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Uber bends over for internal privacy probe amid stalking claims

TaabuTheCat

Priceless quote

"We’ve learned a lot in four and a half years"

Yeah, and clearly now you're going to abuse it for all it's worth!

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FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

TaabuTheCat

They came after us.

We were one of their targets. Got multiple letters threatening a suit. Sent it all to our attorneys who basically told the trolls to fuck off, and if they came back again we would take action. Never heard from them again.

Nice to see the FTC finally acting, but I do wish they had given recourse to firms like ours who already spent money making these guys go away. 16K sounds about right.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

TaabuTheCat
FAIL

Don't forget Java!

Oracle is now recommending Java 8 U25, and if you install it over Java 7 it helpfully offers to remove the old "insecure" version (their words on the dialog box). The only trouble is, if you say "yes", it dutifully claims to have uninstalled version 7, but has not. It's still there, and still enabled. Way to go Oracle.

It gets better. If you then do the version check using the Java website and have only 8U25 installed, it tells you that you have the latest version installed and it found no insecure versions. But guess what? If 7 is still hanging around all you get is a message saying you have the latest version installed - zero mention of the insecure version of 7 still on your machine.

Seriously, you couldn't make this stuff up.

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'A motivated, funded, skilled hacker will always get in' – Schneier

TaabuTheCat

Preaching to the choir

"Are the techies on here not aware of how bad it is or are they just apathetic?"

Neither. Most simply don't have the decision-making and budgeting authority needed to make a difference.

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Concerning VMware’s vCloud Air: It's all about choice

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Bring your wallet

It all sounds really appealing and I'd love to give it a try, but the minimum buy-in just to test a couple of VMs is $1,000/mo., and that's for a very small Virtual Private Cloud offering. If I want dedicated, and I do if I have any hope of pleasing the auditors, then multiply that by 9x.

I just took a quick look and to replace my existing infrastructure with vCloud Air I'd need at least 2x Dedicated Cloud instances - nearly $220,000 per year, NOT including backups. My current costs including multiple backups and a fully replicated environment in two DCs are 1/3 what it would cost me in Air. I just don't see how Air makes financial sense when you really start comparing costs.

Amen to giving up building crap and spending time solving business problems instead, but who can afford it?

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Everyone taking part in Patch Tuesday step forward. NOT SO FAST, Adobe!

TaabuTheCat

The incompetence knows no bounds...

Just went to the Flash Player distribution page, where you can download the latest installers for Flash. The page says it's version 15.0.0.152 but when you download the files (active x or the plugin) they are both still version 14. Someone at Adobe needs a serious ass whoopin'.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

TaabuTheCat

Re: Use case?

That's easy. So Company X can extract a monthly subscription from you for something that has zero technical need to be controlled from someone else's server. It's yet another race to see who can create the biggest walled garden for no benefit to the consumer. (And data slurping too of course. Icing on the cake.)

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

TaabuTheCat

Curious about the dogs

"...explosives dogs are more or less useless as detectors..."

They seem to do quite well at detecting drugs, and now it seems, even cancer cells. It's interesting they do poorly at explosives. Any particular reason why? Is it poor training, or a "nose" thing that makes them less effective at detecting these particular types of molecules?

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Tegile boots Dell array out of chemical biz. Dell responds: Tegile, who?

TaabuTheCat

Wheeling and dealing

"Let me know what my cost is and what I need to do to purchase this."

That's a unique vendor negotiation strategy. Please do let us know how that works out for you.

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Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

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Re: No real surprise @LDS

Thom is way to modest to post a link to his own site, but if you think he's uninformed I'd recommend you go to bythom.com and look around. He has an interesting take on Apple's Aperture announcement, and it isn't "the sky is falling".

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

TaabuTheCat

...and work to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

No finer goal than that. Good luck, and may I be lucky enough to join you in a few years.

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Verizon threatens Netflix in video lag blame game

TaabuTheCat

Re: Network metrics?

