259 posts • joined 29 Jun 2011
Re: Stranger still?
Did you choose your icon based on how your post would make any potential reader feel? If so, good job!
Re: Worst thing you can do right now
I'm confused about the whole thing.
IVPN says Netflix wasn't affected, so doesn't need patching and you don't need a password change.
Mashable says Netflix was affected, has been patched, and thus you need a password change*
There's a fancy quote and everything on the Mashable, but I can't really tell if it's legit. The problem now becomes who do you trust in this regard? I can't find any statement made by Netflix regarding Heartbleed. In this case I'm inclined to trust IVPN for now, but I'm thinking in general I'll assume any site that hasn't posted any "we're not vulnerable to Heartbleed" is still vulnerable.
What's this? Actual competitive practices in the land of the free market?! Unheard of.
Good on them. There are probably ways* this could harm the consumers, but so far it's looking good!
*more cynical people will point them out I'm sure :)
Re: The future has arrived.
Visualization based on writing style, it's a whole science: Facial Aesthetic Interpretive Linguistics!
Ever wondered how those great ancient writers - who weren't fancy enough to have a bust made - looked? Well wonder no more!
I might venture a guess. Having lots of 5-star apps, makes their store seem full of high quality goods.
Google cars are obviously recognizable!?
Some people seem to argue that it's obvious what Google cars are doing and that they are indeed Google cars.
But you might be forgetting the 86 year old Italian lady who hasn't got the faintest notion of what that newfangled strange looking car is for. Or anyone else who might actually not be too in tune to what's happening on the internet and in the tech world.
Argue all you want about the wrongs and rights of Google photographing all this stuff, but please stop presuming that everyone, everywhere know what a Google car looks like and what it's doing.
Or it could be the growing prevalence of alternative - legal - online ways to get to music?
"A search for the name of any leading artist followed by the term 'mp3' in the leading search engines still returns a vast proportion of illegal links on the first page of results."
So that's how it's done, I never really knew how to find the newest music I wanted for free - thanks IFPI
Good for her
"Even Glassholes [...] don't deserve to be spied upon"
I agree! And neither do the people said Glassholes are looking at.
Good thing Google will have a more strict app-store policy for Glasses! Wouldn't want any unauthorized spyware on the Glasses - Google and NSA only
I've said it before and I most certainly will again: I want an offline version of glasses please. Something with a little flashdrive hidden somewhere that can store images/videos I produce and can have a small database with a map of the area I plan to traverse and other could be interesting data.
If it can' access the internet, then it can't leak data to anyone... right?
The founding fathers!
Why is this such a trope in public discourse in the US?
Now granted I'm only following it from the sidelines, but it seems that somehow the argument that "it's what the founding fathers intended" or it's opposite is supposed to have weight.
And it might have weight if it wasn't used willy nilly all the bloody time! The argument is usually nothing more than "I think that Thomas Jefferson would agree with me".
So to Mr. NSA - if you truly believe that there is no trouble in how the checks and balances are applied, then why are many of these things apparently news to the committee meant to provide those checks and balances?
Oh and one last thing, this article was riddled with half-finished sentences and repeated phrases. Someone - not me - should proof read it.
I might be inclined to give the corporations a bit of a pass.
Who knows what they're allowed to say and when and to whom!?
Re: What happened to wireless charging?
We'll finally be where Tesla envisioned. Homes charged with electricity - though his idea was that it'd provide recuperation so that we wouldn't have to go to the seaside once a year.
It might be premature, but if this is implemented as "intended" or at least as I see it being intended, then thank you very much!
Ladies and Gentleman! The 45th president of these United States
Wooooh - Wuuuuh! YEAH!
"Google spies on you in order to make money to deliver you things you want so they can spy on your more."
This seems like it might be painting Google with too positive a brush.
Now I'm not saying I prefer Microsoft - by no means.
However I would reject that "[o]nly one of these two will hold the majority of the English-speaking search market". How about neither? A third player? Several more specialized search engines - perhaps through a central search engine that'll be forced to link through the specialized search engines that it's ripping its results from... I don't just speculation of course.
"Those were a good 3 years getting courted by you Google. My term is about to end, but don't worry I'll make sure to strong arm whatever 'concessions' we agreed on through before I leave. See you in a year for my job interview"
And here I was thinking Almunia might just actually be one of the... not so bad guys.
Well at least we'll get a more extensive network built in the EU...
