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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Kelson Left out a key piece of the original headline (193 comments)

"...but only 0.1% of those were on Google Play"

So that vast majority is practically all third-party installations (something which isn't even an option on iOS).

about 5 months ago
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Google Chrome 32 Is Out: Noisy Tabs Indicators, Supervised Users

Kelson Re:But the ONE thing I want... (141 comments)

Do you actually need that question *every* time, or do you just want to build a list of sites that are allowed to persist cookies and let the rest drop off at the end of your browsing session?

Chrome doesn't have the ask-every-time option, but you can set it to only keep cookies until you close your browser, then add exceptions for the sites you want to persist. It's a bit clunkier to build up the list, but unless you're adding to it frequently, once you have the list it'll just stay out of your way and work.

about 7 months ago
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Google Leads Among Consumer Tech Companies Lobbying Congress

Kelson Re:lobbying is bullshit (65 comments)

Problem is, if Google doesn't spend the money, then the other companies that are spending the money are going to be heard, not Google.

Exactly. One of the big things to come out of the fight against SOPA was the realization that Silicon Valley needed to step up the lobbying if they were going to avoid being stepped on by Hollywood's lobbying.

about 10 months ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Kelson Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

California has a bi-annual smog inspection. Smog inspections have been shown to be very effective at reducing smog.

Hybrids and electric cars are exempt though, along with several other alternative fuels, really old cars (older than 1975 and still running), and new cars less than six years old. So CA only gets the data on older cars that are using the "usual" amount of gas.

If California were to implement the plan that Oregon is looking at, they wouldn't be able to use the smog inspections, because the segment they want to add is the same segment that's exempt from inspections.

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

Kelson Re:Knows and Presumes are not the same thing (473 comments)

I figure over-reliance on this sort of analysis explains why Facebook will show me ads for dating services even though it knows I'm married. I like all this geeky stuff, so obviously the advertisers assume I'm single.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC

Kelson Re:A Kindle? (577 comments)

The Kindle Fire line is an Android tablet with a custom UI and comes with Amazon's app store pre-installed instead of Google's. It's in the same class as the Nexus tablets and iPads.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Now Available On the Nexus 7

Kelson Re:USB OTG (87 comments)

There's at least one app out there that give you read access to USB drives without rooting. It's called Nexus Media Importer and runs $3. Obviously it doesn't apply to anyone installing Ubuntu, but for those who want to stick with Android & don't want to root their device, it can take care of simple use cases like loading photos from a camera, pulling audio files from a thumb drive, etc.

about 2 years ago
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Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Journey

Kelson Re:Crime it's not in Houston (87 comments)

Yes, actually, Los Angeles and its suburbs do have a long history with aerospace. Look up JPL on a map sometime. Or type "Downey Rockwell Apollo" into Google.

about 2 years ago
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Perseids Meteor Shower Maximum Is This Weekend

Kelson Re:WHERE?!? (43 comments)

Anywhere with clear skies, though as I understand it you can see more in the Northern hemisphere.

This is an event that takes place over several days and is based on the Earth's path through the solar system, so it doesn't matter what time zone you're in. Wherever you are, your patch of land will rotate into the right position at the same local time.

about 2 years ago
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Chaos Monkey Released Into the Wild

Kelson Good idea for mobile devs too... (76 comments)

Except they need to randomly turn off the network connection in their test envronment. It's amazing how many mobile apps assume you'll always have a solid connection and never be in an elevator, or walking between tall buildings, or the basement of a convention center, or any other place with a spotty or overloaded signal.

about 2 years ago
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Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group

Kelson Gee, thanks SOPA. Sort of. (94 comments)

I remember this being something that came up during the fight over SOPA: Namely, that while the entertainment industry is used to lobbying the government, the tech industry was fractured and didn't see lobbying as a high priority, so the success Hollywood had at railroading some of those crazy ideas just blindsided them. (Stacked hearings, deliberately ignoring experts, etc.) It became clear that something would have to level the field, and since we know the RIAA, MPAA and friends aren't going to back off on their lobbying (and we know the government isn't going to stop listening to lobbyists), the solution is a tech lobby.

