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Comment Think Outside the Box!? (Score 1) 255 255

Our education system seems to be getting into a worse state. I don't remember seeing anything positive happening for a while. And no, I don't count free iPads or Chromebooks as positive.

See below for my very sarcastic remark that I decided not be my primary comment to the story. I figured it was still applicable though.

That would create chaos to make people think for themselves and outside the box. Why would we ever do such a thing?! I mean it's not like anyone ever needed to do that to be successful. Oh wait, there are "things" to do things for us now so why would we need to worry about those ever failing.

Comment Great (Score 1) 80 80

Now, when someone's password is compromised, not only will they get access to your account but be able to close someone else's or mark it as if they died.

But seriously, I get the point of them doing this and limiting what you can actually do to the account. It's not like they can post anything. I wonder what protections or back out strategies they have when the designated person's account is compromised and they close a family member's account who isn't deceased.

Comment Glad I left (Score 1) 354 354

I used to have Netflix and their 3-dvd with streaming subscription until they almost doubled the cost a couple years ago. I called customer service and they didn't care if I left. Dropped my service the next day and signed up for Hulu Plus. Netflix's DVD service was a better option than going to Family Video and allowed me to still give to the movie industry without illegally streaming it. Netflix's excuse/reason was that the movie industry was charging them more and postage went up (2 cents or something like that). I'm not surprised they are scaling back their dvd service delivery. Like someone else said, it was probably that or raise prices again.

Yes, I know having Hulu Plus still gives to the movie industry (despite the lack to current movies on Hulu) but I felt I needed to stick it more to Netflix.

Comment Soon to be censored worldwide? (Score 1) 64 64

"You can always visit a non-EU version of Bing to receive uncensored results."

According to the US Government, they should be able to access data worldwide as long as the company operates in the US. What's stopping the EU from demanding all search pages be censored? I realize one is asking for data and the other is filtering, but it's that slippery slope. One government can do something "worldwide", what's stopping others from doing the same thing with companies that operate in their country?

Comment Customer Error (Score 1) 92 92

Someone typed a full, unsecured, web link into a search and Google AdWords reported it to the advertiser. I don't believe this would be considered a security issue or flaw with any cloud provider. This is customer error, not securing sensitive information with a password or permissions. If anything, it'd be a flaw with Google AdWords reporting the full search terms, but even that is stretching it.

Comment Closing little guy loopholes (Score 1) 297 297

I like how the Government is so "quick" to act on closing a tax loophole that almost every consumer buying something online takes advantage of. However, they never seem to get around to closing the many loopholes that large businesses use on a constant basis that cost the US millions if not billions of dollars. Like other people have said, this will affect small businesses the most.

I understand that sales tax needs to be applied but there needs to be a better way with less impact to small businesses. A general sales tax that's divided up among the states equally based on population I think would be a possibility. While probably not perfect I think it's a lot better and simpler than what's being proposed for any type of business.

What happens with eBay and Amazon? Are they going to charge sales tax for only business type accounts selling goods?

It's sad to see them wasting time on this crap versus coming up with a budget to actually turn a "profit" so we can start decreasing our deficit. If nothing else they'll just do what Cyprus did and take up to 10% of everyone's bank account. Oh wait that'll mostly hurt the little guy too because a lot of large businesses have their money overseas.

Comment Workaround (Score 1) 60 60

Carriers will merely put this into their TOS or other contacts with fine print that a lot people don't read but sign anyways. Mandate a specific title and format of the text so people actually notice it before they just agree. Better yet, mandate it a yes or no question on the agreement. It'd be no different than the customer improvement prompt you get for certain software to know how you use it.

Comment Take advantage (Score 3, Insightful) 198 198

IMHO: I'm surprised that SSD manufacturers are not taking advantage of the HDD shortage and giving deals left and right. Intel could profit greatly right now lowering their SSD prices just slightly. PC manufacturers will benefit by selling computers and the end user will get that "speedy" system for only a slight increase in price. The higher price will definitely pay for itself considering the boot and operating speed of a SSD over HDD. Granted that's with the consideration you didn't buy a system with 1GB of memory and a Celeron proc running Win7.

Obviously anyone looking for large capacity drives is still SOL. I know some local stores in the area are still selling drives for reasonable prices until they run out. I doubt they'll bother to stock some or any at all after that. I'm sure they don't want to be left holding $2-300 drives that will be selling for at least half that a couple months from now.

On another note, who had the bright idea of creating a single point of failure? I wonder if WD, Seagate, etc setup their networks all with single points of failure. I understand it's cheaper but if you can't make drives, you're not making money.

Comment Re:i hereby nominate (Score 1) 203 203

I have to agree with the ridiculous amount of Bios revisions they have had. The D620/630 series had only 10 I believe. Problem with the D series was that we had so many bad boards and LCDs. The E6400 line was a slight improvement.

I don't believe the 6400/6410 series were/are flimsy. We ran over an ATG E6400 with a F-150 four times, turned it on and it still booted Windows. Obviously the screen was all cracked. It is still running to this day (about a year later) with all the original components except the screen and hard drive. Hard drive was a little warped so we swapped it out. Even though they may feel flimsy, they can take a beating.

The E6410 line has been decent for us so far. I'm so glad they got rid of the glossy back. We tried out the Elitebooks but working on them was sort of a pain (lots of wires). The HP's had only about 6 or 7 more screws than the Dells did. We also didn't go with HP because of the history of failures in the past and their support on servers is a pain.

Submission + - Robbers steal 100+ copies of COD: Black Ops->

1080bogus writes: "Handgun-wielding robbers who burst into a video-game store in Harford County over the weekend made off with more than just cash. They also stole more than 100 copies of the highly anticipated "Call of Duty: Black Ops." The Black Ops games stolen Saturday night had been set aside for sale on Tuesday, said Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Fans across the country have pre-ordered copies to avoid missing out." I'm glad I bought mine through Steam. I don't have to worry about burglars or lines.
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Submission + - US wants upper hand in battling high-tech bad guys->

coondoggie writes: The US Department of Justice this week said it was looking to boost the research and development of technology that could significantly bolster new forensic tools for digital evidence gathering. The DoJ's research and development arm, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) said it was particularly interested in tools targeting forensic tools for mobile cellular devices; cloud computing environments; VoIP communication and vehicle computer systems.
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Submission + - Call of Duty: Black Ops stolen in armed holdup->

dotarray writes: Some people will do anything to get their hands on a game early – including holding up a video game store at gun-point.
A GameStop located in Harford County, Maryland was the target of a violent attack on Saturday night, which saw two men picking up cash and consoles as well as more than 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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Man Dies of Caffeine Overdose 5 5

morgan_greywolf writes "A British man died after poisoning himself with two spoonfuls of caffeine powder bought over the internet. Michael Lee Bedford, 23, from Mansfield, central England, was at a party in April when he swallowed caffeine powder that a friend bought online for £3.29 ($5.26), Nottingham Coroner's Court heard Thursday. He washed the powder down with an energy drink, and around 15 minutes later began sweating and vomiting blood. He later died at King's Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire, central England, the Nottingham Post reported."

The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.