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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

frovingslosh no help (52 comments)

You don't help Alibaba by pointing out what they already know. I'm certainly not going to defend the Electronic Bay of Thieves' business pratices, but Alibaba has built their business on telling you that you are dealing with crooks. They go to great lengths to warn you that the people they hook you up with are not trustworthy and that they will hold your money in escrow for you, while warning you never to deal with the seller directly. Then, when you get cheated, they always side with the seller.

Don't try to kid us that they didn't know crooked things like fraud merchandise is going on. Only in the case of Alibaba it is as likely to be counterfeit SD memory cards or chips as it is to be designer fashions.

5 hours ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

frovingslosh I question the ZX-81 claim (195 comments)

I never before heard a claim that the ZX-81 held a record, and I don't believe that it did. Back in the 70's (1975 or 1976) I received a copy of a chess program from Fairchild for their F8 computer prototype board, It fit in 1K of 8 bit memory (sorry, I don't remember how many bytes were left over, if any). I don't remember if it could under-promote, but I'm pretty sure that it could castle and allowed en-peasant moves. This was a novel and interesting microcomputer (the CPU didn't even have a program counter - but the memory management chip did!) and it certainly wasn't popular with hobbyists (although it was used in the Fairchild Channel F video game that came to market before the Atari 2600), but they did sell some $100 prototype boards and I bought one, mainly because I was so impressed by the 1K chess program.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

frovingslosh Ain't DRM great? (462 comments)

Game companies have been doing lots to negate the right of first sale for quite a while. But this is different. They created a product then didn't like how some sellers were taking advantage of arbitraging how they bought it. Rather than try to deal with the retailers legally (if they even had a legal option), they decided to just punish innocent customers who have no good way to know all of the details of the Ubisoft wholesale and retail structure. Good for you Ubisoft, thanks for driving another nail into the damn DRM coffin. Do this enough and maybe the sheep will learn not to buy DRM products. (Yea, I don't really believe that the public is smart enough to learn, but I can hope.)

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

frovingslosh Re:JJ has a chance, maybe (420 comments)

As long as they promise me emphatically that this isn't all a dream or that they are all already dead, and then in episode 9 it turns out that they all were dead, then this will have fulfilled my expectations.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

frovingslosh Re:free upgrade (570 comments)

Implying that if I have a bag of groceries and someone offers to replace it free with a bag of garbage, maybe I shouldn't take them up on the deal.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

frovingslosh free upgrade (570 comments)

Yup. For Windows 7 users it doesn't look like it will be free or an upgrade. Typical Microsoft.

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

frovingslosh bigger problem (165 comments)

We all know that IE is tightly integrated into Windows and the two can never be separated Microsoft testified to that under oayh, and we all know that they would never lie to the court or congress. So making IE open source would demand that Windows be open source. Clearly Microsoft can't open source Windows, so they will have to keep IE closed source too. That's too bad, because I was looking forward to that piece of crap working it's way into other projects.

about a week ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

frovingslosh I pitty the frequency (121 comments)

This ignorant AC actually got modded up, and for posting bad information???? In a vacuum all electromagnetic radiation travels at the same speed, you never see the speed of light listed as X for frequency F, just a single speed is ever given.

about two weeks ago
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Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

frovingslosh In Soviet Moscow (63 comments)

In Soviet Moscow the police track YOU!

just like they do here.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

frovingslosh Phase 1 (382 comments)

This is just Phase 1. Once this is in place then in Phase 2 if you ever use any service that uses https then you must be trying to hide something and so they can take all of your data. Same for any other use of encryption, you might be a criminal or terrorist hiding something. And if you ever send anything through the mail in a sealed envelope, well you must be a criminal trying to hide stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

frovingslosh Re:In "Real-Time"? (121 comments)

So you are trying to tell us that they not only recorded this thing that occurred in "the span of a millisecond" but they also understood and were able to take actions on it while it was still going on? I don't buy it, any more than I buy that the previous millisecond events were recorded after they arrived at the Earth rather than when they arrived at Earth.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

frovingslosh WTF (121 comments)

Congratulations on this being the first time that the arriving radio waves were captured in real time. But I would be far more interested in hearing how you capture radio waves other than in real time. I wouldn't even need a DVR if I could do that.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

frovingslosh US Ego (122 comments)

Cuba is NOT about to make any big changes. At least not unless the man who has been busy trying to destroy this country by Executive Action decides to prop up the Communist Government at our expense. The idea that Cuba has been suffering from an isolationist policy imposed by the United States is bogus. We were (somewhat) cut off from Cuba by our government, but we are only one country. Canada and most of the rest of the world has still been trading with them. Sure, Cubans drive around old American cars from the 50's, but they keep them running and keep fueling them with imported gasoline. Other countries would be glad to sell them newer cars, it is just that when you have a communist mindset keeping the economy depressed, no one has the money to buy new modern expensive cars.

