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How Websites Know Your Email Address the First Time You Visit

broothal Gmail is easy to snoop (184 comments)

I was logged into a gmail that I only use for receiving, never sending. I visited Netflix in another tab in Chrome. I visited their free trial page, but I decided it wasn't for me, so I closed the tab without entering any data.

A few days later I got an email from netflix - to the gmail account I was signed in to in another tab - asking me if I needed help completing the form.

True, and very scary story.

about 2 years ago
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Google Adds Games To Google+

broothal The beginning of the end (161 comments)

Sweet Jebus - that was the reason I LEFT facebook. To get rid of that crap.

Oh well - it was fun while it lasted. IRC is still my favorite social network

more than 3 years ago
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How Does GPS Change Us?

broothal Definitely (266 comments)

I got my first GPS more than a decade ago - primarily for geocaching. I got TomTom Navigator in 2002. Has it changed me? I reckon so. My sense of directions has definitely faded. I rely quite heavily on a device to tell me where to go, and I simply do not waste any braincycles on the road to the destination.

Like on of the above posters, the biggest benefit for me is business trips. Before phones had built in GPS I had a small Dell PDA with built in GPS solely for business trips.

Also, I remember getting lost in China. Since the map I had was written in Western style, I couldn't even ask for guidance to a named street, because it was called something else in Chinese. Now GPS is the most important accessory when traveling.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

broothal Guess that depends on where you live (727 comments)

why do I need to pay $1200 per ear for a hearing aid? In my country, you would get a $1200 hearing aid for free. If you want a more expensive model, the government pays the first $1200 and your insurance pays the rest.

more than 4 years ago
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The Pirate Bay offline

broothal FFC (1 comments)

Submission needs FFC (Fat Finger Correction). TPB is the correct abbreviation, not any of the fantastic typos I made above :)

more than 5 years ago
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Software Quality In a Non-Software Company?

broothal A suggestion on how to handle this (308 comments)

Very interesting question. I see two things that might help. First, don't go to the CEO. You and him clearly speaks different languages. Go to your nearest manager instead and explain to him the consequences of not having procedures. I am sure you can convince him of this, and after the discussion do not settle for a "I'll look into that and get back to you". Always end your meetings with a list of action items with _who_ does _what_ and _when_. This way, you will have clearly defined dates you can follow up on. Have him commit to a date when he will do X (for instance - talk to the Director) and set a date for a follow up meeting with you where he will explain the outcome of said meeting. Should the meeting be canceled, be sure to get a replacement date and set follow up meeting accordingly.

more than 6 years ago

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Water found on the moon

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

firmafest writes "According to CNN, significant water has been found on the moon. NASA claims that "The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon". Of course, they are talking about a permanent Moon Base which just took a large step closer. New York times also has an article on the findings including a quote from a professor saying "we got more than just a whiff — we practically tasted it""
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eBay sells Skype to Netscape founder

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Julefrokost writes "Computerworld has a story about eBay selling Skype. Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape along with a group of investors, are reported to have paid $2 Billion for Skype. According to New York Times, Google was also a potential buyer. Also the original founders of Skype are said to have placed a bid, but Marc Andressen & Co was the highest bidder."
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The Pirate Bay offline

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Underholdning writes "The Register has a story about Swedish court ordering ISPs to disconnect The Pirate Bay or face a massive daily fine. The reason for the shutdown was an upcoming civil lawsuit by copyright holders. As usual, Torrentfreak has an updated story . It seems like the takedown until now has been successful. Even though TPD quickly found a new home, it's still unavailable. At the same time, the selling of TBP seems to be falling to pieces with more and more problems piling up."
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New Chrome beta

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Underholdning writes "There's a new beta version of Google Chrome. From the announcement: "Beyond the improvements in JavaScript execution in this latest beta, there are a host of other improvements that should help Google Chrome make the most of your network connection. For example, when you open a new Web page while other Web pages are still loading, Google Chrome is now smarter about prioritizing the requests for the new page--for instance, fetching text, images, and video for your new page--ahead of the requests from the older pages. Loading pages on this beta release should also be faster than ever with DNS caching, more efficient DOM bindings, and using V8 for proxy auto-config. ". Cnet has an overview as well as PC world.. No mention of adblock though."
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Social Desktop with KDE 4.3

