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Comment: Re:What an open source baseband can be. (Score 1) 137

I was actually curious about this - when I used to play with radio scanners, you could (theoretically) get in lots of trouble if you opened them up and sniffed on frequencies that weren't approved. I would imagine very low level control of the radio within a phone could get you in tons of trouble if you were able to spoof things like the IMEI, but even if it was somehow burned into the silicon, you could still play silly buggers with a very controlled set of rules and standards.

Comment: Deja Vu (Score 1) 513

Didn't we go through this same nonsense with Windows 7 and XP? Call it buggy software or just a resistance to change, it is effectively guaranteed that in 3ish years the headline will be the same, about a major OEM offering disgruntled low-end consumers the last-gen OS as an option. It does NOT signal the death of Metro, or the supremacy of 7, or even a policy shift at MS - it's a vendor kowtowing to consumer demand.

Comment: Re:Wii U is decent, but needs quality games (Score 1) 559

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#46029463) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?
If you think the target market for the Wii U is Homeschooling dads trying to use it to keep their kids physically active, I have a few other large revelations coming for you. It's quaint at this point to hear people talking about the effectively moral supremacy of the Wii as opposed to the Evil Playstation and Xbox - tell me more about how one of the experience simulators is inherently worse for child-rearing outside of parental supervision?

Comment: Re:please stop (Score 2) 199

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#45861313) Attached to: Losing Aaron
Bullshit.

While this may generally be a popular liberal justification for Judiciary reform (and I'm not saying we don't need it) I have worked in a number of high-security environments, held multiple positions with banking institutions, I have a passport with no restrictions on it, and by itself (violent, Drug, or sexual offenses obviously carry a different classification,) it does not qualify as a legal denial for protected-housing (which most rental units fall under.) You can be licensed and insured (*but not BONDED* - I can't be a locksmith) and in most states, it doesn't affect your voting rights at all. The biggest downside at this point is that I can't legally possess a firearm, so if I *were* to go trap shooting a couple of times a year at the country club, I *could* get in trouble.

Comment: Re:Colour me confused (Score 1) 165

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#45848787) Attached to: Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run
This is the guy who thinks that John Cornyn (R-TX) is too liberal and not a True Texan. You know, that John Cornyn who compared Homosexual Marriage to marrying a box turtle, or who voted in favor of notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions, or who mocked Democratic objections to Alito's confirmation and then made (effectively) the same accusations against Sotomayor.

This is the guy who ran a Dodge meme against Cornryn on his Twitter feed last week.

This is the guy who wanted to remove the 'gun-free' zones around schools to keep children 'safer', a month after Sandy Hook.

Actually, the more traction these fringe idiots get, the more fragmented the far right looks. VOTE STOCKMAN 2014!

Comment: Re:Video editing... (Score 1) 501

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#45778047) Attached to: A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest
I've been regularly accused of being a MS Shill, and it's unfortunate because it discredits this very argument when I present it. Outside of a personal preference with your OS Workflow for creatives, I have not supported an enterprise environment (or small business, for that matter) that had a justifiable need for Apple workstations in the last 5 years. If you want to use this overpriced designer hardware, be my guest and BYOD. I'll even give you DMZ Internet access. But if you expect the office to pay for your computer, it's going to have a PC logo on the front, Active Directory in the back, and a fully licensed copy of the industry standard application for your job. It's nauseating how many creatives act like I've dropped a dead fish on their desk when they see a Windows box - the only good news is decent creative is a supply-saturated market now, and most companies just won't put up with that crap.
Verizon

+ - Carriers plan to keep gouging consumers on voice plans despite LTE revenue boost->

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redkemper (2621761) writes "Although 4G LTE makes delivering data cheaper on a per-gigabyte basis, many wireless carriers are in no rush to give up their lucrative voice plans in favor of folding their voice services into their LTE data packages. The latest carrier survey from Infonetics Research shows that carriers are increasingly seeing average revenue per user (ARPU) go up as a result of deploying LTE as their data technology, as greater spectral efficiencies on LTE networks are sending data transmission costs downward. However, Infonetics says that roughly one-third of carriers surveyed said they “plan to use their 2G and 3G networks for voice services as long as possible.”..."
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Microsoft

+ - The Enterprise Datacenter OS War is Over: Linux, Microsoft at Stalemate->

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Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes "Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Paul Teich argues that Linux will never gain significantly more share of enterprise datacenters; it’s at a market standoff with Windows, that is, until advances in cloud services make owning your own enterprise datacenter obsolete.

