* Posts by DerekCurrie

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PC sales dip below 2009 levels, with Japanese sales off 44 per cent

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From Apple's 2015 First Quarter Results statement:

"The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone® and Mac® sales as well as record performance of the App Store℠."

According to MacRumors.com:

"Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the quarter, up from 51 million a year earlier, while Mac sales were also strong with 5.5 million units sold, up from 4.8 million units in the year-ago quarter."

That's over 14% growth in Mac sales for the quarter year over year.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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#MySmartGovernment

I don't get to say that often! Thank you #MySmartGovernment.

China: Criminal Nation. Boohoo to yoo.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Designed by Apple; Sold by Samsung

What would Samsung be selling today with Apple? Seriously!

If you don't care, oops wrong answer.

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US Senate to probe the Obama-Google love-in

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ANY Action To Cut The Corporate Oligarchy Puppet Strings...

... Is great with me!

I don't care who the corporation is. Hands Off My Government! We The People run the US government. Not corporate overlords.

If I had my way, every corporate lobbyist would be burned (to medium rare) at the stake, then fed to the pigs. Then what a feast we would have! - - Only barely kidding. :-P

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Carry On TrueCrypt Forks!

Carry on. Privacy will always be a human right.

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Take a deep breath, Apple: Europe snaps on gloves for vigorous iTunes stream pat-down

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"The Cupertino idiot-tax operation"...

... is an opinion TOO easy to bomb into oblivion. I can only laugh at willful ignorance. Enjoy your bliss Shaun. I'm willing to be I'm more blissful with my Apple gear.

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

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"The bending epidemic that beset Apple's latest iPhone models..."

Actually, if you check out the video made by Consumer Reports, you'll find that 'BendGate' was a forced/fake/phony 'epidemic'. The pressure required to actually bend the iPhone 6 Plus, the actual target of 'BendGate', is considerable. It is more than that required to bend a number of OTHER phones. This 'epidemic' would be better described as invented paranoia of highly questionable sincerity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0-3fIs2jQs

That Samsung and HTC 'phablets' are 'bendable' is old news.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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:-P Pththththth!

We are left to fend for ourselves against surveillance of our lives by others without our permission.

But seriously, few of the corporate oligarchs gave a rat's about our wishes, making 'Do Not Track' pretty much a sad joke.

Fight back by investigating all the ECMAScript (Javascript) and cookie control applications/plugins/addons/extenstions that we can use while surfing the net. I have a battery of them and enjoy the lovely privacy they maintain, according to MY wishes. :-D

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Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire

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It's All About China Surveilling And Manipulating Its Citizens

In light of the Chinese government's disapproval of all things encryption and private, the desperate invocation of Godwin's Law is no surprise whatsoever.

China: If you want Android, you can have it! It's the single LEAST secure OS available today, beating out awful Windows. You want your devices PWNed? All your's. You want your government tracking your every move? You got it. You want to support a mobile platform that compromises your human rights, rips-off and stifles the creativity of other technologies? Have at it.

As usual, I call you what you are: China, Criminal Nation. Revolt and make China sane again.

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Analyst dons Tim Cook mask, thinks: Glass went well for Google. Let's do that, too

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Google Glass Gaffe ≠ Apple Aping

Rather than ridicule Gene Munster's silly assertions, I think I'll move along to the next...

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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If Cortana in Windows 10 Tech Preview Is Any Measure...

... of how well it's going to work on iOS, Siri has no worries. Rarely could I get Cortana to get its act together on the most recent beta of Windows 10 Technical Preview. If often outright FAILed, even if it accurately detected what I said. It has a penchant for keeping what you said the last time you asked it a question, then answer that instead of what you just asked it. I'd estimate that it actually works maybe 20% of the time with a decent microphone in a silent, low reverberation room.

Please do better Microsoft. It would be great to have better competition and progress in this field.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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So Lockheed...

