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Google, Apple Lead Massive List of Companies Supporting CISPA

drinkydoh Google hates privacy (153 comments)

I'm not surprised to see Google as the main supporter of CISPA. They have a long track record of privacy violations and lessening privacy of internet users. They are, like we all know, worlds largest advertising house.

Google has also been heavily pushing it's real-name policy. They are trying to convert YouTube users to using their real names instead of nicknames. They want to (but don't succeed) have people use their social network Google+, and they want to link everyones searches directly to the real names. Hell, have you noticed how Google's advertisements on other sites like Slashdot change based on what you've been recently searching on Google.

The Internet as we know it is coming to an end. Everyone sees this but doesn't act. They just let Google steal all of their privacy. Google and CISPA must be stopped and it's your only time to act!

about a year ago
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Judge Slams Apple-Motorola Suit As 'Business Strategy'

drinkydoh Re:Motorola? (140 comments)

The blame must lay with the originator, in this case Apple.

It's actually Motorola that sued.

about a year ago
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Judge Slams Apple-Motorola Suit As 'Business Strategy'

drinkydoh Good (140 comments)

Fighting is stupid. You should just concentrate on making a great product, just like Apple does. Note that, Motorola/Google, and stop fighting.

about a year ago
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RapLeaf Is Back and Bad As Ever

drinkydoh Google never went away (78 comments)

Back in the time ad companies like DoubleClick existed on a broad swath of Web sites, so they were in a unique position to get a 30,000 foot view of your Web surfing habits. All they had to do was drop a cookie file on your hard drive. Whenever you visited a site containing a DoubleClick ad, it checked your hard drive for that cookie, and added that web site and any information associated with it to its profile of you.

But Doubleclick couldn’t actually identify you personally; it identified your browser, which could be used by anyone in your household. And (after a lot of pressure from privacy wonks who were also not your mother) it and other ad companies like it offered you the opportunity to opt out of being tracked, though it never really worked all that well.

Fast forward ten years. Doubleclick is now owned by Google. So-called “behavioral marketing” is all the rage in Net advertising. People are now sharing information about themselves on social networks like it’s going out of style. And companies like Rapleaf and Google are there vacuuming it all up and spitting it out to advertisers – supposedly anonymously, though now we know better.

about a year ago
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US Gov't Blocks Sales To Russian Supercomputer Maker

drinkydoh US vs. Russia & China (116 comments)

These artificial limitations on what and with who US companies can work with are just creating a wall between US and other countries. The nations that mainly benefit from this are Russia and China and they can do a lot of business and even military research together. Not only that but Russia and China have always been good friends, even after soviet russia fell down.

Therefore, both Russia and China wins and US loses.

about a year ago
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Bin Laden Raid Member To Be WikiLeaks Witness

drinkydoh Surveillance (212 comments)

The mass surveillance and mass interception that is occurring to all of us now who use the internet is also a mass transfer of power from individuals into extremely sophisticated state and private intelligence organizations and their cronies like Google. The Pentagon is maintaining a line that WikiLeaks inherently, as an institution that tells military and government whistleblowers to step forward with information, is a crime. They allege we are criminal, moving forward. Now, the new interpretation of the Espionage Act that the Pentagon is trying to hammer in to the legal system, and which the Department of Justice is complicit in, would mean the end of national security journalism in the United States.

about a year ago
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Google To Start Punishing Pirate Sites In Search Results

drinkydoh Re:iTunes is great (294 comments)

iTunes has quite impressive catalog. I listen to a lots of kpop and they are all there. What I would like to have is TV show rentals.

about 2 years ago
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Google To Start Punishing Pirate Sites In Search Results

drinkydoh iTunes is great (294 comments)

I've recently started using iTunes for music and movie rentals and it works flawlessly. So there's no justification of "no good legal alternatives" anymore, as both Spotify and iTunes are actually easier and nicer to use than pirate sites. The same goes for Steam.

about 2 years ago
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Paid Media Must Be Disclosed In Oracle v. Google

drinkydoh Re:Interesting (165 comments)

Not really. Everyone has a certain self-interest in things that, well, interest them. That Mueller was acting as consultant for Oracle should not come as a big surprise - he's good with tech and therefore has certain opinions too.

