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Comment Re:ATT's return policy (Score 1) 435

This isn't about bending over backward to make the customer happy. This is about selling a defective product to begin with. No where on the box does it say, "You cannot hold the device like a normal human being would or you'll interrupt/halve your signal." The customer is asking for a device that functions correctly. Not for a company to bend over backward to to appease a whimsical request.

Comment Corporate Entities Knew This (Score 1) 484

Prior to the work I am doing now, I used to run the EUS department for a nationwide company. Our Dell rep was pretty upfront with us about the overheating caps issue on mobos. In short, we were told that while it would impact our company's workflow, it was cheaper for them to provide next day support and over night the parts to repair the issues than to perform a recall on the bad mobos. This was primarily affecting Dell GX 320s. It was nothing that was hidden from us, and we were given a special deal on future machines to compensate. But in the end for them, it's the bottom line. All companys that provide a product would have the same view. Does the cost of a recall surpass that of the parts and labor to repair any reported issues? If so, just provide support.

Comment Re:Popular Business Model? Maybe When It's Done Ri (Score 1) 138

I already paid for it, 50+ dollars for the install disks that has the content on them. It just seems silly that they then took the same content you had available to you with a monthly sub, put it behind a premium content lable and want you to repay for it when the game is now free to download/pay. Why did I pay for the content files in the first place and have a disk if I then have to repurchase that content I had all along? I have all of the "premium" content, it's just sitting in a jewel case on a shelf. There's a large difference between starting a game as micro transactions, then changing to one. Could I pay the same 15$ a month and get the same instances I had available to me with a sub? Sure. It just feels like a total jip.

Comment Popular Business Model? Maybe When It's Done Right (Score 0, Redundant) 138

This business model is a horrible example of how you can squeeze money from those individuals who pay to, "rent" your server space. To clarify on that statement, for DDO they stated that everyone can come back and experience the game for free. Those of us who had access to all of the content in the game originally had to repurchase the content as micro transactions. Your favorite quest hub prior to the business model is now only available by repurchasing what is on your installation disks to begin with. They niched all of the best quest lines and quest hubs as premium content, and forced players to repay via micro transactions to access it. This is pathetic.

Submission + - Android Rootkit Just a Phone Call Away (computerworld.com) 1

CWmike writes: Hoping to understand what a new generation of mobile malware could resemble, security researchers will demonstrate a malicious 'rootkit' program they've written for Google's Android phone next month at the Defcon hacking conference in Las Vegas. Once installed, the rootkit can be activated via a phone call or SMS (short message service) message, giving attackers a stealthy and hard-to-detect tool for siphoning data from the phone or misdirecting the user. 'You call the phone, the phone doesn't ring, and when the phone realizes that it's being called by an attacker's phone number, it sends him back a shell [program],' said Christian Papathanasiou, a security consultant with Chicago's Trustwave, the company that did the research. Because the rootkit runs as a module in Android's Linux kernel, it has the highest level of access to the Android phone and can be a very powerful tool for attackers. For example, it could be used to reroute a victim's 911 calls to a bogus number. The rootkit could also track a victim's location or reroute their browser to a malicious Web site. 'Because we interface with the kernel, the opportunities to abuse this are limitless,' Papathanasiou said. On its own, Trustwave's rootkit isn't much of a threat to Android users. That's because a criminal would first need to figure out how to install the software on a victim's phone. But this could be done by building the rootkit into a rogue application sold via the Android Market, or made available as a third-party download via a Web site (think barcode simplicity.)

Submission + - Robots through the ages (silicon.com)

An anonymous reader writes: MIT has a long history of being at the forefront of robotic and AI development. silicon.com has a picture walkthrough of the greatest machines to come out of MIT's labs, from the emotional robot Kismet to machines designed to walk on the surface of the moon.

Submission + - Help PBS NewsHour host the Gulf Oil Live stream 3

tcd004 writes: Since the gulf oil crisis began, PBS NewsHour and NPR have transcoded the BP live video stream and rebroadcast it in FLV format to reach the widest possible audience. We feel strongly that we are providing a public service by streaming a reliable, consistent feed of the goings on 5,000 feet below the surface of the gulf. But our bandwidth budget is running out. We're looking for a CDN or other organization willing to donate the bandwidth to cover this story to its conclusion. Give us a hand. If you can help us out, please email us at oilleakvideo@gmail.com. Thanks!

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 299

Yes, because isolating a country due to their negative aspects breeds tolerance in their youth.
Or perhaps the internet, with its ability to expose people to other cultures and view points; allows for people to broaden their thought process beyond the otherwise dictate thought process imposed on them.
Take Iran's huge success lately in broadcasting their opposition against the government. Or the use of BBS and other internet based sites to communicate with each other to plan rallies/protests.
Yes, let's do away with the one universal asset that can be shared with the world to assist, even indirectly; in introducing new thoughts and enlightenment.

Comment Re:That's not ballast. (Score 2, Interesting) 72

And here I thought in submarine movies the term, "blow the ballast tubes" indicated releasing sea water that is held inside the tubes to allow for bouyancy. Hence, allowing for a sharp decrease in depth. So yes, while "ballast" does indicate a weight keeping a ship or object submerged, it can also be used as a "ballast tube" that causes lift.

Comment Re:Marine Life Kicks Ass (Score 2, Interesting) 131

Someone who believes that pollution reduction should be mandatory is a crazed activist? I think I'll side with the "crazed activist" who never stated what kind of programs he had in mind. Rather than you being my other option, the overly dramatic nut job that thinks the pretty sunsets over industry cities are just enhanced scenery. I'm mean, if we're throwing around blind accusations, that IS accurate no?

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