When are you going to build me my portable EMP blaster? I'm willing to bet it will stop a truck a lot faster than your laser blaster! I'm waiting...

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BILLION email address spam scam: Feds collar two blokes, hunt another

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My Favorite Way To Fight The Spamrats:

SpamCop

https://www.spamcop.net

It's one reason I get nearly zero spam. I've been a paying contributor since 1998 and the spamrats hate my guts. <3 <3 <3

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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BRAVO!

"...We don't need to copy the methods of those we spent most of the 20th Century fighting against. You cannot save freedom by destroying it."

EXACTLY. Don't fall for the foolishness and deceit kids. Otherwise the terrorists WIN! Totalitarian World is exactly what they want. Dimwit politicians and security maniacs are happy to oblige. :-P

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Symantec: Corporate divorce starts on April Fool's Day

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Next Step: Break up the WHOLE of Symantec and good riddance

It's hard for me to imagine a more arrogant, detrimental, unreliable, annoying company than Symantec. Why anyone still uses their wares is beyond my comprehension. I'd dearly love to watch them broken up and sold off for parts to the rest of the software security industry.

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He can't give it away FAST ENOUGH: Bill Gates richest man in world again

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...On the backs of Windows and Office victims

Ill gotten goods.

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Carriers want 5G to do everything, for anything, anywhere

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Big Hint: Implement 4G First!

FACT: The world has NOT yet implemented the actual, real, published 4G standard yet!

Considering this shameful fact, why is anyone bothering with 5G? It's good marketing hype! That's the same reason we have a FAKE '4G', actual 3G standard running across the world at this point in time. It was good marketing hype to call what is actually high end 3G '4G'. This is what Marketing Morons do for a living.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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We Need An Orbital Hoover

"Space Junk Threat Demands Immediate Action, Experts Say"

http://www.space.com/20832-space-junk-cleanup-needed.html

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Samsung in second SSD slowdown SNAFU

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Concept: Just Don't Buy Samsung

Why would any of this surprise anyone? You want cheap knockoff junkware? You buy Samsung. You suffer the consequences. Been there, done that. Hated it.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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There's Nowhere To Go

We still have no indication that life has ever started anywhere else in the universe. We speculate otherwise, but what's that worth?

Therefore, I find Dr. Hawking's assertion to be silly.

What in the short term WOULD help humanity survive here on miracle planet Earth, our only home? We must to control our population, that simple, that difficult. Gradually cutting our current population in half is a brilliant initial goal. NOT talking about or acting on cutting human population is a great way to drive us to extinction. That dirt simple!

Dealing with our self-destructive tendencies is going to talk a lot longer to solve. But hope springs eternal. If only religious issues didn't get in the way of human harmony. There's a huge problem to solve.

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Gullible Apple users targeted by bogus order cancellation scam

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Phishing Apple Users Is Nothing New

Another day, another phishing scam. I've turned in two Apple user phishing scams over the past month to both Apple and SpamCop.net. My pleasure. I've collected samples of several other Apple user phishing scams over the past seven years.

Expect phishing.

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Show me the money, America! It's time to learn how to pronounce 'Xiaomi'

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Brand X Is Here!

zzzzz

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

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Another URL For This Masterpiece Of Propaganda:

If you, like I, are running into trouble playing this article's video on our glorious Internet that inexorably flows its way to the sea of great knowledge and wisdom, try the alternative URL below. Don't forget your barf bag:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0KH8Dn4dyo

The supine and infectionous (sic) lyrics are posted below the video for your English translational enjoyment.

:-Q*****

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Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

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Another URL For This Masterpiece Of Propaganda:

If you, like I, are running into trouble playing this article's video on our glorious Internet that inexorably flows its way to the sea of great knowledge and wisdom, try the alternative URL below. Don't forget your barf bag:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0KH8Dn4dyo

The supine and infectionous (sic) lyrics are posted below the video for your English translational enjoyment.

