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FreeBSD 9.0 Released

SharkLaser Re:Having an impact in the discussion (418 comments)

Please, the word shill gets thrown around here all the time. It's the standard response for anything you don't agree with. I wonder if those persons do it in real life too. Would be fun to watch while they call anyone with positive opinions a shill.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Launches Style Guide For Android Developers

SharkLaser Re:Style? (128 comments)

Seems like they're following their own guidelines, though...

Decide for me but let me have the final say Take your best guess and act rather than asking first. Too many choices and decisions make people unhappy. Just in case you get it wrong, allow for 'undo'.

God do I hate it how often Google tries to fix my searches with their "did you mean to search this?" bs and just doesn't give me what I want to search.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Launches Style Guide For Android Developers

SharkLaser Re:free advertising? (128 comments)

Because Slashdot is an news aggregator with news taken elsewhere and summarized. Usually the submitters also base their summary on some specific article, and even though no one actually reads the linked articles, it makes it look like the submitter is sourcing their information from good reputable news sites like InfoWorld.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Launches Style Guide For Android Developers

SharkLaser Google admitting problem and trying to fix it (128 comments)

It's good to see Google admit that large amount of Android apps aren't really standardly designed and suffer from huge fragmentation issues, both with hardware and design. It's just weird to see Google CEO saying there isn't such issue while at the same time the company is launching design guide to help fix some of the issues.

I think this is also part of a longer plan for Android's issues. I think Google is finally starting to see that the supposed freedom they gave to manufacturers and telcos backfired and resulted in fragmented hardware and non-standard design within apps and phones. I believe they will soon announce some similar guidelines and policy changes to try to get Android more together. Especially now that WP7 market share is starting to climb as a result of Nokia's new phones.

more than 2 years ago
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FreeBSD 9.0 Released

SharkLaser Re:Clang/LLVM in FreeBSD (418 comments)

It's good they're getting rid of all GPL code, especially considering how GPLv3 restricts cooperation. GPL is practically destroying and giving bad name to all open source because of their draconian stance on ANY proprietary code. Companies are already afraid to use any open source code because they associate it with GPL.

more than 2 years ago
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Eric Schmidt Doesn't Think Android Is Fragmented

SharkLaser Re:Eric Schmidt, master of non-answers (431 comments)

I agree, Google is master of using feel-good words. They do it with everything, right from using "beta" in product names so that when people point out bugs, they can just say it's a beta! On top of that they when they ask users to install Chrome, instead of Yes and No they use soft words like "Let's try it out!" and "Maybe at some other time". They're a marketing company, they know how to play that game.

more than 2 years ago
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Eric Schmidt Doesn't Think Android Is Fragmented

SharkLaser Just playing with words (431 comments)

The difference, as he explains it, is that differentiation means manufacturers have a choice, they're going to compete on their view of innovation, and try to convince consumers that their innovation is better than somebody elses whereas fragmentation is quite the opposite.

How is that different, and how is fragmentation quite the opposite? It's not. Fragmentation on Android is real problem. Of course Eric Schmidt is going to say it's not a problem, or that it doesn't even exist. Companies always deny problems. It's not a bug, it's a feature!

more than 2 years ago
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LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

SharkLaser Re:I'm honestly confused... (359 comments)

What does it matter? You don't need to pay anything before you see the patents. You just sign the NDA so you don't go around publicly talking about the specifics. After signing it you get to know all the patents and details and can examine if you're actually violating them, and if you pay or fight in court.

more than 2 years ago
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Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

SharkLaser Re:Yahoo? (169 comments)

Almost all of DDG's results come from Bing. They do tweak them a bit, and add information from other sources like Wikipedia when it's relevant. But the search results are 95% Bing.

more than 2 years ago
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LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

SharkLaser Re:I'm honestly confused... (359 comments)

They do, but you need to sign NDA. It's common business practice - Google requires it too.

more than 2 years ago
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LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

SharkLaser Re:That's messed up ... (359 comments)

So, Microsoft is getting paid for every Android device sold in the US ...

And people think the patent system isn't broken.

How does that mean the patent system is broken? Microsoft is just collecting royalties on technology they invented and developed. That is the entire reason patent system is established - so that other companies can use technology invented by other companies who would otherwise keep the details secret.

