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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

mysidia Re:Overly broad? (402 comments)

Starch is broken down into maltose and glucose, but starch is not a sugar.

Starch is not a sugar, but starch contains sugar, in the sense that it will be rapidly converted into sugar, so there is an equivalency between consuming starch and consuming some sugar.

I wasn't about to suggest that people can't survive eating only proteins+fatty acids; however, it's likely to not be at all pleasant.

1 hour ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

mysidia Re:Yay :D (302 comments)

I believe you are forgetting who the customers of Google are. Hint, they're not you. The people who give money to Google are their customers - the advertisers.

Actually, both the free users of the search service AND the paid buyers of the advertising service are both customers of Google.

Just because you are providing the service for free, does not mean the buyer is not your customer.

Google is providing you a service if you use their search tool; it is the reason to visit their website and enter your search queries.

There is a related service being sold to various companies that choose to advertise.

But this doesn't exclude users of the other service from being a customer.

Just like if you buy a magazine, you are still a customer, even though there is another company paying to list ads in the magazine you read.

You are still a customer, even if your magazine is provided on a complimentary or promotional basis free of charge.

1 hour ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

mysidia Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (68 comments)

It's already socialism, because the big Telcos and cable providers have a government-protected monopoly.

I like the "socialism" where the cities build some public infrastructure a little better. As long as they aren't going to start attempting to regulate content.

1 hour ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

mysidia Missing sensors (76 comments)

Now that they have a barometer... just need to add air motion sensors, a humidity sensor, a thermometer, vibration sensor, UV sensor, and an air quality sensor / airborn particles measurement, Oh yeah, and an Ebola/Microbe detector

7 hours ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

mysidia Re:Yay :D (302 comments)

Right!! And Google would never record your searches in a non ananomized history which you have to explicitly turn off in your google account.

This is why a search engine should not be allowed to run their own advertisement channel provider or share search/user profile information with advertisement channel services or 3rd party companies.

Because Google runs Adsense, they have a perverse incentive to act against their customers'/users' best interests.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

mysidia Re:It is opt-out in OSX. (302 comments)

I've noticed the same thing. With all of the "privacy" related options enabled, there is still a great deal of chatting with Apple servers.

I would say it's naughty of Apple to provide opt-out options and communicate anyways. It would be better for them to just display a notification that you won't be able to opt-out, except by returning the computer or downgrading back to Mavericks.

If they offer a privacy opt-out that claims to stop communications with Apple, and you check it, and the software still communicates, then IMO: Apple should be fined by the government and given a mandatory order by the feds to turn over and destroy all copies of information gathered.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

mysidia Re:Yay :D (302 comments)

To get this, Apple doesn't need to know what the person typed.

Correct... for browser GUI design Apple doesn't need to know what they were looking for.

It would be the search engine provider who needs to know what the user typed, and based on what they clicked --- if they found what they were looking for, and which result they found most relevant.

But the search engine provider doesn't need access to other information like what brand of mouse they were using, or which particular search box the user utilized.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

mysidia Re:Yay :D (302 comments)

Desktop Linux will be at a disadvantage? As in, revenues will be halved? What?

I'm saying that the proprietary vendors will continue to have a competitive edge in improving their user interfaces to compete, since the vendors that require the stats will have more datapoints about OS usage which are also less biased.

As for revenues.... half of zero is still zero, and it's theoretical rate of increase in market share which could eventually be affected.

Probably, there must eventually be some way of addressing privacy concerns besides just "opt-out"

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

mysidia Re:Yay :D (302 comments)

Yeah, it should be opt-in. At the very least, opt-out.

The challenge is that it will skew the statistics.

Collecting anonymized UI instrumentation data doesn't really have privacy concerns, other than revealing your OS.

However, whether you choose to opt-in or opt-out says something about you that may very well be closely connected to other behavior traits that affect your usage of the user interface --- such as whether you prefer GUI or CLI, how much computer/Linux expertise you have, how comfortable you are editing text-based config files, etc.

I personally believe that the more experienced computer users are likely to have acquired more skepticism surrounding software vendors, and users who are more ignorant are also likely to be more trusting of the marketing message, resulting in skewed data due to selection bias: in other words, less useful data which mostly only reflects a segment of the audience.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

mysidia Re:Yay :D (302 comments)

Desktop linux will collect data too, otherwise they will be at a huge disadvantage.

