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Comment: In The States (Score 3) 51

by darkain (#47746025) Attached to: Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

We've had this in the states for a while now. Being a frequent flyer, I personally love it. I don't do a whole hell of a lot with mobile devices on the plan, other than get to my seat, turn up the music, and pass out. But it is nice to have that music from beginning to end of the trip to drown out the noise of the others on the flights.

Also something new and awesome. Alaska Airlines (and possibly others) now have USB and 110v outlets on the back of the seat in front of you. No more needing to rush to find outlets in layover airports!

Comment: [SATIRE] Huffington Post (Score 1) 131

by darkain (#47691225) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

I'm guessing they're implementing this after The Huffington Post ran that article months ago confusing the difference between what a "Terms of Service" is compared to "App Permissions" in regards to the Facebook Mobile Messenger. Now any "News" site that talks ill of Facebook will be labeled "SATIRE"! Perfection. This is ingenious marketing on Facebook's part! Now they'll never look bad ever again!

Comment: Twitter Bots are GREAT (Score 5, Insightful) 84

by darkain (#47661401) Attached to: Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

Twitter Bots are GREAT! Seriously, Twitter is the new RSS. This is honestly how I find out about the latest Slashdot articles, because their account is bot based to feed content from this site to their Twitter account. A huge chunk of the accounts I follow on Twitter are in this same category, just news services. Twitter has become the modern day RSS feeder, and I personally love it for this purpose.

Comment: Re:He claims this himself (Score 5, Insightful) 391

by darkain (#47653061) Attached to: Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

I can't even begin to count the number of things wrong with their web site which already makes me not trust them...

* Using Flash just to have a "fancy" text label on the home page
* More JavaScript than I can possibly imagine for a STATIC web page
* Video where the lighting exposure is off and the audio quality is questionable
* Speech during the video where the guy stumbles on his own words a couple of times

Really, for a company that supposedly "mitigated risk for 7 years on $1.9 trillion of investments" and ran by a supposed tech superstar genius, you'd think they'd at least get the basics of technology and media correct on their own e-penis self-promotion presentation...

Comment: Complaints? (Score 1) 124

by darkain (#47640883) Attached to: John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

I've got a complaint... The site is slow as shit and buggy as hell. After a long wait, the homepage FINALLY loads. Click on anything, and get a spinning little "loading" thing pop up in the middle of the page, and then nothing happens. After some minutes, and error box popped up in the top-right corner of the page saying there is some technical issues.

OH wait, this is McAfee we're talking about... yeah, shit's gonna suck, forgot.

Comment: Re:Because (Score 4, Interesting) 130

by darkain (#47608135) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Something else I've personally noticed, and this is consistent with everyone I've asked about the issue...

"Top Stories" for desktop viewing vs mobile viewing are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I have to check FB on both my desktop AND my tablet every day just to get an idea of what going on with my social circle. This is just stupid bad. What is even worse is that there is next to zero intersection between these two separate news feeds from the same account. It is as if Facebook decided to split timelines in half, one set for mobile, the other for desktop.

Comment: Google Fiber (Score 5, Interesting) 71

by darkain (#47602409) Attached to: Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

And this is exactly why I wish Google Fiber was deployed in more areas. They have a simple solution: a FREE tier for life.

And as far as the $300 setup fee, I'm not sure about other cities, but Portland is working on subsidies to cover this cost as well, so it is $0 for low income families to have basic 5mbps internet service.

Comment: or don't trust the Internet (Score 3, Insightful) 191

by darkain (#47364275) Attached to: 30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

And those who are extremely educated fall into the "don't trust the Internet" group quite easily. How many security exploits do we need before people stop trusting in various internet services? But not trusting it doesn't mean we stop USING it! We simply alter our actions on the internet.

Comment: T-Mobile's Reponse (Score 4, Informative) 110

by darkain (#47363975) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

For those not clicking links, this is what T-Mobile had to say about this:

We have seen the complaint filed today by the FTC and find it to be unfounded and without merit. In fact T-Mobile stopped billing for these Premium SMS services last year and launched a proactive program to provide full refunds for any customer that feels that they were charged for something they did not want. T-Mobile is fighting harder than any of the carriers to change the way the wireless industry operates and we are disappointed that the FTC has chosen to file this action against the most pro-consumer company in the industry rather than the real bad actors.

As the Un-carrier, we believe that customers should only pay for what they want and what they sign up for. We exited this business late last year, and announced an aggressive program to take care of customers and we are disappointed that the FTC has instead chosen to file this sensationalized legal action. We are the first to take action for the consumer and I am calling for the entire industry to do the same.

This is about doing what is right for consumers and we put in place procedures to protect our customers from unauthorized charges. Unfortunately, not all of these third party providers acted responsibly—an issue the entire industry faced. We believe those providers should be held accountable, and the FTC’s lawsuit seeking to hold T-Mobile responsible for their acts is not only factually and legally unfounded, but also misdirected.

-- John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile USA

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."