* Posts by DerekCurrie

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Entirely PREDICTABLE!

We knew the IoT was a security leak infested mess over a year ago. SURPRISE! The IoT really really really is a mess of security holes.

NOT ready for prime time. Shame on you Samsung and all the other upcoming IoT security hole vendors yet to be revealed. You made the IoT dangerous. Good gawd, how predictable. (o_0)

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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Déjà vu much?

The usual human lesson: Act like a sheep and you're dinner. Act like a wolf, and the attacking wolves will back down. (o_0)

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) IS THE PROBLEM!

I'd personally like the The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to be KILLED OFF and started again entirely from scratch. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is INCOMPETENT, SLOW, UNDER-STAFFED and UNDER-FUNDED. They are A DETRIMENT TO THE USA and THE WORLD.

Kill The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

How is it that NOW, after all this debacle, the USPTO gets around to figuring out there's prior art regarding a patent THEY approved? To hell with this worthless agency. START AGAIN and DO IT RIGHT THIS TIME.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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There's nothing 'smartie' about using Android anything these days

Google has allowed Android to become a catastrophic mess of bad security. At the moment, Android users are literally guaranteed to be attacked via, now 7 (SEVEN), Stagefright attacks on their Android devices. EVERY version of Android since 2010 is affected. It is strongly suspected that there will be MORE Stagefright exploits discovered as the weeks go by. Meanwhile, Google isn't going to even pretend to offer solutions until September. That's outrageous.

Get off the Android folks. It's bad for you. That's not a challenge or an invitation to argue. It's a fact.

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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Marketing-As-Management Strikes Again

Allowing people with marketing personalities to manage anything is akin to a deathwish. What was described from the NYT article sound precisely like Marketing-As-Management. It has killed or decimated many companies. I had to live through it at Eastman Kodak. The end result is obvious. Apple went through a Marketing-As-Management period, culminating in $1 Billion worth of Mac Performa computers rotting in warehouses because no one wanted them. It brought Apple to its knees.

People with actual, natural LEADERSHIP skills are required for management. Perhaps Mr. Bezos should consider not just the hiring people who are tech savvy, but people who actually understand now to work with and manage other people. Such people are ALSO gravely in short supply, sad to say.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Not Acceptable

Lenovo is already on the skids. What a great way to hammer home the idea of ignoring them next time buying a new PC is under consideration.

Way To Go LenovO! Just dive on into that grave.

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Enabling mass surveillance is blatantly unconstitutional.

"Children are being raped, citizens murdered, and lost souls trafficked for sex and the police can't do anything about it thanks to..."

...The TPP treaty. Right? No?

Oh, its the TOTALITARIANS back at it again, destroying The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

This issue actually has NOTHING AT ALL to do with companies like Apple and Google who very kindly respond to their customer's wishes and offer (somewhat) iron clad services to protect customer privacy. IOW, #MyStupidGovernment is going about this issue in the WRONG WAY. The Fourth Amendment is specific about serving warrants to INDIVIDUALS who are suspected of crime. Blanket surveillance of any US citizen communicating on US soil is blatantly ILLEGAL. But the FUD mongering surveillance totalitarians find that's far too much work. It's better to surveil ALL of us ALL THE TIME and have us 'trust' them to honor and respect out privacy. Except, they've already proven their traitorous attitude toward our constitutional right to privacy.

Therefore: BZZZT! Wrong US surveillance hounds! You've destroyed any trust we'll ever have in you. Handing blanket surveillance tools to you folks is not going to happen. So please cut the FUD foisting and get back to doing everything constitutionally, ONE suspect at a time. Leave mass surveillance via the business world out of it.

[Sorry to do the 'shout' caps, but I know of no way to do italics or bolding here at ®.]

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It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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35 CVEs patched in Adobe Flash and AIR

"Adobe has posted an update to fix 34 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in Flash Player."

