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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

hpoul ... and so does twitter ... (293 comments)

... and many other apps. No idea why they really need those permissions just so users don't need to copy over a verification number. This is ridiculous... i wonder if they did research what more users would accept.. having their app require the permission to read *all* SMS .. or just requiring the user to occasionally type a one time password from the SMS app into the twitter/facebook/whatever app.

this is really something android has to solve.. something like optional permissions for the lazy users who really want to have that single features which requires all your personal data.. it's not just as a user, but it's also annoying as a developer - i could obviously also just make the user download 3 different apps for each functionality, and have fine grained permissions this way, but this can't be the best solution..

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Implement Wave Protocol Self Hosted?

hpoul Re:I'm 40 and what is this? (112 comments)

i guess the main features was an open, distributed protocol (like xmpp) where everyone could set up a server.. try that with a google docs..
in addition i think it allowed adding much more "rich" widgets with their own set of features.. so i guess you could get wave as a combination of google drive (real time editing) and google hangouts (various real time widgets) .. except that part that it was supposed to have an openly documented protocol..

about 10 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

hpoul Re: And they wonder why... (562 comments)

It's a bit disturbing that you got from a story about a DDoS attack to pregnancy.. A DDoS attack can be a little successful.. Him joining might have made it a bit worse, but he can't be made responsible for the full amount of damages?

about a year ago

Google Wants Patent On Splitting Restaurant Bills

hpoul anyone who does NOT know any prior art? (196 comments)

i imagine most even coded it themselves.. billmonk, splitwise, or even my own implementation at to name a few ;-) maybe it's just me, but nowadays there are dozens of services out there, even mobile apps of some bank institutes start adding this functionality to remember social debts & split bills. it got quite crowded after billmonk has been down every few minutes and ultimately got sold..

1 year,25 days

Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

hpoul Re:Free market anyone? (195 comments)

wouldn't it be a more of a free market, if companies could hire world wide, without control of the government (ie. without the restriction to hire US employees)?
I think arguing with "free market" for preventing immigration is really a bit strange.. so in a free market IT wages would significantly drop, because there is no shortage of good educated IT personal willing to immigrate .. (until the wages aren't high enough any more to be motivation enough obviously..)

about a year ago

BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

hpoul Re:Not-so-accurate source (487 comments)

well, sometimes it could make sense, e.g. if news stories contain the publish date in the local time of the site and doesn't localize it, it would be reasonable to also display the local "current" time somewhere, so visitors know how old a story actually is.. nowadays all global sites localize times for the user, but i could see why a british news outlet might simply display UK timestamps all over the website no matter where the visitor is located..

about a year ago

How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

hpoul Re:Crap. (232 comments)

there are many good reasons to start your own company.. but wanting to pay more to your coworkers is not one of them.. how should that work.. you offer the same service as the established company.. just without any proven business relations, any success stories, but with much higher prices.. doesn't sound like a good business plan to me..

about a year and a half ago

Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

hpoul Re: The King is dead (391 comments)

umm.. i'm not sure, but i think they also had a pretty popular search engine..

about a year and a half ago

Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

hpoul Re:Awesome (1176 comments)

because after an hour of driving you probably want to stop NOW and not in 15 minutes when the car decelerated from 30km/h to zero.. or maybe the road wasn't 100% flat, and either it didn't come to a complete stop or would have gone backward? who knows, certainly not you.. and making it a modified car for a disability, without any mention what kind of disability or what kind the modifications were done to it i wonder how so many people here can be so smart about how the car is actually supposed to work.. i can't even find a photo of the car or the ditch..

about a year and a half ago

Kim Dotcom's Mega Fileshare Service Riddled With Security Holes

hpoul Re:Isn't Some of this Stuff Sort of Nitpicking? (151 comments)

The man legally changed his name to Kim Dotcom

btw. has anyone an idea how/where he "legally" changed his name? most german sources still refer to him as "kim schmitz", and i have found nothing which states if he changed his name in germany or finland (as it seems he has both citizenships) .. the german wikipedia entry only refers to the name saying "In Neuseeland tritt Schmitz unter dem Namen Kim Dotcom auf" - does this mean he simply used a wrong name when entering NZ, or did he change his name in NZ, but not in finland/germany?

