84 posts • joined 5 Jul 2012
Embrace, extend and extinguish
Re: Anybody here use Google Wallet before?
Head over to Reddit, plenty-o-thumbs-down for asking questions.
Re: I make flash run as Click to play
Rather than using flashblock, I just changed the settings for the Flash plugin to Ask to Activate. You will also get prompted to activate Flash on sites that have no reason for using flash except for those secret Flash cookies.
This guy is an iDouche.
Windows is too hard for Windows users.
Re: Stop. Just Stop.
Firefox doesn't bundle any crap that I'm aware of, do you mind giving an example?
But all the other browsers look similar to Firefox Australis, so I don't see what point there was in switching. Plus with Firefox you are able to make it look and act just like the older versions (something I and many others have done).
Makes you wonder what work if any, all of these thousands of workers were doing.
But with more layoffs, the stock should surely go higher. We all know those job creator investors love it when layoffs are announced.
I tried out Windows 10 yesterday for a few hours. Aesthetically, it quite boring. Just more flat square blandness (I feel that Win7 was prettier). It was nice to unpin all the Tiles from the start menu, which is a huge improvement over Win8 start screen.
What I don't really like is the requirement of having an online Microsoft account and the defaults are a concern in relation to privacy. I especially hate the "Not recommended" suggestions Microsoft displays when turning off online connectivity for various apps. Then to uninstall pre-installed apps, you wont find them in the usual place (Programs section of the Control Panel), rather you need to go to PC Settings, Search and apps, App sizes. Maybe this will change, but for now it appears somewhat disorganized.
Overall I'm not really that impressed, the default pushes all things "cloudy", which to may appeal to some but not so much for anyone valuing privacy.
Re: Just Say No
Apparently some mayors and non-profit organizations that received donations from Comcast have written the FCC, stating that they support the merger.
Talk about blatant payoffs. No need for fat brown envelopes when they can legally bribe just about anyone.
So I decided to check what the trends for Microsoft Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Andoid, iOS, OS X, Apple and Macintosh. I found that all the Windows' had declines, Apple/OS X/macintosh has steady with slight decline, then iOS is pretty bumpy (presumably due to their hyped up releases), and Android had made gains and seems steady.
So not sure what to take from these stats, but there may be a correlation between the falling sales/interest of desktop/laptops and the raise of mobile devices/tablets, and one thing is for sure and that is marketing is probably one of the weakest areas of any Linux distribution.
If you want Google search to forget, you need to have the source altered or removed. Why is it so hard for anyone to understand that Google is the tool to find information, and if the information is there, I expect at minimum that Google provides that information uncensored.
A few years ago, I found some miss-information about myself thanks to Google. I used that opportunity to contact the website and had it removed, which eventually lead to Google forgetting about it.
This is a clear case of shoot the messenger. The EU has got this law completely wrong, and should focus on the source of the privacy concerns.
I don't know about anyone else, but I like my chip-and-pin and contactless cards. Banks and anyone who has worked in retail know that it is rare a signature is accurately verified.
It appears that some US banks are using these cards as an excuse to pass on the fraud costs to the consumer. I suspect they will offer fraud insurance at an additional cost. Remember it's all about reducing their costs and making more money from you.
Re: Product to Service
This is true. However going the purely subscription-based model is not ideal for all users or for all software.
I believe there should be a choice between buy once use forever (with a time limited support period) or the subscription model.
Re: 200 'mostly in' HR?
"the layoffs will happen in HR, finance and other areas where there’s overlap between the two firms."
Re: US Tech Companies
I decided to go with a non-free non-USA email provider earlier this year. The email provider I chose seems to value users privacy, based on the research I did.
Could security be handled in a more inefficient manner? Google really screwed up this aspect of Android. Millions of users are left vulnerable because Google left the distribution of security updates to manufacturers and carriers, both of which have an economic interest in not providing updates, oh and lets not forget Google's own ridiculously short Android support term of 18 months.
This ISP simply wants to charge both ends just like Comcast. The fact is the customers want this content and are already paying the ISP for access. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some underhanded monetary transaction with Comcast as they'll stop at nothing to get their monopolistic way.
Re: Epic Failure = Increased share price.
I always find it disturbing that every time a big publicly traded company lays off a huge chunk of employees the share prices always go up, basically the "market" is celebrating the removal of thousands of jobs.
Re: It's on Bing
Damn Bing maps street view requires the Silverlight plugin. Thanks but no thanks.
"Delete your cache now and put on a tin-foil helmet as soon as possible!" - My God, I thought it was only a tin-foil hat that was needed.
Thumbs nose at NSA?
Is this some kind of a joke, because as everyone with half a brain knows, this is just security theatrics, as far as the NSA/US Government is concerned.
I see a lot of people saying "don't use Paypal", but none have offered a widely available international solution that is comparable.
Visa and Mastercard could easily offer expanded services that are identical to PayPal, but I am assuming since they haven't yet, that they are not interested in anything besides their core business. Google already is a privacy nightmare so that option is dead. Amazon has a new service, but it too can easily be arbitrary just like PayPal. Interac doesn't have the same online presence and is tied to a bank account rather than being an option like Paypal. So for many people, PayPal is still a major option that cannot be easily ignored.
I feel that the responsibility for removal of personal information lies with the actual websites that have your information. Google just facilitates the search. I am all for the right to be forgotten, but lets deal with the source of the "problem", get the host of said information to delete it. When the source is removed, it will then eventually be removed from Google.
