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Have We Lost Our Privacy To the Internet?

qwerty8ytrewq My frustration, free vs paid (222 comments)

I was really horrified recently to discover that Apple iOS makes my address book available without asking my permission to installed apps (specifically the Twitter app in my case, but there are no doubt others). I carefully chose an iphone vs Android or whatever other options specifically because of security. Sure, I run Google apps for business, and all my data goes through there, but I (perhaps naively) told myself that this is a paid service, so I am paying them, to leave my data alone (ish) and at least not sell it to the highest bidder.
For the first time ever I am totally happy with my address-book system, I enter data once, in the field and then its backed up and useable.

The thing that really smarts here is that Apple, who I paid big money for iphone and iOS, (Apple are not offering me a free service in exchange for my data like FB ) have neglectfully given away my address book, and perhaps a lot of other data without even a 'by your leave'!
I think this is unethical practice by Apple, and at best a grey area. All I think to do to fix it is go back to a paper address book, seriously? Thoughts?

more than 2 years ago
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High School Student Launches a Trash Bag Aircraft

qwerty8ytrewq Excellent stop-motion would promote this project (103 comments)

Brilliant concept, well executed! Helium is a good choice, I initially thought that the balloon might be thermal, powered by wax or some liquid fuel. (eg kerosene). The ballon project video is good but it could be improved.
Perhaps with a 360 degree fisheye or some kind of spin correction system, I felt a bit dizzy watching it. A really stand-out high-altitude stop-motion vid' with good production like this one of mountain views of Annapurna in Nepal can be really successful and might do a lot to promote this amazing balloon project.

about 3 years ago
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The Rise of Filter Bubbles

qwerty8ytrewq good or bad depending. (408 comments)

This is only an issue when it is invisible, or out of your control. When I watch a trashy movie, I want a filter on everything else. When I go to news feeds, social sites, I want a challenge, many do not. they just want to not be bored. All this is only a problem if one treats Google, Fbook etc as being a 'true' and 'correct' view of the world. any monoply supply leads to this kind of problem.

The issue here is that these big algorythms are actually tuned to collect and hold and direct attention of users as first priority. Not to hand out accurate info, advice, wisdom, world views etc. I think It is easy to forget that " free " on the net actually means "you pay us with your valuable attention".

This is really interesting stuff... good book that I am reading (too early to review it sorry) http://cliftonchadwick.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/is-the-internet-changing-the-way-you-think-book-review/

more than 3 years ago
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How To Protect Your Privacy and Make Money

qwerty8ytrewq allow seems to offer 10 quid as a signup fee, (123 comments)

Although this does seem a bit like getting paid to donate blood, somehow good but wrong... this guy has some interesting writing on how selling your 'private' data can be a good idea.

more than 3 years ago
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New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'

qwerty8ytrewq 1 teardown is not decent a stat' sample, (531 comments)

While it is indicative, one teardown is hardly a statistical sample to base QC on. The things mentioned all sound like non-core functionality. It is dissapointing, but this is precisely the maths that good statistical tolerancing would do. If we replace eg 5% of units in the 1st 12 months with warranty, we save 15% on unit assembly costs if we let the workers strip a few screws. Good enough is what matters to Apple and consumers.

more than 3 years ago
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No Internet “kill Switch” For Australia

qwerty8ytrewq Isnt this against the point of the internets (152 comments)

I understand that the internet was invented/evolved as a robust distributed system that allowed communication specifically even when subject to attack or damage. Having a 'kill switch' is completely against the core purpose. as mentioned earlier, you just introduce an attack vector that was engineered not to exist. just get enought leverage against the killswitch operator and you can cause major damage.

I speculate that this is a major reason behind tiered internet. the kill switch can shutdown only the 'low tier' users of the internet, (punters, small businesses, the small fish, whatever). But, the top tier (military, corporation, gov, banking,power generation, big fish, ) can keep running unaltered (maybe even faster, and with more hardening). In this situation, the killswitch looks a lot more useful, or at least useable.

more than 3 years ago
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Voting Opens For Mozilla Labs Web Gaming Competition

qwerty8ytrewq So buggy, some nice retro style though (20 comments)

I just tried a few. It is worth a look around. Warning: There did seem to be a lot of glitches in the house. Experimental labs and all that...

