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Kronos crims go retro, Apple builds cop portal, Swiss cheesed over Russian hack bid, etc

whoseyourdaddy

or, litigate because they believe $20 in royalties per phone to the company that invented their modems is excessive.

Nonetheless, I look at this as a positive first step as I've discovered when you invent activation locks, ICloud login phishing is the answer for resetting stolen handsets.

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DraftKings rides to court, asks to unmask 10 DDoS suspects

whoseyourdaddy

Re: SHOULD they be allowed to ?

"That would be a great case name through: Draft Kings vs. A Philips Hue Light Bulb."

Coffee deficit? Hue uses Zigbee through a Hue Bridge, which NAT shares my single Comcast TCP with all devices using my WiFi.

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Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute

whoseyourdaddy

Re: Oracle's reputation??

I'm all for helping someone with process and procedures until...

"Ok, you're in a real pickle without this patch you can only legally get directly from Oracle."

Only works if Oracle customers realize they can't get full service from Rimini.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

whoseyourdaddy

Re: God that’s ugly!

Seconded. Its round and garish for the sake of being garish and round.

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Oracle-botherer Rimini Street throws off credit shackles, plans 'aggressive' sales drive

whoseyourdaddy

Re: No such thing as bad publicity

"so perhaps they can write off the cost of the suit as marketing expenses."

Freetards will always want cheap access to Oracle software, patches, and app notes?

I have to side with Orrible on that one.

Have to make sure the legal payables always get paid on that one.

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Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade

whoseyourdaddy

Two groups of people I no longer have warm feelings towards.

I'm having more fun with this than I deserve.

If you have international customers, I get it. SAP has advantages.

Domestic US energy Utility (kindof important? Ok, really really really important...)

Why SAP?

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Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

whoseyourdaddy

So...

Android is the underlying OS?

You didn't buy a Dyson? That sucks in so many ways...

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Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

whoseyourdaddy

Oh, that's terrible....

Oh, it's them?

Right on! Carry on then...

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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

whoseyourdaddy

Ok, put it another way...

Who will ensure these standards are kept current if no one will pay for them?

Good luck on that.

(p.s. downvote me all you want, Freetards. You know I'm right.)

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Umm... I have a concern...

Your plug-in things have to conform to UL/IEC/CSA safety standards.

I hate that I've read more than a thousand pages.

I would never expect them to protect my safety if no one was expected to pay these private companies for writing, defending, and everything related to maintaining them.

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

whoseyourdaddy

First of all, MS Office products are where company-critical information converts to an email attachment so it can vanish forever.

Double for the codorker IQ test known as Powerpoints ("WTF is this? Couldn't be bothered to send me a PNG file?").

Since I hate meetings, Atlassian Confluence ranks up there with coffee as my best friend.

But, if I had a choice between meetings in a meeting space or my idiot coworkers holding a meeting I wasn't invited to, next to my cubicle....

Meetings for the win... O_o

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

whoseyourdaddy

"Which means you don't have the conversation you would have because its too much hassle to go to the meeting room with what you need to show the person, so it doesn't get done."

Do you have to be in a conference room? You have no hallways away from cubicles to have a long-ass discussion about stuff most people don't have the necessary background info to process?

I worked for a large company in San Diego who used to put more than 90% of their employees in private offices. It didn't help. People just talked louder.

Arguably, you're impromptu discussions that take longer than 3 minutes or so should be happening on the Wiki where business-critical information and ideas will be harder to lose (unless one of you opted to type up meeting notes after the discussion.)

Still, you're just being lazy and oblivious because *everyone* will use that excuse to talk about the World Cup or the NBA Finals in the middle of a cubicle farm.

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No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

whoseyourdaddy

Don't you 'droid victims have to keep buying newer handsets...

to get your security fixes?

Too soon?

I'll just grab my hat...

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Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm

whoseyourdaddy

"Apple Fanbois" or ignorant sheep?

