blackest_k writes "Google has a major problem called Airpush and they seem to be ignoring it, its been around for two years already.
Airpush is an ad framework api which an increasing number of applications seem to be using. The first you know of your infestation is when a Star pops up in your notification tray. Clicking on this Star takes you to an advert of dubious quality which can be anything from a 12 euro a month subscription taken from your phone bill for one ringtone to win a gift voucher from a local chain.
These ads arrive fairly regularly each morning on your notification bar. So what you may ask? just uninstall the app thats generating these notifications, but it is not that easy as the offending app is not revealed.
a small free tool which identifies — Airpush — LeadBolt — Appenda — IAC — Moolah Media It doesn't block the ads but it does let you uninstall the source.
it found two apps on my tablet with the airpush framework.
Problem solved, for now. With updates to installed apps comes the possibility of this framework being part of the update Seems there have been cases of Apps that have updated and suddenly started with this behaviour. These apps are in the Play Store and there are many more like them.
Googles PlayStore is essentially a trusted repository, but by allowing these apps into the Playstore Google is betraying the trust of its users, developers and hardware manufacturers.
I don't have a problem with Ad supported apps. If the Ad becomes an issue I can buy the paid version or uninstall it. With the Adpush framework you have to look quite a bit harder.
The 10 innocent apps I deleted trying to remove this over the last month, now have lost revenue from their civilized ads. Many users are out of pocket and some may be unaware that there is a leech attached to their phone bill. If Android is untrustworthy then people will choose an alternative costing the hardware manufacturers too. If this applies to Android is it also the case with Chrome?
Google needs to nip this in the bud, without trust the Playstore is useless. You might as well use third party app stores with pirated content because the walled garden is no longer safe. It is time for Google to start weeding out these unacceptable applications.
blackest_k writes "Basically, Friedrich created the character of Ghost Rider for Marvel in the '70s. It's not a matter of dispute, it's just a fact. Marvel owns the rights to the character and has ever since Friedrich signed his creation over to them three decades ago. However, before the first Ghost Rider film was released, Friedrich sued all involved under the belief that while Marvel undoubtedly owned the comic rights, he owned the film rights and should be involved both creatively and financially. He lost that lawsuit. That's not where things ended, though.
Friedrich has since made no further claims to the ownership of the character, he has, however, attempted to rightfully claim authorship of him in his private life. He's attended comics conventions and the likes as a paid guest, using his status as the creator of an iconic comic (and now film) character as his main source of income now that he's 68 years old. However, Marvel is still demanding in a court of law that Friedrich pay them the approximately $17,000 he's earned in retirement by acknowledging he's the creator of Ghost Rider.
Yes, you read that correctly. Marvel, a company that was recently purchased by Disney for $4 billion, is demanding that the person who created one of its most iconic and enduring characters — a person who is now 68 years old and is more or less broke after years of legal struggle — pay them his remaining $17,000 for having the gall to make money off of his history with the character.
blackest_k writes "When xxx domains went online many organisations bought domain names to avoid porn sites appearing using their name. One that didn't is the University of Hawaii which is now calling for tougher laws. Should there be tougher laws to outlaw this or was the xxx domain range created with the intention that people would be forced to buy xxx domains or face the consequences?" Link to Original Source top
blackest_k writes "They certainly seem to be having a laugh
Samsung in April released a digital photo frame with a fairly unique feature " In addition to running photo slide shows in a variety of formats, the SPF-87H can be linked to a computer and serve as a secondary mini-monitor. With its Power Saving feature, the photo frame runs on minimal power through its USB cable. "
Sounds good and useful , thinking dual head netbook maybe? Unfortunately Samsung have messed up big time the supporting software has gone awol. www.displaylink.com has no drivers for these devices and Samsung has only released drivers for XP sp2 and Vista. Forget about does it run with Linux in response to a query on their website for windows 7 drivers. They suggest
" We suggest you to use the Photo frame on Vista Operating system till further update is released for the Photo frame. "
It Seems like Microsoft caught Samsung napping with the surprise release of windows 7.
blackest_k writes "A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Santa Cruz company to immediately quit selling Beatles and other music on its online site, setting aside a preposterous argument that it had copyrights on songs via a process called “psycho-acoustic simulation.”
