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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

beakerMeep Re:Clapper (214 comments)

It can work the other way around too -- if you get too far from your phone, it goes into pin/password lock mode. But if it is near a trusted bluetooth device, easily swipe to open. Works with any bluetooth (pebble, moto 360, your car) and Moto X 2013/2014 and Android 5+ devices. I assume iPhone has a similar feature.

yesterday
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

beakerMeep Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

You're talking about the embrace step. Certainly there should not be any OS lock-in there. That would be by design (assuming the worst of EEE for argument's sake). Platform lock-in comes with platform specific extensions, features, APIs, and libraries beyond the core. A very nefarious thing to do would be to introduce subtle bugs in other platform versions of the core or extensions. But that would be ridiculously hard to prove and I use it mostly just to dramatize how EEE could work.

I'm not saying MS is doing this, I am saying they should be watched with a very skeptical eye. Again... "be wary of your 'extended' dependencies".

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

beakerMeep Circular logic (66 comments)

This is the same silly logic FCC chief Wheeler used to in his blog post back when he advocated the T-Mobile + AT&T merger. It basically sums up as this:

"It we just give them some stuff then they will be ok with us regulating them"

How about the FCC just do it's fucking job? Regulation should not require give and take with the industry, that's exactly how regulation can go wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

beakerMeep Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

I think you misunderstand how embrace, extend, extinguish works.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Extend provides them with the platform lock-in, extinguish is only when extend has provided them enough market share that by being a de facto standard, they can steer the tech as they wish. They can let it languish. Or provide cosmetic updates, or add more platform lock-in.

Note that this framework is called "core" -- a perfectly normal name in most situations, but interesting when looked at from the perspective of embrace, extend, extinguish.

I guess the OSS lesson should be "be wary of your 'extended' dependencies". MS could be doing right here but I am a skeptic.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

beakerMeep Re:What is this? (140 comments)

Medium is like a crowd-sourced blog with no ads... what's the issue you have with it?

Of all the BS on Slashdot, this is much more akin to its roots of aggregating less-know tech articles.

about a month and a half ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

beakerMeep Re:"Civil Forfeitures" are even worse (424 comments)

This is also part of civil forfeiture law. In TFA they note that the only "suspicion" required for them to take a bank account was that the account holder be depositing large amounts but under $10,000 at a time (i.e. breaking no law). I'm honestly not sure it matters which violations are "worse" they are all egregious and unconscionable and must be stopped immediately as unconstitutional.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (313 comments)

And has any of that coke vs pepsi shit been worth reading? It seems like you are arguing *for* the stupid bs.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (313 comments)

Huh? Timothy added that to be incendiary. It's not part of the submission. And there is nothing about it in the github repo / article.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Thanks for the screenshot. It explains what you're saying better.

Still, do you think that they changed the search engine, left all those options for smart search on, then went to the OS setting for spotlight and turned that off, then sounded the alarm? Would seem a bit like manufactured outrage to me, but I suppose it's not impossible.

If those options were actually left on, then is a very non-story (at least that part)

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (313 comments)

Which is fine but Windows comments belong on that thread. This is irrelevant to if / how / why macs are phoning home. Timothy just added it to incite comments like yours.

Back on topic: I am kinda curious about the Omniture cookie. Why would they send it when I open the "about this mac" dialog?

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

They specifically said they turned off Spotlight suggestions.

Even if that were not so, changing search engine should never mean you have to find another configuration option to turn off the old search engine. That's just wrong.

This is actually my only issue. It seems many of the things they found in TFGHR have a legit uses, but if you turn it off, then it should be off.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (313 comments)

Try not to feed timothy's' trolling. I am no fan of Windows but that was an unnecessary distraction meant to provoke a coke vs pepsi debate.

Two privacy wrongs don't make anything remotely resembling a right.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

beakerMeep Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

What about the top 0.1%? Dont something like 400 people control half the wealth in the nation?

about 2 months ago
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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

beakerMeep Re:Attn Slashdot (64 comments)

Apparently Redbox will be gaining weight soon

about 2 months ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

beakerMeep Re:If I own the car (269 comments)

You act like they are uninvited guests. You are free not to use valet services. This is more like employers notifying the employees all their email may be monitored. If this became more of a thing I would think companies that provide valet services would start to require their employees to sign a consent before working.

But really, there is no harm in notifying them. I'm sure most people would rather a valet be on their best behavior and an undamaged car than evidence and a damaged car.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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beakerMeep beakerMeep writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beakerMeep (716990) writes "David Marcus, a user on Kuro5hin, recently put together an excellent piece on the perils and faults behind the workings of Digg.com. From the article: 'As I write, the top story on Digg is "Transparency in Social News", a newspaper-as-blog item that the Digg community have used as a little self-congratulatory pat on the back. I understand why Digg's users feel like they deserve to toast themselves now and then — after all, they've made the place one of the Web's Top 100 sites, and they've made Digg, Inc. upwards of $200 million.' Incidentally, as I submit this story to Slashdot, Digg has appears to have removed the story from the list of upcoming stories."

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