about 2 years ago
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Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

Kelson Re:Downloading Ubuntu (354 comments)

OK, perhaps someone here can provide some suitable legitmate and mainstream examples that we can cite then

Blizzard still uses torrents to distribute software updates in their games, right?

more than 2 years ago
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55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Leaked

Kelson Update: No recent hack, just repackaged old data (66 comments)

From CNet's article:

After Lamo and others found that at least some of the alleged account data had been posted on the Web last year and speculated that the list appeared to be compiled from various sources, including spam accounts, Twitter provided CNET this statement when asked for comment: "We've looked into this and can confirm that Twitter was not compromised. For extra precaution, yesterday, we pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected."

more than 2 years ago
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Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify

Kelson Establishing a pattern here (435 comments)

This is the same committee that wouldn't let any women testify in a hearing on contraception last month.

Apparently, if you know something about the topic at hand, they don't want your input.

more than 2 years ago
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Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

Kelson Re:What. (652 comments)

It's not about blaming the driver (and if you think the driver is as much or more of a victim than the dead child or the child's parent, you have a really twisted view of reality). It's about giving the responsible driver better tools to more effectively do what he's doing already.

If you don't think the benefit is worth the expense, that's one thing, but you sound like someone complaining that mandating railings on stairways is an abdication of personal responsibility that forces responsible people to pay for those irresponsible people who don't have perfect balance when they climb stairs.

more than 2 years ago
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Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

Kelson Re:What. (652 comments)

Why assume the kids are unsupervised? Have you ever seen a toddler running around? They're faster than you might expect, and they're not always predictable, even when you *are* watching them.

more than 2 years ago
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Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

Kelson Re:More regulations = more regulators (652 comments)

They used to do this and people were getting killed left and right on the highways in accidents which today are easily survivable.

And in an interesting twist, I read an article about artificial hearts the other day which noted that because of the decrease in traffic fatalities due to all these safety features, the supply of hearts for organ transplants has dropped dramatically, putting more pressure on the effort to build a long-lasting artificial heart.

more than 2 years ago

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Google Phasing Out Gears for HTML5

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kelson (129150) writes "Have you noticed that there haven't been many updates to Gears in a while? That's because Google has decided to focus instead on similar capabilities in the emerging HTML5 standard: local storage, database, workers and location cover similar functionality, but natively in the web browser. Of course, since Gears and HTML APIs aren't exactly the same, it's not a simple drop-in replacement, so they'll continue supporting the current version of Gears in Firefox and Internet Explorer. I guess this means the long-anticipated Gears support for 64-bit Firefox on Linux and Opera are moot."
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Releasing the Chromium OS open source project

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kelson (129150) writes "Google has released the source to what will eventually become Chrome OS, and will begin developing it as an open source project like Chromium. The OS differs from the usual computing model by (1) making all apps web apps (2) sandboxing everything and (3) removing anything unnecessary, to focus on speed."
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Bringing the 80s Back: Super Powers 25th

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kelson writes "In 1984, Kenner launched the Super Powers line of DC super-hero action figures. The toys were tied to the Super Friends cartoon, and each had an action: If you squeezed Superman's legs, he would throw a punch. If you squeezed the Flash's arms, he would run. Each figure also came with a 16-page minicomic starring the character and others from the toy line. Today, fourteen websites join together in celebrating this landmark toy line."
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How to Make a Golden-Age Flash Helmet

Kelson Kelson writes  |  about 5 years ago

Kelson writes "Most people these days know the Flash as that super-fast guy in a red suit. (Or else they confuse him with Flash Gordon.) But back in the 1940s, the Flash wore a costume based on classical depictions of the Roman god Mercury, complete with a winged helmet and boots. Winged helmets, of course, aren't exactly easy to track down, so here's how to make one if you ever feel the need for speed."
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Browser-sniffing websites force Opera 10 to spoof

