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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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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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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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Google May Bring Wi-Fi To New York City Pay Phones

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  2 days ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Google was among 60 entities that attended a meeting on May 12 to discuss a project to replace or supplement as many as 10,000 pay phones around the city, turning the relics of the past into 'communication points' of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging. The list came to light in a Bloomberg News report on Monday. Other participants included Samsung, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable."
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FCC Approves Plan To Spend $2B Over Next Two Years On School Wi-Fi

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 party-line vote Friday, approved a plan to revamp the 17-year-old E-Rate program, which pays for telecom services for schools and libraries, by phasing out funding for voice service, Web hosting and paging services, and redirecting money to Wi-Fi. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had proposed a $5 billion budget for Wi-Fi, but Republican commissioners and some lawmakers had questioned where the money would come from. Still, the E-Rate revamp approved Friday contemplates a $1 billion-a-year target for Wi-Fi projects 'year after year,' Wheeler said."
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LG Introduces roll-up and see-through OLED Displays

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "At the recent Society of Information Displays (SID), Nokia showed off displays that could be bent up to two times, and still continue to work. Well, Korea's LG Display just one upped them in a big way. It has just shown off an 18-inch flexible OLED panel that you can roll up like a newspaper to a radius of just 3 cm and still work. The company also showed off an 18-inch transparent OLED panel"
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Seiki's Cheap 4K TV Is Not Computer Monitor Nirvana

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "When unknown television maker Seiki released the world’s cheapest 4K TV, many programmers jumped at the opportunity to gain a cheap 4K monitor. Early reports touted vast screen real estate and sharp picture as a massive productivity boost for developers. So when ITworld's Matt Mombrea saw a 50” Seiki 4K TV for $429, he had to give it a try. Consider this your chance to learn from his mistakes: Despite tweaking every possible thing there was to tweak, the TV still made for a sub-standard monitor — it was slow and laggy with a noticeable flickr. As a TV, though, it's just fine."
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Murderers Bid To Join Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "In late June, a handwritten letter was sent from the state prison in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, by 10 people seeking to join the Apple vs. Samsung case. The letter included the purported signatures of Jodi Arias, whose trial and conviction in 2013 for murdering her boyfriend achieved widespread coverage on cable news channels; James Holmes, who appears to be the same person accused of killing 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012; and Christopher Wirth, who was found guilty in 2013 of killing his girlfriend while driving under the influence of alcohol. It wasn't possible to verify the authenticity of the signatures, but the envelope used to send the letter bears a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections 'Inmate Mail' postmark and a return address of the state prison in Bellefonte, where seven of the 10 are listed as being incarcerated."
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a recent survey posted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Eight of the top 10 computer science departments now use Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools, indicating that it is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses, according to Philip Guo, a computer science researcher who compiled the survey for ACM."
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The World's Best Living Programmers

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "How do you measure success? If it's by Stack Overflow reputation, Google engineer Jon Skeet is the world's best programmer. If it's winning programming competitions, Gennady Korotkevich or Petr Mitrechev might be your pick. But what about Linus Torvalds? Or Richard Stallman? Or Donald Knuth? ITworld's Phil Johnson has rounded up a list of what just might be the world's top 14 programmers alive today."
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Blue Shield Discloses 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The Social Security numbers of roughly 18,000 California physicians and health-care providers were inadvertently made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said Monday. The numbers were included in monthly filings on medical providers that Blue Shield is required to make to the state's Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The provider rosters for February, March and April 2013 included the data and were available under the state's public records law."
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IBM Tries To Forecast and Control Beijing's Air Pollution

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about two weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Using supercomputers to predict and study pollution patterns is nothing new. And already, China's government agencies, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, publicly report real-time pollution levels to residents. But IBM is hoping to design a better system tailored for Beijing that can predict air quality levels three days in advance, and even pinpoint the exact sources of the pollution down to the street level, said Jin Dong, an IBM Research director involved in the project."
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Google's 'Cookie Choices' Lets Europeans Know How They're Being Tracked

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about three weeks ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Google has launched a new site, CookieChoices.org, to help visitors of European sites learn more about the digital breadcrumbs they leave behind through cookies. The site, which includes code that publishers can use to incorporate notifications into their own sites and apps, is meant to address European laws that require that digital publishers give visitors to their sites and apps information about their use of cookies and other data. The notifications could take the form of pop-up alerts or a bar at the top of the screen, ostensibly to give details like the visitor's browsing history or profile information."
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Foxconn CEO Blames Past Worker Suicides On Breakups, Family Disputes

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Four years after a string of suicides brought unwanted attention to his company, Foxconn Technology Group's CEO said none of the deaths had to do with poor working conditions at its factories. 'It wasn't because the workers were tired,' Terry Gou said on Wednesday at the company's annual shareholders' meeting. 'Some of it was because the work is monotonous, but 90 percent of it had to do with personal relationships or because of family disputes.'"
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Why Software Builds Fail

