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Submission + - Firefox's Secret Requests 1

An anonymous reader writes: Unlike older versions of Firefox, more recent versions will make a request to a destination server just by hovering over a link. No CSS and no javascript needed. Try it for yourself. Disable CSS and javascript in Firefox and fire up iftop, hover over some links and watch the fun begin. There once was a time when you hovered over a link to check the "real link" before you clicked on it. Well no more. Just looking at it makes a 'secret request'.

Submission + - New definition of extremist: 'Anybody who challenges the established order'->

An anonymous reader writes: I think this all fits in with what’s been happening here in Britain because the government has got this new so-called ‘counter extremism initiative.’ They want to bring in a bill and their definition of ‘extremism’ is deliberately designed to bring in people who challenge the established order. Of course it’s not just simply about terrorists; it’s about anybody who criticizes the capitalist system, anybody who poses any kind of challenge, and anybody who wants to protest against the existing very unfair economic system that we’ve got in Britain. This is worrying, this is dangerous.
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Submission + - Google Photos keeps collecting your pictures even after you delete the Android ->

brianstdreger writes: If you dabbled with Google Photos when it was launched last month but decided it wasn't for you, make sure you also turn photo backup off in your Android phone's Google Settings menu, or else you'll continue uploading new pictures to the service. Nashville Business Journal writer David A. Arnott discovered the quirk when hundreds of family photos appeared on Google Photos, even when he'd deleted the pictures and uninstalled the app itself from his phone.
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Comment OMG, a comment (Score 1) 6

Ha. It is 7pm on Thursday night and I am still sitting in the office reading the slashdot firehose for the nth time where the bth time was already two letters too many. In which I saw your journal. As I am on the firehose and have excellent karma, I thought abut simply down modding it as my ritual of culling most stuff on the firehose that doesn't interest me - really, isn't that what every mod does on this site? But for some strange reason I clicked on the link - perhaps it was to reenforce the fact that in the firehose, the story title has two distinct functionalities for a mouse click - the first being to expand and collapse, and the second being to open the entry a'la the now extinct "Read More" link that was previously a straight forward and simple way to actually read more - I can just imagine the management meetings where it was decided to remove the obvious "Read More" link with the current functionality. Note that I now have to right click and open in a new tab in order to read more instead of being able to click a link labeled "Read More". Typical managerial decision there. Anyway, I thought I would just leave a quick comment to say that I agree totally with your assessment of Linux and its current state of antiuserbility. My Linux journey ended about 3 years ago (after starting in 1995) when I performed an update on my laptop which completely destroyed my ability to watch digital TV in Linux - I had no TV at the time. I am now of the opinion that if it wasn't for the developers, Linux would already be on the desktop of every computer. Linux would be great if it didn't just suck so much.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I actually enjoyed reading your post. I'll probably never read another one of yours. Cheers.

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Journal Journal: Mindless Linux Drivel... 6

So, as those who "know me" know, I am a long-winded poster who adds inane drivel more often than not. It is a pass-time and a lot of the time I simply can not say what I wanted to say in a short blurb. My thoughts do not fit on a bumper sticker. If they did then they would be so superficial that they would not be worth adding to the conversation. Also, many folks like to argue and this argument seems to come from them not actually understanding what I wrote. Replies frequently look like, "I a

Comment Not positive at all (Score 1) 1

For me, this is reminiscent of those horror movies where the victim is trapped in a basement where the only light is through a very dirty window. The room is very dirty and dusty which gives the sunbeam glow. Further to the feeling of being trapped, the blue light gives it a very cold feeling.

We have Linux with its cute penguins, Apple with it's big cats and now beautiful sceneries, and Microsoft with its "You'll be trapped forever in this hell hole" wallpapers.

Submission + - How Industry Lobbyists Basically Wrote The TPP->

An anonymous reader writes: Watch has a full writeup showing how industry lobbyists influenced the TPP agreement, to the point that one is even openly celebrating that the USTR version copied his own text word for word.

“Hi Barbara – John sent through a link to the P4 agreement. I have taken a quick look at the rules of origin. Someone owes USTR a royalty payment – these are our rules. They will need some tweaking but will likely not need major surgery. This is a very pleasant surprise. I will study more closely over the weekend.”

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Comment In other words (Score 1) 1

"Our masters were not happy that our testing methods were not giving the results they wanted to push their agendas, so we have come up with new testing methods. Or new methods will add a 0.1 degree accuracy increment for each year of the plateau to allow for the inaccuracies in our previous testing methods. The new testing methods have shown once again that global warming is in fact real and that the earth is actually warming at a rate of 0.1 degrees. Future measurements will have the accuracy increment to be indexed to CPI to offset increases in inaccuracies of our tests due to degradation of our testing equipment due to the effects of global warming."

-- Official global warming specialist (who has just received a large amount of money)

Submission + - Global warming pause no longer valid - US Scientiests-> 1

Taco Cowboy writes:

The whole Global Warming debate is as confusing as ever

Researchers from the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that there was no 'pause' in Global Warming

Dr Thomas Karl of NOAA point out that the warming rate over the past 15 years is "virtually identical" to the last century and updated observations show temperatures did not plateau

The idea of a global warming "hiatus" arose from questions over why the trend of warming temperatures appeared to be stalling recently compared to the later part of the 20th Century

The new analysis corrects for ocean observations made using different methods as well as including new data on surface temperatures

However Dr Peter Stott of the Met Office Hadley Centre said the results "still show the warming trend over the past 15 years has been slower than previous 15 year periods" and "global temperatures have not increased smoothly"

"This means natural variability in the climate system or other external factors has still had an influence and it's important we continue research to fully understand all the processes at work," he said

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global average temperatures have increased by around 0.05C per decade in the period between 1998 and 2012


This compares with an average of 0.12 per decade between 1951 and 2012

On the other hand, the new analysis suggests a figure of 0.116 per decade for 2000-2014, compared with 0.113 for 1950-1999

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Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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