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Signed-In Maps Mean More Location Data For Google

93 Escort Wagon Re:You can just not sign in then (38 comments)

Jeez. If you dont like it, don't sign in.

Yeah, don't use Gmail if you don't want to be tracked all over the damn web when you're visiting sites that aren't owned by Google!

yesterday
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Signed-In Maps Mean More Location Data For Google

93 Escort Wagon I can't speak for others, obviously (38 comments)

But while I see the advantages for Google Corp., I don't see how this really benefits me personally. It's getting more common for websites to trigger the Safari popup saying "xxx.yyy.zzz would like to use your location data, is that okay?" when generally there's no reason for them to need it at all.

This just seems like a big end-around on Google's part to try capturing more data on you.

yesterday
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

93 Escort Wagon Re:Proud to be gay??? (731 comments)

Got a picture of your wife on your desk? Ever mention her in offhand conversation? Sure would be nice if gay people were free to do that too without being fired, which isn't true in a lot of places.

I must admit I'd be a bit bothered if some gay person had a picture of my wife on his or her desk.

yesterday
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

93 Escort Wagon There's a big unanswered question here (237 comments)

"Suspected" by whom, exactly?

If these are people that the CDC or other competent medical personnel believe are infected, then they should probably self-monitor and perhaps avoid mass gatherings or transit in case they start to feel ill while out and about.

If these are people that, say, the governor of some state thinks might be infected because they may have ridden on the same plane as an asymptomatic ebola carrier... they should go about their lives as normal.

yesterday
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Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

93 Escort Wagon Re:No Worries (73 comments)

Wow, my post was not meant to be political at all - just an interesting bit of data.

I learned about the natural seeps during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, actually. The natural seeps were complicating the job for the people whose job it was to stop the blown-out well.

2 days ago
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OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

93 Escort Wagon Re:Well of course! (144 comments)

1TB ought to be enough for anybody

Ha! Someone had to say it...

No, no they didn't.

3 days ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

93 Escort Wagon Re:i can see this going south in a hurry. (61 comments)

reviewer 3: washing machine wiped credit cards and screwed up my bluetooth carkey. Excellent feature to ensure laundry gets done.

To be fair, a washing machine can already do this. You just have to forget to take the key out of your pocket when you do laundry.

4 days ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

93 Escort Wagon Re:Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (61 comments)

How about having your can opener/coffee maker/etc. with a battery to wirelessly charge and not have to have cords all across your counters?

Do you have any idea how much power a can opener or (especially) a coffee maker can require under load?

4 days ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

93 Escort Wagon Re:Wireless charging? (61 comments)

Don't worry - all the bugs got worked out in the first four prototypes. The fifth one is golden!

4 days ago
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Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

93 Escort Wagon I used to build and use Firefox nightlies on OS X (106 comments)

Funny thing is, I don't actually remember why - other than there was some feature that wasn't available in the default build back then (Keychain integration, perhaps?)

Anyway, there were a number of libraries and other packages that had to be added to the system in order for the build process to succeed... but I don't remember it being all that difficult to do. Time consuming, yes - but not difficult.

5 days ago
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EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

93 Escort Wagon Re:Theory vs reality? (172 comments)

When discussing these sorts of treaties, it's important to make note of the differing legal systems that exist in the countries involved.

If the U.S. had signed and ratified Kyoto, it would've had the force of U.S. law. The government could've been sued and forced to meet the requirements.

Compare this to some other countries that did sign Kyoto - Canada, for instance. Canada didn't even come close to meeting the stated targets. So, a year or two before the deadline they simply withdrew from the pact - not something that would've been an option for the U.S.

Same thing with most European countries. Some met or exceeded their targets, while others did not. But there were no penalties applied to the countries that did not succeed.

about a week ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

93 Escort Wagon Re:Not to be outdone (175 comments)

Made even more of an awesome feat due to the fact that Mir had been de-orbited in 2001.

