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  • Old Dogs New Tricks and Crappy Newspaper Executives

    04/07/2012 11:34:55 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 11 replies
    Digital First ^ | February 18, 2012 | John Paton
    (Speaking notes for an address to the Canadian Journalism Foundation Toronto, Canada, 2/16/2012)Good evening. I’m old media. This is my 36th year as a newspaper man – apologies – my 36th year as a multi-platform news executive. It’s a career I started as a copyboy on this same street about a dozen blocks east of here. I was hired for taking a picture of a belly dancer fooling with a drunk columnist. I was given the job of a guy who had just been fired for being a drunk. And I ended my first night on the job, taking home...
  • Minecraft: Is it for children?

    04/07/2012 2:24:11 PM PDT · by raybbr · 48 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 4-7-2012 | raybbr
    My ten year old son has been watching videos of "Minecraft" on line. It looks pretty harmless. The thing is I can't find any reviews or whole lot of information regarding the age level this game is for. I am not a game player on the PC. The most I play is chess or hearts, etc. I would really appreciate any feedback on this issue before I plunk down $27 on it. Thanks to all....!
  • Chocolate printer to go on sale after Easter

    04/07/2012 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 13 replies
    The UK scientists who developed a prototype chocolate printer last year say they have now perfected it. They hope to have the machine on sale at the end of April - just missing the Easter egg rush. It would allow chocolate lovers to print their own custom-made sweets, layer by layer.
  • Apple Virus

    04/06/2012 7:03:59 PM PDT · by TexasSecede79366 · 44 replies
    I know Macs are based on Unix so I'm very particular who has access to the root password. I'd also had an alpha version of CLAM. The last access to my root was a version of Tux. (Remember Tux Racer in Linux?) but this was like Tux/Mario.Shortly after playing the game my mouse went nuts,then my keyboard developed a mind of it's own.I rebooted into "Bootcamp" and XP and it ran fine. Long story longer,it was not a hardware problem but a software one. I pulled the network capability and it took almost an hour for the restoral CD to...
  • Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

    04/06/2012 10:30:40 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 76 replies
    The Register ^ | 6 April 2012 | Tim Anderson
    Yes it crashed a lot. It crashed less than its predecessor though, and kept Microsoft on the path to desktop domination. This was Windows 3.1, released on 6 April 1992, nearly two years after Windows 3.0 was pushed out in May 1990. Minimum system requirements are MS-DOS 3.1 or later, 2MB RAM, and a hard drive with 6MB free. This means a modern PC with, say, 2GB of RAM exceeds the minimum requirements by around 1,000 times. The improvements in Windows 3.1 were incremental rather than dramatic, though Microsoft claimed there were altogether over 1,000 changes. The user interface is...
  • The internet is a very scary place

    04/06/2012 9:25:50 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 25 replies
    I belong to a few forums. Some are gun forums and some are guitar forums. I posted a thread about a Nazi named Grass who insists that Israel is a threat to world peace. Why do I call him a Nazi? Because during WW2 he belonged to the Waffen SS for Pete's sake! And there's no way that he could not have known about the injustices the German Jews were experiencing. And now he's denouncing Israel's steps to protect themselves from an enemy who 1) is very close to nuclear capability and 2) has already proclaimed that Israel has no...
  • Arizona Wants to Outlaw Trolling by Banning 'Annoying' Comments

    04/05/2012 4:43:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 55 replies
    MAXIMUMPC ^ | 04/05/2012 at 6:30am | Paul Lilly
    It doesn't take much for online comments to quickly get out of hand, and there are certain subjects that inevitably attract trolls ready to defend their stance or platform of choice. PC (Windows) versus Mac, AMD versus Intel, politics, religion, abortion, and other high octane subjects could all be fun to debate, but almost always quickly end up derailed by name calling and other Internet tough-guy nonsense. The solution? Most sites just drop the ban hammer if someone gets too far out of line, but the state of Arizona has written a bill that would essentially make it a crime...
  • Google Gets Transparent With Glass, Its Augmented Reality Project

