Week 27: F.U.D. of the Week

  • Posted: 03 July 2011 09:16 AM

    NOMINATIONS are now open for F.U.D. (Fouled Up Dope) of week #27.

    DEFINITION: F.U.D. of the Week is given to the most deserving reporter, pundit or analyst who shows us the way not to go, the path not to take, the road not to travel. These zeroes sacrifice their integrity, their honor, their objectivity and our sanity in a pathetic attempt to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt across the interwebs and give us a worserer understanding of the world in which we live in. Extra credit is awarded to them what ought to know better.

    RULES:
    1) Post a link to the nominee?s Fouled Up material, along with the date of the source material. Including Fouled Up Dopey quotes is optional but highly encouraged.
    2) Only Fouled Up Dopey material posted during the pertinent week will be considered.
    3) AFB members may bestow their vote on the lucky nominees as they will.
    4) Griping, moaning, whining and general pettiness is both condoned and expected.
    5) Voting will close each Saturday.

         
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    Posted: 04 July 2011 01:40 PM #1

    July 1, 2011—FalKirk can’t read, mistakes the word “phone” for “iPhone”, gets all upset because the “iPhone” (remember, he can’t read) is a Sammie phone and not an iPhone.

    These zeroes sacrifice their integrity, their honor, their objectivity and our sanity in a pathetic attempt to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt across the interwebs…

    I think FalKirk’s posting embodies the spirit of this award perfectly.

         
  • Posted: 05 July 2011 12:50 AM #2

    Bosco (Brad Hutchings) - 04 July 2011 04:40 PM

    July 1, 2011—FalKirk can’t read, mistakes the word “phone” for “iPhone”, gets all upset because the “iPhone” (remember, he can’t read) is a Sammie phone and not an iPhone.

    These zeroes sacrifice their integrity, their honor, their objectivity and our sanity in a pathetic attempt to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt across the interwebs…

    I think FalKirk’s posting embodies the spirit of this award perfectly.

    Bosco is quite right. I was wrong and I admit it. My apologies to all.

         
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    Posted: 05 July 2011 01:04 AM #3

    FalKirk - 05 July 2011 03:50 AM
    Bosco (Brad Hutchings) - 04 July 2011 04:40 PM

    July 1, 2011—FalKirk can’t read, mistakes the word “phone” for “iPhone”, gets all upset because the “iPhone” (remember, he can’t read) is a Sammie phone and not an iPhone.

    These zeroes sacrifice their integrity, their honor, their objectivity and our sanity in a pathetic attempt to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt across the interwebs…

    I think FalKirk’s posting embodies the spirit of this award perfectly.

    Bosco is quite right. I was wrong and I admit it. My apologies to all.

    Classy, Falkirk..as always,

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    Posted: 05 July 2011 01:28 AM #4

    Theoretically, pundits and full time analysts are paid to be correct.  And to fix mistakes.  But they usually don’t.  So, we of the AFB among others call them out.

    The AFB members are volunteers.  We fix mistakes because we want to be better.  Sometimes we do this silently, sometimes not.

    Cheers, Falkirk.

         
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    Posted: 05 July 2011 01:30 AM #5

    Who can spot the logic flaw in this fine piece of writing?

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) ? Has the shine permanently come off of Apple?


    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-tech-stocks-more-attractive-than-apple-2011-07-05?siteid=yhoof

    I believe the upgrade/downgrade analysis fails if the majority of analysts have the highest rating on Apple already. Where you gonna go?

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  • Posted: 05 July 2011 11:02 AM #6

    Red shirted ensign - 05 July 2011 04:30 AM

    Who can spot the logic flaw in this fine piece of writing?

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) ? Has the shine permanently come off of Apple?


    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-tech-stocks-more-attractive-than-apple-2011-07-05?siteid=yhoof

    I believe the upgrade/downgrade analysis fails if the majority of analysts have the highest rating on Apple already. Where you gonna go?

    In related news, the movie evaluation site, Rotten Tomatoes, has just announced that “the shine has permanently come off of” The Godfather. “We’ve been rating this movie since the inception of our service” said a Rotten Tomatoes spokesperson, “and not once has it moved up in our standings.” He continued “Admittedly, it is at 100%, but that’s no excuse. As the leader, it should strive to do ever better.”

