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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Rexdude And to think things were better just ten years ago (218 comments)

Remember RSS feeds? Back in the day when Feedburner wasn't owned by Facebook, you could install a desktop client or the sorely missed Google Reader to stay in touch with the sites and blogs that you felt were important. You had total control over what you wanted to read or subscribe to. If you ran a website, you put up an orange RSS icon, or let Firefox auto detect the feed and let the user decide what they wanted. RSS was (is) an open standard for publishing updates to a web site.
I would've said that Twitter & Facebook have killed it completely, but let's face it, RSS never really went mainstream. Google did not do enough to popularize Reader - just a core bunch of users wailed when they decided to shut down the service. Even Facebook had an RSS feed of the wall back in 2008 before they changed it to the 'news' feed format. Probably not the first time an open technology standard was thwarted by a large company, and won't be the last.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

Rexdude Re:Windows memory limitations (313 comments)

hmm-sounds similar to the DOS extenders that allowed 16 bit DOS to access more than 1 MB of RAM..

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

Rexdude Re:Windows memory limitations (313 comments)

First and foremost, all consumer 32-bit windows versions are licensed to top out at 4GB.

They're not 'licensed' to top out, it's a physical limitation of 32 bit architecture and makes no difference whether you use 32 bit Windows or 32 bit Linux. A 32 bit CPU can address 2^32 memory addresses, which translates to 4 GB. In practice, a 32 bit Windows installation with 4 GB RAM will report 2.91 or 2.92 GB as usable. So if you plan on using 4 GB RAM or more, you'll have to have a 64 bit operating system.

about 2 years ago
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Little Miss Sunshine Screenwriter Gets Nod For Star Wars: Episode VII

Rexdude There's already a whole expanded universe to use.. (321 comments)

Frankly, enough already about Vader and Solo. Talented authors like Timothy Zahn have taken the series in new directions, with new characters (Mara Jade, Luke's future wife and their son Ben Skywalker), but will we get to see these characters play out?

  The Thrawn Trilogy, set a decade after ROTJ ought to have been made. But no, the movies get to go in an entirely different direction, so how do you reconcile the expanded universe fiction that's been written so far - the entire New Jedi Order series for example?
Oh well, it's only a bunch of old time Star Wars fans that are gonna grumble.

about 2 years ago
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Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute

Rexdude Re:So what happens now.. (179 comments)

Wow, ask a question and get modded flame bait. Fucking fan boys.

about 2 years ago
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Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute

Rexdude So what happens now.. (179 comments)

..HTC phones come with an added Apple Tax? The article doesn't mention what the patents in question were. I have a One X, and I'll say this - If I had to choose a manufacturer skin I'd go with Sense anyday over Samsung's Touchwiz. Can't imagine what HTC might have copied off Apple if it's UI related. They have a fully customizable home screen, themes, skins, extra widgets...none of which you'll find on any iPhone.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?

Rexdude VIrtualbox is good enough. (361 comments)

I run Windows 8 and I've tried both the built in support for VMs by running an XP virtual machine, and Virtualbox. I prefer the latter, I use it now to run Linux Mint, and also successfully tested Haiku alpha 3.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Retiring Messenger, Replacing It With Skype

Rexdude Google killed the standalone IM market.. (213 comments)

...back when they introduced chat within Gmail. Suddenly people who could not install chat clients at work due to IT policies were perfectly able to chat with other Gmail users. I used to be a big user of Yahoo messenger, ever since web based chat started hardly anyone I know uses it anymore. As for MSN/Live, the less said the better - old accounts seem to have been taken over for spam. It took several years for Yahoo to play catch up and offer chat within their webmail, but it's too late.
(This of course excludes IRC users and those who have their own Jabber setups).
I now use the open source Windows client Miranda IM - fully featured, has a 64bit version, supports all popular networks including Jabber and extensible via plugins.

about 2 years ago
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JPL Employee's Firing Wasn't Due To Intelligent Design Advocacy, Says Judge

Rexdude Re:Noah's freakin' Arc (477 comments)

Was it a portion of Noah's freakin Circle?

about 2 years ago
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Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

Rexdude Re:Windows RT? (118 comments)

I don't get it, does this refer to Metro apps? I upgraded Win 7 Ultimate to Win 8 Pro on my desktop, and it hasn't affected my ability to install regular windows applications at all. In fact, I use Classic Shell to bring back the old start menu and I don't use the Metro UI at all.

about 2 years ago
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More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

Rexdude Re:If only! (277 comments)

It has a firewall component, probably for that. Phone state and identity, not sure.

about 2 years ago
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Has the Mars Rover Sniffed Methane?

Rexdude Re:Perhaps what we need is.... (119 comments)

The Valles Marineres too, and doubtless other sites yet to be discovered. Yet another Martian plain, however, does not warrant UNESCO galactic heritage status, and even if it did I would still dispute your assertion that a little remote-controlled buggy driving over it is somehow ruining it forever.