Google for a Bloomberg/Businessweek article titled "Apple and Qualcomm's Billion-Dollar War OVER an $18 Part" and get back to us.

"Apple owns a fair chunk of LTE patents". Study the concept of "Standard Essential Patents" and get back to us. Those are the patents that Apple and Qualcomm must cross-license.

Non-SEP patents are exactly what's keeping Apple from a SOC.

But, by all means, go on then.

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Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

whoseyourdaddy

Re: Counterexample

I can’t help but think how much personal time I would have saved if every computer ecosystem had a walled garden.

Owning a Google phone, would be too much like my day job.

I just can’t have random happenings on my fondleslab. I own one too many hammers to fix it with.

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whoseyourdaddy

ugh. Its sooo obvious..

I'm aware of an app or two that Apple won't consider because they are intended to be offered for free.

Since apartments don't rent for free in Cupertino, not sure why anyone can complain about 30% considering what Apple gives developers to start with.

Since my life revolves around an iPhone (with the Qualcomm modem), this is one case I hope they prevail on. We all lose if they don't.

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Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

whoseyourdaddy

So you can compare crowds between them?

About 4 or 5 years ago, there's a shopping center on the north end of Seattle that may have the first Microsoft store, to great fanfare. But, after the live band went away, it's an X-box and Surface store.

I care about neither.

Still had to mail-order that box of MS-SQL developer...

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FCC commish gobbles Verizon's phone-locking BS, says it tastes great

whoseyourdaddy

Re: Verizon is already an undesirable phone company due to their high rates

VZ investors pay a lot for their spectrum and infastructure.

I have exactly two choices: the best network with the most spectrum coverage or the best in-your-face marketing group with annoying ringtones.

Don't even bother, T-Mobe...

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whoseyourdaddy

I thought all carriers shared a stolen handset list.

The carrier is shown in the upper left corner of your screen, including your lock screen. Am I the only one who's returned a phone to its owner on that information?

The only company that follows this is Verizon?

F*ck all the other carriers then, I'm sticking with Verizon!

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As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

whoseyourdaddy

Too late...

Still just can't shake "landfill android".

I'll be hoarding Qualcomm-inside iPhone7's that don't break if you drop them.

Thanks, Cupertino Assholes who make phones that sometimes don't suck.

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Qualcomm tells Broadcom: Pfffft! $103bn? You insult the very core of our cores

whoseyourdaddy

"Apple stops using them?"

Unless you start expecting late-generation iPods from them, its called patent infringement.

What do you call an iPhone with Intel Inside?

Cheaper.. Which is why the Apple store carries Qualcomm versions of the phone.

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

whoseyourdaddy

Have a software vendor who struggles with MSFT CRM on a regular basis.

But this might be tolerable compared to a situation (N-2 employer) where borking your password locks you out. If it's after 2PM, you may as well head to the bars because the IT department is on the other coast and won't arrive until 5AM.

Yaay!

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Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

whoseyourdaddy

Re: Could be....

Antitrust. Never happen.

Where do you think 'droids would get their chips from?

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

whoseyourdaddy

So, this is why I keep renting keyless cars

and the rental company gives me *two* keyfobs securely fastened together. Not sure if they want to charge me $500 to replace them, don't want to find two keys if they rent this 4-door to a family, or believe that the bulge in my trousers will reduce the chance I will lose them.

But, but.. it's just me...

Beats the one Nissan experience I had near Palm Springs. That AC works well enough to put a big crack across the windshield.

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What just trousered a $4.5bn profit, has glum desktop chip sales, and rhymes with go to hell?

whoseyourdaddy

Oh, fsck.

I go out of my way to avoid paying Cupertino prices for Iphones with Intel modems, now I have to worry about cars?

Sigh.

I have to sign with T-Mobile? Ok, thanks for your time... Bye!

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Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found

whoseyourdaddy

Google not developing their own mobile chipset?

Whatever helps you sleep at night...

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

whoseyourdaddy

"It would be really interesting to see Apple release Mac OS to OEMs"

The requirement that Windows OS be open and run on all OEM hardware is exactly why Apple (who doesn't waste time with such things) comes out ahead.

