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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

meehawl LBE - Android Permissions Manager (324 comments)

Android has had a good permission manager for years: LBE.

You can do blanket bans, whitelists, etc or drill down into granular permissions for each app. It can also block abusive texts, etc. You do need root.

about 4 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

meehawl Apple Wins For Invalidated Patent (219 comments)

It's pretty incredible but sadly predictable that Apple can keep winning over juries in its home county of Santa Clara to award it damages mainly for a patent (pinch to zoom) already declared invalid twice by the USPTO. Thanks however to the US's weird system, Apple can go on appealing until 2017 or 2018 before it finally runs out of people to whine to. I'd like to think that sanity could prevail then, but as recent experience shows, the US President would have no qualms about vetoing any adverse judgement against Apple but would be okay letting it stand against Johnny Foreigner.

about 5 months ago
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How MOOC Faculty Exploit People's Desire To Learn

meehawl Two Legs Good, Four Legs Better! (115 comments)

The research being conducted with the data collected in MOOCs is one of the most socially valuable results possible since it leads directly to better education for the world.

This scans like marketing newspeak. Astroturf?

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl "Republican" (397 comments)

Says the Republican

There's not enough space in the world for laughter sigils here.

Again with the labels. You're really into simplifying, aren't you.

about 8 months ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl Binary Worldview (397 comments)

everyone but Samsung and the Apple haters agree.

It must be nice to see the entire world split into these tidy categories that define behavior. Very soothing. Very simple.

about 8 months ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl See No Evil, Ban No Evil (397 comments)

Your argument seems to rest on drawing a complete comparison between the evils of Apple and the evils of Samsung. As such, given that the two companies are apparently, by your argument, about approximate, then the only quantitative, non-falsifiable difference between them within the parameters of argument is their relative donations to Obama. We then arrive back at our original premise, which is that politicians' behavior is correlated with their relative payment amounts from donors. Congratulations, thanks for backing me up.

about 8 months ago
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Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents, Says ITC

meehawl Two FRANDs Good, Four Design Patents Better (274 comments)

Samsung obtained a ban using Standards Essential, FRAND patents

The substance of the original ITC ban on Apple notes that Samsung offered Apple FRAND access via a standard percentage licence fee for the FRAND patents. What is unusual is that Apple refused to pay that licence fee but then did not return with a counter-offer. Apple basically refused to negotiate and continued importing products using the patents but without paying anything. Given Apple's refusal to even begin negotiating that seems evident bad faith, the ITC had no option but to decide against them

Of course, now that Obama vetoed that decision, now you have the absurd position where a hold of patents essential for the operation of a technology is not getting paid for them by a major patent abuser, and now has limited recourse. Whereas the holder of some minor design and questionable methods patents has a new import ban still standing. So thanks to Obama's protectionism, we've entered topsy turvy patent land, where essential patents become worthless, and design patents become coin.

about 8 months ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl Politics is Personal, and Tribal (397 comments)

You actually believe Obama made that decision himself?

Well, not entirely. There's also the bipartisan lobbying by Obama's fellow USians. Despite the fact that Apple dodges most of its US tax via the Double Irish, and indirectly Apple employs 700,000 Chinese to make its gadgets (vs 43,000 in the US), it's still marketed as a "United States" corporation. So it plays on the sympathies of its "local" politicians.

But you know, a couple of hundred grand goes a long way. If Samsung had been paying as much, maybe it would have got more consideration.

about 8 months ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl Samsung Not Really Paying For Much At All (397 comments)

Google spend more than 7 times as much in the same timeframe.

Well, the issue is Obama overturning an ITC ruling favouring not Google but Samsung over Apple. So dragging Google into it is a kind of distraction.

Apple paid Obama $308,081 in 2012
Samsung paid Obama $1,000 in 2012 ( as $250 and $750).

How likely is it, do you think, that Obama will turn around and veto the recent Apple-requested ITC ban on Samsung products?

about 8 months ago
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NIMH Distances Itself From DSM Categories, Shifts Funding To New Approaches

meehawl This Should Go Well (185 comments)

Nerds opining on psychiatric diagnosis...

