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Google Keep End-of-Life Date Forecasted

mungtor Re:I don't understand all the anger over Google (164 comments)

What responsibility does Google have to spend time and money on infrastructure on products that are used by the minority of people?

Google's time and money is what it probably comes down to. Somewhere deep in the accounting department they figure out that the quality of data they are mining is not enough to offset the actual cost of running the service. It's true that a larger user base would create a larger data set and therefore be more likely to be profitable for them, but if it's just a different representation of the same data there really isn't any point. They can figure out what we're interested in from Search, what we actually buy from the email receipts in our Gmail boxes, etc. A new service like Keep might give them new information, but if not there's no reason to continue it.

about a year and a half ago

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

mungtor Re:Live traffic data. (279 comments)

In the Google Privacy Policy on my phone, in the Service section it says:

"Location information
When you use a location-enabled Google service,we may collect and process information about your actual location,like GPS signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various technologies to determine location,such as sensor data from your device that may,for example,provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers."

That's one of the things I'm assuming they're using it for.

about 2 years ago

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

mungtor Re:Live traffic data. (279 comments)

That's part of the EULA and the "anonymous statistics" I believe. When you use Google Maps it uploads your position periodically, from which it can deduce your average velocity. It correlates that with other reports from other users in geographically similar areas and creates congestion maps.

I don't think stand-alone GPS (like Garmin) upload any data, so they probably purchase it from Google. That's most likely why it's a subscription or ad-based service on those devices.

about 2 years ago

Yahoo Excludes BlackBerry From Employee Smartphone List

mungtor Re:No real keyboards? (192 comments)

Apparently you don't need it. The article ridiculously claims that focusing on physical keyboards and long battery life was a "failure" on RIMs part. Somehow they manage to overlook several multi-day network outages as a factor...

about 2 years ago

CowboyNeal Reviews Oracle Linux

mungtor Re:Really? (170 comments)

Oh yeah, I want to run right out there and do business with a company that seems to be in the business of suing people over every little thing

If I had wanted that, I would have bought copious amounts of SCO products to keep Daryl McBride employed. Let me put it more simply to you, for those at .... who might care:

I'd rather eat razor sharp ground glass than use your products.

-- Posted with love from my iPad

more than 2 years ago

FunnyJunk Sues the Oatmeal Over TM and "Incitement To Cyber-Vandalism"

mungtor Re:Time for FunnyJunk to sue its lawyer? (390 comments)

If FunnyJunk isn't suing anyone, why does Carreon's letter ask for $20,000 payable to FunnyJunk, LLC? At least the version posted on The Oatmeal does.

more than 2 years ago

Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

mungtor Re:Damn! (1165 comments)

It's not the same permit. Not only are there multiple levels of permits (Class A - high capacity, Class B - low capacity, FID - ammo and pepper spray), it is up to the discretion of your local police chief to implement any restrictions he might see fit. You may end up with a Class A, which allows you to purchase any gun available in MA but your chief may add a restriction of "Target and Sporting" which means that you can not carry concealed and should only be using your guns while hunting or at a range. The only way you can carry concealed is with a Class A and Restrictions: None.

Also, there is an appeals process if your local chief is a problem. It can be elevated to the head of the state police (forget the exact office) but I have no idea of the success rate. Luckily I live in a "green" town in MA where my local chief was more than willing to give me a permit, the local cops and I chatted while I was fingerprinted, and overall it was a pleasant experience. I believe they have the correct attitude that anybody who is going through the trouble to do this legally is going to be one of the last people they have to worry about.

more than 2 years ago

NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

mungtor Re:this is complete BS (938 comments)

This is all of course excludes DUI. Those need to be moved to the buses for life, period.

Why should it exclude DUI? Unless you're driving dangerously, it's just as safe as talking on the phone. Probably more so, since if you're a little drunk you're concentrating on driving and looking out for cops, rather than fucking around with your phone and being generally oblivious to your surroundings.

more than 2 years ago

The last time I switched my usual GUI:

mungtor Interesting that nobody changes Windows shells... (249 comments)

I've been using Emerge Desktop for more than a year now on Windows 7 and it's awesome. Takes a little bit to set up, but so much cleaner than Explorer. Plus, you can actually make the right and middle mouse buttons useful for something other than getting Display Properties. Right mouse is a fully customizable menu of shortcuts, program folders, whatever you want. If anybody remembers OpenWindows, it's kinda like that. It also has a system tray, quick launch, and can handle virtual desktops as well.

more than 3 years ago

US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding

mungtor Re:Prevent the TSA? (241 comments)

Why don't they do the RIGHT thing and DISMANTLE the god damn TSA?