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

firmafest writes "The new KDE 4.3 nicknamed Caizen furthers the social networking by bringing it closer to the desktop. Facebook and Twitter are here to stay (and let's be honest — we have an account even if we're die hard geeks). The KDE initiatives goes beyond that though and aims to facilitate community-building by providing a vehicle for connecting open source software enthusiasts to each other. Ars Technica has a well written article on the KDE social desktop and description of the API. How would a social networking site of open source enthusiasts look like? Something like: L33tg33k took the "What language are you" quiz with the result "Assembler". Take your own quiz."
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WiFi in planes

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Firmafest writes "In USA Today there's a scoop that American Delta Airlines offers WiFi on domestic flights . Price is approx. $10 to get connected. Being a frequent international flyer I hope this will catch on. LA times reports that the cost is about $100.000 to equip a plane . While that number seems high, it will probably be worth it. If I had a choice between two flights both equally good, I'd pick the WiFi enabled one."
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Gmail down worldwide

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Firmafest writes "For the past hour, Gmail has been down as reported by number of users . Google has issued a small statement claiming that it only affects small subset of their users. I've become used to the stability of Gmail, but what happens when you urgently need a piece of your data and the service is down? Is this the price you pay for free, good email?"
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Joe Biden's stand on privacy and surveillance

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Julefrokost writes "Several medias such as The Guardian and The Hollywood reporter are running a story on Obama's vice president candidate and his anti-piracy record. "When somebody holds you up on the street and takes your wallet, we call it robbery," Biden said in May 2007. "And when somebody steals your idea and creation, we call it theft, plain and simple. Biden has throughout the years been a strong supporter of DRM, surveillance and stronger anti-piracy laws. Obama has previously opinioned against DMCA and scored some points there. Did he lose those points with his choice of Biden?"
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Google launches free music service

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Julefrokost writes "It seems like Google walked the walk and launched a free music download service in China. The business plan is, that users has to search for the songs on Google, which will increase the revenue from Googles adds. The plan is to share said revenue with a Chinese music download site. If this model works in China, could it work in, say, USA? You can download all your media using Google, and they will give RIAA a share of the revenue?"
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Danish Telco offers free music download

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Julefrokost writes "According to a press release at their site, Danish telco TDC offers free music download to all subscribers . Beginning at one minute past midnight tonight, mobile and internet customers can use the new music service PLAY to download and listen to music for free, as long as they remain customers. No limits as to how many songs you can download."
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Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo

broothal broothal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Firmafest writes "According to an article over at BBC, Microsoft wants to acquire Yahoo" . In a letter to Yahoo, they offered $44 Billion — a mere 62% over the current value. With the recent purchase of the FAST search engine and now Yahoo, Microsoft is getting stronger in the search engine market."
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broothal broothal writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Underholdning writes "As part of an experiment security researcher Didier Stevens bought a Google ad six months ago that said, "Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!" 409 people clicked on the ad. Didier writes that during those six months, the ad was displayed 259,723 times and clicked on 409 times. 98% of the machines ran Windows. Now that's a pretty cheap way of acquiring zombies."
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broothal broothal writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Firmafest writes "Movie producer and director James Cameron is expected to hold a press conference Monday morning to announce that he has found the grave of Jesus Christ, as well as Judah, the son of Jesus. According to a blog on Time-blog.com the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity. The findings will be documented in a 90 minutes documentary to be shown on Discovery channel. The tomb was found 20 years ago, but hasn't been confirmed until now — or did they just wait for the right time before going public?"
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broothal broothal writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Firmafest writes "Yesterday, slashdot ran a story about MPAA violating a software licence. Now MPAA responds with "We were only testing". Is this a fair response? The author of the software writes: "Whilst that all sounds fair enough but I doubt I'd get away with pirating a few movies providing I didn't advertise it and only used them for testing purposes. hmmm!""
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broothal broothal writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tryllekunstner writes "Check out Ms. Dewey . A new and innovative front end to a standard web search. According to SFgate this is actually a Microsoft project to promote MS Live search. While this is way to slow to being useful, it might give an insight in the GUIs to come. It's fun to play with. Try to search for "Linux" or "where to babies come from". If you haven't typed anything for a while, she will react and ask you to get moving, reminding me of Little computer People . More comments on Digital Download ."

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