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Google Reader: One Year Later

lemur3 AOL Reader (132 comments)

While some might run away in horror at the mention of the name AOL Reader, which has been around for a while now.. is pretty great.

It was recently updated and the ad bar was removed, the software is much quicker and with the fact it is not an independent business project like Feedly, or Inoreader.. there is no upselling!

I tried feedly, it was pushing the upsell too hard and the product didn't feel very useful in its 'free' state... ( )

I tried Inoreader and its free product was much better than the feedly one, but its interface felt slow and clunky compared to what I wanted ( )

I tried DIGG Reader but it was so minimal and featureless that I barely went a week of using it before moving on ( )

I also used TinyTinyRSS locally for a good 6 months and while it is quite good, and the only data I'm revealing to others is that i fetched their feed..maintaining the thing is something of a pain that never comes up with other places. ( )

As of right now I am back to using AOL Reader as my main RSS feed reader... It is fast, the design is good enough for me.. no upselling ...the feature set is just enough to allow me to do what I did on google reader, and not overload.. and they seem to be actively working on making it better ( )

about three weeks ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

lemur3 Re:Obama (211 comments)

Hell, at least with Gitmo being a military base he could always claim he's Commander-in-Chief. But noooo, he's ignoring that

actually, no, he isn't ignoring it. in one of his first acts as president he signed an executive order to close gitmo.

he did this January 22 2009

about three weeks ago

LinkedIn Spam Lawsuit Can Continue

lemur3 Re:PCworld doesn't honor unsubscribes (50 comments)

PCworld doesn't honor my unsubscribes as well, ... Wellsfargo doesn't Honor my unsubscribes. I have tried numerous times to use the unsubscribe links, taken screen shots of the successful unsubscribes. What do I do now? ... Oh and Comcast spectator refuses to honor my unsubscribes too. All proven with screen shots Any advice??

The advice is, and I presume you're in America, that you should complain to the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, this is exactly what they want you to do.

from the website:

If you try to unsubscribe from an email list and your request is not honored, file a complaint with the FTC.

that line is linked to the following website where one can file your complaint: https://www.ftccomplaintassist...

everyone should follow through with these complaints when businesses do not comply with the law.

I love it when I can simply unsubscribe to things and it works, I do it maybe once a year when the sites I sign up to end up cluttering things and 9 times out of 10, it does its job.. there is not a way to reward those who do it right (save emailing them), but we can get the word to those responsible for monitoring this that some are doing it wrong.

about a month ago

Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

lemur3 Re:RIAA/MPAA should top the list (255 comments)

Time Warner Cable is no longer affiliated with the Time Warner which makes content.

Originally controlled by Time Warner (the film and television production company and cable channel operator), that company spun out the cable operations in March 2009 as part of a larger restructuring. Since then, Time Warner Cable has been an entirely independent company, merely continuing to use the Time Warner brand under license from its former parent


as much as i hate them....... that is one thing you cannot blame them for....... comcast on the other hand.....

about 2 months ago

eBay Compromised

lemur3 123456 probably most used password (193 comments)

Whenever this happens I will now think of the Adobe password breach ... 130million accounts.

roughly 10% of those had "123456" as their password..

you can see the other top 99 herE: ..probably a good time to reconsider the re-use of passwords.. use a password vault....

about 2 months ago

Chrome 35 Launches With New APIs and JavaScript Features

lemur3 Re:Reading TFA (73 comments)

I'm not remotely interested in Chrome, but I want to see what's in store for Firefox about 2 releases from now.

this is clearly a joke....but if you actually want to see whats in store for firefox 'about 2 releases from now' just start using the firefox Nightly branch:

they recently implemented a new http cache

they moved the preferences into the webpage area instead of in a popup window

in windows theyve implemented OMTC

and they have been continuing work on their one thread/process per tab project..

about 2 months ago

Google Testing Gmail Redesign

lemur3 Re:How about "no thanks" .... (218 comments)

Firefox is now, as of the earlier this month release, using the same GUI that Thunderbird has used since 2012.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist

lemur3 Send the FCC Your Own Comments (123 comments)

Send your opinions and desires about the issue of net neutrality to the FCC now using the following link:

attach your comments to the Proceeding # 14-28, which is at the top of the list, it is entitled "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet"

Leave a few paragraphs, tell them what you want.

You might not get what you want, but at least you'll have given them a hint of public opinion. Be nice.

again the link is proceeding #14-28 .. make it happen. it only takes a minute or two.. as long as it took you to comment here on slashdot.

they are asking for comments, give them some.

about 3 months ago

Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data

lemur3 Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia (138 comments)

This is why I keep my full 1992 set of Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia handy. Just incase I need to look up Anthrax, or Bomb or Detonator.

I can do it safely, without anyone knowing.