OP failed to mention that, to make the jump possible, Mr. Putin first plans to throw Mir back into orbit.

about a week ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

93 Escort Wagon Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

it would have been cool if he would have jumped from 128,000 feet. ;)

That would only work if he was employed by Western Digital or Maxtor.

about a week ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

93 Escort Wagon The question is complicated (258 comments)

At least for me it is.

I was perfectly happy with the old iPhone 3GS screen size (3.5"), for a phone - you can easily reach everything with your thumb, and texting is a breeze. Then, for a tablet, I think the 8" is just about perfect... but that means I have two devices. Most of the time that's not a problem, but an iPad Mini can only fit in some of my cargo pants pockets and not others.

So now I'm wondering - do I want to go to a ginormous phone, and just forgo the tablet altogether? When I've played with friends' big Android phones, they seem too big for a phone while being smaller than optimal for things like web browsing. BUT carrying only one "good enough" device has a definite appeal. So the decision is, is it enough of an advantage for me to willingly compromise on the size equation at both ends of the spectrum?

So it's a complicated question - and a potentially expensive experiment.

about a week ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

93 Escort Wagon Re:G+? (167 comments)

On Slashdot, an alternative joke might've made the OP's intent clearer:

"So it's trying to be Diaspora without the popularity?"

about a week ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

93 Escort Wagon Re:Damn linux (114 comments)

It's mildly funny that Server 2003 doesn't have this bug, and also was the last Windows Server that still used some Unix/BSD code.

(No, I'm not claiming a causal relationship...)

about two weeks ago
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The Future of Stamps

93 Escort Wagon Re:Give it another decade - the problem will solve (131 comments)

Just because you don't send physical objects anymore does not mean everyone else does not.

That's a straw man. I send physical objects several times a year. When I do, I use UPS or FedEx because the Postal Service sucks at it. My expectation that the USPS will die does not mean package delivery has to die with it.

USPS's bread and butter has historically always been letters and bills. Nowadays that is rapidly drying up, so their bread and butter has become delivering advertisements to our houses. We don't really need to maintain a government funded agency for advertisement delivery.

about two weeks ago
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The Future of Stamps

93 Escort Wagon Give it another decade - the problem will solve it (131 comments)

I'm not sure why we should invest much time moving "stamps" into the digital age. Does anyone expect the Post Office to even exist, ten years from now?

No one sends physical letters anymore. Almost all of my bills can come electronically, directly to my bank. Doctors offices and medical clinics seem to be one of the few holdouts... and even they seem to be moving online now.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

93 Escort Wagon Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (399 comments)

At least for one week out of four, once all the women sync up.

He might need that one week per month - just to recover.

about two weeks ago

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Google patches Android against OpenSSL MITM vulnerability

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about 4 months ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Google is releasing Android 4.4.4 for certain Nexus phones and tablets. While some users hoping for a new Android release at I/O may be disappointed by the timing of this new KitKat release, it is important update since it is primarily addressing CVE-2014-0224, a significant OpenSSL man in the middle vulnerability discovered recently."
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Remote Root Exploit in Kindle Touch

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "This week's SANS Consensus Security Vulnerability email reports there's a remote root exploit on the Kindle Touch, thanks to its NPAPI support, served with a side of full root privileges.

NPAPI support was newly introduced on the Touch with software update 5.1.0. I don't own a Kindle Touch, but if it's anything like my Kindle 3 — I can't imagine too many people are using its web browser. But still..."
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iGoogle going away in 2013

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Users of iGoogle are now receiving notices that iGoogle is being shut down on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.

I remember when Google seemed to be all about offering tools people might find useful, regardless of their money-making potential; but it appears they're now proceeding pell-mell down the track of killing projects they can't monetize."

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When Stallman speaks, you'd better have Pepsi on h

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about 3 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Some Slashdotters adore Richard Stallman, while others revile him — but we all can agree he's an interesting character. If you're thinking about bringing RMS in for a talk, though, there's a lot to be considered — literally. And you'd better not use the term "open source" or use a penguin in the promotional materials!"
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Netflix does about-face, decides to keep profiles

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Fresh from my Inbox:

We Are Keeping Netflix Profiles

You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.

We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.

-Your friends at Netflix"

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