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Facebook Goes After Greasemonkey Script Developer

consonant Re:What's the point of this script? (375 comments)

The advantage of this being that these 'preferences' persist within your Facebook account, as opposed to tied to your browser on your computer alone. So you can log-in to FB on a layperson-friend's PC without having to be re-introduced to what a Mafia Wars/Farmville-laden feed looks like.

more than 4 years ago

Perelman Urged To Accept $1m Prize

consonant Re:it's more about us, less about him (421 comments)

When I was living like a student, it was more like the LACK of money telling me what NOT to do.

more than 4 years ago

Privacy With a 4096 Bit RSA Key — Offline, On Paper

consonant Re:What Happens When ... (232 comments)

Robert Langdon made symbology sexy.

more than 4 years ago

EU Privacy Chief Says ACTA Violates European Law

consonant Re:Seems fairly intelligent... (136 comments)

*: I am making the assumption that you are a United States citizen. This, of course, is based on absolutely no facts, as you have revealed nothing regarding your nationality. If you are not from the US, you can still probably use Google and Wikipedia to do your own search regarding your ACTA representatives. Say what you will that such an assumption is based on hedonism and/or nationalism, but I have nothing better to go off as you have revealed no information regarding the country of your residence/origin.

For a post bordering on condescension about Google-fu, the least you could have done is to click on the GP's "Homepage" link - which you can fairly assume to be GP's blog/personal website - where the country of residence/origin is roughly evident as the USofA.

Less effort than typing out this entire blurb about (presumably) your prior unfair persecution for making such assumptions.

more than 4 years ago

Second Life Tries To Backpedal On the GPL

consonant Say what? (207 comments)

There are people still on Second Life? The intersection of AOL and MySpace users I would hazard to guess! :-)

more than 4 years ago

Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

consonant Uh, what? (503 comments)

Isn't the iPad essentially a netbook of the future?

more than 4 years ago

Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

consonant WRONG! (458 comments)

The public, not the Government, should have the right to decide what is deemed appropriate for you or your family to be exposed to.

*YOU* should have the right to deem what is appropriate for you or your family to be exposed to.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Looking Into Windows 7 Battery Failures

consonant Or maybe.. (206 comments)

.. the notebook that ran Windows XP just fine is so old that the battery life is shot anyway? Which might explain why the battery life didn't magically increase when they downgraded to XP/Vista.

more than 4 years ago

Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA Again In Tenenbaum

consonant Re:Really? Seriously? (528 comments)

What countries are these, pray tell?

more than 4 years ago

Hiding From Google

consonant Re:He stole my idea! (228 comments)

Mod parent down for having a 'homepage' link that hijacks your computer.

more than 4 years ago

100% Free Software Compatible PC Launches

consonant Say what? (458 comments)

Interestingly all the key decisions on design, pricing etc. have been made by the community via online polls.

So, design by committee is okay when open components are involved?

more than 4 years ago

US DOJ Says Kindle In Classroom Hurts Blind Students

consonant Re:Hmm, this seems illogical. (492 comments)

[S]he's never going to see that one coming...


more than 4 years ago

Another Crumbling Reactor Springs a Tritium Leak

consonant Re:Pollution levels (466 comments)

Quick! Someone check if he was formerly an investment analyst!

My Significant Other does this for a living, and they use language like this all the time. Reasons given:

  1. The Great Vampire Squid can always claim to have been right and hence awesome and necessary for the world to progress
  2. CYA in case clients lose money (which they invariably do)

more than 4 years ago

Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

consonant Not always (1049 comments)

I would (might?) not judge someone by their choice of email service provider. Being only human though, I would most certainly regard unfavourably applicants with email addresses like or Pretty much anything which isn't some part of their name is a no-no, although the occasional exception for a well-thought out/curiosity-arousing local-part can be made..

more than 4 years ago

UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

consonant Save the starving middleman? (300 comments)

Thus spake a BPI spokesnoodle:

We are confident that those costs will be a mere fraction of the stratospheric sums suggested by some ISPs, and negligibly small when set against their vast annual revenues.

As opposed to file-sharing taking away 98% of the meagre pittance earned by the record industries annually? Riiight...

more than 4 years ago

Google Chrome Extensions Are Now Available

consonant Fake, not broken (291 comments)

The AdSweep linked in the summary is a 'counterfeit' copy, by some Vladimir Lafazan. The real AdSweep is available here (actual Chrome Extensions Gallery page) or here (original author's page), and works very well.

And I'd like to jump on the bandwagon of commenters pointing out that blaming extensions for contriubting to browser bloat is like faulting sour milk for ruining your cereal.

more than 4 years ago



Health insurance does not include smartphones and

consonant consonant writes  |  about 5 years ago

consonant writes "The NY Times has an article on insurers refusing to cover cheaper devices such as iPhones and netbooks which may be used by the speech-impaired, and instead requires them to acquire devices that cost from 10 to 20 times as much. The reason? "Insurance is supposed to cover medical devices, and smartphones or PCs can be used for nonmedical purposes, like playing video games or Web browsing."

For the millions of Americans with A.L.S., Down syndrome, autism, strokes and other speech-impairing conditions, the insurance industryâ(TM)s aversion to covering mainstream devices adds to the challenges they face. Advocates say using an everyday device to communicate can ease the stigma and fear of making the adjustment. At the same time, current policies mean that the government and private insurers may be spending unnecessary dollars on specialty machines.


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Facebook ordered to turn over source code

consonant consonant writes  |  about 5 years ago

consonant writes "A Delaware District Court judge has ordered Facebook to turn over ALL its source code to Leader Technologies, who allege patent infringements by Facebook. The patent in question appears to be for "associating a piece of data with multiple categories".

Additionally, while the judge in question deems it fine to let Leader Technologies look at Facebook's source (for a patent, no less!) in its entirety for a single feature, it would be "overboard to ask a patentee to disclose all of their products that practice any claim of the patent-in-suit"."

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Google, Sony ink browser deal

consonant consonant writes  |  about 5 years ago

consonant writes "FT is reporting that Google has reached a deal with Sony to ship Chrome on the Viao line of PCs.

Google confirmed that Sony PCs carrying Chrome had started to go on sale and said it was in talks for similar deals with other computer makers. It said the arrangement was "experimental" and part of wider efforts to boost distribution, including a deal to make Chrome available to internet users who download the RealPlayer software and the company's first use of television advertising.

While mainstream media coverage and financial details were very sparse, El Reg terms it a "Microsoft-snubbing deal". Google also mentioned it was pushing for similar deals with other vendors. Could this spell the beginning of the end for IE?"
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Support for Obama from Death Row

consonant consonant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

consonant writes "There's no dearth of support from unusual quarters for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Dale Lee Bishop, death row inmate in Mississippi, had interesting final words before he was put to death by lethal injection (for participating in bludgeoning a man to death):

"For those who oppose the death penalty and want to see it end, our best bet is to vote for Barack Obama because his supporters have been working behind the scenes to end this practice," Bishop said.

Will this raise the "creepy, cultist" supporter canard once again?"
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