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Comment: Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (Score 3, Informative) 316

but free speech itself is still alive and well

Not as well as it used to be, and if corporations continue having the influence over lawmakers they have today things are going to get much worse before getting better. For an example look into the so called food libel lawsfood libel laws and for examples of how these laws effectively have made people cautious to the extreme in bringing forward even the most modest of criticisms, watch the documentary Food, Inc.

+ - Big Data Knows When You Are About to Quit Your Job

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Quentin Hardy reports at the NYT that a leading maker of cloud-based software for running corporate human resources and financial operations has announced new products that provide the kind of data analysis that Netflix uses to recommend movies, LinkedIn has to suggest people you might know, or Facebook needs to put a likely ad in front of you. One version of the software, called Insight Applications, predicts which high-performing employees are likely to leave a company in the next year; it then offers possible actions (more money, new job) that might make them stay. In another instance, expense reporting software can predict which employee populations are most likely to exceed their budgets. “We’ve applied machine learning to affect consumer tastes,” says Mohammad Sabah, director of data science at Workday. “putting it to career choices, to pay and employment, have a huge upside if we do it right.” Already, Sabah says, “we’re surprised how accurately we can predict someone will leave a job.” The goal is to predict future business outcomes to take advantage of opportunities and cut risk levels. One future product may be the ability to predict who will and won’t make their sales quotas, and suggest who should be hired to improve the outcome. “Making an employee happy, improving the efficiency of a company these are hard problems that affect corporations."

Comment: Capable of infecting non-jailbroken devices (Score 1) 1

by TheP4st (#48326555) Attached to: A nasty Trojan/virus from China for Apple devices
What the submitter missed mentioning is that this is the first known malware found in the wild that is capable of installing 3rd party applications on iOS devices that have not been jailbroken. The path of infection is that a user install trojanized software on a machine running OSX then connects an iOS device to the computer with USB.
In the last half year 467 OS X applications on a third party Mac application store have been trojanized and downloaded over 356,104 times, how many iOS devices that have been infected through these is any ones guess.

Original source: http://researchcenter.paloalto...

Comment: Re:Just (Score 1) 208

by JosKarith (#48325891) Attached to: PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud
Plus, the banks involved won't even lose out cos' the governments will declare them "Too big to fail" and bail them out from the endless pot of money that governments just pull out of their asses without any source. So it's totally a victimless crime, right? So we should all do this then everyone will have infinite money and live happy ever after...

+ - A nasty Trojan/virus from China for Apple devices-> 1

Submitted by grantspassalan
grantspassalan (2531078) writes "Just when you thought only Windows received the bulk of horrifying viruses and crapware, here comes WireLurker, a new family of malware, not even just a single one, that targets both Apple's desktop and mobile platforms for maximum reach. Palo Alto Networks, the cybersecurity company that discovered and reported this situation calls this an "unprecedented" type of malware, at least as far as iOS and OS X are concerned, hinting at the developing, or rather worsening, situation when it comes to malware and hackers' abilities to infiltrate our computers.

Of course, OS X and iOS have never been completely immune to malware, especially the recent bout of ransomware that have encrypted computers without authorization. But according to Palo Alto Network's research, this new family could probably be one of the worst to hit Apple's platforms because of four reasons."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 2) 353

by TheP4st (#48229821) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'
The question at hand is whether the software is free, which it is if you obtain it via the download link found here. Whether you can install it legally on non-apple hardware or not is not relevant to the context but since you asked; doing so is in breach with their EULA and at least in the US courts have reached the conclusion that even selling Hackintosh friendly hardware is illegal when done in the manner that Psystar used to do when they provided the OS asa bundle together with their hardware.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."