"Just FYI, TaabuTheCat, Verizon owns more than the last 100'"

Sorry I didn't make myself more clear. There are users connecting Netflix capable devices via WiFi, and that really isn't something Verizon can control. Don't misunderstand, I dislike Verizon with a passion and they deserve every bit of a beating they can get, but Netflix needs to be careful here or Verizon will dig up one actual case where the problem was the home network triggering the alert and their PR machine will go to 11 in an attempt to portray that as happening in every case.

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TaabuTheCat

Network metrics?

I do wonder though what Netflix is doing to isolate the problem to upstream provider (Verizon controlled) issues and only warn on those, vs. triggering the warning when the problem lies in the last 100ft of the connection...

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Got VDI questions? Fire them at our expert panel

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"Our VDI panelists are diverse."

Really? They all look like players there to talk about VDI performance. Where are the profile management and app management vendors? If you're in the non-persistent VDI world that's where some of the toughest challenges lie, not in accelerating 3D or managing boot storms.

If you can, you should add the likes of a Unidesk, VMware or Citrix to talk about how to handle some of the messier USER issues with VDI.

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NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

TaabuTheCat

Serious question

What are they *hoping* to find in the samples that would justify the expense/risk of this sort of mission. I'm all for understanding planet lifecycles and core science (pardon the pun), but shouldn't we be spending money learning how to get further, faster so we don't have to limit ourselves to close-in dead (for us at least) planets to explore?

Sometimes I think we set the bar too low, and if we're going to risk money and time, let's take the risk for something more than a box of rocks. Maybe I'm proposing we run before we walk, but will bringing back samples from Mars help us get to someplace inhabitable any sooner?

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Speedy storage server sales stumps sysadmin scribe: Who buys this?

TaabuTheCat

VMware VFC - beware this bug!

This one bit me twice - once about three months ago before anyone at VMware could tell me what was happening. After five hours on the phone with support we just ended up rebuilding vCenter to get running again. And it happened again last week after upgrading my vCenter virtual appliance to U1. This time support was able to find this KB article after several hours on the phone - turned out to have nothing to do with the upgrade, it was the reboot afterwords that triggered it.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2072392

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Yosemite National Park bans drones

TaabuTheCat

Bzzzzttt.... Fail

Won't hold up. Read the language of that CFR - it talks about "delivering or retrieving" something. That doesn't describe what people are doing with their drones, not at least if all they're doing is flying a camera around. All it will take is one person willing to spend the money and time to fight it.

Legislation is simply not there yet to deal with this new, cheap drone world. Look how hard the FAA is struggling to find ways to limit their use - no "commercial" purpose - just defeated BTW, as there is no regulation that actually says that. Flying limited to 400 ft ASL - again, not a regulation, just guidance that can be ignored (at your own peril of course).

I suspect before this is all over we'll have designated drone flying areas (drone "parks") where we can all go fly into each other on weekends, and they'll be banned everywhere else.

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I want SDN and I want it now!

TaabuTheCat

Re: Right on.

But if all your distributed controllers have the same bug or are sent the same commands with unintended consequences (in part due to their desired ability to hide the underlying complexity), then what happens? That's the big kaboom I think some of us are concerned about.

Just like it's a whole lot easier right now to take down 500 servers at once in a VMware environment with one wrong distributed switch config change than it ever was with 500 physical servers, same will hold true for SDN. Will the benefits of SDN outweigh the risk? Absolutely. The same way I;d never want to manage 500 physical servers ever again. I'm just not so convinced the road there will be as smooth as many (vendors) would like us to believe.

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TaabuTheCat

Right on.

"I can already see the mega-outages a bug at the controller level will cause..."

Totally agree. I bet we're going to see some spectacular failures that take down huge chunks of infrastructure, not only from bugs or poor design, but from good ole human mistakes. If you think understanding the network is hard now, wait until you can't understand it - where only the SDN controller truly knows what's going to happen when you make that next change.

Still, I really like the idea of SDN and it's uptake is inevitable. We're just going to need some really good modeling tools for SDN that allow you to test changes virtually before anything bad actually happens.