One small number of hardware platforms to deal with.

leads to more time adding sexy features, less time figuring out why it no longer works on *that* hardware.

why share if it actually works against you?

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Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

whoseyourdaddy

Re: Translation...

"I have always either worked or lived in a place void of a decent signal."

For the record, I have Verizon. Don't drop calls but have LTE dead zones.

My co-workers have AWE and drop calls if they stand up from their cubicles at work or are on the wrong side of my apartment building.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

whoseyourdaddy

Need to come up with an automated way to implement something like this:

https://www.battelle.org/government-offerings/national-security/aerospace-systems/counter-UAS-technologies/dronedefender

https://www.droneshield.com/dronegun

Can I include a wood chipper with the order?

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whoseyourdaddy

Re: How is it different

"And that knowledge helped US Airways flight 1549 exactly how ?"

Don't be an idiot.

If a turbine blade breaks off, which is guaranteed if a solid object enters an engine during operation, you don't want blade chunks puncturing the side of the aircraft at supersonic speeds.

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whoseyourdaddy

Re: How is it different

We have videos of dead birds being tossed into jet engines to make sure the spectacular failure doesn't take out the entire plane.

They could run the same test with drones, but they don't. Obviously, drones shouldn't be anywhere within a mile of an airport in the first place.

Act of terrorism?

Possibly.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

whoseyourdaddy

The batteries failed. This happens when someone cut corners to get product out.

But, they didn't short out and catch on fire.

Not the same thing as Samsung.

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whoseyourdaddy

"Huh? What's wrong with a Samsung? Mine flips open just fine without the need to recharge"

About a decade ago, two Samsung flip-phones failed inside the 2-year contract due to the cheapest PMIC chip available that caused me to switch to Apple.

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SanDisk man tipped off his family to Fusion-io fusion, bagged $220k in share snatch – says SEC

whoseyourdaddy

Re: desperation

We are repeatedly told not to tell spouses or family members or friends or, are you stupid?: the press.

Still leaks out and discussed endlessly on stock chat boards.

Daytraders suck.

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Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

whoseyourdaddy

Re: Raking it in?

Apparently, they are paid about 900K (2.7m/3) per day to provide the service and they were down for three days.

Seems appropriate to me.

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

whoseyourdaddy

Apple never used the Qualcomm QTR8600 chip that had the FM radio.

They used the RTR8600 chip, which couldn't have FM radio, or the audio codec needed to complete the system.

While 'droids and everyone else used the QTR8600 years back, there's no guarantee anyone connected the FM radio pin on the chip.

I'm proud to say the only time I've listened to FM radio in the past 15 years was when I was in a random rental car and pushed the wrong button. So, Clearchannel and Sinclair can focus on billboards.

But, those who can, do. Those who can't, lead the FCC.

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whoseyourdaddy

Re: Google says that...

"Do they contain an FM receiver? Yes"

Not physically possible.

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If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

whoseyourdaddy

Re: (Easily) Replaceable batteries FTW

Preventing overheating, shorts, and accidental puncture adds bulk, cost and weight. Or, you could invent a phone that runs on a hearing-aid battery (basically, a piece of cardboard).

Those cells are too small to do anything exciting.

Wherever you go, some idiot will jam his car keys into the same pocket as a battery and sit down, puncturing the battery or deforming the case and shorting out the protection electronics *that* *must* *be* *in* *the* *pack*.

A worldwide news event and hysteria ensues, the TSA warns you against carrying this phone model anywhere on an aircraft. Just because his pants caught on fire while he was highway driving, dooming that phone to obscurity for being "unsafe".

Removable batteries put you in the granny-panties league. Good luck on that.

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whoseyourdaddy

After I clean my glasses, I wipe my 7+ off with the alcohol wipe. Looks like new, thanks to the Otterbox.

Not sure what you guys are whining about...

