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Microsoft

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows 296

Posted by samzenpus
from the by-your-powers-combined dept.
Deathspawner writes A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that his company will be working to combine all Windows versions into a unified release by next year.
Google

Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims 159

Posted by Soulskill
from the discovery-will-be-powered-by-bing dept.
Jason Koebler writes: According to plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Google, personal information about you and your browsing, email, and app-using habits that is regularly sent between apps on you Android phone is harming your battery life. As odd as it sounds, this minor yet demonstrable harm is what will allow their lawsuit to go forward. A federal judge ruled that the claim "requires a heavily and inherently fact-bound inquiry." That means there's a good chance we're about to get a look into the ins and outs of Google's advertising backbone: what information is shared with whom, and when.

Comment: Re:DON'T PANIC (Score 1) 95

by Plumpaquatsch (#47509397) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Just buy an Android phone without Google Apps pre-installed. I have one (Huawei). No Google Play Services (and any other Google Apps - Maps, Mail, etc.)

Yeah, having everything send to the Chinese intelligence agencies is soooo much better. Not to mention the NSA backdoors in the Linux kernel that Google itself hasn't found.

Comment: Re:DROPOUTJEEP backdoor (Score 2) 95

by Plumpaquatsch (#47507891) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

This may be the backdoor known as DROPOUTJEEP, which was described in some Snowden-leaked documents last year.

Looks like Apple sold out, put in a backdoor, and then lied about it.

Yeah. Or the guy who wrote that is either a moron or a jerkass, and completely ignored some important info given. Like the fact that DROPOUT.JEEP was actually the codename for a wired jailbreak for the first iPhone that NSA had to develop themselves. It's not like that info is hard to gain once you strip out the boasting and bullshit bingo from the l33t NSA haX0r slide.

Comment: Re:Too many words (Score 2) 95

by Plumpaquatsch (#47507701) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Except for the fact that Apples handing all of your data over to the NSA anyway. Apple has a very cozy relationship with the US federal government. http://cdn.bgr.com/2013/11/app...

According to that table there were 0 - 1000 cases in which "some" content data was disclosed to law enforcement in the US (and 1 in the UK and 0 in about 30 other countries). You call this "a very cozy relationship"? With 313 million citizens in the US there were less than 1000 requests granted. What's "cozy" about that?

Not to mention that this number includes all requests for tracking down stolen phones and those from missing persons.

Cellphones

Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-sir-I-don't-like-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes My LG Optimus F3Q was the lowest-end phone in the T-Mobile store, but a cheap phone is supposed to suck in specific ways that make you want to upgrade to a better model. This one is plagued with software bugs that have nothing to do with the cheap hardware, and thus lower one's confidence in the whole product line. Similar to the suckiness of the Stratosphere and Stratosphere 2 that I was subjected to before this one, the phone's shortcomings actually raise more interesting questions — about why the free-market system rewards companies for pulling off miracles at the hardware level, but not for fixing software bugs that should be easy to catch. Read below to see what Bennett has to say.

Comment: Re:Another misleading headline (Score 1) 236

by Plumpaquatsch (#47480371) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

PowerPC had good performance for several years. When the 603 and 604 were around they had better performance than x86 did. The problems started when the Pentium Pro came out. Even then it was not manufactured in enough numbers to be a real issue. Then the Pentium II came out...

And even that still go creamed whenever SIMD was used.

Earth

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax 288

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-keep-it dept.
schwit1 notes that the Australian government has repealed a controversial carbon tax. After almost a decade of heated political debate, Australia has become the world's first developed nation to repeal carbon laws that put a price on greenhouse gas emissions. In a vote that could highlight the difficulty in implementing additional measures to reduce carbon emissions ahead of global climate talks next year in Paris, Australia's Senate on Wednesday voted 39-32 to repeal a politically divisive carbon emissions price that contributed to the fall from power of three Australian leaders since it was first suggested in 2007.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 2) 236

by Plumpaquatsch (#47475391) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

They'd released the i860 (RISC, not x86-compatible) in 1989 and tech magazines were saying it would kill x86. Windows NT was originally written for the i860 and only later ported to x86, so even Windows looked like it might not be tied to x86 in the long term.

This is technically true. Windows NT was originally designed to be OS/2 version 3.0 and at first they targeted the i860 which never did well, so they changed to the MIPS platform. Prior to release Microsoft decided to make it their next Windows platform and the rest was history.

What made Windows NT unique at the time was the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that allowed Microsoft to target multiple processor platforms. At release, Windows NT supported i386 (called IA-32 at the time), Alpha, and MIPS.

And later, it ran on PowerPC.

Comment: Re:Fanbois (Score 1) 91

by Plumpaquatsch (#47475039) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

the whole point of Apple's ebook efforts was to provide a bulwark against the Amazon Ultron-like eater-of-worlds mopolistic behavior.

It was replacing one monopoly with another, in fact the Apple case was worse because

... Apple was never anywhere near a monopoly - and that's obviously the worst kind of monopoly.

Comment: Re:Fanbois (Score 0) 91

by Plumpaquatsch (#47475023) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

Regardless of what you think of Amazon and them being a monopoly, Apple colluded with publishers to raise the price of ebooks. It was anti-competitive at it's core and it's illegal under US law. Not to even mention that it cost the average US buyer $5 per book.

Too bad (for your argument that is) that in reality ebook prices actually fell in all stores but Amazon. Even on Amazon, only those Amazon had sold below price rose in price. Provable fact.http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304355104579236261045331876 (paywalled) http://www.salon.com/2014/01/12/amazons_bogus_anti_apple_crusade/

Earth

Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the when-earth-attacks dept.
New submitter DavidMZ writes: The Siberian Times reports on a large crater of unknown origin that has appeared in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. The Russian government has dispatched a group of scientists to investigate the 80-meter-wide crater. Anna Kurchatova from Siberia's Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Center believes the crater was a result of an explosion when a mixture of water, salt, and natural gas exploded underground. The Yamai Peninsula is known to hold Russia's biggest natural gas reserve."

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