* Posts by BillG

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: Too early to judge

It's quite possible that their IT people tried and tried and tried to get Sony's upper management to invest in proper security, but their business case analyses were rejected and they were told to go away.

I see it as a form of Corporate Darwinism.

The fittest companies have management that is intelligent enough to invest in IT security.

The unfit lack the intelligence, and so these companies will die away.

It's telling that this year many utility companies (gas, electric, etc) were unable to get "hacked insurance" because audits revealed their security was so embarrassing they could not get insurance at any cost.

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These NORK idiots just made it my patriotic duty to go see this movie.

There is really no firm evidence that N. Korea was behind this hack. It's unlike them to not take credit - that is, if N. Korea did this it would be typical of them to proudly and openly take credit for the hack. They have never been coy.

And it is to Sony's advantage to paint this as coming from NORK.

Personally, I would not financially support Sony's incompetence by seeing this movie, or any Sony movie in theater or disc.

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Google must free us from 'invisible web of our personal data' – DPA

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15 whole million? I bet they are quaking in their boots ...

That's about half-a-day's profits to Google.

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TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics

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Re: Virgin does the same

When I had Comcast they had the same. Except that when you disabled it, after a few weeks it would re-enable itself while the box for disable was still checked.

At first Comcast made me jump through hoops to disable - multiple levels of telephone support where EACH level told you to restart your PC, restart your modem, clear your cache, clear your DNS, etc. You would tell them you just did it and they would say "this is the procedure in front of me". Each level of tech support made you do this until I discovered from a neighbor that worked for Comcast that it was done on purpose to discourage you from disabling it. They would annoy into giving up.

I finally got it permanently disabled by going full Rainman techno-geek on one particularly difficult and condescending support guy. I mindlessly talked about DNS hijacking, routing tables, etc. When they asked me to reboot my computer I would quickly ask "soft reboot or hard reboot? Do you know the difference? Won't a reboot clear my DNS cache secondary lookup table (I was just making up technical phrases)" I spoke so fast and refused to hang up or let him end the call. I finally made myself so difficult that he permanently disabled it!!!

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: Sony Entertainment

"Please don't post the truth that leaked. It gets in the way of the lies we sell."

- Sony Entertainment

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Shurely

it had cancelled most of the orders placed on the items that had wrongly been marked with a 1p price tag.

I thought Amazon was supposed to honor those purchases?

For the past two years, there is a book I have kept in my "Saved for Later" list that I watch fluctuate between $8.00 and $800.00. I'm sure Amazon would be happy to rip off any chumps that paid $800 for the thing.

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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Re: Mandiant job order: item one ...

It's clear that Sony wants to paint this breach as being overpowering, overwhelming, and leading-edge. Better still if they can blame it on North Korea.

Of course, facts like Sony stored passwords unencrypted in a file called Passwords, and that only two IT people were assigned to oversee security (monitored by two managers, two directors, and one Vice President, the five of which should be held criminally liable) seems to indicate that Sony could have been hacked by someone armed with only a Speak-and-Spell...

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Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

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Re: Why the delay?

As Palemoon is a fork of Firefox I just wonder why Mozilla has been so slow to patch Firefox.

All versions of Firefox can be patched with a few quick edits in About:config.

security.ssl3.rsa_fips_des_ede3_sha = False

security.tls.version.min = 2

On some earlier versions of Firefox there is something like "security.ssl3.enable" which can be set to false.

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US Ass. Commerce Sec hits back at claims global DNS is DOOMED

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Holmes

Humans are not rational actors. Any plan that relies on them to be - and keep on being - rational actors will fail. Intelligent, powerful people know this. They rely on it. It is how they obtain and retain power.

Thus I can only conclude that by advancing a plan wherein the core checks and balances boil down to a reliance on humans to be rational actors there is malicious intent.

Very well said. And this is why some voters are easily fooled.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: "George, did you chop down that cherry tree?"

What the Feds are conveniently ignoring is Roe v. Wade.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion constitutionally legal is based on the 14th amendment's inference that all Americans have a "right to privacy".

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Assuming nothing more material was said on Facebook etc.

They are effectively saying let's use the tragic death of a soldier to monitor everybody online.

