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+ - Radio Shack collapse continues->

Submitted by grimmjeeper
grimmjeeper writes: According to a CNN article, Radio Shack is being accused of defaulting on a loan. Their stock has lost 90% of it's value in the last year. They've fallen below the $50M market value and have been delisted by the NYSE. They say they have no intention to submit a plan to raise their market value to be relisted.

The once proud and ubiquitous Radio Shack basically dead. It just doesn't know enough to stop breathing yet. Decades of mismanagement, failing to keep up with changes in the market place, failures to capitalize on their strengths, it's all caught up with them. There is nothing left for them to do at this point. They are too far gone. The fat lady is about to take the stage.

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Comment: Re:How common is IR arming remotes? (Score 1) 153

by BcNexus (#44840619) Attached to: $20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors
The answer to this---IIRC-- from what I read is that a universal garage door opener rolls through the codes until it gets to one that works. It can do that if it knows where to start, and it does know where to start because the user sent it a seed signal from the OEM opener.

It's like modulo arithmetic, I think: go far enough and you loop around to the same answer, or at least an answer. In this case, the answer is a code that works.

I'd post a link to the Wikipedia article that I read sometime ago explaining this, but I'm too lazy. More importantly, the link to rolling codes is already in the Slashdot summary so I'm sure you can get to the page explaining universal garage door openers and rolling codes from there easily (and the ensuing lawsuits from garage door manufacturers against the universal remote manufacturers).

This might be relevant,_Inc._v._Skylink_Technologies,_Inc.

Comment: It's called "Folders." Get it right, Google! (Score 1, Informative) 303

by BcNexus (#43854149) Attached to: Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

Google seems to have an aversion to them. First, Google substituted LABELS for folders. Now they're substituting TABS for folders.

This is one area where Outlook Client (desktop client) wins: FOLDERS. In OUTLOOK, I can easily set up rules to put emails into folders to reduce clutter and increase organization. AND IT WORKS.

+ - TurboTax site melts down the day before returns are due->

Submitted by BcNexus
BcNexus writes: Many pages on the site are unavailable; instead, Intuit is serving up generic pages: (screenshot:

eFiling is also unavailable for the desktop version of the software. Users ( are upset (

So much for saving paper. I'm giving up on eFiling and schlepping down to the post office tomorrow.

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Comment: Ustream apology UPDATED (Score 1) 393

by BcNexus (#41222911) Attached to: Hugo Awards Live Stream Cut By Copyright Enforcement Bot

At first I thought: "Well, they should have bought UStream's Pro service in order to whitelist their broadcast, but an update to the founder's apology says that Ustream will whitelist free streams as well:

Users of our paid, ad-free Pro Broadcasting service NOTE: UPDATED CLARIFICATION and those free broadcasters who notify Ustream in advance they have copyrights permissions (Ustream's messaging to our broadcaster community how this process works is inadequate. We are resolving this now) are automatically white listed to avoid situations like this and receive hands-on client support.

PS: How are free streams supported? Do they have ads inserted into them, or what?

+ - Target testing out in-store Geek Squad service->

Submitted by BcNexus
BcNexus writes: Holy corporate partnership testing, Batman! Target is doing just that with with Best Buy's Geek Squad unit in its Denver, Colorado area stores and one in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. Does this surprising business development signal that Best Buy has the chops to stay relevant in today's Amazon and online-shopping dominated world? Will Amazon strike back by shipping tech support agents to secure lockers for customers?
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+ - HTC in Hell->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye writes: This HTC warning was different. There has been a stream of them since last November, but the latest one broke the back of Wall Street’s strongest HTC bulls, who finally gave up their Buy ratings. The reason is simple: HTC had just rolled out its big new product range that was supposed to go head to head with Samsung’s Galaxy and Apple’s iPhone ranges. Major flagship phones rarely flop badly — but if they do, the worst-case scenario is debuting a new line in the spring and then facing a grim slog to a fallow Christmas season...
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+ - Are Laptops Really Upgradable? 1

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Heliar1956 writes: "O.K., I’ve noted the discussions about the “upgradability” of the new Mac Book Pro Retina and the Macbook airs, and want to ask, “Is it really feasible to upgrade a laptop?” I think the answer is no, depending on how old it is and what you’re upgrading.

A secondary question is how much usable life would you expect out of a significant upgrade like in my example below?

I have a 5-year old Sony Vaio VGN FZ140E, which was a high-end laptop when I purchased it, not a mid-level or bargain. The specs are 200 GB hard drive, 2 GB memory, a bad battery, and Windows Vista, stable but corrupt enough not to update since February 2012. It works fine and currently I’m just using it to browse on the nightstand, mostly because of the dead battery.

I believe a nice upgrade would be a 250-ish GB SSD, at least 2 GB more memory, a battery, and Windows 7, all of which would amount to roughly $500-$650 depending on how you source parts. Such an upgrade would make it usable for mobile computing again at some level.

Can you reasonably put $500-$650 into a 5-year old laptop and what do you get? I know that resale value will not increase or increase by a tiny amount. Note these models were also known for getting hot, especially batteries (some spectacular failures).

I’ve also noted no one seems to discuss the upgradability of cell phones, and upgrading MacBook Airs seem to be a non-topic anymore.

Comments? Suggestions?

Cheers, Steve"

Comment: Re:Ok, how do they know? (Score 1) 862

by BcNexus (#37618890) Attached to: Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It
Read the rest of the article.They found that pinning is popular.

Good. It should be obvious by now, but that is what I do. I've pinned 23 items to my Start Menu: Assorted Libraries, Calculator, Command Prompt, Firefox, IE, Chrome, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

If they don't have pinning or something like it ... (O-o)

Comment: Re:Ok, how do they know? (Score 1) 862

by BcNexus (#37618808) Attached to: Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It
Gah! Pinning to the taskbar! Horrible!

They took away* Quick launch, so I tried using the taskbar as my "go to place" for shortcuts, but pinning it to it sucked.

I therefore switched to pinning things to the Start Menu (even though there is no Right click - > "Sort my pinned items by name" option). Now they want to take it away?!? Not cool.

I've put a few hours of testing in with the Windows 8 Developers preview, and let me tell you, if users don't know how to use shit now, wait till they see tiles. Can you click and drag to swipe? Noooo. You have to use the scroll wheel. Can you ever reach the edge of the tiles by scrolling? Nooooo.

*Hid it/buried it/made it generally inaccessible

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