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US unemployment falls in January 2011

mark72005 Pffft (1 comments)

All we really need to know is that the labor force is the smallest since 1984, and is shrinking (which is what gives the false impression the unemployment rate is dropping).

U6 is still above 16%. It was under 12% before TARP and it was under 14% when Our Great Leader was sworn in.

All our efforts to fix this have been demonstrable failures despte doubling our debt in just two years, and yet he wants us to double down.
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more than 3 years ago
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N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

mark72005 Sorry (705 comments)

Sorry Mr. Lacy, we require a license to complain about non-compliance to ignorant bureaucratic rules.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp's The Daily Is Doomed

mark72005 Re:Drop in the Bucket to Be Shoved Down Our Gullet (246 comments)

I received an e-reader (not Kindle) as a gift, and I read a lot of print books still.

For one, I'd rather have the physical book to pass along to others for free when I'm done.

Secondly, the cost of e-books doesn't represent much (or any) savings over new paperbacks.

Third, I never buy new books - amazon itself clears jillions of used/like new books so almost all my reading is already basically free.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp's The Daily Is Doomed

mark72005 Re:Drop in the Bucket to Be Shoved Down Our Gullet (246 comments)

Exactly, the issue isn't that people are unhappy with the online delivery methods that exist, it's that the ones that do exist are free.

Most people will not pay for something they can get for free, even if the pay version is just of moderately higher quality. It has to be much, much higher quality.

Since this is just plain text articles, basically - I don't see many people paying for the service when bookmarks work just as well, even on the iPad.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp's The Daily Is Doomed

mark72005 Re:Not gonna happen. (246 comments)

That would be true, if media only generated revenue on a subscription basis.

more than 3 years ago
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News Corp's The Daily Is Doomed

mark72005 Shocked (246 comments)

Color me shocked that the writer for another website, marketing itself as a "macrosite for news", predicts the failure of another news aggregator.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

mark72005 Re:Response from Another VP (596 comments)

brings new meaning to the term "dogfooding"

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

mark72005 Re:Response from Another VP (596 comments)

More importantly, they admittedly drive a lot of this from opt-in customer data.

Draw your own conclusions about who really opts in to help Bing, how their behavior online might differ from that of rational Bing users (or internet users as a whole), how this information is gathered, etc etc.

So the excuse is "We don't copy Google, we collect and store browsing information about our users." (as if that's better)

more than 3 years ago
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Atdhe.net & Firstrow.com seized

mark72005 Update! (Robert Stack style) (1 comments)

Sources say: firstrow is now . http://www.soccertvlive.net/

atdhe uses .me instead of .net

more than 3 years ago
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The Microsoft High-Profile Exodus Continues

mark72005 Mobile strategy (331 comments)

The mobile strategy is pretty lame, after all - setting themselves up as a low-rent copy of Apple.

Combine this with no tablet presence at all, and you have MSFT positioning itself as trying to hold onto the shrinking desktop market.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

mark72005 Re:Modem? (615 comments)

"the revolution will not be tweetivized"

(by the time he got the tweet posted, the revolution was over)

more than 3 years ago
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Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

mark72005 Re:Hitler died (615 comments)

Sic Semper Tytoolus!

more than 3 years ago
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Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

mark72005 Re:oblig (615 comments)

I favor a less funny, more useless answer: Internet Explorer.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Wants To Put Your Game Saves In the Cloud

mark72005 Re:Hm (224 comments)

They want everyone keeping all their devices connected to the online hub. This way they can control licensing, require updates, etc., more effectively than they do today.

You might like jailbreaking your console, but will you like it as much if your saved games are inaccessible? (maniacal laughter)

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

mark72005 Re:Maybe I'm missing something? (500 comments)

It doesn't matter, on /. every consumer is expected to sideload, install a clean OS, jailbreak, or otherwise do things the average person doesn't know how to do and/or wouldn't care to do if they could.

On /., everyone uses the same way you do. (or would, if they weren't so stupid)

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

mark72005 Re:*Yawn* (500 comments)

Depends... if Ballmer had said the exact same thing, it wouldn't be AS true. In this case since someone who loves Android says it, it's a "gotcha".

more than 3 years ago
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Stem Cell Research Running Into IP Brick Walls

mark72005 Re:What about government hindering innovation? (131 comments)

The biases only deal with embryonic stem cell research, which is but a subset of all types of stem cell research. For the record, I don't think you need a religious bias to object to embryo farming or similar (since this is /., we are allowed/required to carry out what-could-happen as far as possible)

Much more important than a petty political point is pointing out that exclusivity contracts in medical research are stupid. We should be attempting to advance as quickly as humanly and ethically possible in these fields, and awarding exclusivity for profit motivated (don't kid yourself, they are) universities and research institutions is damaging and nonsensical.

more than 3 years ago

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Dating site inports 250k facebook profiles

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day?

Simple.

You scrape data from Facebook.

At least, that’s the approach taken by two provocateurs who launched Lovely-Faces.com this week, with profiles — names, locations and photos — scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these unwitting volunteers into personality types, using a facial recognition algorithm, so you can search for someone in your general area who is “easy going,” “smug” or “sly.”"

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Atdhe.net & Firstrow.com seized

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "ICE — Homeland Security has seized these domains, well known for years among sports fans for allowing free streaming of out-of-market events. Many would say we're surprised these sites lasted this long, not at the seizure."
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Iran's nuclear program set back 5 years?