The key word here is EVERYBODY. Follow the money - with the information gained, think of the insider trading government wonks can get away with. Monitoring everyone online is a license to get rich.

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Re: Are we considering the obvious

I've been thinking the same thing, it's government sponsored malware and the antivirus companies are in on it. But does that apply to eastern European antivirus vendors like Kaspersky and Bitdefender?

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Lunacy

Imagine the device is backed by an ethical company who understand security well enough that the device is secure, both from hackers, and the NSA.

Unfortunately, such a company would not be allowed to exist.

First, the stockholders/investors/C-levels would not allow it as there are dumptrucks full of money, money, money to be made in selling other people's data. Even if such a company existed, it would be for only a brief period of time as their cash-drunk competitors selling your data would drive these ethical companies out of business.

Second, governments would not allow it to exist - look at the misery being heaped on Android by the NSA etc. for encrypting phone contents. It's just a matter of time before this encryption is made illegal.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

I'm not sure how they're 'Top Google enginners', either: There were only two of them and they couldn't do the job they were asked to. They sound like dregs to me! :)

Just because you don't like their conclusions doesn't mean they're wrong.

Like the article said, anyone with a decent understanding of physics knows that "renewable energy" isn't the answer. Those of us with degrees in engineering figured it out right away. And the people that claim that "we need to make new discoveries" are people that don't understand basic physics.

If you want to have fun with someone who keeps making claims about renewable energy and climate changes, ask them one simple question: "What causes rain?"

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Supposedly it's so pricey in silicon valley, the facebookers' and googlers' $100k salaries are barely enough to survive

The San Francisco suburbs, including Silicon Valley, is one of the most expensive places in the USA to live in. Believe me, it's impossible to live on $100K a year there, even if you never socialize and always eat at home. These drivers at $20/hour make $41.6K/year, they must have spouses that work.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Re: I thought the article did explain

The article reads like the partisan hit piece it is. The whole thing reeks of Democrat Good, Republican Bad.

I read the same thing. I've lost respect for The Reg.

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

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Re: https

Well, there is a separate issue here. You have analysts that read the fraudulent release, know that it's a fraudulent release, but understand that there are going to be people that take the fraudulent release seriously and so they sell the stock anyway. Perception becomes reality.

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Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

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Don't Make Me Laugh

"It’s time to extend the US Privacy Act to EU citizens..."

"...so it can be as big a failure here as it is there."

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

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Re: Blame the prosecutor: He could have been charged with fraud.

I agree with blame the prosecutor. Oddly enough, the way the courts handled this is more suspicious than the crime!

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Depends on perspective

I still have a rejected comment submission on my profile on here because it happened to diss a famous recruitment agency that was pushing sponsorship The Reg's way.

I was most miffed at that. I thought The Reg was better than to censor comments in such a fashion.

Better at what? The Reg is here to make a profit, just like the websites I run myself. What, exactly, did you expect? Do you want The Reg to sacrifice their money so you can rant for free? If someone disses one of my advertisers, I'm going to take action, too. Anyone paying me is showing loyalty to my hard work. I want to reward that.

I understand your position and your need for justice, but - at the end of the day in the real world, these websites - The Reg, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - are out there to make a profit. That keeps the lights on and feeds my family. You and your opinions are not more important than my family. For-profit businesses are not the outlet of social justice you're looking for. I know this doesn't sound "right", but it is the way it is.

I say this gently - if you still want social justice, do it with your own money. Don't demand that others spend theirs to pay for your opinions.

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Ericsson boss sticks a pin in Google’s loony Loon bubble

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Angel

Re: He's right.

Of course it won't work. But it doesn't matter. Just like Amazon and their drone delivery scheme, this is just a heavily-funded publicity stunt to impress the sheeple. It's about branding, making the public think nice, lofty thoughts about these companies.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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Most actors would *kill* to work with Sorkin

I think most actors would kill to work with Tarantino. For a look at Sorkin on a recent angry childish rant, take a look at "Studio 60" on YouTube.

For Sorkin at his stellar best, look at "Sports Night". Genius writing.

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Aaron Sorkin's scripts have gotten more and more angry as he rants against "the establishment", religion, network TV, etc. I'm wondering if the reason why actors are walking away is Sorkin wrote another angry script?