Re: And here I thought
You're quick to assume it's all legal. Unless there is an audit, you cannot be sure.
Maybe there is a valid reason, or maybe it's intentional. You can never really trust Microsoft's intentions, history has proven that time and time again.
But I read today the US Government is charging some Chinese officials for spying? Do as I say, and not as I do. That's must be the US Government motto these days.
Classic Theme Restorer is your friend.
Firefox should have really made people aware of the monstrosity they were about unleash upon their loyal users. It was my understanding that Add-ons/Extensions were supposed to enhance your browser not something to restore usability.
What scam software patents are. This is a clear example of the "innovation" it's supposed to create and protect.
Ever since the first couple of Android distributors signed these extortion agreements, it has had a snowball effect. The mafia would be very proud of Microsoft.
This is among many reasons I avoid Microsoft products and services as much as possible.
I doubt Apple would be where it is today, had Steve stayed at Apple right through.
So I checked it out, and sync.com says it's Canadian, with a Canadian address, but according to Geotool, the server IP address is in the USA.
So if you're trying to avoid the prying eyes of the Government of the USA, you are out of luck.
And 100% of software patents are bunk. Whoever thought applying patents to software was an idiot. Software patents do nothing for innovation and everything for extortion.
I seem to remember MS jacking up the prices for almost everything they sell. Surely this is a major contributing factor to any increases. Once businesses are locked in to MS, they are basically held hostage and forced to pay the higher prices. Because most businesses are focused on short term goals, they can only see that it appears cheaper to pay more for MS products than invest in other more economical software that would benefit them in the long-term.
Perhaps HP realized that Lenovo was selling their goods because they still offer Windows 7 while HP pushed Win8 (no "upgrade" to Win7) and their laptops/desktops stayed on the shelf collecting dust.
Re: 99% of all mobile exploits are on Android
Or they will kick you in the face for not have a phone worth stealing.
Re: Fantastic news!
SC4 works incredibly well on Linux nowadays. There are some simple steps you can find by doing a simple Google search to get it installed without the need of a NoCD crack. From what I hear, it's probably easier to install, if you use PlayOnLinux, but I've never tried that myself.
Now there's a site to look up to. They practically invented the the self-destructing social website, with every re-design it got progressively out of touch with what their users wanted, so now I'd be surprised if they're half of what they used to be.
Re: App Permission
Similar journey for me, but I ended up with Nexus Flashlight, the two permissions are reasonable - take pictures (obviously because the app needs the camera for the ability to use the flash), and prevent phone from sleeping - nobody want their flashlight constantly shutting off.
Re: Optical Mice
I have to agree. Comparing a mouse or a keyboard to much more sophisticated hardware/software is a bit over the top.
What is with the recommendation that the data be held by a private party? Are they suggesting the privatization of this highly personal and valuable data is going to be somehow better for society? Oh, never mind, this comes from the same country that created a massive private prison industry, reliant of making damn near everyone a potential criminal all for the sake of profits.
Advertising safe sex, such as condoms in an appropriate way should not be considered bad for children. If the child is old enough to understand the commercial, then that child is old enough to know about safe sex options.
From Mashable, there is this:
"Barnes & Noble uses a technology called Digital Rights Management to protect copyright content. Its DRM uses identifiers to encrypt the customer's valid credit card on file.
"Therefore the customer must have a valid credit card attached to their account to purchase new NOOK content or download previously purchased NOOK content with no additional charge,” president digital Products, Jamie Iannone, tells Mashable."
Probably not a big reason for slumping sales, as the average consumer probably doesn't know this, but I am sure this has angered many customers.
Considering the very short official support period for smartphones (something like 18 months), I doubt I'll be buying another high-end device. There just is no justification on spending hundreds of dollars every couple of years replacing a perfectly functional and useful device.
I'd much rather children learn the concept of sharing, cooperation, fair-use, before anything "anti-piracy".
Any advertiser or website that has auto-play media, deserves to burn in internet hell!
Re: Hang on
But, how may users use the same password for multiple accounts. A lot of those users probably have the same password for their email, which than allows the hackers a view into a whole lot more, perhaps which bank they deal with, credit cards, and all other sorts of valuable personal information.
Re: Love, Love, Loving the fact that...
They probably picked Arizona because there are so many immigrants willing to work for minimum wage. And I wonder what other perks the state of Arizona gave Apple?
I suspect the state wont make much tax revenue, and 650 of the 700 employees will be paid at near minimum wage rates with lousy benefits.
Probably just a bunch of accounting tricks.
But seriously, considering they increased the prices for damn near every product & service they sell to businesses and consumers, I'm not at all surprised they are making more. I also wonder how many Windows Pro are downgraded?
OK, why wasn't this something all the security software providers were all over? I would think, especially those who pay for their security software, that they should have been notified of this security breach in the apps that they scan. On the other had I am certain that the security software industry is in the Android market just to turn a quick buck while providing minimal if any security at all.
Re: Fragmentation grenade?
Wayland is the replacement of xorg and that xwayland is what is used to provide compatibility with X. Since Kubuntu is based on KDE and KDE is going with Wayland, that is the main reason for them to go with Wayland.
I think Suttleworth is being a bit over the top on this issue of Mir. I think he's upset everyone didn't flock over to the Ubuntu side.
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