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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

ilsaloving Only one truely needed feature (77 comments)

There's only one feature that Android desperately needs, and it's one I doubt that will ever happen.

Google needs to copy iOS's control over app behaviour. The unfortunate fact is, most developers are no where near as good as they think they are (regardless of platform), and there are way too many apps that will obliterate your battery even when they're only running in the background.

This is inexcusable for a mobile operating system that, by definition, runs on devices with limited battery life. It's even worse when you have a phone that doesn't have an easily replaceable battery.

Too bad this will never happen. That's why I gave up on Android and switch to iOS, despite Apple's obsessive control freakery. When all's said and done, I need a device that I can trust to work reliably. If I wanted a device where I *needed* to screw around and poke at it right down to the OS level just to make it work properly, I'd be using Gentoo.

3 days ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ilsaloving Re:an opinion from the self entitled generation (429 comments)

Assuming you were even correct, you will be very hard pressed to find a single public network owner be upset that someone took it upon themselves to clean up their network for them.

Businesses provide wifi as a service to help bring in paying customers. The likelyhood that a paying customer is going to come in and suddenly start torrenting a boatload of crap is exceedingly low.

Case in point... I've been to places where the network was hosed, but I was the only person there with a computer. The bandwidth was all being consumed by people who weren't even customers of the establishment. What are the possible options? You can't canvas an entire neighbourhood looking for people abusing the wifi connection. Call the police? Yeah right.

So along comes someone who is fed up and finally does something about it. Assuming that he got the owners permission, he just performed a public service for free, to the benefit of everyone else that wanted to use that network. That makes him a hero, not a criminal.

What I find particularly sad is people like you who would rather defend abusers and vilify good samaritans, instead of the other way around. This is why trolls will always win, because it's easier for people like you to target and pull down the few who actually contribute something useful to society, instead of railing against the people who are instigating genuine harm.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ilsaloving Re: Congratulations and fuck you (429 comments)

I'm not advocating for vigilante justice in general. I'm saying that this is an inevitable consequence when other recourses are not available. Especially so when people like you are essentially blaming the victim for standing up for themselves and giving the actual aggressor (in this case, the torrenters) a free pass.

And don't get me started on supposed Libertarian ideals. It is so completely out of touch with how the real world works, that I'm embarrassed for people who actually admit to being Libertarian.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ilsaloving Re:So why are you entitled to mess with the networ (429 comments)

You seem to be confused regarding who is engaging in the DoS attack.

The script poisons bittorrent traffic in order to *stop* the DoS attack that is *already* in progress, caused by the *torrenter*.

This is not the equivalent of yelling at kids riding their bikes. It's the equivalent of having a bunch of kids forcefully and willfully blocking the driveway of you and every other person's house on your street because they want to play road hockey.

In real life, you'd be calling the police and possibly pressing charges. But that's a lot harder to do with network traffic, hence people going vigilante like this. This is an inevitable consequence when more reasonable measures are not available.

Your strawman arguments are ridiculous. Why the hell would the owner of a coffee shop be in the back room downloading CentOS ISOs? That's horse shit and you know it.

The whole point of a business providing public wifi, is to entice people to come in and use their other services. If I go in there with the expectation that I can peruse slashdot while enjoying a cappuccino, and I can't, then that will directly impact my decision to go there again.

I challenge you to find one single shop owner that wouldn't happily invite measures such as these, so that they are able to provide service to their customers.

Ilsa

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ilsaloving Re:Congratulations and fuck you (429 comments)

I guess then that it's a good thing there are *other* download methods other than torrenting if you need to grab an ISO that badly. And of course, we're ignoring the fact that your scenario is incredibly unlikely.

Having sane network policies require network admins to set them up and possibly police them. The likelyhood that a mom 'n pop shop is going to hire one borders on zero. They'd sooner get rid of the wifi altogether.

The issue here is simple: If you want to be an asshole, someone else is going to be an asshole back. This is a basic concept common to almost all human interactions, and it's not going to change no matter how libertarian you want to be about it.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ilsaloving Re:an opinion from the self entitled generation (429 comments)

Bittorrent users are effectively performing a denial of service attack on an entire network that doesn't belong to them.

Please explain how running a script like this, with the owners permission, makes the script-writer worse than the torrenters?

The torrenters do not have a god given right to abuse someone else's network. I've been in places where the wifi is basically useless, but the shop is almost empty, which means there are people consuming wifi bandwith and not even having the courtesy of being a patron of said shop.

I'm sorry, but people like that can go fuck themselves. If you can't express even the simplest forms of common courtesy, you don't deserve any in return.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ilsaloving Re:Self-entitled much? (429 comments)

I can't tell if you're talking about the torrenters or the guy who made the python script.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ilsaloving Re:Don't do that (429 comments)

Except that the jerk is probably next door, or possibly in their apartment across the road, and you have no way of knowing who it is.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

ilsaloving Missing the point (238 comments)

This fear and distrust of technology is a symptom of the bigger problem of anti-intellectualism. And this can't be fixed until:
a) the education system stops trying to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
b) religion stops getting a free pass on everything

In particular, there is a distressing lack of logical thinking courses. This is desperately needed, especially because there is currently nothing to counteract the dangerous and forceful indoctrination of children into religious institutions. It has already been demonstrated that children in religious households have difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality, for example.

The problem is that this is a self perpetuating problem. Stupid adults who arn't able to deal with the real world, want their kids to be equally stupid and unable to deal with the real world, and so raise them accordingly, and even go out of their way to subvert the education system to push their politics on everyone whether they like it or not.

Ilsa

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

ilsaloving Outrage burnout (150 comments)

I can't even bring myself to be outraged by this sort of thing anymore, because it's become so expected.

What's especially annoying though, is that so many *other* companies have hitched themselves to the DE bandwagon, that you cannot use their (what should be) completely legitimate services without getting bent over by Adobe. Library ebook rentals, for example, because most of them rely on Overdrive.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

ilsaloving Every OS sucks (577 comments)

Just to save everyone a whole lot of time and energy, and basically summarize every argument that is going to appear for this article:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

ilsaloving Re:Bullshit (460 comments)

Well, then it's a catch 22 because one can only put up with complete morons for so long before the cynicism creeps in.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

ilsaloving Bullshit (460 comments)

Maybe scientists would be friendlier if the 'average American' wasn't a proctologic habersashery.

It is not a scientists job to teach people science. Their job is to do science. Furthermore, the "climategate" scandal has demonstrated very clearly that if a scientist dares try to engage the public to any meaningful extent, then they'd be inundated with either trolls, or assholes who insist on pushing their own personal politics.

And then, of course, scientists will get raked over the coals because they are not allowed to be a human being, who gets frustrated and bitchy when being forced to deal with such crap.

The problem is that there is no one clear problem. The media don't know jack about science, but insist on reporting it. North American culture in general has become profoundly anti-intellectual. There are other issues as well, but those are the most directly relevant.

What we need are more *spokespersons* for science. More Neil deGrasse Tysons. People who BOTH understand the science AND have the skill to teach it to laypeople. Hell, IMO general media should be banned outright from discussing scientific topics, since they don't seem to be able to do anything BUT screw it up.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

ilsaloving Electric Fly Swatters (42 comments)

And in 2016, giant electric fly swatters will become the must-have item.

about a month ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

ilsaloving Re:Why is this here? (240 comments)

Hey, even mostly technically competent and mostly intelligent people succumb to a bout of schadenfreude now and then...

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

ilsaloving What I expect... (545 comments)

What I expect, nay demand, is that Microsoft give Windows 9 away for free as way of apology for forcing that abomination upon us.

about a month ago
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When Scientists Give Up

ilsaloving Doesn't surprise me (348 comments)

We're at a point where there's nothing going for scientists. They have to fight, all simultaneously:
-for funding in a very crowded market
-Politicians trying to control the results of what they do, to the point where the scientific integrity is at risk
-Govt's muzzling you because they don't want pesky things like facts to get in the way of their ideology
-Idiot reporters who completely, constantly, and continually misrepresent your research (should it make the presses)
-umpteen bajillion quacks who don't know their ass from their mouth, yet somehow manage to convince people that they are right and that actual experts are wrong (ie: Jenny McCarthy, or whoever FoodBabe is)

Doing scientific research is hard enough as it is, without having to deal with the current environment of anti-intellectualism.

I'm honestly surprised that scientists arn't yet being marched into concentration camps at gunpoint.

about a month and a half ago
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Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

ilsaloving Doesn't make sense to me (55 comments)

I don't see how this would help. The only results of this I can see are:
- receiver develops antibodies to fight against the diners antibodies
- temporary protection against Ebola until the doner antibodies are consumed

Either way, i don't see how this will provide immunity, since the receivers body isn't actually learning what to do to fight Ebola.

Can someone, preferably an actual doctor or immunologist, clarify?

about a month and a half ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

ilsaloving only 16 shades of grey? (136 comments)

They could have had a much more interesting picture if they had used 50.

about a month and a half ago

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