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The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013 193 193

DavidGilbert99 writes "Fantasy fans are clearly among the most prevalent downloaders of pirated material if the 2013 lists of most pirated films and TV shows is anything to go by. The Hobbit beat Django Unchained and Fast and Furious 6 while on TV, Game of Thrones saw off competition from Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead as the most pirated TV show. While this is clearly losing money for both industries, the US box office doesn't seem to be suffering too much as it is about to record its best year ever."

Comment: Re:Eagerly awaited (Score 2) 324 324

Android has had a "set fake location for testing" feature for a long time. Even my mostly locked down Virgin Mobile phone has that allowed.

"Settings -> developer options -> Allow Mock Locations"

If you don't have developer options, you may be able to get them turned on from "Settings -> About Phone" by clicking the Build Number, at least 7 times.

Then install one of several location setting tools from Google Play. Set location wherever you want.

Other permissions are harder to fake, but location results are pretty easy to change.

Google

Google Doodle Remembers Computing Pioneer Grace Hopper 157 157

SternisheFan writes "Monday's Google Doodle honors computing genius Grace Hopper (remembered as a great pioneer in computing, as well as in women's achievements in science and engineering), on what would have been her 107th birthday, doodling her right where she spent much of her time – at the helm of one of the world's first computers."

Comment: Re:Update Fatigue (Score 1) 246 246

I just restart firefox once in a while, and it updates then. Never seen Firefox hollerin' anything about updates. I've got it set to auto update though. Perhaps if you chose an option other than "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them" it'd be quiet. It's in Tools->options->advanced->updates.

If you're talking about the Flash plug-in update, that's a problem you can blame on Adobe for releasing something more insecure than IE. Talk about something that goes through more versions than Firefox.... that'd probably be it.

Comment: Re:Think about alternative business models (Score 1) 684 684

Digital Video Express was a DVD-based format that stopped working after a while, unless you paid a fee. It required your DIVX (yeah, they overloaded the namespace of Divx here) player to be connected to a phone line so it could call home and take care of the billing/drm.

Google works in the UK... First link for "Digital Video Express" will explain it quite well.

Comment: Re:Hero..maybe to you. (Score 1) 272 272

If he does get arrested for this, he'll probably get his laptop back, because for the thief to make a police report he has to go to a police station with enough information to connect the stolen laptop to this evil guy who's stealing all the thief's privacy. A new lead!

+ - Ask Slashdot: what are some technologies which have gone extinct 2 2

alokmenghrajani writes: I'm trying to list various technologies which have gone extinct over the years (think Microsoft's Clippy, Swatch's .beat time, abusing imagemaps in web design, etc.). What do you think were the most interesting technologies which didn't survive the test of time?

Comment: Re:Plead (Score 1) 978 978

Advertisers know that some people block cookies, and the obvious way around that is to put tracking info in the image request. So the tracking images also need to be blocked to prevent tracking. Most of these tracking images have random-looking junk in the image link. That junk might, or might not, be some sort of tracking information, but it sure seems suspicious.

Blocking only tracking cookies will not stop tracking.

Comment: Re:It's a flawed way to keep a site up. (Score 1) 978 978

Best description so far of how I feel about most web ads these days. Too many creative types assume that the website visitors have the same multi-core fast graphics systems, and forget to put a CPU usage limiter on the flash ads. Oh, look cool ad, too bad I can't do anything else now until it stops playing, and sometimes not even then..

Comment: Re:Umm.. (Score 1) 318 318

Er... ok, I bought an Android phone at Walmart recently. No problem. You're mistaking "mass market" for "monopoly". If you're looking for something that only a few people in an area will want to buy (operating system software they don't have experience with), big box stores are not the place to get them.

There are a few companies that tried pre-loading GNU/linux, but almost nobody bought those. In most cases it was cheaper to buy an MS computer, and then put whatever you wanted on it, than to pay more for a similarly speced linux machine.

By the way, trying to buy a free desktop operating system at a retail software store like Newegg will always be difficult. There's this problem with not making a profit when no money is paid.

Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

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