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Comment: Re:Not so good (Score 1) 103

by gstewart (#41552167) Attached to: Philippines' Cybercrime Law Makes SOPA Look Reasonable

A bigger issue (but not more abhorrent), in the Phils, than the children forced into online sex shows, is the voluntary and legal-aged, for-profit, cybersex houses. There are far more cebersex houses in the Phils employing legal individuals than there are forcing children into these practices. There is a larger issue with respect to sex tourism and child sex/pornography trade, yes.

The Phils is an extremely Catholic country, with some Victorian-era cultural expectations. The cybersex trade has provided a lot of individuals (not just women) the ability to make very good money very easily in a country with an exceeding percentage of poverty.

Strip clubs are illegal throughout the country, but depending on gets paid off, determines whether or not they are overlooked.

Noynoy Aquino is doing a lot to abolish corruption and get general crimes under control, but has the Church to deal with while implementing some of these laws (for instance, the Phils is still unable to get free distribution of condoms for those who need but can't afford them into effect due to the intervention of the Church).

There is also a huge growth of non-sexual cyber crime in the Phils, especially with identity theft and sales scams. Unfortunately, credit cards and fraud protection are not wide-spread, so people are more often required to provide bank information as a means of making payments (unless a customer can convince the seller to ship via LBC and have LBC accept and handle the payment upon delivery, which I'm not sure is an available service-I haven't asked at LBC).

Many people rely on the bank receipt as payment for money transferred as proof of payment, which is unreliable and rarely offers protection to the consumer.

But, this is also not to defend the law, but to help in clarification.

Comment: Re:Probably violates Facebook's TOS ... (Score 0) 135

by gstewart (#40080113) Attached to: Microsoft Tests Social Search Waters With 'so.cl' Network

It's connecting to Facebook via an FB app. Essentially, it is an FB app that reports back to Microsoft's so.cl servers.

It gains whatever permissions the app has access to, that you provide it access to.

Under the app settings for "so.cl".

This app needs:
        Your email address (your@email.dom)
        Your groups

I have a FB dev account that I added this thing to so I could see what it wanted. It's supposed to be sending me an e-mail "invitation...soon" and it won't let me log into "so.cl" before that. Not sure what's taking it so long.

The only thing it's letting me do is follow them on Twitter while I wait (yeah... right).

Comment: Re:money back if not delighted? (Score 1) 743

by gstewart (#39713907) Attached to: $60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day

I had certain brands of CFLs last differently in the very same fixture. For instance, I purchased nine Philips CFL vanity lights that each died somewhere between one month and a year. I ended up buying GE 6000K vanity globe CFLs to replace the Philips CFLs and so far they have all lasted almost two years, now.

Philips did send me refund cheques (not coupons) for the lot, so I wasn't too upset. But, it was very annoying that none of them lasted as long as the incandescent bulbs that were in that same fixture, prior.

I don't buy Philips bulbs any more, but that's just been my experience.

I had some very old GE CFLs that I had bought so long ago that I moved several times with them. I'd approximate some of them lasted possibly 15 years, maybe longer.

My guess is manufacture has a lot to do the longevity of the bulb. Not so much the technology.

Comment: Re:Difficulty with non-standard orthography (Score 0) 91

by gstewart (#37302820) Attached to: Facebook Testing Translate Feature For Comments?

I see this having a lot of trouble not only with common form written variability, but also with unique dialectical languages. My Facebook profile is set to English, but I have comments in at least two other languages on my profile, and those two languages actually appear very similar: Ilonggo and Tagalog, where some of the words and verb conjugations have commonality between the two languages, but there are more differences than commonalities.

Any machine translation of these two languages on a single (or any) page is sure to have problems. It goes much farther than simply determining the word intended by kamusta/kmsta/msta/musta'ka, or viewing non-typos as typos as in bahay/balay which are the same word and correct spelling in the different languages.

There isn't even a dictionary in print or digital form for Ilonggo that I have been able to find, so I'm not even sure FB would be able to handle languages like this, unless the commenter is prompted to specify which language they are writing in, and would that just be a huge fail.

Comment: Propaganda? (Score 1) 232

by gstewart (#37286894) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Identify This UAV?

Why do all these photographs reek of Pakistani propaganda to me? I feel like I'm looking at photos of UFO wreckage from Roswell.

After the mission to kill Bin Laden in Pakistan, the Pakistani government don't like us very much, and I get the impression this could just be some ploy to provoke anti-American sentiment.

To me, it looks more like a R/C plane with some unrelated bits and pieces that might not even fit into the craft. But, I'm certainly no authority on R/C planes or military surveillance craft.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 615

by gstewart (#35727484) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?

I'm actually stuck working from home, more than not, and not entirely by choice. My health has become an impediment to my working in an office full of people due to chemical allergies, so I have no real alternative but to telecommute most of the time.

I've found that since I started telecommuting, I'm beginning my day at least two hours earlier, and I persistently check my e-mails and watch the systems I administrate up until my wife drags me to the table for dinner, and then after dinner, then for another hour before nodding off at night. I'm not paid any more or any less for the extra time I put in, and I don't complain about it, either.

I'm sure that I'm not the only who does this.

I agree that the majority of telecommuters--that are worth employing at all--are probably more ambitious than the average Joe who sits in traffic for at least an hour to and from the office, and can't stop thinking about how long off it is until 5pm each day.

Comment: Re:There is a battle for the future of... (Score 2, Insightful) 297

by gstewart (#33909794) Attached to: Facebook, Microsoft Team Up Against Google

And Facebook recently "upgraded" their security settings to supposedly "tighten" the privacy configuration on user profiles... Are they going to add a security setting that let's me choose to have my profile information and photos *excluded* from the Bing searches? I should hope so.

I have a hard enough time yelling at my 'friends' not to copy and repost my photos without proper security on their own profiles, and have partly resorted to watermarking all my images with my copyright to help tell people whose images they really are.

But, I would certainly drop the FB account if my photos end up in a search engine (and listen here, Facebook, I would know exactly where they came from!)

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