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Comment Re:"after they train their contractor replacements (Score 0) 338

Having just gone through this at Southern California Edison I can say with certainty, your the omnipotent voice that thinks it means something. Your opinion means exactly squat. If you had a job that paid enough to actually count here, you would indeed be training your replacement. Why? Because they put little lines in your separation agreement that give you money for completing your new obligation. Enough money to hopefully get you by until the next job. Yep, it sucks anyway you look at it, but you really have no choice other than to go along with them unless you get a firm offer quickly, which happens a lot, but in the $100-$150k bracket, jobs usually take time to acquire. That's where the speration agreement dollars help out. It gets you through for say 5 months and a bonus at the end. If you plan well, that's enough to get by for a year.

Comment Also changes privacy settings (Score 5, Informative) 281

Also - It installs Cortana and fully enables it, no surprise there, but if you go into all of the privacy settings it has changed the settings for items like writing monitor to "help Microsoft track how you type". Yeah they need to know that all right... as well as several other items I found had been reverted back to the non private settings. One, the diagnostic phone home, is again on and takes a registry hack to turn it back off again.

Comment Toy drones arent even on the registration list. (Score -1) 32

look upmthevweight / height requirements for registration. Toy drones dont even need to be registered. geeze.... Youd need to pay a lot more than the $30 - $200 toys to even qualify although some of the chinese Walkera and Syma etc are getting close price wise to clouding the toy vs enthusiast/prof videographer-cartographer levels.

Comment But having owned 2 of the $3k gaming laptops they (Score -1) 189

I've owned ASUS products for years. Everytime I overlooked the shortcommings from my transformer tab to my g series laptops. This time, with the G751 top line version at just over $3k USD I've had enough. The stuff is garbage. The Tech Support is garbage. Time to say it doesnt matter what first to market fancy items you have, If it's a pig in a dress, then it's a pig in a dress. NO MORE ASUS JUNK'

Submission + - Insurer Refuses to Cover Cox in Massive Piracy Lawsuit (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Trouble continues for one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, with a Lloyds underwriter now suing Cox Communications over an insurance dispute. The insurer is refusing to cover legal fees and potential piracy damages in Cox's case against BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music. Following a ruling from a Virginia federal court that Cox is not protected by the safe-harbor provisions of the DMCA, the Internet provider must now deal with another setback.
Following a ruling from a Virginia federal court that Cox is not protected by the safe-harbor provisions of the DMCA, the Internet provider must now deal with another setback.

Submission + - What humans may do by following New Horizons to Pluto (examiner.com)

MarkWhittington writes: NASA’s New Horizons flew by Pluto last July and is continuing to send back stunning images and breathtaking data. Forbes speculates about sending humans to the once and possibly future ninth planet from the sun. Since New Horizons took nine and a half years from launch to flyby, such a voyage would have to await the development of very advanced propulsion systems, among quite a few other technologies.

Submission + - The Billion Dollar Data Center Club (datacenterfrontier.com)

1sockchuck writes: The largest cloud builders now pump at least $1 billion into each of their new data center campuses, and may invest as much as $5 billion in future projects. This week Data Center Frontier profiles the top 10 cloud campuses, which feature massive investments in Virginia by Microsoft ($1.7 billion), Digital Realty ($1.3 billion) and DuPont Fabros ($1.2 billion). The NSA, Google and Apple have all spent in excess of $1 billion on their largest campuses. The top-ranked cloud campus is the Switch SUPERNAP project in Las Vegas, which has grown to 1.4 million square feet over three data centers. Switch has announced plans to spend $5 billion to convert an odd pyramid-shaped office building in Michigan into a data center, and has broken ground on a massive Reno project that kicks off with a single building with 1 million square feet of space.

Submission + - Green Light or No, Nest Cam Never Stops Watching (securityledger.com) 1

chicksdaddy writes: How do you know when the Nest Cam monitoring your house is “on” or “off”? It’s simple: just look at the little power indicator light on the front of the device — and totally disregard what it is telling you.

