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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

whoever57 Field day for hackers. (292 comments)

Since some of the updates were for security fixes, this gives hackers time to analyze and reverse engineer the original fault, then use it against systems before there is a fix available.

2 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

whoever57 Re:Instant email (235 comments)

That's dead. Today, if the destination mail agent exists, it's probably up and immediately reachable via a fast connection. So a modern mail fowarder should accept the incoming email via SMTP, and then, while holding the incoming connection open, send the email on to the destination mail agent. Any problems are immediately reported to the sender via SMTP status code.

1. Not quite what you suggest, but close.

2. Exchange (default setup) accepts all emails to the destination domain and later sends a reject message if the destination mailbox doesn't exist, so your proposal adds nothing to systems where the end mailserver is Exchange.

3 days ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

whoever57 Re:WP7 was a limited platform (99 comments)

Yes, it was limited. So much so that Skype could not receive incoming calls on WP7 unless the app was open (and not in the background). This was a WP7 limitation.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

whoever57 Looking at the positive side of this (141 comments)

Presumably, this paint and fibreglass has higher reflectivity, thus reducing climate change?

about two weeks ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

whoever57 Re:BLINDED BY SCIENCE !! (315 comments)

Any 2nd year physics student should be able to laugh this garbage right off a lab bench without even running an experiment.

Any good science student should be aware that our understanding of physics changes over time. Clearly this device is unlikely because it requires a change to the "laws" of physics.

The article explains why any good scientist should be able to laugh this off based on the reported experimental results.

about two weeks ago
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Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

whoever57 Re:CFAA & Aaronsw (134 comments)

CFAA may be broken but what Aaron did was still wrong

What Aaron did was not wrong (in a moral sense). What Aaron might have done could have been wrong, but no one knows what his intent was in downloading all those papers. Was he going to publish them all? Was he going to just run some analysis on them?

What is clearly wrong is the level of punishment that he could have been subject to for doing something that had hurt no one and caused no significant losses to anyone.

You are condemning him based on assumptions about his future actions.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

whoever57 Re:Well there is an issue with cellphones (316 comments)

Sharing the finite bandwidth amongst customers is fine. Giving a lower share because that customer is on an unlimited contract is where the problem lies.

about two weeks ago
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Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

whoever57 Re:A great, great company once (59 comments)

When I was a kid, HP meant rock solid. They made bench test gear you could drive a car over.

That business was spun off, it's now called Agilent Technologies.

Then something happened. They turned into a company that would install a root kit on a reporter's computer because of an exposé -- rather than fix the problem revealed.

What happened was that HP got into the PC business. The PC business is completely different to most other businesses that HP was in: cutthroat margins, little technical innovation. PCs drove a change in mindset amongst HP's management and board.

about two weeks ago
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Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court Approval

whoever57 Re:Very disappointing. (93 comments)

The oteher part of the definition issu is that the relationship between Amazon and publishers is somewhat unusual. Perhaps unique.

In the case of books, while Amazon may have market power as the single buyer, to some extent, the publishers also have power as the single seller. If Amazon wants to sell (for example) Stephen King's latest novel, there is only one publisher that is selling it. Amazon cannot go elsewhere, just as (perhaps) the publisher cannot go elsewhere to sell the eBook rights.

about two weeks ago
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Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court Approval

whoever57 Re:Very disappointing. (93 comments)

monopsony
a market situation in which there is only one buyer

Definition s are wonderful things. For every one, one can find a different definition. So how about this:

If your definition of monopsony is the simple "one buyer", then perhaps, but if your definition is the one that I was using, where the buyer has market power, the evidence is that Amazon did not have this at the time. Perhaps it has now. As with monopolies, having a monopsony is not illegal, it's how you take advantage of it that matters -- as I see that you do note.

So, I will apologise for the attack, partly.

Amazon has a responsibility to not abuse their monopsony, yet they have failed to do so at every turn. Anyone who Googles around for about 5 minutes can turn up a dozen examples of Amazon abusing their dominant position to force the publisher's hands.