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LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

SharkLaser Re:I'm honestly confused... (359 comments)

the bribes came in when "somebody" bribed the patent office to allow the actually invalid patents to be issued

[Citation needed] Microsoft has a huge R&D division, larger than any other company in the industry has. Their patents are invalid, they're good patents given after lots of research. Microsoft spends billions a year to do it, so it's only fair that other companies pay up if they want to profit from the results of Microsoft's R&D.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Paying Bloggers to Tout Chrome

SharkLaser Re:Its called advertising (6 comments)

They need to game other search engines. And why would they try to rank "google"? They're trying to rank Chrome's download page.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

SharkLaser Re:ASP.NET and C# (519 comments)

Who says I'm not a subscriber? Because I am.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

SharkLaser Re:ASP.NET and C# (519 comments)

So I provide a valid opinion and reasons why it's good to do web development with and it gets modded to -1? WTF Slashdot?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

SharkLaser ASP.NET and C# (519 comments)

PHP is fine, but if you want to learn about a better, enterprise-ready languages I would suggest using ASP.NET. It integrates perfectly with .NET apps and libraries and comes with a comprehensive library (as it uses .NET). The great thing about ASP.NET is that you can use C# to develop for it. ASP.NET also comes with various functions to make state management easier - an important feature that is completely missing in other languages. It also has built-in cache management.

ASP.NET originally lacked templating engine, but Microsoft introduced it in 2.0 version. You can have master templates that have placeholders for the dynamic content, as well as all the HTML and JavaScript that is shared between all pages.

It is basically more than your off-the-shelf PHP/Python/Ruby. ASP.NET provides much larger library to use, has templating engine, error handling, controls and events (and hence is more familiar to Windows developers), caching, object-oriented design and session control which can even be saved in SQL Server. It's not just a language, it's the complete package.

One of the great things about ASP.NET is also that you can use your favorite language to develop for it, as long as it supports .NET. This means you can use VB.NET, C#, J#, Delphi.NET etc. And because you compile the code to bytecode, it runs significantly faster. On top of that Visual Studio is a great free (and commercial) development environment.

Oh, and if you want to run ASP.NET under Linux servers, it's easy too. Apache has mod_mono module or you can use it via FastCGI.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Writing Hardened Web Applications?

SharkLaser Re:Web-specific suggestion(s) (333 comments)

Session ID needs to be in the URL because otherwise every page request would be POST, and that will break lots of functionality. Usually session id goes to cookie, and regardless, they're almost always bound to IP and other information. You can't just copy that session id and log in. It has no effect on security in standard environments (and if you do custom stuff like reverse proxying you need to handle many things anyway), and sessions provide good functionality.

The default is GET because it's better in most cases, like in your example with Google query. This lets people link to pages, bookmark them, let search engines index them and lets user go back and forward in history. POST breaks all that and should only be used when there's actual need for them, like when filling actual forms. In most cases they're used perfectly good.

more than 2 years ago

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Google TV Update Will Predict What User Wants to W

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Google is preparing an update for Google TV and one of the new features will predict what the user wants to watch. "The biggest challenge facing the content industry going forward is that in a world of unlimited choice, how do you actually bring the right content to the user? The software will eventually be able to track all the material people watch — including live programming and online videos — and offer recommendations on other content they might enjoy. We need to make it so that any time you turn on the TV we know what you want to watch" Google spokesperson said. No mention about "did you mean to watch this instead?" feature or how the device will save you from showing embarrassing programming when you have your friends or relatives over."
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Google Employees Caught Up Lying To Businesses

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Looks like Google is facing an another PR disaster, as an Kenyan startup Mocality, which operatores the country's largest online business directory, has caught Google employees lying to business owners. "Not long after Google helped kickstart a program to get Kenyan businesses online, the startup suddenly started fielding calls from Kenyan business owners with questions about a supposed partnership / joint-venture Mocality had set up with the Internet search and advertising giant". As the number of calls rose, Mocality got suspicious and set up a traffic monitoring system with a smart sting operation. They noticed that certain IP address was accessing all the business details on their site, so they started serving that IP address numbers that lead to Mocality's call centre instead of the real business owners. Soon Mocality found out that Google Kenya employees and Indian call centre employees working for Google were calling up businesses they found on Mocality and tried to get them to sign up for a competing product by lying about a supposed partnership with Mocality and spreading misinformation about Mocality's business model. On some of the calls Google claimed that Mocality is engaging in bait-and-switch practices to try and charge businesses later for their listings. Mocality says it has never and will never charge for listings."
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Is Google Using Google+ Search To Avoid Anti-Trust

