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+ - Google tracking tentacles are to be found in many places->

Submitted by MidGe
MidGe (69308) writes "Due to my strong position against the new Google privacy policies I made the switch from chrome to chromium. To my surprise I observed that with everything that could even be remotely related to Google turned off and cleared in chromium, the browser connects to Google Plus of its own volition, opening a port in the ephemeral group of ports and keeping the connection alive! It is doing this with no activity whatsoever following invocation of the program with a blank home page. What is worse, and by all appearances could be construed as intentionally surreptitious behavior and perhaps malevolent, it does this only after a certain amount of time has elapsed following the start of the program, and again, with no further activity on my part, simply having the browser opened on the page that says "For quick access, place your bookmarks here...", with hands off the computer and nothing else running on the workstation.

I cannot understand why that would be the case, if chromium is upstream of chrome. Of course Chromium is open-sourced and there is nothing that oblige the developers to not to include such facility or to document the fact that it exists. It simply leaves a bad taste in my mouth and makes me wonder where else are Google tracking tentacles to be found.
I cannot understand why that would be the case, if chromium is upstream of chrome. Of course, Chromium is open-sourced and there is nothing that oblige the developers to not to include such facility or to document the fact that it exists. It simply leaves a bad taste in my mouth and makes me wonder where else are Google tracking tentacles to be found."

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Comment: Re:It should have been phased out... (Score 1) 460

by Cryptnotic (#31303042) Attached to: Will the Serial Console Ever Die?

For the motherboard controllers, they keep the same controller chip. Removing the support from the chip would require designing, verifying, validating, debugging new silicon which has no value. To save cost, they'll remove the connectors and change the BIOS so that the devices don't show up.

Higher end motherboards and workstation class PC's seem to support more legacy hardware interfaces than mainstream ones. My Dell Precision Workstation (2 dual core xeon's) has 2 serial ports, a parallel port, PS/2 mouse and keyboard, something like 8 USB 2.0's and Firewire 800.

For software, there are better alternatives:

Real-mode DOS or Full-screen DOS: FreeDOS or MS-DOS in a VirtualPC. Or DOSBox is great for a lot of stuff.
Qbasic: Visual Studio Express Edition

Comment: MUDs are text-based MMOG's (Score 1) 149

by Cryptnotic (#26168491) Attached to: Adventure Game Interfaces and Puzzle Theory

Most MUDs are also CRPG's with levels, equipment, quests/missions, et cetera. Little to no puzzle solving necessary. Thus they share more in common with World of Warcraft than they do with adventure games.

Survival horror games (e.g., Resident Evil, Silent Hill, et cetera) even though they have a lot of first person or third person shooter characteristics actually have more in common with adventure games because of the perpetual "find key to open door and advance storyline" situation.

Hardware Hacking

+ - Where do you get your hadware hacking supplies?

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Causalien
Causalien writes "I am a system integrator and have had my share of interfacing problems with different hardwares. On my free time, I am interested in doing things like hacking a wiimote into a mouse. So far, my work supplied me with all the materials needed for my job, but when I am home by myself, I need a cheap and reliable suppliers of all these hardwares for hobbyist. So I thought of coming to slashdot and ask you geniuses out there. Who do you get your supplies from? I am especially interested in suppliers who cater to single orders ranging between 1 to 5 items. Things like servo motors, IR sensors are on the top of my list. Thanks in advance for the help."

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