* Posts by M.

13 posts • joined 4 Apr 2008

Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

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U.S. President Obomba Wants it All!

Here in the U.S. we are hearing grumblings over "the rich have too much!"

It surely is only a matter of time when Obomba and his ilk will announce a new government "program" of siezing, then redistributing these bloke's wealth, couching it as some sort of "social equality" plan.

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

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Why didn't the "climate change scientists" just do the same thing that they have always done - throw out the ACTUAL dataset, then comprise their own set using selective filtering and/or flat out lies, reverse their original statements, blame everything on man, and then proclaim that they were right all along?

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Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

M.

Nobody here across the pond gives a rat's patootie about any phone that runs a Microsoft Windows-based operating system. We are all too war-weary of the dreadful fights and horrible "user experiences" of fighting with Windows at the workplace to continue the Don Quixote tactics when we try to ring grandma on a winblows phone.

No thanks. Maybe you guys need a little end user frustration to bring down your day... we're done.

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Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

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Key Words: "Best *Windows* Phone..."

Because it's "a Windows Phone" it is doomed to the dustbin of irrelevance.

On this side of the pond the word "Windows" is a swear word. We work (fail, actually) with Windows at our day jobs. We get bad customer (dis) service from technicians using Windows computers that constantly fight the agent, fail, or are nebulously "down right now". Our drive thru screens (Windows CE based) display the (stuck) Windows graphic, or blue screen - eventually papered over with a rain-soiled cardboard sign saying "We'll have your total at the window". Microsoft-powered subway ticket machines just sit there, unresponsive. Kiosks display Windows internal failure messages.

Yeah, we Yanks see lots of examples, and almost daily, of how "Windows" sucks in our digital lives.

Why the hell would we want to pay our own hard earned money to participate in more of this disappointment and agony on a (should be stupid-simple) telephone!?!

The only thing worthy about it might be that Nokia's competitors (Apple, Google) might take a cue from what looks well done on it, and take a stab at introducing the same feature(s) on their offerings. (An omage to Microsoft's "embrace and extend" gameplan.)

NOBODY on this isde of the pond cares *what* Microsoft phones do... we just don't care.

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Mozilla releases Firefox 10, adds developer tools

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I Agree... And Switched to Chrome

I got tired of Firefox actually scaring me with security warnings, saying that I was constantly vulnerable to security breeches because I didn't have their latest version. But their latest version wasn't compatible with the add-ons I relied on every day, so I couldn't upgrade. So to stop worrying, I switched to Chrome, found that some of what I needed is already built into it, and have moved on.

Now, all that I use (the apparently "insecure") Firefox browser for is to load the old add-ons and test a website here or there.

Too bad. Firefox used to be the best. Now they're just bloatware, and patches upon patches, like other software vendors... <sigh> Sad to see FF get binned!

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Cyberwar report: Israel, Finland best prepared for conflict

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Thanks For the Lulz!!

"Cybersecurity is as important as border security".... OMFG, what a funny joke!!

The USA has border security?!!

Hahahahahahah! No, stop, you're killing me!

Omg, I can't take it! Make it stop!

Running Symantec on your work computer is about as close an analogy as you can make to USA's <quote>border security<unquote>. Because both are trivial to breech, reactionary, and only change in any meaningful way *AFTER* a newsworthy event has ALREADY OCCURRED.

Americans talking about "border security" is like Brits talking about "football fans' restraint"

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...oops.... Too Late...!

Now if you had only told us that EARLIER.....!

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Toshiba Tablet 2.0 struck with 'sleep of death' bug

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Possibly due to lock switch

The only times my Thrive has done this was when the lock switch was in the "locked" position. Since there was no owners or users manual in the box I only figured out that it was in the locked position after a few days of use.

Not good to have a brand spankin' new device with absolutely no documentation on how to use it, Toshiba! Bad form indeed.

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Google to digitize world+dog with People View

M.

This Line Gave it Away as a Joke - "Google cares about privacy"

Still funny, though!

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Others Abound

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/01/lhc_fifth_dimension_incursion/ has another one.

'Cheers!

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DNS attack hijacks Twitter

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FAIL

Why Worry About MSN?

In the article, Trend Micro's Rik Ferguson is quoted as saying "...imagine the potential to criminals if they could pull this off against any site requiring log in credentials, such as PayPal, eBay, MSN, Facebook..."

How could Mr. Ferguson miss the most important point - that thousands (or more) of Twitter accounts were opened to compromise by this DNS-based attack?

What's the point of "imagining" whether MSN (or other) sites were affected? We already have proof that one of the most popular social applications' websites *was* open to compromise. Let's focus on that.

Now, let's get to what the article *should* have said - Everyone with a Twitter account, change your account's password. Even if you have a supposedly-"hard-to-guess", or "complex" password -- it doesn't matter. If you logged in to Twitter (or if your web browser held your session open) while the DNS attack was underway, its password was potentially compromised, or its session tokens were potentially stolen.

Change your Twitter account password, and move on with your life.

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DARPA in useful, easily-achievable project shocker

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Try Wigle.net

Wigle.net (http://www.wigle.net) has a large database of European and United States geocoded WIFI access points. Each access point (whether open or secured - both types are in the database) has a GPS lat/long. You can use the data however you wish, including for "assisted GPS" type projects.

This data is FREE to use. You don't have to "pay to play".

- Enjoy!

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Trend, Sophos and McAfee flunk Vista SP1 anti-virus tests

M.

Hardly Anyone (in USA) Uses Vista Anyway!

Not many people or companies in the USA ever use, or even plan on using, Vista, so this news does not really "send any shock waves".

- Mike S.

California, USA

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