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Facebook Unveils Timeline, Updated Open Graph

duerra Re:Amid all the FUD... (98 comments)

As I understand it, it's not on anybody to "use" - it will be the default layout for all user profiles going forward, so everybody will get that for free. Anybody using FB to upload pictures, do checkins, updating their status' and whatever else will automatically benefit from the feature. Doing nothing but enabling the timeline for my profile, the default items on the timeline that they displayed were actually very relevant to events in my life, gave me a sense of nostalgia, and in general made me feel good about what they were doing. It far and away beats the old model of simply scrolling down a person's profile and chronologically seeing any and every story or link they've ever shared. You can still see these less eventful posts with a simple click, but by default their algorithm seems to just pick out more major events to prominently display on the timeline (work changes, if you got engaged or married, photos uploaded of you, etc.).

Still this morning, I start to wonder if the younger generation will start to rely on Facebook for itemizing life events instead of, say, scrapbooking or keeping a diary.

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Unveils Timeline, Updated Open Graph

duerra Amid all the FUD... (98 comments)

... is the really, really slick new timeline features. I'm having a hard time coming up with anything negative to say about the new timeline based layout. For those of you that have enabled it, what are your thoughts? I'm actually very impressed, and I think Facebook just leveled from my perspective.

about 3 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Starting P2P-DNS

duerra Re:I love the idea, (309 comments)

Am I the only one that thinks these guys wouldn't continue to spam if it *didn't* pay?

more than 3 years ago
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Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

duerra How far is too far? (911 comments)

Within five minutes of starting the car, the interlock will order the driver to pull over and restart the car. For longer rides, drivers will be required at random times to stop the car and restart. Maccarone said this feature is intended to prevent drivers from drinking after they start the car.

That's not only inconvenient, but it also seems like it could cause more problems than it solves. This seems inefficient, is it absolutely necessary to take their precautionary measures this far?

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Co-Founder Calls For Tax On Offshored Labor

duerra Re:Is Grove running for office? (565 comments)

Wait, are you suggesting that Intel produces its chips in the US, then sends them to China to be packaged?

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Is Lagging Behind, Its Co-Founder Says

duerra Itching to Switch... (646 comments)

I've long used Firefox now because of its awesome developer tools and great suite of extensions (though I only use a few). However, it has gotten very slow lately, it has always used way too much memory, and quite frankly some of the other alternatives look better by the day. I really want to switch to chrome, but the only thing holding me back is a nice sidebar for things like viewing my RSS feed lists while still navigating the current browser window. There are a few other settings I'd like to have some control over, but it wouldn't take much to get me to switch at this point.

I know everybody blames all of the issues on the extensions, but the issues run deeper than that. I hope they can get it turned around soon, but things haven't improved in the last few years, so I'm not holding my breath.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Pulls Purchased E-Book Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm

duerra All Geeks Unite (645 comments)

The irony of this is almost too thick to cut through. This is absolutely unacceptable, and Amazon must recant this position. Once books are legitimately purchased, it is decidedly wrong and completely unethical to even have the power to perform an action such as this. This cannot be tolerated.

Please flood the Kindle product page with negative reviews so that prospective buyers can be aware of this jaw dropping breach of trust and display of power:
http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons-Wireless-Reading-Generation/dp/B00154JDAI/

While I have long taken a stance against DRM, this is horrifying and cannot and should not be tolerated by anybody, out of principle if nothing else. I sincerely hope this results in a class-action lawsuit.

more than 5 years ago
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Change.gov Uses Google Moderator System

duerra Firefox Issues? (436 comments)

Is anybody else having issues with the change.org site in Firefox? All it is displaying for me is a bunch of garblygook, but works fine in other browsers. This is the only site I have had this issue with.

more than 5 years ago

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US Set to Use Spy Satellites on US Citizens

duerra duerra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

duerra writes "A plan to use U.S. spy satellites for domestic security and law-enforcement missions is moving forward after being delayed for months because of privacy and civil liberties concerns. The plan is in the final stage of completion, according to a department official who requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about it. While some internal agencies have had access to spy satellite imagery for purposes such as assisting after a natural disaster, this would be the first time law-enforcement would be able to obtain a warrant and request access to satellite imagery."
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duerra duerra writes  |  about 8 years ago

duerra writes "Universal Studios has announced that they will not be releasing movies in the Blu-Ray format, instead opting to release their titles in the rival HD-DVD format.
From the article:
According to ITWire, Kornblau [president of Universal Studios] essentially handed the next-generation DVD crown to HD DVD: "Look at the blogs, look at the reviews by the early adopters and even look at the mainstream media — HD DVD has maintained its first-to-market advantage and delivered on the promises of providing the best high definition image and sound quality at the best value for consumers today," Kornblau said.
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duerra duerra writes  |  more than 8 years ago

duerra writes "HowToCreate.co.uk has a very detailed screen-by-screen breakdown of Acid2 compliance among a large selection of browsers, including much less common browsers as well as old browser versions, showing their compliance progression.

Among the browsers with screenshots showing their compliance with Acid2 are Opera (from version 1 up), Konqueror, Omniweb, Safari, Prince, iCab, Mozilla/Firefox/Netscape (from Netscape version 1 up through Firefox Deer Park), Obigo, and IE (from version 3 through IE7)."

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