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Comment A simple solution to this merry-go-round (Score 1) 150 150

Give FB users the option of paying 1 dollar per month (okay...99 cents) for the service. Offer premium options.

Lord know they have plenty of well paid staff on board to build the option.

Roll experimental services (that annoy people) out to all non-paying members, explain that they can avoid all such issues by paying the nominal fee. The 12.00 per year will give you some form of SLA and a requirement by FB to conform to some other norm. Paying clients will appreciate the extra voice they have, because they are paying customers.

if FB fails to comply, they've set the paid service bar high enough that other services will start charging, making other options viable.

If you pay for your data, you can also truly "own" it, and likely pay for the option to dump it all and move on.

Oh, and FB could well raise another 100-200 million a year this way, which gives a potential IPO some heft.

I'm paying decent monthly fees to several services now. I prefer to pay for my social networks now that I've experienced the underbelly of free service SLAs.


For Normals, Jobs' "Retina Display" Claim May Be Fair After All 386 386

The Bad Astronomer writes "AT WWDC, Steve Jobs claimed that the iPhone 4's display has about the same resolution as the human eye — held at one foot away, the iPhone 4's pixels are too small to see. After reading an earlier Slashdot post about an expert disputing Jobs' claim, I decided to run the numbers myself. I found that Jobs is correct for people with normal vision, and the expert was using numbers for theoretically perfect vision. So to most people, the iPhone 4 display will look unpixellated."

Mozilla Wrongly Accused Sothink Addon of Malware 59 59

eldavojohn writes "Mozilla has admitted to wrongly accusing Sothink of distributing a video downloader with a trojan virus as a Firefox addon. From their official blog: 'We've worked with security experts and add-on developers to determine that the suspected trojan in Version 4.0 of Sothink Video Downloader was a false positive and the extension does not include malware.' Before you go download that addon, however, keep in mind that Sothink has come under fire before for GPL violations and dishonesty."

Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive 365 365

schliz writes "The Australian Government Information Management Office says that a platform change to open source could cost more than it saves. It was pushed to investigate open source software to reduce its AUD$500m budget at a Senate meeting yesterday. From the article: 'Agencies are obliged to consider value for money on each occasion they apply a software,' spokesperson Graham Fry said. 'If the cost of assessing it [open source] was greater than the cost of the software, you would have to think twice.'"

Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force 311 311

Lanxon writes "British criminals should soon prepare to be shot at from unmanned airborne police robots. Last month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from British protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers. But these drones could be armed with tasers, non-lethal projectiles and ultra-powerful disorienting strobe lighting apparatus, reports Wired. The flying robot fleet will range from miniature tactical craft such as the miniature AirRobot being tested by one police force, to BAE System's new 12m-wide armed HERTI drone as flown in Afghanistan."

Experts Closing In On Google Attack Coders 141 141

ancientribe writes "The targeted attacks out of China that hit Google, Adobe, and other US organizations are still ongoing and have affected many more companies than the original 20 to 30 reported. Security experts now say they are getting closer to identifying the author or authors of the malware used to breach Google and other organizations."

Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina 849 Screenshot-sm 849

Hugh Pickens writes "The Raw Story reports that terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina's Secretary of State and declare their intentions — or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. The 'Subversive Activities Registration Act' passed last year in South Carolina and now officially on the books states that 'every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States ... shall register with the Secretary of State.'"

When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence? 979 979

destinyland writes "21 AI experts have predicted the date for four artificial intelligence milestones. Seven predict AIs will achieve Nobel prize-winning performance within 20 years, while five predict that will be accompanied by superhuman intelligence. (The other milestones are passing a 3rd grade-level test, and passing a Turing test.) One also predicted that in 30 years, 'virtually all the intellectual work that is done by trained human beings ... can be done by computers for pennies an hour,' adding that AI 'is likely to eliminate almost all of today's decently paying jobs.' The experts also estimated the probability that an AI passing a Turing test would result in an outcome that's bad for humanity ... and four estimated that probability was greater than 60% — regardless of whether the developer was private, military, or even open source."

