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Comment Re:Not just iPhone 4s (Score 1) 487

I have a two tier system. Tier one is one of my dogs who seems to have a pretty accurate clock in her head. She starts whining virtually the same time each morning (give or take 15 minutes) to be let out. Bit of a pain on weekends and holidays. Tier two is a plug-in alarm clock with gigantic numbers I can read without my glasses. I can't remember the last time I overslept.

Comment Re:Cyclops, use your eyebeams! (Score 2, Interesting) 255

I've worn glasses since I was a tyke. I wore contacts when I was younger and worried that glasses weren't "attractive" but now find glasses easier to care for than contacts. I have several pair with different looks, including sunglasses and all are multifocal. If 3D really catches on and one technology is settled on, it would be nice to go to the optician and buy 3D glasses with prescription lenses. Going to the movies - take along your 3D glasses. You wouldn't need multifocal lenses, UV protection, tints or anything fancy. I could see them costing less than a typical pair of everyday glasses. Indeed when home 3D TV hits it stride, having a prescription pair would be a no-brainer.

Comment Re:Misleading article (Score 2, Interesting) 135

A lot of us use WSUS and SCCM because they do a good job of managing MS patches AND the cost (for WSUS) is right. This announcement is interesting but raises questions: how much will it cost; who will support it and how much work will it be to import third party updates? We can currently build packages for SCCM for any product, no not much gain there. But WSUS... Maybe it's time for the free trial...

Comment Re:Needs more data (Score 1) 601

Indeed. From TFA:

The agencies cited exemptions at least 466,872 times in budget year 2009, compared with 312,683 times the previous year, the review found. Over the same period, the number of information requests declined by about 11 percent, from 493,610 requests in fiscal 2008 to 444,924 in 2009.

Makes it sound like most requests were denied? Not sure how to interpret those numbers. Also, without a time breakdown of the requests who can say which were issued during FY2009 (Oct 2008-Jan2009) when Bush was still in office vs. the latter part? Let's compare Obama's first full year (or term) in office with Bush's and then make a call.

Following a link in the article to the DOJ figures, denials actually went DOWN during FY2009. As secrecy in the DOJ was one of the hallmarks of the Bush administration this is encouraging. Numbers are still high, but coming down. I'll give him a full term before calling him a disappointment.

Comment Re:I don't think this story is very accurate (Score 1) 97

Circumstantial evidence serves a purpose in making a case, and placing him at the scene helps show the "Opportunity" part of Means, Motive and Opportunity. If we look at the dog as "just" a weapon, than this isn't much different than finding a gun on the scene and using fingerprints to show someone handled it. Ties the suspect to the scene, though not foolproof as perhaps he could have handled the gun earlier and had it stolen. Criminal trials are about using multiple pieces of evidence to build a case. Rarely does one piece stand alone in providing proof. That said, the DNA database in this question disturbs me as it could be the proverbial "slippery slope."

Comment Re:failed? (Score 1) 305

Indeed. Risk can never be reduced to zero, and the closer you get the more you have to spend. Analogies are a minefield on /. but here goes: we have laws and police forces, yet still people are murdered and robbed. I don't think we can completely protect against security threats any more than we can block any other form of crime. There's the old saw that says you can make your computer system safe by cutting it off from all networks, encasing it in cement and sinking it in the ocean. But systems need to communicate, and people need to interact with each other. Each presents an opportunity for misbehavior. We do what we can with multiple forms of technical protection, user education, reliance on reputation and yes, cure when prevention doesn't work. Saying "get rid of Windows" or "don't grant admin rights" only reduces, not eliminates, the risk.

MS To Share Vulnerability Details Ahead of Patches 27

Bridge to Nowhere writes "ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft will start sharing details on software vulnerabilities with security vendors ahead of Patch Tuesday under a daring new program aimed at reducing the window of exposure to hacker attacks. The new Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) will give anti-virus, intrusion prevention/detection and corporate network security vendors a head-start to add signatures and filters to protect against Microsoft software vulnerabilities."

Submission + - Google search by employer not illegal, say judges

An anonymous reader writes: A court of appeals for the federal circuit has upheld a ruling (PDF) against a man who sued his former employer for Googling his name before firing him. He had accused his former employer of participating in "ex parte" communications — off-the-record communications that are used to play a part in the final outcome of a decision — that ultimately affected the decision to fire him from his job. However, the three-judge panel ruled that an ex parte communication did not occur in the case when the employer used Google.

The man in question, David Mullins, was a government employee at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, IN. Through a series of events, Mullins' employer found that he had misused his government vehicle and government funds for his own purposes — such as sleeping in his car and falsifying hotel documents to receive reimbursements, withdrawing unauthorized amounts of cash from the company card, traveling to destinations sometimes hundreds of miles away from where he was supposed to be (and using his company card to fill up on gas there), and spending company time to visit friends and/or his children. Mullins' supervisor provided a 23-page document listing 102 separate instances of misconduct.

Mullins took issue with a Google search that Capell performed just before authorizing his firing. During this Google search, Capell found that Mullins had been fired from his previous job at the Smithsonian Institution and had been removed from Federal Service by the Air Force. Mullins argued that his right to fundamental fairness was violated when Capell performed the search and that she committed perjury when she stated that the search did not influence her decision to fire him. le-search-by-employer-not-illegal-say-judges.html

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