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A group of researchers from Google, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Nebraska undertook a study of over 26 million builds by 18,000 Google engineers from November 2012 through July 2013 to better understand what causes software builds to fail and, by extension, to improve developer productivity. And, while Google isn't representative of every developer everywhere, there are a few findings that stand out: Build frequency and developer (in)experience don't affect failure rates, most build errors are dependency-related, and C++ generates more build errors than Java (but they’re easier to fix)."
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Governments Turn To Mobile Malware for Monitoring

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The Citizen Lab, part of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and Kaspersky Lab both published analyses on Tuesday of a surveillance product called Remote Control System (RCS) from Hacking Team in Italy. Over time, the cost of the spying toolkits has fallen and they are now within reach of nearly all governments, the Citizen Lab said in its writeup. Kaspersky Lab found 64 RCS command-and-control servers in the U.S., the most of any country, followed by 49 in Kazakhstan, 35 in Ecuador and 24 in the U.K. Other countries with double-digit numbers of control servers included Canada, China and Colombia."
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New Software Makes Privacy Policies Understandable

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A browser add-on, dubbed 'Privacy Icons', from Disconnect and TRUSTe analyzes websites' privacy policies, and breaks them down into nine categories, including location tracking, do-not-track browser request compliance and data retention policies. The pay-what-you-want software is available now for recent versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera."
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Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Police in Dallas are scrambling after difficulties using a new records management system caused more than 20 jail inmates, including a number of people charged with violent crimes, to be set free. The prisoners were able to get out of jail because police officers struggling to learn the new system didn't file cases on them within three days, as required by law."
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ICANN CEO Wants To Make Progress On US Split At London Meeting

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé hopes to make progress on preparations to take over running the world's central DNS servers from the U.S. government's National Telecommunications and Information Agency when the organization meets in London next week. 'I think this is a meeting where the ICANN community has to deal with the fact, the good fact, that its relationship with the U.S. government, which characterized its birth, its existence and growth, has now run its course,' Chehadé said."
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A proposed $324.5 million settlement of claims that Silicon Valley companies including Google and Apple suppressed worker wages by agreeing not to hire each others' employees may not be high enough, a judge signaled on Thursday. Judge Lucy Koh didn't say whether she would approve the settlement, but she did say in court that she was worried about whether that amount was fair to the roughly 64,000 technology workers represented in the case. Throughout Thursday's hearing, she questioned not just the amount but the logic behind the settlement as presented by lawyers for both the plaintiffs and the defendants."
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Supreme Court Ruling May Make Some Software Patents Harder To Get

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The computerized trading platform for currencies owned by Australian company Alice is too abstract to be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in Alice v. CLS Bank, released Thursday. The Alice patent at the heart of the case was to safeguard financial transactions against the risk that a party in the deal would renege. It was essentially a computerized version of what is known as 'intermediated settlement,' Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority. 'Merely requiring generic computer implementation fails to transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention,' he added. The ruling isn't a direct assault on software patents, as some critics had hoped. But it should make it more difficult to get weak patents approved, said Julie Samuels, executive director of tech entrepreneur trade group Engine Advocacy and a long-time critic of software patents."
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Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Responding to more than a year of pressure, Google and Microsoft will follow Apple in adding an anti-theft "kill switch" to their smartphone operating systems. In New York, iPhone theft was down 19 percent in the first five months of this year. Over the same period, thefts of Samsung devices — which did not include a kill switch until one was introduced on Verizon-only models in April — rose by over 40 percent. In San Francisco, robberies of iPhones were 38 percent lower in the six months after the iOS 7 introduction versus the six months before, while in London thefts over the same period were down by 24 percent. In both cities, robberies of Samsung devices increased. 'These statistics validate what we always knew to be true, that a technological solution has the potential to end the victimization of wireless consumers everywhere,' said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon."
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Internet Traffic Congestion Real, but Sporadic, Study Says

itwbennett itwbennett writes  |  about a month ago

itwbennett (1594911) writes "The ongoing congestion study, by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis at the University of California's San Diego (UCSD) Supercomputer Center, is preliminary and doesn't assign fault for congestion, but it does point to a poor experience for ISP customers and Netflix, said David Clark, a senior research scientist at MIT. Traffic congestion at interconnection points between broadband providers and backbone providers doesn't appear to be widespread, with congestion often just two or three hours a day, said Clark. But in some cases, U.S. ISPs have experienced periods of congestion on interconnection points with backbone providers that last for months at a time. For their parts, representatives of both Netflix and the cable broadband industry said the study supports their positions on who's to blame for the congestion."
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