369 posts • joined 4 Mar 2010
Re: Good cables are better
Not unless they have one of those "magic submarines" the NSA uses to gobble data from underwater fiber cables. So, your safe as long no sub's park in your living room.just rambling, its still early here and coffee hasn't kicked in.
"I'm probably going to get some flak for admitting this in this place, but I have a reservation later today to buy an iPhone in a London Apple store during a 1 hour time slot (it's time to replace the other half's 4S, although she doesn't know this yet)."
SACRIFICE HIM TO OUR GODS!!!!!
Just joking.....good luck.
OK, so what about those apps that demand access to my media content? Damn the NSA crap, tell the app makers to tone down on permissions!!!
Oh wait, that has a copyright also,
Wonder how this applies to my Ipod Nano (6th gen) that I wear on my wrist like a watch.
So, why don't these rich country clubs that already exist just create their own social media and allow the existing members to join for free. Then, they can link all the other country club social media sites together and have an elite social media experience instead of the Walmart version that is Facebook or whatever poor people use these days.( isn't that how Facebook started, an elite college joining with other colleges? I did NOT watch the movie).
Ummm, Windows XP had this also. Not installed by default but a free download from MicroSoft.....I was running it before Vista came out.
Simple thing would be the NSA, I mean a farmer, could use this to track their people, I mean sheeples, oh, um, I mean sheep.....
I'm constantly looking up parts on google and if the first obvious ones don't pop up, alibaba comes up.not saying they have it, just I've seen their name many times and over the past few years I get more and more search results with them. With that said there is a damn good article over on google news about alibaba and Mr. Ma, I would highly recommend everyone take a glance at. The guy has drive, and he knows what he wants and how to get it. But, and you really need to read the article, I would be very hesitant to purchase stock in this company. This is worse than owning stock in Facebook and has the potential to backfire on investors. This guy wants to be a millionaire, and like many who do and who are, he will fuck anyone outside his circle in order to get there. Buying stock in anything is a gamble, but he screwed over yahoo and a few others and has the potential to so in the US even more so.
My phone has been dropped so many times its all scuffed up. It's fallen from my pocket several dozen times and fallen from my roof onto concrete once, no screen damage. It was dropped in a pond once, recovered, and still working great. It was also free, no additional charges. It has never dropped a call and gets signal almost everywhere. Best part it was free.
What is this phone you ask, why its a Motorola flip phone.
Probably more than this out there. Mac users like think their immune to such things and tend to treat security as a windows only problem. While I agree that windows is targeted more times than not, macs have become very popular, hackers take notice of these things.
Wait, what the hell does someone need all those damn camera floating around for?
Yeah , I dig what your saying. So how do Verizon customers find out who's private data was used? And the bigger question, what can a Verizon customer do? Sue?
So, if I were to do this, the FBI would be knocking down my door and I would be facing serious time in jail/prison. Verizon does it and.....well, you fill in the rest.
Problem is, they seem to very good at what they do, very coordinated, cocky (arrogant?) and had fun doing it. Those attributes generally lead people to doing a crime as such again and again, "If I didn't get caught the first time.....".Even if they disband, they will be integrated into another group which will most likely get caught.
Best thing to do, use their truly gifted skills to earn money, make a better living, improve their skills and then, only then, maybe after they retire, they can brag about it then.
The reason for so many XP users, not really needing to, not interested, fear, ignorance, money, not having a choice, tablet/phones taking up most of bling....you name it. Not bashing anyone, just saying.
Re: Ok I'll bite....
There are many alternatives to Skype. Just do a simple search and you'll see. Some great, some not. I won't recommend one because it really depends on your hardware, operating system, carrier and your intentional usage. You wont know until you try something though, and that is the biggest problem, most people are too lazy or uneducated to do so. I have to laugh because my workplace uses Skype exclusivlly ,but its constantly dropping calls, one way hearing or simply not connecting. One meeting was about thinking outside the box, and it was dropped halfway through. When it was suggested to think outside the box and try something different, the idea was shot down immediately. Sooooo.....
The shock here is that people actually use Skype!
Too many people watching Netflix, that's why they gotta get rid of Net neutrality and get all these video, music, and high usage sites to pay them so this doesn't happen again.
Maybe they used imperial instead of metric.
Then you must be staring at a blank screen because out of the box many android apps preinstalled ask for ludicrous permissions. And those permissions change with updates.so just because version 3 ask for certain rights that saeem acceptable doesn't mean version 4 update doesn't ask for the same. I have personally seen this and was shocked as to why it did not ask my permissions first. A very well known side door that is wide open.