Nope. 35 CVEs. I counted twice, just to be sure. Only two of them currently have descriptions up on Mitre.org. But Adobe provides a list of general problems and associated CVEs in their new Flash/AIR security bulletin:

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-19.html

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BlackBerry can't catch a break: Now it's fending off Jeep hacking claims

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Uconnect Uconnect Uconnect

Homework Hints:

http://www.driveuconnect.com

https://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/07/25/how-to-update-secure-vulnerable-chrysler-uconnect-video/

IOW: Uconnect is specifically what has been implicated in this latest IoT security mess.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Big Sister

This issue is NOT about companies that offer encryption. It is entirely about US citizens who chose in and of themselves to use privacy tools, such as encryption. It's all about US citizens applying their rights provided in the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

The end.

Pestering third parties to spy on US citizens on US soil without an actual legal warrant as specified by the US Constitution is, simply, unconstitutional. And NO, blanket FISA court warrants are NOT constitutional no matter which way you contort the subject.

Non-US citizens: They're entirely fair game. Communication of US citizens outside of the USA: That's entirely fair game.

Question: Why is the world of humans in general desperately bent on playing out the '1984' scenario? Is it out of laziness on law enforcement's part. Obviously, that's a factor. It's harder to follow the law themselves. But there's also the constant question of whether citizens or their elected government actually runs any single country. The actual answer is that the CITIZENS run everything and the government is merely a representative servant. Nonetheless, there are obviously some people, who think somewhere within the psychopathic scale, who want flip it all upside down and make the government to rule the people. That can only be done in this day and age via massive citizen surveillance, aka TOTALITARIANISM. No to that! Sorry Big Sister.

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Another death in Apple's 'Mordor' – its Foxconn Chinese assembly plant

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So Apple. Are you ready to Get Out Of China yet?

I've been ranting at Apple to Get Out Of China for several years. Sadly, the current methods of doing 'business' in the world require dirt cheap labor with the best possible quality of workers. That apparently means Chinese labor. *sigh*

At least Apple demonstrates caring about their contracted cheap labor. It sure would be nice, by golly, if the insistent FUD Mongerers at The Register would pick on the many other companies that also hire Foxconn. But as we know, the price of fame is FUD. Kick 'em when they're up. Kick 'em when they're down. Nothing new for Apple.

Meanwhile, the business incentive for cheap labor continues unabated.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Yosemite: Also yuck, in its own special way

"And the quality of Apple’s platform has fallen to abysmal levels recently – Yosemite is buggy and inefficient, and forces me to work in ways I don’t want to work."

As an Apple fanatic and beta tester of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, I entirely AGREE! It's the first version of OS X I ever SKIPPED. I don't use it. The beta of 10.11 El Capitan is a bit more sane and enjoyable. I actually use it. So all is not lost.

And yes, I warned Apple about Yosemite's problem many times. Apparently, they didn't care. That really was a new low for Apple. But now they're appearing to perk up, having figured out just how much Yosemite is hated by the cognoscenti. :-P

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Pentagon email hacked, Russia already blamed

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So Pentagon: Is it because you need more money?

Hell no. What you need is to catch up with the 21st century and take computer security seriously. Why, with all your military industrial complex money-out-the-ears can't you keep your computer systems secure, encrypted (See! Encryption is good!) and out of the hacking tentacles of the rest of the world? It's not because you're entirely stupid. But when it comes to computer technology, part of your organization just failed the Computer Literacy Test for the modern era. #MyStupidGovernment continues to be a mantra in the USA, certainly from me.

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General Electric: Come here, cloud, and get in my IoT belly

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If GE make it...

... From at least my experience with GE products... It will be a ripoff and break immediately after the warranty runs out. And if you're looking for security, start snickering now. Or so say I.

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STOP! You – away from the keyboard. There's no free speech in our China

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FREE SPEECH CRIMES!

And we thought '1984' was only for fascists.

Totalitarianism is a universal crime against humanity, no matter the political bent.

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Re: Re Silverlight

Microsoft has made it thoroughly clear that no one should be using Silverlight henceforth. Why anyone is still using it is beyond comprehension. The alternatives are here and working. Silverlight is dead tech. So bury it already.