    04/05/2012 10:40:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    allaboutjazz.com/ ^ | 2012-04-04
    Larry Page and Sergey Brin have long had the dream of a hands-free, mobile Google, where search was a seamless process as you moved around the world. As the years progressed the vision did, too, expanding beyond search to persistent connections with the people in your lives. In other words, Google’s view of the world now has the social side fully baked into it. Today, Google is revealing that it is taking concrete steps towards that vision with ProjectGlass, an augmented reality system that will give users the full range of activities performed with a smart phone — without the...
  • OK I have a Computer Tech question/issue...

    04/05/2012 6:07:35 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    05 April 2012 | US Navy Vet
    OK about 2 weeks ago my wife was doing SOMETHING on my computer(PC) and SOMEHOW my web "Homepage" got changed to Google.com. I have tried EVERYTHING I can to change it back to what I want(Yahoo). I use Mozilla and even when I look at IE that one was changed too. I HATE Google and I find Yahoo to be SLIGHTLY less offensive. Please Help!
  • Fast-growing Flashback Botnet Includes Over 600,000 Macs, Malware Experts Say

    04/05/2012 5:45:29 AM PDT · by iowamark · 27 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Apr 5, 2012 | Lucian Constantin
    More than 600,000 Macs have been infected with a new version of the Flashback Trojan horse that's being installed on people's computers with the help of Java exploits, security researchers from Russian antivirus vendor Doctor Web said on Wednesday. Flashback is a family of Mac OS malware that appeared in September 2011. Older Flashback versions relied on social engineering tricks to infect computers, but the latest variants are distributed via Java exploits that don't require user interaction. On Tuesday, Apple released a Java update in order to address a critical vulnerability that's being exploited to infect Mac computers with the...
  • A Call To "Kill All Proprietary Drivers For Good"

    04/05/2012 5:44:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Phoronix ^ | March 29th | Michael Larabel
    UPDATE: I have been contacted by Qualcomm PR regarding this expected presentation next week. The content of the Qualcomm Atheros developers was not approved by Qualcomm's legal department and the views to be expressed will be of their own personal beliefs. Next week at the 6th annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, two Qualcomm Atheros engineers will be speaking about their Linux device driver development experiences and will go as far as calling for all proprietary drivers to be killed for good. They talk not just about killing proprietary drivers for Linux, but for all operating systems. Can...
  • Floppy Autoloader ( Got Floppies....?)--- Video

    04/04/2012 8:53:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Feb 19, 2012 | DwellerTunes
    I had thousands of old floppy disks to read, and it would have takenforever to process them all by hand.. This is the result, a Copypro CP-2000 wired to an arduino, a motor controller,
  • Hitachi Releases First Enterprise-Class 4TB Hard Drive

    04/03/2012 1:23:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    www.cio.com ^ | Tue, April 03, 2012 | Lucas Mearian
    Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced its first enterprise-class 4TB desktop hard drive, which offers one-third more capacity than its predecessor.Computerworld — Hitachi's former disk-drive division today announced what it said it the first enterprise-class 4TB hard disk drive.The drive has a greater areal density that offers 33% more capacity in the same 3.5-inch form factor at 24% lower watts-per-gigabyte than its predecessor.Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), now owned by Western Digital , introduced the new Ultrastar 7K4000 line, which uses the new 512e Advanced Format.The industry as a whole is moving to the Advanced Format standard because 4KB sectors...
  • Who helps make Linux? Microsoft.

    04/03/2012 12:30:13 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 3 April 2012 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Every year, The Linux Foundation compiles an analysis of who actually contributes the most to Linux’s code (PDF Link). In the last year, 2011, besides the usual suspects, which includes Red Hat, Intel, Novell, IBM, Samsung, Oracle and Google, you’ll also find some you didn’t expect to see such from such as Nokia and, drum-roll please, Microsoft. Microsoft has significantly contributed before to Linux. In the past though its main contributions have been to its own Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor drivers. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s 64-bit hypervisor-based virtualization system. It’s Microsoft’s answer to VMware and Linux’s own native Kernel-based Virtualization Manager (KVM).Microsoft...
  • OS/2 turns 25 years old ( anyone remeber this Operating System?)