I'm fairly certain that there are quite strict laws in place for such things as blood, skin, sperm, saliva etc. samples - surely this should simply fall under those same laws
The optimist: Maybe it's just a way to circumvent the phone for maintenance if the main software has buggered somehow. It's used only for problem solving and such
The pessimist: No way is this only in Samsung phones
Re: "Foxconn make very little on Apple kit"
"You might find these companies are less likely to do business in your country after this"
I've never understood this, so I'll just put out why I don't quite understand and someone can inform me.
If there's a profit to be made in Australia from selling Apple stuff, then aren't Apple going to be wanting to get their gre... hands on that profit?
Does Apple having to actually pay tax in Australia mean that the demand for Apple hardware will suddenly go down? Does it mean Apple will increase prices (presumably only to the extent the market will support)?
I might - as an individual - have a really bad doing trade somewhere (aka that cashier was really rude and the floor was dirty) and decide not to conduct business there, but will a big corporation like Apple really shut down their Australia operation because they are being forced to pay tax? Or will they continue? Surely even 10% of profits are better than 0%?
Now I'm far from knowledgeable in the field of encryption - I still can't fathom how a public key can work. . .
But provided whatever magic makes the work is legit, could it not be feasible to have a public key as our phone number?
There are of course the problem of communicating said key, but such things could be solved with a bluetooth connection (or similar) for close proximity exchanging of numbers, or with a QR-code (or similar) if you have a website or add which needs to include your number.
Then when you wish to communicate you chose a person, and anything you write or speak (And once again my lack of knowledge is revealed, but I'm just guessing that speech-data should be just as encryptable - though that might introduce a lag) is encrypted before it's sent out.
Sure there's still meta-data available, but any content is now encrypted. Even if it can be unencrypted at least it's no longer feasible (I hope) to gather all data (except in it's encrypted form)
So my question: Is it feasible to use public encryption keys as a phone number? If not, where did my lack of knowledge show its hideous face the most, and could any issues perhaps not be solvable?
Re: DEATH to in-app-purchases!!
You are right! It's not easy to make money from apps, especially when they're easily pirated.
All in-app purchases aren't bad of course. Mainly it's the pay-to-win kind that's bad, or the insanely priced ones. Personally I don't see a big problem with cosmetic microtransactions, to give your character a hat or whatever, since at least it lets you play the game in a working order but just ads neat additional touches.
I take it ad-supported versions of android games also get pirated and have the ads removed?`Just a question that popped in to my head that I don't know the answer to :)
Re: DEATH to in-app-purchases!!
Pay-to-win in app stuff is horrific, I agree!
I think the problem is that the core market for mobile games apparently are people daft enough to think 69.99 is great value! Finally I can remove those 10 tiles.
Let's face it; people who play - besides mobile - wouldn't mind paying, but they'll also rather play on a bigger system, bigger games. People who don't really play, don't want to spend money on a game... well until that game needs a few bugs for that little thing that'll really help.
The worst thing is how in-game purchases are coming into non-mobile gaming. Because now suddenly this is the standard way to game - as everyone know from mobile.
Default will become pay-to-win - the market will dwindle - the indies will gain power - revolution - meteor hits - mankind is dead... Might have gotten off track
Re: "Please don't be creepy or rude with our product"
"Well the idea is that they'd be used by the masses, after this BETA period. (Although, they may keep it on Perpetual BETA phase for ever to give responsibilities a miss)."
That's correct, but the guidelines helpfully instructing people to not be creepy is meant for current Glass Explorers (or whatever fancy word is used), therefore the message was related to current users thus my joke might be weakened, but should still work...
Re: "Please don't be creepy or rude with our product"
"This is a very odd statement to make. Do Google expect the glasses to mainly appeal to social misfit numpties who will go out of their way to annoy people?"
Well the idea is that they'd be used by developers...
@Adam 1 If you make the url something I can make work, I promise I'll also upvote your new comment
That's an even better idea, if feasible.
Could also word for businesses I imagine - depending on how big the small file would need to be. One local server, the rest in a cloud.
I second the question: Is there any program that already does something like that?
Re: I'll bet they'd have a harder time hacking into one in China
Fragment your data and store one useless and encrypted half (in tiny bits) on various US servers and one useless and encrypted half (in tiny bits) on various Chinese servers. Total security.
As is mentioned in the end of the article, there's no reason to believe anything a US company says about what it does and does not do to and with data, because we know that they could be required by law to lie about it.
What we don't know - and seemingly have no plausible way of finding out - is how often and to what extent such orders are given. As it seems they aren't hard to come by though, one would assume that more than a couple of those orders have been handed out (National Security Letter is the name, right?)
