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Comment: Already done, and better. (Score 0) 155

by Eric Freyhart (#48991429) Attached to: Apple Said To Be Working On a Pay TV Service
I finally broke down and bought an Amazon Fire TV box. I can watch just about anything on TV, Hulu, Netflix, etc. that I already have a subscription to. I can run apps, games, etc with it also. I can use any smart phone to control it or play content to my TV. It truly is a well thought out product that does not bind the customer into a single subscription service. Amazon does have the Prime service on the box, but you do not have to pay to use the other systems that the box can do.

Apple will not attempt to create a TV set top box unless the business model allows then to somehow reap revenue from both the subscriber and the content creator. This has been their business model from day one, and unless they can somehow get the masses on board with it (black hole) then it probably is doomed from the start.

+ - Skype backdoor confirmed ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I was disappointed the rumoured skype backdoor is claimed to be real, and
that they have evidence. The method by which they confirmed is kind of odd
- not only is skype eavesdropping but its doing head requests on SSL sites
that have urls pasted in the skype chat!

Now I've worked with a few of the german security outfits before, though not
Heise, and they are usually top-notch, so if they say its confirmed, you
generally are advised to believe them."

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+ - Yahoo! Japan: 22 million user IDs probably stolen->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Unauthorized access attempt of Yahoo! Japan portal may have led to theft of up to 22 million user IDs, Yahoo has revealed. There has been no information about leaks of such a massive database of user IDs as yet and according to Yahoo, the information that was stolen didn’t have passwords or any other information that would allow unauthorized users to carry out user identity verification. Yahoo hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a leak though considering the volume of traffic it noticed flowing from its servers to external entities."
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+ - Mayan Pyramid in Belize Levelled by Construction Crew

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If an imposing 2300-year old Mayan temple situated at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was on your list of things to see before you die, you're too late. The monument was essentially destroyed by a construction crew in order to provide gravel for road construction. Archaeologists expressed shock, as Nohmul (the "great mound") was a major Mayan religious center in its day. While the pyramid was situated on private property, such historical sites are supposedly protected by ordinance, and officials may file criminal charges."

+ - IRS Targeted Jewish Groups In Addition to Tea Party Groups->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "More troubling details are emerging in the IRS scandal over the targeting of Tea Party groups previous covered on Slashdot. It has come to light that the IRS also targeted Jewish groups: " . . . Z STREET filed a lawsuit . . . claiming it had been told by an IRS agent that because the organization was “connected to Israel,” its application for tax-exempt status would receive additional scrutiny. . . the IRS agent told a Z STREET representative that the applications of some of those Israel-related organizations have been assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office. .” . . At least one purely religious Jewish organization, one not focused on Israel, was the recipient of bizarre and highly inappropriate questions about Israel. Those questions also came from the same non-profit division of the IRS at issue for inappropriately targeting politically conservative groups. The IRS required that Jewish organization to state “whether [it] supports the existence of the land of Israel,” and also demanded the organization “[d]escribe [its] religious belief system toward the land of Israel.” — The same article noted House Ways and Means Committee chair David Camp has announced his committee will be holding hearings shortly, and issued a press release: "The IRS absolutely must be non-partisan in its enforcement of our tax laws. The admission by the agency that it targeted American taxpayers based on politics is both shocking and disappointing. . .""
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Comment: Re:efficiency: 90% of cable? (Score 2) 179

by Eric Freyhart (#41796925) Attached to: Canadian Researchers Create Wireless Charger For Electric Cars

OK, so it can double as a garage heater in winter. However, in the snowier parts of the country (i.e. NOT Vancouver and its suburbs), this will not be appreciated for outdoor use - lots of meltwater turning into smooth ice...

This can easily work outdoors. Both magnet sets can be encased in a non conductive cover when outdoors, so no moving parts will be exposed. I have worked with something very close to this device for charging. Wish I had thought of this first!

Comment: Re:Name brand vs. store brand (Score 2) 251

by Eric Freyhart (#39183135) Attached to: Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Clone From App Store
I agree. They made a product that people wanted to buy, knowing or not knowing that Apple owns the product they purchased and will continue to restrict anything on it unless Apple can make a buck. I want people to buy Apple products, and I want them to continue to think they are "bright" or "creative" because they purchased these magical devices. It gives me the edge on everyone else who are trying to talk into their phones in the elevator when I am getting real work done.

Comment: Re:Why Apple is good (Score 1) 715

by Eric Freyhart (#38888055) Attached to: Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'
"Because they (Apple) have done much larger good for general computing than Linux and even Windows have ever done."

I will not even begin to explain why this is probably the dumbest statement I have ever read. I began working in computers before Microsoft was a company, and in all my years I cannot think of a SINGLE thing that Apple has "created". But they have managed to get a lot of very dumb people to buy into an idea which ties them to a restrictive platform at the expense of every single good programmer and their ability to improve on existing technology. Now they will attempt to get businesses to give up their employee assets and allow Apple to know and control every facet of the workplace. Yep, Brave New World.

Comment: My congratulations! (Score 1) 434

by Eric Freyhart (#38340586) Attached to: Facebook Could Spawn Thousands of Milionaires
My congratulations go out to all those who worked very hard on Facebook, and who shall soon reap the rewards for their creation.

My condolences go out to all those who shall soon invest in the stupidest dot-com bubble machine off all time, and who shall see the loss of that investment go to all those above.

Comment: Re:Vlingo does it better. (Score 1) 402

by Eric Freyhart (#37807786) Attached to: Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android
No, I haven't done a side by side on these two apps. I only had a few minutes to test each on both platforms. But in those few minutes I came to the conclusion that 1: iPhone still sucks and is behind the curve (hell, my HTC EVO has better specs and cost less) and 2: Siri is just as useless as I thought it would be. But it is REALLY fun watching someone in an elevator talking to their phones over and over trying to get the thing to work instead of just pressing a button.

Comment: Re:Vlingo does it better. (Score 1) 402

by Eric Freyhart (#37807662) Attached to: Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android
Vlingo really operates much the same way as Siri. But to prove a point, I was listening to a radio broadcaster use Siri on the air, and to demonstrate he asked Siri a question: How far is it from the earth to the moon? Siri waited a about 5 seconds, then displayed the answer on his fondlebrick that he read back over the air. I tried it using Vlingo on my Android phone, and not only did it give the answer faster, it actually read the result back to me using the built in speak engine. Yep, the fondlebrick is always slightly behind the curve.

iPhone: Yesterday's technology wrapped in a shiny package and sold for twice the price today!

1 Angstrom: measure of computer anxiety = 1000 nail-bytes