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Facebook Bans AdSense In Apps

siloko Re:I'm going to make you sadder. (130 comments)

from one of the reviewers of that book:

For instance I was getting worried that zombies would take over my farm. I was relieved that this book explained to me that that was a different game altogether and that they are completely separate, and the zombies from the game I had not signed up for wouldn't rise.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Bans AdSense In Apps

siloko Re:Google will outlast Facebook. (130 comments)

and while you're busy changing the world you've got time to post on slashdot?

more than 3 years ago
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Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?

siloko Re:Obligatory South Park (785 comments)

which also perfectly illustrates how we ourselves lack freedom. Statutorily enshrined 'rights' are anathema to freedom. Great post by the way . . .

more than 3 years ago
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Opera Goes To 11, With Extensions and Tab Stacks

siloko Re:Wow...shortest beta ever (296 comments)

right-click -> block content and then hit the details button for fine tuning . . . I have to admit I don't use FF, so no idea how sophisticated their extension is . . .

more than 3 years ago
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2010 Geek IQ Test

siloko Re:Karma Whoring Post (245 comments)

Technically for #14, your just restarting the printer que.

and you're not going to get far with

Restart

try

restart

more than 3 years ago
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Neal Stephenson Unveils His Digital Novel Platform

siloko Re:No thanks (157 comments)

Aw jeez I totally missed out on an opportunity to call it "Xbooks Live" :(

Apparently not . . .

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Rape Case Reopened

siloko Re:Childish (529 comments)

Wild guess here, but probably because someone with mod points thought it was funny.

No surprise you're posting as AC with such ludicrous leaps of logic . . .

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA President Says Copyright Law "Isn't Working"

siloko Re:What a coincidence (473 comments)

. . .that someone over in Yugoslavia can hear my music now . . .

slightly off-topic but there's been no such thing as Yugoslavia since about 1995 and probably before (the Balkan wars of that period make an exact date for the breakup of the Yugoslav Republic difficult).

more than 3 years ago
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Toyota Sudden Acceleration Is Driver Error

siloko Re:This assumes... (930 comments)

If 1 in 100,000 people cannot properly operate a device and there's a fair chance of a class action lawsuit then you can bet your ass the problem is with the person!

about 4 years ago
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Climategate and the Need For Greater Scientific Openness

siloko Re:Impressive (701 comments)

Bullshit that can be backed up with data truly shines.

If it can be backed up with data in what sense is it bullshit?

about 4 years ago
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BBC Web Slip-Up Insults Facebook Fans

siloko Re:All I can really say is... (262 comments)

??

Nerds don't like heroin addiction? Shucks I've been doing it wrong!

about 4 years ago
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Facebook, Friend of Divorce Lawyers

siloko Re:Just think before you share (494 comments)

If you sacrifice security and/or privacy for convenience, that is your problem (or in this case your sister's).

Well that's exactly the point - I didn't sacrifice my privacy, in fact I respect it enough not to have an account on either Facebook or MySpace or Bebo or any of the others. However I can not control everyone I know and the worrying thing in the example I gave was that someone else sacrificed my privacy without my consent.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook, Friend of Divorce Lawyers

siloko Re:Just think before you share (494 comments)

As always the issue here is not the type of information (data valuable to divorce lawyers) but the context in which it is gathered (Facebook search unbeknownst to the poster). And once again the usual responses will be - a) Poster is stupid, and b) Facebook is evil.

I tend to think that so long as you are empowered to share or not to share then all is well. With Facebook this is not the case. My sister shared a reasonably embarrassing photo of me with some mutual friends (some of which I work with) which was then shared with my whole building by whatever networking effect took over - nice!. I was not in control of this. Now you can argue that she could have done this pre-social networking site era - but she couldn't simple because she is not in physical contact with 99.5% of people in my building. Social networking makes ones dis-empowerment that much more pervasive.

more than 4 years ago
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Digitally Filtering Out the Drone of the World Cup

siloko Re:I dont need it. (602 comments)

He said spectator sports sucked.

er you seem to be having trouble with reading comprehension. A spectator sport is a sport which attracts spectators e.g. Almost any mainstream sport. This is not the same as being a sports spectator. The GP was commenting on the type of sport (spectator sport) and not those watching it and saying that they suck. This seems like a blanket statement that deserved the ridicule it got!

