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Comment Re:Laptop Fishing (Score 1) 222

I don't think I'd set anyone up for doing something they wouldn't already do. A responsible person would take the laptop to the owner/register at the coffee shop and report that they havent seen the owner for a while. A non-honest person would walk in, quickly grab it, and scurry off. Use of hidden cameras could easily show which a person was being- responsible, or malicious.

Comment Re:Laptop Fishing (Score 1) 222

That's the thing though- from what I've seen (from my friends that have had their laptops stolen and they were able to recover) is that laptop thieves aren't very smart. Just as you or I might if we stole a car, immediately drive it into a faraday cage to prevent it phoning home, and then carefully going over it, swapping VIN numbers with legit-seeming ones, swapping any electronic ignition and keys, making sure there were no tracking devices, removing the license plate and anything immediately identifiable like a bumper sticker - a huge number of car thieves do nothing of the sort.

Some teens that stole one of my friend's Vespa scooters were in their front yard with a chistle and a large hammer trying to bash the ignition column apart, and then all scattered when a cop just drove by on patrol- and easy catch for the cop.

Most of the people who steal laptops first and foremost log into their email and Facebook... and if you have a key logger and a way to capture their face on camera, that's a pretty strong way of identifying who stole it almost instantly.

Comment Laptop Fishing (Score 1, Interesting) 222

Recently I had an extra laptop. I had the idea (but didn't execute on it) to go to coffee shops with it, with tracking software installed in the background. I would then leave the laptop frequently while "going to the bathroom". Eventually in theory the laptop would be stolen, I would be able to trace it, track the person down, call the authorities and get it back. One less laptop thief running around (or at least unknown to police) and a fun time. Unfortunately, I didn't follow through on it.

Comment Slashdot answers from 2003 (Score 1) 569

I asked this question many moons ago, and at that point was considering only a 35mm film camera.

The most popular answer of the time was a Pentax K-1000. There was a good discussion recommending I go digital (which I did in 2006 with a Nikon D-200). There was a recommendation to use exclusively slide film. Someone else pointed out to start with a lens system and then find the body you need- which I feel is great advice, but not something a beginner will really be able to use.

US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law 342

Stoobalou writes "A group of European MPs will today push EU bosses to say if the US government breached European privacy laws by snooping on Twitter users with links to whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) will today pose an oral question to the European Commission, seeking clarification from the US on a subpoena demanding the micro-blogging site hand over users' account details."

BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled 602

Kethinov writes "The sci-fi TV series Caprica, a prequel spinoff from Battlestar Galactica, was just canceled by the Syfy channel. In response to the cancellation and the recent theme of many similar good sci-fi shows getting canceled over the last few years, I've written an editorial arguing that Caprica's cancellation reflects the decreasing sustainability of the cable TV business model. A better, more modern business model could have saved Caprica from cancellation. If this model is adopted in the future, it could save many other similar niche genre shows from the same fate down the road." Another perspective here might be that a boring, ponderous show got yoinked because nobody watched it. Just sayin'.

Comment Re:Is there really a market for this? (Score 1) 827

The 30% margin that Apple is asking here seems comparable to the retail margin that exists with standard physical retail channels that Microsoft and Adobe both participate heavily in. Add in that Apple is taking care of the servers/bandwidth, credit card transactions and provides a place for the apps to be found and it seems to be a good place for Adobe and Microsoft to have their software. Additionally, I have to wonder if Apple is placing any anti-piracy measures in there on top of whatever the developers currently have in place. In short, I think Adobe and Microsoft would be unsure to not participate in their App Store, otherwise they have the possibility of The Gimp being the #1 image editor over Photoshop in the rankings.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Internet 92

MMBK writes "Our friends at JESS3 have unveiled The Ex-Blocker. It's a Firefox and Chrome plugin that erases all name and likeness of your ex from the Internet, even if they become a meme, or the president. You'll no longer have to threaten to delete your Facebook account or concoct an elaborate e-hoax to assuage the reality-shattering complications that are born from break-ups. Simply construct an Internet that omits bad vibes all together."

Google To Add Pay To Cover a Tax For Gays 1036

GrApHiX42 writes "Starting on Thursday, Google is going to increase the salaries of gay and lesbian employees whose partners receive domestic partner health benefits, largely to compensate them for an extra tax they must pay that heterosexual married couples do not. Google is not the first company to make up for the extra tax. At least a few large employers already do. But benefits experts say Google's move could inspire its Silicon Valley competitors to follow suit, because they compete for the same talent."
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Sony Finally Turning a Profit On PS3s 117

When the PS3 launched in 2006, estimates pegged the price of producing the consoles to be as much as $250 more than the price at which they were sold. Production costs have dropped since then, but there have been several price cuts as well. Now, almost four years later, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says they're finally turning a profit on the hardware. "This year is the first time that we are able to cover the cost of the PlayStation 3,' Yoshida said. 'We aren't making huge money from hardware, but we aren't bleeding like we used to.' In May, Sony began shipping new PlayStation 3 consoles with smaller and more cost-effective graphics chips. Now, Yoshida said, Sony is looking at replenishing retail stock that has been running on empty since January rather than cutting the price. 'When we bring the cost of hardware down, we are looking at opportunities to adjust prices if we believe that will increase demand,' he explained. 'At the moment, we are trying to catch up our production.'"

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