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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

mrspoonsi How can you (171 comments)

get a $578M prepayment and go bankrupt in 10 months?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

mrspoonsi Re:Glad to hear it (353 comments)

From the article "possessing an extreme pornographic image likely to cause injury", this could apply to many BDSM images. Seems odd that...given that taking part in a Sunday sporting activity, might 'likely cause an injury', mountain biking, football, etc, I not see the police locking up these dare-devils.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

mrspoonsi Before leaving the server (116 comments)

Get an OS re-image then simply fill the hdds with random data. This works well on HDDs, but SSDs with their 10 or 20% wear space, perhaps not, they need pulling and disposing.

about 3 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

mrspoonsi ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Given that Ebola is currently confined to Africa, and that a relatively small number of people have caught it (less than 4000)...and these outbreaks seem to only come along once every 20 years, where was the incentive for the drug company to create this drug? Was it good timing that it has something ready to go just now. Will each dose be prohibitively expensive to administer in Africa, or it remains to be seen if WHO will foot the bill to the tune of 10's of millions $$.

about 3 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

...and what if your piano kills not just the guy with the knife, but 10 of his neighbors also? it was still justified because you were at risk? the neighbors are fair game because they live next to a guy with a knife?

Violence begets violence, simple as that.

>Since Hamas started tossing bombs into Israel a few weeks ago, how would you respond had you been in charge of Israel? Keep in mind that the Iron Dome is effective, but not 100%.

I would guess that more people had been killed by car crashes in that time frame, so if they really want to protect the lives of the population, mandate a country wide 15mph speed limit.

about 3 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

It is more to do with proportional response. Those rockets they have killed what 2 or 3? there are over 1000 Palestinians dead. You also have to consider that the Palestinian people as a whole are not Hamas, in the same way the Northern Ireland population were not the IRA. The UK did not resort to carpet shelling Northern Ireland to remove the IRA, because it would never have worked, the IRA would only get stronger. Ireland had segregation, it did not work, only by integrating the people can you bring them around and ultimately onto the same side. For every innocent non-terrorist killed, that will recruit many terrorists.

about 3 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Radicalization (868 comments)

Israel is sure doing a good job in that area creating more enemies, if that is their intention, the plan is working.

about 3 months ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

mrspoonsi Good (70 comments)

The more these big media / film studios merge, the less choice there will be.

about 3 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

It would have been smarter not to require an additional chassis (who wants to lug an extra 13U chassis into a datacenter?). It should be done in the rail system to offset the 2nd and 3rd server, then you only have to fit different rails to offset.

about 3 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

Exactly, in a cold / hot isle rack you are left with a gap which would need plugging with something.

A 42U rack would have 7U wasted space that is almost another 2 servers...

about 3 months ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

mrspoonsi Better yet ban the company from the whole country (206 comments)

If it can be shown that the company is working against the countries interests (company treason?), such as in this case, ban them from all sales in that country. That really would get the attention deserved.

about 4 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

mrspoonsi Re:Great (140 comments)

godaddy.co.uk They should be following UK law.

about 4 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

mrspoonsi Re:Does it really matter? (121 comments)

Normally Desktops do not have inbuilt speakers, so they can be ruled out, that leaves laptops, which do have wifi. An owned laptop could self enable the wifi, create its self as a hot spot and allow other computers elsewhere in the building to connect to it (through walls and what not).

about 4 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

mrspoonsi Does it really matter? (121 comments)

For this to work, the computers must already be 'owned', the fact the computers can communicate 20 meters with another infected machine is the least of the worries if you ask me.

about 4 months ago
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Justice Dept. Names ZeuS Trojan Author, Seizes Control of P2P "Gameover" Botnet

mrspoonsi Only Control For Short While (76 comments)

According to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech... the C&C servers will be replaced by new ones, so there is only a 2 week window until the network is back up and running.

about 5 months ago
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Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

mrspoonsi Re:Aluminum? (152 comments)

>While Jaguar makes some beautiful looking cars, you can barely keep them out of the shop mechanically.

See: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-n...

"Jaguar has been named the best manufacturer in the 2013 JD Power customer satisfaction survey. Jaguar's victory came off the back of the Jaguar XF, which finished third overall in the entire survey, as owners rated it as "excellent" in every area. In particular they praised reliability, dealership service and servicing and repair work."

about 5 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

mrspoonsi Cars will have a GTA button? (800 comments)

"If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?"