    04/03/2012 9:41:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Mon Apr 02 2012, 19:06 | Egan Orion
    Now it's Ecomstation TODAY MARKS the 25th birthday of OS/2, which IBM announced on 2 April, 1987.Initially intended as a protected mode successor to PC-DOS, OS/2 became the first serious PC operating system rival to Microsoft Windows. For a while, IBM and Microsoft collaborated on it, until Microsoft withdrew its support for various reasons and focused its efforts on Windows NT instead. OS/2 has never fully recovered from Microsoft's abandonment of it, nor has Windows.However, throughout most of the 1990s, OS/2 was a much more stable, secure and reliable PC operating system than Windows. It was capable of running Windows...
  • Flashback Malware Evolves to Exploit Unpatched Java Vulnerabilities

    04/03/2012 7:30:16 AM PDT · by cartan · 20 replies
    CNET ^ | 2012-04-02 | Topher Kessler
    The Flashback malware is steadily evolving, with its latest variant now exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities found in Java runtimes for OS X. The Flashback Trojan horse is a fairly recent malware package developed for OS X that attempts to steal personal information by injecting code into Web browsers and other applications on an OS X system. When these programs are then launched, the malicious code attempts to contact remote servers and upload screenshots and other personal information to them.This malware was initially found in September 2011 while being distributed as a fake Flash Player installer (hence its "Flashback" name). In...
  • Linux Mint vs. Ubuntu: the Best Option?

    04/03/2012 7:28:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies
    Datamation ^ | 2 April 2012 | Matt Hartley
    For the last few years, there has been something of a popularity contest between two well-known Linux distros: Linux Mint and Ubuntu. Both of these distributions share the same code base, as Ubuntu is based on Debian and Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. In both instances, the distributions took the foundation that Debian built, then added their own flavor to make it more user friendly. The similarities between the two distributions go even further, in that Ubuntu packages work flawlessly on Linux Mint, just as Ubuntu PPAs work well on Linux Mint.When Linux Mint was first being developed, the...
  • IBM aims to build a low-power exascale cluster in five years ( Astronomy Data Analysis)

    04/02/2012 12:52:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Mon Apr 02 2012, 14:3 | Lawrence Latif
    RESEARCH GIANT IBM will develop an exascale supercomputing cluster as part of a five year project with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON). IBM has announced it entered a €33m research project with ASTRON to build a low-power exascale supercomputer cluster that will sift through data collected by the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA is expected to produce exabytes of data every day peering back through time to find the origin of the universe, which until recently many hacks believed to be at the bottom of a beer glass.Ton Engbersen of IBM Research in Zurich said, "If...
  • Tween Hobo Takes Twitter by Storm [INTERVIEW]

    04/02/2012 11:43:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Mashable ^ | March 20, 2012 | Sonia Paul
    Have you come across the Twitter account @tweenhobo? If not, get ready to laugh — and learn. As the littlest hobo’s Twitter bio suggests — “I’m only twelve, but I’m a hard twelve.” — there’s much to be gleaned from her about tween life, hobo life and yes, digital life. Mashable spoke with Tween Hobo’s “babysitter,” Brooklyn-based playwright Alena Smith, about the character’s quirky personality. According to Smith, the Twitter account isn’t just something to laugh at — it’s something to make people think deeper. “I think part of the reason the joke lands so much is because there’s something...
  • Mobile operators seek to 'block' Skype in Sweden

    04/02/2012 10:20:01 AM PDT · by dickmc · 2 replies
    The Local (Sweden's news in English) ^ | March 28, 2012 | Unknown
    Swedish telecom operators want to implement technologies that will block mobile phone users in Sweden from making free calls using services like Skype and Viber.
  • Arizona Preditor B Crash due to poor Control System Design (someone should have read Risks Digest!)

