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+ - Profits! Profits! Profits! Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a Real Business

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "According to Steve Ballmer, is not a real business. “They make no money,” Ballmer said on the Charlie Rose Show. “In my world, you’re not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don’t make money at some point.” Ballmer’s comments come as Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the third quarter, disappointing Wall Street. "If you are worth $150 billion," Ballmer added, "eventually somebody thinks you’re going to make $15 billion pre-tax. They make about zero, and there’s a big gap between zero and 15." Fired-up as ever, LA Clippers owner Ballmer's diss comes after fellow NBA owner Mark Cuban similarly slammed IBM, saying Big Blue is no longer a tech company (Robert X. Cringely seems to concur). "Today, they [IBM] specialize in financial engineering," Cuban told CNBC after IBM posted another disappointing quarter. "They're no longer a tech company, they are an amalgamation of different companies that they are trying to arb[itrage] on Wall Street, and I'm not a fan of that at all.""

+ - More brainlessness from Ebola experts and government operatives

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "A doctor, having just returned from Guinea where he was frequently exposed to ebola, wandered about New York City for days, thus ignoring government protocols that required him to limit his contact with outsiders.

Lo and behold, 9 days after his return he is diagnosed with Ebola.

However, this isn't the worst of it. The police, after securing the doctor's apartment, removed their gloves and masks used to protect them and dumped them in an ordinary street trash container on a public street."

Comment: Re:Invisible (Score 1) 160

by WillAffleckUW (#48226065) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

Seattle. Rains all the time. I wear the same jacket probably 8 to 9 months of the year. You could make it a fashion thing.

Could use UW tech to read thoughts to allow direct human-cell communication with visual and/or auditory feedback.

Think as if there is no box. Not outside the box. Get rid of the box concept. Why have keyboards? Make the sleeve an optional keyboard, with brain input another interface. Make the display either glasses (Ray Bans) or stupid pervy Google Glasses for idiots or on the sleeve or other display device.

Break the mold. Remove the mold. Molds are 20th tech.

(c) 2014

Comment: Re:Why so high? (Score 2) 203

by firewrought (#48226055) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Why would it ever be even close to that high. Every decent system I have ever encountered raised some serious flags after 3-5 wrong guesses. If you flag an account after 10 wrong guesses, start requiring a CAPTCHA after the first one, and ban ip addresses when you detect massive multiple account attempts, you can offer security fool proof security, with, lets say, around 100 guesses.

If it only takes 100 guesses, then an attacker can slowly try passwords stretched out over time, depending on his victim's routine behavior of logging in a couple times per day to reset the fail count. Or maybe he can try 1 guess (with 1/100th odds) on each account in the target system. If there are hundreds of accounts... well, you get the idea.

IP-based banning can make this harder (forcing the attacker to find/use multiple victim PC's), but it's not widespread yet (for instance, I don't think Active Directory or slapd support it).

Comment: Re:I can't stand coupons (Score 1) 149

by firewrought (#48225875) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

[Coupons are] there to get people to make decisions that they otherwise wouldn't make, usually bad ones.

In addition, they serve as a form of price discrimination: you can save a nice chunk of change on groceries by taking an hour each week to clip your way thru the Sunday paper, but once you have enough disposable income (and perhaps less leisure time) it's no longer worth it.

+ - Verizon Injects Unique IDs into HTTP Traffic

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the identifier is advertisement targeting, which is bad enough. But the design of the system also functions as a 'supercookie' for any website that a subscriber visits."

Comment: Invisible (Score 1) 160

by WillAffleckUW (#48224525) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

It should be built into the sleeve of my jacket, with a virtual keyboard, and solar powered using tech developed here at the UW Seattle campus that is bendable and breathable (and stylish), with batteries that are flexible and waterproof that resemble insignia and shoulder pads.

But if we're talking old tech, 3.5 inches will do.

Comment: Are you too happy? Facebook is the answer. (Score 1) 255

by Futurepower(R) (#48217833) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

Who needs social networks online?

Facebook solves a very serious problem. Are you too happy? Is it uncomfortable being happier than everyone else? Facebook is the answer. Read Facebook use predicts declines in happiness, new study finds. Or download the scientific paper.

+ - Google might poach Windows Phone's biggest app developer->

Submitted by Molly McHugh
Molly McHugh (3774987) writes "Rudy Huyn is a French app developer and an avid fan of Windows Phone. Huyn has created more than 20 apps for Microsoft’s mobile operating system, and including mobile apps for Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Wikipedia, 9gag, Secret, and Dropbox. He has also created his own apps like Fuse and TV Show. With a developer showing this much commitment, you’d think Microsoft would have taken notice and hired him. Not quite."
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Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 2) 94

Intel is indeed great, technically better than anything else out there and will probably continue to be so. There are several other large companies from telecom to biotech who also have in-house fabs in the USA and they will do great things. But IBM was the last significant stateside fab house that would work on external government contracts and work for small outside users.

The best we have now for small business electronics development or advanced academic work are training clean rooms like the various CNSEs out there, and that's a scary thought.

+ - Microsoft exec opens up about Research lab closure, layoffs->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research, posted what he termed an "open letter to the academic research community" on the company's research blog. In the post, Shum is suitably contrite about the painful job cut decisions that were made in closing the lab, which opened in 2001. He also stresses that Microsoft will continue to invest in and value "fundamental research"."
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