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "TechCrunch has an interesting article about the motivation behind force-integrating Google+ social networking into Google's main search. The article suggests that the situation seems like an antitrust case waiting to happen, especially since Google could easily choose to feature the publicly available content from its social rivals in the same way than their own product. Behind this "could be a grand strategy for provoking the US government to investigate the market shares of search and social products as a single issue, in a way that puts Facebook on the defensive, especially as it looks to go public". Google has been getting lots of pressure lately around antitrust issues — in South Korea they are accused of interfering with FTC investigation, in US senators want FTC to look at Google's practices and in Europe Google is under investigation for monopoly abuse. The author argues that this could be Google's easy way out of any antitrust issues. "Even if Google takes all sorts of grief from the government (not to mention users and the press) over this, the biggest end result could be new scrutiny on its two main rivals.""
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Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Microsoft's Bing search engine has overtaken Yahoo for the first time. While both Bing, Yahoo and a bunch of meta-search engines like the privacy-oriented DuckDuckGo use Bing's back-end, it clearly shows Yahoo's declining market share. comScore has also released its search data for 2011 — overally, Bing gained 3.1% of market share while Yahoo lost 1.5% and Google lost 0.7%. Yahoo's new CEO Scott Thompson has lots to work with."
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Dutch ISPs Ordered To Block The Pirate Bay

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Netherlands two largest ISPs, Ziggo and XS4ALL, have been ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay. The block follows a similar verdict made in Finland just a few days ago. Likewise, the list of addresses to block includes both domain names and The Pirate Bay IP's. While the court noted that an ISP blockade against The Pirate Bay would also prevent legitimate access to the site, it noted that the legal offerings available at The Pirate Bay are not limited to the site and are also available from other sites and means. As such, preventing a large number of copyright infringements is justified. Furthermore, so that TPB will not easily be able to circumvent the block, BREIN can supply the ISPs with The Pirate Bay's new domains and IPs should they change. Ziggo and XS4ALL are then required to block access to them. However, BREIN will be liable for wrongly reported information."
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Google Fuses Google+ Into Search

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Google is today launching a remarkable update to their search engine. This update is intended to bring you personalized search results based on your Google+ friends, sharing, pictures and likes. They're calling it "Search plus Your World", and the update is going to automatically personalize all search results to a greater degree than before. These personalized matches will appear along your normal search results. For example, if you are searching for images of babies, Google will now personalize your search results and give high preferance to baby photos from your Google+ circles. Google is saying that over time they will also start adding search results from all the other Google services, including Google Docs, Gmail, Contacts, Music, Voice, wallet and so on. Today's launch also uses Google+ data for another purpose: helping you search for information about people on Google+. For example, if you are searching Google for "music", Google will now display relevant people and pages from Google+, like Britney Spears, Alicia Keys and Snoop Dogg."
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Google Obstructs Korean Antitrust Probe

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Google is being accused of obstructing The Korea Fair Trade Commission's investigations into the company's alleged anticompetitive practices in South Korea. The commission is accusing Google of making smartphone makers favor its search engine on Android-powered devices, and after raiding Google's Seoul offices in September, methodically interfering with the agency's inquisition by deleting files from its computers and instructing its employees to work from home. KFTC is currently considering if it should impose the maximum fine of 200 million Korean won (US$171,800) for hindering its work. Google is also currently under monopoly abuse investigations in the US and in the Europe."
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Use Of Video Games As Propaganda

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "A video game developer working Kuma Reality Games has admitted that the company has been receiving money from CIA to design and distribute for free special movies and games with the aim of manipulating public opinion in the Middle East. Amir Mizra Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, moved to work for Kuma after working for DARPA and has said the goal of the company was to convince people that whatever U.S. does in other countries is a good measure. Kuma officials have declined to comment while Hekmati himself is locked in Iran. The United States government has demanded the release of Hekmati, but Iran has sentenced him to death for spying, which he confessed to."
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U.S. Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-lik

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "In a leaked letter sent to Spain's outgoing President, the US ambassador warned that if Spain didn't pass SOPA-like file-sharing site blocking law, Spain would risk being put into United States trade blocklist. United States government interference in Spain's intellectual property laws have been suspected for a long time, and now the recent leaks of diplomatic cables confirm this. Apart from the cables leaked earlier, now another cable dated December 12th says U.S. expresses "deep concern" over the failure to implement SOPA-style censorship law in the country. "The government has unfortunately failed to finish the job for political reasons, to the detriment of the reputation and economy of Spain," read the letter. Racing against the clock in the final days of the government, Solomont had one last push. "I encourage the Government of Spain to implement the Sinde Law immediately to safeguard the reputation of Spain as an innovative country that does what it says it will, and as a country that breeds confidence," he wrote."
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IE6 is Almost Dead

