top Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'
+5 Interesting?? C'mon.
"Actually, FB has a lot of technological excellence... it isn't seen:"
1: They have done more for biometric security and automated facial recognition than virtually any other company out there. Security? that's kind of a freudian slip, not objetcive at all. But yes, they have done a lot. 2: They have a very well made system for hunting down people who are actual people versus dummy/sock puppet accounts that get squashed. I'm not going for it. I've seen A LOT of phony/spam accounts. 3: They are excellent at geolocation.
What is this supposed to mean? Like if you are good at geolocation (is that a thing?), you achieved technological excelence? 4: They created the "commodity hardware, have the backend application do all the redundancy" where the fault tolerance is in the top of the stack, as opposed to the hardware like the IBM mainframes. This allows for the absolute cheapest machines possible, and if they die, things continue on. Even entire data centers can drop off the face of the earth. Ok 5: They have the best behavioral reporting and profiling tech out there. Want to check if people 18-25 are interested in your new widget? Easily done by a FB trial balloon. Ok. Granted, that's true I think. 6: FB advertising is one of the few channels that work. People turn off their TV, but the FB ads will still come to them no matter what. I've used it to propagate info for a non-profit gathering... and attendance doubled.
Me and a lot of friend don't see ads, there's a thing called AdblockPlus. And on top of that, didn't General freaking Motors back out because it didn't work for them? 7: FB is one of the few enterprises that can actually get btrfs from an early beta state to a finished product that can handle production data. Without Facebook, btrfs would probably spend another five years being semi-ignored. Cool for that. 8: FB is one of the few Internet based companies, who, a year after IPO, has stock prices higher than they were when hitting the market and still solid. And that doesn't mean squat for technological excellence. 9: FB has very tight security. You never see a note about Facebook being hacked, and in security, no news is good news. They have security, sure. But may be you also live in a basement. (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/02/18/2023244/uk-student-jailed-for-facebook-hack-despite-ethical-hacking-defense) I'm not going to do the googling for you. 10: FB is platform agnostic. +5 Interesting, really?? His point is about Facebook being a company of technologicall excelence.
So out of 10 points you made. 6 were bulls**t.
"So, even though people bag FB, it is one of the smartest-run businesses on the face of the planet."
May be you should take Zuckerberg's shoe out of your mouth before you speak.
top Facebook To Buy WhatsApp
Mod up please.
top Facebook To Buy WhatsApp
Make sure your friends know about this app, It needs critical mass, nobody is using it.
top Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
that would be Interesting.
top AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer
Well, it's concerning the docile posture you took (judging for what you write). In my third-world country I would have made a fuss about it then get the refund. There are laws that protect you against abuses by companies. There is a department run by the government here that helps people freely protect their consumer rights. You can ask a layer anything, get counsel and start actions against companies.
It's really common to be submissive when someone take over your rights, hell look what happened with the NSA scandal. In my country it's for granted that people working in the government get rich overnight. The president and their friends are billionares. (with a B). And not in other currency, in freaking dollars.
I suggest to stand up for your rights, even if the trouble for defending them is more than the value of say right (always happens this). Once you lose it, you lose it for ever.
top Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World
Wrong story. Shame I can't delete it.
top Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World
How would you react to THIS
top Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap
I agree, we should use OSM, so we make it bigger and better. But as I have to make a website were there're pinned points in a city map so everyone can see it, OSM is not useful for me. Sadly, it can't replace "Google My Places"..yet
This is currently inavailable:
Or may be I'm overlooking, I just need a map where I can mark places and probably attach photos to it (like to show the front of a starbucks store). But in a whole country. As far as I can know, can't do it with OSM, without serious work.
top No. of vehicle license types I hold:
Was thinking the same, this poll is atrocious. Too much anxiety from one st**id poll. jeez!
top Time For a Warrant Canary Metatag?
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
What, did he mean like.. people apply terrorism on the govermnet or something?
NSA: Just kidding!
top Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe
top GOCE Satellite Burned Up Over Falkland Islands
Exactly. And as "dfk" says, it's a universal government tactic.
I'm form Argentina and I've got to say it's insulting the way they use this. They not only just focuses on the target for a few months (furiously I may say) but appeal on feelings like patriotism, because the target ALWAYS want to destroy the country and the democracy. (resemble other country of America?)
The worst of all is.. a lot of people buy it.
top Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends
Have anyone noticed that a lot of the news articles don't even get 100 comments? Some do and just a few pass the 200 mark.
May be I see just a few articles a day and that is what I get. Is someone keeping statistics?
top Cookieless Web Tracking Using HTTP's ETag
Luckily for us, most sites have petitions to domains like wetrackyou.com, adsadsandmore.com, doubleclick, exoclick, and so on. The CDNs are identifiable by the name too. And lots of petitions to googleapis, googleanalytics, googleajax (or something like that).
But yes, every time you go to a site never visited before it may be a struggle. That's something to think about when designing websites.
*Surprisingly way more cross site petitions to google domains than to facebook's. WAY more. It's actually really impressive, like if google owns the frickin internet.
top Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All
.. way to make your family shut up!
top NASA Data Suggests Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip
Oh my God!
top UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn
Web forums are the heart of the Internet, seriously. If you're looking for info about a subject, I have no doubt that you'll find a forum, within seconds, full of users talking about that and willing to give you more information, tips and tricks.
From TFA: "The company argued that porn filters will not solve the problem of child pornography and will only create new problems." I don't think that kind of pornography is in the 'open' web, but buried in parallel networks. That move is obviously for other reasons.
top After LinkedIn Clues, FOIA Nets New Details On NSA's ANCHORY Program
A couple years ago he came to my university to talk about, well.. free software. When he finished his presentation, he would take some questions from the audience to answer. The conference room was full, so It was great to hear doubts and questions answered by sir RMS.
So, I asked him something like "Is it okay to use free software for military purpose?". To my surprise he said yes.
Great Isn't it? If a missile is going to be conducted by software, it should be free software! privative software is EVIL!!
My opinion is that the developer of such software should refuse or not to do it according whit his/her principles and code of ethics. But dunno if it's more important the license of the program than it's true nature, which would be, for example, killing people.
top Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast
That summary has SO many words. I can't even make early assumptions from it, just.. too long.
top Edward Snowden Files For Political Asylum In Russia
What about privacy in Norway? I'd really like to know as I consider Norway the most advanced country in the world (that i'm aware of).
I thought of Sweden the same way but after the Assange and TPB case, I'm pretty confident it's a US lapdog. So now I don't know what to think of other Sandinavian countries about a year and a half ago
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