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Re: ASAP Patching Wins Again

Oh and let's kill Adobe Flash and Oracle Java over the Internet ASAP as well. They are wide open gateways to security exploitations, despite all the rhetoric to the contrary. Just end them. Superior replacements are either already here or require coding by security minded developers; Therefore, not coded by Adobe or Oracle. I think we can manage that.

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ASAP Patching Wins Again

The bizarro alternative to ASAP patching has been the ridiculous 'Second Tuesday Of The Month' ritual that is apparently supposed to placate lazy IT 'professionals' who want a predictable day when all the security changes are going to hit them. I've had people blether until they're blue about how this is supposed to be a great idea. And yet, consistently and repeatedly it has been proven to be the dangerous alternative to the only logical choice: ASAP patching.

There is no argument. ASAP patching is the responsible requirement of the software industry. Therefore, let's at last kill off the ritual patching days, be realistic and stay that way. Otherwise, the security exploit rats could not be more grateful. They're lazy as well and love it when they can count on that one day of the month when their coffers will be filled again, nailing the unpatched masses with attacks. Keeping them on their toes like the rest of us are forced to be, zero-day by zero-day, is the last thing they want as well.

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Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug

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The Plug Is Already On The Floor

Someone believes Windows RT has any future? They're not paying attention.

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Apple's chip'n'firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

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If Apple's Obsessive Compulsive Security Mandates Pay Off...

.. Then Apple will effectively RULE the Internet of Things. So far, the security in IOT devices has been almost utter crap, making the venture dangerous and detrimental. Bravo if Apple can pull this off! Grin and bear it through the bleeding edge everyone. (^_^)

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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

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Wait. What? Use security code from the NSA? No way!

Don't we learn from the past? The NSA has deliberately and consistently dumped compromised and back-doored code on its victims. We want more of the same? I don't think so.

Report: NSA paid RSA to make flawed crypto algorithm the default

The NSA apparently paid RSA $10M to use Dual EC random number generator.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/12/report-nsa-paid-rsa-to-make-flawed-crypto-algorithm-the-default/

How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last

"Equation Group" ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/how-omnipotent-hackers-tied-to-the-nsa-hid-for-14-years-and-were-found-at-last/

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Boondoggle

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boondoggle

"A wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft"

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Boondoggle&defid=524749

1.- An unnecessary or wasteful project or activity.

2.- A hopeless Case

3.- Some sort of deformed toy made from parts of other different toys

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US OPM boss quits after hackers stole chapter and verse on 21.5m Americans' lives

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Encryption Expert Required

Inquire OPM, US federal government

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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But so sad for the rest of the ocean

Coral bleaching. Decades old. The first blatant sign that we humans had ruined the oceans. But it couldn't be our fault! It must be el niño events of overheating the oceans. Oh darn, we forgot to measure the pH as well as temperature. Darn, we've acidified the oceans so incredibly badly that coral can no longer survive. It can't fix calcium carbonate out of the water any longer. We forgot all about that chemical equilibrium between CO2 and carbonic acid.

Oh and then there's that swirling sea of plastic waste building up in the Pacific. We humans really are such selfish slobs.

Sorry optimistic scientists, but nice as the phytoplankton may have it in the future, we've already devastated vast ocean environments and ecologies. Feeling all good about the phytoplankton negates nothing regarding what we've already ruined of the ocean's future, with more selfish slobbiness to come...

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Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

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The Opposite Of Sensible Or Fair

"Chicago residents who prefer to download their music rather than stream it, on the other hand, are in luck: the change to the tax law doesn't apply to them."

Resulting Incentive: Torrent media downloads and avoid the tax. IOW: Crime. How Chicago of Chicago.

Obviously, this breaks real Net Neutrality as well.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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Prototype, Prototype, Prototype

Maybe the problem here is that Google has never bothered to go beyond their initial prototype. Is this ugly little 'self-driving car' merely a hype machine for Google. I say YES.