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories

siloko Re:Okay... (354 comments)

I love the mismatch here! Conroy accuses Google of surreptitiously stealing everyone's data while simultaneously proposing a bill which does the same but on a grander scale. In some respects I'd rather a private organisation, whose sole interest is making cash, to have my data, that the government, whose sole interest is accumulating power.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft a Weak Link In Possible Cyber War

siloko Re:He said what? (371 comments)

Part of managing a company is knowing your weaknesses.

Knowing your weaknesses is not the same as having them advertised to the world by a White House advisor!

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft a Weak Link In Possible Cyber War

siloko He said what? (371 comments)

Microsoft is an incredibly successful empire built on the premise of market dominance with low-quality goods.

If he really said that I bet Microsoft execs are spewing their cornflakes as we speak!

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Hides Firefox Extension In Toolbar Update

siloko Re:Here we go again (285 comments)

Apple don't update other company's applications

True, when Apple sees functionality in an App they don't like they just ban the app!

more than 4 years ago
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Econophysicists Develop and Test "Bubble Index"

siloko Re:Self-fulfilling prophecies (221 comments)

I wouldn't worry too much as they think 50/50 isn't a bad first attempt. I guess they never heard of flipping a coin!

more than 4 years ago

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LHC smashes beam collision record

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siloko (1133863) writes "The world's highest-energy particle accelerator has produced a record-breaking particle collision rate — about double the previous record. The collider is now generating around 10,000 particle collisions per second, according to physicist Andrei Golutvin. Ramping up the funding rhetoric Mike Lamont told BBC News "It's clear that the LHC is the new boy in town, but in two years running we're going to put Fermilab out of business". As a neutral all I can say is the more collisions the better!"
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Google crumble in the face of Chinese pressure?

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siloko (1133863) writes "Google appear to have backed down in their ongoing battle with China over censorship. After months of enjoying automatic redirection to their non-censored Hong Kong site Chinese users will now have to follow a link to the Hong Kong site making the uncensored results a bigger pain to access. Google's license to operate in China expires tomorrow so one presumes this concession is part of a negotiated deal ensuring they can continue doing business."
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FBI facebook scraping in action!

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siloko (1133863) writes "It seems that the FBI's datamining operation on Facebook has scored a hit with the prevention of an alleged attack on a school in the UK. From the article on the BBC:

Armed police were called to St Aelred's Catholic Technology College in Newton-le-Willows on Friday after reports someone had made threats to kill there. The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation raised the alarm after picking up a threat posted on social networking site Facebook. A 19-year-old man was arrested and later released on bail.

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Webcam saves walker

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siloko (1133863) writes "A German walker stranded on sea ice after abandoning the beach in favor of a better picture of the sunset has been saved after flashes from his camera were spotted by a tourist webcam viewer hundreds of miles away. After darkness fell over the the seaside town of St Peter-Ording the walker became disorientated and couldn't locate the coast. In desperation the walker, who hasn't been named, started using his camera flash to attract attention, which was noticed by a woman watching a webcam of the are. She notified the police who located the man and escorted him to safety. Full story on the BBC."
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News Corp signals end of free news

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siloko writes "From the article on the BBC:

News Corp is set to start charging online customers for news content across all its websites. The media giant is looking for additional revenue streams after announcing big losses. The company lost $3.4bn (£2bn) in the year to the end of June, which chief executive Rupert Murdoch said had been "the most difficult in recent history".

Sounds like the lemmings are not only hurling themselves off the cliff but shooting themselves in the feet before they jump!"

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How Privacy Fails: The Facebook Apps Debacle

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "Joseph Bonneau, a Cambridge University security researcher, who has been on the case of Facebook before, details the way Facebook profile photo's are being embedded in targeted ads on the site. He links previous researchers attempts at exploiting Facebook Aps and the way that third party Ad servers are harvesting user data in direct violation of Facebook terms of service. We know Facebook appears to treat it's users' data with contempt but is this a new low?"
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Software 'gives children a voice'

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "Scientists claim to have developed the first technology of its kind to allow children with communication problems to converse better. 'How was school today?' is software to help children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy communicate faster. Dr Ehud Reiter, from the University of Aberdeen's school of natural and computing sciences, said: 'How was school today? uses sensors, swipe cards, and a recording device to gather information on what the child using the system has experienced at school that day. This can then be turned into a story by the computer — using what is called natural language generation — which the pupils can then share when they get home.' The project was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and there are plans to extend this pilot study."
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UK Govt rules out cutting off filesharers.

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "From the article on the BBC: 'The government has all but ruled out using a "three strikes" law to tackle persistent net pirates. Using warnings and disconnection to tackle pirates was thought to be in the final Digital Britain report due to be published on 16 June. Cutting people off was not the government's "preferred option", said culture secretary Andy Burnham in a music industry conference keynote.' What's funny is a quote from Mar Mulligan, vice president at Forrester Research, who sees the conflict as being between the Music Industry and ISP's and not filesharers as is usually reported, he notes: 'The sign of a good compromise is one that going to annoy both sides, I think ISPs will have an issue with it and so will the music labels.'"
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'Creative Industries' call for file-sharers ban

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "An alliance of so-called 'Creative Industries', including the UK Film Council, have signed a joint statement asking the UK government to force ISPs into banning users caught sharing illegally. In an "unprecedented joint statement", the alliance predicted a "lawless free-for-all" unless the government ensured the "safe and secure delivery of legal content". The previous tactic of pursuing individual file-sharers in the courts appear to have been abandoned. "Instead, [the government] should provide enabling legislation, for the specific measures to be identified and implemented in an Industry Code of Practice," it recommends. One wonders how they remain 'creative' in their vocation when they keep on trotting out the same old story backed up by imaginary statistics (they claim 50% of net traffic in the UK is illegal content but provide no evidence for this figure). The BBC also has a blog entry dissecting their statement."
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UK's intelligence agency denies internet spy plans

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "From the article on the BBC: 'The UK's electronic intelligence agency has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement to deny it will track all UK internet and online phone use. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has no ambitions, expectations or plans for a database or databases to store centrally all communications data in Britain.' Adding that the GCHQ 'does not spy at will', which is nice to know!"
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Home Office 'colluded with Phorm' over ads system

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "The BBC is reporting on an email exchange between Phorm executives and Home Office officials about how the UK Government's position on Phorm's controversial targetted advertisement system changed under advice from the company. The emails were released after a member of the public made a Freedom of Information request. Lib Dem Home Affairs spokeswoman Baroness Sue Miller, who has questioned the Home Office about Phorm, said the e-mails were "jaw dropping" and tainted any subsequent pronouncements by the Home Office about Phorm. More interestingly she also states that it is worrying that some of the released emails originated from the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism suggesting the Government has a more than passing interest in the technology, possible for it's own ends."
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UK watchdog green lights super-fast broadband

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "From the Ofcom announcement: Ofcom has today cleared the way for companies and organisations to invest in super-fast broadband services for UK homes and businesses. Superfast or next generation — broadband can deliver speeds of up to 10 times the level of todays broadband services. In the home, it will allow different members of a household to access a variety of high-bandwidth services at the same time. A number of companies have already announced plans to invest in and rollout super-fast broadband in the UK over these networks. These include Virgin Media, which already offers super-fast broadband and plans to extend this offer across its entire network,and BT, which plans to upgrade its copper access network with fibre-optic cable."
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Facebook 0 - 2 Privacy Lapse

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko writes "After last years fiasco when strangers could access facebook users' private photos it seems the scourge of shoddy coding has struck again, albeit this time requiring a little more effort on the part of the miscreant! Details are given by Joseph Bonneau over at The Light Blue Touchpaper, the security blog of the Computer Laboratory at University of Cambridge."
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Security Advisors in IE Switching Frenzy

siloko siloko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siloko (1133863) writes "Unnamed security experts have this morning advised users of Internet Explorer version 7 to switch to alternative browsers whilst Microsoft struggle to fix a new flaw in their much maligned web browser. From the article on the BBC:

The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say. Microsoft says it has detected attacks against version seven of the browser — its most widely used edition. But the company warned that other versions were also potentially vulnerable."

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