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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

danomac Re:This seems like something MS would do. (170 comments)

That's not a monopoly. Microsoft was leveraging a huge installed base of Windows (completely separate app/OS space) for Internet Explorer installs - you're comparing apples and oranges.

4 days ago

Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

danomac Re:Get ready to submit an itemized cell phone bill (161 comments)

They are too cheap to just reimburse you at a flat $50 rate for your cell phone

This is exactly what they do where I currently work, but not for all employees - only ones that require a phone or have a measurable benefit to having one. It works out to about 50% of the bill. I don't have any issues with that as most vendors/etc I deal with very rarely call outside of office hours. Heck, I just got off my cell phone as I was using it for a work related call. (I have unlimited minutes...)

As an extra bonus, I got to put my personal cell phone on a work sponsored plan through our cell phone carrier (the minutes are unlimited to North America, both calls and texting) - this immediately saved me about $45 a month! I still receive and pay the bill personally, and work still reimburses the flat $50. Heck, we were told we could go onto the cell plan even if we didn't need it for work as the bills don't get sent to the company.

I've got no complaints.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

danomac Re:McDonallds should sue ... (251 comments)

Since the 90s, direct broadcast satellite has been an option for the overwhelming majority of people. If you've got any way to put a tiny dish where it'll have a view towards the equator, you can get subscription TV while avoiding your local cable monopoly.

Maybe. Where I am the most popular satellite company (Star Choice) was bought out by the cable company (Shaw.) They even named the satellite company to Shaw Direct.

Can you guess what happened with the service and prices? Yep, prices skyrocketed, the satellite prices are on par with the cable prices now, when they used to be less than half. As for service, good luck trying to talk to someone there. Hold times are atrocious.

about two weeks ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

danomac Re:Shall we play a game? (274 comments)

Or Tic Tac Toe...

Yeah, nothing like playing a game and having an ad pop up as you are about to make a move... Tic-Tac-DOH!

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

danomac Re:It's still terrible (426 comments)

At this point I agree they'd be better off discontiuing it. Moving forward, they should pick another browser to bundle with Windows, and write a module for it that enables GPO processing on the new browser. AFAIK there's still not another browser that has features for centrally managing installs for large-scale deployments...

about two weeks ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

danomac Re: Here it comes (435 comments)

Just think of the bored teenagers that don't want to go on the family vacation. Yep, they'll rig the car to not go anywhere leaving mom and dad scratching their heads...

about a month and a half ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

danomac Re:Less. (435 comments)

What good is a get-away car that stops at every red/yellow light and yields to pedestrians?

Well, presumably cop cars would be autonomous as well, liability would be outright insane otherwise. So basically the cop car is going to do the same thing as your car, so the chase will go on infinitely! :-)

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

danomac Re:Hair Stylist (509 comments)

Getting something you can fall back on, even temporarily, is a good idea. When I went to college, I learned how to do food prep and work at a grill. This actually proved to be quite invaluable to me now as I still enjoy cooking meals, most of the people I know don't.

about a month and a half ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

danomac Re:Energy Use? too short a time frame (710 comments)

There are problems with running individual A/C units. Firstly, I figured out that having 2-3 separate A/C units costs as much as the one big one to cool my place (smaller place, 1100 sq ft.)

Second is eventually you get cool air meeting warm air in the house and you get humidity problems. It sucks.

about a month and a half ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

danomac Re:No. (502 comments)

Have you tried a recent kernel? ALSA seems to support it.

X-Fi Linux support:

On August 31, 2009 the driver (snd-ctxfi) was included in release of ALSA 1.0.21.

about 2 months ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

danomac Re:This is scary (284 comments)

This sounds like the first baby steps towards developing a drug-free method of dropping patients out of consciousness, maybe even with little to no side effects.

Well, except for that hole in your head...

about 2 months ago

Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

danomac Re:The most surprising thing here. (187 comments)

I was in a 2013 model recently, and the Civic is still pretty damn noisy.

about 2 months ago

NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

danomac Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

Government solution: Mandate training wheels on all mountain bikes.

about 2 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

danomac Re:The relevant part (560 comments)

Mine is "iforgot".

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

danomac Re:This is telling (365 comments)

Yeah, Microsoft is now going for portable business integration. You can manage them with Active Directory - I just added one.

We are looking to go more portable at work but we don't want to have a laptop and a tablet for every user. Picked up one of the new Surface 3 devices and while it looks like it will integrate nicely for our day-to-day use at work, I don't like it enough to have one at home for personal use. It's actually got some well thought out ideas in the device.

