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What Apple Does and Doesn't Know About You

Guidii Re:Hmm (214 comments)

Note to author: Your link in step 2 requires an AppleID, which you said you didn't need in step 1.

about 10 months ago

My view of touchscreen laptops:

Guidii Re:Thought... (359 comments)

Gorrilla arm is more of an issue with a conventional keyboard/monitor setup, where you need to move your arm a lot to reach the screen. A laptop configuration leaves your fingers much closer to the screen, so gorrilla arm isn't much of an issue.
Making touchscreens useful is still an open question.... but it's not an ergonomic one, imho.

about a year ago

My view of touchscreen laptops:

Guidii Re:Thought... (359 comments)

Yes, Star Trek has some awesome tactical feedback systems....
... but perhaps you were talking about tactile feedback?

about a year ago

How the Inventors of Dragon Speech Recognition Technology Lost Everything

Guidii Re:Ironic (606 comments)

I think you meant "aisle", unless there's an island somewhere filled with politicians.

more than 2 years ago

How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the FTC On Privacy Issue

Guidii Re:Chrome transfers every action to google (120 comments)

+4 informative for misinformation?

How do you think google is able to have the bowser on your phone, computer and tablet sync the open taps and pre-fetch all the entries in each instances history? Chrome definitely records every webpage you look at and sends it to google.

Okay, first point: pre-fetch is done at the browser. You're hovering over a link? Pre-fetch downloads the link and has it ready for you if you do indeed click on it. Google isn't involved.

Second point: If you turn on browser sync, then yes, your browser operations get tracked so they can be synchronized.... how else would you expect this to work? If you don't like it, turn it off.

If you think that chrome is mis-behaving, by all means download the source ( and check for yourself.

more than 2 years ago

Disney Research Can Turn Nearly Any Surface Into a Touch Screen

Guidii Re:Definitly news for nerds... (96 comments)

Hmmm. I don't think the sensor described here would work for you, because it doesn't detect where the touches happen.

I've been building an FTIR based tabletop for my D&D games....

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Maintaining IT Policy In K-12 Public Education?

Guidii Consider Chromebooks (208 comments)

I read an interesting write up on Chromebooks in education today. The article discusses tech for students... not sure if this is what you're looking for, but they really cut down on their support costs.

more than 2 years ago

Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack

Guidii Sounds like a research project... (223 comments)

Is this any different than offering undergrads $20 to participate in a psychology experiment? What's the story here?

more than 2 years ago

FBI File Notes Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field

Guidii Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (337 comments)

Interesting snippet:

[Retracted] concluded the interview by stating that even though he does not consider Mr. Jobs to be a friend, he (Mr. Jobs) possesses the qualities to assume a high level political position. It was [retracted]'s opinion that honesty and integerity are not required qualities to hold such a position."

more than 2 years ago

EPIC Sues FTC Over Google's Planned Privacy Changes

Guidii Re:The first Slashdot troll post investigation (100 comments)

I hate to feed (or read) trolls. I think this AC is correct. Slashdot editing seems to be borked. Is there a forum/venue/thread to discuss such things?

(Mistake of the day: forgetting to turn off the "I'm a moderator, show me everything" setting as soon as my mod points expired, and before reading this article. Colossally bad timing.)

more than 2 years ago

EPIC Sues FTC Over Google's Planned Privacy Changes

Guidii Re:EPIC (100 comments)

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Google unless... The "unless" includes a bunch of exceptions, which I don't see as a big deal but you may disagree. In summary, ...c) with a third party affiliate for "processing", which must also agree to the privacy policy (not quite sure what that means)

c) means that you might, for example, buy something from Google, and they might have to ship it to you. When they put your name on that envelope, they are "sharing" your personally identifiable information with the postal service. This escape clause allows them to do that.

I can't remember ever reading a privacy policy that didn't have this clause in it. The clause usually says that they will only share this PII with responsible types who also have a good privacy policy... and it looks like Google uses the same language.

more than 2 years ago

Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Websites With Excessive Ads

Guidii Re:Sex Change (321 comments)

TIL How to block a bad site in google search.

Thanks asdf7890.... I've been using google forever, and never found that before.

more than 2 years ago

Bell Canada To Stop Internet Throttling

Guidii Small ISP's are the target... (159 comments)

So a lot of small ISP's buy bandwidth from Bell. And then they re-sell that bandwidth to users like you. Up until now, those users haven't been using too much bandwidth, because the "backbone" (from Bell) used traffic shaping to reduce their throughput.

Now that Bell has stopped shaping, what do you think will happen to those ISP's? Their customers will torrent away all their bandwidth, and the ISP's will either have to add their own shaping or add caps to their plans.

End result: Bell's customers (on capped plans already) see no big benefit. ISP customers get some short-term benefit until their ISP's adjust to the new system. ISP's suffer. Bell wins.

more than 2 years ago

US Bans Loud Commercials

Guidii Please explain this to Terry O'Reilly (289 comments)

Terry O'Reilly has a radio show on the CBC called "The Age of Persuasion", and it deals with the history of advertising. It's actually a lot more interesting than you might think, but I digress.

He's been doing commercials forever, and he swears that you can't set the volume in an ad. Here's one example.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners

Guidii Perfect fit for a Self-Driving Car (348 comments)

Hope the folks at Google adapt this to their self-driving car. Seems like a no-brainer.
Come to think of it, the whole interaction would be a no-brainer. Car detects red-light runner, car avoids red-light runner.

more than 2 years ago

Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

Guidii Another approach.... (357 comments)

Why not use a "cloverleaf" approach. As the train approaches the station, the rearmost car detaches and starts to decelerate. About the same time, a new car leaves the station and starts accelerating up to the train's speed, joining the train as the new lead car. Passengers for the next station need to move to the rear-most car(s).

more than 2 years ago

EULAs Don't Have To Suck

Guidii Re:The Attack Shark!!! (233 comments)

Trivia: I used to work there. They really did have an attack shark. Always gave my kids nightmares....

more than 2 years ago

Adobe To Donate Flex SDK To Open Source Community

Guidii Rhetorical question? (158 comments)

Is this a generous contribution to the open source community, or just Adobe offloading another failing technology?"

Both, obviously!

more than 2 years ago



Google+ Now Open to Teens

Guidii Guidii writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Guidii (686867) writes "Google+ continues to roll out new capabilities. Today's announcement is that teens (13-18) are now allowed to join.
Teens get some special treatment (being reminded that a given post is publicly visible, having more settings set to private by default), but are allowed to access all of the G+ facilities."

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