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Comment Re:Let me Guess (Score 5, Informative) 88

He is running a pre-installed Windows?

First thing I do is wipe any new computer clean. The OEMs can't be trusted anymore.

Except if you bought a Lenovo, it'll helpfully replaces OS components through Lenovo Service Engine entirely on its own. So a clean install won't save you. Nice eh?

Submission + - What the Sony Hack Looked Like to Employees (slate.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The cyber attack on Sony was one of the highest profile hacks in the past several years. Slate tracked down two dozen people who worked there at the time, and asked them what it was like on the inside while it was happening. Quoting: "The telephone directory vanished. Voicemail was offline. Computers became bricks. Internet access on the lot was shuttered. The cafeteria went cash-only. Contracts—and the templates those contracts were based on—disappeared. Sony’s online database of stock footage was unsearchable. It was near impossible for Sony to communicate directly with its employees—much less ex-employees, who were also gravely affected by the hack—to inform them of what was even happening and what to do about it. 'It was like moving back into an earlier time,' one employee says." Some employees had their workloads doubled, some had nothing to do. While the hack brought the company together at the beginning, it eventually descended into recriminations and lawsuits.

Submission + - Your tax dollars at work: TSA confiscates 5-year-old's Buzz Lightyear toy (aol.com)

schwit1 writes: Levi Zilka, 5, was beyond excited when his uncle bought him a Buzz Lightyear toy during his first trip to Disney World. However, his excitement was soon diminished when the TSA threw his precious toy in the trash at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida.

"They said it looks too much like a gun," said Zilka, "and you can't bring guns on the plane."

"We understand that things are scary out there right now but taking a toy from a five year old doesn't enhance national security," said Zilka's father, David. Even though Zilka began "bawling ... tears streaming down his face, crying," the TSA adhered to their requirement for "realistic replicas of firearms to be checked."

Comment Re:Huh? Illegal? (Score 1) 118

If you take an oath to do no harm, but save the life of a patient that you know is going to go out and take as many innocent lives as they can, you are a monster. A murderer that uses someone else as your weapon and your oath as a shield.

So now you expect the doctor to pass judgement on whose life is worthy?

Submission + - Leaked Comcast Docs Confirm Broadband Usage Caps Are About Profit, Not Congestio (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: For many years the broadband industry relentlessly argued that broadband usage caps were necessary to protect networks from congestion. Unless ISPs were allowed to meter broadband usage, we were told, the rise in Internet video would clog the world's tubes, resulting in a mammoth network apocalypse known as the exaflood. Years later, with the exaflood debunked as fear mongering nonsense and most engineers pointing out that caps don't really fix congestion anyway, the broadband industry was forced to admit half of the obvious: that broadband usage caps weren't about congestion.

Still, as the nation's biggest ISP and current leading proponent of the "necessity" of usage caps, Comcast has tried to tap dance around this fact. Until now. On the heels of the news that Comcast was expanding its usage caps and overage fees yet again, an employee leaked Comcast's talking points about caps to 4Chan and Reddit. The six-page support document confirms what everybody already knew; namely that usage caps are about raising rates to protect legacy TV revenues, not about congestion. Employees are told:

Submission + - Computerworld: Fury and fear in Ohio as IT jobs go to India (computerworld.com)

ErichTheRed writes: A company called Cengage Learning now joins the Toys 'R Us, Disney and Southern California Edison IT offshoring club. Apparently, even IT workers in low-cost parts of the country are too expensive and their work is being sent to Cognizant, one of the largest H-1B visa users. As a final insult, the article describes a pretty humiliating termination process was used. Is it time to think about a professional organization before IT goes the way of manufacturing?

Submission + - TPP makes copy left licences illegal 8

ras writes: With the release of the final version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty yesterday, this little gem was noted on the Linux Australia mailing list. Quoting article 14.7.1 of the TPP:

No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.

It goes onto to exempt demanding copies of the source in commercially negotiated contracts, quality assurance, patents, orders made by judicial authorities or to comply with the regulation. The one notable exception to the exemptions: copy left licences.

Comment Re:Let me save you some trouble... (Score 1) 157

" Reportedly, the culprits were Chinese hackers helping their nation understand how US medical care works. "
If you're rich, you pay for your medical care out of pocket.
If you're not rich, you pay for health insurance that doesnt cover anything and then you die.

... wait, that's what the Chinese has already, today!

Use the Force, Luke.