The Linux portion of public cloud installed infrastructure is today mostly a collection of proprietary and non-public modifications to public distributions, he argues, which means that current Linux enterprise distributions (like RHEL) are not selling much into this market."

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United States

+ - The Nation is Losing its Toolbox 2

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Louis Uchitelle writes that in Aisle 34 of Home Depot is precut vinyl flooring, the glue already in place, in Aisle 26 are prefab windows, and if you don’t want to be your own handyman, head to Aisle 23 or Aisle 35, where a help desk will arrange for an installer as mastering tools and working with one’s hands recede as American cultural values. "At a time when the American factory seems to be a shrinking presence, and when good manufacturing jobs have vanished, perhaps never to return, there is something deeply troubling about this dilution of American craftsmanship," writes Uchitelle. "Craftsmanship is, if not a birthright, then a vital ingredient of the American self-image as a can-do, inventive, we-can-make-anything people." Mass layoffs and plant closings have drawn plenty of headlines and public debate over the years, and they still occasionally do. But the damage to skill and craftsmanship — what’s needed to build a complex airliner or a tractor, or for a worker to move up from assembler to machinist to supervisor — has gone largely unnoticed. “In an earlier generation, we lost our connection to the land, and now we are losing our connection to the machinery we depend on,” says Michael Hout. “People who work with their hands are doing things today that we call service jobs, in restaurants and laundries, or in medical technology and the like.” The damage to American craftsmanship seems to parallel the precipitous slide in manufacturing employment. and manufacturing’s shrinking presence helps explain the decline in craftsmanship, if only because many of the nation’s assembly line workers were skilled in craft work. “Young people grow up without developing the skills to fix things around the house,” says Richard T. Curtin. “They know about computers, of course, but they don’t know how to build them.”"
Crime

+ - Brazil is Turning Inmates into Power Plants

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead (2466858) writes "Since the oil shocks of the ‘70s, Brazil has been home to a carnival of renewable energy initiatives that now generate a whopping 85 percent of the country’s power. At Santa Rita do Sapucaí prison, inmates are contributing to the effort by riding stationary bikes which charge batteries that fuel lights at a nearby park that previously didn’t have electricity. That makes the park safer and shaves a little off the city’s carbon footprint, while giving the inmates a chance to get buff – and reduce their sentences.

City judge José Henrique Mallmann was apparently inspired by other prisons that offer prisoners incentives for riding bikes. At Phoenix, Ariz.’s Tent City Jail, female prisoners who want to watch television are required to pedal stationary bikes that power TVs. The technology has been in use at some fitness clubs for years, and is gaining traction for use in everyday life by cycling enthusiasts."
Businesses

+ - Don't Bother Being Honest in Exit Interviews->

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes "Say that you're leaving a job, either on your own volition or because they decided it was time for you to "pursue other opportunities." Before you leave, the HR department wants to chat with you about the employment experience, in an exit interview. "Oh goodie," you think. "Now I can really tell them what I really feel."

Don't do it. If your employer couldn't find the time to ask you what was good or bad about working at the company while you were still working there, writes Lisa Vaas, why bother with honesty and potentially burned bridges now? (If they did ask, give them constructive feedback before you leave this job; they deserve it).

Discuss."

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Security

+ - NSA Chief To Address Hackers at DEF CON->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Later this week, the NSA’s organizational leader and head of the U.S. Cyber Command – General Keith Alexander — will address an audience of hackers at DEF CON.

News of General Alexander’s talk at Def Con broke on Friday. Up until that point, the 12:00 Track 1 slot was kept secret, leaving attendees to the world’s largest hacker conference to speculate. The buzz was that it would be something interesting – if only because this year is Def Con’s 20th anniversary.

General Alexander will be giving a talk titled "Shared Values, Shared Responsibility," which is outlined as a presentation that will focus on the shared core values between the hacker community and the government’s cyber community. Namely, the vision of the Internet as a positive force, the fact that information increases value by sharing, the respect and protection of privacy and civil liberties, and the opposition to malicious and criminal behavior.

Def Con runs July 26-29 at the Rio in Las Vegas, admission is $200 cash only at the door."

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