A Los Angeles federal judge set aside arguments from Hank Risan, owner of BlueBeat and other companies named as defendants in the lawsuit EMI filed on Tuesday. His novel defense to allegations he was unlawfully selling the entire stereo Beatles catalog without permission was that he — and not EMI or the Beatles’ Apple Corp — owns these sound recordings, because he re-recorded new versions of the songs using what he termed “psycho-acoustic simulation.”
Risan faces perhaps millions of dollars in damages under the Copyright Act. And copyright attorneys said his defense was laughable and carries no weight. If successful, however, it would have turned copyright on its head, leaving musical rightsholders defenseless against wanton infringement.
blackest_k writes "The Chinese manufacturer SungWorld has released a sleek-looking netbook that runs Windows CE 5.0 on a Via-manufactured ARM SoC (system on chip). With a 7-inch 800 x 480 pixel display and a weight of 1.54 pounds, the device will sell for just $73, according to the Shanzhaiben.com website.
blackest_k writes "Microsoft has been making changes to Hotmail and not all of them are good. There are a small but determined group of individuals who use a tethered mobile phone to connect to the Internet, perhaps your away from home or havent got the option of fixed broadband, perhaps you have an Iphone or one of the many Smartphones that run windows mobile no matter which Microsoft has decided that your device isn't capable of displaying a standard web page and now automatically redirects all requests from 3g phone connections to http://mobile.msn.com/en-us/default.aspx no matter how many times you enter www.hotmail.com.
It wouldn't be so bad if Microsoft would even acknowledge the issue, http://windowslivehelp.com/community/p/48389/198405.aspx#198405 shows that my original thread posted in the hotmail community forums has been moved, to perhaps hide the issue, searching round there appears to be a number of people with this problem such as iPhone users now unable to access hotmail.com with safari for example, sad thing is i've used my hotmail account since dialup days using a 14.4k modem while a download speed of 0.371Mb isn't exactly fast these days its still faster than the old modems which had no issue connecting.
All thats really required is a simple user option to choose which hotmail interface to use. All the microsoft drones will say are things like "I've moved your post here in Non Hotmail Questions Forum.
If you are having issue accessing your account in your mobile phone, I have to refer you to Microsoft Mobile Support Team. To contact them, please visit the link below:
Totally ignoring the fact its not a problem accessing from a mobile phone but a problem accessing hotmail when the connection is made via a mobile phone. To add to the issue Hotmail can only be forwarded to another Hotmail account, thus ensuring no simple way of transfering your mail to Gmail for instance, where you get the interface you want and not the one Microsoft wants you to have.
Apparently this change was made within the last three weeks or so perhaps if Hotmail gets enough complaints from disgruntled users they might see sense and give the users of the Hotmail service a choice. I hoped using a non ISP email account I had escaped sending all my contacts a new email address every time i changed provider. Hotmail has decided to bring the bad old days back. This issue doesn't effect HSPDA Usb Dongle users just ones using cell phones to connect." Link to Original Source
are my first offerings for a commercial website. I've designed these sites using a fluid three column layout and have set some useable minimums for column widths.
The real difficulty with getting a project like this going is you need exposure and pagerank and thats not easy in this day and age
so one of the things i read is that having Phelans Guest House. and phelans restaurant linked from big sites such as slashdot increases page ranking and thus reduces the cost of advertising with google.
Omg you are actually reading this entry , ok then let me tell you about phelans guesthouse and restaurant.
my sister-in-law reopened phelans after it had been closed for two years so its a new startup with no customer base.
I was asked to make her a website to attract visitors from all over the world and to be honest it is a beautiful guesthouse nicely decorated family friendly sat in the county about two minutes from blarney.