Or, one could go to the public library and look at the stuff in the Reference section, one cannot even check those books out! ..Or, just go to the regular stacks and read the books on-site, bring tracing paper for the diagrams.. oh man, there is a whole world of information outside of the internet! and the NSA subpenas

about 3 months ago

Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

lemur3 Re:Does it block Piwik Analytics? (219 comments)

when did being interested in user logs and usage info become "tracking" (which is, these days, almost universally considered bad)?

about 3 months ago

Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

lemur3 Adobe Password List top 100 (288 comments)

For those interested in the kind of stuff that people do.. here is the top 100 list of passswords from the 130million that Adobe lost last year:

The thing that amuses me (or terrifies) is that nearly 2million of the people had "123456" as their password..

nearly another million had one of these: "123456789" "12345678" "1234567", and "1234567890" ...345,000~ chose "password" as their password (good going adobe.. why is that even allowed?)

i like the people who chose "photoshop" as their password. ..

going through that list you can just see peoples minds working. it is crazy to see what people do.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

lemur3 Lastpass (245 comments)

While it's not the best idea to keep all your eggs in one basket, Lastpass (a firefox, chrome, opera addon, plus a standalone app) is an OK way to store this kind of data.

It is all encrypted/decrypted locally .and then uploaded to the DREADED cloud! ...the lastpass folks never have access to your data.. so theres nothing to 'steal'..

While primarily a place to keep your passwords it does have a handy feature for what they call Secure Notes, with premade forms to filling out all of your personal private info, allowing pictures/scans to be added.

and... while that might be creepy for uploading to Facebook..... with lastpass they cannot decrypt the data, because they dont have your password and cant change it if you 'forgot' it..... because it was all encrypted before even being sent to them...including your password..

then you export a copy of the encrypted database, upload it all over the place in various email accounts, put it in safe deposit boxes on DVDs and flash drives..all stored with a copy of the standalone app that will show you the data, so even if the internet explodes too, youll be good to go!

about 3 months ago

AOL Finally Admits They Were Hacked

lemur3 AOL Reader for RSS is why I still use AOL (54 comments)

For many people still using an RSS Reader on the web.. and whom loved Google Reader.. AOL Reader is the only reason to have an AOL email account. (with a simple greasemonkey script to hide the ad bar).. It is a well featured, well done product. And I will have to change my (strong, unique) password now, which is a slight bummer.

But this news brings up another issue. The main competitor in the RSS world now is Feedly, but with them deciding to forgo the risk/expense of an authentication system altogether and only allowing OAuth logins via Twitter/Facebook/Google/Microsoft ..with no login system of their own, many people are just uncomfortable giving the Feedly people access to their contacts list and other personal info that they get when using their service.. The info they get access to can be seen in screenshots here:

Perhaps Feedly (and others) have a bright idea there, avoiding rolling their own auth and letting the inevitable data breach land on the hands of the likes of twitter and Microsoft instead of Feedly itself.. .. That certainly may have been a good idea for Adobe, who lost 1.2 million accounts.

Even 2% makes me a little worried about the product that is pretty great in AOL Reader.. and I am gonna probably fire up the locally run Tiny Tiny RSS reader this weekend to make sure I have a backup.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Pondering Peer-to-Peer Technology For Streaming Video

lemur3 Re:Bittorrent for software updates (114 comments)

oh fer fucks sake, slashdot mangled that to all hell.

what year is this again?

about 3 months ago

Netflix Pondering Peer-to-Peer Technology For Streaming Video

lemur3 Bittorrent for software updates (114 comments)

as mentioned on torrentfreak, some shops use bittorrent for updating servers, for example, twitter and facebook:

According to Tom Cook of Facebookâ(TM)s systems engineering group, the daily code updates for Facebook used to cause a lot of trouble until they discovered BitTorrent.

âoeBitTorrent is fantastic for this, itâ(TM)s really great,â Cook said. âoeItâ(TM)s âsuperduperâ(TM) fast and it allows us to alleviate a lot of scaling concerns weâ(TM)ve had in the pastâ

source: ....while they MAY be looking for p2p stuff for spreading video around... it is also possible job applicants would just be doing stuff behind the scenes, like theyve been doing elsewhere.

about 3 months ago

Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

lemur3 Re:Humans hide things from each other all the time (93 comments)

i think that a simple appraisal of most peoples opinions/fears/gripes of google+ shows that theyve never actually used it.

the circles thing was one of the big selling points going all the way back to 2011.. and probably covered here on /. they allow you to create pseudonymous sub-accounts that cannot be tracked back to any real life identify ....and yet people are still crying from the rooftops 'OMG I CANT RISK PEOPLE KNOWING' ...well if you want yer head in the sand, ..theres that option too

about 2 months ago

Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

lemur3 Re:Please... (93 comments)

Oh come on... The fact that you don't like it, does not mean it does not fill its niche. I remember people saying the same about Facebook and Twitter. Some people like it, get over it.

I think google+ is pretty darn good as far as social networks go. It gets a lot of hate, but judging by what people say, a lot of that is from what it was in 2011, and concerns of anonymity. (The 'nag' screens feel like a different issue)

As for anonymity I am fine with not being anonymous to Google itself. I send email using Google Apps for Business account using my real name, they have my billing info and I don't mind sharing stuff I like to friends, family, and the public using my name on my public Google+ account. I did the on a personal website long before Google+ existed.

