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Comment: Re:This sounds like an amazing publicity stunt (Score 1) 57

by asdfington (#36321132) Attached to: Man Ordered To Tweet 100 Times For Defamation
publicity — noun: 1. Advertising or other activity designed to rouse public interest in something, 2. Public interest attracted in this way, 3. The condition of being the object of public attention publicity stunt — noun: 1. A staged marketing event staged used to garner publicity http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Politics/images-2/sarah-palin-wink.jpg

Comment: "Opera" (Score 1) 131

by asdfington (#35799756) Attached to: Windows 8 App Store Screenshots
"We need another browser in the app store shot to show that we're open now."
OK, I'll put a firefox logo in there.
"Hmm... perhaps not Firefox"
OK, I'll use Chrome logo.
"Hmm... let's not use Chrome"
Uhh... Safari?
"No. Hey, what about Opera? People will appreciate that."
You mean the browser with less market share than Netscape 4*? ....ok

*this may be untrue.

+ - Can complexity theory explain Egypt's crisis?->

Submitted by techbeat
techbeat (714650) writes "Civilisation, goes an old maxim, is four meals away from barbarism – once the food deliveries stop, so does law and order. That could mean trouble for the political uprising in Egypt. It may also be what triggered it, says Debora MacKenzie at New Scientist. Scientists who study complex systems have been warning that ever-tighter coupling among the world's finance, energy and food systems would result in waves of political instability. Some say that is now happening in the Middle East."
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Google

+ - App: the most abused word in tech?->

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "PC Pro has a blog exploring the misuse of the word "app". Until the iPhone came along, the word “application” largely meant a self-contained piece of software installed on a PC or Mac. Then Apple took ownership, trimmed it to three letters, and within months the word “app” became synonymous with small widgets of code for smartphones. Now, Google’s pushing the boundaries of the “app” definition even further. Google Chrome users will have seen a new addition to their browser recently: the Chrome Web Store. Here, you’ll find dozens of “apps” to install and run directly from a handy icon on the browser’s home screen. Except, these aren’t “apps” at all. They’re websites. Google’s idea of “apps” are what we quaintly referred to in the good old days as “bookmarks”. Does the word "app" mean anything at all any more?"
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+ - Ex-FCC head would have appealed neutrality ruling ->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Former Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin Wednesday said he still believes the FCC had the legal authority to enforce network neutrality rules and that he would have appealed a court decision last year that ruled otherwise.

Speaking after his keynote question-and-answer session at this week's ITExpo conference in Miami, Martin said that the FCC's 2008 order telling Comcast to stop throttling peer-to-peer protocols was on solid legal footing.

Martin said that while the FCC under current chairman Julius Genachowski did not appeal the court's decision, its adoption of more watered-down net neutrality rules will likely have the same effect since it has already sparked lawsuits from carriers such as Verizon and MetroPCS. In other words, the FCC will have to re-litigate the net neutrality fight whether it wants to or not since any rules that it adopts are going to be fiercely challenged."

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+ - Verizon to Throttle Data for Top 5%->

Submitted by olsmeister
olsmeister (1488789) writes "Verizon announced Thursday that it will begin throttling data for the top 5% of its data users on their unlimited plan. Once a limit is reached, speeds would be throttled for the remainder of the billing period as well as the next billing period as well.

Also, they will be introducing new image and video compression that will reduce the size of that data but result in lower quality."

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Government

+ - The Looming Rise Of Full HD CCTV Cameras->

Submitted by siliconbits
siliconbits (943161) writes "An overwhelming number of close circuits television cameras across the world are analog models whose low quality images proved very often to be a challenge for its users; 2011 however could be the year where full HD CCTV cameras become mainstream. While Digital Video Recorders have rapidly replaced tape-based VCRs, analog video still rules the world of video security and therefore severely restricts the amount of data that can be captured as most analog sensors have a maximum resolution of 320,000 pixels."
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Comment: I used JomSocial briefly, (Score 2, Insightful) 20

by asdfington (#33937072) Attached to: Joomla! Social Networking
A couple years ago. It was pretty well polished (tho I didn't attempt too much customization), but it should be at (don't quote me) $150 a site license. The client wanted a social network for their conference and... My main question for those clients who want social networks is not how, but WHY. Why do you think someone should join your social net, which not only requires an up front time investment from the user, but which is worthless if a critical mass of users is not reached? The extension itself looked pretty good, so more power to the JomSocial folk, but I think someones time would be better spent on ning and/or social marketing on existing networks.

Comment: True (Score 1) 297

by asdfington (#33882056) Attached to: Microsoft IE Browser Share Dips Below 50%
I'm not saying I know the REASON e.g. your site gets a lot of I.E. traffic, just that without thorough analysis, it can be easy to misinterpret / misunderstand / mis-act-upon data like "MSIE dips below 50%." I guess you all made a good point, which is: It is just as easy to misinterpret the data collected on your own site.

Comment: Depends on whom you ask (Score 4, Insightful) 297

by asdfington (#33794246) Attached to: Microsoft IE Browser Share Dips Below 50%
Measuring browser market share is kind of a tricky task since any one site can only tell you who visits *their* site, or the sites whose stats they aggregate.
Check out the stats here:
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers#Summary_table and you'll see that depending on whom you ask, IE has anywhere between 48 and 63% of the market share. Stats from sites that cater to developers (notably w3schools are skewed heavily* towards Firefox and Chrome, mainstream sites towards IE. Then there's the factors that lead to over-estimation, under-estimation... it's a sticky wicket for sure.

I say look at the aggregate results. Then I mention I have no idea how those aggregates are tabulated and weighted (Do W3Schools' stats have the same weight as WeTrack10mSites.com?). The only thing you can know for sure (more or less), is the traffic statistics on *your* site, which, to the developer, should be pretty much the only ones that matter. Pro tip: explain that last sentence to your clients.

*I don't really know if something can be "skewed heavily," but what the heck, you only live once, right?

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