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PEX vex: Partners uninvited from the VMware party – report

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

TaabuTheCat

It's all fun and games...

until they reach the Le Petomane tollway. "Somebody go back and get a sh!@load of dimes!"

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Slurp away, NSA: Mass phone data collection IS legal, rules federal judge

TaabuTheCat

He's right about one thing...

"...as nothing is more apt to imperil civil liberties than the success of a terrorist attack on American soil"

As 9/11 proved. We have fewer civil liberties now than ever before, and each additional attack, suspicion of an attack, the mere *thought* of an attack, and we lose even more.

Hint to judge: It's not the terrorists taking away those liberties.

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Let... the SAN shine: 2013 – the year of virtual storage area networks

TaabuTheCat

Licensing

Here's the problem I'm seeing with vSANs (from all the vendors), and that's the node licensing costs, especially in the SMB world. I may only need two nodes to carry all my compute/storage requirements, but from a redundancy standpoint that's not enough. So I pay VMware for more node licenses, more maintenance, etc. just to get vSAN reliability, and I start wondering if all I'm really doing is changing the name on the check.

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Party's over in Waterloo as BlackBerry pulls plug on 2014 Live conference

TaabuTheCat

"The last BlackBerry Live conference was held in May 2013 in Orlando, Florida."

Literally.

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Who's the best-built bot that makes the US military hot? SCHAFT!

TaabuTheCat

Hush yo mouth

You just had to put that song in my head, didn't you?

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

TaabuTheCat

Re: I'm sure you're right

"But when it's breaking things like Outlook.com, that's pure idiocy."

Nah - the IE team's just not ready yet to give up their GMail accounts.

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CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

TaabuTheCat

Not to mention contracts and costs...

Have you ever looked at the "deals" these non-IT guys make with vendors? More often than not they are getting screwed over royally by that slick sales guy, and even worse, they get talked into signing long-term contracts with god-awful T&Cs and exorbitant costs simply because 1) they don't understand all this stuff is negotiable, and b) even if they did understand it they wouldn't recognize when they were being screwed.

So forget the IT aspect. From a purely business/finance perspective they are making terrible business and spending decisions for the company, usually out of pure ignorance.

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Dying HealthCare.gov bagged JUST SIX registrations on first day

TaabuTheCat

Re: politics aside

No kidding. Talk about 9 women trying to make a baby in one month...

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Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

TaabuTheCat

Total failure from beginning to end

Not only did they get pwned, I got one of the lovely letters from them saying they were so sorry my info had been taken and here's an authorization code to sign up for free credit monitoring. So I go to the Experian site to sign up and guess what, the code doesn't work. Thanks for your concern.

FYI Adobe... I just finished uninstalling the last copy of Acrobat on our workstations at the office. It won't be missed.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

TaabuTheCat

Gone without carrier support

We were a big BB shop and have gradually moved everyone over to BYOB this year. Can't say I miss supporting all the BB users but for the most part the devices just worked and we were confident in the security they provided.

I still haven't given up completely on BB but I'm close. The real killer for us has been lack of carrier (Verizon) support for upgrades. We tested the Z10 when it came, then the Q - both decent devices that desperately needed updates to get better. Nothing from Verizon, and I fear the same for the Z30. No carrier support = no BB for us.

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Hey, how'd that guy get to be a BAZILLIONAIRE?

TaabuTheCat

Re: So what about vFRC?

It's absolutely the beauty, yes. And as of Saturday night I'm seeing exactly what Proximal will do for my environment. :)

Fascinating and cool? You bet. Without that I'd of long ago found other work.

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TaabuTheCat

So what about vFRC?

Trevor, you don't say much about VMware's vFRC. It's going to be tough to compete with free (assuming you already have Ent Plus, and many of us do) and supported so what's the future for the Proximals of the world?

I guess I'm wondering why I'd buy Proximal if vFRC is free? Have you played with vFRC yet?

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

TaabuTheCat

This will end well.

All those security issues in Acrobat that Adobe couldn't be bothered to find? I think that problem's just been solved. Unfortunately, not by Adobe.

