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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

tobiasly Re:Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (101 comments)

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.

IANAL but the Google Fiber Privacy Policy seems to explicitly state they won't do this.

3 days ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

tobiasly Re:Doesn't really matter if they do patch it (629 comments)

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 The WebKit based library discussed here has been replaced by a Chrome-based version, which also receives regular updates.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.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

tobiasly Re:not that weird (159 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

tobiasly Re:I don't even... (323 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

tobiasly Edited for Slashdot (589 comments)

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"?

about a month ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

tobiasly Re:Rick-Roll (164 comments)

Bravo. I'll admit the "freePS3" URL gave me only slight pause.

about 2 months ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

tobiasly Re:I know this! (561 comments)

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?

about 2 months ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

tobiasly Re:Don’t really get it (474 comments)

One of the highest correlated factors to success as an adult is delayed gratification as a kid.

[Citation Needed]

about 2 months ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

tobiasly Re:Very sad (277 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

tobiasly Don't be silly (161 comments)

RISC architecture is going to change everything.

about 5 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

tobiasly Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

"No exhaustive"? I think you meant: !exhaustive

about 7 months ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

tobiasly Re:"Forcible rape" Re:designed by violence (190 comments)

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.

about 7 months ago
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Virtual DVDs, Revisited

tobiasly Sounds a lot like Aereo (147 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago
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Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

tobiasly Early Death (72 comments)

Sometimes results in "early death"? As opposed to those diseases that kill you when you would have died anyway?

about 8 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tobiasly Re:No story here, move along (208 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tobiasly Re:No story here, move along (208 comments)

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Struck-G...

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

tobiasly Re:I'd seriously think about a dedicated router (104 comments)

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...

about 9 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

tobiasly Re:No doubt IE is losing share but.. (390 comments)

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

about a year ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

tobiasly Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (293 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album

tobiasly Re:MEGA Windows sync client (69 comments)

or Dotcom if they were on fire.

That would take a LOT of piss...

1 year,4 days

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Top Five Theater Chains Won't Show "The Interview" After Sony Hack

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  about a month ago

tobiasly (524456) writes ""The country's top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — have decided not to play Sony's The Interview . This comes after the group which carried off a massive breach of its networks threatened to carry out "9/11-style attacks" on theaters that showed the film. What should Sony do? Cut their losses and shelve it? Release it immediately online? Does giving in mean "the terrorists have won"?"
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting services that doesn't over-react to DMCA requests?

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  about 7 months ago

tobiasly (524456) writes "I run a few websites which are occasionally the target of bogus DMCA takedown requests. Even a cursory look at these requests would reveal that the content these requests try to have removed are not even eligible for copyright (for example, someone named "John Smith" decides he wants to have every instance of his name removed from the internet, so he claims he has a copyright on "John Smith", and the comment section of my website has that name somewhere.)

I'm guessing most webmasters of sites with significant traffic face this problem, but I'm having difficulty finding information on domain registrars' and hosting providers' DMCA response policies. Most seem to over-react and require an official counter-response. I'm worried I'll miss one of these someday and find that my entire domain was suspended as a result.

Both my domain registrar and hosting provider have forwarded these notices in the past. I'm also worried that they're forwarding my response (including personal details) to the original complainant. Which domain registrars and hosting providers have you found who handle these complaints in a reasonable manner, and filter out the ones that are obviously bogus? Which ones have a clearly stated policy regarding these requests, and respect the site owner's privacy? Some of these domains are .us TLD, which unfortunately will limit my choice to US-based companies."
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Remote Linux Package Administration

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tobiasly writes "I administer several Ubuntu desktops and numerous CentOS servers and one of the biggest headaches is keeping them up-to-date with each distro's latest bugfix and security patches. I currently have to log in to each system, run the appropriate apt-get or yum command to list available updates, determine which ones I need, then run the appropriate install commands. I'd love to have a distro-independent equivalent of the Red Hat Network where I could do all of this remotely using a web-based interface. PackageKit seems to have solved some of the issues regarding cross-distro package maintenance, but their FAQ explicitly states that remote administration is not a goal of their project. Has anyone put together such a system?"
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Open Source U.S. GPS Data?

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tobiasly writes "I read an article today about a map error on the popular Garmin GPS devices which often leads to truckers in a particular town becoming trapped. From my own experience, every electronic map I've ever seen (Google, Mapquest, my Mio GPS) has the layout of my neighborhood completely and frustratingly wrong.

A quick search turned up only one open-source mapping project, but it's for New Zealand only. Why are there no comparable projects in the U.S. or elsewhere? Obviously such a project would need a good peer-review/moderation/trust system but I'd gladly put in the time necessary to drive around town with my GPS in "tracking" mode, then upload, tag, and verify my local data.

Has anyone with more technical knowledge in maps and auto-routing looked more into this? Are there technical limitations to such a project? Should the government subsidize a project to create open, free, up-to-date electronic maps? Surely there is a public benefit available from such a project."

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Microsoft considers new "super standards"

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  about 7 years ago

tobiasly writes "IE Platform Architect Chris Wilson blogs about a new <meta> tag being considered for introduction in IE8. Apparently they have found that the DOCTYPE declaration, which all modern browsers currently use to determine (X)HTML version and to switch between "Standards" and "Quirks" mode, is being used by developers and code generators that still code to IE6 hacks instead of standards. So they're seriously considering a suggestion by A List Apart to introduce a brand new meta tag that will say which browsers and which versions a page really supports. In other words, they want to go right back to browser sniffing all over again."
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