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Comment Re:Why do we support liers? (Score 1) 409

Apple products are overpriced, insecure, not upgradable, developed by a CEO who believed integrity is optional, and makes it's outsized profits on breaking labor laws in developing countries.

Weird... You can replace "Apple" in that sentence with "Dell", "Sony", and "HP" and it still makes sense!!

Why do the supposed 'creative' class continue to support this pile of dung?

Because it's a SHINY piece of dung, of course! All the COOL kids have shiny dung, why don't you want shiny dung too?!

Comment Re:"We don't know the antivirus group inside Apple (Score -1) 409

Soon my armies shall pour forth from the shattered sandbox, ravaging this OS and all hope of resistance. My minions will find the vulnerability, wherever you choose to hide it. Then, at long last, BSD shall reign as the prime OS.

Ah, the fantasy of all Linux fanboys. "Oh those (choose one: Mac / Windows) users will finally realize that the operating system they use is full of flaws, and will move over to the wonderful (choose one: BSD / Ubuntu / other Linux flavor) operating system, and all computer problems will be solved forever."

It doesn't matter what problems there are with Macs or PCs. New computers show up, ready to use, with lots of friends/family/neighbors around who also use the same operating systems, and lots of support is available (compentent or not) and that is what will get used.

Linux is irrelevant to 99% of computer users, and will not change. I'm not knocking Linux - when implemented correctly, its far more secure, stable and better performing than either OS X or Windows 7. But reality is knocking, Linux fanboys, and you're ignoring the facts of life.

Comment Re:I'm not going to make the tablet mistake again. (Score 1) 255

There is a Graffiti app for android tablets. Unfortunately, the capacitive screens in the tablets doesn't lend itself well to the precision that a palm pilot stylus gave on the resistive screens they used. I used Graffiti for all of ten minutes before I gave up and removed it from the tablet. Graffiti is best remembered fondly, it doesn't hold up on tablets.

By the way, I barely touch my tablet... it's a toy, not a useful tool.

Idle

Submission + - Syrian President's email hacked... Password was 12345 (talkingpointsmemo.com) 1

Nominei writes: The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Syrian President, aides and staffers had their email hacked by Anonymous, who leaked hundreds of emails online. Reportedly, many of the accounts used the password "12345" (which their IT department probably warned them to change when the accounts got set up, of course).

Link to original news article: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/bashar-assad-emails-leaked-tips-for-abc-interview-revealed-1.411445

Science

Submission + - Tiny Zaps Boost Memory (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Ever feel like you could use a little jolt to perk up your brain? Six epilepsy patients recently got exactly that. While they were in the hospital awaiting surgery to mitigate their seizures, they volunteered for an unusual experiment: Taking advantage of platinum electrodes surgeons had implanted in the patients' brains, researchers zapped the volunteers with mild pulses of electrical current. The jolts enhanced the patients' ability to learn their way around a virtual city.
China

Submission + - Is China a Cyber Paper Tiger? (the-diplomat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Despite the hype in the Western media, two new surveys suggest that China isn't as big a cyber threat as many believe. ecent writings in the Chinese press have more of a “China is vulnerable” flavor and suggest that analysts, if not characterizing the country’s cyber strategy as weak, think there’s a great deal of work that remains to be done.

Comment Re:Unrealistic expectations (Score 1) 533

I agree with you up to a point. If your customers are complaining about paying you $110/hour, you're doing it wrong. I charge my customers $110/hour (when I do hourly work) with no complaints. When doing work as IT professional that charges the going rate that most IT professionals charge, the part that customers like most is customer service - hold their hand and reassure them that they aren't idiots for "breaking" their speakers by muting the sound on accident, and don't say anything negative about the $35/hour guys, just point out that you got the problem resolved and you will continue getting problems resolved, every time, and they'll come back.

Whether they make bad business decisions or not is irrelevant. Of course they are making bad decisions. Small business owners, by and large, don't know how to be business owners. But as an IT professional, when a business owner brings me a hare-brained scheme to improve their technology, I see it as a sales opportunity, not a "stupid owner/stupid idea" scenario.

Businesses

MS Buying Yahoo? Bad Idea, Even At a Discount 141

jfruhlinger writes "Nearly four years ago, Microsoft tried to buy Yahoo, but eventually withdrew the offer in the face of resistance from Yahoo's leadership. This week rumors resurfaced that Microsoft was once again bidding on the struggling Internet pioneer, this time for significantly less money. But even at a discount, it might be a pretty bad idea for Microsoft to get involved in the unfocused, money-losing Yahoo."
Networking

Submission + - The Importance of Networks in Daily Life (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: "Demonstrating the increasing role of the network in people's lives, an international workforce study by Cisco revealed that one in three college students and young professionals considers the Internet to be as important as fundamental human resources like air, water, food and shelter. The Cisco report also found that more than half of the study's respondents say they could not live without the Internet and cite it as an "integral part of their lives" – in some cases more integral than cars, dating, and partying. These and numerous other findings provide insight into the mindset, expectations, and behavior of the world's next generation of workers and how they will influence everything from business communications and mobile lifestyles to hiring, corporate security, and companies' abilities to compete."
Network

Submission + - Longest connection 100Gbps infrastructure (google.nl)

Device666 writes: The educational ICT provider SURFnet and the Geneva-based CERN research organization started in July with a test phase, after the line in recent weeks by gaining access to the AMS-IX was put into use. Meanwhile, the 100 GbE line, which spans a distance of 1650 kilometers, with a success rate of 100Gbps has been achieved.

It's the longest 100Gbps connection in the world, says AMS-IX Internet Exchange. Although the organization is not indicating what the connection might be used for, it can be used in the analysis of data from the LHC particle accelerator, which lies north of Geneva. The particle accelerator that generates a total of 15 petabytes of data, and some is analyzed in the Netherlands as Nikhef investigates proton-proton collisions.

Security

Submission + - Aaron Swartz Charged With Hacking MIT Network (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: A 24 year-old entrepreneur and star programmer has been indicted by the federal authorities in Boston following and accused of hacking into the network of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and making off with millions of pages of copyrighted documents.

Aaron Swartz, who is best known as an early collaborator on the news site Reddit.com, turned himself in and was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Boston on Tuesday morning. He was charged with wire fraud, computer fraud,unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer, according to a statement released by Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

According to the U.S. Attorney, Swartz, who was let go from Reddit in 2007, allegedly broke into a wiring closet in a basement at MIT and used a switch within that closet to get unauthorized access to MIT's network. He then allegedly used that access to copy four million articles from JSTOR, an online document archiving service for academic journals.

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