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

TaabuTheCat

The carriers had their hand in this too.

By not releasing updates - I'm looking at YOU Verizon - they all but guaranteed the experience on BB10 would never improve. Not sure what RIM did to piss them off so badly, but when your "partner" has direct control over the user experience on your phone, you'd better give them a reason to support you.

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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

TaabuTheCat

I can hardly wait...

to see Bill's roof six months from now, covered with antennas. No good deed goes unpunished! :)

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

TaabuTheCat

The only reason we haven't seen an Apple TV (and maybe never will) is because Apple haven't found a way to lock the content to their ecosystem. The content producers got burned once by Apple - it will never happen again. The future is controlled by content producers/owners.

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Samsung sends gigabit '5G' signal TWO WHOLE KILOMETRES

TaabuTheCat

Re: Lampposts....

Remember Ricochet? (Probably not.)

The old transceivers are still hanging from the lamposts in my town. Totally dead of course.

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BlackBerry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

TaabuTheCat

Here we go again...

"I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing - that's what we're aiming for…I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat"

I know he has to say that but I pray to God he doesn't really believe it, or they really are dead. The only way to be #1 is by chasing consumers and that's never been what RIM was about.

/rant

Why can't companies be content knowing who they are and owning their own corner of a market? Why do they all believe it's world domination or nothing - and then proceed to drive a profitable business straight into the ground just to prove it?

/rant

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Got a BlackBerry? It may be telling your friends when you watch pr0n

TaabuTheCat
FAIL

Losing the plot

So they have time to add this functionality to BBM, but don't have time to add Profiles, Level 1 escalations, redirection filters, and a host of other really useful features that were in BB7, 6, 5, etc. to BB10?

RIM just doesn't understand their place in the market. They had the world's best email client, with truly useful functionality that has been completely stripped out of BB10. I have a free Z10 that just arrived two days ago and I'm ready to scrap it. It can't do what my aging Tour will do - not even close, and as a useful work device the Z10 sucks. But I'm thrilled to know I can share my song preferences.

Rock on RIM - been nice to know you.

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Public cloud will grow when experienced IT folks DIE

TaabuTheCat

He's not totally wrong

I think the point he's making (though maybe doesn't really want to admit) is that the younger generation expects and is used to so much less they'll see no problem dropping their services there. After all, Facebook, Twiiter, Google, MS, etc. have outages all the time and it's no big deal. Just invent some cute corporate equivalent of the "fail whale" and you're good to go.

He is right about one thing. When those of who keep hitting management over the head with the reliability and security arguments are gone, and there are no throttling voices left to remind the beancounters about enterprise risk, this stuff will all move to the cloud. And you know what? If everyone does it and failures are common for everyone, will it matter?

I am the guy he's talking about, and the reputation I've built over the last 35 years protecting the enterprise is still worth something today. Ten years from now, who knows? Luckily for Rackspace, I'll be out of the way by then.

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T-Mobile US announces 'no BS' rate plans, iPhones, LTE

TaabuTheCat
Go

Re: "Why are plans so expensive in the US?"

Mostly because people don't take the time to shop and match a plan to their needs.

I use Ting (MVNO on Sprint's network) and my phone bill last month for two phones (Nexus and Sprint Epic 4g) was $39.00 plus about $3.00 in taxes. Granted I don't use a lot of voice or data - that rate gets me 300 minutes of voice and 500GB of data shared across both phones - but the point is, it's a no-contract, pay-for-what-you-use plan and it's a whole lot less expensive than any other carrier. On Ting if you use more you pay more (what a concept!), and they automatically adjust your plan up and down each month.

There are decent plans out there if you take the time to look.

(No affiliation with Ting, BTW, just a happy customer that appreciates the value they offer. YMMV)

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Indie array-flogger tries to tempt flash mob with COLD HARD CASH

TaabuTheCat

And this is effective how, exactly?