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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Lawyers

And after these lawyers get done with it, Macbook users will end up getting 3% of the settlement.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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Re: New ElReg unit

V'GER REQUIRES THE INFORMATION

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Windows 10 is fugly

This is just Microsoft's history - every other consumer OS intro is a dud.

Witness:

Windows 3.1 dud

Windows 3.11 SUCCESS

Windows 95 dud

Windows 98 SUCCESS

Windows ME dud

Windows XP SUCCESS

Windows Vista dud

Windows 7 SUCCESS

Windows 8 dud

Windows 10 Success?

I left out Windows 2000 & NT variations because they were never marketed as consumer operating systems.

BTW, Windows 2000 may have been the best OS MS ever made. If only it had a firewall it would have been a great consumer OS.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: How would you tell Drive wasn't working?

wtf is Google + ? Isn't it just that annoying login (I refused to use) on YouTube?

Google+ = The social media website no one wants to use.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Re: Who defines terrorist ?

France has effectively declared war on the internet.

France is expected to surrender next week.

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Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Re: Intel is selling tablet SoCs for approximately 7 cents each

That's interesting. I'd assumed Intel managed to strongarm companies like Asus (who are also players in the x86 market) into doing x86-mobile occasionally by applying a little "encouragement" to the x86 desktop and server chunks of the company.

The truth is Intel offered Asus free design engineering services to get them to use their components. I've done it myself when selling a core that my customer doesn't have experience with. It's an effective win-win technique.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Holmes

Let's see if I understood this: if I want to make Microsoft take a video I don't like from Youtube, I just have to get a hold on a stolen Windows 8 key, create a fake Youtube account, and post the key in the comments?

I suspect it's broader than that. Since MS is only web searching for product keys, you could probably post the key in the comments of ANY YouTube video and get it taken down.

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: Money talks

the judge granted the warrant, explaining: “If the territorial restrictions on conventional warrants applied to warrants issued [in this case], the burden on the Government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded.”

Translation: "It would be too hard to get this data legally so screw it, just hand it over, bitch."

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Nope

Operation Elop debunks the weird conspiracy theory that Elop had been brought in to sell the company back to Microsoft cheaply

Actually, I've seen this happen. A CEO is brought in by the board with the (undocumented) understanding that he will make questionable decisions that lead to selling the company to a specific corporation.

Unless you are specifically told what is going on, this is completely impossible to prove as absolutely nothing is documented to prove this. What does happen is that the CEO and certain other complicit managers walk away with millions six months or more after the acquisition, usually covered under money that is kept in escrow for undisclosed purposes.

On the surface it all looks very legal because you can't prosecute intent.

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

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WTF?

To shore up his argument, he recapped the US's scuppering of a 2009 terrorist attack on the New York subway and the arrest of lead suspect Najibullah Zazi

Hasn't it been proven that Zazi was captured purely by good police work, without any help from snooping Feds?

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Re: Somebody has gotta simplify that agreement

We need lawyers to get us out of problems that we never would have gotten into in the first place if it wasn't for lawyers.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: A Night At The Opera

I predict Adobe will say something like:

"This was test code that was only used during testing blah blah blah, none of the transmitted information was stored on our servers blah blah blah blah, the code is not used and no data is collected blah blah, our users are all a bunch of blah. Now shut up and go away."

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

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Re: Really? Worried? You had me for a minute there

Why the f*ck are they still playing the paedo/terror "the world will end" card every time we (the ones who make and design the devices and services) try jack up the security and encryption in them?

The threat is real. Why? Because this is the discussion going on every day:

VP of Engineering: "We can have this IoT Thingie on the market in ten months. The timeline is in front of you."

CEO: "Hey, what's this, six months for development and four months for security features? Skip the security and get it to market in six months."

VP of Engineering: "Um, wait..."

CEO: "I'm cutting the budget for security development. See, we get to market faster and we save money too?"

VP of Engineering: "But what is someone hacks our product?"

CEO: "You're crazy - nobody is going to hack our product! *** "

*** I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard this. It's always yelled with a mixture of laughter and anger.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Mushroom

Jenna-Louise

The Doctor is supposed to be uninterested in her romantically, not a blinkered idiot. Coleman is a beautiful woman and neutering the Doctor to the point where he can’t even objectively see that is just bizarre

Coleman is an outrageously beautiful woman. For crying out loud, for this Doctor to ignore that, he must be dead inside!!

