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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

darkain [SATIRE] Huffington Post (131 comments)

I'm guessing they're implementing this after The Huffington Post ran that article months ago confusing the difference between what a "Terms of Service" is compared to "App Permissions" in regards to the Facebook Mobile Messenger. Now any "News" site that talks ill of Facebook will be labeled "SATIRE"! Perfection. This is ingenious marketing on Facebook's part! Now they'll never look bad ever again!

3 days ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

darkain Re:Retransmission consent (85 comments)

Exactly! Comcast has to pay NBC/Universal (owned by Comcast) money for their content! It all makes perfect sense.

4 days ago
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Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

darkain Twitter Bots are GREAT (84 comments)

Twitter Bots are GREAT! Seriously, Twitter is the new RSS. This is honestly how I find out about the latest Slashdot articles, because their account is bot based to feed content from this site to their Twitter account. A huge chunk of the accounts I follow on Twitter are in this same category, just news services. Twitter has become the modern day RSS feeder, and I personally love it for this purpose.

about a week ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

darkain Re:He claims this himself (391 comments)

I can't even begin to count the number of things wrong with their web site which already makes me not trust them...

* Using Flash just to have a "fancy" text label on the home page
* More JavaScript than I can possibly imagine for a STATIC web page
* Video where the lighting exposure is off and the audio quality is questionable
* Speech during the video where the guy stumbles on his own words a couple of times

Really, for a company that supposedly "mitigated risk for 7 years on $1.9 trillion of investments" and ran by a supposed tech superstar genius, you'd think they'd at least get the basics of technology and media correct on their own e-penis self-promotion presentation...

about two weeks ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

darkain Re:25 cm resolution (140 comments)

So you're telling me that a Final Fantasy 1 sprite on the NES is still exceedingly more detailed than a human being captured using this system? Cool, we're good!

about two weeks ago
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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

darkain Complaints? (124 comments)

I've got a complaint... The site is slow as shit and buggy as hell. After a long wait, the homepage FINALLY loads. Click on anything, and get a spinning little "loading" thing pop up in the middle of the page, and then nothing happens. After some minutes, and error box popped up in the top-right corner of the page saying there is some technical issues.

OH wait, this is McAfee we're talking about... yeah, shit's gonna suck, forgot.

about two weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

darkain Re:Because (130 comments)

Something else I've personally noticed, and this is consistent with everyone I've asked about the issue...

"Top Stories" for desktop viewing vs mobile viewing are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I have to check FB on both my desktop AND my tablet every day just to get an idea of what going on with my social circle. This is just stupid bad. What is even worse is that there is next to zero intersection between these two separate news feeds from the same account. It is as if Facebook decided to split timelines in half, one set for mobile, the other for desktop.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

darkain Google Fiber (71 comments)

And this is exactly why I wish Google Fiber was deployed in more areas. They have a simple solution: a FREE tier for life.

https://fiber.google.com/citie...

And as far as the $300 setup fee, I'm not sure about other cities, but Portland is working on subsidies to cover this cost as well, so it is $0 for low income families to have basic 5mbps internet service.

about two weeks ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

darkain or don't trust the Internet (191 comments)

And those who are extremely educated fall into the "don't trust the Internet" group quite easily. How many security exploits do we need before people stop trusting in various internet services? But not trusting it doesn't mean we stop USING it! We simply alter our actions on the internet.

about a month and a half ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

darkain T-Mobile's Reponse (110 comments)

For those not clicking links, this is what T-Mobile had to say about this:

We have seen the complaint filed today by the FTC and find it to be unfounded and without merit. In fact T-Mobile stopped billing for these Premium SMS services last year and launched a proactive program to provide full refunds for any customer that feels that they were charged for something they did not want. T-Mobile is fighting harder than any of the carriers to change the way the wireless industry operates and we are disappointed that the FTC has chosen to file this action against the most pro-consumer company in the industry rather than the real bad actors.

As the Un-carrier, we believe that customers should only pay for what they want and what they sign up for. We exited this business late last year, and announced an aggressive program to take care of customers and we are disappointed that the FTC has instead chosen to file this sensationalized legal action. We are the first to take action for the consumer and I am calling for the entire industry to do the same.

