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Comment: Re:Get over it. (Score 1) 638

by microphobe (#35425952) Attached to: A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

The skills are worth something otherwise they wouldn't be needed, the basis of economic value is the desire for something grants it value. Anyway that is a side point, I have always found that outside immediate family, tech work grants favours among friends if that person has no marketable skills then they buy you a six pack.

Comment: Re:Philosophical Question (Score 1) 294

by microphobe (#35287350) Attached to: Trying To Lure Suckers, Company Resells Open Source Blender

Legal? yes. Ethical? No, unless they add additional junk like support models they have made for you to play with etc.
The biggest issue I have isn't the company selling the software, they are selling the pretty box and commercially made CD presumably a manual of some variety they can justify charging a fee for that sort of thing. the big issue is that they are using other peoples property, (pictures not software) and claiming them as their own. that is fraud. The nice people have let us use their creation (program) for free for that we give them props and donations if we can afford them but they don't ask for more. The sad part is that this is covered under the GPL and shouldn't need to be reiterated ad nauseam.


+ - Why Does Google Want Your Kid's SSN?-> 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "NY Magazine reports that google's art contest for kids, "Doodle-4-Google," which received 33,000 entries last year, includes an initial Parent Consent Form that asks for the child's city of birth (not current city, mind you), date of birth, the last four digits of the child's social security number, as well as complete contact info for the parents. "You see what Google knows and many parents don't know is that a person's city of birth and year of birth can be used to make a statistical guess about the first five digits of his/her social security number," says Bob Bowdon. "Then, if you can somehow obtain those last four SSN digits explicitly — voila, you've unlocked countless troves of personal information from someone who didn't even understand that such a disclosure was happening." Bowdon says he has no evidence that Google has used what it learned for marketing purposes, however within 26 hours of alerting the FTC, Google updated its consent form eliminating the request for the last four digits of the kid's social security number but leaving in the question about birth city. "Okay, class. Who wants to send in a doodle under the theme 'Be sort of evil until someone figures it out'?""
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+ - Cell Phone Use Tied to Changes in Brain Activity->

Submitted by Takichi
Takichi writes: The New York Times is reporting on research linking cell phone use and increased metabolism, with high statistical significance, in the areas of the brain close to the antenna. The study was led by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The impact, good or bad, of the increased stimulation is speculative, but this research shows there is a direct relationship between cell phone signals and the brain that warrants further study.
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Comment: Re:Can't believe they released this shit (Score 2) 401

by microphobe (#34832134) Attached to: Microsoft Looking Into Windows Phone 7's 'Excessive' Data Use

I have a wm 6.5 omnia, honestly i have had no problems with it however the iphone's that I have borrowed from people on occasion really are just toys for people to play with. there is a reason that people run windows phones and it's the fact that they don't play games on them all day, don't browse through facebook or any other social site, they use them to book air flights, check stock prices, amend documents etc that's what the windows phones are good for. want to play games get an iphone or better yet be bothered to lug around a laptop and play real games.

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+ - Hobbits from Flores older than man->

Submitted by microphobe
microphobe writes: According to an article in the Australian today, New evidence has been brought forward supporting the theory of a "hobbit" like race of the human species that lived on the Indonesian island of Flores, in addition to this that they predate the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Man.,25197,22455206-30417,00.html
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+ - Not spam: Office 2007 for AU$75, saves AU$1075!

Submitted by cute-boy
cute-boy writes: Aussie students get deal from Microsoft: The Sydney Morning Herald report Aussie students can pick up a copy of Office 2007 sooooo cheap..... It's good to know that altruistic Microsoft cares so much about education here in Australia, but, call me a cynic, I have to wonder if the fact there are free alternatives that will do the job, has forced this upon them. -R

+ - Symantec Stumbles

Submitted by tomagion
tomagion writes: Symantec today claimed ( no-security-cureall-symantec.html ) that Vista Security wasn't up to patch, however, having installed Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2007 on Vista 32 and 64 bit OS it would appear that Symantec's own product people are struggling to get to grips with the new MS OS. Broken rules, i.e. Slingbox rule using the incorrect port. Firewall Program detect not detecting Programs and not then configuring rules automatically meaning the user has to go in and do it themselves!!! Does this mean that Symantec's left hand isn't talking to the right hand???

+ - Indian reseller discover the cost of MS addiction

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the_womble writes: "It looks as though Indian resellers have found out the hard way how the Microsoft monopoly works. After decades of being tacitly encouraged to sell pirated copies of Windows, they now find themselves being forced to pay up.

Are people dependent enough on MS for this to work in countries where the cost of a Windows license relative to incomes is several time higher than in developed countries? Will this open more opportunities for FOSS? I live in Sri Lanka, a country where MS backed off from a planned crackdown because even corporate users threatened to switch if they had to pay."

BASIC is the Computer Science equivalent of `Scientific Creationism'.