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Comment A buyout is unlikely... halfsies on battery plant? (Score 1) 99

Nice rumour mongering on this one. I'll suggest it's battery related. It's no secret that Tesla is planning the worlds largest LiON cell plant. They're planning on being the largest user of LiON cells on the planet... I'm guessing that Apple is right up there too. Tesla will need partners... some with cash, some with tech. Apple fits the cash bill...

Comment Re:"Download Now" ads... (Score 1) 197

Unfortunately, it's not that easy to remove "all" of those annoying, misleading, "download now" ads. My website shows ads through Google AdSense (i.e. the biggest ad network out there) and despite my going through every week or two to ban entire misleading advertiser accounts, there are always new "Download" ads waiting in the queue from new accounts. I've literally blocked hundreds of accounts by now - 5 or 10 every week for a year or two.

I feel bad for my random users that get caught by the adware (or worse) that is available on these sites; but, there's not much I can do about it.

I think it's time Google did some work on this - there must be hundreds of AdSense users like myself blocking off advertisers, they should be using their magic to disable accounts entirely from their system after a few people flag bad ads...

Comment Re:So make the power reliable... (Score 1) 293

Ditto to this. I work with some smaller retail stores... I used to recommend UPS's on the POS computers, but after discovering a model of Belkin entry level UPS's that would cease completely if the battery got too old... we stopped using them. Changing the battery on a scheduled basis is impractical, having remote staff successfully swap a UPS would cause more problems than the UPS's would save (most power outages don't break anything if you have write-back caches disabled).

Comment Sounds like he visited torproject.org recently... (Score 4, Informative) 547

I read the PDF (shock).

It sounds suspiciously like they just checked the logs to see who had visited Tor related websites and then went and interviewed the handful of people who happened to visit these sites within a few days. Maybe interview those who had exams in the 4 listed buildings at the designated time?

Or, possibly, they just checked who had used Tor in the last few days on their network - can you ID a Tor packet by looking at it?

It doesn't sound like they needed to crack Tor.

Comment ACK. The MS Captchas... (Score 1) 81

This is embarrassing... but also terrible interface design. I once spent 10 minutes trying to solve a Microsoft captcha. It turned out that the page was designed such that pressing "enter" to finish the captcha actually triggered some other form option. I tried multiple browsers. And finally... decided to try clicking the submit button with the mouse.

I wasn't too impressed.

Comment Ah... Shaw. Their email has caused grief for years (Score 0) 150

I've been working with a Vancouver based retailer's email newsletter for years. Around here, Shaw is by far the worst of the bigger email domains on the list for deliverability - at least on any of the big webmail providers, recipients can white-list the email address we use to send out emails. Further, some emails will be completely deleted and not put into the junk folder at all. And emails that are suspected spam, will be deleted after only 7 days - don't go on a 10 day vacation.

I could go on, but suffice it to say that I if I notice an associate or friend or family member using a shaw.ca email address, I will often strongly suggest that they move to any of the big webmail providers.

BTW: Gmail provides IMAP and POP access, which is a stumbling block for those who want a desktop email client. I'm not sure about Yahoo or Hotmail.

Submission + - Samsung just keeps on innovating! (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is still reminding customers just how innovative the company is. A copy/paste bug in its TouchWhiz [sic] interface can brick its phones, including the S3, and requires a factory reset to clear the clipboard. The bug has not been fixed for months.

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