:-Q*****

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Another Lesson In How To Abuse Your Customers, Brought To You By Samsung

The Spirit of the Age of bad biznizz is consistently demonstrated by Samsung. Abuse Thy Customer. Samsung is going to be one of the poster children of this age, teaching the world how to destroy a company from the inside by hating on their customers.

Well done Samsung. The ages will remember you... as screwing yourself into oblivion. :-P

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Gleeful Apple and Microsoft bathe in bathfuls of debt

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Paying Back Bond Interest Is Cheaper Than The USA's Foreign-Made Profits Tax

Such is the current insanity of #MyStupidGovernment that one sector of its two equally illogical political factions demands that US companies pay approximately 38% in taxes on foreign made profits. This is why so many US companies refuse to bring that profit into the USA and find ways to keep it out. One strategy for actually making that foreign cash available to these US companies is to sell debt for cheap prices. It seems like a scheme cooked up in an insane asylum, but it means companies like Apple and MS are paying out an interest rate on their bonds that is dramatically cheaper that the barrier tax imposed in the USA and get to use the foreign-made profit money as they choose.

Just don't ask me to explain beyond this superficial detail. Ask a CFO, CPA or investment banker.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Guaranteed: Silver Tarnishes. Oh Noz.

If it's digital, the data either gets through to your device or it doesn't. Any standard Cat 5 or Cat 6 Ethernet cable is going to do a brilliant job getting the data through to your device.

So what's all the clap-trap for? It's for people who are never going to comprehend what digital data means. The left behind. The technophobic. The new suckers.

I remember this exact sort of consumer abuse from the likes of Monster® Products ad nauseam and their outrageously priced HDMI cables at $100 a pop, bringing digital data to your digital TV just as accurately as any other HDMI cable, like that one for $9 or less available on the Internet.

'Abuse Thy Customer' continues to be the spirit of the biznizz age. I greatly admire all companies that kick that spirit out of their company cultures and insists upon treating their customers as collaborators and valued assets. I also admire any customer who kicks abusive companies out of their lives.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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RadioShack: A case of suicide

RadioShack shot itself in the head many times over many years. Die already.

- Worthless minimum wage staff of know-nothings.

- That staff not bothering to care that they're know-nothings.

- Using their know-nothing skills to push utter crap on their customers.

- Crap product selection at gouge prices, even after you've avoided the know-nothings.

The result of this apparent hatred of their customers as a corporation is, as per usual, retribution and avoidance. I hate the place, and I LOVE gadgetry. If only there was a great, sane and helpful place around me for my local gadgetry needs. RadioShack hasn't been it for decades. Die already!

And some smart company replace them with something FAR better.

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What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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The Absurdity

"...leading to Chinese government concerns that the kit may be used to spy on Chinese users"

Yeah right. China wants to backdoor all software so their Chinese users aren't spied on. What's really going on, of course, is that China wants to spy on its own Chinese users. What a dump.

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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Flash 16.0.0.268 is the current patched version.

I'm pointing this out because language in the article would lead casual readers to believe that:

"The vulnerability affected Flash Player versions up to 15.0.0.223 and the latest 16.0.0.257."

When in fact that latest is now 16.0.0.268, which hopefully patched the vulnerability.

Adobe:

Flash BAD!

Speed of response GOOD!

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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We already know Samsung's in trouble

It's simply too easy to knock this knockoff from the hype pedestal. *yawn*

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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

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Inventing the IP ≠ Being The Bully

Inventing the IP ≠ Being The Bully.

Inventing the IP = You own it. You protect it.

What exactly are Android devices if not a ripoff of Apple invented IP?

Why exactly is ripped off Apple invented IP called 'competition' against Apple? It's plagiarism.

Copycats are the bullies. They stole your IP, no lunch for you.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jh_l9yvNbzU/TWm2ejjkjSI/AAAAAAAAATA/qWUp-_gJzmw/s640/copycat.jpg

"COPY CAT SAYS:

when you copy

you stop creating

when you stop creating

you stop imagining

when you stop imagining

you become ordinary

when you become ordinary

you need to copy...

see the problem?"