more than 3 years ago
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A New Idea, For People Who Want To See More Banner Ads

qwerty8ytrewq This makes sense, boundaries btwn ad and entertain (167 comments)

are essentially being eroded. This is a good thing. Advertisers are essentially being quality controlled. product placement has known this for a while. Just look at the latest lady gaga video, or an episode of Madmen. Full of stuff for you to buy, and fun to watch. People like me will even plug for you, (Doh!). What we think of as ad banners will become decor, or whatever in their own right. wait... Isn't this just a diggit or 'like' tool for ads? I think this firefox plugin that lets you choose your own "ads" is a much better idea. http://add-art.org/

more than 3 years ago
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Aerial Video Footage of New York Taken By RC Plane

qwerty8ytrewq I can see this crossing over with free-roaming gam (208 comments)

es. obviously races, but I think this will fast become quite complex. AR overlays, chasing a ghost of the fastest 100m high traverse of a certain city. very watcheable and fun!

more than 3 years ago
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Split Screen Co-op Is Dying

qwerty8ytrewq Re:Grown Ups. (362 comments)

I agree with your 1st paragraph but 2nd para. I don't agree gaming is purely about making money and simple implementation, these are factors true for Big Game Shops, but beauty, fun, interest, kudos of hot design hit hard, and the little players have a history of using them in the game industry.

more than 3 years ago
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Split Screen Co-op Is Dying

qwerty8ytrewq This is a niche op for someone (362 comments)

screens are so cheap now, many people have their own lappy they drag around, or a smartphone that can hook in. I predict that soon clever developers will hook into existing hardware. eg new consoles with bluetooth, wifi, usb2 etc become a hub, byo displays. The genre will shift a little to be more like site-specific networked gaming. bring on the future! I think also that what is happening is that games are leaving the living room, the London Tube Game Chromaroma (sic), Up In The Air and so forth. the spilt screen coop is really about a shared experience at its core, and this will never die. The above posters are correct i agree part of this slump is about revenue from broader gear consumption and subscription fees.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released

qwerty8ytrewq And how much costee? (307 comments)

Can anyone explain how much it costs when you go past 2GB? after a good 5 min on their site, I couldn't figure it out...

more than 3 years ago
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A Peek At South Korea's Autonomous Robot Gun Turrets

qwerty8ytrewq Tower defense, the real world version. (298 comments)

just send in cardboard cutouts on Segways until the turret runs out of ammo. I wonder if they would shoot at someone walking on their hands, or maybe you can program them to only shoot people with bad fashion/hair...hmmmm

more than 3 years ago
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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

qwerty8ytrewq mini gold reclaimer (482 comments)

I hope someone makes wall-mount mini gold refineries soon. You chuck in your old mobile phones, computer gear, company watch, stolen jewellery, teeth of your vanquished foes etc, into a nice mercury bath. Then the machine does a nice agitate cycle, boils the Hg off (or whatever, something about arsenic/cynanide) and spits out your reclaimed gold in handy billets. It would be, like, a bullion times cooler than Mobile Muster, where they ask you to just fork over your old tech booty for nought. The fumes from the mini-refineries would be pretty bad though....

Pop Nerd Quiz:how many gold mullions are in a billion bullions?

about 4 years ago
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Charles Darwin's Best-Kept Secret

qwerty8ytrewq All true (254 comments)

Your points are all sound. I concur that the 'no max yield' call is outrageous abuse of language and scientific charlatanism. Akin to "continous improvement".

Positive feed back loops that lead to bio-accumulation(sic) are still cool though. (like the pacific island mentioned that is now collecting water and sun and birdshite much faster that 20 years ago....)

more than 4 years ago
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Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

qwerty8ytrewq Movement and flashing lights (417 comments)

It sounds like you want to engage your kid with something universally appealling - colour and movement -
Any tuff tech would do... an old portable phone, a torch, an LED bike light. If you are really keen you could make a box with some on/off switches and some lights that go on and off.
Remember, this is mostly about you, and your child is responding you what you are giving attention to (your laptop) and if you give attention to other stuff they will follow that too.
Don't be embarrased to admit child raising is (partly) selfish activity.

more than 4 years ago
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Charles Darwin's Best-Kept Secret

qwerty8ytrewq Re:This is not new, it's called 'Permaculture' (254 comments)

I think (and am not claiming to be an expert) essentially the concept is that if you create positive localised ecological feedback loops that allow bio-accumulation from sun, animal action, and remove/harvest less than the rate of accumulation (as harvest or yield)) then the whole system can increase with no THEORETICAL limit. but of course there are practical limits like oxygen diffusion, heat penetration, soil slippage etc. also the theory assumes a small finite 'open' system that is not lossy. eg, if you only eat from your garden, and all your compost, human waste, etc goes back to the garden and you encourage material to accumulate in a way that does not cost you more energy than it is 'worth', your garden yield will get better and better.

more than 4 years ago
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Charles Darwin's Best-Kept Secret

qwerty8ytrewq This is not new, it's called 'Permaculture' (254 comments)

And the first recorded modern practice of permaculture as a systematic method was by Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer in the 1960s.
PermacultureEssentially one designs systems that run using existing natural ecologies using paths of least resistance and capturing energy/matter.
Interestingly enough natural agriculture systems designed using these principle have no theoretical maximum yield.

more than 4 years ago

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Useable, private addressbook system?

