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Apple De-Certifies Monster Cables After Lawsuit Against Beats 288

An anonymous reader writes: Since 2005, Monster cables have been licensed under Apple's "Made For iDevice" program, which lets cable manufacturers put a logo on their product signifying they work with Apple products. Now, Apple has revoked that certification. In January of this year, Monster sued Beats, accusing its founders of fraud. Beats was acquired by Apple in 2014, and Monster is accusing Apple of bullying them by terminating the licensing deal. Monster's general counsel said the move would "significantly disrupt Monster's business and that the two companies had worked well for years, with Monster paying Apple more than $12 million in licensing fees since 2008."
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Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server 609

dcblogs writes: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that, in hindsight, her decision to use a private email server to conduct official business was not the best one. But she is defending it and said the system was secure. Clinton, at news conference in New York, said the email server that she used had been set up for former President Bill Clinton. The system had "numerous safeguards" and is on home property protected by the U.S. Secret Service, she said. "There were no security breaches," said Clinton. "I think the use of that server, which started with my husband, proved to be effective and secure," she said. It still remains unclear about just how appropriate Clinton's system was. As a general rule, government IT policies don't give federal employees the option of using their own email accounts to exclusively conduct government business.

Indian Gov't Wants Worldwide Ban On Rape Documentary, Including Online 356

An anonymous reader writes India's far-right Hindu Nationalist government headed by Narendra Modi has banned telecasting and viewing online of a BBC documentary on the 2012 Delhi rape which shocked the nation. The documentary consists interviews of the rapist Mukesh Singh, his lawyers and the victim's parents seems to expose the male dominant nature of Indian society. Indian government is now attempting to ban the documentary worldwide. Critics of the Indian government's action has accused it of not addressing issues women face and instead trying to hide the dirty secrets of its culture from the world. Some Indian websites have also reported that the views expressed by the rapist are echoed by policemen, lawyers and politicians of the nation. So far the government's attempt to ban the video online is with mixed success.

Comment Re:Nuke it from orbit (Score 1) 547

Also, backing up to a server only works for non deleted data. DBAN is very useful to scrape off the disk any trace of stuff *you already deleted*. So in this sense, DBAN would still work perfectly as long as that sensible data never left your pc and was deleted before any kind of backup took place. If your sensible data was on a network data store, tough luck.

Comment Re:Field Engineers & Specialists (Score 1) 220

This. This this this and then THIS. I've been working as a field engineer for a cisco partner since last september and i just *love* the kind of interaction and diverse working experience i'm picking up.

I got my CCNA in May and there is just no end to the amount of fuckeduppery you get to meet on a daily basis. If you like puzzles and you feel a hint of pride when you solve a high pressure situation, its the job for you. (I recently got back online a leased line that , when offline, halted 400 industrial workers from doing their job. It took the 40 longest minutes of my life with both the facility director and the IT supervisor on my neck from start to finish. It was hell while i was there but after that it felt awesome).

Comment I may be oversimplifying but... (Score 1) 240

I don't understand how can this subject be brought up without talking about CALEA-compliant hardware?

The compliance to this wiretapping law may be usually implemented at a much-higher and easier-to-circument level but in spirit it very much achieves the same.

All Network hardware *is* backdoored, regardless of the manufacturer's country and that's a FACT. The only thing we can do is improve awareness of this so we system engineers, developers, system integrators can design, code and implement around that, as much as humanly possible.

The related news about cellphones as trackers helps drawing the bigger picture just as well.

My 2c.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 378

POP3 is legacy. It's crippled. It's broken. It's wrong. If you're still using it, you're doing it wrong. It's still widespread, i grant you that, but it has the same usefulness, clunkyness and tendency to catastrophic failure of floppy disks. Just dump it. Not everything *needs* to be supported. Gopher support went the way of the dodo 15 years ago, it's time for POP3 to join it.

These are not facts, just my educated opinion (I run a small network with roughly 100 unsavvy users that NEED historical emails and they're stuck on POP3. Maintaining the system costs their company thousands of euros every year that they could save by migrating to an IMAP solution, i'm pushing for it but they're making opposition)

Comment Re:Just what they want Linux to become ? (Score 1) 1134

The last 3 week of my current job were made up *exclusively* of writing scripts to automate image generation for Windows Deployment. Using cmd.exe batch scripts, yes. There is still no proper way to automate those processes without a CLI, not even in Windows. One of the best tools i've seen churned out by Microsoft (DISM) is a CLI-only tool. So yeah.

Comment Re:Don't be stupid. Hire someone. (Score 1) 257

I don't know about you, but i work with people that learn new things and innovate all the time, even on clients way smaller than this.

There are several options to solve a problem like this. Selling them an average, more-or-less working solution at the market price is daily work.
Nailing a tailored solution at the right price is the brilliance is was referring to :) You can live with the first, and no one will die because of it but why can't you aim for the latter if you have to pick someone anyway?

Comment Re:Don't be stupid. Hire someone. (Score 5, Informative) 257

I'll go with the crowd here. As a matter of fact, i work for a company that would fit your profile brilliantly (Cisco Partner and working with Small and Medium Businesses). Too bad we operate in Italy :P Network Design (more than anything else) and cabling are very very very delicate and complex operations and easy to screw up. Your idea is mighty fine, grouping together will allow you to have a much better bartering ability in working out the service delivered by the ISP. It means, on average, your condo will have better internet than their surrounding buildings (if the Network Engineer you'll hire is good). A few pointers on who to hire: 1 - Get a company that does ONLY this. No behemoths that do everything. Don't ask the ISP directly (if it does managed services). 2 - Get a company with some, but not too much, history in the field. Meaning a company that has been operating for 4-5 years (less likely to go under *during* your delivery) but not one that has been in the field 20-30 years. You want fresh people with brilliant ideas that can still deliver them. 3 - I'll blow my own trumpet here, but get certified professionals. I'm not saying you should go with a Cisco partner necessarily (you should), but get a company that does networking as their bread and butter. This usually means Cisco or Juniper partners (even at the lowest level, which in Cisco's case is SELECT level). I'll get hate for this post and i know it.

Comment Re:The entire industry is built on piracy (Score 1) 361

Although brilliant and evocative, so far i don't think Amazon or Barnes and Nobles have ever even heard of the Gutemberg Project. I do agree there is a problem with limiting "old" content to circulate freely but i don't think it's part of an agenda by media moguls.

Serving the amount of content we are talking about is a massive feat. At this time there might just not be enough push for it. And yes, we _are_ going to lose very invaluable things. In the history of this civilization, the 20 years around 2010 will be a huge black hole in the records of the information age.

We have no widespread, easily replicable, established way of preserving data and we're generating more and more every day, without knowing how to practice safekeeping on the important stuff.

Comment Re:This won't fly... (Score 1) 87

A sound footprint in the audible band is relevant only in extremely close range. Have you ever sat close to an F-117 "Stealth" Fighter in full thrust? It's silent only after it has blown your ear drums. What you want is Radar stealth. On top of that, Quadcopters of this size _also_ have optical stealth due to their small size.

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