This is about doing what is right for consumers and we put in place procedures to protect our customers from unauthorized charges. Unfortunately, not all of these third party providers acted responsibly—an issue the entire industry faced. We believe those providers should be held accountable, and the FTC’s lawsuit seeking to hold T-Mobile responsible for their acts is not only factually and legally unfounded, but also misdirected.

-- John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile USA

about a month and a half ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

darkain Re:We want driverless cars TODAY! (216 comments)

Much in the same way regulations for fuel efficiency are wasted because we have fully electric cars now....

about 2 months ago
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Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

darkain AWS Email (75 comments)

13 hours ago, Amazon / AWS sent out the following email:

Dear Amazon S3 Customer,

Amazon S3 now supports server side encryption with customer-provided keys (SSE-C), a new encryption option for Amazon S3. When using SSE-C, Amazon S3 encrypts your objects with the custom encryption keys that you provide. Since Amazon S3 performs the encryption for you, you get the benefits of using your encryption keys without the cost of writing or executing your own encryption code.

Until now, in order to use your own encryption keys, you needed to encrypt your data client-side prior to uploading them to Amazon S3. With SSE-C, you now have the option to securely store your data using keys that you manage, without having to build client-side encryption infrastructure.

To use SSE-C, simply include your custom encryption key in your upload request, and Amazon S3 encrypts the object using that key and securely stores the encrypted data at rest. Similarly, to retrieve an encrypted object, provide your custom encryption key, and Amazon S3 decrypts the object as part of the retrieval. Amazon S3 doesn't store your encryption key anywhere; the key is immediately discarded after S3 completes your requests.

You can learn how to use SSE-C today by visiting "Using SSE with Customer-provided Keys" in the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

Sincerely,
The Amazon S3 Team

about 2 months ago
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Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

darkain Re:Funny, they're not my first choices (255 comments)

Comcast IS NBC/Universal.
Time Warner IS... well... Warner Bros.

So yeah. these "ISPs" really are just some of the major players in the movie/music industry.

about 2 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

darkain Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

And for anyone that has filed a bug report... if you simply list the bug as a "problem", you're doing it wrong. Detailed descriptions, please! Why should it be any different for automotive? Words like these are subjective. Simply stating: "The brakes are having a problem" doesn't say anything about what is really wrong. Stating: "The brakes failed to engage when X pressure is applied to the pedal" says a hell of a lot more.

about 3 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

darkain Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

Not just that, but we even have an RFC to deal with keywords within RFCs. Its not just exclusion lists, but also required usage lists.

https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc21... http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc...

People are simply getting bent out of shape because GM defines their language and set of standards for usage of said language. This is true of ALL large companies, and not just in these types of documents. In the tech world, we live or die by these requirements, so why is it a surprise that other industries use them too?

about 3 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

darkain Re:Anti-competitive (238 comments)

Internet Explorer was made free, it helped drive down the cost of web browser software, of which everyone benefited. Microsoft got slammed with an anti-trust suit for it.

about 3 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

darkain Re:Prime Example of Software Bloat (121 comments)

Not only this, but considering how uninformative this site is, I'm trying to figure out just what I would gain, if anything at all, over Sublime Text right now. Visually from their screen shots, it looks mostly the same? So, besides that, what features ARE there that make this project unique compared to other offerings?

about 3 months ago

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darkain darkain writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkain writes "Over the past week, I have setup a service that allows for notification of new Wii Virtual Console games. This service will send messages to user's message boards on their Wiis when new virtual console games are released. While we do know for now that VC games will be released every Monday at 9am (PST), this will not always be the case. Also, I have setup the service to now accept all regions, not just North America. Per request, I have extended this service to include notification via RSS feeds for those that want it on their desktops. This service also has one major advantage over the other similar "Wii News Letter" services on the Internet, in that it is fully 100% automated. This means that messages are sent out ASAP when games become available, instead of waiting for a person to check for the latest games and then issue out the notifications manually."

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