Look elsewhere for real self-driving cars.

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OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

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China has been hacking the US federal government since 1998...

... And NOW #MyStupidGovernment figures out this is a crisis.

(O_o) (o_O) -- "Uh, I think maybe this is bad"

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Chrome on Mac sucks (electrons), says Google, so we'll fix it

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Dear Google: How about protecting batteries AND security at the same time!

Dump Adobe Flash. That would solve a whopping huge source of battery drain AND remove one of the two worse sources of malware on the Internet.

Banning Oracle's Java from Chromium would be the other great security idea.

Google, if you're REALLY serious about security, you know what to do. If you're not, it's status quo.

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

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There's no such thing as an adequate Bluetooth speaker

I expect Apple is working on a simple, reliable wireless speaker that does NOT use lousy old Bluetooth. There is no such thing as an adequate Bluetooth speaker, specifically because the bandwidth is inadequate to provide the full spectrum of human audible sound AND the working distance from speaker to source is idiotically small. Would that Bluetooth had been better designed from the start. Meanwhile, we're on rev 4 and its still primitive.

WiFi speakers! There we go.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Best Wishes for Music, but...

...Why did Apple have to subject us to one of the most messed up presentations EVER in order to announce it?! Awful. Only The Weekend's performance at the end saved it.

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Time Warner CFO Artie Minson quits to join babble-filled upstart

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That's One Down...

...The rest of TWC's executive staff to go.

TWC has the worst customer relations in the cable service business. This self-destructive behavior requires, IMHO, that their entire corporate culture be halted and reoriented to both serving their customers and treating their customer base as collaborators, not enemies worthy of abuse and deceit.

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Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

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Re: Optical Networking?

"Wasn't that the plan originally way back when, Intel were pushing optical fibre cables as a new Ethernet standard but due to the cost dropped the idea, so now they are back trying again?"

Intel's original intent was a cable technology called Light Peak. It had enormous 'gee whiz' appeal at the time, to the point of euphoria. But it wasn't realistic, at least at that time, to combine an optical cable with a wire cable. Optical provided fast data transfer over long lengths. But the wire cable was wanted for device control and transferring power to external devices. Despite the hyper-hype, Light Peak was killed off and a compromised called 'Thunderbolt' was created instead, an entirely wired solution with at least an improvement in speed.

Meanwhile, using optical for fast data transfer has remained useful. This new compromise again integrates the ability to use optical cable.

Here are a couple articles of interest. The first is about Light Peak from 2010:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3930/intel-light-peak-lighting-up-in-2011

The second article is about the resulting Thunderbolt compromise in 2011:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4194/intels-codename-lightpeak-launches-as-thunderbolt

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Security software's a booming market. Why is Symantec stumbling?

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Symantec Stumbling?

ExCeLLenT! That hateful, FUD and crudware mongering company can't be buried in the potter's grave of history fast enough.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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OS X & iOS Really?

I like Richard Stallman's insight and contribution to the conversation. But I'd like some documentation to accompany his charges that "MacOS snoops and shackles; iOS snoops, shackles, censors apps and has a backdoor."

Seeing as the majority of OS X is open source and capable of running a great many open source programs, he's speaking at cross purposes. I certainly agree that there's contention about Apple's vetting and filtering of many applications and the capabilities of those applications. I personally avoid downloading a Mac App Store version of an application if I can get it directly from the developer.

As for iOS and Mac snooping, huh? Not if you turn off feedback to Apple. An iOS backdoor? Not in recent versions.

As for calling iOS and Mac 'malware', what specific maladies do they induce into a computer? Considering the overall problem of bad memory management across the entire computer software spectrum, how about we give up on all of it and start again with a new programming language that never allows buffer overruns, ad nauseam? Call it anti-malware.

As for 'The Internet of Things', it has indeed turned out to be The Internet of Malware, one big botnet in the making. World PWNage. It you can't make your 'things' secure, then keep them OFF the net please.

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If IT isn’t careful, marketing will soon be telling us what to do

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Marketing-As-Management Is A Great Way To Kill A Company

There is a fundamental personality clash within business that, if allowed to fester, will destroy a company. It's the Producer personality, as found in IT, versus the Relator personality, as found in marketing. Never mix the two or you'll discover trouble.

IT Producer personalities find the Relator marketing folks to be annoying and out of touch with their version of 'reality'. They'd just as soon not have to deal with them, but they grudgingly will.

However, Relator marketing personalities will not tolerate IT Producer personalities whatsoever and will go out of their way to UNDERMINE them and destroy their work as well as the people themselves. If Relator marketing personalities are put in charge of a company, the creativity and innovation will rapidly come to a screeching halt. The IT Producer personalities will become demoralized, justifiably paranoid and will QUIT the company in order to retain a semblance of personal sanity. I've been there, done that, left the company.

Great examples:

Apple Inc. after Sculley took over. Notice how he alienated Producer personality Steve Jobs and inspired him to quit Apple. Notice how Apple immediately got back on course when their Marketing-As-Management was tossed out and Steve Jobs returned.

I personally watched this happen at Eastman Kodak. Not pretty. It drove me nuts while I was there. Kodak never recovered. Instead they went to pieces.

The same thing is happening at Sony right now. They have a Marketing-As-Management CEO and the prospects are dire.

Summary: Keep marketing folks doing marketing. If they move up into company management, run for your life. Sell your stock. Find an entrepreneurial company for a new and better job.

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We caught Chinese technology spies RED-HANDED, claims US government

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Typical Communist Regime: NO Incentive To Create. Only Incentive To Steal.

I never understand why these events aren't obvious and expected. Try as the do, throw as they will money at the problem, communist regimes and any other dire socialist systems all destroy the incentive to create or innovate. Without an incentive, people turn to crime. This is a constant through history. That's why I use the term China: Criminal Nation.

Dear China,

Dump your ridiculous communist government and join the creative world via a democratic, actual citizen driven government. (And NO, I'm not holding the current awful corporatocracy called the 'US government' up as any example to which to strive. Corporatocracy kills incentive in its own self-destructive way, the blithering idiots).

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Adjustments will be needed to manage the Macs piling up in your business

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Again: It takes 10x lower IT resources to maintain and manage Macs

Again: It has been a constant in the IT business that it takes 10x lower IT resources to maintain and manage Macs relative to Windows boxes. And yet dealing with Macs arriving in the workplace "is a time sink the IT department just doesn't need." Rubbish.

The only reason Macs are any problem to IT staff is that:

1) Macs are unfamiliar to them.

2) They're too staid and lazy to bother learning Mac technology.

3) They're afraid for their jobs, seeing as it takes 10x lower IT resources to maintain and manage Macs.

Get over it. Windows box market share is being replaced with Mac market share. And that's a GREAT thing.

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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

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It takes 10x lower IT resources to maintain and manage Macs

It has been a constant in the IT business that it takes 10x lower IT resources to maintain and manage Macs relative to Windows boxes. And yet dealing with Macs arriving in the workplace "is a time sink the IT department just doesn't need." Rubbish.

The only reason Macs are any problem to IT staff is that:

1) Macs are unfamiliar to them.

2) They're too staid and lazy to bother learning Mac technology.

3) They're afraid for their jobs, seeing as it takes 10x lower IT resources to maintain and manage Macs.

Get over it. Windows box market share is being replaced with Mac market share. And that's a GREAT thing.

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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There is a group of SEVERAL reasons...

...why we humans are managing to kill off the honeybees, our symbiotic friends upon whom we rely for our agriculture.

1) Maniacal use of several different applied pesticides, including neonicotinoids and glyphosates.

2) The Israeli bee virus, consistently and stupidly being imported by way of Australian bees used for industrial pollination.

3) Incredibly poor treatment of bees by the pollination industry, including literal starvation of nutrients during winter months. No, they don't live only on sugar, you dolts.

