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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

kelemvor4 Misleading Article (70 comments)

It does sound kind of lame if you read the article. Fortunately for me, I'm a customer who read the offer and took it. You don't just get membership in yet another rewards program. Your internet service gets upgraded to symmetrical at no additional charge if you sign up.

I went from 150/65 to 150/150 instantly. It tests on as 152/164. I'd say that's a pretty solid "payment" for joining. Better than I have ever seen from any other rewards program.

7 minutes ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

kelemvor4 Re:So It's Come to This (70 comments)

Except it isn't Google's business plan. Google sells advertising targeting to ad companies. Verizon is selling your data to data mining companies. Google would never sell your data because it's their core business to be the keepers of that data so they can sell targeted ads. Not that Google is altruistic, just that they are themselves the data miners so they are not going to share.

Google offers free services to compensate. Services people tend to find pretty valuable such as Android, Gmail and Search.

Verizon is going to offer "discounts for shopping, travel and dining" read: coupons (ie more advertising). Verizon is going to "anonymize" your data and sell it to anyone and everyone willing to pay.

I see the exchange of value in one business plan, and not the other.

Verizon is offering more than just the points. Your asymmetrical FIOS connection gets upgraded to symmetrical based on your download speed if you sign up. My 150/65 got upgraded to 150/150 and shows it is actually hitting 152/164 consistently. I'll take it, especially considering they could probably have sold the data with no compensation.

4 hours ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

kelemvor4 Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

Apparently being Muslim is good enough for probable cause. So much for freedom of religion.

I'm pretty sure that the agencies in question did not tell these people they aren't free to be Muslims.

about two weeks ago

Don't Want Google In Your House? Here Are a Few Home-Tech Startups To Watch

kelemvor4 Re:For Starters... (88 comments)

Nothing wrong with 'getting acquired' as a goal. Not everyone wants to run a big business. If I had a successful business and Google wanted it I'd sign so fast the ink would burn. Then I'd spend the rest of my life stress free.

At least until you move to Belize...

about a month ago

Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

kelemvor4 Re:Moore's Law (143 comments)

That's a fun post! 36-core is immense! As an aside: It's been a while since we've seen any decent rise in processor Ghz. I remember IBM talking about functioning reasonably cool 10 Ghz processors (ref needed) in the early 2000s, but no one has them in the shops yet! I'm sure this was discussed in Moore's Law lectures prior to Y2K, but mention it these days and everyone scowls! So some people can (and they run cool) and some people can't, what normally happens in computing when the faster items are released?

It's a step down from the 48 core CPU Intel created in 2009.

about 1 month ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

kelemvor4 Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Can someone explain this? Netflix runs on Linux under Wine, so why the need for hardware/driver support?

IME it runs poorly under Wine. I have had good results with an XP Pro x32 VM running under Linux x64, though. Not even too much added overhead, it seems. However, XP Pro x32 under XP Pro x32 seems to fail due to DRM. Hooray Linux!

As does pretty much everything under wine. Wine is great for a stopgap, that's about it.

about 1 month ago

FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

kelemvor4 Re:Wait a second (144 comments)

There are that many comment trolls that have paid for HBO?

No, there are that many comment trolls with a bit torrent client.

about 1 month ago

IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

kelemvor4 Re:Ashamed! (265 comments)

"H-1Bs do not commit sabotage."

Absolutely, allowing foreign nationals access to your systems is COMPLETELY safe. Moreover, they don't get angry when you take away their livelihood.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft OneDrive for Business modifies files

kelemvor4 Whoopsie (1 comments)

Whoopsie! Microsoft got caught making a poopsie!

about 3 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

kelemvor4 Uhhh what? (482 comments)

What the heck is this guy thinking? AFAIK, every cell phone company will sell you a phone and service separately with no contract. You simply pay full price for the device you want, and buy the service. Or you can buy the device from a third party and as long as it's compatible with the network, buy the service. It's not rocket science, it's not hidden, it's not even particularly unusual.

That would be the reason that when you browse a carriers online store you see the price of the phone and the discounted price with a contract at the same time.

Some people just want attention, I guess.

about 3 months ago

Algorithm Distinguishes Memes From Ordinary Information

kelemvor4 Re:Memes (38 comments)

Sorry, but a "meme" is a picture of a humorous animal with a joke in Impact font at the top and bottom. The word used to mean something else, but that definition got outcompeted by one that was better at replication.

