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How to handle a wifi leech camping in your store?

netbuzz Rename your WiFi net ... (3 comments)

... something like BeatItYouLeech or AskAboutWiFiFee.

about a year ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

netbuzz It depends (670 comments)

Among those who have the luxury of a stay-at-home spouse or for whom daycare expenses are not a consideration, I'll bet a lot more people come into the office sick during the summer and school vacation weeks.

about a year ago
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Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

netbuzz Comments on the news story disheartening (521 comments)

As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, I find this abuse of technology and our privacy rights appalling if not altogether surprising. What was equally if not more disheartening, however, was the level of *support* for the initiative expressed by readers of the Boston Herald. Yes, I understand that it's the Herald and what that means demographically. But it's still sad to see so many of my fellow Bay Staters cheering enthusiastically as even more of their rights are stripped away.

more than 2 years ago
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Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life

netbuzz What about the passengers? (486 comments)

He's a hero and deserves praise, no doubt about it. But I think there's still room to discuss whether what he did was fair to the passengers in his car, whose safety was obviously put at risk. Story says they were his adult children. My children are young. I would not have put them in that sort of danger. (Putting aside the fact that I doubt I would have had the presence of mind to think of doing what he did.)

more than 3 years ago
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Could a Meteor Have Brought Down Air France 447?

netbuzz Re:Dude... you have so not imagined it.. (884 comments)

You don't need to imagine the 18th Century *or* travel light years to see how this absence of perspective works: just talk to a 7-year-old. My son knows Seattle is in Washington and that Washington is on the West Coast, but he still asks if we can go watch the Red Sox play the Mariners there as though he thinks it's as easy as our 45-minute train ride to Fenway.

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Tax Approved By Louisiana House

netbuzz Dedicated revenue streams are gimmicks (305 comments)

Of course it's tough to vote against "protecting the children," but if this expenditure is necessary it should take a place in line with every other legitimate need and wait for its share of the income tax. Special interests are going to be lined up around the block to try this one in La.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Considers Taking Beta Tag Off Gmail

netbuzz Some background and Google's previous explanation (180 comments)

At last count (last fall) almost half of Google apps were labeled beta, so it's not just a few they're talking about. At that time, Google offered a convoluted explanation for the practice that included: "We believe beta has a different meaning when applied to applications on the Web, where people expect continual improvements in a product." More here:

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/33131

more than 4 years ago
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"Clear" Laptop Found, In the Same Locked Office

netbuzz No way did it just turn up (264 comments)

FTA: "Beer said the airport office is always locked, so if the laptop was removed, someone would have needed a key to return it." .... That ought to at least narrow the list of dumbasses who may have taken it home (hopefully) and put it back.

more than 5 years ago

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ATM malware, controlled by a text message, spews cash

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about three weeks ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Cybercriminals are able to get cash from a certain type of ATM by sending a text message. The tactic is being reported by security vendor Symantec, which has periodically written about a type of malicious software it calls "Ploutus" that first appeared in Mexico. The malware is engineered to plunder a certain type of standalone ATM, which Symantec has not identified. The company obtained one of the ATMs to carry out a test of how Ploutus works, but it doesn't show a brand name."
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IDG Founder Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about a month ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Patrick J. McGovern, founder and chairman of International Data Group, died yesterday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. In 1964, with the computer industry still in its infancy, McGovern founded the company to provide timely and reliable statistics on information technology markets. Three years later, McGovern launched Computerworld, a weekly print publication dedicated to keeping computer buyers apprised of industry and product news. Over a span of 50 years, McGovern oversaw IDG's launch of more than 300 magazines and newspapers and championed the expansion of IDG's network to include more than 460 websites, 200 mobile apps and 700 events worldwide. In 2000, MIT created the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, made possible by a total $350 million gift from McGovern and his wife, Lore Harp McGovern."
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Here's why the iPhone 5c is not a flop

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about a month ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Today’s announcement of a cheaper iPhone 5c has served to harden the conventional wisdom that the 5c line has been a flop. Not everyone ascribes to that view, however. From a Network World analysis: “Nearly all of these fiasco formulations are based on an almost complete absence of reliable data (or on unsubstantiated rumor) and on an almost willful misunderstanding and misinterpreting of comments by Apple executives. As we’ll see, comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the January earnings call were almost universally misinterpreted as an admission that Apple had overestimated demand for the 5c. What he actually said was the Apple had under-estimated demand for the 5s.”"
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5-year Cyberespionage Op Hit Orgs in 30-plus countries