         
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    Posted: 05 July 2011 12:42 PM #7

    The ever predictable Huffington Post

    “We’ve collected some of the most controversial apps from the past year. Check them out in the slideshow (below), and tell us whether you think they deserve to be banned from the App Store. Then, take a look at our previous list of 15 outrageous banned apps.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/05/controversial-apps-apple-censored-banned_n_889938.html#s283858&title=Smuggle_Truck_Operation

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  • Posted: 05 July 2011 01:24 PM #8

    Sir Harry Flashman - 05 July 2011 03:42 PM

    The ever predictable Huffington Post

    “We’ve collected some of the most controversial apps from the past year. Check them out in the slideshow (below), and tell us whether you think they deserve to be banned from the App Store. Then, take a look at our previous list of 15 outrageous banned apps.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/05/controversial-apps-apple-censored-banned_n_889938.html#s283858&title=Smuggle_Truck_Operation

    So Google let’s in EVERYTHING but let’s call out Apple for not banning enough stuff. Sheesh.

         
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    Posted: 05 July 2011 03:09 PM #9

    A Huffington Post FUD trifecta is in play, we only need one more entry today

    Japan’s ‘Rare Earth’ Mineral Discovery Could Fix iPad Supply Shortages

    The implication being that only iPads use rare earth minerals. The do go on to qualify the store by saying

    “Large deposits of so-called “rare earth” minerals crucial for manufacturing electronic devices like iPads and flat-screen TVs have been discovered on the ocean floor by Japan.”

    Of course by then they have gotten a lot of page hits.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/05/rare-earth-minerals-japan_n_890121.html

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  • Posted: 06 July 2011 09:57 AM #10

    The source warned there may be a delay in Apple’s plans because the new iPhone is “complicated and difficult to assemble.”

    Article here:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-5-production-2011-7

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    Posted: 06 July 2011 08:57 PM #11

    Headline reads

    Android Beats Down Apple, RIM In Smartphone Share: comScore

    Copy reads:

    As Android and Apple continue to gain smartphone market share, RIM is falling behind, according to a new report by comScore…

    Apple’s position could be better than it seems, however. According to Nielsen, while the Android sales have stayed relatively static over the past three months, despite a host of new phones running the Android OS hitting the stores, Apple’s recent sales have jumped from 10 percent to 17 percent sales share (a 70-percent increase).

    “Apple is now driving smartphone growth,” Nielsen wrote.

    Huffington Post trifecta!

    The Huffington Post

    [ Edited: 06 July 2011 09:30 PM by Lee Dronick ]

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  • Posted: 06 July 2011 09:03 PM #12

    Sir Harry Flashman - 06 July 2011 11:57 PM

    Huffington Post trifecta!

    They just knew you were watching… and waiting. raspberry

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    Posted: 06 July 2011 09:41 PM #13

    Meanwhile over at the Huffington Post Stadium baseball great Yogi Berra said “It ain’t over till it is over”

    iPhone Security Issues Reported: Germany’s Security Experts Warn Of Apple iOS Malware Vulnerability

    Germany’s IT security agency says the software running Apple’s iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch has “critical weaknesses.”

    The Federal Office for Information Security said Wednesday that clicking on an infected PDF file “is sufficient to infect the mobile device with malware without the user’s knowledge” on several versions of Apple’s iOS operating system.

    It says the same could occur when opening a website that carries an infected PDF file, possibly opening the device to criminals spying on passwords, planners, photos, text messages, e-mails and even listen in on phone conversations.

    The Huffington Post

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    Posted: 06 July 2011 09:51 PM #14

    Looks like the Huffington Post has this one going away, like Secretariat in the Belmont.

         
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    Posted: 06 July 2011 10:01 PM #15

    Not to give undue credit to FUDsters, but a PDF security flaw ain’t FUD if it’s for real.

    And apparently, it is:

    After the tool was released, Germany’s IT agency issued a statement warning of “critical weaknesses” in iOS that could provide attackers unrestricted access to a device if a malicious PDF is clicked on, according to The Associated Press.

    A spokeswoman in Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, told CNET that the company is working on a fix.

    “Apple takes security very seriously. We’re aware of this reported issue and are developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in a phone interview. She could not provide a time frame for the fix. Meanwhile, Apple discourages customers from jailbreaking their devices because it voids the warranty.


    Source: CNet

    [ Edited: 06 July 2011 10:05 PM by Mav ]

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