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Submission + - Google Drive client is not supported on Yosemite

An anonymous reader writes: After installing Yosemite I discovered an issue with the Google Drive client on the Mac. When I reported this to Google I received the reply "Unfortunately, MAC OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) is not something Drive supports at this time. The team is working hard to enhance the product."

So, although early versions of Yosemite have been available for at least four months to developers and three months to the public, Google has not updated the Mac client yet. Perhaps Google should warn Mac users that Yosemite is not supported, in case user data is at risk.

Submission + - NVIDIA sues Qualcomm and Samsung seeking to ban import of Samsung phones 2

Calibax writes: NVIDIA has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the ITC and in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing. NVIDIA is seeking damages and a ban on US import of a raft of devices with Snapdragon and Exynos processors until there is an agreement on licensing.

Submission + - Bitcoin Security Endangered by Powerful Bitmining Pool

An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica reports that for the first time in Bitcoin's five-year history, a single entity has repeatedly provided more than half of the total computational power required to mine new digital coins, in some cases for sustained periods of time. It's an event that, if it persists, signals the end of crypto currency's decentralized structure.

Submission + - Russia tricked Snowden Into Going to Moscow

An anonymous reader writes: Ex-KGB Major Boris Karpichko says that spies from Russia’s SVR intelligence service, posing as diplomats in Hong Kong, convinced Snowden to fly to Moscow last June. “It was a trick and he fell for it," Karpichko, who reached the rank of Major as a member of the KGB's prestigious Second Directorate while specializing in counter-intelligence, told Nelson. "Now the Russians are extracting all the intelligence he possesses.”

Submission + - Parallels Update Installs Unrelated Deamon Without Permission

Calibax writes: Parallels recently released version 9 of Parallels Desktop, their popular hypervisor application for Mac. They also released a new product named Parallels Access that offers access to Windows applications from an iPad for $80 per year. Access has received less than stellar reviews.

When a user upgrades Parallels Desktop, he is asked if he wants a free six month subscription to Parallels Access. Even if he says no, the product is installed on his system and the application is started each time the system is rebooted. It is installed with ancillary files scattered around several directories in the system and Parallels has not supplied an uninstaller or listed the steps to fully uninstall the application, despite a number of requests.

In other words, Parallels has decided it's a good idea to silently install a difficult to remove deamon application on the system, even if the user has explicitly stated they do not want it. They have not provided an uninstaller or a list of files installed or instructions on how to remove the application files. These are scattered to at least four Mac OS X OS system level directories.

Submission + - Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejud (

Calibax writes: A recent study by a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults and that low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice.

Submission + - 88 Year Old Scientist Hassled by DEA ( 1

Calibax writes: 30 years ago Bob Wallace and his partner came up with a product to help hikers, flood victims and others purify water. Wallace, now 88 years old, packs his product by hand in his garage, stores it in his backyard shed and sells it for $6.50.

Recently, the DEA has been hassling him because his product uses crystalline iodine. He has been refused a license to purchase the iodine because it can be used in the production of crystal meth, and as a result he is now out of business.

A DEA spokesman describes this as "collateral damage" not resulting from DEA regulations but from the selfish actions of criminals.

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