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Comment Re:Or the actual reason(s) (Score 2) 761

It has nothing to do with media DRM, but accessory DRM.

If you make a set of earbuds and want them to be compatible with IOS devices you have to pay a licensing fee to Apple for the pleasure based on their connector (patented) and now their proprietary (and patented) wireless technology.

Any device or accessory where you see a "Works with IOS" or "Compatible with iPhone" had to pay a fee to Apple, this is their major source in income.

Submission + - Stealthy, tricky to remove rootkit targets Linux systems on ARM and x86 (

Kinwolf writes: Security researchers have identified a new family of Linux rootkits that, despite running from user mode, can be hard to detect and remove. Called Umbreon, after a Pokémon character that hides in the darkness, the rootkit has been in development since early 2015, runs from user mode but hijacks libc system calls. According to malware researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro, Umbreon is a so-called ring 3 rootkit, meaning that it runs from user mode and doesn't need kernel privileges. Despite this apparent limitation, it is quite capable of hiding itself and persisting on the system.

Submission + - Warner Brothers reports own site as illegal (

An anonymous reader writes: Film studio Warner Brothers has asked Google to remove its own website from search results, saying it violates copyright laws.
It also asked the search giant to remove links to legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon and Sky, as well as the film database IMDB.
The request was submitted on behalf of Warner Brothers by Vobile, a company that files hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every month.

Warner Brothers has yet to comment.

BBC News links to Warner Bros. is vigorously trying to prevent pirated content from showing up in search results, but in doing so the movie studio has shot itself in the foot. Recently, Warner asked Google to take down several of its own pages, claiming that they are copyright-infringing.

Comment Re:Where will the money go? (Score 1) 58

From the summary

"AT&T overcharged two Florida school districts for phone service"
"AT&T prices charged to the districts were almost 400 percent higher than they should have been"
"AT&T violated the FCC's "lowest corresponding price rule" designed to ensure that schools and libraries "get the best rates available by prohibiting E-Rate service providers..."
"AT&T charged the school districts prices for telephone service that were magnitudes higher than many other customers in Florida,"

So, where in the summary does it actually say the FCC pays for the services themselves? AT&T should repay $63,760 it improperly received from the FCC in subsidies and the fine should go the school district to cover their high telecom costs.

If we want to argue what the summary says, it specifically calls out the fact that the districts we're over charged AND AT&T improperly received the subsidies (and it wasn't FCC money, the subsidies specifically come from a surcharge on everyone's phone bills... so that was OUR money).

Comment Re:Odd how little criticism they get (Score 1) 112

Its because of the "no one has ever lost a job buying Cisco" attitude that is so prevalent in the industry, many engineers drank the cool aid long ago and don't want to admit that Cisco is not completely infallible.

Almost every network engineer I know has some sort of Cisco certification, people have to continue to justify the heft price for the hardware and the expensive certifications.

Comment Re:Time for a change? (Score 1) 234

Had there been no 4th or 6th grade levels, and had the "6th" graders grown up in a system where they themselves were mentors, the situation you described would not have existed.

having "grades" based on age creates a pseudo class system among students, 6th grade students feel superior to the 4th grade creating a situation where bullying is almost imminent. Strong personalities need a strong moral compass, putting the more developed kids in to a leadership role teaches them the necessary social skills to be effective leaders and not lash out at the week within the group.

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