now focus on reading and analyzing comments, said agency spokeswoman Kim Hart. Employees from across the FCC will be called on to read comments and technology tools will also be used to analyze comments, she said. But the record-breaking number of comments may slow the process and there's no set timeline for the FCC to act on net neutrality rules, Hart said."
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How can programmers move up professionally?

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month and a half ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Climb the ladder; make more money. Sounds good, right? But if you're a developer, you've first got to choose your ladder. In a recent blog post, Eric Bloom, an IT leadership development consultant and former CIO, tackles the question of developer career advancement. His advice sends readers down one of two (very broad) possible paths: 1) get deeply technical or 2) use your tech cred to open doors, but start pivoting into management. Are those really the only two options available to developers who want to advance in their careers?"
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How China's E-waste Capital Is Trying to Clean Itself Up

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month and a half ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "If you want to see where your old electronics go to die, take a trip to Guiyu. For two decades, PCs, phones and other electronics have been shipped to this town on the southeast coast of China, where locals in thousands of small workshops pull them apart with buzz saws and pliers to extract the valuable components inside. But things may finally be changing. A sign posted by a small stream in the town declares that Guiyu will crack down on any 'acid cleaning, and burning activities.' And residents said it's rare now to see 'board burning' in the town itself, with that and other dangerous activities having been moved to an industrial park to the north."
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Home Depot Confirms Breach Of Its Payment Systems

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month and a half ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Home Depot said Monday that its payment systems had been breached, potentially affecting any customers who shopped at its stores in the U.S. and Canada since April. There's no evidence yet that debit card PIN numbers had been compromised, the company said, though it is still figuring out the scope and scale of the attacks."
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Just Five Gangs in Nigeria Are Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month and a half ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind most scams targeting sellers on Craigslist, and they've taken new measures to make their swindles appear legitimate, according to a study by George Mason University researchers Damon McCoy and Jackie Jones. In a new innovation, they're using professional check-writing equipment plus U.S.-based accomplices to not raise suspicions among their victims. McCoy and Jones will present their paper on Sept. 24 at the IEEE eCrime Research Summit in Birmingham, Alabama."
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What Are the Most Confounding Features of Various Programming Languages?

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about 1 month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Every programming language has its own unique quirks, such as weird syntax, unusual functionality or non-standard implementations, things that can cause developers new to the language, or even seasoned pros, to scratch their heads in wonder (or throw their hands up in despair). ITworld's Phil Johnson has rounded up some of the WTFiest — from the + operator in JavaScript to the trigraphs in C and C++ and indentation level in Python. What programming language oddities cause you the most grief?"
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White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about 2 months ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The White House has named long-time Google executive Megan Smith as the government's new CTO, in charge of improving technology and the use of data across agencies. Smith most recently served as vice president at Google's tech lab, Google[x]. She previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, helped design early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan in Tokyo. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, and just might be, as noted in a previous Slashdot post, the first US CTO worthy of the title. Also on Thursday, the White House named Alexander Macgillivray, a former general counsel and head of public policy at Twitter, as deputy U.S. CTO."
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The Forensic Tool That Grabs Nude Selfies From iCloud Accounts

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about 2 months ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "There's a seedy trade in compromising photos stored in Apple iCloud accounts, and it is in part aided by a software program that cleanly collects the data. The software tool they're using is Moscow-based Elcomsoft's Phone Password Breaker (EPPB), one of many forensic tools the company develops for law enforcement and other clients. Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov said via email on Wednesday that there are legitimate uses for his company's software and that it doesn't exploit flaws in Apple services, but at the same time, Elcomsoft doesn’t restrict who it sells EPPB to and over time the software has been sold and then leaked to underground websites, like Anon-IB where some of the nude celebrity photos are believed to have first been circulated."
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