The Ensuite Rooms are clean and the power showers are brilliant, the cooked irish breakfast I got each day was excellent and value for money.
The Restaurant has a good irish menu with items such as bantry mussels lambshank steak and other traditional dishes the sea food is fresh and delicious. Its an ideal place for a romantic meal for two, something about the irish countryside brings a special flavour to dining at phelans
I hope you find time to visit the site and leave a message about your thoughts on it if you wish to help make this a successful long term project I would appreciate any links to the sites phelans restaurant blarney stone adding on any site I like google but I think gaming such as pool and darts and systems should result in quality improvements and lower advertising costs
I love the place and i really want it to be successful thanks for your help -john
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amazing isn't it It was posted by an annonymous coward but i like it:)
blackest_k writes | more than 8 years ago
I occassionally help out at an internetcafe in lincoln
they have a website at
for some reason google doesnt know about the site and so it is invisable
hopefully google will spider my journal entry and find links to the suncafe
yes i know i am link whoring but come on one link:)
is invisable as it is totally written in flash
don't blame me I never wrote it.
I know slashdot has its share of trolls and there is a high percentage of noise but why can't slashdot do something a little less moronic tham ip banning, I guess on the plus side it will ban morons...
I find myself in a block of banned ip addresses it isn't my ip address but one of my isps proxys that got banned unfortunately any port 80 traffic goes through that proxy by default. 8080 port traffic doesn't or at least slashdot doesn't see that it does probably it goes 8080 proxy 80 proxy my ip still but slashdot is only looking at the proxy for its ban.
so why do/. do it this way? i guess + side i am not a moron and have the knowledge to side step the ban - side there are a lot of trolls who obviously side step too.
thing is it is possible to correctly identify my ip address and not my proxy and sooner or later the 8080 proxy i use now will get banned.
to be fair there is a troll problem and something needs to be done but there are a few steps which could be taken. ban certain ips for annonymous coward usage majority of trolls post a/c ban on karma in combination with ip expire the bans say 6 months max ban specific ips not proxys
maybe specific ips would be harsh just because my nieghbor is a troll should i be banned when my isp rejiggles my ip address.
but surely if nothing else put a 6 month expiry on bans.
well least i can post with this proxy and i know how to find another proxy if this goes down. another plus point when my isps port 80 traffic got blocked for some reason 8080 still worked fine..
It seems to be inevitable that sooner or later some nasty piece of spyware or virus is going to bring down your windows system and you will be forced to reinstall the operating system and because of the registry all your application files as well.
So how best can you protect yourself when this happens? Norton ghost seems an almost ideal solution. A clean windows install, all the applications you use setup and ready to go.
however the problem is the user data and settings is it possible to maintain these on d: drive and be able to restore a ghost image without losing data, Email seems to be the most difficult to preserve. often the choice of where your address book and your mail resides is made by the email program and not by the user.
is it possible to keep user data away from the c: drive or has Microsofts design team ensured that in the event of losing your operating system you have the choice of losing your data and system configuration or long hours reinstalling applications, leaving orphaned program files.
Is it possible to have a system back in a clean and stable condition in under an hour without committing yourself to daily, hourly backups just in case.
can the updates to your applications, virus definitions, spyware definitions extensions to firefox and bookmarks be automatically setup once the image has been restored.
has anyone got a good rescue plan to save thier pc or is it inevitable some data loss is going to occur? I ask you the slashdot readership for your thoughts and advice. on the best strategy to ensure as painless a restore as possible.
after many months of meta-moderating on slashdot I finally got mod points. It was an interesting experience.
I decided from the beginning that I wanted to moderate up comments rather than down and to choose to mod up good comments which hadn't been moderated already. choosing not to moderate on funny.
the actual moderations turned out to be rather different from that. I did mod down 1 or 2 comments. It's a difficult job mainly because all the mods are looking to use their mod points so each time you get to a story. you find very little that is obviously worth moderating upwards. Moderating on slashdot is like cleaning toilets not a nice job but somebodys got to do it.