[ShopJustLovelyThings.com]

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

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The Thought Police

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Police

"It is the job of the Thought Police to uncover and punish thoughtcrime and thought-criminals. They use psychology and omnipresent surveillance (such as telescreens) to search, find, monitor and arrest members of society who could potentially challenge authority and status quo, even only by thought, hence the name Thought Police. They use terror and torture to achieve their ends."

- - As foreseen by George Orwell, circa 1949.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Bravo Ben!

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Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS

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"The company has the second-lowest customer satisfaction rating...

...among all television providers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. ®"

Who has the worst? Time Warner Cable, whom Comcast has been attempting to buy and merge over the past year. Two rat awful companies combined into one. What a brilliant idea not. :-P

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Gobbledygook In Real Time

Using Google Translation Tools for German, let alone Japanese, provides a mess of barely comprehensible blether. Speeding this up into real time then forcing an artificial voice to say it is going to be THE GREATEST JOKE OF 2015! I can hardly wait.

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Symantec wins spot on OpenStack Foundation board

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I don't want to belong to any club...

... that will accept Symantec as a member. Vile.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Artificial Insanity

We remain a looooong way from actual artificial intelligence. And looking at the behavior of our species, we know very well that what we great godz of mecha would create would be artificial insanity.

The key to dealing with whatever we egotistically call 'Artificial Intelligence' is to remember that it must never be anything more that a TOOL. Once one's creations are enabled to become more than a tool, we've screwed up.

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IBM hastens END OF HUMANITY with teachable AI 'brain'

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What's called "AI" These Days Continues To Be Lame...

... But little steps at a time is what it takes, as opposed to the BOMBASTIC and silly predictions of AI progress we're used to in very silly books on the subject.

Just remember kids: Computers are TOOLS. As soon as you attempt to make these machines more than a tool, you've totally screwed up. No one is going to like the result, except of course the weak egoed scienterrificists who insist upon leaping into the wrong place to go in search of self-esteem. :-P

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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If Only Google Paid Better Attention To Android Security

Q: What mobile OS has the most malware by orders of magnitude beyond all others?

A: Android.

So is the Google security initiative simply a smokescreen to hide Google's guilt in not adequately securing Android, turning it into the equivalent of Windows on mobile devices? I say YES.

I applaud Google for finding security flaws in everyone else's software. Now how about THEIR OWN??? Hmm?

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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

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Whose worst nightmare? Samsung's! Not Apple's.

When the Chinese in general come out of their communist creativity coma, maybe they'll actually invent and innovate. Until then, it's the cheap knockoff wannabe companies that will be competing in the low end of the market with Chinese companies. That means Samsung, as opposed to actually inventive and innovative Apple. :-D

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Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!

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How many companies sell styluses for iOS devices?

What's the big deal here? Apple isn't selling THEIR OWN styluses for iOS devices, therefore they don't like them? Rubbish.

Apple wants to make a special function stylus of their own? Yes. And the big deal is what?

Can we stop being silly now please?

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

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How about REAL 4G First?

This is now so old and boring. We're being scammed by marketing.

1) "4G" out in public is just a marketing term for high end actual 3G technology.

2) REAL 4G is called 'LTE Advanced' and isn't available anywhere yet. Apparently, the companies are too lazy to implement it, having gotten away with the fake 4G marketing scam.

3) ALL the chatter about "5G" is just more marketing scam. It's only a proposal. It doesn't exist. How about REAL 4G first? Or maybe the marketing morons are going to call REAL 4G "5G". Utter silliness.

