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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Nikker Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (151 comments)

How do you propose it gets around blackouts? If it did you would have the entire epicenter relying on fringe cell phones for service. It's like having an entire town piggy backing on a handful connections. Those who are in range will have their batteries toasted before you could say YouTube.

2 days ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Nikker Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (241 comments)

This is just a fluff piece. Lying would be so ingrained into an agent of this type that their own mothers probably don't know their names anymore. If someone asks you your name for something like this you just make up a name, that is their job. If anyone asks just say your name is Lorem Ipsum.

3 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Nikker Re:Yes, there is a cost (353 comments)

Don't forget, if they are looking to obtain the contents of a single device that means they already have enough on that particular person to look into what you are doing. It's not like they found a person actively engaging in a crime and say "well we can't access his email or his smartphone we mine as well give up".

about a week ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Nikker Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

The point I was trying to make is since with web content both the content and advertising are on the same page at the same time they both have the same primary goal, catch your attention. The ads can distract the reader from the content making your content less effective. It's a trade off. But a co the creator should be wary of the ways the advertisers are interacting with their users.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Nikker Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

It's not just the visual representation that the ad companies are after. It is their job to distract you from the info/content you are reading. So while the site might make a couple more dollars with ads they lose interest in their content or their messages are not being absorbed they way the content creator had intended.

On top of all of this many scripts on the page from ad companies are not only tracking the ad but sitting on every event loop. Now when you scroll change focus or many other actions your browser will have to deal with that as well again distracting from the content.

In the end the content creator is losing their power of conveying their message in relation to distraction ad revenue.

about two weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Nikker Re: Wow ... (419 comments)

Because they accepted the transaction ?

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Nikker Re:FUnny (202 comments)

You just need *more* internet!

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

Nikker Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Apparently the law says you cannot be billed more than a certain amount for going over your data for the month (I believe the overage amount is $50). So once you meet this threshold the tel-cos just nuke your access and send you a SMS asking you to waive your rights granted by said law. Not sure if this tactic is ongoing or just a month by month waiver but it's just another hollow law that had the loophole built in.

Basically business as usual.

about 4 months ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

Nikker Re: the obesity smoking gun (138 comments)

"Consume less than you burn" please do the math. This could win you a Nobel.

about 4 months ago
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How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

Nikker Re:Red Herring (115 comments)

Just because currently 3% of people pay money for this particular gaming template doesn't mean none of the remaining 97% will never pay for anything. You are looking for a plate at a table that is getting smaller, quicker. The games that have attracted the payments of those 3% have been basically created, soliciting the remainder is the latest and greatest.

about 5 months ago
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Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

Nikker Re:This sounds more like incompetence... (191 comments)

Mistake on my math that would have been 2.5 / second, the real number would be:

40,000 x (60x24x2.5) = 144,000,000 rows per day (still quite a bit).

about 5 months ago
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Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

Nikker Re:This sounds more like incompetence... (191 comments)

According to Google Play Store this app has about 40K installs. We are saying that 40K x (60x60x24) x 2.5 = 8,640,000,000 rows added per day is something that not even the DBA noticed?

That's a bit of a stretch.

about 5 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Nikker Re:OMFG compile! (113 comments)

From the mailing list:

The firmware can be built with what we have provided, and will run on
> the WRT1900AC successfully. It is true that it would lack wireless
> support, but that would not stop the firmware from actually working. We
> are actively working on the package to support the wireless hardware,
> this will not be overlooked.

So basically they are saying since the firmware they are providing will compile (even though it doesn't contain any wireless support) is still a firmware so they are technically holding up on their end of the bargain. This is just really obtuse.

So nerd or not there is no amount of compiling that will actually make this WIFI router actually connect any WIFI devices.

about 5 months ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

Nikker Re:electric golf carts (204 comments)

$500K for R&D? To integrate an electric motor into a design that was already established many years ago?

WOW

So how much R&D would it cost to put an electric motor into a Model T? It must be in the millions!

about 5 months ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

Nikker Re:long-term applicablity? (175 comments)

The QR code has really nothing to do with smartphones. You could take a picture of it with any camera and upload it. QR Codes are just a software library that evaluates based on white and black marks within the picture.

about 6 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Nikker Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Your human rights are defined by your country's laws. If 50%+1% go one way and your not cool with that then your pretty much stuck, that is democracy. Then you have the option of looking for a place that you fit into the societal norm.

That is all.

about 6 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Nikker Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Why not? If I start a campaign saying everyone should do %X then why should I not be able to? In reality most people have a common set of beliefs, whether it be about sex, violence or rock and roll. If someone starts a fund or other wise attempts to gather people into a strict belief more times than not they just come to the sad realization they are doing this because of their own short comings. Look at Westboro Baptist Church, they have fewer than 100 members, with all the media they get they should get more right? No! Because they are nut jobs, out of 9 Billion people only 100 show up and put something in the collection plate.

Sometimes people try to justify themselves by influencing those around them, when that is not enough they usually just huddle up with the few that have similar issues and recluse themselves. Now with all the government surveillance the chances of one of these groups coming back and messing it up for the rest of us isn't likely, they just go pound sand.

My belief is just that people with similar delusions will eventually find each other so let them, it's likely therapeutic.

about 6 months ago

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