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Comment Use Opera Mini and you'll never worry about data (Score 3, Interesting) 99

All pages go through their browser for reformatting to your device's screen dimensions and compression. There's also an option to disable loading of images, which I use most of the time. The only downside is all your web activity is seen by their servers, so I only use the Opera for my unimportant stuff.

Submission + - Google removes ability to disable saving chat history on its servers

JoeyRox writes: The Google Talk Windows client has always supported the option of globally disabling the saving of chat history on Google's servers. Sadly Google just notified users this option is no longer supported and that all chats will now be archived on their servers by default unless the users opts-out on a per-conversation basis. What happened to do no evil?

Submission + - Credit card numbers stolen from customers

JoeyRox writes: There is no press about this yet but over 100 customers (now have reported their credit card numbers stolen and used for unauthorized charges after placing orders on Rakuten's website. A thread about the breach can be read here ( Rakuten representatives are participating on the thread and asking victims to contact them but have yet to provide any details about the nature of the breach.

Comment Subsidised phone is huge bargain for companies (Score 1) 381

A company paying $75 or so for monthly smartphone service pays for itself many times over in keeping employees tethered to the business and available for around-the-clock email and messaging. I expect companies will continue paying for service even for BYOD shops. If forcing employees to purchase a phone discourages them from using a phone for work then it will be a huge loss for companies.

Submission + - Video poker bug reaped rewards for player and CFAA charge (

JoeyRox writes: Over the course of playing $12 million worth of video poker, Las Vegas resident John Kane stumbled onto a firmware bug in IGT's "Game King" machines that allowed him to cash out for 10x the amount of his winnings. John and friend took advantage of the vulnerability to the tune of $429,945. John's friend was arrested by U.S. marshals and charged with violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but a federal magistrate ruled that the law doesn't apply and recommended dismissal. The case is currently being argued in a U.S. District Court.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 326

And the same is true when you buy a car over state lines, which I've done. You can opt to pay the sales tax in the state you purchased the car or in the state you use the car - either way, at the time of registration you either need to prove you've paid sales tax on the car in any state (receipt) or failing that pay sales tax in the state you want to register the car in.

Comment Re:Smarten up (Score 1) 326

fnj writes "It's not an 'internet sales tax', guys. It is simply legilation which would ALLOW the states to collect state sales tax on purchases made via the web, just as they do on other purchases."

I see, it's not an internet sales tax but instead a way to allow states to collect sales tax on purchases made via the web. The distinction is clear to me now, thanks. :good grief

Submission + - Sentate to vote on Internet Sales Tax (for real this time) (

JoeyRox writes: On 3/22 the Senate approved ( a non-binding proposal to allow states to tax online sales to residents outside their state. That vote was a trial balloon to gauge the support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. This week Reid filed a cloture ( to allow the law to be voted on for real this time. The vote may occur as soon as tomorrow. eBay is attempting to rally Americans against the bill via a massive email campaign (

Comment Re:I wont be a guinea pig (Score 1) 123

The De Havilland was solid except it's flawed fatiguing around its square window design. The DC-10 was solid except for its flawed cargo door design. The 737 was solid except for its flawed rudder design that lead to in-flight hardovers. When each of these solid planes crashed into the solid earth it wasn't the earth that shattered into a million pieces.

Comment I wont be a guinea pig (Score 1, Interesting) 123

Anybody who's followed the travails of the 787 knows that Boeing still hasn't root caused the issue. Aside from better separation of cells, nothing has been done to prevent future batteries from failing and melting. There is a backup battery, and a Ram Air Turbine for critical flight control, but considering how poorly engineered and conceived the battery system has turned out to be I don't trust the general engineering of the plane.

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