    04/02/2012 9:59:24 AM PDT · by dickmc · 6 replies
    NTSB ^ | Post 2006 | Unknown
    Apparently someone should have read Risks Digest before the Preditor Control system was designed!!! (Risks Digest is an interesting site worth monitoring if you are interested in computer screwup reports and incidents and can be found at http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/RisksBelow are the sorry details of the crash due to a very screwed up control system operation design .... ********************************************************* History of Flight On April 25, 2006, about 0350 mountain standard time, a MQ-9 (Predator B) aircraft, serial number BP-101, call sign OMAHA 10, collided with the terrain approximately 10 nautical miles northwest of the Nogales International Airport (OLS), Nogales, Arizona. The...
  • Google Maps Quest 8-bit

    04/02/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 4 replies
    Google Maps ^ | April 1 2012 | Google
    For those who missed Google Maps Quest yesterday, you can still activate it: http://maps.google.com/maps?t=8
  • NASA presents mesmerizing visualization of Earth's ocean currents

    04/01/2012 9:53:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    MNN ^ | 4/1/12 | Bryan Nelson
    Watch in awe as the world's eddying ocean currents swirl in a Van Gogh-esque grandeur. Click here to watch the three minute "Perpetual Ocean" video on YouTubeA stunning new animated video produced by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Earth showcases the flow of the world's ocean currents swirling in a captivating splendor. The video, titled "Perpetual Ocean," takes an astronaut's view, as if the viewer is in a waltz-like dance orbiting around the Earth. The flow of the ocean currents in the presentation are derived from real data collected over two years...
  • Could Morse Have Patented the Web?

    04/01/2012 2:34:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | L. GORDON CROVITZ | March 25, 2012
    In 1853, the Supreme Court gave Samuel Morse some bad news. In O'Reilly v. Morse, the justices approved the inventor's patent for part of the telegraph that delivered the Morse code message "What Hath God Wrought?" but said he could not patent the idea of sending messages electronically across great distances. Ideas alone, the justices said, cannot be patented. Morse's descendants should demand a rehearing. The standards for patents are so low that simply having an idea often justifies a patent. Morse wanted a patent to cover "electro-magnetism, however developed, for marking or printing intelligible characters, signs, letters, at any...
  • Google Announces The Return Of Morse Code

    04/01/2012 2:18:11 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 67 replies
    gCaptain ^ | 1 April 12 | gCaptain Staff
    The QWERTY keyboard was invented in 1874 and yet it is still used today, largely unchanged. What’s more, the keyboard doesn’t come close to the speed and effectiveness of a simple technology used on ships over a centry ago… morse code. Today, April 1st, Google is introducing a new input method designed by the great-great grandson of Samuel F. B. Morse: Gmail Tap for Android and iOS. Gmail Tap takes the keyboard from 26 keys to just two. Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a simple pattern of dots and dashes, and once you know them you can...
  • When computers were sexy: Hilarious vintage ads from the early days of the PC (LOTS of graphics)

    04/01/2012 6:21:36 AM PDT · by Stoat · 142 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 1, 2012
                     
  • New 'Girls Around Me' iPhone App Helps You Stalk Women

    03/31/2012 4:51:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 | Travis Andrews
    New 'Girls Around Me' iPhone App Helps You Stalk Women Girls Around Me scans for women who have checked in on Foursquare, so you can find her and tell her you found her on the internet.You know how it's totally cool and normal and appropriate to just show up somewhere because you know there's a girl there, at that very moment, who you think is cute, even if she doesn't happen to know you exist? Oh, wait. I think that's called stalking. And it's the premise behind the new iPhone app Girls Around Me. The creepiest app I've personally ever...
  • Google's hilarious April Fools' Maps launch

    03/31/2012 12:43:58 PM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 12 replies
    C|Net News web page ^ | March 31, 2012 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Google is funny. I have wanted to write that sentence for so long in a context where funny meant "intentionally humorous." So here is an April Fools' work of art from the company that, to many minds, just might deserve righteous laughter. For here, purportedly, is the launch of Google Maps 8-bit for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Tim Cook More Popular at Apple than Steve Jobs

