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FTC Reportedly Fining Google $22.5 Million Over Safari Privacy Abuse

Scyber Re:So Safari's privacy setting doesn't work as (175 comments)

You would be fined if you sold locks that were advertised as "Blocking all burglars" and they didn't.

And don't think what google did was that innovative. As other articles linked in these comments show, this methodology is used by at least a half dozen other ad firms. The fact that form submissions get around the 3rd party blocking rules is something that was discussed in webkits bug tracking system in 2010 and is publicly available. Apple employees even commented on the policy and seemed to be ok with the "weak third-party blocking" implementation. So lets not blow things out of proportion and contend that only multi-billion dollar companies could have figured it out.

As I said, I don't agree with what Google was doing, I just fail to see how Apple isn't at fault here also.

more than 2 years ago
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FTC Reportedly Fining Google $22.5 Million Over Safari Privacy Abuse

Scyber So Safari's privacy setting doesn't work as (175 comments)

it is supposed to and Google gets fined? Shouldn't Apple also get fined? Submitting hidden forms is not an unknown concept in web development. Its not like Google hacked the users computer and changed the Safari settings. The settings were broken if they didn't block this. I'm not saying I agree with what Google was doing, I just think there were some serious issues with Safari's privacy settings if they allowed this in the first place.

I also don't think Google is the only company doing this. I actually had an interview with an ad company a few months back where they actually bragged about how they could track Safari users despite the default privacy settings. I never followed up on it, but I'd imagine it is something similar. I didn't take the job (for other reasons).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

Scyber Re:if I lived where antennas are not allowed (479 comments)

They can NEVER stop you from installing an antenna or dish ON YOUR ROOF.

Actually they can. Besides the point I mentioned above, there are very specific exceptions for historic districts where antenna can be banned on the exterior of buildings. Also HOAs can ban masts higher then 12 feet. In 99%+ of cases you can't be restricted from installing an antenna/dish on your roof, but there are a few cases where you can.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

Scyber Re:if I lived where antennas are not allowed (479 comments)

Not entirely true. The FCC ruled that you can't be restricted from installing an antenna (or dish) in "exclusive use" areas. For condos or apartments, often the entire exterior of the building is considered a shared usage area. I have even seen some standalone homes that the exterior was considered a "shared usage" space (mostly in senior communities where the exterior upkeep is completely taken care of by the HOA). You can still install antenna indoors, but that may not be sufficient depending on your region.

more than 2 years ago
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XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

Scyber Re:Never got the "point" of XBMC (195 comments)

Well the Eden logo in TFA refers to it as XBMC Media Center. In addition the logo used on wiki.xbmc.org (similar to the eden logo) also refers to it as xbmc media center. So you can keep "correcting" people if you want, but if the official site uses XBMC Media Center it is obviously an acceptable name for the product.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Adobe's HTML5 Strategy Help Developers?

Scyber Re:Umm..doesn't Adobe Edge fill the tools role (129 comments)

Woops, guess I should rtfa. It is mentioned, but said it isn't ready from prime time yet. My assumption is that Adobe will refocus its efforts on the edge tool now that they have officially sidelined flash for multiple platforms.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Adobe's HTML5 Strategy Help Developers?

Scyber Umm..doesn't Adobe Edge fill the tools role (129 comments)

I realize it is still a preview, but isn't it exactly what the developers/designers would want (an HTML5, CSS3, Javascript tool):

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/edge/

"Adobe® Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3. Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come."

more than 2 years ago
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B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire

Scyber Re:Android app store is a deal-breaker (183 comments)

B/c its likely that B&N and Amazon are selling the hardware for very low margins. The anticipated revenue from the App store and book/media sales is what allows them to do this.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)

Scyber Re:Wow... this was interesting (359 comments)

Actually I think you don't understand how Verizon FIOS is setup. The fiber optic signal is converted to a standard (US) digital qam signal once it reaches the house. There is an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) installed at the house that converts the optical line to standard coax for TV signals. You can use anything that gets can tune QAM to get unencrypted channels. Most new TVs can show unencrypted channels (such as ABC, NBC, FOX, CW, etc) without a box. You can also use standard cablecard 3rd party devices (tivos, moxi, windows media center w/ cablecard tuners) to view and record any channel.

about 3 years ago
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Verizon To Drop Unlimited Data Plans In Two Weeks

Scyber Re:Pay-you-go (302 comments)

If you have multiple lines, then there might be something in it for you depending on your usage. There is a rumor of shared family data plans. That is you can pay the $50 once and share 5gb across all of the phones on your plan. Obviously it depends on your usage, but I know that it could save me money. I currently pay $30 each for "unlimited" data on my two lines. I use ~3-4GB/month and my wife uses 200mb/month. The 5GB plan could save me $10/month if it was shared across phone lines. Of course this is merely a rumor at this point.

more than 3 years ago
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Underwater Spider Spins Itself an Aqualung

Scyber THe article missed the most impressive thing (91 comments)

the only spider in the world that spends its entire life underwater

it leaves its underwater web home to visit the surface

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm more impressed that it is able to die when it leaves the water and then re-animate itself when it comes back.

Zombie Spiders!

more than 3 years ago
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A "Throne" Fit For a Tech King

Scyber Re:Self Cleaning? (111 comments)

I doubt the people that pay $6300 for a toilet actually clean their own toilets.

more than 3 years ago
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Adobe Adopts HTTP Live Streaming For iOS

Scyber Good for Roku owners (97 comments)

Roku boxes have supported HLS for a while now, but don't support RTSP. More content in HLS means more channels for the Roku (public and private).

more than 3 years ago
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NASA To Delay Endeavour By 10 Days

Scyber Delay it one more week, Please! (36 comments)

I'll be in FL then, and I'd love to see the launch. I've always wanted to see one of the launches, but never made it down there.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola's Sholes Bootloader Unlocked

Scyber I'm confused (283 comments)

I've been running custom roms and kernels on my rooted Droid OG for a while now. What exactly was the locked bootloader preventing me from doing?

more than 3 years ago
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How Watchmen Killed 'R'-rated Fantasy Movies

Scyber Re:Or are you happy to see me? (771 comments)

Spiderman 3 came out in the summer of 2007, which was really only the start of the current economic down turn in the US. It wasn't really till mid to late 2008 that the stuff hit the fan in the US. Unemployment was at 4.8% in April of '08, by March of '09 it was at 9%.

more than 3 years ago
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Dual-Core Chips Coming To All Smartphones In 2011

Scyber Re:Dual core smartphones (244 comments)

Videos from CES showed people holding the laptop dock with phone upside down and (gently) shaking it. The phone did not leave the dock.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/07/gaming-on-the-motorola-atrix-laptop-dock-upside-down/

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon iPhone Could Double US Mobile Games Biz

Scyber Re:I don't understand why anyone would buy the VZ (115 comments)

My question was why would anyone buy it, not why would Apple make it.

In all likelyhood, Apple is taking the same approach they took with 3G, let the network built out first. And wait for the 2nd/3rd generation radios that use less power and cost less to buy.

more than 3 years ago

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