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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

mystikkman Re:Well... (171 comments)

Mozilla is the only hope left in the browser market. The rest are controlled by mega corps. Witness the recent ramrodding of video DRM into W3C standards by Google, Microsoft and Apple, all of which have their own DRM implementations.

Not to mention Firefox being forced to support H.264 playback, after Google promised and backtracked on removing support from Chrome. Based on the above two cases, I guess it's already too late, corporate control has taken over the web.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

mystikkman They won't (126 comments)

They won't fix it. They make a ton of money from those ads, make Windows slow down and look bad so they can push heavily locked down Chromebooks that techies seem to sing the praise of.

I completely fail to comprehend why most Slashdotters seem to push everyone towards DRM'ed iPads and Chromebooks that put Palladium to shame instead of more open Windows PCs.

I guess it's more about Microsoft hate and the desire to bring them down than software freedom.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

mystikkman Re:Good (225 comments)

Content creation? You mean only English essays, right? Can the students even install and use a proper compiler or something like AutoCAD? Photoshop?

A heavily DRM'ed up "laptop" that no one can do anything except be forced to Google cloudservices to even login and a browser is a rational choice now? Not to mention Google Apps and email which helpfully uploads everything to the Google Cloud.

It pulls Palladium to shame since you can't install any apps except those provided by the Google overlords.

This proves that all the Slashdot talk about software freedom is thinly disguised Microsoft hate since everyone here seems to be pumping up heavily locked down iDevices and Chromebooks.

about a month ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

mystikkman Indeed (218 comments)

If it's anything like the new Google maps, no thanks. Its atrocious and no one can find anything that was previously accessible.

about 4 months ago
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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

mystikkman Re:Watch out (74 comments)

Google will track which stores you visit if you turn on Google Now on your Android phone.

http://digiday.com/platforms/g...

Not just Android phones, even iOS devices.

If iOS users open their Chrome, Gmail or Google Maps app in a store, their location can be deemed a store visit

Even the Gmail app snoops on you. Why does it need your location? Sigh.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

mystikkman Tired... (860 comments)

Tired of all the hit pieces on Microsoft. This is like Fox News on Obama.
Please make it stop.

about 6 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

mystikkman Re:That doesn't sound like a "leak". (110 comments)

So if the thief that was arrested was of a different skin color(analogous to how Slashdot treats MS compared to Google/Apple) would you still say the same thing? If someone is criticizing how 3% of the market does things, it sure helps to understand what the other 97% is doing differently to put things in perspective.

about 6 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

mystikkman Re:That doesn't sound like a "leak". (110 comments)

The issue you're talking about might be a bug...
http://forums.wpcentral.com/no...

But...

Hello officer, why such a stink over robbing the blind mans collection of wind chimes? My neighbors did it too!

That analogy would make more sense if one of your neighbors stole wind chimes from 60 people in plain sight with hundreds of witnesses that would testify, and another one did the same from 37, but you stole from 3 people, and the police come after only you with a SWAT team while the others watch the raid while lounging on their front lawn. Your OP in this thread sounds exactly like that given the marketshare numbers.

about 6 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

mystikkman Re:That doesn't sound like a "leak". (110 comments)

If it is not using the GPS it is uploading tower data to get a rough position for the find my phone option.

So you want Microsoft to be able to find your phone without being able to know where your phone is.

How do you use your devices GPS for a local mapping application without also participating in Microsoft's crowdsourcing? It seems to be all or nothing which is unacceptable.

Perhaps it is, but AFAIK both iOS and Android do the same thing. Google even killed Skyhook and is facing a lawsuit in order to get hold of location data.
http://www.theverge.com/2011/0...
Why is such a stink raised over Microsoft doing it?

You need to developer unlock your device to sideload... this requires a Microsoft account and a developer account.. which means find my phone is then not optional.

That doesn't make any sense. You can turn off find my phone even if you have a MS and dev account and dev unlock your device.

about 6 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

mystikkman Re: And Slashdot goes to zero (390 comments)

You quoted someone else and claiming it's me. Please read the usernames of the referenced Slashdot posts, and then the articles I provided, they have enough context if someone is capable of reading them. I can't really bother to reply people who lack reading comprehension skills.

about 6 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

mystikkman Re: And Slashdot goes to zero (390 comments)

So no actual websites then? You do know that FF and IE also have moz- and ms- CSS tags for their specific implementations so this isn't just a Webkit (which BTW is not just Chrome) thing.