about 2 years ago

Earth Avoids Collisions With Pair of Asteroids

hpoul Re:What did we do, the Lambada? (256 comments)

well, but your wording is really boring and useless.. it also didn't collide yesterday .. or the day before.. so it's not really the best title for news, since news shouldn't be about things which did NOT happen (there are quite a few things which did NOT happen), but about things that did happen.. so: "asteroids passed close to earth" (or did earth pass by asteroids?) = did happen.. "earth does not collide" = stuff that did not happen..

about 2 years ago

Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

hpoul Re:Is the story correct? LG says no. (83 comments)

i'm not sure what you are referring to, the cheapest price at your link is $549, or $99 + $2040 (i'm sure there are additional costs, i have no idea about US cellular plans, but i guess you have to pay the monthly rate... well monthly .. for the duration of the contract?).. but at least you have proven to your parent poster that the cheapest new iphone is $549, not $650

about 2 years ago

Samsung Hits Apple With 20% Price Increase

hpoul Re:This is known as (447 comments)

android is not a desktop OS, can you copy your blu ray with your ipad?

about 2 years ago

Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

hpoul Re:don't for get the $200 oil change at there deal (336 comments)

what? you can change the oil? nobody does that, ever! make sure the oil is a closed system which can never be accessed in any way, makes it so much more efficient and consumes less space! - if the oil gets old and clogged, just buy a new car!

about 2 years ago

Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

hpoul Re:Not decentralized enough (128 comments)

i guess the obvious solution, since you are creating a social network where you are connecting with friends you usually know first hand, would be to simply split up the private key into 3 or 4 parts and give them to your closest, most trusted friends.. once you lose your key, all of those 3 or 4 friends have to verify that you are actually the person you claim to be..
so if maybe with more knowledge about cryptography could answer the question if it's possible to split up a private key into multiple parts without each part lowering the security of the whole key.. that would lead to your answer :)

about 2 years ago

Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

hpoul Re:Egress checklist... (271 comments)

well at least the german wikipedia entry (not that i cared to check the sources) reads "Da er laut eigener Aussage Probleme damit hatte, sich unterzuordnen und dumme Befehle“ zu befolgen, wurde er als militärisch ungeeignet eingestuft und aus dem Bundesheer entlassen." (he was dismissed from the "armed forces" because, according to him, he had problems following "dumb orders" .. go figure..)

about 2 years ago

Dark Days Ahead For Facebook and Google?

hpoul Re:Mobile will destroy Google? (215 comments)

Locking might be a bit overstated but with android they definitively improve their services.. everyone using android will have a google wallet account, most will click that google+ signup button, add google drive to access their data - and use google talk more and more instead of texting (the last one leading to much more online google+ users) i imagine that they will actively push google+ - auto upload of photos is already more or less the default - and if you have your photos already on google+, you will use this to share them, not upload it again to facebook..
If the market share for android continous to grow like it is, their services will increasingly have more value just because more and more people are actively using them (ie don't bother to change the default settings)

more than 2 years ago

Google Drive Launching Next Week With 5GB Free Space

hpoul Re:Google Drive (265 comments)

the only people who don't attach them are people who want to track the views of their newsletter, so it makes sense that gmail, thunderbird, etc. won't show external images by default.. if you send a big email, include it in total, why only include half of the message.. you could just have sent a link to your website if you don't want to use email in the first place..
or, simply send out small emails without 5 MB worth of images..

more than 2 years ago

Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

hpoul Re:Seriously (220 comments)

i just don't get statistics.. take a look at what wikipedia says:
if you look at the "Official Development Assistance by country as a percentage of Gross National Income in 2009" it draws a different picture.. GNI is different than GDP or by capita.. but anyway.. for example:
  Austria – 0.30%
  United States – 0.21%

while the GNI by capita seems pretty much comparable between US and austria:,_Atlas_method)_per_capita
17 United States 47,390
18 Austria 47,060

(i am using austria solely because i am from austria and i never figured that we are that greedy about donations..) but anyway, those are just the first numbers i found via a google search, completely unrelated and probably not even from the same timeframe, but i'm not that sure that the US is the most perfect country in the world.. even if your source, '' tells us so?

more than 2 years ago


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