There is no privacy anymore, its gone with the dodo. Security is a myth, and when doing anything out in public or any device connected to the internet I always, always follow the same rule: assume everything you do is being monitored by someone else waiting to use it against you. Paranoid, true, but really, how far off base am I with google glass, the NSA and hackers wanting any and all info about me. Different world folks, get use to it.
It's not that MS doesn't have direction for the mobile market, it's simple logic. Since they are canning 12000 employees, there goes support for the currently installed Nokia browser. Since they are doing away with these phones anyway, no need to try and "port" IE to them, more time and money wasted in the process and again, in support.
Opera Mini fits the bill perfectly and has for a while. Put it on, let them support, hands washed, done.
Re: Why the different standards?
Wrong. This does not affect any and all cities in America. This could possibly work in several small cities that have opted for stop lights to be controlled via signal and are too lazy or stupid to change default settings. There are other "hacks" that work better, namely the strobe which affects more stop lights than this would in my opinion.
I would like to see or hear an example of this before taking sides. Is this going to affect OTA transmissions? Will it improve communications of cellular or other devices? Will it cost me money? Save me money?
Pretty good, but seriously, what you just said is kinda their problem. The first question that comes about always seems "how can we integrate it with Windows".
The Xbox has been a success for MS (I never thought it would work, put me in the corner with the people who never thought the IPhone or the Ipad would work either) and they seriously need to look at that. Not turning a tablet into an Xbox but.....the interface and functionality of the device.
"We have this device in mind, how can we make it work great" instead of "These things are becoming popular, how can we put Windows in it".
Smart TVs are the rage. but for some reason, clunky and really needing some improvements. My point, there is room to grow in that area. MS could really hit a home run in this evolution if they could just push aside the 800 pound gorilla. I dont want Windows on TV, I want an interactive TV menu that makes me wonder "How did I get along without it".
All comments aside, MS has got to do something. Running programs, doing task, playing games and browsing has migrated from the desktop to the phone and tablets.Love 'em or hate em, Apple showed the world that you don't need a PC to do everything, and people took notice. there is nothing MS can do about that, they've tried to duplicate and it hasn't gone that well. I do see this "all things connected to the net" thing catching on, it will be the next big thing, and MS is trying to get their part in (again).
Problem is, they keep dragging this huge, bloated thing to the party known as Windows. Windows has a place, and that place is on a desktop. Not on a tablet, not on a phone, and not on an Internet of things. They haven't done the one thing (successfully) that has made Apple and android so popular, and that is look at the device it is intended for and just do a damn OS for that. They don't know how, and if they try it always has to be tied in with Windows and Office, thus the dragging of the bloat monster.
How about a small, new, reliable and secure OS that people can try on say, a rooted tablet, or something. Just something that isn't Windows and build from there. It's not that hard of a concept to have a screen with icons on it, you press them, they do something. But I think they are too late to the party due to dragging that bloated thing known as windows.
I don't get this bitcoin thing. I've read up on it, understand the basics, but am unable to see the appeal. IT seems more trouble than its worth and an easy target for crooks. I read a story of someone trying to survive on bitcoins alone and thought that it would never take off. Who knows, in ten years I may be getting paid in bitcoins....which has already happened to some. Better hope a zombie apacolypse doesn't happen.
And to think, not long the cloud was all the rage. I would hate to be the admin who convinced their company to move to the cloud within the past few years.
He is a Verizon customer who watches Netflix. Nuff said.
The government want people to like them,support them, then maybe they could use the NSA to monitor these large companies and punish them instead of taking notes everytiime its citizens blow off steam when getting screwed.
That is ALOT of blah, blah, blah just for a party invitation.
"General Motors said the Google car could become a “serious competitive threat” to the car industry."
I think General Motors themselves are considered to be a serious competitive threat to themselves with some of the things that are coming into the light about their own cars, engineering, quality, management, etc.....
Anyone ever wonder how these guys seem to go from place to place, doing nothing but making money and messes?
Re: El Reg story conjunction
One thing that concerns me.
Say, none of these apps are malicious or have malicious intent such that they install backdoor trojans or steel bank accounts or what not. So, why the required access to so many things? Why, if I install a simple app to convert from one unit to another, does it need access to my camera, my microphone, my wifi info, my storage, other devices on my network (Yes, there are apps that ask this)?
What info are they gathering and what is being done with this? Is it being sold, kinda like people used to do with telephone numbers and email accounts? Who is buying it?
In a world where every country now seems hell bent on collecting as much info about every living person in and out of their borders, it makes me wonder.
I feel somewhere that there is a huge profile of me, just sitting.
