Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile
Backing underdogs like Sprint and T-Mobile makes me think Google may end up owning both.
That would be perfectly fine with me.. a combined Sprint + TMo may be the only way to break up the Verizon + AT&T duopoly.
However, there is one caveat: will Google be sniffing all the traffic it sees on these newly-acquired traffic just to harvest it and sell to advertisers.
I seriously doubt they'd do anything that stupid. I'm guessing it's probably even illegal. At the very least they'd have to spell it out in their privacy guidelines.
Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw
Furthermore we are up to version 5 of android and there is still no way to push security updates? That's a pretty serious fail IMO. Google might want to rethink that strategy before it seriously burns them in the long run.
They have rethought that strategy, and the solution is Google Play Services. All of the critical functionality has been moved there, which they can update via the Google Play store. Most of the individual apps have moved to independently-updatable Google Play apps as well. The WebKit based library discussed here has been replaced by a Chrome-based version, which also receives regular updates.
And yes, all devices Gingerbread (2.3) and above get these updates. The problem is that the WebView is one of the remaining pieces that was still tied directly to the OS in those earlier versions, so it can't be updated directly.
I'm not excusing Google for not fixing it here, but saying that version 5 still has no way to push security updates directly is incorrect.
Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser
The article seemed a bit overexcited to me. Is it really that surprising that they use 10.x space? It's not like Internet access is widely used in NK. And most of the other items were not what I would call weird, just what you would expect in a regime like this. Still, kudos to the author for doing this analysis.
Heh I was wondering that too.. I wouldn't call it "going off the rails", it's exactly what any of us would do to "solve" the problem of limiting and monitoring the internet access of millions of users.
Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
TFA was TL;DR, and TFS doesn't explain anything. Apparently I'm not disciplined enough to even understand what the hell this is about.
Hell, TFS was TL;DR. Apparently they're discussing whether giving kids time-out is an effective disciplinary tool or something, but they prattled on about camping or whatever for so long I got bored & stopped reading.
Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Not sure why they truncated my submission but the questions this raises was more interesting to me than the news itself.
For posterity: What should Sony do? Cut their losses and shelve it? Release it immediately online? Does giving in mean "the terrorists have won"?
Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter
Bravo. I'll admit the "freePS3" URL gave me only slight pause.
"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
Your comment is more apropos than you probably realize, since the book cover shows Barbie's desk with a stuffed Linux penguin sitting on it. Maybe they thought including an easter egg for the real geek parents would help it sell?
Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos
One of the highest correlated factors to success as an adult is delayed gratification as a kid.
Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6
Wait, I thought hipsters were the guys who liked the new things? Like if you had an iPad and an iPhone you were a hipster, but if you had an old Android and a Lenovo laptop you were a legitimate human being.
It depends on whether a critical mass of the general population also likes said new thing. When they were the ones waiting in line all night at the Apple store, it was all good. Now that the same lines are filled with people sleeping in trash bags to immediately flip them to China's gray market, not so much.
Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter
RISC architecture is going to change everything.
The World's Best Living Programmers
"No exhaustive"? I think you meant: !exhaustive
Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
Is "forcible rape" another category of rape like "legitimate rape"?
Statutory rape, taking advantage of someone who is passed out, and non-consensual marriages are a few examples of rape that aren't necessarily forcible.
Virtual DVDs, Revisited
This sounds like Aereo, which also provides a business model in which physical resources dictate the scarcity. Since they are currently preparing for a trial at the Supreme Court it's probably wise to hold off a bit.
the studios are leaving cash on the table
You must be new here; the studios have always been in the business of fighting progress as long as possible in order to protect existing revenue streams.
Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind
Sometimes results in "early death"? As opposed to those diseases that kill you when you would have died anyway?
Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius
You're misinterpreting my response. I very specifically said I agree that there's no evidence that he's a math genius, at least not yet. GP seemed to imply that he was making *everything* up though. Or maybe I misunderstood him too. All I'm saying is that his claimed ability to see things differently than everyone else seems to have credence.
Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius
The neuroscientists who have been studying his brain seem fairly convinced he's not making it up. Though calling him a "math genius" doesn't necessarily seem warranted (at least not yet... maybe it's a case where formal study will allow him to apply his abilities more specifically?), I don't think they would diagnose him with what they're calling acquired savant syndrome without some evidence.
Maybe read the book? Even the top negative review seems to give weight to his claim:
Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE???
I must have been using the wrong search terms.. I scoured NewEgg up and down for something exactly like that Edgerouter Lite but kept coming up empty. I knew there had to be something between some crappy consumer router that I prayed I could get a halfway-decent firmware running on, an uber-expensive business-class rackmount unit, and building my own micro PC. Many thanks, I'm ordering one now...
IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share
w3schools.com really? That's best data set OP could come up with??
As I was scrolling through this month-by-month tally of 10 years' worth of usage stats, trying to pick out trends, I just kept thinking to myself: if only there were some way to visually represent a large dataset of numbers and their relation to each other over time... maybe some color-coded lines or something... I dunno, just spitballing here
Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
Uninstalled the app, started using FB via browser. For my low intensity usage it's still perfect. Also links to click and youtube embeds work seamlessly now.
Got no messenger installed too.
A thousand times this. The line for me was when my recent camera pics popped up in the app with a caption "do you want to post these to Facebook"? Uhh, fuck no Facebook and stop rifling your grubby mitts through my pics without asking me TYVM (Dropbox, Twitter, Google+ all have similar functionality but have an explicit settings for this).
This is also a weakness in Android permissions IMO: many apps ask for USB access to store their own data but that means they can read everything under /sdcard including photos.
Now I use the mobile site, plus Slice if needed. The only drawback is that apps which require Facebook to login now require an OAuth web dialog where I have to log in again, whereas before the Facebook app showed the confirmation with no re-auth required.
Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album
or Dotcom if they were on fire.
That would take a LOT of piss...
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