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Re: Correction...

Whenever a politician says "think of the children", what he's really saying is "think of me".

Eric Holder absolutely has no moral high ground to stand on in this discussion because to him, a warrantless search is no longer the exception, it's the freakin' rule.

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Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

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Re: 8051

The 8051 is estimated to be a $1.5Billion market annually. Most of the sales are in SE Asia as it's an open-source core perfect for the countless low-end applications out there that don't need more than 4MHz to run.

If I told you how many $$$ Atmel sells in 8051 each year the number is so high you wouldn't believe me. Silicon Labs 8051 sales is even higher.

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Latest Firefox and Thunderbird updates plug CRITICAL SSL vuln

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Settings > Advanced > Update > 'Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk)'.

That prevents it from auto-updating, but there is no setting to prevent the nag popup sceens.

I have an old laptop with Firefox 3.2.28, Outpost firewall, and an antivirus. Last year I ran a contest, if you can infect my machine through that version of Firefox I give you $100, if you can't, you give me $50. I admitted my firewall is Outpost, but my antivirus is undisclosed. There were no takers despite the outcry from Firefox fanbois gleefully insisting my laptop was going to hell.

My main daily laptop has Firefox 27 and has never had a single problem.

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Firefox has to have the most draconian upgrade policy - constant nag screens to update Firefox so it looks like Chrome.

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Ericsson follows Broadcom to modem Mordor

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Headmaster

Error Error

In February 2009, Ericsson entered into a joint venture with ST-Microelectronics – itself a merger of SGS-Thomson and NXP – in a bid to take on Qualcomm

STMicroelectronics is not spelled with a hypen, and the Company is very vocal about that.

STMicroelectronics is most definitely NOT a merger of SGS Thomson ( no hypen) and NXP, these are two different companies and still are today.

Other errors in this article, but not enough time to detail.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Re: Another one bites the dust...

I don't know the details, but I'm guessing this was a massive management failure at RS. Look, with the electronics revolution of the past 20 years RS was in a perfect position to capture market share. They blew it. Years ago they had trained, experienced salespeople. Now RS stores are staffed by people that can't even insert a battery the right way.

They could have addressed the makers market. More important, they should have FOCUSED on immediate need, get-it-now items that people can't wait until tomorrow to get, like batteries, cables, memory.

Instead they tried to sell broad appeal items (you can't undersell eBay). They tried to sell mobile phones with salespeople that were pathetically inexperienced.

In a nutshell, they didn't know what they should sell. And now, in the final irony the whole company is for sale.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: OnePlus One

As a good capitalist, I have to shrug and say the market charges what the market will bear. The purchasers must be getting something for their money that they feel is worthwhile even if that is only cachet of owning one.

True. In this case, the iDamnThings have a high vanity effect. This is why people that can barely afford rent buy iPhones. It's marketing at it's best - or worst.

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Cyber-hoodlum tripped, fell, landed in Obama's Healthcare.gov server

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Re: They've got their heads in the sand..

"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted," a DHHS spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.

Sorry, I don't believe it. This sounds too much like spin. Given the sorry state of HealthCare.gov (the website contract was awarded to a Canadian company run by a close friend of Michelle O.) I think it's more likely that consumer personal info was compromised.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: "a battery life of up to two days"

These first wearables use off the shelf semiconductors that do more than needed and so draw more power. ***IF*** these devices become popular, custom chips designed specifically for wearables will be made with the proper functionality and longer battery life.

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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Holmes

I don't see the problem - my FF v3.6.28 (just checked) works brilliantly. Wake me when there's a good reason to upgrade . . .

I have an older laptop running FF 3.6.28. It's the perfect browser for a slower computer. Fast, reliable, never crashes. I have a firewall and an antivirus and never had a problem. I dare anyone to infect it - go ahead, I dare you.

On my more recent laptops I'm running FF27 and FF28. FF28 constantly shows nag screens to upgrade. I laugh maniacally as I close those nag windows.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Re: Perhaps this gets sorted when...

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite...

..."so we can pirate it" said the Chinese regulator.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch defending police brutality

Police: "The defendant was caught doing something, (mumbles) not normally considered illegal."

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