It appears to me that some moderations are made by following the herd ie if its already been moderated as interesting then a lot of moderators also mod it interesting also. Or it could be in the scramble to moderate a new story before the trolls flood the thread moderators are modding the same un modded comment at the same time. so a qualifies as interesting post (just) gets modded as a +5 which is a little undeserved.
Maybe moderators should be able to cancel a moderation but then again the point is to refine the threads so users don't have to read the crap that gets posted to slashdot (often literally). There may well be a good arguement for raising the 5 point maximum at least from a users point of view. ie the highest moderation a storie gets is +5 but the users can add + points for interesting and informative mods and extract this from the mire so they only read highly moderated posts which are interesting and informative instead of reading comments which are slightly interesting and informative started on +2 with karma bonus got a single point as interesting and the user given +2 dragged it up to 5
one of the hardest moderations to make is informative. Especially when the story is talking about things that a non specialist would know little about.
in the uk there was a program called call my bluff where two panels of 3 would take a barely known word and one panel would present 2 false definitions and 1 true one and a member of the other panel would try to decide which one was true not an easy task sometimes.
so to try to avoid being made to look like an idiot a moderator has to check the links given and see if there is a valid point being made. I think modding interesting can be a reasonable copout meaning it sounds good but may not be true I don't want to research this. informative hopefully means that the moderator has checked the facts.
all in all 4 days to give out positive moderations is very little time to do the job well. maybe the moderation system should be changed to giving out 5 + moderation points and say 15 negative mod points that way moderators can clear the way for other moderators to get to the good comments without swiming through the cess pool which is slashdot at 0 or -1
but when your moderating on slashdot you are reading at -1 and looking for abusive moderations some might say. your should be swimming in the cess pool you might say...
well not really moderations get meta moderated so someone abusing the power to mod down will be caught and lose the ability to moderate. is it really necessary for every moderator to read the white noise ie firstpost goatse and other obvious crap that gets posted in every comment thread.
There is one type of moderation which I really do not like seeing and I had it applied to me once. when I posted how to process real audio streams. The information is available if you look for it and relatively simple to do once you know how. but obviously Real do not want you doing this i thought that it would get posted as informative i didnt post links to anything just described a process it got modded down! why was this because it was politically incorrect to describe how to save Real Audo streams and save them. maybe content providers would stop providing real audio streams and a secure method would replace it.
would real sue slashdot for allowing this information to become common knowledge.
the ability to save a real audio file is useful, for example I know there is an american radio station which has all 12 of the original series of the hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy and i can sit here anytime i want and listen to the streams but by saving the streams and converting to mp3 you can make a cd or load on an ipod or whatever and listen on your car stereo on long road trips instead of the alternative.
If you have any experience of bbc radio4 you probably have heard a number of radio plays and you too probably have sat in your car at journeys end listening to the end of the play.
so i think i was being informative but someone thought i was being dangerous. not good and maybe one of the reasons there seems to be an antislashdot movement maybe this journal entry will be considered anti slashdot but its not intended to be. just recording my experience and asking a few questions.
well final words moderating is difficult and extremely time consuming to do well. hopefully my moderations improved your experience of slashdot. someone wrote somewhere that more negative moderation occurs on slashdot than positive and after moderating I agree, there is good reason for this because honestly the good comments are floating in a sewer.
Are our gui's badly designed? There are two fundamental orientations landscape and portrait. Landscape works very well for pictures and portrait very well for text. I don't think many people will disagree with that. now look at your computer screen it is landscape ideal for viewing pictures but not so good for viewing text.
Portrait orientation works very well for text, but our gui's are not making the most of our vertical space in fact they squeeze the vertical space even smaller with title bars, toolbars and menu bars. at the same time the width of the screen tends to be under utilised.
It's hard to visualise how much better a portrait orientated page is without trying it.