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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 and a half 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 2 years 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 3 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 years ago

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Butt-dialing 911 has led to a number of arrests

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about a week ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "A Tennessee man is facing minor criminal charges after his butt-dialing 911 allowed police to overhear a restaurant conversation in which he allegedly discussed visiting a drug dealer. And while this may seem like an unlikely scenario it turns out that such accidental dialing to the authorities has led to quite a few overheard conversions and quite a few arrests, some for serious crimes."
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Wikipedia reports 50 links from Google 'forgotten'

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about a month and a half ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "The Wikimedia Foundation this morning reports that 50 links to Wikipedia from Google have been removed under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations, including a page about a notorious Irish bank robber and another about an Italian criminal gang. “We only know about these removals because the involved search engine company chose to send notices to the Wikimedia Foundation. Search engines have no legal obligation to send such notices. Indeed, their ability to continue to do so may be in jeopardy. Since search engines are not required to provide affected sites with notice, other search engines may have removed additional links from their results without our knowledge. This lack of transparent policies and procedures is only one of the many flaws in the European decision.”"
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One way to assure SysAdmin Day appreciation

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 2 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Friday is the 15th annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day and one IT department at a Florida credit union has not been shy about rectifying what it considers to be an underwhelming acknowledgement from co-workers last year. Posters featuring their pictures and scattered throughout the workplace spell it out thusly: “So appreciate an IT person (Friday) and we may allow you to use your computer tomorrow.”"
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Internet of Things spawns horde of imitators

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 2 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "This was inevitable: Endless hype about the Internet of Things has produced an endless string of imitators; the Internets of This, That and Whatever. Some are quite silly, although few would quibble with the need to encrypt the Internet of Weed."
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Y2K bug sends draft notices to 14,000 born in 1800s

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 2 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "And you thought you’d never hear about the Y2K bug again. So did the families of some 14,000 Pennsylvania men who were born in the 1800s yet recently received draft notices from the Selective Service. The snafu originated with a Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles database that uses two-digit dates to represent birth years. ‘‘It’s never happened before,’’ a department spokesman told Associated Press."
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What to expect from 11ac's multiuser MIMO

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 2 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "802.11ac is already delivering much higher Wi-Fi throughput. Later this year, with wave two of the standard, a feature called multiuser MIMO will boost network efficiency and help Wi-Fi nets handle the explosion of mobile clients. “A common misconception is that multiuser MIMO makes the network ‘go faster,’” says one expert. “It really doesn’t. It creates multiple logical connections with devices at the same time. This increases network efficiency.” That means by being able to transmit to as many as four clients at once, the 11ac access point can make full use of its available “gigabit” capacity at every moment."
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Cisco purchase of CIA-funded firm may fuel distrust abroad

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 4 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Virtually unnoted in last week’s announcement that Cisco is acquiring ThreatGRID was that the New York-based security company last year received an undisclosed amount of funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the Central Intelligence Agency. Given that In-Q-Tel has pumped untold millions into technology startups since its launch in 2000, it’s not unusual for major vendors to acquire and absorb such companies. What’s different this time, though, is that Cisco is today scrambling to counter the impression – especially abroad – that it is in league with the U.S. intelligence community, a charge it has always denied. And in addition to the financial connection, there are also familial ties between Cisco’s latest acquisition and U.S. intelligence."
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Federal court pulls plug on porn copyright shakedown

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 4 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling it “a crushing blow for copyright trolls:” A federal appeals court today has for the first time ruled against what critics call a shakedown scheme aimed at pornography downloaders and practiced by the likes of AF Holdings, an arm of notorious copyright troll Prenda Law. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit called the lawsuit “a quintessential example of Prenda Law’s modus operandi” in reversing a lower court ruling that would have forced a half-dozen ISPs to identify account holders associated with 1,058 IP addresses."
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$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 4 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "The worst of DRM is set to infest law school casebooks. One publisher, AspenLaw, wants students to pay $200 for a bound casebook but at the end of class they have to give it back. Aspen is touting this arrangement as a great deal in that the buyer will get an electronic version and assorted online goodies once they return the actual book. However, law professors and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are calling it nothing but a cynical attempt to undermine used book sales, as well as the first sale doctrine that protects used bookstores and libraries."
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This IT Guy Unknowingly 'Live-Blogged' Bin Laden Raid

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 5 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "Three years ago today, software consultant Sohaib Athar was working on his laptop at home in Pakistan when he tweeted: "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)." And then: "A huge window-shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope it’s not the start of something nasty :-S." It was for Osama bin Laden. Today Athar says, “People do bring it up every now and then.”"
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 5 months ago

netbuzz (955038) writes "A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) Why? “Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking ‘man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!’ We got you covered,” the band says on its Facebook page. “Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.”"
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ATM malware, controlled by a text message, spews cash

netbuzz netbuzz writes  |  about 6 months 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 6 months 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 5 months 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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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