Sure, they might sell Americans some cigars, although there has been a supply of them coming in through Canada already. They will not be selling us sugar, but not because of any real barrier. Rather because of a completely artificial barrier, Cubans who moved to Florida when Castro took power have gotten laws in place that impose such high tariffs on imported sugar that we can't import it, and we have higher prices on Sugar than the rest of the world, with all of that money going into the pockets of a few politically powerful Cubans in America who grow sugar and trickling down to the politicians they buy to keep the system in place.

Cuba is going to see a little bump in tourism, at least while the novelty is still there, but it will not be that much or make a big impact, they already have tourism from the rest of the world and from Americans going there through Canada who show their American passports and ask that they not be stamped to avoid problems back home. We will still over pay for sugar compared to the rest of the world and have tariffs that keep us from importing it from Cuba.

about two weeks ago
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What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola

frovingslosh We have bigger problems (83 comments)

If people in other countries have and put up with corrupt governments, and go out and kill and eat "bush meat" and get Ebola, that's too bad but we have our own corrupt politicians here, I don't see how we can take on correcting theirs when we can even correct ours. And we have the flu virus in this country, and even with our first world hospitals and our Obama-care the flu is killing more people in America than Ebola is killing in the entire world. Yet I don't see Obama sending the Army to help out when one of my friends gets the flu. Perhaps we should realize that we are no longer the largest economy in the world (China is, although I think we still give them "foreign aid", and do that with money that Obama borrows from China!) and start trying to solve some of our own problems rather than playing World Doctor and World Cop and World Missionary and World Peacekeeper.

about two weeks ago
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'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the Blind

frovingslosh Good luck with that (66 comments)

I bet you can't weed us all out. And why do you assume that we will all be "volunteers" rather than claim that we are blind and see how much fun we can have with the volunteers that way?

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

frovingslosh Screw them (141 comments)

When Google, a company built on the concept of invading individual privacy, suddenly got all self-righteous and rejected my "What's the VIC's net worth?" facial recognition app, I knew the glasses were not going to succeed. You can't turn your back on your developers that way!

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

frovingslosh this is a good thing (314 comments)

closing Radio Shack means there is no longer any place you can just run out and grab a specific capacitor or DB9 connector or whatever

No, it means that the company selling overpriced defective floor sweepings may go away, and that could well open the door for another company that may treat their customers better. If RS is replaced by someone worse, the new company will go out of business too. But they could be replaced by someone far better, even if it is "only" a small private company serving a local market. Such companies were discouraged to exist before, since a large part of their potential market were more likely to go to one of a dozen shit shacks scattered around their city than track down the one decent seller. And even if they are not replaced, I'll not miss the chance to buy defective junk at amazingly inflated prices.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

frovingslosh Good Ridance (314 comments)

I grew up in a major city where there were companies who ran parts counters where you could actually buy good quality parts, like resistors, caps, and transistors for pennies (unfortunately, they are gone now). I appreciated the ability to get stuff without needing to deal with mail-order and pay a small fortune in shipping. But Radio Shack was never a good option. The stuff they sold was crap, and it was over priced crap. RS substitution transistors often failed to match the parts they were supposedly a substitute for in some critical parameter. Even phone jacks would be mis-wired or intermittent. The staff was worse than ignorant, they gave customers wrong information. They certainly lived up to the motto "You've got Questions, We've got blank stares!" I'll honestly be glad to see them go, while they might not be replaced with anyone better, some people who might have opened decent parts houses have been discouraged from doing so because having a dozen shit shacks in their city was a barrier to drawing in customers.

about two weeks ago
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The Strange Story of the First Quantum Art Exhibition In Space

frovingslosh Quantum Bullshit (69 comments)

If anyone buys this "art" they are a complete idiot.

about two weeks ago
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Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus

frovingslosh customers should get pissed at their government (111 comments)

Must suck to have just received a new Nintendo for the holidays, then have Nintendo cut you off from the supply of new games.

about three weeks ago

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AVG causing false web analytics

frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "A story at The Register is reporting that the new version of AVG anti-virus scanner is causing major problems for websites, it adds "a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free." This is throwing website statistics way off, as well as burning through bandwidth for small sites that happen to hit high on a Google search for a particular term. Also from the article: "If AVG does mask its user agent — and fails to provide another workaround — its ghost traffic looks exactly like real traffic. And then the web is in trouble. After all, 50 million AVG users have yet to upgrade." And no mention that the very popular AVG Free seems to be going away, to be replaced by a for pay only version."
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frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "AP is reporting that Radio Shack has laid off about 400 people by e-mail.

I personally see it as a good thing that no one in the company has any technical skills or knowledge of the Internet, otherwise some employee who took offence at the way this was done could easily send out e-mail with forged headers and lay off the rest of the company too. I'm not advocating that, of course, that would be wrong."

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