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Microsoft, and the whole tech world, is celebrating the fact that use of Internet Explorer 6 has dropped below one percent in the US. "Time to pop open the champagne because, based on the latest data from Net Applications, IE6 usage in the US has now officially dropped below 1 per cent!," said Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer marketing. "IE6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we've been as eager as anyone to see it go away"."
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Google Tries to Standardize Android UI

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Google has added new requirements to manufacturers who wish to use Android in their devices. To combat fragmentation of Android UI, it is now mandatory that all Android manufacturers include the default Holo themes in their devices. These themes were introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb but will now be standard feature of any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Google said this will also make it easier and faster for manufacturers to upgrade their devices. In related news, Samsung has announced that it will not upgrade Galaxy S to the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich."
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Google Paying Bloggers to Tout Chrome

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "SearchEngineLand has a jaw-dropping article on how Google is paying bloggers to tout Chrome and give positive "reviews" about the web browser. The posts usually tout how Chrome has helped small businesses but has little to none actual relation to Chrome. Search for "This Post Sponsored By Google" results in over 4300 results that write about the wonders of Chrome and contain paid links leading back to Chrome download page. Google, the company that has been fighting against paid links and "thin" content, is also violating its own webmaster guidelines by paying for links from those blogs. Last year Google penalized JC Penney, Forbes and Overstock for using them. The reviews are also displaying a video that is actually just an image leading to Chrome download page. On top of these paid blog posts, Google has been pushing Chrome by paying OEM's and shareware and freeware vendors if they bundle Chrome with their computers or setup packages."
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Google Testing Completely Revamped Look

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Google's search engine has always looked pretty much the same since it was introduced in 1998. However, Google is now testing a revamped look that is the largest change the search engine has ever done to its website. The new look strips the black bar running horizontally at top and places it as an openable menu on the left side. The move is said to promote Google's other services without making the search engine too cluttered. The new side menu is also more similar to Chrome OS and allows Chromebook and Google's website to have the same look and feel. Another consequence of the move is that it now takes users two clicks to enter other services such as Images and News, which is said to improve the amount of ad clicks and visitors advertisers get. Considering that European Commission is examining claims of Google downgrading rival websites and U.S. senators are calling FTC to inspect Google for unfair practices, the move comes at a surprising time."
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Open Source Increasingly Replaced by Open APIs

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Open APIs might be the way to get rich in 2012. At the same time it can also be what ultimately hinders open source development. Wide range of companies, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter, are building open APIs for other developers to use and build upon. Open APIs can be used by companies to grow their user base and introduce new interesting features on top of their platform. At the same time independant developers can utilize established services and their users to grow their own business. Perfect example of open APIs is Facebook Apps, which lets individuals and companies develop applications and games on top of Facebook platform. Developers gain access to Facebook's established user base and Facebook gains new features and fun stuff to do on their site. Instead of open sourcing their platforms, companies like Google and Facebook are providing Open APIs and data access to outside developers. The actual source code for the services sits safely inside the company's network and never needs to be disclosed to outside parties, thus hindering open source development."
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Fake Antivirus Scams Spread To Android

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Fake antivirus scams have plagued Windows and Mac OSX during the last couple of years. Now it seems like such scams have spread to Android. Fake antivirus scams on Android work the same as they do on PC's — an user with Android phone downloads an application or visits a website that suddenly tells that the user's device is infected with malware. It will then show a fake scan of the system and return hard-coded "positives" and gives the option the option to buy antivirus software that will "remove" the malware on the affected system. Android, which is based on Linux, has been plagued with malware earlier too. According to McAfee, almost all new mobile malware now targets Android. Android app stores, including the official one from Google, has also been hosting hundreds of trojan applications that send premium rate SMS's on behalf of unsuspecting users."
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Google+ Removing Pictures Giving The Finger

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "It turns out that Google has started to remove Google+ pictures that have persons giving the middle finger in it. "Our policy page states, 'Your Profile Picture cannot include mature or offensive content.' Your profile photo was taken down as a violation of this policy". Google+ is supposed to be universal social network, "identity service" and allow sharing like in real life and be a public venue for free expressions. Since the middle finger is so culturally-specific issue, will Google+ also start to remove things like showing the palms of your hands to people (considered insult in Greece), showing soles of your shoes (insult in Middle East), patting someones head (insult in Buddhist countries)? A good number of Google+ users have started to change their profile picture to include the middle finger to show support to MG Siegler, who got his profile picture removed by Google."
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Did Microsoft make Google pay triple rate to Mozil

