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Are There Any Smartphones That Respect Privacy?

ViViDboarder Re:Follow the money (android profits off of you) (478 comments)

If it's so loud and proud, how about you show me where Google states it will be selling it's location and traffic information? They do use this data, but it's Opt-In. You can chose to send none of it. Also, they have the same motivations as Apple does to keep it to themselves. It allows Google to provide a better product than it's competitors.

more than 2 years ago
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Are There Any Smartphones That Respect Privacy?

ViViDboarder Re:Follow the money (android profits off of you) (478 comments)

That's incorrect. Google profits off you, yes. But they profit off you by you using the internet. They are going to make money off you if you use any OS because they have a large advertising marketshare. If you don't want information synced with Google you don't need to sync it. With the exception of Blackberry, you aren't forced to keep any data in "the cloud". It can all be kept locally on the device or synced with one of your computers or even synced to your private Exchange or IMAP server.

more than 2 years ago
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PS3 Counter-Strike To Support Keyboard and Mouse

ViViDboarder Re:Nice (168 comments)

What's wrong with casual gameplay? Plenty of people play casually on their consoles with friends and then play competitively on their PCs.
It'd be good if they had 2 lobbies. If using a KBM you go to the KBM lobby and if you use a gamepad you go to that lobby. It'd let you play however you damn well please.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Tablets Becoming Popular Bathroom Activity

ViViDboarder Pooputing (348 comments)

A term I saw Cyanogen use around the time he got a tablet. So uncomfortably accurate.

more than 3 years ago
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Betty Boop and Indefinite Copyright

ViViDboarder Re:Weird decision (249 comments)

Producing New works... I'm fine with that I suppose.
I think it sucks when IP laws hurt creativity by letting stagnate IP owners sit on something and then sue when someone actually tries to create something. If they are actively creating, as a consumer, I'm totally fine with that.

more than 3 years ago
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Betty Boop and Indefinite Copyright

ViViDboarder Re:Weird decision (249 comments)

I don't know... Thinking about it, it almost makes sense. Disney is still actively using Micky Mouse. Betty Boop on the other hand, only exists for merchandise. I'm fine with that. It's like a troll shouldn't be able to sit on a patent without using it, but if Microsoft is using Kinect technology they should have a right to it.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Isn't Anonymous Anymore

ViViDboarder Re:XKCD (407 comments)

I was thinking the same thing!

That would be hilarious.

Do it for the lulz!!!

more than 3 years ago
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Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

ViViDboarder Re:RTFA (693 comments)

This sort of logic doesn't really apply to other industries though... I can't look at the Billboard top 100 and then take all the top songs that people are buying and just copy them.

more than 3 years ago
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Security Expert Warns of Android Browser Flaw

ViViDboarder Re:The real problem is... (98 comments)

And then there are those of us running AOSP ROMs like CyangoenMod who will likely have fixes on our phones in no time. Hopefully manufacturers see how well Open Source responds to issues like this and realize that what they are doing puts a lot of phones at risk by making the process so tedious for updates that they move from "releasing source code" to maintaining a Git/SVN server that regularly pulls in updates from their team as well as the Android trunk. I think TMobile is already moving towards this. Last step would be to actually allow users to compile and install the ROMs of their choosing without having to worry about gaining root access.

about 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.10 Multitouch Support Demo

ViViDboarder Re:Unity & HTPC (104 comments)

I think that'd be pretty sweet. Also, when Google TV goes Open Source that'll be cool to see integrated by way of some app or something.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.10 Multitouch Support Demo

ViViDboarder Re:That's great but... (104 comments)

Yea, but you don't HAVE to manage your files all the time. Many applications just work out of your home folder or some nested folder in there and Open dialogs work fine. Other web apps work just fine as well.

The advantage here is that you have the OPTION to manipulate the files. Too cumbersome to do with touch? Sit down and do it with your KM since in the end at least it has a full featured OS.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords

ViViDboarder Citicards (215 comments)

My Citibank credit cards offer this. I go online and I can get a temporary number and use that just fine.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

ViViDboarder Re:but best buy is pre doing and forcing you to bu (454 comments)

That's great, but the issue here is how Best Buy is going about it. They aren't just providing a service. The image that was posed looked like it was made with the intent of ripping people off.

The customer you had clearly KNEW that he could install updates by himself. You think any parent buying the PS3 for their child for this holiday season is going to know these things? They are going to see signs like that and think, "Oh I should probably get it updated while I'm here anyway!".

Other than that, if someone wants to pay for free software to be installed, so be it. Just don't trick people into it. It should be clearly noted that the Firmware update is free itself. Or, if the customer asks how to install it themselves they should be provided the information.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ViViDboarder Re:socialism (2058 comments)

Nope. No argument here.

I agree with you that I'm not seeing it either in public instances. I think that you're right that there is little chance of corruption in a case of government run fire depot.

In fact, I'd prefer my fire depot run by my county as well rather than privately.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ViViDboarder Re:socialism (2058 comments)

I don't get it...

We're not talking about this specific case. I'm just saying that Private and Public fire depots would be equally able to run such a racket. In both cases you'd have a house burnt and someone extorted and then someone (hopefully) prosecuted and sued.

The case of what actually happened is akin to someone not paying their taxes (it was a fee in this case because it was not the homeowners county) for their public service and therefor not receiving their service.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ViViDboarder Re:socialism (2058 comments)

Right, neither is necessarily better. It really needs to be looked at case by case and those specifically involved.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ViViDboarder Re:socialism (2058 comments)

Yea, and in America they'd be charged with Arson and then sued for property damage.

Rackets like that are illegal regardless of private/social services. In other words, it's a totally different issue. You don't think it's possible for public service workers to do the same thing and ask for "extra money for faster service?" It's illegal and they know they'd be prosecuted.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Accepts, Then Rejects BitTorrent iPhone App

ViViDboarder Re:The 1% of Torrenters (163 comments)

I had to reach deep for it.

It wasn't supposed to be serious. I just don't see this as such a big deal when Transmission has a perfectly capable web interface that works on the iPhone and Android. Also, Apple sure doesn't want to piss off the RIAA.

Do you have numbers on illegal vs. legal torrents? I can't find any decent sources.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Accepts, Then Rejects BitTorrent iPhone App

ViViDboarder The 1% of Torrenters (163 comments)

Using BT legitimately will have to wait until they are home to download their Linux ISO! Such injustice!

It's a shame that a few bad eggs ruin it for the rest of us...

more than 4 years ago

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