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "Israel believes that Iran will not be able to produce a nuclear bomb before 2015. That is the assessment of the outgoing head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Meir Dagan, in a briefing published on Friday. Israeli analyst Gerald Steinberg says one technical problem is foreign sabotage, such as the Stuxnet computer virus, which invaded Iran's nuclear facilities. It is widely believed that the virus was planted by Israel."
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Xtranormal no longer free

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "Animation website Xtranormal is moving to a pay model for its services. Until Thursday, Xtranormal charged for special characters and backdrops, such as an animated version of pop star Lady Gaga or a prison cell setting. But it made a number of characters and settings free to use, and only about 1 percent of users bought items. Now Xtranormal charges for all characters and sets, and for publishing videos for sharing, which used to always be free."
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No matter what, it's all due to global warming

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "Whether in Los Angeles or London, recent predictions have gone crazily awry. Global warming? How about mini ice age? The sight of confused and angry travelers stuck in airports across Europe because of an arctic freeze that has settled across the continent isn't funny. Sadly, they've been told for more than a decade now that such a thing was an impossibility — that global warming was inevitable, and couldn't be reversed."
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How the "Net Neutrality" coup was carried out

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "John Fund of the Wall Street Journal reports on the interest groups behind Obama's push for the new crop of internet regulations, and whether the problems it purports to solve are really problems at all."
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Moscow's bid to blow up Wikileaks

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "National-security officials say that the National Security Agency, the U.S. government's eavesdropping agency, has already picked up tell-tale electronic evidence that WikiLeaks is under close surveillance by the Russian FSB, that country's domestic spy network, out of fear in Moscow that WikiLeaks is prepared to release damaging personal information about Kremlin leaders. "We may not have been able to stop WikiLeaks so far, and it's been frustrating," a U.S. law-enforcement official tells The Daily Beast. "The Russians play by different rules.""
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Google in talks to buy Groupon

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "Published reports say Google may be close to buying online discount service Groupon in a deal worth as much as $6 billion in what would be the search leader's largest acquisition ever.

The size of the deal would put it well above Google Inc.'s largest acquisition to date, its 2008 purchase of DoubleClick for $3.2 billon."

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Starcraft II setting records for piracy

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  about 4 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty set the RTS record when it sold more than 1 million copies in 24 hours and went on to top the 3 million sales milestone in its first month. Now it appears Blizzard's sci-fi juggernaut has set a more dubious record: most pirated game.

Charting the five torrent files that set the biggest records, TorrentFreak reports that the most popular torrent file for the 7.19 GB game has been downloaded 2.3 million times, setting the record for transfer of the most data at a ridiculous 15.77 Petabytes."

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One Hundred Naked Body Scans Leaked

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  about 4 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens."
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Microsoft takes aim at Apple with retail store

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  about 4 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "Microsoft is opening a retail store at the Twin Cities area Mall of America in Minnesota. It will be directly across the hall from Apple's longtime Mall of America store and is "mimicking many of its rival's retail moves.""
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Convincing your employer to go with FOSS

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "My employer is currently looking at adopting a content management system for use by our technical support staff (Primarily first-line end user suport, but hopefully it will include deeper levels of support personnel eventually). The candidates are currently Plone (oss) and Confluence (proprietary, closed-source). For those with experience in each, what argument could be made in favor of Plone to managers interested in pragmatism rather than idealism?"
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Stuxnet malware targeting Iran's nuclear plant?

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "The Stuxnet malware has infiltrated industrial computer systems worldwide. Now, cyber security sleuths say it's a search-and-destroy weapon meant to hit a single target. One expert suggests it may be after Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant."
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Tethering to replace home internet connection?

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "I'm considering using tethering to replace my costly home internet connection. Cellphone plans generally offer this extra for $20-30 per month, whereas many cable connections are upwards of $40-$50 per month. My internet usage at home is limited to internet, email, light downloading and some virtualization with my work PC. Have you had success cutting the cord?"
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Windows Phone 7 "An ad-serving machine"

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "Kostas Mallios, Microsoft's general manager for Strategy and Business Development, told marketers and advertising professionals at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France that Windows Phone 7 will be, among other things, "an ad-serving machine". Mallios claims that customers will be able to opt-out, but envisions apps that "[enable] the advertiser to push the content down to the device.""
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iPhone: No OTA music downloads

mark72005 mark72005 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mark72005 (1233572) writes "http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/11/iphone-3g-details-firmware-2-0-on-june-27th-no-ota-music-downl/ iPhone 3G details: firmware 2.0 on June 27th, no OTA music downloads, AT&T to fine non-activators, new spy-shots by Joshua Topolsky, posted Jun 11th 2008 at 9:34AM As the dust settles on the iPhone 3G / WWDC blowout, we've sifted through the debris and discovered a few eyebrow-raising tidbits you might be interested to know. The first of which is news that the next firmware update (2.0) could be headed to devices as early as June 27th, at least according to Apple's Australian iPod touch features page, which touts the arrival of the app store later this month. Meanwhile, Apple's cash cow won't get those OTA iTunes music downloads that were being heavily speculated on in May. Word on the street is that record labels are — wait for it — still holding out for those upped premiums, or that AT&T wants a cut of the action, which Apple is reluctant to hand over. Of course, AT&T wanting their share of that revenue makes good sense when you realize that the telco is taking a major hit on the sale of these devices — a hit which will stall profits until 2010. Perhaps that explains the new rules about activation; according to a report from Reuters, the company will penalize customers who buy a phone but don't activate within 30 days, which falls in line with their aggressive new push to lock users into a contract... which looks exactly like the old cellphone business model. On a lighter note, iLounge has some real-world spy shots of the device's shell, which they claim smudges like it's going out of style, though it may be joined by a Product (RED) variation later this year. Enjoy!"

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