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 2 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "A cyberespionage campaign that featured sophisticated multi-platform malware went undetected for more than five years and compromised computers belonging to hundreds of government and private organizations in more than 30 countries, according to researchers from Kaspersky Lab. Details about the operation were revealed Monday in a paper by the researchers, who believe the attack campaign could be state sponsored."
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How Apple and Pepsi Fumbled 2004 Super Bowl Play

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 3 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "A decade ago, with the music download legal wars raging, Apple and Pepsi marketers figured this was a topical and can’t-miss Super Bowl commercial: Take 16 teens whose parents had been intimidated by the recording industry into paying thousands of dollars in legal settlements and have them announce to a worldwide television audience that Apple and Pepsi would be giving away 100 million iTunes songs for free. What could go wrong? Seems like a lot more than Apple bargained for and the vast majority of those songs went unclaimed."
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Target Ups Breach Victim Total To 70 Million

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 3 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Target this morning issued an update regarding its recent catastrophic data breach that increases the number of customers victimized from 40 million to 70 million. The company also reported that even more information had been stolen than previously believed. In addition, and not surprisingly, Target told the investment world that sales are down this quarter."
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'The Worm Before Christmas' (1988)

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 4 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "In November the tech press helped mark the 25th anniversary of the Morris Worm, the first Internet-driven worm to gain widespread media coverage and public attention. The worm also inspired five computer science graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to channel their inner Clement Clark Moore and write a version of "A Visit From St. Nicholas" that only a geek would appreciate: "The Worm Before Christmas." One of the authors, now a professor at Michigan State, recalls today that "the reaction was very positive.""
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A Year After Ban on Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 4 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "It’s been a year since the FCC implemented the CALM Act, a law that prohibits broadcasters from blasting TV commercials at volumes louder than the programming. Whether the ban has worked or not depends on who you ask. The FCC notes that formal complaints about overly loud commercials are on the decline in recent months, but those complaints have totaled more than 20,000 over the past year."
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Electric Car Owner Arrested For 'Stealing' 5 Cents of Electricity

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 4 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Police in Georgia recently arrested a man for “stealing” an estimated 5 cents worth of electricity from a school where he plugged his car in for 20 minutes during his son’s tennis match. "He broke the law. He stole something that wasn't his," says a police sergeant in Chamblee, Georgia. While not the first to face legal action for taking an unauthorized charge, publicity surrounding the arrest may spark public discussion as to acceptable practices and limits when it’s a car and not a laptop or a cell phone that needs a quick charge."
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Police Department Pays $750 CryptoLocker Ransom

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 5 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "A Massachusetts police department is coming under criticism for paying $750 in Bitcoins to cyber-extortionists who used the increasingly damaging CryptoLocker ransomware to deny the department access to an unspecified number of files and photos. The police are being criticized both for failing to implement effective backup systems and sending the message that paying off the bad guys is an acceptable alternative. Says one security expert of the need to resist: “It's a pretty hard demand to make of anyone, and all but impossible to insist on for everybody, but it has to start somewhere; someone has to set a good example for others to follow."
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As IPO Nears, Do Twitter's Active User Claims Add Up?

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 5 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "With Twitter’s IPO looming, an independent developer who is intimately familiar with the makeup and behavior of the site’s users says his analysis of 1 million random accounts does not support the company’s claims of 215 million active monthly users and 100 million active daily users. In fact, Si Dawson, who until March ran Twit Cleaner, a popular app used to weed deadwood and spammers from Twitter accounts, puts those numbers at 112 million and 48 million, respectively, or about half of what Twitter claims."
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'Morris Worm' Turns 25: Watch How TV Covered It Then

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 5 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "On Nov. 2, 1988, mainstream America learned for the first time that computers get viruses, too, as the now notorious “Morris worm” made front-page headlines after first making life miserable for IT professionals. A PBS television news report about the worm offers a telling look at how computer viruses were perceived (or not) at the time. “Life in the modern world has a new anxiety today,” says the news anchor. “Just as we’ve become totally dependent on our computers they’re being stalked by saboteurs, saboteurs who create computer viruses.”"
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EMC Accuses Rival of 'Unfairly' Poaching 30+ Employees

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 6 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "In a lawsuit filed against a former employee, EMC accuses red-hot rival Pure Storage of systematically poaching at least 30 of its best people “under suspicious circumstances,” the latest of which allegedly involved an ex-sales manager “unlawfully” absconding with 93,000 EMC customer records and other confidential company information. EMC's filing says the former employee's "unlawful conduct is part of a larger campaign by Pure Storage and numerous former EMC employees now employed by Pure Storage, to compete unfairly with EMC ..." While not addressing the specific allegations, Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen insists that his company plays by the rules."
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Research Debunking Bing's 2:1 Claim 'Flawed,' Says Microsoft