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "I was really horrified recently to discover that Apple iOS makes my address book available without asking my permission to installed apps (specifically the Twitter app in my case, but there are no doubt others). I carefully chose an iphone vs Android or whatever other options specifically because of security. Sure, I run Google apps for business, and all my data goes through there, but I (perhaps naively) told myself that this is a paid service, so I am paying them, to leave my data alone (ish) and at least not sell it to the highest bidder.
For the first time ever I am totally happy with my address-book system, I enter data once, in the field and then its backed up and useable.

The thing that really smarts here is that Apple, who I paid big money for iphone and iOS, (Apple are not offering me a free service in exchange for my data like FB ) have neglectfully given away my address book, and perhaps a lot of other data without even a 'by your leave'!
I think this is unethical practice by Apple, and at best a grey area. All I think to do to fix it is go back to a paper address book, seriously? Thoughts?"
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Social media aids authoritarian regimes, expert wa

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 3 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "Describes issues of social change, social media, democratization and control of the Internet.

Source: ABC News
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:15 AEDT
Expires: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 8:15 AEDT

Stanford University's Evgeny Morozov says that social media can aid authoritarian governments rather than democracy."

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poll-based party in Oz senate, policy is polling

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "Australian political party Senator On Line claims to have no policies, but to put every senate bill in the hands of the people through online polling. I am very amused to note that there is nowhere on the site that people can vote for them to continue activities or disband. Is this hypocritical?"
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South Korean police raids Google's office

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "On Tuesday, Aug 10, Korean National Police Agency raided the office and seized hard drives and other documents related to data collected using Street View Cars.
"We have been investigating Google Korea on suspicion of unauthorized collection and storage of data on unspecified internet users from wi-fi networks," reported Korean National Police Agency in a statement."

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Wifi e-reader/tablet/sktch: pic=wrds*10^3, tips?

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "I am trying to find a wifi and ethernet portable-ish tablet that I can do single-colour drawing sketches onto, and use a browser on. Mostly this is about being able to communicate digtially and in multiple sites, using drawings, made with a pen or stylus. A serious option is a very small and solid A4 sheet-feed-scanner, and a simple Reader, but a single device is best. I am considering a portable scanner made from a digital camera, but this seems like a workaround.

Do any /.ers currently use a combination of device(s) that fit this duty?"
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NAS music library listen/burn from multiple PC's?

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "I run an indigenous music recording studio in the Western Desert in Australia, we make 2 music tracks per day on average. All the music we have made (and own the rights to) is all stored in a Lacie NAS RAID. I have been trying for the past 6 months to setup various systems where the ten Win xp pcs in our small netcafe can access the NAS, play and update the music as we add tracks, and importantly burn it, should be straightforward.... We currently use itunes, but it keeps losing settings, locations of libraries, anything to make trouble. no surprises there.... We have quite a bit of I.Techspertise here between us, but this seemingly simple task is proving a headache. What simple (or stable) solutions do other Slashdotters use to do this?"
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Wikileaks founder has passport confiscated in Oz

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "The Australian founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks had his passport confiscated by police when he arrived in Melbourne last week.

Julian Assange, who does not have an official home base and travels every six weeks, told the Australian current affairs program Dateline that immigration officials had said his passport was going to be cancelled because it was looking worn.

However he then received a letter from the Australian Communication Minister Steven Conroy’s office stating that the recent disclosure on Wikileaks of a blacklist of websites the Australian government is preparing to ban had been referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP)."

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Modern photo taking etiquette - Any thoughts?

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "Image capture devices are everywhere these days and with the erosion of privacy controls in Facebook, etc. I think 'private' and 'public' as we understand it is changing, public is starting to mean 'in front of a camera'. I would like to know if anyone has any practical, pragmatic,workable suggestions for ways to manage this is a private setting. (eg. at the next work Christmas party that I organise.) I have considered a 'photos only here zone' policy, a photo booth, check your phone at the door... Ideas?"
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Brains for a fabber?

qwerty8ytrewq qwerty8ytrewq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) writes "I am designing a digital manufacturer (fabber), a really simple one, it takes a recipe and cooks one basic ingredient. So it takes a digital file input and controls feed, cook time, temperature and a few other Input/Outputs. The brain (remote terminal unit RTU) needs to be totally internet controllable and locally controllable (by usb to PC or directly) report back, and robust (to live in a kitchen) and must run open source software. I would ideally like it to run a peer to peer exchange at the same time to swap new recipes.... Any suggestions?"

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