This should go about as well as psychiatrists opining on monads...

about a year ago
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Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

meehawl Don't Believe Everything You Hear (232 comments)

it's due to hardware-level support of DRM

No, it's not. Because when the Netflix app was being released to a select group of Android phones and tablets, some minor build.prop hacking of the extracted APK enabled it to play on a whole other bunch of machines. This is still true for some machines where Netflix thinks it won't work... but it does.

about a year ago
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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

meehawl The Free Corps (450 comments)

Tyranny starts with Brownshirts

One kind of tyranny does (if you are defining tyranny as an aggregate gross reduction in the availability of positive and negative freedoms throughout a society). But here's the kink. Brownshirts came from Freikorps-like gangs made up mainly of disaffected, militarised men, many of them ex-army, often independently armed, organised on a local or neighbourhood level, and with a deep antipathy to what they perceived as "leftist" Statism.

about a year ago
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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

meehawl 8 CPU == 2150W || 12 CPU == 2900W || Max 3300W (281 comments)

You're going to need some bigger power cords:

The Sun Fire V1280 system is supplied with four detachable power cords:
Voltage: 200 to 240 VAC
Circuit breakers - North America (4): 15A to 20A
Inrush Current: 18A after 100 microseconds
Surge Current: After 5ms brown-out short term surge is higher at 75A
Power Consumption: 3300W max

about a year ago
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With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory

meehawl Making Bank (501 comments)

that is also why GOOGLE is building more devices now without an SD port now also

Google is doing it because, like Apple, it can get away with it, and because it wants to push people to stream more from Google services than from local storage that is not so easily analyzed.

SDXC UHS1 cards are rated for 50 MB/s or 104 MB/s depending on spec, and you can get 256 GB cards right now. 128 GB will set you back around $100.

UHS2 spec (not commercially available yet) are rated for 312 MB/s.

about a year ago
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What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

meehawl Atari Star Raiders (704 comments)

There, that was easy.

about a year ago
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Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

meehawl Confused Statement (686 comments)

The people you want to tax, who drive $60k suvs could give a shit less what gas costs.

Well then, if they could give a shit less, then it is not being taxed enough.

Citation

about a year ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

meehawl Your Numbers Are Weasly (2987 comments)

2 "seriously" injured, 20 others lightly wounded, no deaths (so far). This is what happens without easy access to automatic weapons. You're going to have sociopaths and psychotics everywhere, but only in the US (and maybe Afghanistan) will they have such easy access to such lethal weaponry. Absent this lethality, it's a lot more difficult for these people to create such efficient carnage.

You want your "right to bear arms" organized around individuals and not through State militias? Give everyone access to a 1776 -era state of the art musket. See how many kids they can shoot on a rampage then...

about a year ago

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Back Once Again The Renegade Irish Porn Star

meehawl meehawl writes  |  more than 11 years ago Back Once Again The Renegade Irish Porn Star Thanks to an undisclosable fact about Google's proprietary ranking mechanisms (divulged by a rather drunken anonymous employee) I am gratified to see that with some minor tweaking I back at the top once again for Irish Porn Star. I wonder how long it will last this time? It's a pity these guys can't get to be Irish Porn Stars in their own right.

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Irish Porn Stars

meehawl meehawl writes  |  more than 11 years ago Irish Porn Stars I suddenly realised that Google entry for Irish Porn Star or Irish Porn Stars is very lacking. So I've decided to do a little bombing of Google and make these guys my Irish Porn Stars. Or Irish Porn Star if you wish. Now I just wait a couple of weeks and this entry should show up within Google. Actually, I think Google also likes it if I refer to them as the Irish Porn Stars or the Irish Porn Star.

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Amazing how quickly SLashdot corrects ideologically unsound

meehawl meehawl writes  |  more than 12 years ago So I was unamazed that an article I submitted, about the unlikliness of the Singularity and instead the liklihood of environmental apocalypse, was rejected within scant seconds of being submitted.

Maybe I shouldn't have used the old "Rapture for Nerds" quote...

The relative indifference to the environment springs, I believe, from deep within human nature. The human brain evidently evolved to commit itself emotionally only to a small piece of geography, a limited band of kinsmen, and two or three generations into the future. To look neither far ahead nor far afield is elemental in a Darwinian sense. We are innately inclined to ignore any distant possibility not yet requiring examination. It is, people say, just good common sense.

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