Are you intentionally being dense? That post is from Opera, a browser company that was forced to support webkit tags because developers are not putting in the normal prefix-less prefixes or Opera prefixes, but only adding webkit tags even if the standards or Opera support the feature. They finally got fed up and switched to webkit, reducing the variety in mainstream browser engines from 4 to 3.

I do know FF and IE support their own prefixes,but IIRC even FF was also forced to support some webkit tags. This is about vendors forced into support *other* tags. I can't explain it simpler than this.

http://www.techrepublic.com/bl...
http://tiffanybbrown.com/2012/...
http://www.change.org/petition...

about 7 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

mystikkman Re:And Slashdot goes to zero (390 comments)

"Microsoft to abandon Windows Phone"
http://mobile.slashdot.org/sto...
(As an aside, the above story was submitted by the zealot megalomaniac symbolset).

Isn't that the same guy that credited himself for planting the lie about Kin selling only 500 devices and posted that he was better than the Microsoft marketing department? Makes sense that he would make up and submit a story about MS discontinuing Windows Phone. And he's around in this story too, with anti-MS spiel again. Sigh Slashdot. It's time to lay it to rest.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

mystikkman Re:Death Knell For Microsoft's Monopoly? (511 comments)

Investment analysts have noticed for quite some time that Apple's iphone has a "halo effect." Specifically, people who buy iphones are more likely to buy Macs (and ipads) in the future. And apple is quite good at this sort of turnover.

So the news here is not that so many iphones are sold. The news is that this may indicate the status of Mac vs. PC in the future.

Is that why Mac sales are decreasing quarter after quarter?

about 8 months ago
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Cyanogen Mod Raises $23 Million Funding All Set To Become Major Android Player

mystikkman Are the Android OEMs banned from shipping CM? (133 comments)

I remember when Google threatened Acer with losing the Play Store and all Google app to stop Aliyun, claiming that the secret rules of the "Open" Handset Alliance prevented Acer from shipping Android forks.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/3

Anyone know if the same rules prohibit all the major OEMs from shipping CM or Jolla(which has Android app support via a third party Dalvik implementation) phones?

The major OEMs include Acer, Asus, Dell, Foxconn, Fujitsu, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, NEC, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, and ZTE.

about 8 months ago
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Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov

mystikkman Re:microsoft exec plus the US Government... (214 comments)

Personally I am glad that healthcare.gov doesn't use .NET, or the bitching on forums about how that choice killed the website would've been terrible.

about 9 months ago
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Google Nabs Bing Maps Architect

mystikkman Re:Slashdot bias.... (94 comments)

His main motive in joining Google was apparently to get a promotion back in Microsoft and to make some money on the side by writing a book. Ridiculous microsoft politics at work

Nice way to slander someone who you don't even know, while not even being signed into Slashdot. Add the karma bonus for accusing OP of being a paid MS = +5 INTERESTING!!!!

The same old chair jokes and MS bashing in most of the posts and modding down any contrary comments and destroying their karma, guess I am not the only one getting bored with the echo chamber and the circlejerk, from the past few years Slashdot activity and readership seems to be dropping a like a rock.

about 9 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

mystikkman Re:Are *ALL* Nokia phones *smartphones* ?? (390 comments)

Read the summary atleast? Even the link to the FA says smartphones. How dumb can you be?
And this post is informative? No wonder Slashdot is dying when any anti-MS tripe gets upvoted even if it's blatantly false.

about 10 months ago
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Is Choice a Problem For Android?

mystikkman Re:choice doesn't *require* bad defaults (361 comments)

Yet Apple's profit was greater than the other's combined

By the same metric: 1) Windows Server is absolutely killing Linux in the server market
2) IIS is absolutely trouncing Apache in the web server market
3) Visual Studio is the only winner in IDEs etc.
4) ???
5) Profit

about a year ago

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GMail Chat/GTalk sending chats to wrong recipients

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about a year ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "In what is a serious bug, GMail Chat/GTalk/Google Hangouts is sending messages to unintended recipients. ZDNet has confirmed first-hand that the glitch is present within Google Apps for Business accounts, including those that have not yet switched over to Google's new Hangouts platform. Messages appear to be visible on the mobile version of Hangouts. There are multiple reports of this issue."
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Google serves Microsoft a C&D to takedown Windows Phone Youtube App

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about a year ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "After years of complaining to the EU and others about Google not allowing Windows Phone access to the same Youtube API features used by the Android and iOS apps and Google's refusal to make one for Windows Phone, Microsoft recently went ahead and released their own app featuring even a download button. However, Google served a Cease and Desist on Microsoft today to immediately take down the app citing lack of ads. In response, Microsoft commented that it would be more than happy to add ads if only Google would give them access to the API and indirectly accused Google of trying to cripple Windows Phone by refusing it access to one of the most popular apps on smartphones and citing Larry Page's comments at Google I/O calling for more openness in the tech space.

