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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

chihowa Re:There's a reason... (182 comments)

If you're visualizing large or dynamic datasets, a hardware accelerated animation adds all sorts of value. Not everyone can produce meaningful conclusions from screenfuls of cascading text.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

chihowa Re: Yay :D (305 comments)

That's completely true, but if you're mostly concerned with third party apps phoning home, a local application like Little Snitch works well enough. Using it to get (at least for now) a decent view of how system processes are communicating is just gravy.

The fact that Little Snitch (which uses a kernel module to put itself into the flow of traffic) is capable of blocking OS traffic and sometimes borking system processes in ways that their logs indicate is unexpected shows that, at least for now, Apple probably isn't hiding traffic from it.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

chihowa Re:It is opt-out in OSX. (305 comments)

From the article:

The following occur with all privacy options enabled -- including disabling analytics (i.e., Diagnostics and Usage Data).

So even though it is presented as opt-out, it apparently isn't actually opt out.

I've noticed the same thing. With all of the "privacy" related options enabled, there is still a great deal of chatting with Apple servers. I'm seeing this with Little Snitch.

2 days ago
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

chihowa Re:Nope. (122 comments)

Look at any discussion of web ads at /. - there are tons and tons of comments going "Oh, if only web companies let us pay to turn ads off!"... And not a single one of those comments is marked with a *.

You know, that mark you get as an extra when you pay to turn ads on /. off.

I wonder if this is a part of the reason.

That's almost certainly not true because I'm always chiming in on those threads.

I can't find it now (which pisses me off to no end; my search fu is usually better than this), but there was a study published claiming that replacing ads with micropayments would cost users less than a dollar a day. Slashdot subscriptions are cheap. If people knew that they existed (I found out by reading through the FAQ on one boring day) or if they still worked (apparently?), I think that more people would chose to buy them.

That the few deployed ad-free content payment implementations suck doesn't prove that ad-free content payment is an unworkable idea.

2 days ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

chihowa Re:Gotta be a downside somewhere (151 comments)

So does the Earth.

No, it doesn't.

Your link only talks about one side of the energy budget. The whole equation takes the energy coming in from Sol into account.

In fact, your own link says, "Despite its geological significance, this heat energy coming from Earth's interior is actually only 0.03% of Earth's total energy budget at the surface, which is dominated by 173,000 TW of incoming solar radiation."

47 TW is less of a considerable amount than 173 PW.

about a week ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

chihowa Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (577 comments)

The focus on the very rich is really a focus on people with a vested interest in preserving the status quo. People who have been, or feel like they have been, screwed over by "the system" are less likely to be well behaved cogs in that same system. Also, people who think that they've outsmarted the system by sloughing off their debts are less likely to think that the system is working for them and their interests. It's less about circumstances and more about the mindset of potential recruits.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

chihowa Re: What's sauce for the gander is sauce for the (179 comments)

To elaborate, even (especially?) in the countries where the US government has a direct impact on foreign citizens' lives (drone strikes, etc), the local government kills/imprisons more of its own citizens under questionable circumstances than the US does.

Don't construe my comment as excusing or apologizing for the actions of the US government abroad. I'm only saying that your own government is more of a threat to your life and liberty than any foreign government, if only because of its proximity to you. History certainly bears this out. Don't let an irrational fear of the American bogeyman drive you, with blind trust, into the arms of the devil you know.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

chihowa Re:Eric Schmidt is part of the problem (179 comments)

The only tangible (and verifiable) difference between Dropbox and SpiderOak is marketing. If, tomorrow, Google or Facebook started making the same security claims that SpiderOak makes now, would you trust them? Don't be so quick to trust unsubstantiated claims just because they're marketed toward your specific hopes and desires.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

chihowa Re:What's sauce for the gander is sauce for the go (179 comments)

I'd still rather my data to be snooped by my own country's security services than by the Americans

Out of curiosity, why do you feel this way?

Personally, I'd rather not be spied on at all. But if anyone were to spy on me, I'd prefer it be a foreign government who can't directly affect my life or freedom. Do you really trust your own government so implicitly? What do you think the Americans are going to do to you?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

chihowa Re:it solves some unicode issues (764 comments)

monolithic: (of an organization or system) large, powerful (sic), and intractably indivisible and uniform.

Being composed of different absolutely interdependent binaries is functionally indistinguishable from being a single binary composed of absolutely interdependent functions. It's the intractably indivisibility that makes it monolithic. You can't, for example, use this VT replacement without the rest of systemd. Thus, it's monolithic.