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 6 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Research conducted by a Yale professor using Microsoft’s “Bing it on” website would appear to debunk the software giant’s claim that its search engine is preferred by a 2-to-1 margin over Google in blind taste tests. “We found that, to the contrary of Microsoft’s claim, 53 percent of subjects preferred Google and 41 percent Bing (6 percent of results were “ties”),” says Prof. Ian Ayres. “This is not even close to the advertised claim that people prefer Bing ‘nearly two-to-one.’“ Microsoft was quick to defend itself: “The professor’s analysis is flawed and based on an incomplete understanding of both the claims and the Challenge,” says Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist for Bing. “The Bing It On claim is 100% accurate ”"
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Judge Orders Patent Troll to Explain its 'Mr. Sham' to Jury

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 7 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has no problem calling Network Protection Sciences (NPS) a patent troll. What he does have a problem with is NPS telling a Texas court that NPS had an “ongoing business concern” in that state run by a “director of business development” when all it really had was a rented file-cabinet room and the “director” was actually the building landlord who merely signed legal papers when NPS told him to do so. Judge Alsup calls the alleged business a “sham” and the non-employee “Mr. Sham,” yet he declined to dismiss the patent infringement lawsuit filed by NPS against Fortinet from which this information emerged. Instead, he told NPS, “this jury is going to hear all of this stuff about the closet. And you're going to have to explain why ‘Mr. Sham’ was signing these documents.”"
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Cisco Can't Shield Customers From Patent Suits, Court Rules

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 7 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "A federal appeals court in California has upheld a lower court ruling that Cisco lacks the necessary standing to seek dismissal of patent infringement lawsuits against some of its biggest customers – wireless network providers and enterprises – being brought by TR Labs, a Canadian research consortium. The appeals court agreed with TR Labs’ that its patent infringement claims are rightfully against the users of telecommunications equipment – be it made by Cisco, Juniper, Ciena or others – and not the manufacturers. “In fact, all of the claims and all of the patents are directed at a communications network, not the particular switching nodes that are manufactured by Cisco and the other companies that are subject of our claims,” an attorney for TR Labs told the court. The court made no judgment relative to the patents themselves or the infringement claims."
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What Online News Looked Like on 9/11

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 7 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Nothing like they look today. There was no Twitter, Facebook or YouTube on Sept. 11, 2001. Google News was a year from launch. And while most everyone stayed glued to their TVs to watch the unfolding horror, there still was plentiful coverage online. Here's a representative sample. Included are CNN, the New York Times, FOX News, Reuters and the BBC."
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Court orders retrial in Google Maps-related murder case

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 7 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Ruling that a judge erred in blocking two computer security experts from testifying that an incriminating Google Maps search record found on the defendant’s laptop was planted there, a North Carolina appeals court has ordered a new trial for ex-Cisco employee Bradley Cooper, convicted two years ago in the 2008 strangulation death of his wife Nancy. "The sole physical evidence linking Defendant to Ms. Cooper's murder was the alleged Google Map search, conducted on Defendant's laptop, of the exact area where Ms. Cooper's body was discovered," wrote the appeals court. "We hold ... that erroneously preventing Defendant from presenting expert testimony, challenging arguably the strongest piece of the State's evidence, constituted reversible error and requires a new trial.""
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DoJ Alleges Reseller Bilked Cisco Out of $37 Million

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 9 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "The latest scam involving stolen and/or fake Cisco equipment may also be one of the largest, as the Department of Justice says a 43-year-old San Jose-based reseller accumulated $37 million in ill-gotten gains over a period of years that he then poured into real estate and luxury cars. The feds say the guy also used part of the loot to set up college funds for his four children. At least four other such scams have been perpetrated against Cisco in recent years, though at $37 million this appears to have been the largest."
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Happy SysAdmin Day

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 9 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Today marks the 14th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day – SysAdmin Day for short – and that means it’s time to pay tribute to those men and women who keep the IT trains running on time or catch all kinds of grief if they don’t. As this special day has gained heightened media attention over the years, more and more IT vendors are getting into the act by staging SysAdmin Day contests involving memes, gifs, essays and the like. This year there’s a video tribute featuring a cringe-worthy rendition of “Happy SysAdmin Day.” There might be cake. Have a good one."
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