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "As the first major web browser to reach a double-digit version, Opera has been testing out alpha releases of version 10 for months now. One of the early problems they encountered was bad browser detection scripts that only looked at the first digit of a version number, concluding that Opera 10 was actually Opera 1, and therefore too old to handle modern web pages. After extensive testing, they've concluded that the best way to work around this is to pretend to be Version 9.80. It'll be some time before Firefox or Safari runs into this issue, but with Internet Explorer 8 in wide release, you have to wonder what Microsoft will do when they get to IE 10."
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Kindle DX: A Digital Comics Platform?

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "Amazon's new Kindle DX has a screen size comparable to a typical manga page, and the device itself is about the size of a typical trade paperback. It's black and white, but it could easily handle print-formatted comics without chopping them into individual panels or zooming and panning. Imagine 30 years of Spider-Man or Justice League of America in the space of the latest trade."
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Google Mows (with) Goats

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "Google's Mountain View headquarters has fields that need to be kept clear of fire hazards. This year instead of mowing them, they took a low-carbon approach: they hired a herd of goats to eat the grass for a week. "It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.""
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Opera Web Browser Celebrates 15th Birthday

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "Fifteen years ago, two computer scientists sat at their desks in a research lab in what is today Telenor, Norway's telecommunications incumbent, itching to begin a new project. They were going to build their own Web browser. Those first keystrokes would become Opera, the browser that has set — and continues to set — the standard for browser innovation. Today, about 40 million people use Opera on their Windows, Mac and Linux computers."
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Amazonfail: How Metadata and Sex Broke the Amazon

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kelson writes "Information Today analyzes last week's #AmazonFail, and how it involved books, metadata, sex, search results, traditionally disenfranchised groups, a possible hacker, the Kindle, the absence of institutional response, and the emergence of Twitter for sharing information very quickly on a massive scale."
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Comic Sans, Font of Ill Will

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "the Wall Street Journal profiles Vincent Connare, designer of the web's most-hated font, Comic Sans. Not surprisingly, the font's origins go back to Microsoft Bob, where he saw a talking dog speaking in Times New Roman. Connare pulled out Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns for reference, and created the comic book-style font over the next week."
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iPhones 50% of US smartphone traffic? Not Exactly

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "Much was made over AdMob's statistics showing that the iPhone makes up 50% of web traffic from US smartphones...but it turns out that these stats are skewed by a large ad presence in iPhone apps (which do not appear on any other phone) and on iPhone-specific websites. The result is not unlike polling for soft drink preferences in the Coca-Cola break room."
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DC Comics Brings Back 80s Icon

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "No, not the Flash — Based on pre-release buzz for the return of Barry Allen, who died in 1986's Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC Comics has decided to bring back Vibe, a character from the 1980s Justice League series who became the first Leaguer to die in battle with the team — way back in 1987. The "Rebirth" team of Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver return once more, picking up on Vibe: Rebirth as soon as they finish Flash: Rebirth. The first issue of the Flash miniseries hits stores today."
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Bored? Try Doodling To Keep The Brain On Task

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "The next time you see someone doodling during a meeting, don't criticize them for drifting off. It turns out that doodling is the mind's way of keeping itself just busy enough to avoid checking out entirely and slipping off into a daydream, and doodlers actually remember more of that boring talk. (Judging by my college notes, this probably helped me remember a lot of otherwise-boring lectures.)"
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Reading Comics on Your Phone: Hexed on the (Androi

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "With the printed comics industry showing signs of trouble, a lot of people are wondering whether digital comics will be the next big thing. So far the talk has mostly been about web comics and Apple's iPhone. iVerse Comics, the company that has been converting comics to iPhone apps, has just released their first comic for the Android Market, Boom's Hexed #1, as a free download. So how well does a printed comic translate to a 3-inch LCD screen?"
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Dillo Web Browser Updated At Last