Interesting you mentioned this, as it is depicted as a constant point of conflict in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy - where one group of settlers is violently opposed to the ongoing terraforming of Mars and argue that humans have no right to change its pristine state.

Speaking of the Drake equation, I think we have to content ourselves with exploring whatever prospect of life there is in our solar system only. If not Mars then Europa holds the next big hope of finding life in its ice locked sea. All the breathless announcements of yet another Earth like exoplanet are of no use unless someone invents warp drive or FTL propulsion so that one can get there(forget about radio communications at that range) in a time period that's not measured in centuries.
For some perspective, the farthest man made object Voyager 1 is just around 17 light hours away after 35 years of travel. In stellar terms it's barely gotten up from the couch, much less left home!

about 2 years ago
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More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

Rexdude Adware is the problem (277 comments)

If you ignore for a moment that Android was bought over by Google whose raison d'etre is advertising, it's ironic that adware has become so acceptable on Android when it's synonymous with spyware on Windows and is flagged as such by decent antivirus programs.

Most of the ad supported Android apps ask for internet access in order to display ads. The problem is you have no idea what else they're doing with that internet access. I would be very leery of something like a task manager that's ad supported..something with sufficient privileges to kill processes and yet be able to do who knows what with its internet permission.
Rooting and installing an adblocking hosts file, (or using AdAway which automates the process) is one solution, but then it deprives the app devleoper of ad revenue (for something that's otherwise free).

Seems like Google ought to separate the permission for displaying ads from that for internet access - so if your app wants to show ads, it should only be allowed to connect to Google's ad servers and do nothing else. At least that way one has peace of mind that one's ad supported contact list manager isn't surreptitiously transmitting one's phonebook somewhere.

about 2 years ago
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More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

Rexdude Re:If only! (277 comments)

You want to root your phone and install LBE Privacy Guard.. This will alert you the moment an app tries to access private data (contacts, SMSes, GPS location, network location etc) and you can allow or deny the action permanently or temporarily.

I root my phone just for this and AdAway, which puts an adblocking hosts file.

about 2 years ago
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To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee

Rexdude In ten years time.. (582 comments)

..I'm guessing that 'The rise and fall of Apple' will make for a compelling Harvard Business Review case study.

about 2 years ago
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Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads

Rexdude Re:Still dont get it (245 comments)

So how does a system that respects entrepreneurship still get to be labelled socialist?

about 2 years ago
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Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads

Rexdude Re:Still dont get it (245 comments)

Socialism is not about taxing the rich and providing a security net. America, thank your stars, has never actually faced socialism. The golden period you describe was one of balance - between the rights of business owners and society at large. Your government wasn't over regulating in such a manner as to hamper business, nor was it the way it is now, entirely on the side of Wall Street.
If America was socialist, everything would've been nationalized. I can quote India as an example - the Congress party here ruled the country for about half a century, nationalized all the banks and notably Air India (which went from one of the best airlines in the 60s under its original owners, the Tata group, to the utter shambles it is in today) and you require a million licenses and permits to set up any sort of business.
The reforms of the 90s have been halted since the Congress returned to power in 2004, and they continue with idiotic taxpayer funded welfare programs. Tax payers are a minority here, and nobody ever raises the question of wasting taxpayer money on 'employment generation schemes' such as this.

Ironically despite sticking to socialism for so long, there's no equivalent of social security in India, nor, as in Europe, do we get to enjoy subsidized healthcare or education equally across society. The few government hospitals that exist are overstaffed, and government run schools prefer admitting children of govt. employees.

Robbing the electorally indifferent middle class to prop up welfare schemes for the masses of poor who actually vote - this has been the modus operandi since the country became independent.
The average middle class Indian has been screwed for so long s/he now accepts it as a part of life.

about 2 years ago
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France Applies Tax Pressure To Google For Republishing News Snippets

Rexdude Google should suspend its news services in France (350 comments)

..and direct French users to a page informing them that this ban was brought on by French publishers. See how they like that.

about 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot:Will encrypted email/chat ever catch on outside the enterprise?

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  about 9 months ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "PGP has been around for decades — there are digital signature/encryption plugins available for email and messenger clients, but I'm yet to see anyone using them normally outside of big companies. For example, Lotus Notes transparently supports certificates and encryption — you can set it up to encrypt mail by default and it's totally transparent to everyone within the organization. Yet I've never seen this happen for private use. There are PGP and OpenPGP plugins for everything from Thunderbird to Jabber clients, and now even on Android there's ChatSecure. But apart from a couple of fellow geeks, nobody's interested."
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Seamonkey vs. Firefox - any takers?