Sony Announces First 3D Blu-ray Disc Players 145 145

angry tapir writes "Sony has announced a new 3D Blu-ray Disc player and upgrades to existing players so that they will be able to show high-definition 3D movies too. The company introduced the BDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc model and upgraded existing home theater systems, which will be able to play Blu-ray movies when related firmware for the devices is released later this year. Movies based on the Blu-ray 3D specification, which was finalized by the Blu-ray Association in December, can be shown on the players."

Comment Re:WTF, people. (Score 1) 132 132


Yeah that is ancient news my friend. It was patched with OS version 1.1.2. in 2007 if my information is correct.

iPhones and iPods can now run OS version 3.1+

I would say that pretty much anyone going online has patched as version 3 of the OS brought copy/paste functions.

I can't imagine using my iPhone or iPod without copy/paste.

Comment Re:With great freedom comes great resposibility (Score 1, Flamebait) 132 132

I'm not sure what you mean by "basic functionality".

My iPhone isn't broken and I have tethering enabled. Sounds like your problem is with AT&T. I'm in Canada under Fido/Rogers so YMMV.

With "both" companies my tethering is enabled with a quick call. My provider asserts that my data plan must be 1 GB or higher, but this is largely to protect me from ignorantly going over my data plan usage allowances. I go to my settings and turn on tethering. There is no step three ;)

As for "applications that Apple doesn't [sic] like", you must mean malware, trojans, and data theft mechanisms. If you want to run those by all means do so. You could save yourself some trouble and just write your date of birth and credit card numbers on a placard and hang that around your neck when you head to the mall.

But I keed.

Comment Re:why not directly disconnect every Windows machi (Score 1) 213 213

I think everyone missed my point. The internet as a whole is being attacked by systems loosely guarded by their owners due to onerous and obtuse support requirements and maintenance routines. The fact that there is even an antivirus industry speaks volumes about where we are now.

Windows PC make up the bulk, if not all of all botnets (please cite for me any unix/linus/macos x desktop botnet that's been discovered that isn't just focused on weak LAMP setups)

In the "developing" world we might see corruption that is culturally endemic, such as when a police oficer takes a bribe for processing a complaint, or a train conductor taking a bribe for helping you get to your destination. Yet we pay a stipend to a windows desktop software industry that by all accounts would almost disappear tomorrow if everyone switched en masses to Unix, Linux, or OS X...even temporarily. We pay off an entire sector that by all rights should be working towards its own demise as soon as possible. That it's not working to it's demise, but growing, tells me that we need to inoculate the internet, not just locally treat the infections. I am speaking of general user desktop security
here, not firewalls and banking systems or high stakes e-commerce or government portals.

That's why I think the solution proposed, while draconian, in ways does make sense. That my comment is modded troll, so that we can cite the one-in-a-million windows users who succeed in locking down their setup without A/V tells us again that there is a problem. For expert users windows is as fine as any other OS. I don't suspect that it makes sense anymore to say to people that they are just idiots because they don't know how to run windows update, but then do NOTHING to stop the problem by letting them back online.

Yes there would be widespread unemployment, but we could get back to work as *use* the internet. if we could lose the 90+ % of email traffic devoted to spam derived from botnets what else could we do with those savings?

I dunno...it's a dumb idea, yes, but all the others ain't working.

Comment Re:why not directly disconnect every Windows machi (Score 0, Troll) 213 213

Oddly enough that's close enough to a decent solution to work.

How about we START with that, and work our way back to allowing pre-vetted workstations back onto the interwebs. I like the idea of running a simple system checking script though a web browser based internet portal the same way you must login to a hotspot to gain access to the internet.

Make that kind of access a precondition for users who were deemed to be hosting malware/bots and go from there. Once confirmed as clean the portal requirement disappears. The portal software will have to be hosted by a non-profit with government oversight for obvious reasons.

Of course I'm OK if that software isn't particularly Mac compatible ;)

A man is known by the company he organizes. -- Ambrose Bierce