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Comment: Re:Clearly AdBlock (Score 2) 353

by Adam Simons (#49080975) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?
Mod this up. If advertisers didn't look at Times Square and think, "Yes! This!, everywhere! And louder! And spammier! Maybe throw in 3 autoplaying videos and a few infectious diseases (malvertising)", I wouldn't be so inclined to block ads. As it stands, they can fuck right off.

And content creators aren't off the hook, either. They should vet their ads instead of just allowing whatever scumbag ad-network to throw whatever onto the page (looking at you, Taboola). I think Hack-a-Day does a good job with that; their ads are simple, static images and are relevant to the target audience. Site owners/operators also need to give visitors the option of actually paying them. Case in point is Ars Technica which allows users to subscribe for an ad-free experience or use the site for free with ads. If more sites would adopt similar models, we might stand a chance of taking the internet back from the sensory-raping advertising cartels. I subscribe to Ars and whitelist Hack-a-Day in AdBlock because they make a genuine effort to improve the situation for their audiences. Slashdot allows me to disable advertising, so there is no need to block ads here. I like that these sites are setting an example, but the rest of the internet (or world-wide-web for you pedantic fuckers) needs to pay attention.

Comment: Re:This is why I block ads/trackers in the router. (Score 1) 370

by Adam Simons (#49029747) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video
Yup, exactly.

I'm running an Ubuntu machine as my DNS server, but it also acts as my router (iptables/multi-NIC). I just use AdBlock and Ghostery's lists of advertising/tracking domains and set all the hostnames in them to resolve as When any device on my network that uses my DNS tries to look up a domain for anything that is blocked, the request gets looped back. If a device on my network doesn't use my DNS, then nothing is blocked.

Comment: This is why I block ads/trackers in the router... (Score 4, Interesting) 370

by Adam Simons (#49028887) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video
I use AdBlock and Ghostery's lists to block ad networks and trackers at the router level. Any computer/phone/smart device that connects to my network automatically has ads and trackers blocked. So far, so good. Granted, it's not simple enough for the everyday person to implement. Also, I don't buy any smart TVs because their software is most often crap, you shouldn't have to accept an EULA to use a TV (or a coffee machine, toaster, etc), and they have the capacity to be bricked unlike a regular "dumb" TV. And then there's this eavesdropping and injecting additional ads BS.

Comment: Re:Try Here (Score 2) 186

by Adam Simons (#48845797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?
I re-read TFA and saw you're running 4.4 KitKat.

I used jcase's Pie exploit on my KitKat Droid Maxx, but it may only be for the Droid series; you'll have to do your own research. Also, TowelRoot, I believe, works for KitKat. Hope that gets you started.

PS: If you find an exploit that works, it's always considered good form to donate, even a small sum, to the author who created the exploit. Considering what you can do with your device after it's rooted, it's the least you can do.

Comment: Re:Try Here (Score 5, Insightful) 186

by Adam Simons (#48845105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?
Mod parent up.

I've been frequenting XDA Developers forums for years now, and haven't had any bad experiences or rootkit-type behavior on my devices. Lots of knowledge there, and I was finally able to add some of my own a little while back. Most of the insights I provided were based on years of knowledge learned from the same forums plus my own experimenting, but that's exactly what they're for.

Depending on the version of Android you've got, you'll have to use different methods. Typically, but NOT ALWAYS, the rooting methods aren't device specific, but Android-version specific. So while you may not find instructions for rooting your exact device, you'll probably find a method to root your version of Android (unless the exploit is tailored specifically to a particular device).

As always, make sure you read the forums and search thoroughly before you post a "I'm a n00b and I don't know what to do..."-type question. You won't get flamed out of the forums, but you will likely not receive much help as they do expect you to do some footwork beforehand and not just expect them to do everything for you.

As always, do everything at your own risk.

Comment: Whatever Prevents a Verizon-in-the-Middle (Score 1) 238

by Adam Simons (#48525995) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS
I'm all for HTTPS everywhere for all of the aforementioned reasons already posted, but especially to screw over Verizon and their HTTP tracking injection. For those unaware, Verizon Wireless is injecting headers into your traffic at the network level to track you for advertising purposes. You have the option to opt-out (you're opted-in by default), but that just supposedly prevents them from selling the information; the tracking header is still injected into your data stream and is visible to all sites you visit and on the server-side of any app you use that uses unencrypted HTTP requests. If the site you visit uses HTTPS (or use you a VPN), Verizon can't MITM you. Screw Verizon Wireless.

