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Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers

Trelane A very good reason (273 comments)

That might have something to do with the fact that tenure selection is (almost) entirely based on publications, research, and grants and not on teaching.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Friendly Video Streaming?

Trelane Amazon and Hulu (147 comments)

Both work on Linux, although Amazon requires the Flash plugin (new Chrome-only Pepper API one will not work) with the HAL (there's a HAL package on Ubuntu: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/flash-player-11-problems-playing.html) The Adobe DRM for Amazon may come into a future Pepper API plugin but it is not currently implemented, which is why you need the old plugin Flash plugin + HAL. Hulu works with both, as far as I can tell. It's been a while since I've watched stuff on there, though.

about a year ago
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Nvidia Display Driver Service Attack Escalates Privileges On Windows Machines

Trelane Re:NVIDIA privilege escalation exploit (129 comments)

Protip: 99.999% of car drivers either do not know how to change their oil or are not willing to learn how and simply have no reason to care. That's why we all take our cars to the original dealer.

about a year and a half ago
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FSF On How To Choose a License

Trelane Re:This Is Ridiculous (210 comments)

In the BSD case, it can be used everywhere, but there's no obligated to release source for what it gets added to.

Unless statically linking (which is more complicated), the LGPL and BSD licenses both allow this. The LGPL doesn't allow for proprietary mutation of the original library.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone and Location: Don't Panic

Trelane Re:Anecdotal (362 comments)

There are some very important differences: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/137143/20110421/android-phones-track-users-movements.htm

The data is unencrypted. Unlike the situation with iPhones, however, the data remains on the phone, and to access it one needs access to the operating system itself, known as "root access." On the iPhone, the location data was copied from the phone to a PC every time it was synced with iTunes. It was copying the data to the PC that creates a potential security problem.

Another difference is how big the location data files, called caches, are. On the Android phones they are limited in size to 50 unique cell sites and 200 WiFi access points. Apple's version was much larger

Also, according to a 13-page letter sent to Congress by Apple, they also upload your location history to Apple every 12 hours: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/apple-iphone-tracking/

According to Appleâ(TM)s letter, geodata is being tracked and transmitted to Apple only if a customer toggles the Location Services option in the settings menu to âoeOn.â If itâ(TM)s off, no location-based information will be collected.

If the Location Services setting is flipped on, the iPhone, 3G iPad and, to a more limited extent, the iPod Touch and the Wi-Fi iPad, are transmitting geodata to Apple under different circumstances.

Apple is collecting information about nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points whenever you request current location information. Sometimes it will also do this automatically when youâ(TM)re using a location-based service, such as a GPS app.

As for GPS information, Apple is collecting GPS location data only when a customer uses an application requiring GPS capabilities.

Apple claims the collected geodata is stored on the iOS device, then anonymized with a random identification number generated every 24 hours by the iOS device, and finally transmitted over an encrypted Wi-Fi network every 12 hours (or later if thereâ(TM)s no Wi-Fi available) to Apple. That means Apple and its partners canâ(TM)t use this collected geodata to personally identify a user.

At Apple, the data gets stored in a database âoeaccessible only by Apple,â the letter says.

âoeWhen a customer requests current location information, the device encrypts and transmits Cell Tower and Wi-Fi Access Point Information and the deviceâ(TM)s GPS coordinates (if available) over a secure Wi-Fi Internet connection to Apple,â Apple wrote in the letter.

more than 3 years ago
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YouTube Now Transcoding All New Uploads To WebM

Trelane Like! (267 comments)

Errrm, +1. Now, to get Moz to use hw acceleration for webm and to get a webm-enabled crystalhd card for my linu netbook!

more than 3 years ago
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Third Humble Bundle Arrives, 'Frozenbyte' Edition

Trelane Re:who's got a torrent? (195 comments)

Mod parent up! (Yes, they really do)

more than 3 years ago
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All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix

Trelane Re:In related news... (272 comments)

Seconded. I *used* to be a Netflix customer, and left after the silence just became awkward. Fortunately, Amazon wants my business instead.

more than 3 years ago
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All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix

Trelane Re:In related news... (272 comments)

Or subscribe to Amazon's service. Vote with your dollars, folks.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

Trelane Do they *promise* to ban me? (312 comments)

I mean, don't you have to connect to PSN to get the updates that kill OtherOS? If so, I see only win. :) I mean, that's the icing on the cake. The decision they've forced for us OtherOS users is between staying away from GameOS and PSN or staying away from PSN and getting another SPU and access to the GPU. I don't see the downside, frankly.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Search Copying Accusation Called 'Silly'

Trelane Re:Seriously? (380 comments)

But it is not like Bind crawled Google or anything like that, which Google would like everyone to believe.

