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Comment: Re:Rumours of G+ Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerat (Score 2) 188

by ezh (#37467676) Attached to: Google+ Enters Open Beta

Google actually back-pedalled on 'real name' policy. It has to be a name you are known by, which could be pretty much anything. See will.i.am on G+, for example.

As for Facebook, it continuously pushes its users to put more data in the open, it has been caught selling private user data to advertisers. FB partner sites can access your info just because your friend visited it while logged into FB, by extracting their list of friends (unless you found your way in a myriad of FB privacy settings and clicked all the correct options - and there is no guarantee FB won't come up with another way to screw your privacy over next month). On top of that, FB founder openly called FB users 'stupid fucks'. Tell me how can you trust such company? And what good can your cookie scrubbers/swappers do, if your FB friends tell a lot about you without even realising it?

I am not saying Google is an angel. But it has much better track record when dealing with private user data. Lots of people use Gmail, but a lot more still use Yahoo & Hotmail. FB also has built-in email. And for many people, FB messages have replaced any other form of IM and even email. So Gmail is far from being a dominant email out there.

So, out of the two, I consider G+ a lot less evil than FB, and wish it every success. Don't get me wrong - I'd be more than happy when a better service comes along. But until then anything that changes the current state of things in social networks world is good.

Comment: Rumours of G+ Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Score 2) 188

by ezh (#37459642) Attached to: Google+ Enters Open Beta

You guys seriously did not expect Google to have an insta-win over Facebook, did you?

The success of G+ is going to take time, but it will happen. Think about it: you already have an account, one day you'll find someone or something worth following on G+. You'll comment, your friends are going to notice. And believe me, they WILL notice, since there is a G+ cross-integration over the whole array of Google products (Search, YouTube, Docs, Gmail, etc): this black top bar with this red square and number in it will keep haunting you. You'll get hooked in. You'll start checking it out. Eventually momentum will turn. Google cannot and will not give up on G+ now - they have put everything on it. G+ is no Wave, it is no Buzz. The G-train will keep pushing. Until it hits your G-spot (sorry for the innuendo :-)

Google keeps on adding awesome features at the great speed. Facebook will have a hard time to follow due to its size if Google keeps pushing like that. Now that G+ API have been published, the evolution is going to start even faster with input of 3rd parties.

And what can you expect from Facebook in the nearest future? Even more integration with Skype and Bing. Have you really been enjoy these two products lately? Really? FB will keep pushing you to open even more of your private data by default to make advertisers happy. You like that future? Really?

Don't worry, the inert mass that are typical Facebook users will take their time. They will even keep using FB for the next few years, but the tide will slowly turn in G+ favour due to its convenience, simplicity, and speed. One day, while searching for Facebook in Google for 1000th time, average Joes will discover this red square on top, and click it. And chain reaction will start.

Now, don't get me wrong, Facebook will still keep growing and have a very successful IPO at the end of 2012, but after that - the game is on.

I'll leave you with this thought - the fall of a former giant called MySpace also took some time...

Comment: Open and free internet (Score 0) 663

by ezh (#34862030) Attached to: Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness
This is a battle for the future of the Internet, and Google should be praised for their decision! The moment HTML standard starts depending on a non-free patented technology is the moment internet freedom dies. It is just a simple as that.

Of course, trying to enforce a new open and free standard with all those whining bunch of MPEG owners, their spindoctors, trolls, sympathizers and people confused by MPEG propaganda is not going to be easy. But VP8 (WebM) was specifically designed to avoid MPEG patent violations. The Google backing, WebM has been added to a lot of software and hardware products already. And even more are on their way! Even if MPEG-LA drags Google to court (they would not be the first, nor the last), Google is not a small bunch of software developers that can't afford legal fees, so it would not be easy by any means. Also, if any such patent violations proved to exist, they can be removed in future codec versions with new technology and various workarounds.

So please give a big pat on Google's shoulder for their decision and help promote WebM!