    03/31/2012 10:53:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Friday, Mar 30, 2012 | Barbara E. Hernandez
    Apple CEO Tim Cook reaches a 97 percent approval rating from his staff, two points higher than when Steve Jobs led the company, a report says.Does Apple love its chief executive Tim Cook? Apparently so, according to a recent survey, which rated his performance at 97 percent. Jobs site Glassdoor.com said the score was two points higher than Steve Jobs' 95 percent approval rating for his March 2010 to March 2011 performance. (Jobs stepped down from the position in 2011.) Cook is followed by Ernst & Young CEO Jim Turley and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, with both reaching 95 percent,...
  • Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet & PC (1974 video)

    03/31/2012 8:26:05 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | Arthur C Clarke
    Video linkAmazing!
  • Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

    03/30/2012 6:55:59 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Slash Gear ^ | March 30th | Shane McGlaun
    Apparently, Torvalds stepped into the arena and helped convince an ITC Administrative LAW Judge named Theodore R. Essex that Microsoft’s patent in question was invalid. The same judge who determined that Motorola had violated four Microsoft patents, including one known simply as the 352 patent. That particular patent has to do with storing filenames with a lot of characters in old file systems like Windows FAT. Torvalds told the judge that Motorola had found the posting he had made about long filenames used in a compatible manner with short filenames, and that post predated the Microsoft patent by three years....
  • Mozilla Question

    03/30/2012 7:19:21 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    3/30/12
    I am running Mozilla. I am wary of being tracked by cookies and malicious software and have gone to the Options page and told it to delete my browser history under Privacy and it says I have done so. Yet, when I go back to history, it is all recorded there. How do I permanently delete the history of my page visits to stop malware? Thanks.
  • RS Components will open a dedicated online Raspberry Pi store

    03/28/2012 12:47:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    theinquirer.net ^ | Wed Mar 28 2012, 15:00 | Dave Neal
    Devices will soon be available ANYONE THAT HAS THOUGHT the Raspberry Pi is exciting in the last few weeks but is annoyed that they cannot get one can cool their jets, as the wait is almost over. We have heard that the uncased early models are slightly delayed, and already sold out, but good news comes from RS Components.The Pi Foundation blog has shared an email from RS Components about the hardware and its progress.RS Components is making Raspberry Pi devices. It has updated them on its ordering systems and has plans for a dedicated online store. "We will be...
  • Trouble loading "Theblaze.com"

    03/28/2012 8:42:46 AM PDT · by tayper · 13 replies
    3/28/2012 | tayper
    Does anyone that goes to theblaze.com have trouble getting pages to load. Don't know if it's them or I don't have enough horse power.
  • Future of Construction Process: 3D Concrete Printing

    03/27/2012 3:14:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Loughborough University UK ^ | May 29, 2010 | Uploaded by concreteprinting
    Concrete Printing Process developed at Loughborough University in the UK is capable of producing building components with a degree of customisation that has not yet been seen. It could create a new era of architecture that is adapted to the environment and fully integrated with engineering function.
  • HELP !! (FR only comes up one of every three times I try to go to it.)

    03/26/2012 2:22:20 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 47 replies · 6+ views
    ML/NJ
    Yes, I'm logged in. Something happened to my computer when I went to some site where I was supposed to be able to view sports events from around the world. Afterward I ran Malwarebytes and Spybot and I think they each got rid of something. I've cleared my cache. But I'm still having incredible difficulty with FR. This has been going on for more than a week. Google and my email site always come up as does most everything else I go to. When I've tried other computers I never have a problem (except when FR is really down). This...
  • Personal/professional website building?

