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Comment Re:Wikileaks (Score 1) 255

Shown how? In the US, that generally requires a court of law proceeding and decision. I don't get my license taken away unless I'm convicted of DUI - not right after the breathalizer. The scary part of all this is MC is acting a judge and jury arbitrarily. Imagine if the local power utilities started cutting power to groups they felt were 'questionable'. This is a watershed event, and opens up the very real possibility of using private companies and the withdrawl of their critical services to punish groups that, while distasteful or even possibly illegal, have not been deemed such in a court of law. Chilling does not even begin to describe this.

John Carmack Not Enthused About Android Marketplace 163

An anonymous reader writes "During an in-depth and informative interview, Doom creator and id Software co-founder John Carmack opines on iOS game development, the economics of mobile development vs. console development, why mobile games lend themselves to more risk-taking and greater creativity, and finally, why he's not too keen on the Android Marketplace as a money-making machine. '...I'm honestly still a little scared of the support burden and the effort that it's going to take for our products, which are very graphics-intensive.'"

Comment Re:Ask a friend (Score 1) 318

If your computer had McAfee or Norton installed at one point (like when it was new), they leave parts of themselves behind which can sometimes fight with MSE. Download and run the removal tools for each and then reinstall MSE. See if that helps. I've installed MSE for hundreds of clients and have only seen this behavior with a couple and was always an interaction with another AV program or remnant.

Paying With the Wave of a Cellphone 137

holy_calamity writes "Tech Review discusses how it will soon be possible to pay in stores by waving your cellphone over a contactless reader, thanks to new handsets due next year, and RFID stickers and cases offered today by firms including Visa. It's convenient for shoppers, but a major driver of the technology is the opportunity for retailers to gain access to their customers' cellphones and social networks for marketing purposes."

Comment Re:No need to fuss (Score 1) 324

Agree 100%. I deal mainly with residential clients and almost every infected box I deal with has a current Norton or McAffee subscription. We remove them, run their removal tools since, like a virus, they leave crud behind, and install MSE and ensure the firewall is properly configured. The speed up can often be significant, especially on older boxes, and it's free. I have no problem with MS offering as an OPTION the installation of MSE. I am NOT an MS fanboi by any stretch, but MSE has been great. But it's an AV program and virus writers work to get ahead of them. I've certainly had a few MSE boxes return infected again with scareware. Only so much you can do. One part of MSE I really like is the ultra simple process for submitting things it did not detect (right in the Help menu) and how they provide you with ongoing status updates as they analyze your submission. Only thing about MSE is it uses a decent amount of memory (90-150MB) So any box with 512MB is going to struggle and we often encourage clients with 1GB to upgrade to 1GB anyway, even with XP, given the expanded memory footprint of browsers, AV, office, etc. The only clients we don't encourage to switch are those that actively use Norton's backup service if they have a stout enough computer to handle running N360, etc. Sure they could use MSE, MS Firewall, and an online backup service like Backblaze, but that's just more stuff to deal with and we'll encourage them to go ahead and stick with N360 until such a time that they decide to backup some other way or hit 2GB and don't want to pay Norton for more space. This is VERY rare. So hats off to MS. Don't care if you bought the technology. MSE is a great tool and I hope they continue to keep it lightweight and easy to use.
Media (Apple)

China's Official Newspaper Pans iPad — Too Locked Down 319

An anonymous reader writes "The People's Daily newspaper, which is the official news organ of the ruling Communist party in China, apparently recently posted a review of the iPad, where it complained about the locked down nature of the device, noting that 'There are many disadvantages. For example you cannot install pirate software on them, you cannot download [free] music, and you need to pay for movies you watch on them.' You would think a country that is in favor of locking down the internet so much would like a locked up device ..."

Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials 434

theodp writes "A day after Google debuted its new Google TV website, the USPTO issued U.S. Patent No. 7,806,329 to the search giant for its Targeted Video Advertising invention. Among other things, the patent proposes having viewers take 5-10 minutes to 'fill out a consumer survey and perhaps to provide additional information such as a mailing address survey before starting the program' to avoid having to watch 10 minutes of commercials. 'As another alternative,' the patent continues, 'the broadcaster may offer the users an option to pay $2 (such as through a micro-payment system, such as GBuy) to exchange for skipping all commercials.' More from the patent: 'The system may allow a user to skip all of the promotions that they want to skip, but may also require the user to fully watch at least four promotions before the program will continue. Likewise, the system may require the user to follow activities that generate a certain amount of advertising revenue or advertising points (e.g., that may correspond directly or indirectly to advertising revenues) before the program will continue.'"
Social Networks

Target To Sell Facebook "Credits" As Gift Cards 96

Julie188 writes "Target will begin selling Facebook's virtual currency as gift cards on September 5, becoming the first brick-and-mortar retailer to do so. Facebook Credit gift cards will be available in $15, $25 and $50 denominations at the retailer's 1,750 stores. That's right, you can now spend real dollars to get fake ones so you can buy imaginary items for games like FarmVille, Bejeweled and 150 other FB games or apps. If that interests you, please contact me. I have some swamp land in Florida I'd like to show you."

Comment Re:Um..... (Score 1) 321

The key thing is if you're arrested, right or wrong, it's public record. Published in newspapers, etc - so why is publishing it on Facebook any worse? Because it's 'more' public? Currently the laws don't split that hair, so bottom line is - it's public record and can be made public as the police see fit. As for my name, address, etc - again, if I was that worried about it I'd take steps to try and conceal it. But I'm not. The point is - the statement made by that professor was silly. It's a public record, and until laws are enacted which differentiate manners in which such information is publicized, hard to see how anyone would have recourse for it.

Comment Um..... (Score 1) 321

Bernard Bell, Rutgers University law professor and Herbert Hannoch scholar, said it could be argued the Facebook posting of photos and arrest details is a privacy violation, even though such information is part of the public record.

How can you say that with a straight face? If the mug shots are part of the public record - that's that. How they're made public is irrelevant. If you don't liek it - get the law changed to make arrests NOT part of the public recored - but nobody will want that will they?

Comment Re:Do you really want to build your own? (Score 1) 825

DSC alarms are fantastic. Many places online sell them at good prices and while the manuals can be intimidating at first, they are VERY detailed and VERY informative. They have a wide range of modules for access (X-10, ethernet, Digital I/O, etc) and use a simple 4 wire communications bus. That said - if you install your own system - DO RESEARCH. Simple mistakes can render a system useless and in some cases dangerous. If you install smoke detectors - READ the whole manual - something as simple as looping wire around the screws without cutting it can result in a potentially fatal malfunction. Also - many dealers have their own monitoring services. You don't have to pay $40/month. You can often find UL listed and certified monitoring companies for $10/mon.

Comment Re:To a large extent, you get what you pay for (Score 1) 239

Have to agree. I bought an X1800 the day they came out, violating my never by v0 rule, to get Win 7 and a Quad. Has been a great machine. Think I've got 7 Acer displays in my shop. And the AMD Nero nettops they were selling with nice 20" flat screens for $300 this Xmas - bought two and they've been great for bench PCs and systems for customers to use in the shop. They run circles around the supposedly 'equivalent' Atom based Nettop (I picked up up on sale for a bench PC) That said, I've often worked in Dell shops and found the support and overall experience worth it. Everyone knew Dell and Intel were in bed and I hated it. But when Dell stuff broke, they had parts in your hands the next day or a tech out to fix it. Sure, this may have been special consideration for working for a huge company (at the time - RIP Nortel) Everything worked well from end to end. But that's for a huge enterprise. Once that one year warranty runs out - where are most consumers taking their PCs to get fixed? Best Buy - so the manufacturer support becomes less of an issue. I've recommended Acer's often to friends and clients, and, yes, also eMachines which are just rebranded Acers now. Not talking gamers - just your run of the mill computer user.

Comment Not News (Score 1) 433

This is not news. The government already has the power to shutdown telecommunications in times of a national emergency. The argument is, does that include the Internet - and most believed it did - especially the main links. The proposal being talked about now, based on initial assessment actually curtails the existing law more than it expands it. But overall a good discussion to have. If someone managed to exploit a long standing bug that allowed for country wide damage - would a shutdown be warranted? Not an easy answer

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