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Comment hA (Score 1) 104

Windows 10 is off to the hottest start in history with over 350M monthly active devices, with record customer satisfaction and engagement. In reality it should be Windows 10 is off to the worset start in history with over 349,999 forced active devices, with record customer dis-satisfaction and engagement on forums. We're pleased with our progress to date, but due to the focusing of our phone hardware business, it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices. In reality it should be We're not pleased with our progress to date, but due to the focusing of our shit phone hardware business, it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices. In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from commercial deployments and new devices -- and increasing customer delight with Windows. In reality it should be In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from forced commercial deployments and new shity phone devices -- and increasing customer base by a few.

Comment Re:False Takedown Notice? (Score 5, Insightful) 359

I really wish that Google would do the right thing and prosecute these organisations, after all they all state "The information in all notifications submitted through the Program will be accurate, and I swear, under penalty of perjury, that with respect to those notifications, I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed." If there is a false take down then under their own words of "under penalty of perjury" they should be prosecuted. If there is never any comeback on these organisations they will keep on pumping out false takedowns. Does not matter if these are automated takedowns done by software and the sender of the takedown states "under penalty of perjury" then they are liable.
Piracy

Submission + - Copyright Alert System to launch Monday (dailydot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Starting next week, most U.S. Internet users will be subject to a new copyright enforcement system that could force them to complete educational programs, and even slow their Internet speeds to a crawl.

A source with direct knowledge of the Copyright Alert System (CAS), who asked to not to be named, has told the Daily Dot that the five participating Internet service providers (ISPs) will start the controversial program Monday.

The ISPs—industry giants AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon—will launch their versions of the CAS on different days throughout the week. Comcast is expected to be the first, on Monday.

Patents

Submission + - X-Plane Inventor Discusses Patent Trolls (avweb.com)

ShoulderOfOrion writes: Austin Meyer, creator of the X-Plane PC flight simulator, holds a podcast discussion with an editor of the online aviation website Avweb. The latter half of the podcast discusses Meyer's battles with a patent troll, his views on the patent system in general, and his intent to fight the troll and change the system. It also discusses the impact the patent battle is having on the X-Plane flight simulator, particularly on Android. The patent conversation starts at 11:50 on the podcast.
Graphics

Submission + - NVIDIA's GeForce TITAN Scores Big, Tested In 15 Different Game Benchmarks (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, announced earlier this week, employs a massive 7.1 billion transistor GPU and 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at an effective 6GHz. With those kinds of specs, you can imagine the new GeForce cuts through gaming and graphics benchmarks like a hot knife through butter. Tested in fifteen different game benchmarks, in both single and multi-card configurations as well as overlocked, it's apparent that NVIDIA can easily lay claim to the fastest consumer 3D graphics processor on the market right now. And yes, it even runs Crysis 3 with ease. Regardless of resolution, the GeForce GTX Titan outpaces the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and NVIDIA's previous high-end card, the GeForce GTX 680, sometimes by margins over 50 percent.
AMD

Submission + - New GPU Testing Methodology Puts Multi-GPU Solutions in Question (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: A big shift in the way graphics cards and gaming performance are tested has been occurring over the last few months with many review sites now using frame times rather than just average frame rates to compare products. Another unique testing methodology called Frame Rating has been started by PC Perspective that uses video capture equipment capable of recording uncompressed high resolution output direct from the graphics card, a colored bar overlay system and post-processing on that recorded video to evaluate performance as it is seen by the end user. The benefit is that there is literally no software interference between the data points and what the user sees making it is as close to an "experience metric" as any developed. Interestingly, multi-GPU solutions like SLI and CrossFire have VERY different results when viewed in this light, with AMD's offering clearly presenting a poorer, and more stuttery, animation.
Facebook

Submission + - OAuth Flaw Allowed Access to Any Facebook Account (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: "A flaw in Facebook's OAuth system that allows the communication between applications and users has allowed web application security specialist Nir Goldshlager to gain full control of any Facebook account. The exploit worked on all browsers, and would even work on accounts that have 2-step verification enabled. Luckily for all of us, this flaw has already been patched by Facebook, but Goldshlager says that he found a couple of more and Facebook is still working on fixing them."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - How game streaming went from shaky webcams to the PS4 (redbull.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: A slightly different take on Sony's PS4 semi-launch this week. This article traces the history and growing trend of capturing/recording and streaming your gameplay on the internet, from the early days of Let's Play articles with screenshots to today, where pro-gamers make money by playing live on Twitch.tv, and the technology is built into the PlayStation 4: "Multiplayer video games have been around since the beginning — just look at Pong. Sony’s real breakthrough with the PS4 might not be the specs, but its ability to turn every game you play into a multiplayer one."
Government

Submission + - Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat (uncrunched.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, lives near Seattle and bought a boat there. He ordered it from a company based near him, but across the border in Canada. Yesterday, the company tried to deliver it to him, and it had to clear customs. An agent for the Department of Homeland Security asked him to sign a form. The form contained information about the bought, including its cost. The price was correct, but it was in U.S. dollars rather than Canadian dollars. Since the form contained legal warnings about making sure everything on it is true and accurate, Arrington suggested to the agent that they correct the error. She responded by seizing the boat. 'As in, demanded that we get off the boat, demanded the keys and took physical control of it. What struck me the most about the situation is how excited she got about seizing the boat. Like she was just itching for something like this to happen. This was a very happy day for her. ... A person with a gun and a government badge asked me to swear in writing that a lie was true today. And when I didn’t do what she wanted she simply took my boat and asked me to leave.'
Canada

Submission + - First asteroid-tracking satellite will be Canadian (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: In the wake of the meteor blast over Russia and the close quarter fly by of asteroid 2012 DA14 last week, many people's thoughts have turned to potential dangers from above. It is timely then that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will next week launch NEOSSat (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite), the world’s first space telescope for detecting and tracking asteroids, satellites and space debris.

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