Instrumenting how users interact with your OS informs the process of upgrading UI / UX designs.

yesterday
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

mysidia Re:Overly broad? (402 comments)

You have it wrong... there's no recommended daily dose of Refined sugar for sure. You definitely need to eat products that contain sugars, or you will die.

Keep in mind.... meat, all fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt, butter, contains sugars, bread, raw potatos, rice, corn, wheat, all contain sugars.

You don't need any sucrose or artificially refined sugar products in your diet, but you do need simple and complex sugars, you just get them automatically, because all nutritious foods contain them.

yesterday
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

mysidia Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (106 comments)

The only real problem taking it apart is cutting the stupid tape, which you then have to replace.

Well this sounds like a new problem Apple have created then.... the mid 2010 27" iMAC had no tape to cut or replace; just some annoying magnets that made it very difficult to put the thing back together by ripping screws away from your screwdriver and occasionally causing them to get flung into the computer.....

2 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

mysidia Re:Would sooner have a Dislike button than this (126 comments)

Eh? Slashdot, Ycombinator, and most other major news sites have no thumbs down options.

Youtube, Quora, and Reddit do, but I would say they are unusual exceptions to the rule.

Most sites provide no "downvote " option, only Thumbs up / Like, or occasionally "Report to moderator"

3 days ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

mysidia Not driving away quality software (229 comments)

Just driving away software whose developer can't or isn't willing to adapt to their rules.

He says the lack of support for trial software and upgrades drives developers away by preventing them from making a living.

Many developers offer a "lite" inexpensive or free version, or app that relies on the purchase of additional consumables once a "free included amount" runs out, then you can pay to upgrade, by buying the Pro version of the app or in-app consumable purchases.

The lack of a trial function is only an issue due to lack of imagination by some developers / app marketers.

For Mac software, some developers also offer trial editions outside the app store, so the lack of a trial option isn't in itself a reason to not offer a product for sale in the app store.

This is beneficial for users and encourages them to try out more software, knowing that they will get to keep something, regardless if they think it's worth it to pay.

Forced sandboxing kills many applications before they get started

This helps keep users' equipment safe and sound from malicious software. Compare to Windows and Android which have a bigger malware problem. It is in users' benefit.

the review system isn't helpful to anyone.

The review system is not new. It has been there from the beginning. Mac/iPhone apps are a closed garden. If you want to play in this garden, then you have to abide by Apple's standards for application quality and visual consistency with the platform, and your software will be reviewed for quality according to these standards.

These standards are benefitting the users of applications, and they are helping keep apps in the app store high quality, filtering out apps which have failed to meet certain minimums.

It's true that certain apps can't fit into this model, but the app would have to have extremely high value for users to be willing to wander out of the app store and take that risk.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

mysidia Looks like a Cisco PIX (149 comments)

Common firewalls do exactly what was described in a default configuration.

I'm not saying the ISP couldn't be doing it intentionally, but it's not valid as an automatic conclusion without confirmation.

There's a firewall on one end or the other manipulating traffic.

ISPs commonly block or filter port 25 as a spam prevention measure.

It's not a network neutrality violation, because the port is blocked regardless of what app or service is using it.

Also, you can likely use port 587 and it will probably work just fine

about a week ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

mysidia Buy more then (147 comments)

Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

Buy Buy Buy... time to back the truck up.
Often when stock prices go down due on bad news: the fall is short lived and represents a buying opportunity.

Sorry (J/K), couldn't resist.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

mysidia Can NEVER please everyone (261 comments)

I think not too long ago, folks were discussing how the spam war was won. Their spam filtering is so good, that, for the most part for users, incoming spam is no longer a huge issue.

If they did it would make checking for the occasional false positives in my spam folder a teeny bit easier.

If it's IN your friggin' spam folder, then they've blocked the spam. They decided it was spam and hid it from your inbox. No filter's gonna be perfect, and the Spam folder is to help you go back if you become aware you are missing an e-mail.

You remind me of e-mail users the complain if they get a spam message in a quarantine digest. Then you remind me of e-mail users that complain if they get a non-spam message in a quarantine digest.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

mysidia Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

And frankly I think this is a good thing. Getting in a car with a stranger can be a dangerous act.

