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+ - Privacy Groups Warn Verizon Snooping is Just Tip of the Iceberg->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "The fact that the US government is monitoring citizens phone calls should really not come as much of a surprise. They have been doing it for years and the 13-year-old Patriot Act even has a provision to allow them to do it. Privacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union however think this is just the tip of the iceberg and that Big Brother knows pretty much everything there is to know about you. Yes, you...."
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+ - Lala Shutting Down

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CodeHog writes "With no explanation and just like that Lala is shutting down and directing people to iTunes. And only a brief message here. As of May 31st the web service will no longer work. At least you get to keep your downloaded versions. I hope Apple has a decent replacement for this service."

Comment: Re:A good plot (Score 1) 951

by CodeHog (#31317528) Attached to: How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?
Ah, bad word usage on my part. By work, I mean actually reading the error message and determining if it's a problem or not. For example, one app I built compiles text into an XML file that is used by another application to build the final product. Users can enter data that may not compile correctly but can still be used in the final build. The error message states this but users will still call and say they don't know what to do. I usually suggest reading the error message. I guess it's more of a warning. And there are the ones that say, could you just finish up the thing I was working on for me instead of fixing the application?

Comment: A good plot (Score 4, Funny) 951

by CodeHog (#31315482) Attached to: How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?
The error message has to have a good plot and some character development. Pull the users in with that and then get the error message across. Ok, seriously, as a writer of error messages at times, I have found putting in 'interesting' wording works sometimes with some of the more intelligent users. Unfortunately, there will always be the ones that just want someone else to do their work. I suggest that they be burned because they're witches.

Comment: Summoning it Up (Score 1) 456

by CodeHog (#31228722) Attached to: Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?
The old company I was with sux. But this new company is the shit. You should use it. And here's a link. In serious, I was hoping to gain more insight into the world of web hosting. Which I did and that is nearly everyone is trying to resell to everyone else. And you really need to know what is important to you because the spectrum of services are from a basic service to enterprise level services. Other than that, pick one and go with it until the suck and then find another.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig