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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

iONiUM Re:Data about where and how people drive? (237 comments)

There are two settings on Android that let you control this. Location reporting, and location history. They are named similar, so it might be confusing. Location history allows apps like Google Now etc to work, but ironically, does not store your data in this specific history thing (mine is blank, for example, despite using a Nexus 5 with location history on). Location reporting is a terrible battery drain, and designed to "ping" apps when you move around. This "ping" is also what goes to Google and updates this map.

Thus, to stay off this list but still get to use everything in Android, simply turn Location reporting off.

5 days ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

iONiUM Re:Free? (703 comments)

Well, it can literally be free if the US simply takes on more bonds and then pays them back by printing money out of thin air. It's been working pretty damn well so far, and no inflation at all either.

about two weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

iONiUM Re:Slashdot today. (142 comments)

To be fair, there have been many of these "we think we may have found life / ancient life / we have a big announcement" type things out of NASA in the last few years, none of which had "conclusive" (or at least, relatively so) evidence of life.

It's getting to the point where there's nothing really to discuss until they stop releasing these meta-statements, and actually give a real "we fucking found life FOR SURE" statement.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

iONiUM Re:Any actual examples? (598 comments)

I can give another. In 2003 I bought my first Mac, an iBook G4. It came with OSX, and I had no problems setting it up or using it (no issues for the first month of usage).

2 weeks ago, I bought a brand new Macbook Pro. During setup, I ran into a bug where the 'next' button disappeared entirely during apple ID "linking", and could not be finished. I had to force re-start the machine, and then skip that step. After setup, it became apparent that Yosemite did not ship with it (why?), so I had to upgrade. However, due to my faulty Apple ID setup the first time, it couldn't use the apple store to do it. I deleted all the iCloud users, and added a new one, but adding one doesn't make it primary (what the fuck?) so I had to delete it and re-add it a different way.

Once I had Yosemite, my WiFi stopped working altogether. You can google about this issue, it's awful. Since there's no hard network jack on the pro, I can't get to the internet at all, which means I can't get a patch even if they release it.

It's pretty terrible.

about three weeks ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

iONiUM Can do this without logging off (230 comments)

While your steps work, you can also just focus on the desktop (by clicking the background, for example), then press ALT+F4. You will then be presented with the shutdown menu which includes the same options you cited, but without the need to log off first.

about a month and a half ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

iONiUM See what Google Ads you've clicked on (699 comments)

I run all my desktop browsers with ABP. I thought I never click on Google Ads, however recently I checked the history of my primary Google account and was very surprised to find that I had, and not just a few times, many times, and on things I had been interested in.

You can see your own history through Google's History site: Google History for Ads. It's pretty interesting. I don't know how they're getting me, but I assume it's on my phone. In any case, it's been so subtle (and useful) that I am in no way upset (I actually needed/wanted these things).

That's how advertising should be. Beyond that, all the un-targeted stuff deserves to be blocked.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

iONiUM XBOX Live (170 comments)

Here is their twitter: Lizard Patrol.

They have been attacking XBOX Live randomly for the last 3 weeks which takes down everyone's (including mine) Netflix, games, etc. It's pretty annoying. They even re-tweeted the ankle bracelet on one of their members who is under house arrest after being released from jail. I don't know how they can get away with the blatant DDoS attacks.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

iONiUM Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

This is an enterprise level, SaaS-ready BI stack that includes in-memory analytics and able to connect to over 20 data providers (OLAP, SQL, Excel, Access, SAP, GA, etc.) written in ASP.NET with a HTML5 + JS front end: Dundas BI.

You don't know what you're talking about.

about 1 month ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

iONiUM Marketing gimmick (164 comments)

This is just a marketing gimmick. I find it weird that they wouldn't have used an unsigned int to begin with (or at least, would have upgraded when it appeared a video was approaching the limit).

Now they get a free news article all over the world about it! More ads for everyone!

about 2 months ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

iONiUM LTE? (216 comments)

I'm with Rogers (Canada) and I'm usually on their LTE network (Rogers LTE). As per the wiki, the theoretical speed is 150Mbit/s, but similar to what the article notes, when I run speed test I typically get ~14Mbit/s depending on the time of day.

I'm not that excited about any "new generation" 4G or whatever, as this is more than fast enough for my daily needs when I'm not on WiFi.

about 2 months ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

iONiUM Accused? (256 comments)

I'd be okay if they did this with convicted drunk drivers, but doing it with accused is not cool.

This is the exact same problem with the media (and police) talking about accused sexual predators, like the notorious Jian Ghomeshi case going on in Canada right now. The guy was crucified by the public social media lynch mob before he charged had even be levied. Is this what society has become? We demand justice before someone even has a chance in court?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

iONiUM In the dark (613 comments)

Because it's dark at fucking 4pm.

about 3 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

iONiUM Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

I'm with Rogers (Canada), and I've had over 5 modems fail over the last 10 years. This is in various houses, and various locations. The most obvious cause of failure was when it was in a humid basement. But in many other cases, there was no obvious cause (it was on an upper floor, very dry and ideal conditions).

In any case, I "rent" my modem, but every year I call and complain and they take the rent fee off. As such, whenever it breaks, I just swap it for free for another one.

They don't make electronics like they used to, I guess.

about 3 months ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

iONiUM Re:I own the game (93 comments)

I should mention I have it for 360, and really appreciated they made a version for my old console. I refuse to upgrade, and I guess eventually I'll only be able to play PC games.

about 4 months ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

iONiUM I own the game (93 comments)

I bought the game when it came out (digital download, who needs line ups or EB?) and I agree with the reviews.

I play FPS on both console and PC so ignoring the argument people like to have, which isn't the issue, the game is lacking. The thing is it actually has a lot of potential, and I really want to like it, but its just.. Boring. If they had of had more variety of quests, a real open world, any sort of story, and public match making for campaign it would have been a lot better. A shame, really.

about 4 months ago
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Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

iONiUM Re:Chip and Pin isn't worth it. (132 comments)

I live in Canada and now almost all debit / cc cards require chip + PIN (if it has a chip, and it's over $50, you must use it).

It didn't appear to cost them much, or even take much time to roll it out (about 2-3 years). What's the problem?

about 5 months ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

iONiUM Re:Doesn't work (158 comments)

Thanks! I live in Canada, but it's greyed out? Our internet is not censored, or if it is, they do such a good job that I don't even know it's censored.

about 4 months ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

iONiUM Doesn't work (158 comments)

The summary links to an article which has a link in it to the map which doesn't load.

What a waste of space. Why is this on Slashdot? Find a reliable source, and then post it.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

iONiUM Re:All white meat (426 comments)

Dark meat?

about 5 months ago

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Ocean Warming Accelerating

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  yesterday

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "Oceans are warming at an accelerated pace — forcing scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to re-scale its heat chart to account for the warming that occurred in 2014."

It goes on to say: "Dr Abraham says this is the “clearest nail in the coffin” that there has been no let up in global warming.""

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AirAsia Flight Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a month ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As reported by many news sources, yet another plane has lost contact during a trip.

This comes on the heels of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which is still missing, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down.

The question has to be asked: is airline travel still safe, especially within Asia? And, why has the news completely forgot about flight 370?"

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder 'TiAMO' Arrested in Thailand

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 3 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: 'Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, known to hackers as TiAMO, was detained in the north-eastern Thai town of Nong Khai. He was subject to an international warrant after he was convicted in 2009 of aiding copyright infringement.' He has fled Sweden while on bail after a sentence of a one-year sentence and being ordered to pay $3.6m in damages.

The article goes on to say: 'Neij had been living in Laos since 2012 and travelled nearly 30 times to Thailand, where he has a house on the resort island of Phukat, Maj Gen Eimsaeng added.'"

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UN Climate Change Panel: It's happening, and it's almost entirely man's fault

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 3 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "The UN released a new climate change report which concludes that it is indeed happening, and it's almost entirely man's fault. From the article: 'The IPCC was set up in 1988 to assess global warming and its impacts. The report released Sunday caps its latest assessment, a mega-review of 30,000 climate change studies that establishes with 95-percent certainty that nearly all warming seen since the 1950s is man-made.'

However, the report isn't entirely dire. It goes on to say: 'To get a good chance of staying below 2C, the report's scenarios show that world emissions would have to fall by between 40 and 70 percent by 2050 from current levels and to "near zero or below in 2100".'

Below zero of course means mining existing CO2 out of the atmopshere somehow."

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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 3 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "According to a few news articles, the general public has taken notice of all the recent security breaches in open source software. From the article: 'Hackers have shaken the free-software movement that once symbolized the Web’s idealism. Several high-profile attacks in recent months exploited security flaws found in the “open-source” software created by volunteers collaborating online, building off each other’s work.'

While it's true that open source means you can review the actual code to ensure there's no data-theft, loggers, or glaring security holes, that idealism doesn't really help out most people who simply don't have time, or the knowledge, to do it. As such, the trust is left to the open source community, and is that really so different than leaving it to a corporation with closed source?"

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BGP Exceeds 512k: Major Sites Go Down

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 5 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As reported by many news articles, the total routing table for the internet exceeded 512k on Tuesday. This caused many older routers to fail, and resulted in major websites being very slow, or completely inaccessible. Hopefully the lack of access to cat pictures woke people up to the preparation and work needed to keep the internet functioning, and the need to ensure IPv6 is working, although somehow I doubt it."
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.NET JIT Getting SIMD Support

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 10 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As per the MSDN article, the long proposed user request for SIMD support has finally been answered. A NuGet package preview is available here. From the article: "You may think that task-based programming or offloading work to threads is already the answer. While multi-threading is certainly a critical part, it’s important to realize that it’s still important to optimize the code that runs on each core. SIMD is a technology that employs data parallelization at the CPU level. Multi-threading and SIMD complement each other: multi-threading allows parallelizing work over multiple cores while SIMD allows parallelizing work within a single core.""
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Open SSL Bug Has Gone Mainstream

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 10 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Many sources are now reporting on the massive bug affecting almost the entire internet in Open SSL (including Yahoo!). There are guides offering information on the bug and how to patch it, as well as a dedicated website to test if a website is vulnerable. This bug allows users to get usernames and plain texts passwords, as well as active sessions even when the connection is using SSL. Here is a list of the top 1000 vulnerable sites."
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 10 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article, "The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned." A major document was released by the IPCC outlining the current affects on climate change, and they are not good. For specific effects on humans: "Food security is highlighted as an area of significant concern. Crop yields for maize, rice and wheat are all hit in the period up to 2050, with around a tenth of projections showing losses over 25%.""
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Yellowstone National Park 2.5 Times Bigger Than Originally Thought

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "According to Jamie Farrell, the lead author in a University of Utah scientific study of Yellowstone National Park’s super volcano, the magma inside the volcanic caldera is 2.5 times larger than previously believed and spans a distance of 55 miles." As well, the article notes "The Mount St. Helens eruption created an eruption column (hot volcanic ash) which rose 80,000 feet. By contrast, should the Yellowstone caldera erupt, its smoke would circle the planet. Scientists believe the eruption would make a global event causing damage throughout the world. It is believed that the last eruption occurred 640,000 years ago. Some researchers believe the caldera is due to explode soon which notion is disputed by Farrell. He explained that he doesn’t know when it will explode, which begs the obvious question of how he is the able to refute those who say the caldera may explode sometime soon.""
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BlackBerry posts $4.4 billion loss, outsourcing to Foxconn

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today BlackBerry announced a $4.4 billion loss, and a deal with Foxconn to outsource hardware manufacturing. One interesting stat is that 75% of sales were actually older BB7 devices. That said, CEO John Chen says "We are very much alive, thank you." as well as "Our 'for sale' sign has been taken down and we are here to stay. BlackBerry recently announced it has entered into an agreement to receive a strategic investment from Fairfax Financial and other institutional investors, which represents a vote of confidence in the future of BlackBerry.""
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Prostitution laws in Canada struck down by supreme court

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today in Canada, the supreme court struck down the prostitution laws as unconstitutional in a 9-0 ruling. While prostitution has always been legal in Canada, all activities surrounding it such as brothels, or making a living from the avails of it, have been illegal. As such, it has resulted in dangerous working conditions for prostitutes, which violates the Canadian charter of rights. The court has given parliament 1 year to draft new laws surrounding prostitution."
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The first phone you can actually bend: LG G Flex

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As a follow up to LG's announcement of mass flexible OLED production, and as a competitor to the limited Samsung Round trial which was only available in Korea on SK Telecom, LG has released the G Flex phone which is curved vertically (instead of the Round's horizontal bend, which many thought was the 'wrong way'). In addition, the G Flex can actually be flexed, as shown in the video in the article."
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Climate change: it's here, again

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Much like how Voyager 1 left and then it didn't for the umpteenth time, climate change is now a grave concern again. From the article: "Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa calculated that by 2047, plus or minus five years, the average temperatures in each year will be hotter across most parts of the planet than they had been at those locations in any year between 1860 and 2005." It also appears there is no way to stop it: "The models show that unprecedented temperatures could be delayed by 20 to 25 years if there is a vigorous global effort to bring emissions under control.", but delay is the only thing we can do. It will affect the tropics first, "Unprecedented climates will arrive even sooner in the tropics, Dr. Mora’s group predicts, putting increasing stress on human societies there, on the coral reefs that supply millions of people with fish, and on the world’s greatest forests." This comes on the heel of a Canadian Arctic report that claims "In a paper released Tuesday, they say their research provides evidence “that we are witnessing the transformation of the Arctic at an exceptional pace.”" Is it time to more-or-less give up on stopping carbon emissions, and just focus on how to handle the income changes?"
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Samsung Galaxy Round

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Round phone with a curved 5.7" display today. It comes with a hefty $1,000 USD price tag. This is a follow-up to the 55" curved TVs it began selling in June, and is most likely the first step before fold-able phones hit the market. Considering the recent LG announcement of mass OLED flexible screen production, it seems that we are indeed getting very close to flexible phones. One question I wonder is, will Apple follow suit? So far there has been no indication they are even attempting flexible/bendable screens."
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Blackberry Z30 Announced

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today the new Blackberry Z30 was announced today (release coming in the next "few weeks"). It has a 4.97" 16:9 screen running at 720x1280. The CPU also got an upgrade, at 1.7Ghz. The news claims that the battery is a 2880maH with up to 25 hours of use. I'm not really convinced this is enough of a differentiation between the Z10 to save Blackberry, and as someone who owns a Z10 and Q10 (but uses an S3 instead), I don't see how this addresses any of the real issues Blackberry is facing, the biggest being a lack of apps."
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Significant security flaw found in SIM cards

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "A German cryptographer has uncovered a security bug in mobile phones that could enable hackers to remotely attack at least half a billion phones." More technically, from the register: "Pedigree security researcher Karsten Nohl has apparently discovered two unrelated flaws in implementations of the GSM standard that (when combined) could leave millions of SIM cards vulnerable to attack.""
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Carbon dioxide not the cause of global warming?

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "An in-depth statistical analysis of ozone depletion, temperature changes, gasses and cosmic rays by University of Waterloo professor of physics and astronomy Qing-Bin Lu suggests that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have been the key cause of global warming since the 1970s."
And the good news: "By the middle of this century we should have recovery of the ozone hole to the 1980s level," Is it really possible we've already solved man-caused global warming?"

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