But they did. Instead of using a program to do the clicking, they used humans.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Search Copying Accusation Called 'Silly'

Trelane Re:Seriously? (380 comments)

It's not just the Bing Toolbar; it's also (certain features of?) IE. From TOFA at http://searchengineland.com/google-bing-is-cheating-copying-our-search-results-62914

Microsoft does disclose that Suggested Sites collects information about sites you visit. From the privacy policy: When Suggested Sites is turned on, the addresses of websites you visit are sent to Microsoft, together with standard computer information. To help protect your privacy, the information is encrypted when sent to Microsoft. Information associated with the web address, such as search terms or data you entered in forms might be included. For example, if you visited the Microsoft.com search website at http://search.microsoft.com/ and entered "Seattle" as the search term, the full address http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?q=Seattle&qsc0=0&FORM=QBMH1&mkt=en-US will be sent. I've bolded the key parts. What you're searching on gets sent to Microsoft. Even though the example provided involves a search on Microsoft.com, the policy doesn't prevent any search -- including those at Google -- from being sent back.

It's worth reading the IE privacy policy to see what all they reserve the right to do with what you do in IE. I don't see the limitations regarding which components specifically will spy on you; some mention it specifically and then there's a broad statement about recording what you do and sending it to Redmond.

IMHO, that's the real story here. That, and the fact that people apparently still need reminding that MSFT is an advertiser just like GOOG, just less successful at it to date.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

Trelane Re:So the answer is yes (596 comments)

MSFT sells clicks too (don't forget that the primary reason MSFT is trying to kill GOOG is to seize its advertising revenue. MSFT is a major player in the advertising space.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

Trelane Re:So the answer is yes (596 comments)

yes, and data from the Patriot Act and warrantless wiretaps is *only* used against terrorists.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

Trelane Re:So the answer is yes (596 comments)

It's not in the EULA.

You're right; it's perhaps in the privacy policy (arguably, this is part of the EULA, but it's also a separate document):

Microsoft does disclose that Suggested Sites collects information about sites you visit. From the privacy policy: When Suggested Sites is turned on, the addresses of websites you visit are sent to Microsoft, together with standard computer information. To help protect your privacy, the information is encrypted when sent to Microsoft. Information associated with the web address, such as search terms or data you entered in forms might be included. For example, if you visited the Microsoft.com search website at http://search.microsoft.com/ and entered âoeSeattleâ as the search term, the full address http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?q=Seattle&qsc0=0&FORM=QBMH1&mkt=en-US will be sent. Iâ(TM)ve bolded the key parts. What youâ(TM)re searching on gets sent to Microsoft. Even though the example provided involves a search on Microsoft.com, the policy doesnâ(TM)t prevent any search â" including those at Google â" from being sent back.

(source: TOFA: http://searchengineland.com/google-bing-is-cheating-copying-our-search-results-62914) It's worth reading the rest of the privacy policy; apparently other bits of IE can and will send your information to Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/privacy.aspx

more than 3 years ago

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The New Humble Indie Bundle

Trelane Trelane writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Trelane (16124) writes "The Humble Indie Bundle is back, and with all new games and still no DRM! Like its predecessor, which earned over a million dollars and therefore had its constituent games open sourced, the new Humble Indie Bundle supports Linux, Mac, and Windows. This bundle contains Braid (yes, Braid for Linux!), Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans. Also as before, the customers specify the price as well as how the money is divided up, with the charities this time being the EFF and Child's Play Charity. As before, the donation share and average donations are being tracked, and the current totals are Linux and Mac at roughly a sixth each (averages of $14.02 and $7.84, respectively) and Windows at about two thirds, with an average contribution of $5.66. There's some coverage over at LWN and Ars Technica."
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