As for (pseudo)anonymity on Google+ I can choose how I share. I can choose whether or not to be BasementHacker20129 for my online profile using the "Pages" feature, sure, Google still knows that the name BasementHacker20129 that I used to reply a trollish comment about the Tea Party on youtube was sent by my Real Name.. but nobody else would. This seems reasonable to me, maybe not to others...

I happen to enjoy seeing Wil Wheaton posting about the stuff he is doing that week on my Google+ feed. I enjoy seeing the stuff Linus Torvalds posts on Google+. Those guys are pretty geeky. It is good enough for me, and them. It has no ads.

Sure, it wants to know your real name.. But I found, after poo-pooing it in 2011, that when I came back for a 2nd look in 2014 that it was actually pretty damned good.

about 3 months ago

Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

lemur3 Re:Please... (93 comments)

one can create what is called a "Page" in google+ parlance.. and that page can be pseudonymous,.. you can be named anything you want under that page and use it on youtube, etc..

of course youll have to create it from a 'real name' google+ account, but unless you divulge it in public theres no way to know who it is behind the 'Page' account. .....your gmail contacts dont get notified if you like the latest pop video on youtube when using a google+ account...

on commenting for the *First Time* using an account on youtube which is tied to google+ the default option below the comment box is to 'make public' the comment, which sends it to your google+ feed, if you turn that option off it is sticky and will remain off in the future and that comment only lives within youtube.

while there are annoyances related to google+ ..most of the complaints just dont apply these days, it has changed quite a lot since it came out a few years ago... and for most of the complaints, there is a (mostly) reasonable solution.

the "i want to be totally anonymous" solution some people seem to look for doesnt really apply to the product.. pseudoanonymity is about as best as youll get

about 3 months ago

Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

lemur3 Re:Graphic design geniuses too (360 comments)

they are not even considering helping the original OpenSSL project (one that they have benefited greatly from in the past) and instead simply forked it in order to do only work that benefits themselves.

so youre suggesting that the maintainers of OpenSSL would have gladly allowed some new kids on the block come in and remove over 200,000 lines of stuff ? and that the new kids on the block are being lame for not trying to do so?

I think this move kind of strikes to the heart of the benefits of opensource projects. When someone decides they want to go in a different direction, they can. This direction is clearly (judging by the nearly 100,000 lines of code removed) different than the one the OpenSSL team is on..

The openbsd team supports over 20 platforms already. Deciding on on not supporting libressl on those 20 platforms before theyre even finished with the main bulk of the work seems pretty reasonable to me... and of course, it will be opensource.. you can go support other platforms if you want!

if you've got an axe to grind against Theo, and the openbsd team thats fine..... but at least you can be reasonable about this.. there is no evidence that the openbsd team has the same mentality as those in the openssl team had when it comes to making secure and correct code..

using funding to decide how/when theyll support other platforms doesnt relate in any way to the attitudes that caused the heartbleed bug... in fact, it might show that they wouldnt want to put a half-effort into something which they cannot use all of their resources on... which is a good thing.

about 3 months ago



How Google Broke Itself And Fixed Itself, Automatically

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about 5 months ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "On January 24th Google had some problems with a few of its services. Gmail users and people who used various other Google services were impacted just as the Google Reliability Team was to take part in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Everything seemed to be resolved and back up within an hour.

The Official Google Blog had a short note about what happened from Ben Treynor, a VP of Engineering. According to the blog post it appears that the outage was caused by a bug that caused a system that creates configurations to send a bad one to various "live services." An internal monitoring system noticed the problem a short time later and caused a new configuration to be spread around the services. Ben had this to say of it on the Google Blog, "Engineers were still debugging 12 minutes later when the same system, having automatically cleared the original error, generated a new correct configuration at 11:14 a.m. and began sending it; errors subsided rapidly starting at this time. By 11:30 a.m. the correct configuration was live everywhere and almost all users’ service was restored.""

Database Loophole Lets Legislators Avoid Photo Radar Tickets

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  1 year,10 days

lemur3 (997863) writes "State legislators in Colorado have not been receiving speeding tickets due to inadequacies in the implementation of a DMV database. The current system ties plates to vehicles rather than to individuals, the special plates for legislators are issued to individuals. The result is that there is no entry in the database for the special plates when the automated photo radar system is triggered, this means nobody receives a citation. In one case a Colorado resident , who had vanity plates reading "33", received the photo radar citations intended for Senator Mike Johnston representing district 33, whose vehicle was identified by a "33" on his special plate. Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver Police, speaking of the system commented, “Our system works, the database works. What needs to happen is the state’s database need to be complete,”."

TSA Decides against allowing small knives, other items, on aircraft.

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about a year ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "After multiple months of discussing possible changes to the prohibited items list the Transportation Security Administration in the United States has determined that it is best to go ahead without any changes to the list of items passengers may have in their carry-on baggage when traveling by air. Under the proposed change (discussed previously on slashdot) pocket knives and other items, such as hockey sticks and ski poles, would have been allowed."


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