Hare Krishnas....GOURANGA!

about 6 months ago
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Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

mrspoonsi Re:Same tricks played in UK (199 comments)

Except the rich would put the 747 through their business and pay 0% VAT

about 6 months ago

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Google changes 'to fight piracy' by highlighting legal sites

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  3 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Google has announced changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy. The company has long been criticised for enabling people to find sites to download entertainment illegally. The entertainment industry has argued that illegal sites should be "demoted" in search results. The new measures, mostly welcomed by music trade group the BPI, will instead point users towards legal alternatives such as Spotify and Google Play. Google will now list these legal services in a box at the top of the search results, as well as in a box on the right-hand side of the page. Crucially, however, these will be adverts — meaning if legal sites want to appear there, they will need to pay Google for the placement."
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Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide says Europol boss

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre. Speaking to the BBC, Troels Oerting said that law enforcers needed to target the "rather limited group of good programmers". "We roughly know who they are. If we can take them out of the equation then the rest will fall down," he said. "This is not a static number, it will increase unfortunately," he said. "We can still cope but the criminals have more resources and they do not have obstacles. They are driven by greed and profit and they produce malware at a speed that we have difficulties catching up with." The biggest issue facing cybercrime fighters at the moment was the fact that it was borderless. "Criminals no longer come to our countries, they commit their crimes from a distance and because of this I cannot use the normal tools to catch them. "I have to work with countries I am not used to working with and that scares me a bit," he said The majority of the cybercrime "kingpins" were located in the Russian-speaking world, he said."
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "GT Advanced Technologies is filing for bankruptcy. In an announcement on Monday, GT Advanced, which makes sapphire displays that many investors hoped would be in Apple's newest iPhone, said that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In early September, shares of GT Advanced got crushed after the company's sapphire displays were not in the latest version of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. GT Advanced, however, signed a multi-year agreement with Apple last November to supply the company with sapphire material. That agreement included a $578 million prepayment, which GT Advanced is set to repay Apple over a five-year period starting in 2015."
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Hewlett-Packard is planning to split itself into two separate businesses, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Sources tell the WSJ that HP will split its personal-computer and printer segments from its corporate hardware and services business. The announcement could come as early as Monday, the sources said. The company reorganized itself in 2012 under CEO Meg Whitman. That move combined its computer and printer businesses. The PC and computer segment is massive for HP. For the first six months this year, it reported $27.8 billion in revenue. That's about three times the size of HP's next biggest unit, the Enterprise Group, which makes servers, storage, and network hardware. Under the new split, Whitman would be chairman of the computer and printer business, and CEO of a separate Enterprise Group, according to one of the sources. Patricia Russo, who sits on HP's board, would be chairman of the enterprise company. The printer and PC operation would be led by Dion Weisler, a current exec in that division."
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bentgate, a new issue Phone 6 users?

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "First, there was 'Antennagate', as iPhone 4 users found a noticeable drop in signal strength when touching the lower-left corner of their handset, leading Apple to tell its customers that they were holding the device the wrong way. Then came 'Scuffgate', as iPhone 5 users complained that it was all too easy to scratch that device's aluminium bodywork. Now, with the launch of Apple's latest handsets, comes 'Bentgate'. A handful of users — so far, at least — have complained that their iPhone 6 Plus handsets are 'bending', without significant force being exerted upon them. Several of these reports have come from users on the MacRumors forums. One user, 'hanzoh', said that his handset had been in his front trouser pocket for much of the day, which involved sitting while on a long drive and at a wedding, where he also danced. By the end of the day, when he placed his 6 Plus on his coffee table, he noticed that the device had bent slightly towards the top."
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ORACLE CEO LARRY ELLISON STEPS DOWN

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Oracle founder Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO. He will be replaced by two executives. Former Oracle presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison will be the Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board, and the company's CTO. Oracle's shares are off by 3% on the news. "Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy," said the Oracle Board's Presiding Director, Dr. Michael Boskin."
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Apple and U2 work on secret new music format to get fans buying music again

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Bono's already inserted himself into everyone's iPhones this week, but now he wants even more control over the way you enjoy music. The Irish singer says that he's been working with Apple on a new audio format that'll get people paying for music once again. In an interview with Time magazine, it's said that the band has been working on a secret project that's "so terribly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music.""
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eBay redirect attack puts buyers' credentials at risk

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "EBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials. The spoof site had been set up to look like the online marketplace's welcome page. The firm was alerted to the hack on Wednesday night but removed the listings only after a follow-up call from the BBC more than 12 hours later. One security expert said he was surprised by the length of time taken. "EBay is a large company and it should have a 24/7 response team to deal with this — and this case is unambiguously bad," said Dr Steven Murdoch from University College London's Information Security Research Group. The security researcher was able to analyse the listing involved before eBay removed it. He said that the technique used was known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack."
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Microsoft is reportedly buying 'Minecraft' developer Mojang for $2 billion

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft is in talks to buy Minecraft's developer, Mojang, according to a few different sources. The Wall Street Journal says that the ever loose-lipped "person familiar with the matter" has noted the deal is valued at over $2 billion, while reps for both Redmond and the Swedish developer remain mum on the subject. The New York Times reports that Microsoft approached Mojang as early as three months ago and the purchase should be finished by the end of this month. Perhaps most interesting though is that should the deal go through, Notch might not stay past six months after the ink has dried. Why? He likely wants to make sure his employees are being well taken care of."
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Stolen celebrity images prompt policy change at 4Chan

