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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

PReDiToR Re:stupid idea (224 comments)

This already happens according to some Farcebook algorithm.

MANY users[who?] detest this and opt for "Most Recent" instead of "Top Stories". It's one of the reasons extensions such as FB Purity and Social Fixer exist.

Right now I do most of my Farcebook interactions through Tinfoil for Facebook. There's also a version for Twitter. Having "social" media in its own browser cut off from the rest of your system means you don't have to install "Messenger" to use chat and more importantly, it can't be written to by any pissant program that fancies using your normally logged in account.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

PReDiToR Re:Seems obvious but... (325 comments)

I have a WD Black2 (120SSD/1GB spinning), 750GB spinning and an mSATA to boot from in my laptop. I had to take the optical out and put a caddy in to do it in this one, but my last one had the space for all that and the DVD.

In answer to your question, this universe. Desktop replacements with lots of storage.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

PReDiToR Re:If ubuntu installed (210 comments)


As a fan of Gentoo and Arch I would still say that for your requirements you can rip out Unity, Lens (is that spyware still installed?) and a raft of other things you don't like/need then fill the gaps with things you do like whilst still keeping the base system that Canonical have made very easy for people who want to carry on learning.
As with all of these "I don't like the GUI" SlashAsks it comes down to which front end you like and trying them all won't hurt a bit. Once you find one that you like you're free to install it on every machine you use.

apt-get update && apt-get remove unity lens && apt-get install kde lxde xfce gnome2 screen ratpoison w3m
The list goes on ...

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

PReDiToR Re:Self-extracting EXEs (294 comments)

7-zip is my favourite.

Does nearly all of the formats I come across.
Open Source, LGPL (where possible) and fully cross-platform.

In my toolkit via Portable Apps everywhere I go.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

PReDiToR Re:Batteries+ ? (131 comments)

I was recently looking for Eneloops and read about the differing variants by the two corporations.

I went off Panasonic a few years back because they had the temerity to stop honouring warranties if you used non-OEM batteries in your camera instead of building rectifiers into the power system of the camera.

about 5 months ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

PReDiToR Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

When you call VirginMedia in the UK the computer now says (quite close to)

Just to let you know, sometimes we record these calls for training purposes

Maybe someone doesn't like your tip and has put a stop to it.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

PReDiToR Re:Why is (201 comments)

I've started to think of it as
- I could actually care less if I really tried.

This small addendum makes my stress levels lower.
Stupid people are taking over the world; me getting het up about their poor grammar seems likely to make me one of them.

about 6 months ago

Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

PReDiToR Re:Just enjoy the game (234 comments)

Other websites: Oooh shiney!

Slashdot: Er, this isn't shiny, it's shit with sugar on.

about 6 months ago

CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

PReDiToR Re:Pity about systemd (125 comments)

I would enjoy my popcorn watching the the argument between the neckbeards and the whippersnappers on that one.

about 7 months ago

Torrentz.eu Domain Name Suspended

PReDiToR Re:Criminal scum (226 comments)

Clear your cache.

WFM on VM.

about 7 months ago

Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

PReDiToR Re:Amazon Store (405 comments)

Is his website CharlesStross.com or .net? What, he writes about English culture? It must be a .co.uk then?
It isn't even his name in his URL? How the hell do I find him?
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/ Doesn't look legit to me.

Oh fuck it. I'll look for him on Amazon.

This is why a central repository is needed. Just not one that has huge profits at the core of its existence.

Gutenberg should have a sales side. Very easy to take the price tag off the books after Disney's lifetime + 1,000 years, which is the US copyright length at the moment, I believe.
Might improve their crappy website at the same time. I love their ideals, but the site is hideous.

about 8 months ago

Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

PReDiToR Read his books (405 comments)

Go to the store and buy them! They're ace! And you can give them to your friends afterwards.

I downloaded a crapload of them, he's really good.

Am I making it harder or easier for him to make a living?

about 8 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

PReDiToR Re:LOL ... no ... (251 comments)

I see the tongue out emoticon on the end of your post so I'll explain. I like it when people are civil, and emoticons hide a multitude of sins.

I read your statements with the emphasis on "Speaking for all us old fogies," which as an ale drinking Yorkshireman who grew out of all the young people crap many years ago I thought included me, so I did feel you made a blanket statement. I've been left behind by a lot of gaming culture. I've never played WoW, Minecraft, Eve, Bioshock, Crysis ... The list goes on.

Forgive my interpretation of your words, I did want to take it as a blanket statement because that means I can disagree with the whole, which helped me make my point in an easier way, to my mind.

This is an inexact medium for the transmission of ideas. I'm glad of your reply and the opportunity to rebut in a civil manner.