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  about 2 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Firefox continues to be criticized for their new versioning system and being a memory hog. People talk about Chrome, IE9, Opera as alternatives — but do Slashdotters ever use Seamonkey? I've never seen anyone mention it in any discussion on browsers.
The successor to the original Mozilla Suite, it has a fullblown email/news/RSS client, Chatzilla, and an HTML editor. Also several other default features that would require separate extensions for Firefox. And they don't update their versions like crazy either, the current version is 2.13.1. I've been quite happy with it so far, it's snappier to use than Firefox. How many people on Slashdot use Seamonkey, and what has been your experience? (Note — I'm not affiliated with the project)"

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US technology powering Syrian internet censorship

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Syria is using technology developed by Californian company Blue Coat Systems to monitor and censor internet access. Blue Coat denies having supplied the software, claiming to comply with US export regulations, and says they may have got it via a third party reseller."
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Cloned drug sniffing dogs prove successful in S. K

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  about 3 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "A prize drug sniffing dog at Incheon Airport in S Korea was cloned 4 years ago, and now the clones have proved to be much more successful at becoming sniffer dogs themselves compared to regular dogs. Not as controversial as human cloning, but are we going to see genetic copyrights on prized animal breeds in the future?"
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Nokia goes over to the dark side

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "In a shocking move, Nokia has announced that Windows Phone 7 will be its focus going forward. Symbian/Qt/Meego will continue for a while, but Nokia now plans a 'new ecosystem' with Microsoft, while murdering what it already has. Rejoice, iOS/Android fanboys."
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A look at Microsoft's anti-piracy operations

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Microsoft is spending millions of dollars in going after pirates (not casual downloaders/torrent seeders but the ones that stamp out DVDs by the thousands for sale) — some of these are linked to criminal gangs.
In my opinion, the more they crack down on piracy, the more it will drive people towards other alternatives (read Linux)."

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G-Speak: 'Minority Report' style gesture based UI

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "A new system being developed by Oblong Industries harnesses gesture technology that uses special surfaces and displays that can track hand movements, providing the operator is wearing the special conducting gloves. The system works with images and videos, and has been dubbed the “G-Speak” spatial operating environment (SOE)."
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Republicans want to do away with democracy

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "The title sounds sensationalist, but this is quite a scary precedent. Republicans and teabaggers don't like the 'tyranny of the majority' and would prefer to replace democracy with a free for all freemarket."
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The upcoming smartphone wars of 2010

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Finally, a non US-centric view at the smartphone market, along with predictions for 2010. Interesting take- he says Nokia remains king of the smartphone market despite gloating over the premature demise on various (mostly US centric) tech blogs, and continues with analysis/prediction of all other major players."
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Apple patents 'enforceable' ad viewing on devices

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Apple has filed a patent that forces users to interact with an ad. FTFA: "Its distinctive feature is a design that doesn’t simply invite a user to pay attention to an ad — it also compels attention. The technology can freeze the device until the user clicks a button or answers a test question to demonstrate that he or she has dutifully noticed the commercial message. Because this technology would be embedded in the innermost core of the device, the ads could appear on the screen at any time, no matter what one is doing.""
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Free SIP/wifi/3G based voice mobile client!

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Fring is a free voice cum normal chat client for mobile phones. It supports voice and text chat for Google and Skype, and text only chat for yahoo, ICQ, MSN and AOL- all using a data connection (Wifi/GPRS/3G, take your pick). You can also transfer files to your contacts (who must also have this client installed).
Currently supports Windows Mobile, Symbian UIQ(SonyEricsson and Motorola) and S60(Nokia) devices. I tested it with Google talk over wifi on my Nokia N82; it worked perfectly with no lag.
Will such services be accessible/pose a threat to existing players in closed markets like the US? You could save a ton on voice calls by using only your data plan to talk to people (assuming you're on an usage unlimited plan).
Imagine a future where all cities are carpeted with wifi/wimax or equivalent signals- we could just use a SIP client like this and not ever require a regular cellular phone network!"

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Mobile phone vs operators-resolving the deadlock

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  about 7 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Cory Doctorow discusses what a mess the US mobile market is, with all the players (operators, handset makers and the RIAA) blaming each other for the problems. He's proposed an interesting solution- interoperable SIM cards that users can swap seamlessly between operators depending on the services offered. Whether this can be implemented remains another story."
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Orange refuses to sell the Nokia N81

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "The upcoming Nokia N81 will have support for a music store. In another case of operator tyranny, Orange has threatened to not offer the phone to their subscribers unless Nokia works with them to ensure 'that the customer experience is paramount'. Read the original post to this story here, including the author's own strongly worded case for ditching operators and buying unlocked phones."
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iPhone low 1st day sales, Apple shareprice drops

Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "From this article -AT&T's declaration that only 146,000 Apple iPhones registered on its network in the first two days it was on the market has led to widespread shock at what is now being seen as the device's failure and a down period for Apple shares, sliding 7.5 per cent over a few days last week, a fall of some $10bn in total market capitalisation Is this over reaction? Too much to expect within the first two days? Or is the association with AT&T causing the problem? Selling the phone over the counter without forcing a contract would definitely have helped.."
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Rexdude Rexdude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rexdude (747457) writes "Here's a list of predictions from 'The Internet' magazine at the end of 1994. It highlights the major changes and events on the net as it was back then (20 million users only, for starters). Seems a throwback to a relatively more innocent time, when the unwashed masses had not taken over the net as much as today. And look at the reverence accorded to long dead protocols like Gopher!"

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