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Comment Who needs ramsonware (Score 1) 148

I have a LG Smart-TV - non android. Just browsing the web trying to see videos in sites, you are covered by a rain of pop-up adds that make it impossible to navigate. One can't even remove a cookie from the built-in TV browser. It is just a matter of time before smart TVs stuck bloated by adware, unless the TV vendors offer more control to the TV owners - android platform or not.

Comment "transparent aluminium" Again? (Score 1) 83

I've followed /.for the most part of the last 20 years. And I guess once every 2-3 years they do come with a headline of "transparent aluminium" breakthrough - which each and every time turns out to be some kind of ceramics that takes aluminium in each composition (a.k.a. "glass"). Let's see what they do have this time around.

Comment Re:if that's true, (Score 3, Informative) 487

It looks like it is not /. editors who can't read things here, but you. This is the sitautionm - I own Wifi access point "A"; Friend "B" comes by, I physically pass A's password to B. Now "B" is the one with the option to share or not the passwords (and all of them) with all HIS contacts - not mine. And moreover, it will happen by default - if B has 2000 Outlook.com contacts, all those 2000 people will be automatically allowed to connect on my WiFi "A". And the ony means this not to happen is if `B` opt out __all__ his sharing (not just for WiFi "A") or if WiFi "A` SSID is formatted as dictated by Microsoft (i.e., ending in `_optout`).

This is so insanely ridiculous that there are no word to describe how ridiculous that is.

Comment If you are buying Lenovo, avoid Ideapad's (Score 1) 219

Since the post is related, I will take my time to off-topically cast my votes as a consumer:
avoid Lenovo "ideapad" line like you'd avoid hell.

Mine has the worst screen I had ever seen in my life - worst contrast and highest reflection ever!
(it can't beat a generic sub $ 60 Chinese Android tablet's). Sound volume is poor almost as if non-existent,
keyboard build is flimsy.
Just say NO. And even if going to other Lenovo product lines, I'd be extra careful checking the overall building.

Comment In other news: Bonsai Kitten (Score 1) 149

Do you remember the 90's widespread hoax of a company selling kittens grown up inside glass bottles as "bonsai"? I consider this to be on the same level of hoax - but for some possible state-intelligence level sponsoring that could be used to stir even more the rage against "the terrorists". Just to keep the wars going, you know.

Comment Very well (Score 1) 216

Google certainly didn't ask for being mandated for governments. But when governments wanted to seize control of search results in name of "war against terrorism" people aplauded. Governments are in charge now, and there are just a couple information hubs they need to care about. So much for the World we've choosen to live in.

Comment Re:Gravity is the weakest force (Score 1) 231

Still, as they find slowly their way through what Plasma in space can achieve, mainstream science is blinded by Gravity only suppositions turned into "reality" with an increasingly set of fudge factors. TFA just list a small number of them. But talk someone on the "mainstream" - including just self-presumed scientifically educated persons that the Big Bang perhaps did not take place, and point to the political and social movements inside Science that led to its conformation, and you are as an "heretic" as someone who tries to tell a fundamentalist Christiant that Hell or Heaven may not be the way he have been told.

Submission + - Google News to shut down in Spain on December 16th, 2014. (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The news aggregation services offered by Google is set to be no longer available for Spain starting December 16th, 2014. The decision of Google comes as response to new Spanish legislation that gives publishers the right to claim compensation for republishing any part of their content. This follows news of services of startup Uber being forbidden in countries like Spain as well as Germany and some city councils worldwide like Delhi, or other services like AirBnb being put under pressure to cope with local laws in other jurisdictions. Big tech giants and aggressive startups, under the well-marketed flag of cool innovation and globalized modernity, keep bringing disruption to well established, albeit sometimes outdated, business models, laws and basic society rules (from fire regulations to content ownership), often not paying taxes in countries they take profits from with their activities, fees and advertisement. Sometimes they also pretend to be above the local laws by chiefly dismissing or fighting back court orders in countries other than America where the courts don't make the laws. While the political institutions of separate nations will stay apart for many years to come, (Internet) corporations are more and more globalized for the sake of business, sometimes seemingly imposing a flat model of culture, tradition and habits to anybody else in the world who is not aligned to their own. How far might the quest for new, modern services and business models reasonably go and can it go as far as pretending to disrupt the foundation of legal rights in well established societies that have taken many centuries to fine tune their current model of civilization?

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982