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Comment: Re:If you want results from the web (Score 1) 277

by beakerMeep (#48183333) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Thanks for the screenshot. It explains what you're saying better.

Still, do you think that they changed the search engine, left all those options for smart search on, then went to the OS setting for spotlight and turned that off, then sounded the alarm? Would seem a bit like manufactured outrage to me, but I suppose it's not impossible.

If those options were actually left on, then is a very non-story (at least that part)

Comment: Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (Score 4, Informative) 277

by beakerMeep (#48183239) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Agreed, they have a very good track record but...

They don't make money by selling user information to third parties or by selling ads

Huh? http://advertising.apple.com/

Sure, it's not their main cash cow, but they do sell ads, with targeting and analytics.

Comment: Re:If you want results from the web (Score 1) 277

by beakerMeep (#48183101) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

They specifically said they turned off Spotlight suggestions.

Even if that were not so, changing search engine should never mean you have to find another configuration option to turn off the old search engine. That's just wrong.

This is actually my only issue. It seems many of the things they found in TFGHR have a legit uses, but if you turn it off, then it should be off.

Comment: Re:If I own the car (Score 1) 269

by beakerMeep (#48003147) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

You act like they are uninvited guests. You are free not to use valet services. This is more like employers notifying the employees all their email may be monitored. If this became more of a thing I would think companies that provide valet services would start to require their employees to sign a consent before working.

But really, there is no harm in notifying them. I'm sure most people would rather a valet be on their best behavior and an undamaged car than evidence and a damaged car.

Comment: Re:LEDs (Score 1) 602

by beakerMeep (#48002575) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Consumer reports has a whole section on bulbs: http://www.consumerreports.org...

They tend to actually test things and remain impartial (they dont take any advertising money). They dont have an actual mean time to failure or anything but they do test 12.5k hour brightness and they report what is the claimed life.

Comment: Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (Score 1) 162

by beakerMeep (#47875685) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Sorry, I may have spoken too soon there. Certain features of hangouts look like they still require plus, if you are not on an Apps (business) account. But they seem to have almost completely phased this out. In general they seem to have halted the major push for plus. I'd like to think they fired* the head of plus partly because of the failure of the push and the backlash of the real name, and youtube stuff...but I don't know why he "left" ( http://recode.net/2014/04/24/e... ). Anyways, here's what i could find on how to use hangouts:

https://productforums.google.c...
https://support.google.com/plu...
https://support.google.com/a/a...

Here's how to use it without plus:
https://support.google.com/han...

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