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Comment Re:What were the levels of the tariffs? (Score 2) 88 88

Yup, that's my feeling exactly. For consumer/SOHO products, stores will never pass on the savings that this would bring, instead will just be raking in more cash.
However at the enterprise level I could see prices drop in accordance to this.

Submission + - IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally->

An anonymous reader writes: The Associated Press reports that an online service provided by the IRS was used to gather personal information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. Criminals were able to scrape the "Get Transcript" system to acquire tax return information. They already had a significant amount of information about these taxpayers, though — the system required a security check that included knowledge of a person's social security number, date of birth, and filing status. The system has been shut down while the IRS investigates and implements better security, and they're notifying the taxpayers whose information was accessed.
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Comment Re:Offsite (Score 1) 446 446

Offsite is the way to go. I do this with my family photos and important docs. I keep a drive locked away in my desk at work and one at my parents' place. Documents are encrypted and password protected. I've got a 3rd drive that I use and swap out as an update a couple of times a year and rotate. The drives are not plugged into anything so there's no chance of getting hacked. So unless there's a nuclear bomb that takes out the entire city, my important data is safe.

Comment Tim Cook != Apple (Score 1) 653 653

Apple is owned by its shareholders, not Tim Cook. If Tim Cook was to withdraw from all those countries for his personal beliefs, no matter what they are, he would be deposed by the shareholders and sued to high heaven. He can speak out all he wants (and he should) but he ultimately answers to his shareholders.

Comment Canon MX870 (Score 1) 190 190

If you really must go the route of keeping the Chromebook, I would suggest the Canon MX 3/4 in one printers. I myself have an MX870 model (printer/fax/copier/scanner), it's WIFI, and it has a USB port, an SD port, a compact flash port and an MS Duo port. From a USB stick I've printed PDFs, DOCs, text files, jpegs without a problem. I've also printed jpegs right off an SD card. It also works in the other direction; I've scanned some docs/images and saved them directly onto a USB stick.

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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem 196 196

An anonymous reader writes "The Paris Review has an article about SF author Stanislaw Lem, explaining Lem's outlook on the future and his expectations for technological advancement. Lem tended toward a view that technology would infect and eventually supplant biological evolution. But he also suggested an interesting explanation for why we haven't detected alien civilizations: "Perhaps ... they are so taken up with perfecting their own organisms that they've abandoned space exploration entirely. According to a similar hypothesis, such beings are invisible because technological ease has resulted in a 'Second Stone Age' of 'universal illiteracy and idleness.' When everyone's needs are perfectly met, it 'would be hard, indeed, to find one individual who would choose as his life's work the signaling, on a cosmic scale, of how he was getting along.' Rather than constructing Dyson Spheres, Lem suggests, advanced civilizations are more likely to spend their time getting high.""

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