As people often point out, anecdotes are not the singular of data. Yes, there are cases of Amazon's behaviour that give cause for concern and probably an investigation is due. But do you honestly think that the publishers are not waging a PR war on Amazon right now?

about two weeks ago
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Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court Approval

whoever57 Re:Very disappointing. (93 comments)

I think that you are either a knowing astroturfer or a useful idiot.

Amazon has a responsibility to not abuse their monopsony, yet they have failed to do so at every turn.

In the past few months, the Apple fanboys have been promoting the "Amazon has a monopsony" line, which I assume was started by Apple employees in some Apple-related forums.

Perhaps Amazon has a monopsony now, but to suggest that it had one when Apple was organizing its illegal price-fixing is simply counter-factual. The publishers went to Amazon and demanded that Amazon either put up prices or Amazon would not be able to sell eBooks from that publisher any more. Amazon caved, which is a clear indication that Amazon had no monopsony.

Perhaps if Apple had focused on competing using legal means, there would be a more level playing field now.

about two weeks ago
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Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court Approval

whoever57 Re:Very disappointing. (93 comments)

The charges were bullshit from the get-go

Yes, it's not as though Apple consipred to increase the prices that consumers paid when buying elsewhere. Oh wait ... yes Apple did just that!

about two weeks ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

whoever57 Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

We have a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state

There has clearly been success in creating a one-party state. The party just happens to have two faces, but inside, there is no significant difference.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

whoever57 Re:It's systemic (234 comments)

Comcast has two mantras. Increase sales and cut costs.

Comcast is cr*p at doing the latter. Why did it take a callout to my house in order to get my cablecard working? The online system and their attempt to authorize the cablecard when I called in both failed, but why? All that happened during the callout was that the technician called his buddy to send the signal to authorize the cablecard. Then he changed a few connectors in the wiring -- probably to justify the callout.

about three weeks ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

whoever57 Re:City of London Police =/= British Police (160 comments)

They are a police force specific to a small area, that doesn't mean they are governed by corporations.

Apparently you failed to read the section on elections in the City of London:

The City has a unique electoral system. Most of its voters are representatives of businesses and other bodies that occupy premises in the City.

So, yes, they are governed by corporations.

about three weeks ago
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UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

whoever57 Expect many years before approved in USA (63 comments)

Like many medical advances, this will likely take years before it is approved for use in the USA. Apart from the FDA being very slow, this would cut into revenues from colonoscopies.

Even things like better and safe sunscreen are available in other developed countries but not in the USA. Improved treatments for tooth decay took years before approval in the USA.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

whoever57 Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

Unlimited bandwidth is not possible. You can make it illegal all you want. It doesn't trump physics.

Limited bandwidth does not justify throttling some customers more than others, depending on the nature of their "unlimited" contract.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

whoever57 Re:Australia Deserves it. (128 comments)

Looks like Ozzy politicians are even more short-sighted and dumber than the sorry bunch of venal no-hopers currently running Westminster.

I wouldn't be too sure of that: Tory MP says astrology is good for the health "David Tredinnick, a member of Commons committees on health and science, says Britain should look to the stars to improve the nation's health"

about three weeks ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

whoever57 Look over there, not here .... (77 comments)

Meanwhile, the really important issues, such as the NSA spying on everyone are being ignored.

This is just a sop, aimed at geeks to get them to forget about Snowdon and many other important issues for a while, perhaps to make people think that the politicians actually care about what people think.

about three weeks ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

whoever57 Best statement ever (225 comments)

What Biden is saying is that there is systematic and widespread abuse of the H1-B visa program.

about a month ago

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The world of fan fiction

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about three weeks ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK's Daily Telegraph has an interesting and somewhat balanced view of the world of fan fiction, providing an historical perspective, the different types of audiences and how different authors and publishers react to fan fiction. Of particular note, is how the author of Fifty Shades of Grey (originally a fan fiction based on the Twilight series) reacts to parties themed around the novel (not well). The article notes how some publishers and authors welcome fan fiction because it enables the original author to make more money."
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Layoffs coming at Microsoft?