If these were easy for anything less than a mall kiosk to replace, what would keep an enterprising individual from pointing a gun in your face and demanding you hand over your looks-like-new fondleslab?

Answer: weird screws and weirder glue..

I mean, duh?

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Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

whoseyourdaddy

In the end, Verizon has a ton of 800mhz spectrum

from their Airtouch/AMPS days.

Sprint used to be called Sprint PCS.

PCS indicates the bulk of their spectrum licenses are at 1.8gHz, which has coverage disadvantages compared to 800mHz that Verizon, US Cellular, and AT&T use.

It's high school physics, y'all.

In the end, I gladly pay Verizon for two reasons: my iPhone always has Qualcomm inside and I have to be standing in an elevator in a fringe area to drop LTE coverage.

And, I am on the border of an AT&T dead zone, which I blame San Jose real estate costs on.

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Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

whoseyourdaddy

Used Lyft once. Would probably use them again. The driver was certainly happier now that he doesn't Uber anymore.

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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

whoseyourdaddy

Re: RICO

Uh, isn't ElReg chock full of articles where Uber is deliberately screwing their drivers to pay for driverless car technology with the ultimate hope of screwing everyone else?

At least those medallions appreciate in value. At a certain price point, you don't have a glut of taxi services clogging the roadways agressively fighting over a limited number of customers. They're in a position to drive safe, be responsible, and in my experience, actually give a damn to care about customer service.

"Banning alternatives".

No one wins when pickup areas around airports are a parkinglot of Uber drivers trying to snare fares.

My avoidance of Uber has everything to do with the observation that in the bay area, the majority of cars that slam on the brakes in traffic or double park while staring down at their phones...are Uber drivers.

Never mind that a former coworker lost his life in a Nissan when his Uber driver pulled into traffic and was T-Boned. Sleep deprived? Don't care.

F*ck Uber. Follow the laws or GTFO.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

whoseyourdaddy

Senator?

Massachusetts?

What?

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Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners

whoseyourdaddy

Re: Open up!

Pretty confident RAM DIMMs in laptops went away forever about half a decade ago...

No one wants a bulky lapwarmer anymore.

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Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

whoseyourdaddy

Re: A chip hidden in a charging cable?

Fun fact: fuses cut the MTBF of electronic devices.

And, you're assuming people will care to replace the fuse with one of the correct rating to maintain safety without standing in a bathtub of water.

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whoseyourdaddy

Re: I can see the value in certification

Actually, if you are familiar with IEC/CSA safety standards, you would understand that 100% electrical isolation from a mains power source (both hot and neutral) with several thousand volts of breakdown prevention is expected between the low-voltage side and the mains side..

Clearly, this is not your field of study.

So, the cost-conscious engineers who made this adaptor would assume the wider blade on the AC plug would always, always, always connect to the neutral bus bar inside your central breaker box and someone would never, ever install their own outlet and swap hot and neutral.

Not pursuing Apple certification, I can assume someone faked or ignored CSA safety standards, did not fully isolate the mains side from the low-voltage side, and assumed the shield and ground of your USB cable is always always always connected to neutral in the breaker box.

Except this time, it wasn't. It was swapped. And, it cost this moron his life.

Don't be that moron.

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whoseyourdaddy

Oh yeah. Thinking the goal here is to set legal precedence.

We will discover in a couple of weeks if Lightning lives on, or dies with iPhone 7.

Wouldn't surprise me if the real goal: discourage future charger cable standards that require licensing or the hassle of pirating the security chip inside.

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whoseyourdaddy

Re: I can see the value in certification

You do realize that a chip is necessary as the cable is ambi-dextrous to unswap the pins if needed?

http://time.com/4722215/man-electrocuted-iphone-charger/

It's because of idiots like this who *buy* these cables...

It should be wildly impossible for 120V to show up at the dangly end of a USB cable.

Because of this, It's not up to you to decide whether all third-party players can sell you a cable on a street corner in NYC to power an expensive handheld device that might still be (in your mind) covered under warranty.

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