Re: Tinfoil Hattery...
I thought of this as well, but WhatsApp was already based in the US, so surely such things would already be installed.
Unless of course they were worried that such a relatively small team might do a Lavabit and suspend/shut down their company.
“If, after multiple measurements with this experimental setup, scientists found that the measurements of the particles were correlated more than predicted by the laws of classical physics, Kaiser says, then the universe as we see it must be based instead on quantum mechanics.”
I feel as if that last part is quite absolute: "must be based" - perhaps "must be presumed to be based" - or "is very much more likely based" - or "is as far as we can tell based"
I know it probably relates to press releases and such things, but I never really like it when scientists speak with absolute certainty, especially about such cutting edge stuff.
In Denmark - and I am guessing other places, surely? - the postal service has established 24-hour pick up boxes. You can sign up for them, and then if you get a package it's delivered there (if you're not home) and you get a note saying "Go pick it up at the store", so next time you need some cereal and a toaster, you can pick up your package.
Is the advantage of this, that I can have the postman put it in my car instead, so I don't have to walk that far? (presumably I'd drive to the store, if I had a car)
If the price of "favourite gewgaws" could be higher, surely it would be? Otherwise someone is doing bad business!?
Or did a board meeting go:
Woman1: "You know, we're paying less taxes than we sorta should, so let's put the price for our products lower than we could do!"
Man1: "That's a brilliant idea"
Idiot1: "But, shouldn't we be maximizing profit? Aren't we obligated to do so, for our stockholders and what not?"
Woman1 & Man1: "Naah, don't worry about it!"
The story to develop from this is one where the people travelling to Mars slowly but surely have their religion meshed into a new religion for the Mars dwellers.
First the original planet of Earth will be seen as the cradle of their existence, but eventually a change will happen, and Earth will be seen as the hell hole from which only the worthy managed to escape.
Eventually the Martians will develop technology sufficient for them to begin their holy mission of saving Earth - via destruction of course.
I imagine some asteroid aiming of the like, since it is forbidden to set foot on Earth!
Re: A small window
I would add on point to the list
Off-line mode. I want a model that is unable to connect to any form of internet. Give it space for some data so that I can include a map of the area I plan to walk and can put any video/photo I record on to the glass. Then I hook it up to my computer/tablet/phone and retrieve the data I want. Sure it's a bit more of a hassle, but it's a hassle I for one would happily be burdened with
I have a question.
The argument has been raised that one feature isn't what makes people buy the phone/tv/car whatever, but if that is actually true, why are the companies spending so much money advertising the feature? You could say it's because the feature is part of the reason someone would buy something, but that also means that the feature could be the deciding factor. I'm just looking for a satisfactory answer, so please inform me :)
Re: A few points
Just feel that it needs mentioning: Dannebrog is the national flag of Denmark, not Norway. So unless we're talking of either a really long past war, or some future in which Norway has once again come under Danish rule, I don't think Dannebrog would be involved in your scenario.
He'll continue to make up one thing or another to complain about from time to time. He can't stand being slowly forgotten, but he will be. This is simply him wanting to be in the press, and it's working.
There really isn't any news value to this thing, except that it's him saying anything. The sooner that also loses its news value the better.
Re: If the CNIL demand goes ahead ...
I recall a UK judge not being very agreeable to Apple tinkering with the intent of his order, so doing a rebuttal would have to be extremely well worded. Avoiding any implicit "we didn't actually break the law" type words, because according to the ruling they must've done?
Re: Other countries seem to get better quality MEP's than the UK
Something something America, something something historical relationships, you know the drill.
Re: I don't get it
I tried it.
1: Wikipedia on Black Death,
2: IMDB for Black Death (2010),
3: eyewitnesstohistory.com on the Black Death,
1: Wikipedia on Black Death,
2: eyewitnesstohistory.com on the Black Death,
3: historylearningsite.co.uk on the Black Death,
I don't know about you, but to me those are pretty similar results, hell the Bing results even throw in a movie... Probably not historically accurate of course, but that's not really Bings fault.
I couldn't even find any link to buy the Black Death on the first two pages (and then I stopped checking, cause honestly I'd probably just end up spilling it on myself).
So yeah, Bing is totally horrible if by Bing you mean that abstract entity you've created that is just a compilation of everything you can think of that could be wrong with a search engine.
If you mean the search engine made by microsoft, then it's really not all that bad.
I personally use a variety of search engines, because I prefer to get some varied results and surprises instead of just whatever "fits me". If I want quick answers I go wikipedia, and if it requires a little more solid reasoning I check the sources, or I go to already known websites.
