* Posts by Marketing Hack

2586 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Re: I love sand so much

Guess what? I'm sitting at home watching a documentary called "Sand Wars", which argues the world is running out of sand. All the construction using concrete and asphalt is the big reason. Apparently desert sands is too eroded to be used for this.

SAND?! We're running out of SAND?! I think we're screwed.

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Re: I love sand so much

That's cool, just as long as nothing unnatural is going on!

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So the monkey riot at the start of "2001" was caused by?

"Downloading update 1of 19. Please do not turn off computer."

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Top US Democrats cry death to Comcast-Time Warner hyper-gobble

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Meh

I'd feel a lot better about the chances for success if it was 6 Republican Senators. But Republicans usually openly back the concentration of corporate power, whereas the Democrats are happier when they are allowed to champion that on the sly.

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Nork hackers no pantomime villains, but a hugely unpredictable menace

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IT Angle

Hmmmmm.....

"routinely see attacks of 10-20Gbps against our commercial clients, with those of 100Gbps no longer uncommon"

One wonders how much global internet traffic is comprised of one set of users trying to DDoS another set of users.

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Unfortunately, the NSA and GCHQ are at least as interested in IDing and hoarding zero-days for their own network/system penetration efforts as they are in releasing ID'd zero-days so that they can be addressed and IT made more secure.

I've said this about 10 times in other topics. The NSA needs to have it's cybersecurity responsibilities taken away and those need to be moved under another effective agency with no ties to the NSA or DoD. To the extent that sigint agencies outside the U.S. are expected to also run national cybersecurity efforts, I would strongly advise that those responsibilities be taken from them too. Otherwise, the traditional sigint desire to be able to access everything is most likely going to continue to trump the new responsibility to secure everything.

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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

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Eh, Oz does get dumped in the Asia/Pacific region in most multinationals

I don't think that anyone back in Redmond is viewing this as a great moment in opening up the Chinese or Thai consumer markets. I'm pretty sure they are viewing this more on the "Pacific" side of APAC.

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Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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The surveillance state begins to eat itself...

"We've got this great surveillance technology that's a bit questionable legally, but it sure catches criminals! But occasionally, to protect the questionable legality of our methods we have to release dangerous criminals that we caught!"

Makes perfect sense if you bang your head on your desk a dozen or so times before thinking about this.

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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People move their tech businesses to Silicon Valley because...

Of the low price of real estate...well, no, that's not it.

Because there isn't much traffic....well, not that either

Well, the weather is great!

(More seriously, it's an ongoing network of tech-literate professionals who keep engendering new projects, that require more tech-literate professionals, who engender more new projects, and so on. All this started in the beginning because of HP, and the fact that William Shockley moved his transistor/semiconductor research/business from New Jersey to the Santa Clara Valley to be near his sick mom who lived in Palo Alto. That begat Fairchild Semiconductor, which begat the "Fairchildren", the most notable of which were Intel and AMD--and from there it was off to the races.)

P.P.S.--there's a great "American Experience" episode titled "Silicon Valley". Well worth watching if those of you who live overseas can find Public Broadcasting Service programming.

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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I have a no-fee points VISA on which I place most of my purchases, and that works well.. Had a gold amex, but dumped it due to the fees.

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Re: USD $24 for 10 gallons of gas

Gas prices went up in California, because we use a special gasoline formulation to reduce smog, so gas normally sold outside of California can't be loaded on a tanker truck and sold in-state. (Note--there are something like 48 of these formulations in the whole U.S.--ridiculous and in need of standardization.) Anyway, down near LA, one of the refinery units that makes California's formulation had an explosion and is currently out of action. So prices went up again around the state, even though oil prices are really low.

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I don't pay for checks (proper spelling!) or debit cards--unless I use another bank's ATM networks. I don't take out credit cards if they have an annual maintenance fee.

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Re: House prices

Not a million houses a month. Current new home construction rates in the U.S. are about 1 million ANNUALLY.

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Re: re: Here you have condo-fees if you live in a flat or townhouse

The good news is that you get to write your property taxes off your federal income tax. So if you are throwing down $15K on property taxes, and you are in the 28% federal bracket, you get over $4K off your federal taxes.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Mushroom

We're at 148 comments now, so somebody else might have already asked this...

I wonder how much it is costing SpaceX to keep repainting that barge?

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@Richard Ball

So owners of this red rocket should be comforted by the knowledge that "it's not the size of the wave, its the motion of the ocean"?

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DWARF PLANET Ceres beams back SUNNY north pole FROWN

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Right about being careful about the 10 doors...

Chances are there is a tiger behind one of them, and he's pretty famished by now.

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Soylent (Tom) Green

Is that the processed carcasses of defunct showbusiness careers? Now you've got me imagining Gwyneth Paltrow screaming "SOYLENT GREEN IS LITTLE PEOPLE!!!!!"

Well, I congratulate Gwyneth for trying, but she probably broke the rules of the challenge the minute she used the term "saute" as a part of her downmarket diet.

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US Navy robot war-jet refuels in air: But Mav and Iceman are going down fighting

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(Information) Highway to the Danger Zone?

Definitely doesn't sound as butch as the original.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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My mom continues to be vindicated!

For those of you (read: all of you) who have forgotten my occasionally mentioned backstory, my mother spent her career in mainframe programming and operations. She often repeated the old snarky programming adage that "If builders made buildings the way programmers made code, the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization."

It's nice to know that some things never change.

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Scientists tail whales, hails their tales of record 14,000-mile migration

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Re: Ooops

You're assuming the whales would want us as constituents....

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Re: Western Grays were pretty much wiped out.

That's one of those questions where if you have to ask it, you obviously don't qualify :)

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Western Grays were pretty much wiped out.

They used to winter down around Southern China, and then move north towards Alaska and Russia in the summer. I'm fairly sure that whales that winter in Mexico don't qualify as western pacific Grays, at least in the classical sense.

(It's too early in the morning for me to string together some kind of faux-witty "50 Shades of Grey" reference)

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Re: thanks for that link

I can come up with a template for that. How about making the border of the bingo card green and the card white? This results in you holding a hollow green rectangle, which as everyone implicitly understands is symbolic of you holding a communal synergized cross-platform paradigm enabling entrepreneurial client focused solutions providing win-win value creation for cross-value chain stakeholders in your hands.

(Now if you'll excuse me, after that I somehow feel dirty and in need of a shower .)

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I have respect for Meg Whitman...

But she makes herself sound like a fool when she talks about things like the joined crossbar on the two t's in "Hewlett" being indicative of a commitment to partnership with customers.

Well, its nice to see "Hewlett Packard" back in circulation, even if that name should really go to Agilent, since test & measurement was where Hewlett-Packard really started.

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Yelp can protect critics in rough reviews row: Virginia yanks rug from under furious carpet biz

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Ever heard of "word of mouth"?

Your average business, or even a very customer-centered business is going to get some unfavorable word-of-mouth, because a customer happened to be there when service was not at its peak, or because for reasons good or bad the customer doesn't like the owner or his family, or because the customer in question is just overly demanding. And you can have spreading untruths about a business, in order to sabotage it. It's the same thing on Yelp, except that the word of mouth is available in text form.

There is of course the threat of inserting false negative or positive reviews into Yelp in return for or to extort payment. I can't get behind that either way, and both are risks in both Yelp and in word of mouth.

However, I get concerned when a business threatens Yelp reviewers with litigation. In this case, the business claims that the negative reviewers are not actual customers, and instead are acting maliciously. Except that this business obviously doesn't know who the reviewers are, otherwise they would not be asking for the identities from Yelp. So I have a serious problem with the plaintiff's reasoning, even if they have a suspicion of who the reviewers are and are looking for confirmation from Yelp.

I wish the judge would have thrown the case out on the grounds of free speech.

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Cisco boss Chambers: It's our fault H-1B visa shakeup is struggling

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He would say that, wouldn't he?

"John Doerr, of VC house Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers, believes the limit should be all but abolished."

He's a VC. His job is in large part to gather the money to pay the talent at the startups Kleiner Perkins funds. More immigrants who are tied by their H1B visas to the startups they are at = lower wage demands = less time spent money-gathering.

I'm fine with H1B's, as long as they really are for people that can't be sourced in the U.S. Right now, that law is being violated too much. At a recent Senate hearing on immigration, opponents of the H1B increase put forward the example of a group of IT workers at Southern California Edison, the electric utility for most of Southern California. The IT staff involved were averaging about $100K a year in salary compensation. SCE layed them all off and then outsourced their jobs to a crop of H1Bs who were brought in for $60K-$70K each, and that was after paying the outsourcing firm's markup on salaries actually paid to the new workers.

Now, maybe a bunch of the SCE employees were complacent and not that productive, but then again maybe they were highly talented and motivated. Be that as it may, basically the U.S. government paid SCE to damage the careers of U.S. citizens and green-card holders who had "good middle class jobs" that politicians love to say they are championing. You couldn't ask for a better example of using the H1B program to do something that is not legal under the program.

That example deservedly put a lot of pro-H1B tech leaders and politicians on the spot.

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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@ Mine's a Guinness

Well, it takes awhile to make sure that Euro-Google's business and technological models meet all the EU's rules. First, you need to establish that the product is going to use only metric-system computing powered by sustainable energy made in power plants constructed with 90% recycled content and staffed using a collective bargaining process that officially embraces the workplace rights of left-handed cross-dressing Laplanders who have the right to take 3 months off from Euro-Google if their free-range hormone-free reindeer gives birth.

After that comes dividing up the company's operations proportionally among EU members, so that when the development team who is located in Germany needs toilet paper for their bathroom, they have to get it from the facilities department in Spain, which has to send it through the logistics department that is located in Hungary.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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So "Don't be evil"...

Was actually a stab at a first law of Goo-botics? Well intentioned, but Google seems to have officially discarded it the last 5-10 years.

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Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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Mars covered in brine?

Mr. President, we cannot allow the creation of a space-pickle gap!

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Happy

Revised title for article...

Bloke hits armadillo, old bat AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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Re: Alright the lot of you

You guys just HDD to bring up all those puns, didn't you?

Shameful!!

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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Re: So true...

The thing about family-owned businesses is that they are a genetic lottery. Generation 1 might be a great businessperson, but with each successive generation you get a new chance to insert people who are not that bright or can't think consistently.

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Pregnant pause: Ancient JUMBO MARINE LIZARD pushed out sprogs in open ocean

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Pirate

Well, before we can know more definitely...

You're going to need a bigger boat.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Re: I read about this a few days ago.

Hey! It takes awhile to get the intellectual property rights to re-broadcast K-Pax!!

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I read about this a few days ago.

There was an article on CNBC about how Kevin Spacey bought up Kevinspacey.sucks, and Yahoo! bought yahoo.sucks.

This domain is a bit of a shakedown, and it doesn't add much to the public discussion. However, ICANN created this monster, and were happy to take the money to create it. I guess now they are getting nasty calls from their corporate masters who have to defensively buy up the domains now.

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FAA approves Amazon US drone flight just months after firm gave up and went to Canada

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Re: LOHAN

One other option, if you don't like shilling for Justin Bieber. Perhaps you can get Vulture 2 carried into near-space by an Amazon.com drone?

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LOHAN

You'll need a name change if you move the mission to Canada:

British

Intra-atmosphere

Exploratory

Balloon

Ejected

Rocket

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Sprint fined $16m for sticking it to The Man: Telco 'overcharged' Feds for phone wiretaps

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Re: "recoup the costs of building its own network to allow wiretapping"

Yes, I don't like paying for my stalkers to spy on me either, but since I would get thrown in prison if I didn't pay my taxes....

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Oh, hi there, SKYNET: US military wants self-enhancing software that will outlive its creators

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In other news...

DARPA puts worldwide software industry out of business!

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Have you considered that we may be looking for life, but they aren't looking for us?

After intercepting 60 years of our TV programming, the aliens view us the way we view that strange guy who hangs out by the office water cooler, waiting to trap you into a conversations about the Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

"(sigh) Yes Neil, I can't understand why Khloe can't keep a man either. (sigh) You're right Neil--Scott really does need to treat Kourtney better. (argh!) Oh look! Time for my meeting. It's been great catching up, Neil. See you later buddy!"

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

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Re: On the brighter side...

"Well, remember it's Canada. They tend to be pretty easy going up there (as long as it's not about hockey)."

Or beer. Or beer and hockey.

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Re: These are rules that must apply not only to Canadian companies

That will be interesting to watch, but considering that most people don't pay Google or FB for web services rendered and they do pay Bell Canada for services rendered, it might be hard to argue that Bell Canada should be on the same legal footing as FB and Google.

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@Henry Wertz 1

I think you're being very unfair. Bell Canada is enormously dedicated to protecting the privacy of the advertisers that buy Bell Canada subscriber tracking data.....Wait, you thought that YOU were the customer Bell Canada should be protecting? That's sweet in a kind of pathetically hopeful way :)

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Re: Hollywood Eat Your Heart Out

Per "The Bank Job", it was probably MI6 recovering naughty videos of Princes Andrew and Harry from the vault. Cleaning up the gold and jewels was just a bonus.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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Holmes

As P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute.". And that was in the 19th century, when there were A lot fewer sucke.....er, people being born.

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Re: Considering the problems securing the IT devices and infrastructure we already have...

Of course the extra-stupid thing is that now companies have to look at previously innocuous puchases of breakroom appliances and other formerly trivial items as potential information security risks. For example, we have a several-years-old refrigerator in our boardroom, stocked with drinks. Is there now some scenario where if we replaced that fridge with an internet-enabled version it might potentially leak information on meetings that we have taking place?

Ridiculous, I know, but who wants to risk being "that guy" who got his product development plans or a merger/joint venture leaked because the meeting room fridge was capturing images of what was being whiteboarded or who from company A was meeting with who from company B in the room?

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Considering the problems securing the IT devices and infrastructure we already have...

I have to wonder why society is rushing to snap up tens of billions of new endpoints, made by such IT security luminaries as home appliance manufacturers, fly-by-night phone manufacturers and toy companies. We're actively checking off ingredients to the next IT security disaster with all the long-range thought usually associated with baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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Re: the price

Treble economic damages are only available if Carnegie-Mellon was the victim of monopolistic practices under the Sherman Antitrust Act, which doesn't seem to be the case here. So I guess it is possible that the 50 cents per chip enforced royalty could be too high. That would depend on a lot of data and calculations I don't have access to

The punitive damages amount could be reviewed too, but its less likely. That is where all the "punishment for bad behavior" penalties go.

So basically the current judgement is that Carnegie-Mellon is owed $1.17 billion for the economic value of its intellectual property used by Marvell, and $300+ million because Marvell was egregious about appropriating or sheltering the appropriation of that intellectual property.

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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@cmannett85

Congratulations! You just won this topic!!

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