The truth is: the Nest Cam is never “off” despite an effort by Nest and its parent Google to make it appear otherwise, The Security Ledger reports (https://securityledger.com/2015/11/green-light-or-no-nest-cam-never-stops-watching/). That, according to an analysis of the Nest Cam by the firm ABI Research, which found that turning the Nest Cam “off” using the associated mobile application only turns off the LED power indicator light on the front of the device. (https://www.abiresearch.com/press/nest-cam-works-around-clock/) Under the hood, the camera continues to operate and, according to ABI researcher Jim Mielke, to monitor its surroundings: noting movement, sound and other activity when users are led to believe it has powered down.

“Basically, you have an LED that says ‘on’ and ‘off ‘ that shuts off – and that’s about it,” Mielke said when asked to describe what happens when a user turns the Nest Cam off. Mielke is the Vice President of Teardowns at ABI Research and the author of a report: “Teardown Phone/Device: Nest Cam Works Around the Clock.”

Mielke reached that conclusion after analyzing Nest Cam's power consumption. Typically a shutdown or standby mode would reduce current by as much as 10 to 100 times, Mielke told Security Ledger. But the Google Nest Cam’s power consumption was almost identical in “shutdown” mode and when fully operational, dropping from 370 milliamps (mA) to around 340mA. The slight reduction in power consumption for the Nest Cam when it was turned “off” correlates with the disabling of the LED power light, given that LEDs typically draw 10-20mA.

In a statement to The Security Ledger, Nest Labs spokesperson Zoz Cuccias acknowledged that the Nest Cam does not fully power down when the camera is turned off from the user interface (UI).

“When Nest Cam is turned off from the user interface (UI), it does not fully power down, as we expect the camera to be turned on again at any point in time,” Cuccias wrote in an e-mail. “With that said, when Nest Cam is turned off, it completely stops transmitting video to the cloud, meaning it no longer observes its surroundings.”

The privacy and security implications are serious. “This means that even when a consumer thinks that he or she is successfully turning off this camera, the device is still running, which could potentially unleash a tidal wave of privacy concerns,” Mielke wrote.

Submission + - Apple Pay Will Be Accepted in China Beginning Next Year (bapgo.com)

danielharker writes: Last time I was in china was about 5 years ago. Everyone seemed to have Android phones, or flip-phones. It seems that the iPhone has really taken off in China as the emerging middle class has more excess income to spend.

On mainland China, I had a difficult time finding people that would even take my credit card. Cash was king.

Hong Kong, on the other hand, allowed me to use my subway pass (Octopus card) to purchase nearly everything.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Pay will now come to china in early February 2016. The deal was made with the main four state banks. This should allow some of their terminals to accept payment from NFC enabled iPhones.

The deal is not written in stone just yet. There still needs to be regulatory approval. Apple hopes to launch before China’s holidays begin in the Spring.

It is said that Apple does take a cut from all transactions made with Apple Pay. With this new revenue likely from next year’s deal, I’d say it’s a good time to buy apple stock.

Let’s hope that Apple Pay is ready for Single’s Day next year!

Submission + - The Tamagochi Singularity Made Real: Infinite Tamagochi Living on the Internet (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: Everyone loves Tamagochi, little electronic keychains spawned in the 90's let you raise your digital pets. Some time ago, XKCD made a quip about an internet based matrix of thousands of these digital entities. That quip is now a reality thanks to elite hardware hacker Jeroen Domburg (aka Sprite_TM). In his recent talk called The Tamagochi Singularity at the Hackaday SuperConference he revealed that he had built an infinite network of virtual Tamagochi by implementing the original hardware as a virtual machine. This included developing AI to keep them happy, and developing a protocol to emulate their IR interactions. But he went even further, hacking an original keychain to use wirelessly as a console which can look in on any of the virtual Tamagochi living on his underground network. This full-stack process is unparalleled in just about every facet: complexity, speed of implementation, awesome factor, and will surely spark legions of other Tamagochi Matrices.

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