4) GMO plants with integrated pesticides. That was foolish!

5) Bee mites, a long standing problem we've barely attempted to solve.

6) Local fungi that infect bees and compromise their health.

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IOW: As long as we keep thinking there is ONE cause of the massive Apis mellifera die off, we will FAIL to stop this CATASTROPHE of human survival proportions. We have to grow up and learn to understand how nature works and how it doesn't work when we blunderingly interfere, our sad status quo. Then we can begin to work WITH nature to stop and prevent these catastrophes. Let's get to it!

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Disgusting

Insipid

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Like it or not: End to end encryption is the future

Silly NSA. Silly lawyers.

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Microsoft HoloLens or Hollow Lens? El Reg stares down cyber-specs' code

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No Holography In Evidence. It's More Of The Old 'Pepper's Ghost'.

In keeping with our ever increasingly annoying era of Bad Science, there is no holography in the HoloLens. Some marketing dweebs grabbed the term, abused it and glued it onto something tangentially related to actual holography. Here is some reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper's_ghost

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography

Shame on today's profusion of bad marketing. I'm reminded of enhanced 3G mobile phone technology being marketed as '4G' when in fact it is nearly impossible to find actual 4G technology anywhere in the world, despite it being a finished standard with available hardware. What's that about? Now the marketing whizzes are throwing around the concept of '5G', making everything go incoherent. (0_o)

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Just Return The Watch, Or Try On An Un-Tattooed LImb

This isn't a 'bug'. It is skin ink preventing Apple's pulse metering system from working properly. Actual skin without normal skin color transmission and reflection alteration is required. We know enough about how this system works, found under the watch against the skin, to know why skin ink would prevent it from working properly.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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The Big DAB Mess That Perfectly Serves No One

Knowing the outright POOR quality of iBiquity's fake 'HD' Radio in the USA, knowing it was a blatant SCAM pulled on the ignorant FCC, I checked out that nature of DAB in Norway. Here's what I found out as per the Wikipedia article on the subject:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Audio_Broadcasting

1) Standard DAB digital resolution is only 128 kbit/s via the MP2 standard. This is at least better than the worthless 25 kbit/s 'fallback' resolution of awful iBiquity's fake 'HD' Radio using FM. But DAB is still lossy compression that is noticeably of lower quality than any standard FM radio signal.

2) As per any digital radio standard, once you're beyond a threshold signal strength, the audio simply drops out. It's gone. In intermittent areas or areas of interference, the audio will break up in the usual way of streaming digital media. Despite hype to the contrary, radio listeners would rather listen to the fade out effects of an analog FM signal.

3) Europe sadly added to this mess by creating the upgraded DAB+ standard that is NOT backwards compatible with older DAB. This leaves all older DAB-only hardware as worthless junk.

Reading further into the specs only makes the DAB/DAB+ mess look worse.

If actual DAB is what Norway is choosing to use for their digital radio standard, they are making a GRAVE MISTAKE.

The USA mess that is iBiquity's fake 'HD' Radio can be read about here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_Radio

Concept: How about THE WORLD comes up with an actual SUPERIOR TO FM quality digital radio standard by booting out corporatocracy biznizz bozoz out of the conversation and instead serving THE CITIZENS what they want and deserve. That means no compromising of audio quality. No lossy compression. No compromised signal strength. No DRM rubbish. No having to pay royalties to some protocol owning corporation. And so forth.

If this concept is to become real, all the utter crap currently foisted on the world under the guise of 'digital radio' has got to first be tossed in the global dumpster, where it belongs.

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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*sigh* Another Reason To Block 'JavaScript' and Ads

I suspect I'm essentially safe from this attack as I use both ECMAScript ('JavaScript') and ad blockers in all my web browsers. But it makes me sad that blocking these methods of revenue gathering over the Internet has become all the more crucial for maintaining both privacy and security. That HMTL5 is implicated is particularly sad. So much for progress in Internet security. So much for making Internet advertising friendly and helpful. :-P

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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

DerekCurrie
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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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