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Comment Re:AdBlock easily defeated anyway (Score 1) 199

I don't think it's a losing battle, just a constant cat and mouse arms race. As ad developers create new technologies to circumvent blockers, ad blockers will find new ways to defeat those countermeasures. Though the ad blockers will probably stay perpetually ahead most of the time.

Why? Because sites that host these ads lack the agility afforded to ad blocker developers. They can't sit there and change things at the drop of a hat because it might break their site, which is much worse than making sure that somebody sees a few extra ads. Meanwhile ad blockers have little to no risk, and even if something breaks, the end user can temporarily suppress the blocker.

However an acceptable ads policy is, IMO, an acceptable compromise. Ads don't bother me, but ads that get in the way of whatever I'm trying to do (or play audio during quiet time) and/or waste bandwidth do bother me. Besides, unless you want to pay for every site you visit, you're going to end up with advertising at some point.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 497

One quirk of the labels is that they just show what was added to it and not necessarily what's in it. For example, if you add a blueberries to your recipe, you'll put "blueberries" on the label, but in reality there's a bit more to it than that. See this:


And by the way, if somebody ever tells you to never consume something that has a chemical name you can't pronounce, they're full of shit and they're basically subscribing to the recent "food with integrity" religion that has all of about zero basis in science. It's this same mistaken belief that tells you "high fructose corn syrup" is bad, when in reality it's because somebody is afraid of the name. In fact if you pay close attention to that list of ingredients, and count only the simple sugars (fructose, glucose, and sucrose) these "natural" blueberries actually have more fructose than high fructose corn syrup.

Comment Re:Even if it isn't some blend (Score 1) 497

They are a little different in that they have about 9.5% simple sugars by volume, whereas soda is somewhere around 15%+ (depends on the soda.) But still, the calories mostly just come from the simple sugars, and if you were to consume the same amount of calories found in juice as you would otherwise get from a smaller amount of soda (which it seems that this is what most people do) then there's no effective difference.

Comment Re: The new normal for Android (Score 1) 125

Yes I did. "Check inside the threads to see what is working/nonworking."

That rarely if ever covers that though. Take for example the HD Voice and voice recording features. None of the roms mention that those don't work, you just have to find out after installing it.

Comment Re:The Big Soda loves the decline (Score 2) 497

Well no, the beverage industry likely doesn't think of it the same way. If you have a proprietary recipe, then you're the only source of that drink, which means you can charge more for it and/or profit the most from it. Meanwhile just anybody can make bottled water, so it's not exactly lucrative.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 5, Insightful) 497

Along with that, I think somebody should point out that fuit juice is almost as bad as soda. Sure it contains a small dose of nourishment absent from soda, but the amount of sugar in it just isn't worth it and can contribute to obesidy, fatty liver, cholesterol, and other problems just as bad as soda does.

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 203

Except Nintendo is practically the only game developer that does this. Search for "let's play" videos on youtube; there are TONS of them, from current generation games no less. If you upload a let's play for a nintendo game, they'll DMCA you and either demand you insert ads and they keep all of its revenue, or you have to remove it completely.

If you want Nintendo to share the ad revenue, you have to delete all of your videos of non-Nintendo games from youtube:

(Disclaimer: I don't watch pewdiepie.)

Comment Re: The new normal for Android (Score 1) 125

You didn't answer his second question though, which was finding out which features a rom supports. On my Galaxy Note 4, basically no AOSP roms support the fingerprint sensor (not a big loss, admittedly) they don't support call recording apps (and before somebody rants, yes, it's legal to record your own calls in 40 states even if the other party isn't aware) and they don't support amr wideband (aka HD Voice.)

I presently use AICP on my Note 4. It has a call record option in the dialer app, but it isn't automatic like I prefer and that some apps provide.

Personally though, I'm never going to buy another non-Nexus device again. I didn't realize just how much Samsung's smartphones sucked until I actually had one.

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 3, Insightful) 203

Nintendo has a long history of treating its fans with contempt. Take for example how it issues DMCA notices to anybody who posts a video showing themselves playing their games. Honestly I stopped giving a shit about Nintendo after the SNES because as of the N64 and onward they basically gave the middle finger to both the developers and fans of third party titles of their systems. If they ever go belly up, I'd just say good riddance.

Comment Re:That was then, this is now (Score 3, Interesting) 118

IMO since we're entering the IoE (Internet of Everything) age, I think it's probably worth having some kind of legislation that every company that sells a consumer product that is network connected must provide free security updates for a minimum of 5 years after the device's end of manufacture date (i.e. when the last batch of product hits channel.) If not, we're looking at a new era where the whole world is under a constant threat of botnet DDoS, spam, and identity theft.

This could be enforced with hefty fines and civil liability in the event the device owners are targeted after 90 days of a known exploit and no patch is available. If they can't patch it, then a recall is required. If the company folds, then whoever buys the biggest portion of its assets assumes responsibility. If it folds and nobody buys its assets, then the source code for all components (including signing keys) must be released to an escrow company (no, open sourcing it all isn't practical for various reasons) that can fulfill the security updates for the remainder of the 5 year period. The escrow service would be paid by some kind of insurance (or bond) that must be paid prior to the company being legally allowed to sell network capable products to consumers within the US.

Comment Re:Sprint quality is so good (Score 1) 55

That's adaptive multi-rate wideband, which goes by the commercial name of "HD Voice." T-mobile actually had that feature long before iPhone even supported it (was first available on some Android phones.) Sprint added that feature about 1.5 years after T-Mobile did. I believe Verizon added it just after T-Mobile and AT&T kind of has it (it's only in certain areas if you have AT&T.)

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