Given how much of humanity's video content is locked into Youtube, looks like Google needs to append "except on Windows Phone" to their grandiose mission statement: "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.""
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Gabe Reviews the Surface Pro

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "Gabe of Penny Arcade fame has reviewed the Microsoft Surface Pro from a refreshingly new hands-on and real life perspective compared to normal tech industry reviews which give meaningless scores. He talks about his experiences with using it to draw the Penny Arcade comic on vacation and also talks about gaming and battery life. Surface Pro's release was met with high demand and low stock causing shortages"
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Gabe Newell Reviews the Surface Pro

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "Gabe Newell of Penny Arcade, Valve and Steam fame has reviewed the Microsoft Surface Pro from a refreshingly new hands-on and real life perspective compared to normal tech industry reviews which give meaningless scores. He talks about his experiences with using it to draw the Penny Arcade comic on vacation and also talks about gaming and battery life. Gabe famously called Windows 8 a catastrophe previously. Surface Pro's release was met with high demand and low stock causing shortages."
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Windows 8 Sells 40 Million Licenses In Just One Month

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about 2 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "After selling 4 million copies in just three days, Microsoft announced today that it sold 40 million copies of Windows in the first month of general availability. Also, the upgrade sales of Windows 8 are higher than with Windows 7 in the month since launch. Microsoft says there are already some developers who have made more than $25,000 on their Windows 8 apps. That number is significant because Microsoft gives developers an 80 percent cut on all app sales over that figure, as compared to the industry-standard 70 percent on competing app stores. Other notable milestones include reaching 25 million users of the new Outlook.com and beating the entire multi-hundred million strong Android devices' web usage in just 10 days after launch. What does this mean for the much vaunted post-PC era? Combined with the much awaited Surface Pro coming out in January, will 2013 be the year of Windows 8 desktop and tablet?"
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iPhone Location-Data Tracking Can't Be Turned Off

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "The iPhone continues to store location data even when location services are disabled, contrary to Apple’s previous claims.The Wall Street Journal did independent testing on an iPhone and found that even after turning off location services, the device was still collecting information on nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points.This discovery challenges some of Apple’s claims. As Wired.com reported last week, the company explained in a detailed letter last year that it deliberately collects geodata to store in a comprehensive location database to improve location services. In the letter, Apple noted that customers can disable location-data collection by turning off Location Services in the settings menu.

“If customers toggle the switch to ‘Off,’ they may not use location-based services, and no location-based information will be collected,” Apple said in the letter. That doesn’t appear to be the case from WSJ’s testing, as well as multiple independent reports from customers who had the same results. While Apple seems to deny it's tracking anyone and blames Android for doing so, the real question is what is the need to store the data on the device at all."

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Apple violates copyright in Samsung lawsuit filing

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "In an ironic twist in the lawsuit against Samsung(reported yesterday), Apple seems to have blatantly copied two of the images straight off AndroidCommunity.com(with even part of the cropped watermark visible in the filing) and from Engadget’s Myriam Joire. Not good to be caught straight up copying images while suing your competitor for just having a similar 'look and feel' of icons. Maybe they thought no one would notice?"
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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy Phone and Tablet

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "In the latest patent suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of the company’s patents. “Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computer tablet also slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress,” Apple says in its suit, noting that Samsung’s tablet, like Apple’s uses a similar rectangular design with rounded corners, similar black border and array of icons. Apple previously sued HTC over Android. If Samsung is found infringing on the software, all the Android OEMs could be vulnerable."
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Apple applies new App store rules inconsistently

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "Apple has approved updates to the Kindle and Netflix iOS apps despite them not including any provision for in app purchases that must pay out 30% to Apple. Apple has previously rejected the free Readability and Sony e-reader apps for selling subscriptions outside the app store. The new policies received a lot of scorn from subscription sellers like Last.fm. The bigger question is, come June 30 when the new rules are actually supposed to kick in, will Apple pull the Kindle and Netflix apps from the iDevices if they don't cough up 30%?"
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