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The website where leaked celebrity nudes first surfaced has moved to comply with US laws on stolen content. Many of the images were initially shared on the /b/ discussion board of 4Chan which has been notorious for ignoring copyright laws. 4Chan has now said it will enact a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy to let content owners get illegally shared material removed. It will now remove content after it gets a "bona fide infringement" notice. Before now, image-sharing site 4Chan has largely avoided having to actively police many of its discussions boards because of the frenetic nature of the site itself. An upper limit on the amount of material any board can support means that content often disappeared or "expired" before demands to take it down were filed. On the busiest 4Chan boards, content expires in a matter of hours. The furore over the large number of stolen videos and images of celebrities posted to the site have now prompted it to update its policies and comply with the DMCA. 4Chan has also appointed a member of staff to oversee DMCA takedown requests."
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Apple reveals the most common reasons that it rejects apps

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don’t. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store’s iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps. “Before you develop your app, it’s important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps,” explains Apple on a new webpage called “Common App Rejections.” Rejections include: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected; Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations or use names or icons similar to other Apps will be rejected."
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Robot printer 'comes to your desk' with documents

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Fuji Xerox has developed a new robotic printer that can move around a lounge or office to bring documents to the person who printed them. The printer is designed to be used primarily in public places as a way to keep sensitive documents secure. Sensors on the machine prevent it from bumping into people on the way. However, some analysts argued that the idea was not cost effective when compared with other secure printing methods. Fuji Xerox — a joint venture between the two firms — has been testing the printer this month at a business lounge in Tokyo. Each desk in the lounge is given a unique web address from which to print. Users access the address and upload documents to be printed. Once the printer receives the job, it moves to the intended recipient who then has to display a smart card to activate printing."
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HTC One M8 Windows Phone Half the Price of Android M8

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The handset maker HTC has unveiled a new smartphone that runs a Windows Phone operating system. The modified One M8 is being sold at roughly half the price of the same handset running Google's Android. This is the first time the struggling manufacturer has released a Windows smartphone in more than two years. One analyst said the new device was "almost certainly financially supported" by Microsoft, in an attempt to gain a foothold in the US market. The new phone, which comes with Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed, is available exclusively through US network provider Verizon. Daniel Gleeson, an analyst at the consultancy IHS Technology "Microsoft are desperate for other manufacturers to develop Windows smartphones, and they almost certainly financially supported HTC to make this phone," he added."
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Reversible USB cable design finalized

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The design for the new reversible USB interface — the standardized connection for data transfers between electronic devices — has been finished. It means users will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device. The new USB Type-C is small enough for mobiles but "robust enough for laptops and tablets", its designers said. But the new USB cables will not connect into the current ports that are found on millions of devices."
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Google tracking your location if use Gmail or any Google apps

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "If you have a Gmail account or use any of Google's apps, there's a good chance Google has some of your location data stored in its systems. Luckily, there's an easy way to see exactly what Google knows about where you've been, and you can even see a map of past locations you have visited."
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Fugitive child sex abuser caught by facial-recognition technology

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A US juggler facing child sex abuse charges, who jumped bail 14 years ago, has been arrested in Nepal, after the use of facial-recognition technology. Street performer Neil Stammer travelled to Nepal eight years ago using a fake passport under the name Kevin Hodges. New facial-recognition software matched his passport picture with a wanted poster the FBI released in January. Mr Stammer, who had owned magic shop in New Mexico, has now been returned to the US state to face trial. The Diplomatic Security Service, which protects US embassies and checks the validity of US visas and passports, had been using FBI wanted posters to test the facial-recognition software, designed to uncover passport fraud. The FBI has been developing its own facial-recognition database as part of the bureau's Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme."
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Samsung reveals Galaxy Alpha metal-framed smartphone with rounded corners

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Samsung says a metal frame and curved corners give the Galaxy Alpha a "sophisticated" look. The South Korean company describes the Galaxy Alpha as representing a "new design approach". The firm has previously been criticised for the plastic feel of its handsets at a time when other firms have opted to use materials marketed as having a "premium" feel. Samsung Electronics saw a 20% year-on-year drop in its last quarter's profit."
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Microsoft turns (almost) any camera into a Kinect

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft has been working on ways to make any regular 2D camera capture depth, meaning it could do some of the same things a Kinect does. As you can see in the video below the team managed to pull this off and we might see this tech all around in the near future. What’s really impressive is that this works with many types of cameras. The research team used a smartphone as well as a regular webcam and both managed to achieve some impressive results, the cameras have to be slightly modified but that's only to permit more IR light to hit the sensor."
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Apple and Samsung agree to drop cases outside the US

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 3 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Apple and Samsung have agreed to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two rivals have sued each other over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany. A joint statement said the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements", and they would continue to pursue existing cases in US courts. The two firms are the biggest players in the smartphone and tablet PC market. But they have been involved in a bitter legal battle, spread across various countries, which has escalated in recent years."

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