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+ - GOP brings in expert to look at Healthcare.gov->

Submitted by DesertBlade
DesertBlade (741219) writes "The GOP have reached out for expertise on the problems on healthcare.gov. Their person of choice, is the equally unique McAfee, from the antivirus make, Belize murder, laying low in Portland fame. While I agree the site was overpriced for what we received, but is McAfee is the right expert to handle brief Republicans on the issues?"
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Comment: This is FUD (Score 5, Informative) 162

by DesertBlade (#41947543) Attached to: Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life
I actually own a Fuelband, unlike to poster and the original story. It is basically a pedometer, sensing motion, nothing else. No or any other thing to guide them to my house. It sends information to the cloud, but has a lot less info than facebook. You can actually sign up for an account its free and see how little is actually stored. I be more worried about the data on my phone or in my wallet, both which will lead someone to my house, than on this thing.

Comment: ATV with XBMC (Score 1) 479

by DesertBlade (#40460935) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?
Have 2 ATV with XBMC running on them with Bluehosts plugins. Can stream Hulu and many network shows straight from the internet most at HD. There are ways to use sickbeard and usenet to get shows automatically but I hardly ever need to. When the networks change protocols to break my setup, I go back to using sickbeard, till the great devs get the codec working with the new protocol. Been using this for 18+ months and have no plans on going back,

Comment: Correct me if I am wrong (Score 3, Interesting) 298

Doesn't Time Warner control the software on their DVRs? Can't they just disable that feature? It seems impossible to disable FF feature on all the different types of DVRs out there (like MythTV) through some magical embedded code. It must be some feature of the codec.

Comment: What is it good for (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by DesertBlade (#40369661) Attached to: Apple Patents Polluting Facebook, Google Profiles
Skimmed through the patent and all I can figure out is that our master profile stays the same, but you will have a bunch of fake ones. This does not give you a whole lot of privacy to the user since you are still tied to the master, but makes it harder for facebook/google to created targeted ads and make it harder for someone to find the real you. Unless you are actively using all these clones then Big Brother is going to know who you are. Next there will be a patent to filter out these clones.

Comment: Re:Four reasons (Score 1) 1264

by DesertBlade (#39849293) Attached to: Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off
1) Microsoft Office - If you are going to go with Poor UI below the Ribbon change would be the same. LibreOffice, like it better than MS Office, I even installed on many people machines and the majority like it better. Only tools use Powerpoint.
2) Games - I agree, but I play all my games on PS3
3) Poor UI - Unity is OK, its growing on me. Use Windows 8 then come back about Poor UI (WTF happened to the start menu)
4) Package - Ubuntu has this beat, the add/remove programs is awesome, its like the app store on mac. You give a poor example of the old RPM days, which was a pain, but have not had issues for ever. The majority of people will never venture past the default repos.
5) Standard Config - the .folder system is great, super easy to migrate. But I beat you think windows registry is a good idea.

Comment: Re:Plead the 27th (Score 1) 1167

by DesertBlade (#38242314) Attached to: US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers
While you are correct in theory, the ability to defend ourselves from our country is important. I may not have a tank, but I could probably stage an ambush with the equipment I have and hopefully recover a vehicle. Or I could break into the motor pool and steal one. Or someone driving the tank could defect.

It is about having something as a starting point.

Comment: Smart Move on Google/Android (Score 1) 311

by DesertBlade (#37114190) Attached to: Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition
This could be big. If Google, Samsung, HTC and Sony team up for team Android, their portfolio will be rock solid. Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, etc, will be having a hard time leveraging patent war against them.

Google could lock out the other partners, but they are all making some great hardware and you know Apple/M$ are scared with all the recent lawsuits. The more Android devices they more revenue is being generated for Google.

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