Just make cell phone technology WORK and make it FASTER already. Sheesh. :-P

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Confused about 5G? So are we, say carriers

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*Snore* - We require REAL 4G before bothering with this '5G' marketing rubbish

This is getting old and boring. '4G', as used in the industry today, is merely a marketing term. There is no for-realz 4G available on the planet so far. I'm not going to bother with a lecture on the subject. If you care, you can read about the situation here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

http://www.qualcomm.com/solutions/wireless-networks/technologies/lte-advanced

Watch for the term 'LTE Advanced' as a heralding in of real 4G. Meanwhile this "5G" thing is, depending upon who's talking about it, either baloney solely for the purpose of hype, or a wish list for next-decade mobile. Not gonna happen very soon!

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Google App Engine has THIRTY flaws, says researcher

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It's Oracle Java: Of course it's going to be riddled with security holes!

Oracle utterly destroyed Java sandboxing years ago. Java is now the single most dangerous software to run over the Internet, no matter what platform. Just don't use Internet Java and end the madness.

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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AI: Artificial Insanity

Humanity is bound and determined to self-destruct itself already. Artificial Insanity, the inevitable product of our efforts to reproduce our minds using computer technology, will be just a blip as we bury ourselves in our last dark age, already begun.

At least Dr. Hawking clearly pointed out a prime source of our growing real insanity: The anti-privacy, anti-citizen cult of paranoia government surveillance oligarchy. There's some real terrorism. :-P

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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ClamXav Does Offer Real-Time Protection...

...If you download the free version available from the ClamXav website (linked in the article). Only the Apple App Store version does not have real-time protection.

The feature is called 'Sentry' and is available via the ClamXav Preferences. You can add any folder to the Sentry monitoring list. You an have Sentry scan any disk as it is connected to your Mac. You can have Sentry automatically start when you log into your Mac. It can detect and quarantine infected files. I use Sentry to automatically scan any file that arrives into my Downloads folder.

ClamXav can also be set to automatically scan your email content for both malware and phishing attempts.

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IBM and Ericsson plot to deploy 5G. Never mind that it doesn't exist

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While we wait for 5G, how about some REAL 4G?! Hmm?

"4G" is abused rhetoric for high end 3G. There is NO REAL 4G available on the planet right now. Why that is the case is beyond my comprehension. But that is the state of affairs. It's a finished protocol with available hardware for deployment, but NOBODY bothers. Instead we're stuck with this foisted fake term called "4G" (and hilariously, even "4.5G") that is NOT 4G. It's just an 'approved' marketing term for improved 3G. Only a marketing moron could make sense of this state of affairs.

If you'd like to learn what REAL 4G is supposed to be all about, below are a couple resources. Watch for the term 'LTE Advanced':

4G [Wikipedia]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

Progress on LTE Advanced - The future 4G standard [From 2008!!!]

http://www.nomor.de/home/technology/white-papers/progress-on-lte-advanced---the-future-4g-standard

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Why Are Apple DOOM Analysts Worth Quoting?

Beats me! Here we go yet again.

Apple DOOM rhetoric has been so prolific over the course of time that there's even a dedicated documentation web page. Enjoy and laugh:

Apple Death Knell Counter

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/death_knell/

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

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Who needs a new 'law' when it's already written into the US CONSTITUTION?!

"...the US Senate killed off a proposed law that would have restricted some of the NSA's intelligence gathering on Americans"

This was a total BS congressional manoeuvre that is entirely irrelevant. Here's why:

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

IOW: All Congress did was admit that they're constitutional ILLITERATES. The NSA's broad collection of US citizen data within the USA is unconstitutional. What the US Congress is supposed to do in response is SHUT DOWN the NSA's unconstitutional behavior. That requires NO new law.

Worthless US Congress, Red or Blue.

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'Chinese hackers' pop US weather bureau, flatten forecast feeds

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Yeah but, this is a RE-hacking

After 9 years of every US federal Windows box exposed to the Internet being hacked by the Chinese, the feds finally admitted what had happened in 2007. This is NOT the first time NOAA has been hacked. I doubt it will be the last. #MyStupidGovernment in action.

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