They background check their drivers. IIRC you see a picture of them and a profile before they can even pick you up.

You know more about these drivers than you would know about the taxi driver who is coming to get you.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

mysidia Re:Biased summary (280 comments)

What kind of person bills his grandmother for taking her to the supermarket? Jeezz...

Apparently, this is quite common in impoverished areas where the grandmother and lots of relatives may be living in shared space and the grandmother incapable of driving, but she needs to buy groceries for herself, and possibly some children whose care has been foisted on her, BUT everyone else does their own shopping.

The kids will bill the parents/GPs for everything, and depending on the circumstance, even charge their parents rent, or vice-versa.

Keep in mind, there are lots of folks in the world who are below the poverty line in the US, and when they can't afford to bear the cost on their own to live by themselves, they have a problem of working out how they will share the costs.

In all fairness, however... gasoline, wear and tear, time and energy are not free.

And by charging their grandmother for transport, it will help them be able to afford the iPhone 6+ that they need.

It's just that often the kids don't seem to be as helpful as they ought to be, in charging essentially what a taxi would cost.

about a week ago

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Senators petition to censor DUI checkpoint apps

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Senators, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall, sent etters on Tuesday requesting Apple, Google, and RIM remove or modify apps that notify users of police checkpoints. According to the senators, the apps are "harmful to public safety", because drunk drivers could use them to evade police detection.
BlackBerry maker RIM ceded to the request on Wednesday."

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R.I.P. OpenSolaris 2005-2010

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Last month, on July 14th, it was mentioned that the OpenSolaris governing board issued an ultimadum to Oracle. It turns out that Oracle continued to ignore requests to appoint a liason after the OpenSolaris governing board's demands. This morning, the OpenSolaris governing board unanimously passed the resolution to dissolve itself.

Source code changes are no longer available, and It would appear that OpenSolaris and community involvement in the development of Solaris have been killed as rumored.

A recent article on slashdot discussed a "Spork" of OpenSolaris, Illumos. Perhaps now, this will have a chance of becoming a true fork."

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US court strikes down media swearing ban

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down a policy of the FCC which banned broadcasters from allowing curse words on live TV. The court concluded the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters. In the 2 to 1 ruling, the court found that policy was "arbitrary and capricious", but that the FCC might be able to craft a policy that does not violate the First Amendment.

"'By prohibiting all `patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive,' the appeals court wrote."

Fox Stations, owned by News Corp., and other networks had brought suit in 2006 after the FCC cited use of profanity during the airing of awards programs."
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IPv4 free pool drops below 10%, 1.2.3.4 allocated

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A total of 16,777,216 IP address numbers were just allocated to the Asian Pacific Network Information Centre IP address registry for assignment to users. Some venerable IP addresses such as 1.1.1.1 and 1.2.3.4 have been officially assigned to the registry itself temporarily, for testing as part of the DEBOGON project.
The major address blocks 1.0.0.0/8 and 27.0.0.0/8, are chosen accordance with a decision by ICANN to assign the least-desirable remaining IP address ranges to the largest regional registries first, reserving most more desirable blocks of addresses for the African and Latin American internet users, instead of North America, Europe, or Asia.

In other words: of the 256 major networks in IPv4 (4,294,967,296 IP address numbers), only 24 network blocks (402,653,184 IP addresses) remain unallocated in the global free pool, and many of the remaining networks have been tainted or made less desirable by unofficial users who attempted an end-run around the registration process, and treated "RESERVED" IP addresses as "freely available" for their own internal use. This allocation is right on target with projected IPv4 consumption and was predicted by the IPv4 report, which has continuously and reliably estimated global pool IP address exhaustion for Late 2011 and regional registry exhaustion by Late 2012.

Services such as anoNet, and other private Enterprises that have been using 1.0.0.0 IP addresses, such as "1.2.3.4", for their private networks or intranet applications, are on the verge of impairing their activity to legitimate users of those IP addresses in the next few years.

So, does your enterprise intranet use any unofficial address ranges for private networks?"
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How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World'

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A new article from forbes.com reports on an unpatched iPhone vulnerability that researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner plan to reveal at Black Hat. The bug may allow hackers to remotely seize control of iPhones by using SMS text messages. "If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly."
A similar vulnerability is reported to exist on devices running Windows mobile software."

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