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Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 2) 1017

I think the case claiming that was dismissed. And, that Richard Armitage was determined to be the source of the leak.

Your smokescreen of Dick Chaney is not relevant to the issue of who has the 30K missing emails and the redacted, confidential information in the known Clinton emails.

Submission + - US Navy Faces $600M Lawsuit For Allegedly Pirating 3D VR Software (hothardware.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Navy has been accused of pirating 3D software after first testing a software package offered by Germany compoany Bitmanagement Software GmbH. The company is suing the United States of America for nearly $600 million. HotHardware reports: "According to the court filing, Bitmanagement licensed its BS Contact Geo software for use on 38 Navy computers from 2011 to 2012. This limited rollout was 'for the purposes of testing, trial runs, and integration into Navy systems.' While this test period was underway, the Navy reportedly began negotiating to license the software for use on thousands of additional computers. However, even as the negotiations were ongoing, the Navy decided to go ahead and initiate its full-scale rollout without actually paying for the software. In total, the initial 38 computers allegedly swelled to 104,922 computers by October 2013. As of today, BS Contact GEO is claimed to be installed on 558,466 Navy computers, although 'likely this unauthorized copying has taken place on an even larger scale' according to the filing. As if the unauthorized installation of software onto hundreds of thousands of computers wasn’t enough, Bitmanagement is alleging that the Navy during 2014 began disabling the Flexwrap software that is tasked with tracking the use of BS Contact Geo and helping to prevent it from being duplicated. When this software piracy was taking place, the retail price of a single BS Contact Geo license was $1067.76. With nearly 600,000 computers now in play, Bitmanagement is seeking a whopping $596,308,103 in damages. The lawsuit, which alleges willful copyright infringement was filed on July 15th.

Comment Re:I'm totally shocked... (Score 3, Insightful) 614

We squandered the fruits of that on peak socialism.

I think you meant to write peak corporate welfare, because at least in US social nets were/are being cut at least since Reagan era, if not earlier.

Multiple sources, like the US government, report that > 1/3 households are on means tested assistance (e.g. welfare). If you add unemployment, social security and other government pensions, you are at or near 50%. Is that more, or less, than when Reagan cut welfare? Or, was that (Bill) Clinton that that reformed welfare?

Comment Re:Saturation (Score 2) 170

The Transformer Prime was not a decent laptop replacement. I bought into the hype and purchased one when it first came out. The concept was good, and the battery life was great, But, the tablet OS was useless and the applications were phone apps. Try editing a document or spreadsheet with a phone app. The trackpad seemed to have little use without a real mouse cursor.

In the end it, like most tablets, was a glorified phone. If all you wanted to do is surf with a crippled browser, play phone type games or watch videos it was fine. But, it wasn't really suited for much else.

Submission + - Mark Zuckerberg covers his Laptop Camera by putting Tape over it.

rtoz writes: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to his personal Facebook, to celebrate Instagram’s growth to 500 million monthly users.
Many people in Social Media noticed his laptop on the desk. They observed that his computer’s webcam and microphone jack are covered by putting a Tape over them.
Some people questioned about how can we decide that this is his desk? But the question was answered by referring a video released by Marzk Zuckerberg few months back. In that video he was showing this desk and his books on that desk.

Desk in this new photo is matching with that one. So, obviously it should be Mark zuckerberg's laptop.

Comment Re:Echo Owner Here (Score 1) 100

It's clear that not everything is reported back, but it is listening and could report back.

I'm not going to open the source code and try and determine if there are other keywords beyond "Alexa". And, it is listening and I would expect somehow digitizing all of the sounds to match the keyword "Alexa"

Comment Echo Owner Here (Score 2) 100

I got in early on the Echo and we've yet to find a good use case for it. It's a decent speaker for playing Amazon Prime music and will answer SIMPLE questions. But for the most part, it cannot answer the questions we throw at it. We use Google or Siri in those cases.

Since it listens to everything said in the room, I'd be less comfortable with Google eavesdropping on my life than I am with Amazon.

Comment Re:time for dynamic ssn (Score 4, Insightful) 33

Humans don't have unique identifiers that are easily accessible. We can use fingerprints, retina or DNA with physical presence, but we need a surrogate key if we want to track people in our digital world. The problem with most surrogate keys is that they have no meaning outside of the system that creates them. A SSN is a perfect surrogate key, in that it has a scope outside of the system (Social Security) that created it. But, that is also it's weakness. Since so many systems (like financial and medical) use this unambiguous key, it can be used for nefarious purposes. Any simple, global, constructed key will have these faults.

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