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Comment: Gmail is easy to snoop (Score 5, Interesting) 184

by broothal (#42260103) Attached to: How Websites Know Your Email Address the First Time You Visit

I was logged into a gmail that I only use for receiving, never sending. I visited Netflix in another tab in Chrome. I visited their free trial page, but I decided it wasn't for me, so I closed the tab without entering any data.

A few days later I got an email from netflix - to the gmail account I was signed in to in another tab - asking me if I needed help completing the form.

True, and very scary story.

Piracy

+ - Anti-piracy agency sues 14 out of 1.150.000 potential pirates->

Submitted by
Underholdning
Underholdning writes "In 2010, an agency called Hadopi was instated to enforce copyright protection on the Internet in France. Of 3 million IP addresses "identified" by Hadopi, 1.15 million were found to be pirating content and sent a warning letter. Of those 1.15 million, 102,854 were given a second warning, and of those, 340 received a third strike. As of July 1, only 14 offenders have had a case filed in court, and none have yet been to trial. So, the question to Slashdot is this:
Does this mean that the system is working? Or does it mean that it is not working. Arguments can be made for either case"

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Comment: Definitely (Score 1) 266

by broothal (#37065612) Attached to: How Does GPS Change Us?

I got my first GPS more than a decade ago - primarily for geocaching. I got TomTom Navigator in 2002. Has it changed me? I reckon so. My sense of directions has definitely faded. I rely quite heavily on a device to tell me where to go, and I simply do not waste any braincycles on the road to the destination.

Like on of the above posters, the biggest benefit for me is business trips. Before phones had built in GPS I had a small Dell PDA with built in GPS solely for business trips.

Also, I remember getting lost in China. Since the map I had was written in Western style, I couldn't even ask for guidance to a named street, because it was called something else in Chinese. Now GPS is the most important accessory when traveling.

NASA

+ - Water found on the moon

Submitted by
firmafest
firmafest writes "According to CNN, significant water has been found on the moon. NASA claims that "The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon". Of course, they are talking about a permanent Moon Base which just took a large step closer. New York times also has an article on the findings including a quote from a professor saying "we got more than just a whiff — we practically tasted it""
Netscape

+ - eBay sells Skype to Netscape founder

Submitted by
Julefrokost
Julefrokost writes "Computerworld has a story about eBay selling Skype. Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape along with a group of investors, are reported to have paid $2 Billion for Skype. According to New York Times, Google was also a potential buyer. Also the original founders of Skype are said to have placed a bid, but Marc Andressen & Co was the highest bidder."
HP

+ - Oracle to sell Sun's hardware biz to HP? 2

Submitted by
Underholdning
Underholdning writes "With the DOJ approving Oracle's SUN buyour the question arises what Oracle want to do with SUN's hardware business. It's no secret that what Oracle wanted was the software part. Now The Inquired is running a story claiming that Oracle will sell the hardware business of SUN to HP. This will give Oracle a juicy check while HP can increase it's services. However, Larry Ellison denies that it will take place. A source CNN claims otherwise."
Censorship

+ - The Pirate Bay offline 1

Submitted by
Underholdning
Underholdning writes "The Register has a story about Swedish court ordering ISPs to disconnect The Pirate Bay or face a massive daily fine. The reason for the shutdown was an upcoming civil lawsuit by copyright holders. As usual, Torrentfreak has an updated story . It seems like the takedown until now has been successful. Even though TPD quickly found a new home, it's still unavailable. At the same time, the selling of TBP seems to be falling to pieces with more and more problems piling up."
Google

+ - New Chrome beta

Submitted by
Underholdning
Underholdning writes "There's a new beta version of Google Chrome. From the announcement: "Beyond the improvements in JavaScript execution in this latest beta, there are a host of other improvements that should help Google Chrome make the most of your network connection. For example, when you open a new Web page while other Web pages are still loading, Google Chrome is now smarter about prioritizing the requests for the new page--for instance, fetching text, images, and video for your new page--ahead of the requests from the older pages. Loading pages on this beta release should also be faster than ever with DNS caching, more efficient DOM bindings, and using V8 for proxy auto-config. ". Cnet has an overview as well as PC world.. No mention of adblock though."
KDE

+ - Social Desktop with KDE 4.3

Submitted by
firmafest
firmafest writes "The new KDE 4.3 nicknamed Caizen furthers the social networking by bringing it closer to the desktop. Facebook and Twitter are here to stay (and let's be honest — we have an account even if we're die hard geeks). The KDE initiatives goes beyond that though and aims to facilitate community-building by providing a vehicle for connecting open source software enthusiasts to each other. Ars Technica has a well written article on the KDE social desktop and description of the API. How would a social networking site of open source enthusiasts look like? Something like: L33tg33k took the "What language are you" quiz with the result "Assembler". Take your own quiz."
The Almighty Buck

+ - When do you know a dev deserves to become partner?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We're a small startup company which since day one was self funded by management (with significant risk) and grew into a cash positive and self sustaining business.

Our first employee, also our core developer, has been with us since day one. Throughout, he has had a decent salary that's been increased over time but may still be on the low side for his skill set as we stand today — although he definitely gained plenty of experience while working with us. Now a few years have passed and we've reached a point where he is not motivated enough to continue working (paid, but has been more or less idle apart from minor code maintenance in the past few months) and *wants* a good incentive to keep working with us — either we increase his salary significantly, make him a partner or separate into our different ways.

The question is, how do we know when an employee deserves to become a partner? And if a partner, how do we figure out the % such a person might deserve? Would he deserve anything retroactively?

We would very much appreciate the wisdom of the crowds."

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