Somehow I feel like he needs a walking stick or perhaps some other form of hand held accessory (and no - I'm not saying he needs a purse or a stethoscope or anything silly like that), I just feel like it'd fit with the outfit.
Perhaps it'll be better when I see him with a screwdriver...
Re: Eguro Loopy Wankinmasta Martin Gregorie Anon Cluetard Boston Marathon Bombing
I might be unable to think, but you seem to be unable to answer the main point of replies, that being why you are in a position to question the findings of the "The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board" - namely that
"Based on the information provided to the board, including classified briefings and documentation, we have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,"
If they have made no concrete difference in the outcome, are we just keeping them around so that the terrorists feel the paranoia of potentially being watched? Because I thought it was about keeping people safe - aka providing intelligence that make "concrete difference[s]" to "outcome[s] of counterterrorism investigation[s]"
And if we really are just keeping them around so their presence is somehow perceived, then is that really a price we - even you?! - are willing to pay? Because it seems rather steep!
Re: Loopy Wankinmasta Martin Gregorie Anon Cluetard Boston Marathon Bombing
Well if it hadn't been for incompetent terrorists there would have been a few attacks that were not prevented by the NSA.
Off the top of my head there's the underwear bomber and the guy with the car in Times Square (which if I recall correctly was discovered because a citizen saw suspicious behaviour and acted).
Now you can argue all you want, that the lack of terrorist attacks on US soil is a result of Mass Surveillance from the NSA, but that's not just arguing something that's hard too prove, it's also arguing against the result of the US appointed "The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board" which just stated such claims are dubious if not downright false.
If you have access to some documentation as to why this board would lie about the NSA effectiveness then I'd love to hear it - and presumably so would the board, the NSA and tons of other US institutions and citizens.
Re: Google worse than NSA
So you pose a question, and then proceed to answer it yourself
[I.E.: "The NSA is different because we don't really have a choice there, but we do have the freedom to choose whether or not we use Google, Facebook, etc."]
Did you just feel a distinct lack of Google talk in this thread?
And to answer your question in more earnest: Some of the things Google does probably should be (and likely are) illegal, but some of it is free choice because people aren't quite sure what exactly their personal information is worth [Looking @ Google I'd say at least a couple of bucks considering their worth divided by number of people they spy o... I mean assist in getting a better web experience]
About National Security Letters: "Obama said that these would no longer be open-ended gagging orders and companies would be able to disclose their use after a limited time – unless there's a real government need for secrecy."
Does that last sentence imply that these letters are currently not - at least not always - used for a real need? Because that's somewhat a confirmation of current suspicions, right?
As far as the spying only being done for counter-terrorism etc. that could be/is code for anything that hurts US interests which also include the success of foreign businesses - ergo economic espionage is likely to continue... Provided it was ever going on of course, which of course it wasn't! I certainly wouldn't say something like that at least!
(I somehow feel that the black helicopter logo should be changed to some picture version of "Told ya so")
Re: Suing, a career enhancing move?
You're right! We shouldn't hold people accountable; not when they have power.
We should really just give up and say "Please Sirs, don't do it again, pretty please"
Sue the fuckers and the take your collective smart-arses and start a company of your own (with the millions from the lawsuit). Going from this article, that'll be pretty much every senior employee from 4-6 companies. Surely they should be able to compete, what with knowing all about their competitors
Best thing about publishing under EA
I think I see one upside for developers who publish under EA - you (almost) never get any blame!
Anything that goes wrong with an EA published game = EA rushed it, EA doesn't care - etc. etc.
And the best/worst part is, I don't even think it's wrong!
I personally swore off EA after they managed to take the grand potential of Mass Effect and slowly but surely ruin it - culminating in the infamous ending. And I do believe that was the greatest gaming related decision I've ever made.
Now whenever I hear of EA troubles, I can slowly shake my head and laugh.
I do belive Ubisoft is making a bid to join the ranks of EA soon, but they still have a chance to save themselves.
The only bad thing I've experienced from my EA boycott is when there's a Bullfrog sale on gog.com. I really want to buy it, but I really don't want to give money to EA, and I also don't want to start down a slippery slope to buying some new EA game.
Wow this comment sorta got away from me - in conclusion; I think it's peculiar, though perhaps not undeserved, that Maxim is almost getting away without criticism, because they work for EA.
Re: New year's resolutions
Fair enough. For me it's typing "w potato" to get to the wiki page on potato
Now granted it might not work as well for stock prices or calculator stuff
- Updated Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders