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Comment: Re:No, it's not enough (Score 2) 355 355

> but on how a company hurt your feelings a long time ago

I think it was a lot more than feelings, you work months to years building technologies and then Microsoft just decides to drop platform X or technology Y and there you are with all this work that was good and successful, but with Microsoft's whim, now obsolete.

After more than one such manuver, many have left for open source, where there is no single source of feature control or long-term licensing/activation/compatibility woes (not to mention fluctuating costs). Many have learned we cant depend on long term/cross platform stability with Microsoft, they are going to have to tread the long walk before they can regain respect.

Java

Ask Toolbar Now Considered Malware By Microsoft 212 212

AmiMoJo writes: Last month Microsoft changed its policy on protecting search settings to include any software that attempts to hijack searches as malware. As a result, this month the Ask Toolbar, which most people will probably recognize as being unwanted crapware bundled with Java, was marked as malware and will now be removed by Microsoft's security software built in to Windows 7 and above.

Comment: So we have a lack of people with wha skills? (Score 4, Insightful) 614 614

So, we all have heard we have a lack of workers with necessary skills...

Given that US citizens are now training these H1B workers with their job skills, what sort of skills were they lacking in order to justify the "need" for the imported skilled workers?

Comment: Re:Banksters (Score 0) 743 743

Check out - 97% Owned - Economic Truth documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

The problem is all in the banks, I just watched this British documentary that went over the different types of money real vs, bank generated (while centered in britan, it sums out the global problem). Bank generated money far outpaced real money. Its a couple hours, fortunately it isn't some alarmists screaming into the camera. The tough bit is to get all of of it sorted out before it really come crumbling down.

Google

Cute Or Creepy? Google's Plan For a Sci-Fi Teddy Bear 102 102

HughPickens.com writes: Time Magazine reports that Google has designed and patented an "anthropomorphic device" that could take the form of a "doll or toy" and interact both with people as well as tech gadgets echoing the "super toy" teddy bear featured in Stephen Spielberg's 2001 movie AI. This could be one of Google's creepiest patents yet — especially if movies like "Chuckie" still give you nightmares. The patent filing diagrams a stuffed teddy bear and a bunny rabbit outfitted with microphones, speakers, cameras and motors as well as a wireless connection to the internet. If it senses you're looking at it, the fuzzy toy will rotate its head and look back at you. Once it receives and recognizes a voice command prompt, you can then tell it to control media devices in your home (e.g. turn on your music or TV). According to the patent filing: "To express interest, an anthropomorphic device may open its eyes, lift its head, and/or focus its gaze on the user or object of its interest. To express curiosity, an anthropomorphic device may tilt its head, furrow its brow, and/or scratch its head with an arm. To express boredom, an anthropomorphic device may defocus its gaze, direct its gaze in a downward fashion, tap its foot, and/or close its eyes. To express surprise, an anthropomorphic device may make a sudden movement, sit or stand up straight, and/or dilate its pupils."

The patent adds that making the device look "cute" should encourage even the youngest members of a family to interact with it. But Mikhail Avady, from SmartUp, said he thought it belonged in "a horror film", and the campaign group Big Brother Watch has also expressed dismay. "When those devices are aimed specifically at children, then for many this will step over the creepy line," says Avady. "Children should be able to play in private and shouldn't have to fear this sort of passive invasion of their privacy."
Worms

Coup in Arrakis Capitol Leaves Region in Flux 113 113

Rube_Goldberg_Mentat writes: The power struggles between rival houses Atreides and Harkonnen have come to a T. It was reported earlier today that a coup led by Baron Vladimir Harkonnen was staged in the capitol of Arrakis. The House Atreides, which had only recently taken command of the planet and of the spice trade, is reported to have no survivors, though this is yet to be confirmed.Naysayers fear a collapse of the spice economy as a result of the violence. A r presentative from House Harkonnen has shared with the press that though times ahead may be rocky, "the spice will still flow."

Comment: Direct connect the modems (Score 1) 466 466

Did it all the time; going from memory...

I go for the dead simple, zip up all the files from the source

Run a phone wire between the computerers, with the terminal call one from one (IIRC you have to disable dialtone check use ATX3 then ATD555)

and on the other manual answer (ATA)

you migh have to do half duplex (local echo) on the terminals IIR this was the quickest route for no fuss local communication

once connected use the upload/download options on the terminals to start the file trnasfer

then look on it in a few hours, it will just churn away till it's finished.

It may be slow but it will complete as expected, and there is no special hardware, program or data cost.

look at the bottom of this article on my machine to machine notes -
http://www.portcommodore.com/d...

Comment: Developer, not email security expert (Score 1) 809 809

"Suppose you wanted to send me a file with very sensitive information, how would you encrypt it in such a way that I would decrypt it?"

Sounds like something you should be dictating to them not asking them for thier opinion. Unless the developer has actually needed to use use things like PGP etc, he probably has never thought of it.

I think a better question is, We will be transmitting confidential/sensitive information, which means you will use PGP(whatever) are you ok with that? etc.

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