    03/25/2012 2:56:24 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Need to make a website to showcase my portfolio for potential employers. Can I do this easily with Wordpress? If I pay them ~$25/year for a blog and domain name, what sort of functionality am I losing? I would only need a few pages on the site: about, portfolio, resume, and blog. Will Wordpress work, or should I go through multiple other channels? Thanks as always for your help, Freepers.
  • Japanese surveillance system scans 36 million faces in seconds

    03/23/2012 10:59:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 1+ views
    itworld.com ^ | March 22, 2012, 1:52 PM — | Keith Shaw
    Facial recognition can search data from video or photo footage Interesting stuff out of Japan - DigInfo has a video showing a new system created by Hitachi Kokusai Electric that can scan more than 36 million faces based on surveillance footage or regular photos in about a second. The high speed is "achieved by detecting faces through image recognition when the footage from the camera is recorded, and also by grouping similar faces," a spokesman says. It's unclear whether this achieves the level of tech on the old "24" TV show, where Jack Bauer could identify people on surveillance footage...
  • The Case Against Google

    03/22/2012 4:43:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    gizmodo ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | Mat Honan
    For the last two months, you've seen some version of the same story all over the Internet: Delete your search history before Google's new privacy settings take effect. A straightforward piece outlining a rudimentary technique, but also evidence that the search titan has a serious trust problem on its hands. ... It's not surprising that the tracking debate had people up in arms. A Pew Internet study, conducted just before Google combined its privacy policies (and after it rolled out personalized search results in Search Plus Your World) found that three quarters of people don't want their search results tracked,...
  • STOP MAKING FUN OF DAVID BROCK'S (OF MEDIA MATTERS) SEXUAL ORIENTATION (Vanity)

    03/22/2012 4:32:05 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 226 replies · 1+ views
    David Brock is Media Matters founder, and recently, I have seen many posts ridiculing him for being homosexual. David Brock’s sexual orientation is not the issue. Making fun of it just lowers us to the level of the Left’s personal attack strategy. We can do better. There is utterly no need to mention that David Brock is a giggling little donut-puncher, or a skipping lavender-scented pillow-biter. We do not need to mention that David Brock is a pearl-necklace adorned tumblebunny, nor do we need to say he is a limp-wristed prancing knob-jockey. Never will it cross my keyboard to mention...
  • New Norton Problem

    03/22/2012 8:09:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies · 1+ views
    My PC | 3/22/12
    I installed REVO Installer and then used it to uninstall Norton 360. Then downloaded Spybot Search and Destroy. But when I try to install Spybot I get the Norton 360 window not allowing me to install spybot but instead demanding I reinstall Norton 360. How the heck do I get rid of Norton?? It's like a disease.
  • EBay Says Ink Pens are So ’16th Century’ (Me Pete! Me Use Pen!)

    03/21/2012 7:10:36 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Tiger PensBlog ^ | October 3, 2011 | TonyB
    Have you seen the new eBay commercial about the guy and his ink pen? Apparently eBay is trying to reinvent itself – less of a used goods auction site, more of a shiny new things marketplace – with an advertising campaign that makes fun of, among other “old” things, ink pens and the people who use them. The company recently began running a TV commercial called “Left Out” in which a guy named Pete shows up to a company meeting with, gasp, a pen and notepad instead of a tablet computer. When the boss asks Pete if he forgot his...
  • Petition calls for Change.org to retract petition against Apple; says based on Mike Daisey’s lies

    03/21/2012 1:33:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies · 1+ views
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 21, 2012
    A new petition created by Paul Dost on Change.org calls for Change.org to retract their petition against Apple over work conditions in China at plants that assemble Apple and many other companies’ products.The petition, “Change.org: Retract your petition against Apple,” states:The original petition is based on the testimony of Mike Daisey which has been shown to be primarily fabrications and fantasy. The power and efficacy of Change.org is diminished by allowing petitions that are based on lies.Apple is already doing more for worker rights in China than any just about any other IT company that deals with Chinese suppliers...
  • Is the video game industry Apple’s next victim?

