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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (312 comments)

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

4 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (312 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.

5 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:If you want results from the web (312 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)

5 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (312 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?

5 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:If you want results from the web (312 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.

5 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

beakerMeep Re:Yes, worse (312 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.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

beakerMeep Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

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

about a week 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 three weeks 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 a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

beakerMeep Re:LEDs (602 comments)

Consumer reports has a whole section on bulbs: http://www.consumerreports.org...

They tend to actually test things and remain impartial (they dont take any advertising money). They dont have an actual mean time to failure or anything but they do test 12.5k hour brightness and they report what is the claimed life.

about a month ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

beakerMeep Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

What if I need to 3D print the result?

about a month ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

beakerMeep Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (162 comments)

Sorry, I may have spoken too soon there. Certain features of hangouts look like they still require plus, if you are not on an Apps (business) account. But they seem to have almost completely phased this out. In general they seem to have halted the major push for plus. I'd like to think they fired* the head of plus partly because of the failure of the push and the backlash of the real name, and youtube stuff...but I don't know why he "left" ( http://recode.net/2014/04/24/e... ). Anyways, here's what i could find on how to use hangouts:

https://productforums.google.c...
https://support.google.com/plu...
https://support.google.com/a/a...

Here's how to use it without plus:
https://support.google.com/han...

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

beakerMeep Re:Unseal the documentation too (200 comments)

Obviously this isnt suffrage or civil rights, but it's an important piece of information when building a socioeconomic model of how American capitalism functions. These are the real "rational" actors in the market and we need all this information. Letting lawsuits like this settle behind closed doors for relatively small amounts of money and heavily redacted documents only serves to further obscure the truth. It doesn't take millions marching on Washington to for the truth to have value. Rather, without the truth, who will ever protest?

I understand where you are coming from but I think your line of thought here does the discussion a disservice. It's never futile to work for informing the public even just a little bit more. But it's time to stop "expecting" these lawsuits to produce crappy results -- it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

As I mentioned in my OP: one of the class advocates for the plaintiff did not accept the settlement that the lawyers on both sides had worked out. And instead of giving in to fatalism that "this is just the way these lawsuits go", he instead wrote a letter to Lucy Koh, the judge, asking her to throw out the settlement. And now she has done just that!

This quote is cheesy but good:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

(Incidentally I can't imagine you actually think Snowden had no lasting effect on the world).

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

beakerMeep Re:Unseal the documentation too (200 comments)

I don't think apathy needs an advocate. There really is no sense in loudly proclaiming defeatism. Sure, some people don't care, but the defendants would not have worked so hard to keep documents sealed if *nobody* cared. This case is being widely covered by the media:

Reuters: http://uk.reuters.com/article/...
Time: http://time.com/42322/steve-jo...
Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/ee7535...

And over 186 more articles just from the past few days

So I don't know about what you said right there. I don't believe that "no one cares".

/there is always some subset of people who claim no one cares about any given news story.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

beakerMeep Re:Punitive Damages? (200 comments)

You dont need to wonder, you need to read:

http://pando.com/2014/03/22/re...

http://pando.com/2014/01/23/th...

Some estimates put it as high as $9 billion.

This wasn't just about cold calling. The chilling effects were far more reaching. It's just that the documented evidence only referred specifically to cold calling, so that is what can be proved. In reality this was much more of a "gentleman's agreement" and it had the effect of driving down wages at dozens of large companies possibly affecting ~1 million workers. If you think it stopped with just poaching and had no other effect, you are being naive. Google actually had to raise some salaries due to Facebook not participating.

Here are just some of the companies involved:
  Google
  Apple, Inc
  Comcast Corporation
  DoubleClick
  Genentech
  IBM Corporation (Junior hires okay—also applies to subsidiaries)
  Illumita
  Intel Corporation
  Intuit
  Microsoft
  Oglivy
  WPP
  AOL, Inc.
  Ask.com
  Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
  Dell, Inc.
  Earthlink, Inc
  Virgin Media, Inc. (Formerly NTL, Inc.)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/2136...

http://pando.com/tag/techtopus...

about a month and a half ago

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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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