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Last week it was announced that Google has renewed their search deal with Mozilla. The amount of which Google paid to Mozilla was surprising: $300 million per year, despite the sligtly falling market share of Firefox. Many took this as charity and for the purpose of advancing web. Now sources in the bidding process have revealed that Google's main rival in the bid was Microsoft's Bing, along with Yahoo. This bidding war was costly to Google, which is now paying 300% of what they used to, just to be Firefox's default search provider. Mozilla veteran Asa Dotzler is also giving insight to the deal between Google and Mozilla. "Google started out as a search company. But that's not what they are today. Google's primary business is advertising. Google brought in $9.7B in revenues in Q3'11. 96% of that revenue was from ad sales. Not all traffic to Google ads is 'organic' though. To help drive ad sales, Google pays for traffic to their ads. They paid out $2.21 billion, or 24% of their ad revenues in 'Traffic Acquisition Costs'. That money goes to revenue shares with their AdSense partners and to 'distribution partners' — presumably browser makers, PC OEMs, and mobile OEMs and operators.". Google also pays shareware and freeware distributors to bundle Chrome and Google toolbar with their programs and games."
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How The Web Will Change In 2012

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "TechCrunch has an interesting prediction on how HTML5 and 2012 will change the web. Apart from making the whole web more interconnected between different websites, web browsers starting to look and behave more like iPad, complete with push notifications and geolocation, and HTML5 ads replacing majority of flash based ads, the article also predicts that browser makers will start to introduce App Stores within their browsers. In fact, Chrome already has one. Facebook will also get a lot more seamlessly integrated with your desktop, including file system access, photo syncing and widgets on your screen. There will also be an increasing amount of HTML5 based social games and online cloud based apps that replace every functionality you needed desktop apps for. All of these changes and features will start to blur the line between desktop and browser and will also bring your social graph more closely into contact with your traditional desktop experience."
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Gaining a Remote Shell on Android

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "The security of Android devices has come under scrunity in recent months. Android market place has been plagued with countless amount of trojaned apps and researchers have identified various root exploits and permissions leaks that can be exploited to, for example, send premium rate SMS's. Now researcher Thomas Cannon of ViaForensics is demonstrating a method for setting up remote shell on an Android device without using any exploits or vulnerabilities. The security hole is not new, and it has been pointed out for a number of years, but Google has still to fix it. The method works on various versions of Android, up to and including the newest Ice Cream Sandwich."
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US Senators Want the FTC To Look At Google

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SharkLaser (2495316) writes "US Senators have written to the US Federal Trade Commissions about their concerns on Google's internet monopoly. Google executives did themselves no favours when the Senators looked at Google's business practices in September. When asked if Google has monopoly in online search, Google chairman Eric Schmidt is quoted as saying "I would agree, Senator, that we are in that area". Another worrying quote is from Marissa Meyer, Google's VP of location services, who said that it was "only fair" that Google put its own sites on higher placements than competitors. The Senators are also warning that Google is only facing one real competitor, Microsoft's Bing. Almost all other metasearch engines use either Google or Bing technology to deliver search results, including DuckDuckGo which uses Bing. In Europe Google is currently under investigation of monopoly abuse and the EU has also delayed Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility."
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List of Shill Accounts on Slashdot

SharkLaser SharkLaser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Since journals are now apparently editable with no time limit, I figured I'd provide the public service of listing the active shill accounts I come across on Slashdot. Keep in mind that many employ negative marketing, where they sling mud at competing products and companies rather than promoting their own, and of course posting some balance of personal non-shilling posts is a good way to reduce suspicion.

Here the shills will be listed by the company they are shilling for along with some comments. I'll link to their user pages to make it convenient for you to see their comments and submissions and judge for yourself.

Nintendo

Nintendo shilling has really flared up over the last couple of years and they are currently running the overwhelming majority of astroturf campaigns on Slashdot. Recently there's been a shift towards negative marketing, where the shills say bad things about Microsoft products while subtly plugging Nintendo products. They often call anyone who says anything bad about Nintendo an anti-Mario zealot who's stuck in the past.

GameboyRMH: The unabashed and highly successful shill that inspired me to start this list. Until recently most Nintendo shills were keeping a pretty low profile, but not this guy.

Getting rid of shills

The best way to get rid of shills is intense public shaming. They'll at least start new accounts when one is caught and shamed, and that will cost them karma and slow them down. Busting shills will cost you some karma, both from uninvolved and apathetic Slashdotters who don't like your off-topic comments and from other shills who want to keep shill-busting comments modded down (you'll notice most shill accounts have the "spent all my mod points" achievement). But what's karma for if not to spend it, and why not spend it on something positive? ;)

If anyone has any more to add to this list then please comment. I know there are many but I'm just adding the few that I can remember.

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