Comment: A Good Neighbor (Score 1) 170

by Adam Simons (#48266037) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?
If you have a neighbor willing to let you share internet, that would be the best. You may work something out that you split the bill or something. My grandma wanted internet but couldn't afford the DSL connection. My aunt lived close by and said that grandma could share her internet if we could get it to her. I was going to run a straight CAT5 cable from my aunt's router to an AP at my grandma's, but it was about 400 feet of open field and I didn't feel like trenching a cable that far. I thought about doing a point to point wireless, but the only equipment I had on hand was more suited to 5-6 km and would have been overkill here. My grandpa had three out buildings along the way between the houses, with the furthest only 50-100 ft from my aunt's house; they were all wired with electricity. What I ended up using was an old wireless bridge I had laying around that was originally sold as an Xbox accessory to hook it to a wireless network. I hooked it up in my grandpa's furthest shed where it would pick up my aunt's wifi (about 50 ft from their house), hooked it to an ethernet to powerline adapter to send the ethernet signals over the existing electrical lines to the companion device in the house. From there, I connected an old wireless router in access point mode so she could hook up her laptop and iPad. The only thing I had to buy was the powerline adapters, about $100, but they haven't had any problems in their 3 years in operation.

Comment: Re:I did the same thing (Score 2) 107

by Adam Simons (#48186775) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?
I use GrooveIP on my Android phone, and call quality is pretty decent and no issues with DTMF. Even works fairly well on a high-latency satellite connection when I figured it would fail completely, although with a bit of a delay. As for the other DTMF issues, try setting the option for it to "inband" or something like that. That has worked for me in the past.

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 1) 345

by Adam Simons (#48159123) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards
All of that is true, but there should be a guaranteed minimum amount of data, regardless of the service type (DSL, cable, satellite, 3G/4G). I have a total of 12 GB a month data with my 10GB satellite plan and 2GB 4G plan on my phone. Granted, the satellite is free and unlimited during 12am to 5am, but that still prevents me from taking full advantage of many of the "cloud" services that are available. I would be willing to accept metered internet (because it's probably inevitable anyway) as long as the rates are reasonable such as your mentioned $0.15/GB, but I would expect to have a base amount of data (say 100 GB) allotted with the line charge before it charges me by the GB. I think most utility water is billed this way, so it wouldn't be a stretch to apply it to data (since apparently all politicians think the internet is a series of tubes anyway).

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 2) 345

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Ext 2/3/4 supported in the Linux kernel, not userspace? That would mean they don't have to really do anything to make it work other than mount/unmount since they use the vanilla Linux kernel as a base before their modifications to make it a ChromeOS kernel, and Ext support is pretty solid, and has been for years. NTFS in Linux and its derivatives is typically mounted in userspace using FUSE and ntfs-3g, which would be something they'd have to support and would make sense for them to remove.

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 1) 345

Part if it might be hardware support. My no-name tablet runs Jelly Bean and OTG works with it. I've used CC swiper, KB, mouse, and USB storage (visible even via Storage UI) without issue on a powered hub. My KitKat phone has OTG support and worked (before rooting) with KB and mouse, but Storage UI did not show flash drives as present nor did they show up in the mount locations in Astro. After rooting, StorageUI still doesn't show the flash drives, but they can be mounted with the OTG Helper program and are visible to file managers like Astro which will allow me to copy to/from and play media from the drive. Seems too arbitrary of a feature to remove without a reason, and pushing users to Google Drive seems to be that reason. Therefore, it doesn't surprise me that Google is doing similar with ChromeOS considering it is advertised as a cloud device anyway.

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 5, Insightful) 345

I think the article hits it head-on about pushing users toward cloud storage, specifically Google Drive. I just got a Droid Maxx with KitKat and was shocked to find they had removed the ability to mount USB drives via USB OTG. Had to root my phone and install USB OTG Helper to have that basic functionality again. Obviously, the support is still there in the kernel; just the userspace access was removed, and USB OTG Helper was able to mount my flash drives successfully, even NTFS. Did I mention the Droid Maxx (made by Motorola after Google's acquisition) lacks an SD card? The 32 GB model was discontinued, so this is the 16 GB version and a Verizon exclusive, so you KNOW it's full of unremovable bloatware further depleting its limited, unexpandable storage. They tried to justify this by including 50 GB of Google Drive space for 2 years, but cloud storage should not be a replacement for local storage, only a supplement. Also, what if I did jump in feet-first and use all that extra space? What happens to my data 2 years from now? It's essentially being held hostage by the free "trial". Thankfully I only use cloud storage as off-site backup for important documents; I also store them in encrypted containers to prevent them from being data mined. Also, cloud storage is a pain when you have metered internet. I love me some Google products, but their "don't be evil" philosophy has gone out the window long ago.

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