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Comment Re:Some Irony There... (Score 1) 202

So there's a hard 100% certainty that businesses did not in any way ever take into account Blackberry's track record of giving up data to any government entities without hesitation or resistance? Even if a company used that as .001% of the reason for abandoning Blackberry, and employee lack of enthusiasm over BB was 99.999%, it still makes the GGP's point true: It's still a part of the reason for Blackberry's decline, and probably a much bigger part than the hypothetical .001% that I used here. Also, what's to say that BB's data retention and sharing policies aren't a good part of why users have started ditching BB for the other platforms. Sure...usability, apps, and design decisions were probably a greater part of the reason, but I'm sure BB's stance on data didn't help matters. And if it was at all a part of the users' decision to abandon, by extension it becomes a part of the reason for corporate abandonment of the platform, even if they don't directly realize it.

Comment Re: Why would I want 2 step (Score 1) 136

Ok...how about this... Do you do business with any companies that have your name and number? Have you ever had to hire some sort of service provider for a utility or home infrastructure (ie plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc)? Have you ever placed an order for some part or device that was not kept on-site that you were required to provide a contact number for?

No one has 100 real friends. Just about everyone in modern society has at least 100 people that maintain you on their contact list. Out of those 100+ people the chances of at least one of them using an Android based phone for their contact management is not zero. If there is one person out there with an Android device that has associated your name with a phone number, congratulations: You are now on Google's contact list under that number. You can just about guarantee that even if you don't personally use Google's services, they know your contact information. They know your employer. They know your phone number with your employer. They have a good idea of your home city, if not your exact address. They probably know your phone number. They probably know your cell phone number and what carrier it's on.

The biggest takeaway from this is if someone wants to find out who you are, or how to contact you, there's much greater than a non-zero chance that they will. You can find out a lot about anyone without even having to acquire a Private Eye permit. All it takes is time and a reason to direct their magnifying glass over you. Welcome to modern society. Anything that makes you stand out, paints a target on your back for one group or another.

Comment Re:Sure...Big Cost savings (Score 1) 183

In response: a) I use several online vendors; Newegg, B&H, Micro Center...among others. Amazon I use now only when I need rush delivery or delivery over the weekend for a part I don't happen to have in house (limited space and no warehouse)...and now because I can't trust the products coming from them I have to use them only as a last resort. b) I undercut Geek Squad so sometimes to get the best price on a decent drive OEMs are it. c) I use SSDs when they work for the job. Large SSD drives aren't cost effective for volume storage. d) Best Buy is the only (other) local vendor. Fry's if I want to drive for 2 hrs for the larger selection of dated parts. Most of the other brick and mortars around here don't even bother with carrying a wide selection for the same reason I don't generally house a large selection myself; if a customer is coming to me for a drive, they want me to install it for them; otherwise the customer has all the same resources I do to do it themselves.

Comment Sure...Big Cost savings (Score 0) 183

Might be great cost savings and all...but how many more Hard drives am I going to have to RMA as DOA because the damn robots aren't using any fucking packing materials when shipping a bare drive. Not even a fucking bubble wrap bag around the static bag (at least there's a static bag) and enough space between the drive and shipping box to turn the damn thing into a friggen maraca! ! 4th one this year just arrived today!

Comment Snappy Appy APP! (not the app guy) (Score 2) 274

Et tu, Gentoo? Then fall Linux

Snapd seems to be spreading with the same wildfire potential that systemd did. I hope I'm cringing over nothing in this case and snapd will only be an optional package management system (so far it sounds like it). But I'm leery. Systemd fractured a lot of distros with the "my way or the highway" attitude they had over it. I managed to avoid it on my servers where just about everything run on it right down to the compiler time sharing are background user processes. If even more distros move on pushing snapd in the same way it may finally be time for me to look into one of the Beasties to migrate to... either way, there's going to be a lot of workflows that will need analysis for migration one way or the other.

Submission + - Obama Admits The Government Monitors Your Browsing History (zerohedge.com) 3

schwit1 writes: However, as AllOutdoor notes, if you listen carefully to Obama's full response, there is a comment Obama gives about knowing browser history that should sent everyone into a blind rage.

"I just came from a meeting, today, in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on ISIL websites living here in the United States — US citizens. And we’re allowed to put them on the no fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association I cannot prohibit those people from buying guns!"

Based on browser history — pardon? What the president just confirmed is that someone from the government is noting everyone's browsing history, determining which websites are not to be visited, and furthermore, if someone does visit the website for whatever reason they get put on a no fly list.

The Anonymous Conservative goes on an epic rant about this revelation.

Now, how are they finding out who is visiting those websites? How big is the unit watching that? What websites are considered verboten by the Fedguv? Who determines the status of a website? Do they have a warrant to surveil what websites people are visiting? Is there any oversight, by any elected body? Nobody knows, because that section of the government is completely hidden from everyone’s view, and the media will never dare ask, for some unimaginable reason.

Imagine how powerful the machine is, that it is actually aware of who is looking at what online. Imagine how powerful the machine is, that an airline executive picks up the phone to hear a disembodied voice say, “You aren’t going to sell this guy a plane ticket today.” No airline asks questions, and nobody asks for a court order or government document. Imagine the power, that the American media dare not mention anything about it. Everyone just jumps to do what they are told. What does the government have on the airline people, the media, the politicians, that everyone will be so blindly obedient, and never even act as if the beast stalking them could possibly exist?

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This isn't necessarily shocking, but it should get people to understand that the government does in fact know much more than they let on. After all, this NSA data center in Utah wasn't built for nothing

Submission + - GE Considers Scrapping the Annual Raise (bloomberg.com) 1

ErichTheRed writes: First it was "stack ranking," the process where GE fires the bottom-rated 20% of the workforce every year. Now, a new HR trend may be brewing at GE that is destined to be copied by MBAs everywhere if it takes hold. Personally, in terms of cargo-cult HR trends, I'd take Google's open office nightmare over this one. What do you think this would do to employment stability if widely enacted? I can definitely see banks rethinking 30 year mortgages, for example...

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