You're WAY off. Arial is the font of choice.

about 3 months ago

New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

kelemvor4 wtf (248 comments)

I can't believe there's only 5k signatures so far. I expected to get slashdotted.

about 3 months ago

Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

kelemvor4 Re:If you want a time machine go to Bing Maps... (25 comments)

We have a lovely convention centre here in Vancouver, built and opened for the 2010 Olympics. In Bing maps unfortunately it is still at the piling stage :(

Bing bing bing! We have a wiener!

about 3 months ago

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

kelemvor4 Door problem (305 comments)

What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open?

Why include a door in a game at all if it will never open. Isn't that really more of a "wall?"

about 3 months ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

kelemvor4 Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

No, really... this is getting nuts.

I get the whole general protection of the average citizen from crimes, but we really need to shrink the reach and scope of these bastards.

You make an interesting complaint but you provide no argument or evidence that the government doesn't have a good reason to propose this rule... Note the word propose... Doesn't mean it will actually get implemented. Don't let facts get in the way of your libertarian fantasy, though.

I think part of penguinisto's point is that there should be no need to come up with an argument against random bullshit like this. But perhaps you should read TFS since it presents the argument you ask for.

about 3 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

kelemvor4 Re:It's crap (1633 comments)

What? Militias aren't some Libertarian fantasy force. Militias are what countries with limited resources used in lieu of a standing military. They're also all but obsolete in a world where military technology has advanced to the point that private citizens can't be expected to field their own effective arms (at least no one I know owns a Javelin "just in case...".

Militias are what people formed in the revolutionary war when the people revolted against their own government.

about 3 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

kelemvor4 It's crap (1633 comments)

The whole point is for the citizens to be able to form a militia in order to defend themselves from their own government. Those words would effectively decimate the whole reason for the second amendment.

about 3 months ago

Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

kelemvor4 Re:And there was much rejoicing (167 comments)

What IS going to be effective? I'd argue that nothing done in relation to google glass, getting upset about it or being cool with it, will revive privacy.

I'd say businesses banning the device on their premises is a good start. Admittedly, I'm not full of ideas - but I'm sure complacency is not the answer.

about 3 months ago

Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

kelemvor4 Re:And there was much rejoicing (167 comments)

And how about we quit acting like this is the end of privacy and not CCTVs or the NSA.

So, ignore it and maybe it will go away? I don't think that's going to be effective.

about 3 months ago



Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about a month ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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Burglar breaks into Microsoft, steals only Apple products

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Despite Microsoft's offices being presumably filled with the best MS tech on the planet, the thieves instead chose to steal only five Apple iPads that were in the office. As the paper notes, no Microsoft products were stolen."
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Smart Automotive Headlight for Seeing Through Rain and Snow

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Standard vehicle headlights improve driver visibility at night by illuminating the road and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate raindrops and snowflakes making them appear as bright flickering streaks that are distracting to the driver. We propose a headlight capable of avoiding precipitation to improve driver visibility while adequately illuminating the road. This reduces driver stress and makes roads more safe during rain and snow storms. We have conducted simulations and built a prototype system to show that the approach is feasible and effective. Demonstration of the prototype system with an artificial rain drop generator is encouraging making the falling rain disappear in front of the observer.

A write-up on the subject is available here:"

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Supercomputer predicts revolution

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location."

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EA's Origin may be a little too intrusive

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "One of the most intrusive EULA agreements I've seen to date is that of EA's ORIGIN:
“We or third parties operating the advertisement serving technology may use demographic information such as age and gender as well as information logged from your hardware or device to ensure that appropriate advertising is presented within the site, online or mobile product or service and to calculate or control the number of unique and repeat views of a given ad, and/or deliver ads that relate to your interests and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. We or third parties may log data for this purpose including IP address (including for purposes of determining your approximate geographic location), unique device I.D., information about your software, applications and hardware, browser information (and/or information passed via your browser), hardware, machine or device make and model, advertisement(s) served, in game location, length of time an advertisement was visible, other Internet and website usage information, web pages and mobile internet sites which have been viewed by you (as well as date and time), domain type, size of the advertisement, advertisement response (if any), and angle of view. The foregoing data may be used and disclosed per this policy and the privacy policy of the company providing the ad serving technology and to other third parties in a form that does not personally identify you.”"

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Can a virtual currency do away with banks?

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Bitcoin is an electronic currency that can be traded directly on the internet, members don't even need to have a bank account.

Its value is fluctuating significantly, but creators claim it will do to the banking system what emails did to the postal service."

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