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a month ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Shaun Nichols at The Register interpets Satya Nadella's open letter as "prepare for layoffs". The letter suggests radical changes are coming to Microsoft and, combined with duplication of functions because of the Nokia handset business acquisition, he thinks that layoffs are highly likely. Wes Miller, research vice-president at Directions on Microsoft, says that Microsoft is shifting from the Windows-everywhere approach, towards supporting productivity applications on different platforms. More details will be forthcoming from Microsoft on July 22."
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Yetis: close relatives of ancient polar bears

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A study of "Yeti" hair samples shows some interesting results. Most of the samples were not hair at all, some were human, some were from horses, some from known bear types but two samples showed a surprising match: a 100% match to 40,000 year old DNA from a polar bear. One sample came from the carcass of an animal killed 40 years ago in India and the other from Bhutan. The scientists report that: “It seems more likely that the two hairs reported here are from either a previously unrecognised bear species, or brown bear/polar bear hybrids.”"
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UK Government pays Microsoft £5.5M for extended support of Windows XP.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 5 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK Government has signed a contract worth £5.5M (almost $9M) for extended support and security updates for Windows XP for 12 months after April 8. The deal covers XP, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003 for users in central and local government, schools and the National Health Service. The NHS is in need of this deal because it was estimated last September that 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP."
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NSA intercepts shipments of new computers and installs software.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 8 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "According to an orginal report in Der Spiegel, and
secondary reporting in the Washington Post, the NSA intercepts deliveries of PCs and installs logging software or hardware on them before the customer receives them. According to a document cited by Der Spegel, interception is one of the NSA's "most productive operations"

Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA intercepts and uses Windows crash reports in order to gather information that is used to develop new methods to crack Windows machines."

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Microsoft pulls update for Surface 2 after problems.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 8 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Decemer 10, Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2. Now, due to widespread issues with battery life, charging, sleeping, etc., Microsoft has pulled the update. It appears that some of the tablets failed to completely install the update. The number of people posting about the the problem in the Microsoft Community site shows that there are at least hundreds of users with this problem. What propeortion of the Surface Pro 2 user base does this represent?"
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Why you should not talk to the cops, redux.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 8 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The technique most commonly used by police in the USA for interrogations produces a shockingly high rate of false confessions. People who have solid alibis tend to be found guilty purely because of their confession. This technique was developed by John Reid and the defendant who confessed in the case that made Reid's reputation was shown, years later, to be innocent. The technique discussed in an article in the New Yorker magazine (subscription required). The author of the article also discuses it in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air program. The underpinnings of the Reid technique have been shown to be based on pseudo-science. The UK police now use a different technique, which is not focussed on obtaining a confession, but rather eliciting information which may be used to show the guilt or innocence of the interviewee: the PEACE technique, which is closer to the way journalists conduct interviews. Good cop/bad cop doesn't seem to feature in any techniques."
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Nearly 150 years late, the Church of England apologises to Charles Darwin

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 9 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Almost 150 years ago, the Church of England rejected Charles Darwin's theories. Now, 150 years later, the church is comparing that rejection to the rejection of Galileo's work. The CoE will publish an apology, written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs. The apology will be on a CoE website, going live on Monday, which will promote Charles Darwin's ideas."
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Team Oracle penalized for rules violations

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Saturday, Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand begin racing for the America's Cup in the amazing AC72 boats. However, the Oracle team starts with a siginficant handicap. It was recently discovered that members of Oracle Team USA made illegal changes to the boats used in the Americas Cup Series (which is sailed in the smaller AC45 boats). After a hearing on Friday, the International Jury has decided on the penalty: Team Oracle will have to pay a fine, sail without some team members and more significantly, loses 2 points before starting the Americas Cup races against Team New Zealand. A tiny amount of weight had been added to the kingposts, in violation of the measurement rules for the class. This was reported to the measurement committee some weeks ago after its discovery by boatbuilders working for America's Cup Regatta Management (ACRM), not members of Oracle Team USA."
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The NSA can't search its own emails.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  1 year,27 days

