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Google Is Going Postal In Sweden

odies Re:That's all we need (93 comments)

You can just put a small paper saying "no advertisements" outside your mail box or door and you are left alone of all fliers and other advertising crap.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat CEO Says Software Vendor Model Is Broken

odies Broken how? (223 comments)

How is it broken? There are different ways for companies to go by.

You can already buy commercial products that are made for general usage, like Microsoft Office. They can be feature rich products too, since they're used by many and different people and companies need different features. Since the products are made for large amount of customers, price for a single user or company is relatively low.

If you require something that the commercial products don't offer, you can either hire a development house to build it for you or do it in-house. That way you get exactly what you need, but the price is higher since it's made specially for you. If there is a mismatch between what you want and what commercial products offer, you go this route.

Now, the CEO of Red Hat basically says that model is broken, but offers no alternative. He says open source magically fixes it my offering services and support. But what is there to offer if the companies still need to go the second route if such product doesn't exist? And if it exists, what is broken with the commercial model? They do also offer support.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Slideshow of Interesting Things

odies Re:You can view it with Google Docs (72 comments)

No, I can't view it with Google Docs. Apparently it requires some plugin or a cutting edge browser (but not too far off the beaten path). What the hell is wrong with people? This is content which would work perfectly fine with completely static web pages. Massive FAIL, Google.

Things keep repeating themself. It's the same way Microsoft used to push ActiveX back in the day.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Slideshow of Interesting Things

odies Re:Slideshow? (72 comments)

Because for presentation Microsoft PowerPoint creates fantastic environment. Not only can you pinpoint the most important points, but it lets you elaborate and further detail things while still keeping with the baseline. You can also accompany your presentation with images, sound, videos, hyperlinks and interactive content. If you're ever been or held an presentation, you know how much better it goes if you can dynamically further the discussion and presentation while you're keeping it. That's not something you can get with a plain list.

more than 3 years ago
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Hobbit Film Finally Gets Green Light, To Be Shot in 3-D

odies 3-D (261 comments)

Cue in the usual "I don't need 3D", "Why don't they make better movies instead of playing with technology?" and "In the old times they at least made good movies" that fills every slashdot story that has something to do with 3-D movies.

Look, it's an extra technology that improves movie for those that like the 3-D effect. It doesn't affect the quality of the movie. Good and bad movies will still be made. It's weird that here on slashdot, a news for nerd site, people are so much against emerging technologies.

I personally like the 3-D effect in movies. In fact I even like it in games - Left4Dead is a lot scarier when the infected run towards you in 3-D.

Also, the technology gets better in intervals. Recently there have popped up Nintendo's new handheld console and 3-D tv's that work without glasses. The effect will only improve over time, but you need to take the intermediate steps to get there. Just like with every other technology, starting from human history and the discovery of fire and a wheel.

more than 3 years ago
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ICANN Approves .IRAN (in Non-Latin)

odies Re:Show me the TLD (148 comments)

Our computers support it, but slashdot doesn't.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Apps Really Damage a Cellular Network?

odies Re:what? (309 comments)

What? Edge is 3G.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Admits OpenOffice.org Is a Contender

odies Comparing (480 comments)

Of course Microsoft knows OpenOffice, or for that matter any competing product is, well, a competing product. How does them releasing a video of their users comparing the products mean they're somehow extremely worried about it, or "losing" how this story makes it sound? Nice way to turn it around.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's Long Road To $300

odies Re:Bad news (264 comments)

+1. WM7 looks like the best thing happened to the mobile world in a long time.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Looks To Courts For Botnet Takedowns

odies Re:Right goal. Wrong tool. (93 comments)

Because Windows is installed on 95% of computers and all the casual users are there. Linux users mostly, at least somewhat, know better what they are doing. On the other hand, there has been similar trojans on Mac OS X too.

And privilege escalation? Why would sending email or keylogging the current user need root access? It doesn't.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Looks To Courts For Botnet Takedowns

odies Re:Foot in the door... (93 comments)

Courts have been already used to take down those. Wikileaks domain was suspended a few years ago and just a few months ago government suspended around 10 streaming movie sites. Both by US courts and I don't US should have all the jurisdiction over domains. It's already a problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Looks To Courts For Botnet Takedowns

odies Re:Right goal. Wrong tool. (93 comments)

Software is already secure. Problem are the users that will open up anything from the internet if they get to see a happy puppy or some free porn. It would be the exact same issue on Linux and Mac OS X too.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows How Stupid People Are With Passwords

odies Websites are responsible too (427 comments)

In addition to securing web and database servers and only storing the passwords as hashes with salt added, websites should do more to protect the user passwords. This for example is why Slashdot hides your password as ******** if you accidentally happen to write or paste it to a comment - a practice every website should do.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Opens Up Bluetooth For Data

odies Re:This is the reason (129 comments)

None of those are what Windows Mobile 7 is trying to compete with. They're going after somewhere between iPhone and Android, which is a sweet spot. I agree however, I don't Android is going to take off anymore. Not the same way as iPhone and WM7 anyway.