Comment: The oppression will get worse because of this... (Score 1) 151

by ezh (#33931050) Attached to: MS Gives Free Licenses To Oppressed Nonprofits
This move by Microsoft is going to reassure the countries in question that these NGOs are working to undermine the current governments. Getting 'philanthropic' protection from one of the greediest of corporations? You really believe they are going to believe it? This move will ensure even stricter raids & oppression of NGOs, for what it's worth...

Comment: Re:EVE Online is persistent, kind of (Score 1) 302

by ezh (#24719839) Attached to: The Future of Persistent Worlds In MMOs
While EVE has some elements of persistence, it is still far away from it: asteroid belts are regenerated, moons are regenerated, NPC pirates are regenerated, etc. Without this, EVE would not be able to exist - players would mine out all the resources and kill all the pirates within a couple of months. Then there would be nothing to build new ships from.
Privacy

Russia To Require Registration For Wi-Fi Use 155

Posted by timothy
from the Rossvyazokhrankultura-is-the-short-version dept.
Oleg.salenko points out a ComputerWorld story with some bad news for Russia's wireless users, which starts out "Business travelers to Russia might want to keep their laptops and iPhones well-concealed — not from muggers, necessarily, but from the country's recently formed regulatory super-agency, Rossvyazokhrankultura (short for the Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service)... Rossvyazokhrankultura's interpretation of current law holds that users must register any electronics that use the frequency involved in Wi-Fi communications, said Vladimir Karpov, the deputy director of the agency's communications monitoring division, according to an English commentary provided by website The Other Russia."
Your Rights Online

Second Life & WoW Terrorist Training Camps? 292

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-gotta-be-kidding-me dept.
Tech.Luver writes "theinquirer reports that 'Aussie Security experts claim that Second Life and online games such as World of Warcraft are being used to train terrorists. Apparently there are three jihadi terrorists registered and two elite jihadist terrorist groups in Second Life and they use the site for recruiting and training. This is on top of the Second Life Liberation Army.""

UK's Public Cameras Listen For Trouble 195

Posted by Zonk
from the can't-get-away-with-anything dept.
You're probably already aware of the United Kingdom's large network of video cameras inspecting public places. News.com now reports that they'll be listening for trouble as well. Based on a model in use in the Netherlands, new cameras will be fitted to 'listen for aggressive tones,' such as those used during an argument. From the article: "The system works by putting microphones in CCTV cameras to continually analyze the sound in the surrounding area. If aggressive tones are picked up, an alarm signal is automatically sent to the police, who can zoom in the camera to the location of the suspect sound and investigate the situation. 'Ninety percent of violent cases start with verbal aggression,' Van der Vorst said. 'With our system, the police can respond a lot quicker to a violent situation.'"

China Frustrated In Encryption Talks 252

Posted by Zonk
from the can't-always-get-what-we-want dept.
mikesd81 writes "According to an AP article, the Chinese are pushing for the encryption standard called WAPI. It's not going so well, as the majority of countries are taking the IEEE standard 802.11i. From the article: 'An international dispute over a wireless computing standard took a bitter turn this past week with the Chinese delegation walking out of a global meeting to discuss the technology. The delegation's walkout from Wednesday's opening of a two-day meeting in the Czech Republic escalated an already rancorous struggle by China to gain international acceptance for its homegrown encryption technology known as WAPI. It follows Chinese accusations that a U.S.-based standards body used underhanded tactics to prevent global approval of WAPI.'"

Numbers Stations Move From Shortwave To VoIP 228

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the something-to-puzzle-over dept.
IO ERROR writes "For decades, intelligence agencies have been sending secret messages to their agents in the field using shortwave numbers stations broadcasting encrypted messages for all to hear and puzzle over. Now someone is putting numbers stations on VoIP telephone numbers for anyone to call, and posting messages to Craigslist to alert the recipients to the existence of their messages. One of them went up last month and now a second one has appeared. Will there be a third? Who's behind them? And can you crack the code?"

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