Re: Works, kinda
Good info, but the this article needs to be corrected. First gen of Nexus 7 (2012?) isn't supported. Not sure why, maybe hardware isn't up to speed, I haven't done a side by side comparison of the two versions. Bummer because I hadn't found any purpose to buy a chromecast device. When I heard they were pushing to extend the screen of an Android device via the chromecast (kinda obvious IMO, why they didn't think of this earlier is beyond me) I was getting hopeful. but once I saw it only supported the later version of the Nexus I was disappointed.
The lyrics to "King Nothing" comes to mind.....
Lot of potatoes in this story, no meat.
So, we got MS and a handful of others setting standards, writing code, so expect buffer overflow and denial of service attacks, and then we have have Google and Apple, which is going to sell any and all information they can obtain. Before it's over Facebook and twitter will be in there somehow wanting your frig to friend you or send a message stating the milk has gone bad for your local supermarket (Walmart anyone?) to spam the hell out of the Gmail account stating they have milk on sale....
Yeah, cynical but.....it could happen.
Re: @Taylor 1
Good points, but, as I've pointed out (and is slowly coming true), portable devices are beingf targeted more and more due to their popularity. Windows started the same way, hopefully someone has learned from MS mistakes before we have a patch Tuesday for androids.
Will android for gadgets suffer the same fate as windows for PC? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? I truly hope not.
Re: What happened to GAGA
It was nothing more than a giant wead eater. The Deck was designed in such a way to force as much air down to create lift. You didn't need "wheels". It hovered. You would simply push, pull or twist to make it go where you needed it to go. It was extremely light weight.
Search for "Hovering Lawn Mower" and you will see it. There are videos of it on action also.
Re: What happened to GAGA
This idea is old old old. I remember going to a lawn and garden show back in 95 and some company had the same thing. It would cut grass and go "find" its home. The mower I really liked had no wheels, it hovered. Main selling point was being able to cut grass on a slope around a pond or other water source.
Google mulls splashing MEEELLIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths
Undersea cable to embiggen bandwidth for private data stash
"Google" and "Privacy". I call Oxymoron!!!
Better point it at Pluto and determine just how many satellites it actually has before swinging this thing by next year. I think they've discovered a couple of moons since Horizon has launched.
And on a side note.....why Pluto? Seriously, why Pluto? I've been scratching my head on this one since I heard of the mission way back when. There are other objects closer to us that are more interesting, say, one of Jupiter's or Saturn's moons that may or may not contain an ocean. The asteroid belt has some some interesting objects. Steering through it would be a bitch but steering through the outer belt as this article refers would seem more difficult to me.
There was a very interesting article recently on had about all this:http://hackaday.com/2014/06/12/net-neutrality-fcc-hack-is-a-speed-bump-on-the-internet-fast-lane/
Pretty good comeback I must admit.tit for tat.,
My thinking is, its not an "all or nothing" take down. The point was that someone wanted some information taken down from many years ago, not everything about themselves.
Kinda like if an actress gets a picture or a topic posted about an action all over the web, she can have that removed from search, but not everything else about herself.
I could be wrong though, just my interpretation.
No surprise here. They are being made to do something they don't want, so they will throw something together and make it hard to find. They have complied. As far as needing an ID, what did you think would happen, no seriously, no smart ass remark here, but what did you think, it would be on their home page and you simply submit a name and that person disappears?
All I keep thinking is a hundred years from now, all this will be in history books, maybe even taught in schools to kids, and these people that run these companies, their names will be jokes. Hell, call someone a benidict Arnold in this country and they know exactly what you imply. A hundred years, what will Balmer mean?( Dell has already taken the place of "shit").
No wonder all those UFOs dont show up on radar, or show data that it went from 10000 to 50000 feet in less than a second.
At least t wasn't "Armstrong". I would've blinked and called BS.
Rumors and more rumors. The first one I heard was Oprah was going to buy them. Surprised it wasn't reported here, very surprised this article is even here. However, there is a valid, very critical lesson that does apply to tech and people and that is, watch what you say, watch what you do. Especially if you are an older person. Not long ago it was a world where people could and would speak their mind, either good or bad, and it never went far from the picket fence. Now, one has to assume everything that is done or said is being watched by world plus dog. In a VERY short time we have went from a world where few places had grainy security cameras in place to a world where every where, even high above you, is watching from multiple angles, everyone has the ability and the desire to record you at the simple flick of a finger, or literally the blink of an eye. Even in the forest where there is nothing, you have a damn good chance of getting caught pissing on a tree by camouflage tree wifi deercams and being on youtube before you even zip your pants.
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