    03/21/2012 11:06:49 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies · 3+ views
    Games Yahoo ^ | Mon, Mar 19, 2012 3:58 PM EDT | By Chris Morris
    While Apple has a well-earned reputation as the inventor of new markets, it's also something of a serial killer. The company's advances in digital music players made the Walkman an afterthought. The introduction of iTunes sounded a virtual death knell for many record retailers. The iPad cut the legs out from under the once fast-growing netbook PC market. And the iPhone has put Motorola in a fight for its life. Now, the company looks to be focusing on the video game industry -- and plenty of people are rightfully scared. The sheer numbers are overwhelming. In 2011 alone, the company...
  • Norton Question

    03/21/2012 10:06:00 AM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
    My PC | 3/21/12
    I have Norton 360 installed (yes, I now know that was a mistake; it shreds all available memory). I want to try another program but Norton will not allow me to install any other such program. How do I deactivate Norton to try something else? Thanks.
  • Woman falls off pier while texting

    03/21/2012 5:49:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 54 replies · 1+ views
    wwlp ^ | 20 Mar 2012,
    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WOOD) - A 45-year-old woman was rescued from Lake Michigan after she fell in while texting on her phone and walking on a pier, police said. Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor told 24 Hour News 8 she was with her husband and 15-year-old son when she lost her balance on the South Pier in St. Joseph. She was fully clothed and had trouble treading water due to the heavy current. A passerby -- Rebecca Van Zant of Mishawaka, Ind. -- jumped into the water and was able to keep Miller afloat until rescue personnel arrived. A male...
  • Did Apple Just Bamboozle 3M iPad Buyers?

    03/21/2012 2:39:20 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 55 replies · 2+ views
    tvpredictions.com ^ | March 20, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Apple just reported that it sold three million 'New iPads' between Friday, March 16 and Monday, March 19. Is there any wonder? The pre-launch publicity and media attention for the new tablet was unprecedented. And so were the glowing comments from normally sedate tech analysts who called the new tablet "dazzling" and "revolutionary." The official launch day itself looked like a scene from 1964 circa Beatlemania as thousands of Apple-ites lined up overnight across the nation so they could be the first to own the new device. "For the people who stayed out here overnight, the real devotees, they say...
  • Like clockwork: Let the iPad overheating FUD begin

    03/20/2012 9:52:53 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | March 20, 2012
    <p>MacDailyNews Take: Can’t compete? Spread bullshit that will ultimately have no impact on Apple nor assuage the pain of your abject failure. Like Mac Cube mold lines termed “cracks,” iPod “scratches,” iPhone antennas, Chinese labor, iPhone antennas again (try and try again and fail both times), trojans misrepresented as “viruses,” etc., this is nothing more than white noise that loudly announces the beginning of yet another new stretch of Apple roadkill.</p>
  • AMD Launches New Platform for Dedicated Web Hosting Providers (Opteron™ 3200 Series) Low power

    03/20/2012 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 1+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Tuesday March 20, 2012 | Steve
    AMD today announced the latest solution as part of its ongoing Web/Cloud initiative with the launch of the new AMD Opteron™ 3200 Series processor. Dedicated Web hosting customers seeking enterprise-class reliability have a new choice that delivers: Great value with up to 38% better price performance and up to 19% less power per core than the competition ECC memory and server reliability features at a low price-point Fast hardware payback - In as few as 7 months hosting fees can cover hardware costs - up to 14% quicker than with the competition Efficient economics for the Cloud with twice...
  • Microsoft seeks patent on monetizing buttons of TV remote (charged for skipping commercials)

    03/20/2012 8:25:24 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    GeekWire ^ | 3/16/12 | Todd Bishop
    How much would you pay to watch a replay of a great play, or skip a bunch of television commercials? And should you have to? Those are a couple of the questions raised by a newly surfaced Microsoft patent application. It’s called “Control-based Content Pricing,” and the basic idea is dynamic pricing of video content, based on the preferences of the user at any given moment — essentially setting different prices for different functions of the TV remote. Here’s an excerpt from the filing. For example, if a user initiates a navigation control input to advance past (e.g., skip over)...