Even while Microsoft is now targeting more mainstream users it doesn't mean its not a good platform for business users. Integration with Office and other tools is great and WM7 doesn't have the childly feel that i associated with iPhone.

For gamers there is Xbox Live integration and the fact that developers can really easily port games between Windows, Xbox360 and WM7 is making it even greater. I think I should actually start developing some game for those platform, it's a sweet deal. And everybody knows that Visual Studio is the top class development environment, and Microsoft is even providing things like XNA that make the development a lot easier and faster.

This means it's going to be the game changer and has a really good possibility of getting a significant market share in the mobile market.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Opens Up Bluetooth For Data

odies This is the reason (129 comments)

There is one really simple reason why Apple is now opening up their iPhone. They wont however do it fully, just a little bit. And the reason? Windows Mobile 7. From the announcement it looks like a real competitor for iPhone. You also aren't only capable of getting one kind of phone, you can get the one that suits you best.

WM7 will also have the app store and by the looks of the announemenet, intuitive UI and great user interface. It basically has everything that is good in iPhone, but gives you more freedom in choosing the type of phone you want.

If Apple doesn't start opening up things and let the kinds of Adobe and Flash on iPhone, people will move away to a superior platform. And by the looks of it, that is going to be WM7.

more than 3 years ago
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US Monitoring Database Reaches Limit, Quits Tracking Felons and Parolees

odies Re:Visual Basic? (270 comments)

Yeah, because only Visual Basic has signed int. The fail is on your side.

more than 3 years ago
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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

odies Lets ask in different context (486 comments)

Should ISPs cut off P2P users that infringe copyrights? Contractually, the ISP would be reasonably justified in cutting off a user from the internet, as copyright infringement would be contrary to the terms of the ISP's acceptable-use policy.

What about posting opinions that the ISP company doesn't like? It's not like its suppressing free speech as they are a private company.

Or what about if we just let ISPs be what they are supposed to be, common carriers, before this goes to slippery slope?

more than 3 years ago
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Monkey Island Creator Slams Corporate Control Over Game Publishing

odies Re:When will Apple learn... (298 comments)

What did Nintendo learn? Wii is one of the locked-down devices of the current generation consoles. They have strict rules for developers (need to be a formed company having an office and good amount of staff and financial ability) and they are strict about adult games.

Even 360 and PS3 are more indie-friendly.

more than 3 years ago

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Google employee fired for snooping users data

odies odies writes  |  more than 3 years ago

odies (1869886) writes "Gawker has a story involving privacy violations done by a Google employee on the massive amount of data the company stores on its account holders and Internet users. "We entrust Google with our most private communications because we assume the company takes every precaution to safeguard our data. It doesn't. A Google engineer spied on four underage teens for months before the company was notified of the abuses. It's unclear how widespread Barksdale's abuses were, but in at least four cases, Barksdale spied on minors' Google accounts without their consent, according to a source close to the incidents. In an incident this spring involving a 15-year-old boy who he'd befriended, Barksdale tapped into call logs from Google Voice, Google's Internet phone service, after the boy refused to tell him the name of his new girlfriend, according to our source. After accessing the kid's account to retrieve her name and phone number, Barksdale then taunted the boy and threatened to call her. In other cases involving teens of both sexes, Barksdale exhibited a similar pattern of aggressively violating others' privacy, according to our source. He accessed contact lists and chat transcripts, and in one case quoted from an IM that he'd looked up behind the person's back. (He later apologized to one for retrieving the information without her knowledge.) In another incident, Barksdale unblocked himself from a Gtalk buddy list even though the teen in question had taken steps to cut communications with the Google engineer. A self-described "hacker," Barksdale seemed to get a kick out of flaunting his position at Google, which was the case when, with a friend's consent, he pulled up the person's email account, contact list, chat transcripts, Google Voice call logs—even a list of other Gmail addresses that the friend had registered but didn't think were linked to their main account—within seconds. It's unclear how many accounts Barksdale inappropriately accessed while employed by Google, or if the company has conducted a thorough investigation into possible privacy abuses by other employees.""
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