I'm not saying that it is, but it could be the beginning. Cutting funding is a way of stopping something when you have to save face for the people who support it. Then you can say "it was a good idea, but too expensive" and they can say "it was a good idea, but they were too cheap" and everybody walks away with their precious egos mostly intact.

more than 2 years ago

Cambered Tires Can Improve Fuel Economy

mungtor Re:Except it's not just racers (317 comments)

The same holds true for caster: toe the front wheels out a bit and the thing will wander all over the place; toe them in and the car will tend to center itself. Both of these also will tend to increase friction as well, which also it seems would negatively affect mileage. Given many cars nowdays run on low profile tires inflated to 40psi or more I have a hard time believing it's going to make much difference on a properly tuned and aligned vehicle, however.

I'm hoping you just mis-spoke here, or that you're not a suspension engineer. Caster and toe are completely different entities. Toe is whether your tires are pointed inward (toe-in) or outward (toe-out) when viewed from the top. Caster is a measurement of how far the center of the contact patch is behind the steering axis. Caster is what makes the wheel want to straighten out. Both toe and caster are much more important for straight line stability than camber is.

more than 3 years ago

Nexus One a Failed Experiment In Online Sales

mungtor Re:False (366 comments)

The reason it seemed expensive is because you weren't paying off a loan with the remainder of your wireless contract. Considering that all smartphones are really just small computers, their prices are pretty much where they should be.

The reasons behind the demise were probably a) some people can't do the math to figure out how much they're really paying for the phone, and b) others really like upgrading every 2 years to impress their friends.

more than 4 years ago

Metrics Mania and the Countless Counting Problem

mungtor Re:I totally agree (138 comments)

I don't believe that since 26% of statistics are made-up on the spot.

more than 4 years ago

The iPad As In-Car Entertainment System Killer

mungtor Re:I do not get it... (415 comments)

They're awesome ways to keep kids entertained when you're on an 8-hour road trip to take them to visit family and stuff. It's not a matter of "not paying attention" to them since they only come out in preparation for a long trip (at least in our case). They're not necessary, but it makes a trip much more enjoyable for everybody and significantly cheaper than flying. Often it's my wife and the kids in the back watching a movie together, talking, and basically hanging out while I'm driving.

more than 4 years ago

Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution

mungtor Re:Shell apps? (621 comments)

Just plug a headset into your netbook and you're set, if you want to look at it that way. A netbook won't fit in your pocket, but it's not a burden to carry around for the most part.

about 5 years ago

Mass Speculation Suggests Oracle May Kill OpenSolaris

mungtor fuck you (205 comments)

you're probably right. As much as I wanted to find fault and prove you wrong, I can't and now I'm just bitter.

more than 5 years ago

Beautiful Security

mungtor Re:Could be a good read (81 comments)

I don't think he was implying that security professionals are incapable of creativity. In most organizations security is considered an inconvenience, a budget drain, and an afterthought. Very rarely is an IT team staffed appropriately to allow the time and flexibility for anybody to try to think creatively about security. Even if they had the time, convincing people to spend money to prevent attacks that haven't happened yet is more difficult than it should be.

Being pulled away from a firewall deployment because one of the many Finance printers is out of toner is a lot more common than one would think.

more than 5 years ago

Does Dell Know What Women Want In a Laptop?

mungtor Re:Why I Feel Divorced From Marketing (669 comments)

You feel divorced from marketing because you want to believe that you're a special and unique snowflake that deserves personal attention and can't simply be lumped into any demographic.

If one could just figure out how to cater to the "Sensitive and Unique Snowflake" market, we'd have you and the 6 billion other people who feel exactly the same.

more than 5 years ago



mungtor mungtor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mungtor (306258) writes "Proving that they still don't get it, IBM is suing Amazon. From the article: "The suits say Amazon violates IBM patents covering such features as allowing users to order items from an electronic catalogue, displaying advertising in an interactive service and storing data in an interactive network." Apparently, IBM holds the patent on the entire idea of web commerce."


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