I've not had the chance to use VR, but I'm very much looking forward to it. "Immersive" is something I struggle with; whether it be games or films. I envy people who can step out of themselves and get giddy/emotional by looking at a screen.

+1 Internets for a Mythbusters name drop though, well played.

about 8 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

PReDiToR Re:Recently tried it (251 comments)


The Rebirth project works fine (under Windows, I've not tried it under Linux, much to me shame) also.

about 8 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

PReDiToR Re:LOL ... no ... (251 comments)

I disagree.

I'm 40 this year and I played the hell out of Descent and Terminal Velocity for the sheer pleasure of using the full 3D experience.

I downloaded the Rebirth version of Descent after reading half his article, and I've played it for quite some time. My reflexes are OK, my brain isn't hurting and I'm WISHING that many of today's games could venture into the 3rd dimension.

I play Star Trek Online and I couldn't begin to tell you how much better it would be (for me, I dunno about these kids who can't fly) if I could actually have the ability to loop the loop in battles. The way they've done it sucks so hard after knowing how to barrel roll and loop.

about 8 months ago

The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

PReDiToR Re:GNU/Linux (264 comments)

Because GNU's Not Unix, but Linux is very like Unix.

about 9 months ago

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

PReDiToR Re:user profile location (353 comments)

You might be interested in this article about moving an entire Windows profile from one location to another.

Or not. It just isn't as hard as it seems at first glance. The stupid GUI is just as stupid as everything else in Windows.

about 10 months ago



Phorm, and what it means for UK users

PReDiToR PReDiToR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PReDiToR writes "UK ISPs are in talks with a company called Phorm to deliver targeted advertising to their customers by taking keywords from webpages they request and injecting relevant ads before the page is returned.

There is a lot of backlash against this privacy intrusion, and it seems that UK site The Register is leading the media battle against the scheme.

One of the major sticking points is that there is not as yet a definitive answer on how users can opt-out. Two possibilities are on the table, one is for a cookie that allows Phorm to scrape the packets sent through their machines, the other is to have a cookie that means packets sent through the server are not used by the advertising algorithms.
Both options mean that our personal data will go through Phorm hardware.

Another problem is that Phorm use WebWise to add a practical aspect to their service. They claim that this site will filter out phishing attacks for unwary users.

Amongst the rules that people consider breached by this company and their proposed ideas are the Data Protection Act, and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act."

Can UK users opt out of Phorm?

PReDiToR PReDiToR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PReDiToR writes "Phorm is coming to the UK.
Their partners are listed as British Telecom, Virgin Media (formerly NTL) and TalkTalk, and from that page those three companies represent "approximately 70% of the market".

The basic idea is to target advertising at users based on their web history.
The Phorm server takes every web request and scans for keywords, then injects ads into the page before it is returned.

The problem here is that page requests often contain personal data. Credit card details, email addresses, phone numbers, user/pass combinations, SSL/SSH negotiations, router configuration details and everything else http based that goes through your ISP.
Phorm claims that personal info is not retained, and how could we not trust a man who says

Our [non-executive] chairman is the former chairman of Microsoft UK [David Dornan]. There's nothing shady
The Register has two articles, the first is a roundup of Phorm-related information, the second is an interview with Kent Ertegrul (CEO) and techie Marc Burgess."

Link to Original Source

Phorm launches data pimping fight back

PReDiToR PReDiToR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PReDiToR writes "The register has an interview with Phorm's CEO and "top boffin" about how they intend to intercept every UK web page request and collate the keywords contained, then return the page to the user including their advertising. Not only do they have plans for integrating this "service" at the ISP level, but they also have an opt-out system that only does half of that. UK page requests (through BT, Virgin, and others) will still be scraped, but the adverts won't be injected.

Privacy concerns, anyone? Anyone?"

Link to Original Source



My first submission

PReDiToR PReDiToR writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Oh my god, I finally worked up the testiclular fortitude to submit a /. article!

I almost put (hi mom, look I'm on /. =)) at the end of it. This has to be the crowning acheivment of my life. I found that I could submit an email address too, so I went out and made a new DynDNS.org domain to funnel all the spam into. You never know.

Its daunting, not knowing if Michael, or COmmander Taco, or even.. OMG, Cowboy Neal! will read it and think it worthy of putting.. on /. ...

I will DIE if my friends read it, I really will. I will be the envy of all in my circle of friends, and I can put the URL on my website...

$page_title = "PReDiToR's Homepage [You know, the one that submitted to /.]"

My only wonder is why I have only seen Tom's Hardware mentioned once before, is it because of some geek inner circle thing? Is Tom's unworthy of being attached to /. ?

I guess I will know sooner or later.

OK, enough, I'm babbling =)

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