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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

MadAhab Re: Same rules apply (303 comments)

If repeat business is overrated (and this is a bold, unsupported assertion), then I'm the customer Brick would want, because I haven't shopped them before. And I won't, because I have a reasonable expectation I won't get the price I agree to.

There's bad PR, and there's bad rep.

about 7 months ago

Google Chrome: the New Web Platform?

MadAhab Re:No meat to this story (290 comments)

I'll second this, actually. For the simple reason that dumb, disconnected systems - like native apps and web services - tend to screw the end user less - because their lack of vertical integration leaves them with no motive. Or, more specifically, that by splitting the function into two different roles, you create two different entities who can keep each other in check.

When you control both ends, no amoral business entity can resist taking advantage.

Right now I'm looking at you, Twitter, lighting up my location icon on my iPhone for no apparent reason.

more than 2 years ago

Company Claims Ownership of Digital Messaging

MadAhab Re:Prior Art? (325 comments)

This is what happens when you grant patents to marketing departments.

If you want courtiers and party officials to control technical progress, just say so, and stop hiding it behind civilization-destroying fucking gibberish.

about 3 years ago

Next-Gen Low-Latency Open Codec Beats HE-AAC

MadAhab Next level beats (166 comments)

This will be perfect for my next level beats.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Discards Client UI Community

MadAhab Re:Twitter's End Game [the end is near] (127 comments)

The latest revision of the official Twitter iPhone app (the app formerly known as Tweetie) has location service on whenever it is in the foreground. There is no way to turn it off. There is nothing to indicate what it is doing with your location info. This coming so close to the deprecation of 3rd party apps is a really, really bad sign for where this company is going.

I will never use their iPhone app again because of this. The #dickbar is merely annoying, recording your location without consent is actively offensive to the point I'm rethinking using Twitter at all. It's not an idle threat - I haven't used Facebook in several months because of their awful attitude towards privacy.

And if a location-tracking app is the only one left, buh-bye Twitter.

more than 3 years ago

Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

MadAhab Re:Common sense says... (417 comments)

In all seriousness, it again comes down to cultural differences.

Chinese people can be absolute fanatics about respecting boundaries that are entirely imaginary to Westerners, while at the same time being completely oblivious to boundaries that are perfectly obvious to the rest of us.

Intention vs facts is the best I can come up with. It would be horrible to admit a bad intention, while no immediately perceivable fact could be construed to cause embarrassment (i.e. "but he is fat!"). Think of them as Vulcan clowns, if that helps. So you can observe or ask anything with impunity (e.g. how much money do you make), but you should always have a socially acceptable excuse for your actions ("no, i wasn't peeing on your foot, but it was on fire and i was trying to help. and i peed a little").

My in-laws are Chinese, so as puzzling as it is (and it is), I'm not the least bit surprised at this. I'm still trying to understand it, myself.

There is a logic, it's just backwards to my way of thinking.

more than 3 years ago

Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

MadAhab Re:Common sense says... (417 comments)

Common sense is different in different cultures.

In some places, common sense says you don't eat corn - it's for the animals stupid! How dare you serve it to me.

In Japan, where streets are small and houses close, people are very used to not looking and not seeing things plainly visible from the street. It would be really rude to stare, and it isn't done.

So yes, she does have a reasonable expectation of a kind of privacy that is expected in Japan, and which was violated by Google.

more than 3 years ago

Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

MadAhab The Player (295 comments)

Any list without the long take that opens The Player is suspect.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Buys a Private File Sharing Service

MadAhab Re:Feudalism and the new serfdom? (87 comments)

Wake up and get your head our of your ass.

The feds are irrelevant. They long have been.

The big companies are the feudal lords. You are a serf.

Maybe - MAYBE - if the health care reform does what it should you will be less of a serf.

more than 2 years ago

South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

MadAhab Re:Modern South Korea (299 comments)

Ridiculous by North American standards?

Clearly you aren't posting from Trump Tower, etc.

more than 3 years ago

South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

MadAhab Re:Asians (299 comments)

Well good on you for insulting China. Always a smart rhetorical strategy to deflect on someone else.

Then there's this: "Still, South Korean animators make one-third the salaries of their American counterparts, and Shin declined to comment on the full extend of the work his company has oursourced to SEK, a state-run animation studio of North Korea."

