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Submission Lenovo caught installing adware on new computers->

An anonymous reader writes: t looks like Lenovo has been installing adware onto new consumer computers from the company that activates when taken out of the box for the first time.

The adware, named Superfish, is reportedly installed on a number of Lenovo’s consumer laptops out of the box. The software injects third-party ads on Google searches and websites without the user’s permission.

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Submission Malware Preloaded on Lenovo Laptops->

An anonymous reader writes: Right now it's just a couple of forum posts, and some minor tech news/blogs reporting on it. It appears that malware may be coming reinstalled on some Lenovo laptops, and it's not easy to get rid of. The main article doesn't mention the SSL aspect, but this Lenovo Forum Post, with screen caps, is indicating it may be a man-in-the-middle attack to hijack an SSL connection too. It's too early to tell if this is a hoax or not, but there are multiple forum posts about the Superfish bug being installed on new systems.

Another good reason to have your own fresh install disk, and to just drop the drivers onto a USB stick.

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Comment Disabled Reply (Score 1) 602

I've noticed this myself after they made this change, and found others with the same problem. So it looks like they decided to punish you if you don't, unless you delete G+: making it even more senseless as people have deleted their G+ profiles to get around it. Good move on making a move that reduces users for a service you're trying to increase usage for.!topic/youtube/d7XKETauIH4

Comment Many Seem To Have Expired (Score 1) 194

I double checked, but a number of those patents are no longer enforceable since prior to 1995 it was 17 years from the filing date. After that it was 20 years after the filing date. With the earliest date being 1977. My guess is they are throwing them all in, and hoping some stick. So everything filed in 1994 (2011 is 17 years later) or earlier has already expired. Lack of enforcement of the patents may work against them too.

Comment Re:For this you want a professional product (Score 2) 387

Oh yeah, just look at the Self Employed tax forms you need to file if you run a business: Sole Proprietor, LLC, or Partnership. Those are such a complicated mess that you could easily screw something up. It's the reason there is quick books software to do most of the tracking for you. Lets not forget the taxes you have to pay on employee wages.

How many people realize that the taxes taken out on the W2s aren't the only income taxes paid?

Yep, every business that pays wages has to pay taxes on the wages they pay, and it won't ever show up on a paycheck or W2 because they can't take them out of employee pay. Instead they reduce their employees. This is one of the reasons small business owners are pushing for lower taxes, and the reason that lowering taxes WILL improve the job market. It just has to be a reduction on the PAYROLL taxes companies pay. I think there are also penalties for layoffs with FUTA, so they won't risk hiring in an uncertain economy if it will cost them money to let workers go.

Small business also need to go through EVERY expense they make, and follow the federal depreciation table for assets (can't use your choice of GAAP methods on taxes.) If you use your personal vehicle for taxes, or part of your home (I'm an accounting student so this was even more important to learn since many rural accountants have an office built into their home.), you need to figure out how much of that use was related to business. So you need to calculate the square footage of the office space, then get the percentage that is for the entire house.

So I completely agree that taxes are not easy to follow.

Comment Re:Not sued, but "contacted. (Score 4, Informative) 407

At most they can file a motion for discovery, and then a motion to compel. The rules vary by state, but you could be held in contempt: worse yet have a default judgement against you.

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I'm not a lawyer (accounting students must take business law), and this is not legal advice, nor should this be construed as such.

Comment Re:Highway lights??? (Score 3, Insightful) 348

I only ever see the in city areas, and have driven during rush hour. That's the only time I would say they are a safety improvement. A number of idiots drive in the dusk without their headlights on out here in the country. Magnify that for city rush hour and it can get dangerous. The biggest issue is likely seeing the exit signs, so it's likely to reduce distraction of people trying to read them with the shorter range of head lights on low beams, or having people that are blinded by the high beams on behind them to get better range on the road sign reflectors.

Comment Re:It's easy for men (Score 1) 502

I have running shoes too, and they have better grip and cushioning than walking shoes. The tread is also very different from basketball shoes because of the surface that it's more likely to be used on; My running shoes grip well on a wet road, and I doubt basketball shoes would do the same. Yes, they have some water run off, but it's very minor.

Otherwise I just have a pair of black shoes for my suit or just a dress shirt and tie, brown sandals with heel straps for everyday use in the summer (khaki shorts and a Hawaiian shirt or T-shirt), a pair of walking shoes for everyday use the rest of the year, and a good pair of winter boots. Some people wonder why their feet are always cold shoveling snow, and it's because they decide to do it in sneakers (that don't have water resistance or insulation.)

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