whoever57 (658626) writes "The NSA responded to an FOI request asking that the requestor narrow the information required because its email system is "a little antiquated and archaic". This followed a request for information on emails between the NSA and the National Geographic channel, following the latter broadcasting a documentary that was very friendly to the NSA. The intent was to investigate the NSA's PR efforts. Apparently the NSA can only search individual employees' mailboxes and cannot search all emails across the agency."
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No porn from public WiFi hotspots in the UK

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The Prime Minister of the UK is proposing that porn should not be available through WiFi hotspots in public areas. Exactly how this will be implemented has not been identified, even to the extent of whether the ISP or the hotspot operator should implement the blocking. The Children’s Charities Coalition has demanded urgent action on the issue."
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Explaining the persistence of Microsoft in the Enterprise

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Galen Gruman writes in InfoWorld about the persistence of Microsoft technologies in the enterprise. He notices that IT groups are the most likely buyers fro Windows tablets, despite their users preference for Android and IOS tablets. He blames this on "in-breeding" within IT groups — who simply expect Microsoft technologies "to extend into the newfangled technologies such as mobile and cloud". IT groups, he writes, will wait for Microsft to deliver the technologies that are already available from other sources. He summarizes the status of Microsoft's offerings thus:
"It's clear Microsoft's strategy is to withhold its better technologies to force users to stick with the inferior Windows platforms. IT is waiting for that magic day when Microsoft's Windows delivers beyond the legacy desktop.
Users, meanwhile, have moved on. They'll buy more tablets than PCs this year, and adoption will only accelerate as users start augmenting their PCs at work with tablets, not just buy them for home use as is usually the case today"
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European carriers complain to EU about anti-competitive contracts with Apple

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Several European phone carriers have complained to the EU about the contracts that Apple imposes on them if they want to sell the iPhone. Because the contracts stipulate a minimum purchase, and the carier must compensate Apple if they fail to sell through that minimum, it has the effect of forcing the carrier to promote iPhones ahead of alternative phones. The European Commission is monitoring the situation. Apple claims that its "contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U""
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Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8 and Office in response to slow sales.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A report in ExtremeTech (quoting an article in the Wall Street Journal) details price cuts that Microsft has made for sales of Windows 8 and Office to OEMs in response to slow adoption. According to the report, the price of a dual pack of Windows 8 and Office for touchscreen devices under 10.8 inches has been cut to only $30 from the prior price of $120. The Wall Street Journal attributes the claim to anaonymous sources, hwever, other sites, including Digitimes report information that tends to confirm the original claim."
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Steve Jobs yacht held over disputed bill

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The yacht that Steve Jobs commissioned has been held over a claim that the architect's bill has not been paid in full. Co-designer Philippe Starck claims that Job's estate has paid him only $6M out of a $9M bill. The court of Amsterdam has allowed Starck's lawyers to impound the yacht."
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Sandy island found on 1908 Admiralty chart and 1897 The Times Atlas.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "In a follow-up to stories about the non-existent Sandy Island, a librarian in New Zealand looked for Sandy Island on the library's colection of charts. Sandy Island was
  found on a 1908 British Admiralty chart. On the chart, it was reported that the island was discovered in 1876. According to the report, another person found a record of Sandy Island on his copy of The Times Atlas of 1897."

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Man arrested at airport for wearing ornate watch.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 years ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport and charged with having bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb squad determining that there was no bomb, the spokesman for the Alameda county sherriff's department claimed that he was carrying "potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles". Linked in has a profile for a person with a matching name that (Geoffrey McGann) who is the owner and creative director of a media production company called Generator Conten"
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I finally did it: +5 funny with a one-word post!

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I finally did it, a one-word post was modded up to +5 funny! OK, so the title was 2 words, but there was only one word in the text -- read it here. If you don't think it is funny, then read the article text.

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