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kelson writes "More than two years after the last release, Dillo 2 is now available. The open-source web browser was launched in 1999 with the goal of enabling access to the web without massive hardware or software requirements. Eventually, its reliance on GTK+ (GTK2 was deemed too heavy for its goals) and lack of funding led to a development freeze in 2007. The project relaunched with a port to FLTK, and has caught up with features such as tabbed browsing, multiple character-set support, and major improvements to rendering, UI, and memory usage. The project is currently seeking developers."
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IE8 - Time to Upgrade the Web

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 yesterday, for Windows XP and Vista. So if you (or your friends, co-workers, or family) are still using IE6, it's once again time to think about upgrading or switching. (Assuming, of course, that you're not locked in by corporate policy or another piece of software.)

  • IE6 is now two versions behind the current release.
  • IE6 is almost 8 years old (it was released in 2001).
  • IE6 is lacking in many capabilities that all other modern web browsers have, in web technology, in security, and in features you can use.

You can read a review at Wired, a write-up from the IE team, or a summary of technical changes from WaSP.

Of course, Internet Explorer isn't the only option out there. There's Firefox , Opera , Chrome and a host of other alternative browsers that are worth checking out.

If you're still running Windows 2000 or some other old version of Windows that can't run IE7 or IE8, I'd absolutely recommend Firefox or Opera. Either will be much better than IE6, both will run on Windows 2000, and Opera will even run on Windows Me and Windows 98 (but you really ought to move to something more current than Windows Me.)

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WGA False Positive Experience

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Back in July(?) 2006 when Microsoft issued an update to the Windows Genuine Advantage tool, I figured I may as well install it (I'd be forced to eventually) on my one Windows box. So I installed it, and rebooted, and the login screen proclaimed loudly that Windows was not genuine. (Well, not literally loudly, it didn't shout over the speakers or anything -- which would be an interesting deterrent, now that I think about it.)

This came as something of a surprise, given that:

  • This was a Dell, not some no-name computer.
  • It still had the original OS install, and no hardware had been changed.
  • The previous version of WGA had reported no problems.

I logged in, did some searching on Microsoft's knowledge base, and found a link that said something like "Validate here." I clicked on it.

To my surprise, it told me my copy was perfectly valid.

I eventually concluded that Norton Internet Security had blocked the initial validation attempt. Because there was no desktop shell, there was no opportunity for it to pop up a notice and ask me if I wanted it to let the data through.

After that experience, I can't say I'm surprised that Microsoft found many of their false positives to be the result of security software. Admittedly, they were looking at registry changes, crypto problems and McAfee, rather than a transient error with Norton.

(Reposted from this comment, mainly so I can find it again easily without searching.)

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Semantic Comments

Kelson Kelson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I've noticed one aspect my Slashdot use has changed since Slashdot's CSS makeover last year: the way I quote.

I used to do it simply: I'd just surround the pasted text with <i>...</i> tags, and let Slashcode fill in the paragraph breaks. It served as a visual cue. In fact, since most people quote at the top of the comment, it's more aesthetic than a plain, default indent-and-nothing-else <blockquote>.

Since the CSS redesign implemented a visual style for <blockquote>, I've actually started using the <blockquote> tag. Sure, it's longer to type, easier to misspell, and means I have to add all the paragraph tags and switch from "Plain Old Text" to "HTML Formatted" -- but it looks enough better that it's worth the effort.

Yes, actually, I am a standards-based web developer. Why do you ask?

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Meta Moderation Practices

Kelson Kelson writes  |  about 8 years ago

I've been observing my decisions with meta moderation, and have noticed some trends:

  1. I let most positive moderations stand.
  2. If a post is funny, but not actually insightful or informative, I will generally mark the latter moderations as unfair.
  3. I'm a lot more critical of negative moderations than positive. I'll let some stand, but I'm much more likely to mark them as being unfair.

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