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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

mitcheli Being an apple fan, this made me chuckle. (399 comments)

But I did ask one of my fellow Windows guru's, and they said that the reason was because Windows has substantial code to search for Win9 for detecting Windows 95/98. If they chose to call it version 9 they'd have to do a lot of rework of the underlying code, so it was just easier to skip it. Sadly, that reason sounds very Microsoft-ish to me. So I'm going with it.

about 2 months ago
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Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition

mitcheli This is an inevitability. (122 comments)

But I do wonder, have they considered hiring Tom Cruise for this? Of course, if this technology does take off, you can rest assure that after the events in Ferguson, Missouri, that chest cameras will be the least of the criminal's worries....

about 2 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

mitcheli This just in.... (247 comments)

Scientists in a trailer in rural Illinois have just discovered that the world is indeed flat. Thus bringing an end to the several hundred year old scientific debate.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

mitcheli So Comcast is doing Cellular? (341 comments)

Otherwise I think they got themselves all confuzzled. Cable modems and the such are unlimited. I guess alongside that award winning customer support recently documented and here and here, folks might want to seriously consider their Cox business.

about 3 months ago
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Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

mitcheli While I appreciate what Silent Circle is doing... (67 comments)

I have to seriously hope that the phone is more than just encryption and access control. What types of intrusion detection does the phone have? What types of behavioral analysis to determine unknown exploit vectors does the phone have? Does the phone have decentralized communication methods? One idea I have pondered but seriously don't have the time to get engaged in is to try an SVOIP concept using peer to peer wifi connections, a mesh network of sorts. If the communications are decentralized and segregated from infrastructure, then you can bypass many of the eavesdropping techniques. If you have some form of behavioral analysis, then you can start to identify techniques to exploit the phone at the operational level. Encryption goes a long way to help, and software based access control at the OS level (assuming it's secure and not hackable) is also a good start. But maleware is getting far more customized and attacks on the platform are getting much tougher to detect on a pattern based methodology.

about 5 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

mitcheli Because we all know... (210 comments)

that shutting down Napster totally killed the mp3.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

mitcheli Lost wallet (245 comments)

I had that problem once when I lost my wallet. To get a new drivers license, I needed proof of identity through something with a signature. Needless to say, I didn't have it. So we settled we ended up settling on a gas receipt that was signed. ... Nothing more official than that.

about 7 months ago
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Program to Use Russian Nukes for US Electricity Comes to an End

mitcheli 'cause it has to be posted... (148 comments)

All your warheads are belonging to us.

about a year ago
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NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

mitcheli Re:Of course (293 comments)

I'm just waiting for the word that they've infiltrated porn networks (a concept I'd consider completely feasible for "dirt"). Given the Government's long held, and completely zero tolerated rule on surfing porn at work, I sense that this revelation would be ... messy.

about a year ago
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Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

mitcheli Re: Treason.. or... (524 comments)

Yahoo holds email for a great number of people. That is a great deal of data just lying around. Yahoo holds a fair bit of significance today.

about a year ago
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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

mitcheli http://damnit (132 comments)

I was so hoping for a new domain name. On the other hand, I do find it fascinating that they were able to write a 41 page paper to say "No." Touche!

about a year ago
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Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

mitcheli Talk about a proactive jumpstart (462 comments)

I'm not really sure who to criticize here, the guy put out the research project on the reasons why we shouldn't mine the moon (Needless to say, we're probably a long way away from that). Or the guy who decided to write on how stupid it was to criticize the idea. Let's see, first we needs an economically viable method to land and return from the Moon. Next, we need that method to be capable of carrying significant weight. Then we would need the mining apparatuses necessary to work in those environments. And if memory serves, miners don't just mine anywhere, so there would needs to be substantial geological surveying to be done.

But I have to agree, it would be a waste to use all that energy on advertisements.

about a year ago
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

mitcheli Re: Government vs terrorists (395 comments)

It is important if the top-ranking policeman has sway on public policy.

about a year ago
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New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

mitcheli Cool! Looking forward to it! (401 comments)

Gotta admit, I cringed when I heard the words, "J.J. Abrams" and "Star Trek" used in the same sentence. And so far, ... yep... not impressed. Pretty curious to see Grant Imahara's spin on his character. That sounds pretty interesting.

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

mitcheli Re:Um... (1233 comments)

Good point.

about a year ago
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Ballmer To Retire

mitcheli Surface (633 comments)

Would the recent cutting of price in the Surface be tied to the decision at all?

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

mitcheli Um... (1233 comments)

Ramadan ended almost two weeks ago.

about a year ago
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How Companies Are Preparing For the IT Workforce Exodus

mitcheli Cool! (248 comments)

Now maybe the job market will improve! :)

about a year ago
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NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom

mitcheli Re:Was that really necessary? (208 comments)

Elaborate. There has never been a difference. If the NSA overhears you talking about buying a brick of weed, they send that to the DEA, who does some parallel construction to find another reason to pull you over. Why wouldn't they cooperate? Do you have any reason to think that they didn't in the past?

Perhaps a better question is, if the FBI obtains a warrant to "wiretap" would that give them justification to do a narrow search on the pool of data already collected. Probably true that the collected data couldn't be used to initiate an investigation, but if the investigation is initiated through other means, what does that mean?

about a year ago

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Sprint - beaten but not stirred.

mitcheli mitcheli writes  |  about a year ago

mitcheli (894743) writes "From the get-busy-living-or-get-busy-dying department:

Sprint announced a Q2 loss of $1.6B dollars as 2 million subscribers left their service. While Sprint remains one of very few carriers to continue to allow unlimited data on their networks, the failure to reconcile two competing network technologies (iDEN Nextel and CDMA Sprint) combined with the lack of upgrades to their network and degrading service prompted a mass exodus of subscribers from their network. Of course the fact that during the iPhone 5 release, Sprint openly advertised that their iPhone would not be carrier locked, only to turn around and push out an OTA two months later that locked them probably didn't help much either."

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