Your outrage is a little excessive given that. And you could have addressed that. But didn't. /i got paid 3 times what you did for trolling comment boards //relax, kid, that's satire.

more than 3 years ago

Cryptome Hacked; All Files Deleted

MadAhab Re:Earthlink? Network Solutions? (170 comments)

Oh it's much easier than hiding behind 7 Boxxys.

Have an account on your laptop that you never use anything. Have it clean your webserver - and flash - cookies on logout.

cybercafe, post, blah blah.

more than 3 years ago

Cryptome Hacked; All Files Deleted

MadAhab Re:...what? (170 comments)

Meaning, he's been getting away with not doing hotter backups this long, and isn't likely to change.

more than 3 years ago

Wal-Mart To Launch Unlimited Wireless Family Plan

MadAhab Re:Sounds to me like... (278 comments)

If it's enough for the target market, this will be a big success. If not, it will be teh suck.

i'm neither for or against it either way. mobile access in the USA is very oligarchic - few companies who offer the same things. so this is different, and so good.

more than 3 years ago

Wal-Mart To Launch Unlimited Wireless Family Plan

MadAhab What's the catch? (278 comments)

It sounds like a fairly good deal for the US and for more, uh, parsimonious consumers.

As phone and text, it's great, IOW. And that's where the usage seems to be for lower end consumers.

Probably not for the average ./er's kind of data consumption, but still a welcome addition to the US mobile market.

more than 3 years ago

FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

MadAhab Re:What's the point. (268 comments)

That's about all there is to it.

more than 4 years ago

BetOnSports Founder Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

MadAhab Re:Realtors and bankers next? (223 comments)


In the case of a casino, it's kind of a crook if they throw you out for winning. It's their game, it's their fucking rules, if they can't handle them, maybe they are in the wrong business.

In the case of the stock market, it's very bad for the entire market if exploiting the rules leads to an imbalance that causes a major meltdown. That's not good for anyone except the totally amoral. It's demonstrably bad for nations as a whole. So enforcement is necessary. With no rules, you exchange an engine for prosperity for a back-alley game of loaded dice.

more than 4 years ago

BetOnSports Founder Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

MadAhab Re:Who was he hurting? (223 comments)

Then pay your fucking taxes next time.

You didn't make money without the existence of tax-built roads, taxpayer-sponsored police and fire departments.

So pay your damn taxes and they won't confiscate it all.

more than 4 years ago

The NSA Wiretapping Story Nobody Wanted

MadAhab Re:Why do you believe their purpose is what they s (144 comments)

In general, I find that government employees - not politicians, or any kind of elected official, mind you - tend to be lazy, rule-bound, and HONEST. This is in the US where low-level corruption and bribery is not very common. And certainly in comparison to people who have the opportunity to get a buck out of me. Business transactions of all kinds - Circuit City warranties, car mechanics, mortgage loans, the price of a donut at a local deli - all these things are subject to manipulation due to simple greed. When I go to register my car, the clerk may be surly and unhelpful, but they have no opportunity or reason to screw me.

Qui bono, follow the money, etc, etc. Don't be so gullible about de gubmint and all that.

about 5 years ago


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MadAhab MadAhab writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Reading some old comments I wrote, I said something about not knowing Arabs who consume pornography. I realized this is bullshit. Once upon a time, I had a public anonymizing proxy. Somehow it got found/scanned and publicized, and for tens of months afterwards, I got a large amount of traffic from people viewing porn because content filters near them didn't block my site or my proxy, since it was not a porn site. The vast (VAST) majority of these porn peekers were from Arab countries (I learned this by analyzing my logs).

Moral? I suppose that I can't think of any broad cultural group (not even NOW yuk yuk just kidding) that I haven't observed to enjoy porn and/or psychoactive chemicals.

So, again: you can reduce harm or maximize punishment. You can't choose both. And the "maximize punishment" philosophy is sick and twisted.


MadAhab MadAhab writes  |  more than 10 years ago I don't like the band called Good Charlotte. But I have a daughter named Charlotte, and I like Charlotte's comments. I think she's from the other side of the pond. It's a popular name there.

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