Given that an iPad can cost $1k now (256GB storage, same as this Surface Pro 3 I'm testing) It's not too far-fetched in price in my opinion, seeing as you can do more with it and aren't constrained to the App or Play store. Doesn't mean I'd buy one for personal use, though. Once the docks are released I can see potential for it replacing some of our old workstations.

about 2 months ago

Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

danomac Re:Yaaaay! (128 comments)

What do you do about the aftertaste afterwards?

about 2 months ago

Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

danomac Re:At least Elon has the right goal (275 comments)

I dunno - when humans figure out interplanetary travel and efficient terraforming the human race will morph into a virus. Find new host, consume resources until host dies, then move on.

about 2 months ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

danomac Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Well, sure - they need to confirm you got it from an authorized reseller. Most electronics on Amazon have no manufacturer warranty, for example.

about 2 months ago



There's More Fiber in Fast Food Than You Realize

danomac danomac writes  |  about 2 months ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It looks like McDonald's, along with other fast-food chains like Burger King and Wendy's, put more fiber in your burger than you realize.

Listed in the ingredients is "microcrystalline cellulose", also known as wood fiber. Fast-food chains have been using this for quite some time due to the cost effectiveness.

This is also not just in meat, but in all sorts of ingredients like cheese, sauces, etc."

Canadian Telcos fighting CRTC ruling

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears the Canadian carriers are seeking to overturn the proposed CRTC code that will take effect in December of this year. This code was previously discussed here at slashdot and had things like caps on contracts, reasonable roaming rates, and mandatory cell unlocking. The major sticking point is that this code is to be retroactive, and the big telcos are worried that this will set a bad precedent if customers can effectively cancel their existing three year contracts. However, it sounds like they're not happy that they are no longer the only ones that can arbitrarily change a contract. Some carriers may even defy this new code as they fight through the courts."

Canipre caught using images without permission from copyright holders

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Canipre, a Canadian anti-infringement enforcement company, has been using photos on their official website without permission.

This company hopes to bring US-style copyright lawsuits to Canada, and they are the company behind Voltage's current lawsuits.

It says right on their website "they all know it's wrong, and they're still doing it" overlaid on top of the image used without permission. There apparently are multiple photos from different authors used, and none gave permission for Canipre to use on their website.

Canipre's response? "We used a third party vendor to develop the website and they purchased images off of an image bank", trying to pass the blame to someone else.

Some of the photos were released under the Creative Commons, meaning they could've used the photos legally if they attributed the author."

Canadian Police Need New Internet Surveillance Tools

danomac danomac writes  |  about 2 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Police agencies in Canada want to have better tools to do online surveillance. Bill C-30 was to include new legislation (specifically Section 34) that would give police access to information without a warrant. This can contain your name, your IP address, and your mobile phone number.

This, of course, creates all sorts of issues with privacy online. The police themselves say they have concerns with Section 34. Apparently the way it is worded it is not just police that can request the information, but any government agent. Would you trust the government with this kind of power?"

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Early iPad prototype appears in litigation against Samsung

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "The litigation against Samsung has now turned up an early prototype of the iPad, from 2002. This prototype is shown against the article against the iPad 2 and Samsung's Tab 10.1, and it dwarfs both in size and thickness. It's almost as thick as a notebook.

Samsung is saying the early design isn't even close to what the Tab 10.1 is now. It does, however, feature the same rounded corners as the current generation iPad."

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Apple hopes to drop Samsung as chip supplier

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apple is testing out new chip suppliers, trying to find another supplier other than Samsung.

Apple is currently suing Android phone manufacturers, and Samsung is included in the lawsuit. The question is will they be able to move to another supplier?"

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'United Breaks Guitars' becomes viral hit

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and witnessed one of their Taylor guitars being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. It was discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. Long story short: United refused to repair the guitar, so the artist promised to write and produce three songs about his experience with United Airlines. The first song has now been released and uploaded to YouTube where it currently has over a half a million views.

Apprarently United Airlines have now come in contact with the artist, asking for permission to use it as a textbook case on how to handle customer complaints in the future."

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Xbox franchise starts making money

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Everyone knows the Xbox franchise started out losing a lot of money. Recently, they have started making money, at least for the last two quarters. It looks like Microsoft's gamble is slowly paying off: Possibly by end of June this year the franchise will be in the black.

Xbox Live is credited for distinguishing the console from its competitors."

Link to Original Source

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apparently, Interlink Electronics Inc. is crying foul over Nintendo's new Wiimote. A patent was issued to them for a trigger operated electronic device.

I wonder how far this will go, considering the N64 had a trigger on it's remote control."

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears that mobile phones may be prone to a SMS message attack that can lead to remote software installation or handheld reprogramming. It doesn't help that the GSM Association is being hazy about whether they acknowledge it or not.

From the article: "All operators have been keen to point out however that such an attack would be illegal. The GSMA warning that "if this were demonstrated in the UK it would be a serious criminal offense, which could be prosecuted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for over the air interception"." Sure, it may be illegal, but since when has this stopped hackers in the first place?

Who would have thought that devices that are remotely programmable would not authenticate the sender of the request?"


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