Not sure I see the pitch here. There's simply no chance I would ever make a storage array swap without a serious in-house eval (30 days MINIMUM), running my workloads in my environment. Any vendor that won't let me do that is off my list immediately. Does Pure really think I'm going to fight with management for the funds, buy their product without an eval, and then return it if I don't like it? I'm sure that would instill confidence in the beancounters that I know what I'm doing!

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Republican staffer fired for copyright reform suggestions

TaabuTheCat

Re: There is only one answer to Washington's issues:

Nope. Once and done is the answer.

If politicians didn't start raising re-election cash the very first day on the job, lobbyists wouldn't have nearly the influence they have now. Take away the re-election incentive and maybe these guys would behave in *our* interests and stop working for the guys with the biggest wallets.

I know, I'm dreaming. The very guys that could enact term limits...

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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

TaabuTheCat
Stop

MS is missing where business desktops are headed

A lot of us are virtualizing our desktop environments, and it just doesn't matter how powerful the endpoint is. We have users with iPads and Android tablets who routinely do work remotely running the View client (against a Windows 7 desktop in the datacenter). Citrix users have been doing this forever. Obviously connectivity is the key, but it's getting to the point where not having connectivity is the exception.

I was on a Southwest flight a month ago that had WiFi, gave them my five bucks for the privilege, and spent the next three hours using a View session on my laptop to actually do work. It wasn't the smoothest experience, but the fact that it worked at all was impressive and just signals where we're headed.

You don't need powerful endpoints in the business world (which is I assume where the Surface is trying to fit). All you need is a decent display, keyboard and mouse, plus some low bandwidth connectivity, and you're all set. And you don't need $1,000 or Windows 8 to get there.

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4K vs OLED: and the winner is...

TaabuTheCat
Unhappy

Exactly

Give us 4K TV and the cable companies will just find a way to compress the hell out of it like they do the 1080p stuff, to the point where all you'll be able to see with more clarity are the artifacts.

I wonder how many people have seen uncompressed 1080p content (other than by viewing a Blu-Ray) on a decent set? Bet they'd really be surprised just how good the quality can be when you don't screw with it so you can offer more shopping channels.

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

TaabuTheCat
Happy

Re: Sony Cdp101

"Dous Anybody Know what the Blue Ribbon Socket on the Back was For ????"

Not sure. The connector is labeled "Accessory Connector" but I don't recall what the plan was was for that port. I'll have to see if I can dig out the instruction manual.

BTW, I still have my CDP-101 and 30 years later it still works!

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It's not just crap PC sales: Dell's storage revs are also slipping

TaabuTheCat
Unhappy

Equallogic... the good old days.

As a really long-time Equallogic customer (all the way back to the PS100), I can tell you Dell has lost the plot on storage for guys like me. For what they are offering (slow spinning disk) their pricing is ridiculous, and they've stood by and watched as others have innovated, the way they used to.

Went to a Nimble presentation a couple of months ago and all I could think of was "Wow, this reminds me of Equallogic 10 years ago." So sad to see it end like this. Something about big companies buying small, innovative companies and then sucking all the life out of them... What a shame. I know I won't be buying any more of their gear unless something changes radically, which I doubt can happen.

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Merde! French Prez palace blueprints nicked from cable layer

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Coat

It's France.... "Encryption" is for the dead.

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RIM: We can't flog phones, would you like our nuke plant OS instead?

TaabuTheCat

Re: How times change

"If, back in 2002, you told someone that Nokia and Blackberry would be dying..."

Which is why Warren Buffet won't invest in any of this stuff.

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'Apple is corrupting App Store downloads', warn angry devs

TaabuTheCat

GMC

Talk to Good Technology about this. They went through a week of hell starting June 20 trying to get their Good Mobile Control app re-published after a corrupted update. I was getting email from them every four hours with status reports about how they were trying to get Apple to republish the app to fix the problem, which they finally succeeded in three days later. In the mean time the app wasn't available at all - not even the older working version.

What was interesting was how they tested the fix. They only released the app in one country (Poland), and then slowly released it to other countries as users were able to download and install without any issues.

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