I don't really understand why Slashdot has got the hate towards him.

about 2 years ago
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Bill Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Legal Bills

drinkydoh Does this include Microsoft? (167 comments)

Microsoft has mostly used their patents defensively so I don't think they've included in this, nor Apple. Google, on the other hand, will be on hot waters especially with the recent purchase of Motorola Mobility.

about 2 years ago
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The Tricky Science of Olympic Gender Testing

drinkydoh Re:Is that a man or a woman? (559 comments)

Heh, that happens every time with OS X's spellchecker. Wonder why it doesn't know the word transgenders.

about 2 years ago
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The Tricky Science of Olympic Gender Testing

drinkydoh Re:Is that a man or a woman? (559 comments)

That's true. Theravada Buddhism agrees that there are more than two genders. SEA is area with prominently open approach to ladyboys (transponders) and people who do not want to be the gender they were born with.

However, you must also understand that some (most? I'm not that clear on the subject) don't believe to be women. They don't believe to be men either. They believe they're 'third' gender.

And they should have the right to be.

about 2 years ago
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Critics Blast Apple's Cheesy New Ad Campaign

drinkydoh Successful ad campaign is successful (244 comments)

They even got their ad campaign freely detailed on Slashdot and by all those different critics. Can't be more successful than that.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft, IBM Want to Seal Patents Agreements With Samsung

drinkydoh Re:Microsoft is suddenly scared? (126 comments)

So why doesn't Linux Foundation do the same for Microsoft and Windows? Or doesn't Linux use any advanced technology?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are The Days of Homebrew Gaming Over?

drinkydoh Re:No (181 comments)

Homebrew isn't over, it's just been replaced by indie games. It's somewhat similar to shareware games from the 90's and early 2000's.

about 2 years ago
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Judge In Kim Dotcom Extradition Case Steps Down

drinkydoh Re:threatened? (132 comments)

Well, he made the right decision right? I don't get why so many people on slashdot is saying it's the wrong decision. If this was judge who commented against dotcom in similar way Slashdot would be outraged if he didn't step down.

about 2 years ago
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NBC Purchases MSNBC Rights From Microsoft

drinkydoh Re:Partisan content? (209 comments)

Both Microsoft and Facebook will, however, profit from this greatly. NBC is now letting Facebook stream olympics for free. Microsoft is a major shareholder on Facebook. Magically shares turn back to their owner.

about 2 years ago
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NBC Purchases MSNBC Rights From Microsoft

drinkydoh Re:Partisan content? (209 comments)

You're being overly paranoid. Newspaper and websites want eyeballs so they can sell advertising and make money. Now, individual authors and writers might have their own point of view, but so does everyone.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?

drinkydoh Re:Africa (189 comments)

You save their music by providing food and shelter. You know, in some places people still listen to live music.

about 2 years ago

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Google's Motorola Fires 20% Of Its Workforce

drinkydoh drinkydoh writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkydoh (2658743) writes "Just mere months after Google acquired Motorola Mobility have they laid off 20% of its workforce. A third of the job cuts comes from its US operations, following an earlier restructuring process when Google fired 40% of Motorola Mobility's vice presidents. The company's CEO, Dennis Woodside, says the shift is towards moving away from wide array of different phones and just concentrate on a few cellphone models."
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Google No Longer Promoting Google+ Results

drinkydoh drinkydoh writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkydoh (2658743) writes "Around one year ago Google introduced their Facebook competitor. Since then the social network has gained some use but it looks like Google is starting to give up. Google has not announced any new updates to Google+ and in fact they've now stopped promoting the social network on their search results. The search giant has demoted Google+ search results among the other social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The news also comes after European competition authorities started investigation against Google."
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Windows 8 Is Ready

drinkydoh drinkydoh writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkydoh (2658743) writes "In an announcement today, Microsoft has finally said that Windows 8 is now complete. Microsoft has begun delivering RTM versions to manufacturers and the general availability of the tablets and computers using Windows 8 will be on October 26th. "Microsoft's final milestone concludes almost two years of development for its new Metro inspired Windows 8 software and marks the beginning of the release phase. Microsoft says MSDN and TechNet customers will be able to download it from August 15th. Windows Store will go live on August 15th. Developers will be able to access the final tools and submission process for Metro style apps at the Windows Dev Center later this month"."
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FCC Approves $22.5 Million Fine For Google

drinkydoh drinkydoh writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkydoh (2658743) writes "FCC and Google have approved an $22.5 million fine for Google's part in circumventing Safari users' cookie privacy settings, and now FCC has voted to approve the fine. Official announcement will follow in a few days, but Google has refused to comment on the issue. The privacy violation occurred from a discovery that Google found a way and was deliberately circumventing Safari's option to block third party cookies from advertising networks. These cookies allowed Google to uniquely track users between different web sites and was mostly used to display advertisement for products and services the user had previously searched for or visited. One example being searching for help to personal diseases where after the user would see such ads across the internet."
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