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Comment: Re:Wrong target (Score 1) 44

by clonehappy (#49357799) Attached to: Google Loses Ruling In Safari Tracking Case

Why not both? Apple should be held accountable for their software ignoring the flags set by the user (if that's actually the case, and I'll get to that later), but Google should be held accountable for exploiting a weakness in someone else's systems.

If I were to exploit a bug for profit, I'd get to look forward to federal PMITA prison. When large corporate conglomerates do the same thing, they get to laugh about how they didn't cause anyone financial losses, so they should get away scot-free.

That being said, the "Do Not Track" flag was never a setting that stopped tracking cookies from being set by websites, it was an extra flag sent along with your request that said "Pretty Please with Sugar on Top, Don't Track Me, Okay Guys?", which any websites were free to (and I assume they all did anyway, especially Google) ignore. I don't ever remember a setting in Safari that disallowed cookies but wasn't "Private Browsing" mode. Private Browsing just clears everything when you close the browser, so the only other setting could be the "Do Not Track" flag.

Which anyone who was paying attention should have realized was completely bogus to begin with.

Comment: Re:Great example (Score 0) 317

Forwardsfromgrandma is just a liberal circle-jerk that pokes fun at anyone who has an opinion that someone over the age of, oh, say 23 might have about politics or world affairs. While some of the memes are obvious trolls, I'd bet that the vast majority of them are serious. Which just goes to show how out of touch with reality the people who laugh about making the troll memes actually are.

As they say, if you're not a liberal when you're 20 years old then you have no heart.

If you're still a liberal when you're 40 years old, then you have no brain.

Comment: Re:Let's roll our own Time Zones too! (Score 0) 129

by clonehappy (#49234035) Attached to: New Evidence Strengthens NSA Ties To Equation Group Malware

So, you work at a government contractor on the East Coast (VA/DC/MD anyone...nah no gov't contractors there). These type of workers start early AM, before most people are awake for the day. 7-8 AM start times are not unheard of. This would coincide with what? A 9-5 workday in UTC-0300 or UTC-0400 you say? No, can't be. The people writing the article really, truly meant the elite uber-hackers of Greenland and Nova Scotia.

Comment: Shoutcast (Score 1) 65

by clonehappy (#49080509) Attached to: BBC Radio Drops WMA For MPEG-DASH

It seems like many internet radio providers are dropping Shoutcast support, usually quietly/silently, and expecting you to use a proprietary app or DRM-based player to access their content. They may as well shoot themselves in the foot.

Dropping Shoutcast support today is akin to commercial radio stations dropping AM in favor of FM back in the 1960's (note: they didn't, some simulcasted but eventually dropped FM until it really took off in the late 70's/early 80's when the penetration of receivers reached critical mass).

Sure, there are players and radios that support newer formats, but every player and tons of applications support Shoutcast. Unless, and I know this is a huge stretch, the big media conglomerates don't want to compete on an open directory of stations that lets anyone with a computer and internet connection become a "broadcaster", and are trying to kill it off by removing their content from it?

Nah, couldn't possibly be that...

Comment: The only correct answers: (Score 4, Informative) 323

"Don't know it, sorry."

or

"Fuck You."

Unfortunately, the authority worship preached to our children in the public schools ensures neither of the correct answers will probably be given. The children of people smart enough to have taught their children this (doctors, lawyers, professors, etc.) don't have their children in the public institutionalization facilities, anyway.

Comment: I love a good Google hate thread... (Score 3, Insightful) 629

by clonehappy (#48796337) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

...as much as the next guy. But honestly, are there still nerds in 2015 who don't understand how the Android model works? Think of Android as "Linux". Each manufacturer has their own distro of Android, and then there's the "reference" distro, made by Google, that is on Nexus devices called "Stock Android". All the distros are based on the "Stock Android" distro, and the manufacturers customize and add on from there.

So, blaming Google for a flaw in a previous version of Android is like blaming "Linux" for a security flaw in a previous version of Ubuntu. See how much sense that makes? All Ubuntu has to do is use a more recent kernel/library/whatever that doesn't contain the flaw and release an update or new version. The same thing goes for Android, all the handset manufacturers have to do is release an update that contains the fix, and their problems are solved. A current build of "Stock Android" already contains the fix, your manufacturer's outdated distro, however, doesn't.

There are plenty of things we can legitimately blame on Google, but blaming the flaws of handset manufacturers and cellular carriers on Google doesn't help anything. Put pressure on your carriers and manufacturers to stop dragging their feet and support their products beyond the next fiscal quarter or two!

Comment: Re:Why did they have a gmail account?! (Score 1) 53

by clonehappy (#48708235) Attached to: WikiLeaks Claims Employee's Google Mail, Metadata Seized By US Government

I'm sure the government will glean a plethora of useful data after spending countless hours sifting through viagra ads, pandora spam, notifications that the t-mobile bill is now ready to view, and other such highly sensitive information one would trust to a Gmail account.

Comment: Re:Put your money into speakers (Score 3, Insightful) 433

by clonehappy (#48596523) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

As a youngster growing up in the 1980's, countless dozens of hours were spent both in my own basement and the basement of my childhood (well, still) best friend's parents house listening to vinyl, cassettes, and analog FM radio. I later became a smalltime audiophile, I don't buy Monster Cable or equipment that costs more than 4 figures, but I still enjoy a good audio listening experience.

About 5 years ago, my friend's parents finally retired and I was around to help them move out west. While the old Pioneer receiver we used to jam out on had long since died or been retired to the local landfill, the off-name floor speakers were still there. I believe one had the same old lamp sitting on it that it always did, and the other one was just sitting there in the corner. They told me to put them out to the street.

Of course, they went in the trunk of my car, where I promptly took them home and stored them in my garage. This summer, as the garage had now collected enough surplus computer and electronic equipment to need it's twice a decade cleaning, I found the old "Utah" speakers and decided to hook them up to my receiver and see if they were dead or alive. I flicked on the local "oldies" station (meaning 70's and 80's music now) and I was immediately transported back in time. Radio still sounded today like it sounded back in 1986. The speakers provided all the "warmth" and "fullness" that people are always chasing after.

This may sound like a no-brainer, but speakers determine what you hear. Those speakers are now a permanent fixture out in my garage/man-cave. No, they don't sound like any of the big-name equipment I run in the home theater. But they are immersive with only 2 channels in a way a 9.2 surround system can never match. And when I sit outside on the weekend, enjoying a few beers and some (sometimes herb-fueled) tinkering with Linux boxes and electronics, to me at least, it's like going backwards to a time when things were still exciting, the guy on the radio was someone everyone knew, and you had the whole world in the palm of your hand.

I do apologize for waxing nostalgic on a public forum, and I do love my new technology, but damnit sometimes it's nice to just sit back and enjoy something simple that you love. I can understand the value to youngsters of sitting around listening to a piece of tangible vinyl that you can hold in your hand, look at the album art, read the lyrics (all without a LAN connection or Wi-Fi AP being involved) rather than some logical arrangement of bits on a chip or spinning platter. So yes, of course, put your money into speakers (or vinyl, or whatever makes you happy)! I recommend garage sales, swap meets, and flea markets!

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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