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Submission + - SPAM: Japanese schools and McDonald's using DS to train

almehdaaol writes: We all knew that the Nintendo DS was already being used for many things other than gaming, however Japan seems to be taking it to the next level. Now using the Nintendo handheld for things like educational programs in schools and training sessions for new McDonald's employees.
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Submission + - Beware the king of patent trolls->

E5Rebel writes: If you haven't heard of Intellectual Ventures, you will do. Set up by ex-Microsoftie Nathan Myhrvold, with investments from Microsoft among others, it is basically a patenting machine – filing and buying them in huge quantities. Note that it doesn't actually *use* these patents – except to threaten people with. In other words, Intellectual Ventures is a patent troll – or, rather the King of the Patent Trolls.

There is no defence against this sort of thing. This isn't patents being used to protect someone's hard work and insight, it is naked greed.

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Comment Re:efficient asynchronous communication (Score 1) 373 373

I wish I had mod points to vote this up!

femion precisely hits the problem with texting. It isn't asynchronous. People will be out at a cafe, in a restaurant, or having dinner and THE INSTANT that text message comes in, the recipient will read it and respond. Right then. Now. They'll happily break the conversation and ignore people they're actually with.

"Old folks" complain because this behavior carries over into the workplace. Texting is a huge distraction.

Comment Re:You can shoot people, son, but don't blog! (Score 4, Insightful) 202 202

Does your employer frequently take you to foreign countries for extended periods of time? Where there are no computers other than those owned by the company? Where there is no internet access other than what's provided by the company?

I didn't think so.

When someone is deployed to a combat zone (Iraq, Afghanistan) they should be able to keep in touch with their friends and family. It's a mental health issue. Twenty years ago soldiers/sailors/marines would write letters (delivered by the Post Office) and make an infrequent phonecall to their parents, spouse, or significant other. Those days are gone.

People now expect to be updated via blogs, social-networks, and to a lesser extent email. That's the world we live in and those expectations (social needs) don't go away just because someone's deployed.

Comment Re:Ideal time to make it use open standards (Score 2, Informative) 282 282

Can open-source solutions maintain Skype's level of security?

Skype Encryption Stumps German Police
http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSL21173920071122

Expert: Skype calls nearly impossible for NSA to intercept
http://blogs.zdnet.com/ip-telephony/index.php?p=919

Comment Is Apple borrowing the "logic" of gun control? (Score 1) 495 495

The only people who care whether a particular action is legal or not are the people who (generally) follow the law. If someone's prone to ignore the law they're prone to ignore the law. If someone's prone to follow the law they're prone to follow the law.

Changing the legality of owning a cracked iPhone doesn't change the legality of crashing a cell tower.

Security

Submission + - Social Networking Sites Must Improve Security->

An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has called upon social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook to do more to protect their millions of users, as new research is published examining the first six months of cybercrime in 2009. The report reveals that IT teams are worried that employees share too much personal information via social networking sites, putting their corporate infrastructure — and the sensitive data stored on it — at risk. The findings also indicate that a quarter of organizations have been exposed to spam, phishing or malware attacks via sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace.
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Security

Submission + - OnStar 'ignition block' to disable stolen vehicles->

suraj.sun writes: AutoWeek : http://www.autoweek.com/article/20090721/CARNEWS/907219996

OnStar, General Motors' in-vehicle safety and communications system, has launched a service to keep car thieves from starting a vehicle that has been reported stolen.

As of July 20, three stolen cars had been disabled by the technology, called "remote ignition block."

The feature is available on select 2009 and 2010 GM models. Subscribers must report their vehicles stolen to police officials and request assistance from OnStar, which then sends a signal that prevents the car from restarting.

The block adds to a suite of stolen-vehicle products, ranging from tracking by global positioning systems to a service designed to curtail high-speed police chases by conveying a signal that idles a stolen vehicle.

OnStar Press Release : http://www.onstar.com/us_english/jsp/new_at_onstar/remote_ignition_block.jsp

The process for deployment:

        * An OnStar subscriber reports their vehicle stolen to authorities and requests stolen vehicle assistance from OnStar.
        * Law enforcement provides confirmation to the OnStar Advisor that the vehicle is in fact stolen.
        * The OnStar Advisor pinpoints the vehicle's exact GPS location and sends a remote signal to prevent stolen vehicle from starting the next time someone attempts to start it.
        * On select models, authorities can also request Stolen Vehicle Slowdown if they have a clear line of sight of the stolen vehicle and confirm that conditions are safe to slow down the vehicle.

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Comment Re:40 Years After the Wright Brothers... (Score 1) 220 220

I think he's speaking in metaphor and playing fast and loose with the dates.

40 years after we sent a man to another planet, we're trying to recreate sending a man to another planet (either back to the Moon or Mars). And maybe ~40 years after that we'll send someone to yet another planet.

Then again, maybe I'm misunderstanding the original comment.

Comment Too late. I already switched my default. (Score 4, Insightful) 389 389

There are some things Google does very well. Others, not so well.

I'm using Bing now to see if I like it. It's like UNIX. It's like non-Apple MP3 players. I'll give the underdog a try so I don't have to be part of the herd. Besides, most popular doesn't always mean best.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.

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