Monolithic (in this case) is the description of an architecture.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

chihowa Re:How'd "eating your words" taste? (764 comments)

You do realize that this whole stalking and multiple-post tactic only makes you look pathetic and kooky and does nothing to discredit your target du jour, right? This isn't how debates that people take seriously are carried out.

I doubt the AC you responded to was BarbaraHudson. Most of us here are sick of seeing tons of identical off topic replies from you.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

chihowa Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

We have the lowest concentration of blue sensitive photoreceptors in the fovea centralis, so reading blue lights (or things lit with blue light) is relatively difficult. Indeed, the localization of blue point sources is difficult, making bright blue LEDs look hazy and indistinct even while being blinding.

I can't wait for this trend to end either. I hope my green VFD and LCD alarm clocks hold out. So soothing and easily readable.

about two weeks ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

chihowa Re:Android without Google. (107 comments)

Amazon's appstore runs with the same level of privilege as F-Droid. If you allow it to, it will check for updates to your apps (just like F-Droid), but it can't install apps without your permission. Google's core apps all run as root and have complete access to your data.

Amazon's a sleazy dataminer, too, but their appstore on Android is nothing like Google Play in its ability to be creepy and invasive.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

chihowa Re:it's called agreeing (283 comments)

And there is a standard instrument for someone or organisation writing an opinion on a political issue, and then seeking a mass of others to endorse it. It's called a petition.

Standardized by who, exactly? It's clear from the identical letters what is a form letter and what is an individually crafted letter. There's nothing fraudulent about form letters, even if they are lazy and tasteless.

Why do you think you should be the one who gets to decide how the rest of us communicate with our government?

about two weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

chihowa Re:and penguins aren't horses. Your point? (651 comments)

Black powder sucks, which is why it's as commonly used today as muskets and other obsoleted technology. It's not like it's a drop-in replacement for nitrocellulose; very few currently used cartridges could accommodate an adequate load of black powder. Besides that, it's corrosive and dirty. Bleh.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

chihowa Re:This device is not new or interesting (651 comments)

Smokeless gunpowder isn't a mixture of powders, though. It's (mostly) nitrocellulose. To make a consistent product, you'll need a consistent stock of cellulose (paper, cotton, etc), a consistent stock of nitric and sulfuric acid, and a consistent process of carrying out the reaction and cutting/flaking the product. It's not a difficult process, but it's more involved than making black powder (which is not worth going back to) and consistency is key.

Making primers, which are primary explosives by necessity, is not something that a sane amateur would do in his garage. I'm a chemist and even I don't want to fuck with making primers.

about three weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

chihowa Re:Study is quite incomplete (261 comments)

Yeah, the rule is generally that the speed of any given car moving on a road will be inversely related to the speed that the car is capable of achieving. The exceptions appear to be the WRX and the Prius.

If you're pulling up to a stop light and want to know which lane will move faster once the light turns green, pick the lane with the rusty old minivans and econoboxes over the one with the sportscars.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

chihowa Re:worse than crapware (427 comments)

The faster people realize this the better this world will become.

How I stopped worrying and learned to love the creeps.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

chihowa Re:It's sad (427 comments)

Also, OEM/carrier crapware was far more likely to do funky stuff in the background without the user's knowledge/approval than GMS.

I don't have much experience with OEM/carrier crapware, but it must be pretty extreme if people are running to Google to get away from funky stuff happening in the background. GMS is in constant communication with Google and runs with root access and the ability to do/read/install anything without the user's knowledge/approval.

Most people may install CM/AOSP to subsequently install gapps, but I went that way to get Google's creepy feelers out of my phone.

about three weeks ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

chihowa Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (517 comments)

...and the grid network has gone to hell.

I'm glad that it's not just me who thinks so. I'm installing a PV setup at home just to have reliable electric service.

about three weeks ago

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Catblock finally becomes a reality

chihowa chihowa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "First seen as an April Fool's gag from the author of ChromeAdblock, Catblock can now be a permanent part of your Chrome or Safari browsing experience. Replacing ads with pictures of adorable cats, Catblock allows you to avoid ads (while seeing how full of ads most websites are!) while getting your needed daily dose of cat."
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Is Siri competitor, Vlingo, a DHS spy app?

chihowa chihowa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "This morning I finally decided to give Vlingo, a competitor of Apple's Siri, a try on my iPhone 3GS. When I hit the "Listen" button, though, the app attempted to connect to system32.dhs.gov. I blocked this connection (using Firewall iP) and the app no longer works, complaining "Oops... Can't connect to server."

Is Vlingo some sort of spy app collecting voices of citizens or something? Can anyone else confirm this?"

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