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Comment: Re:Apologies not accepted (Score 1) 64 64

Like I said, I don't care, just the attitude that somehow the victim is in the wrong, and the faux scolding of 'I am better than you' your attitude implied. If you reread your sentence
"Of course I havent had to use it, because I generally dont run into issues with apps asking for insane levels of access. Maybe its the apps you're using?"
and can honestly say it doesn't sound remotely douchey, then I apologize.
"Of course I haven't ever had an STD, but I generally don't use the low end hookers you obviously use..." :)

        read your contacts
        approximate location (network-based)
        read call log

It is definitely better than most, but that doesn't make it good.
I don't like any of them being grabby, which is why I use Privacy Guard, which is actually just the Google hidden App Ops.

Comment: Re:Apologies not accepted (Score 1) 64 64

"Of course, I need to sound like a douche, and I have to blame the victim."

Try to install any PushToTalk app from the play store, like Voxer, etc...
Try to install Yahoo Mail.
Try to install FB.
Try to install anything supported by ads and watch it ask for 'fine location', contacts, phone number, etc.

Not sure what you are using your phone for that you aren't running across apps ask for things that they probably shouldn't, and honestly I don't care, because I am sure it is a perfectly valid use case.

+ - Call to Arms: Automate FCC CALM Act Complaints-> 1 1

slaingod writes: After seeing the Aaron Swartz JSTOR Liberator [] I had the idea to build a website myself that eased the complaint process for loud commercials that violate the recently enacted CALM Act. However, when digging into the idea, a better one came to me, and though it is beyond my capacity to implement across the multiple platforms, I wanted to share the idea with the community in the hopes that we could make a difference. The idea is simple: Automate the complaint process in popular open source media center applications, such as MythTV, XBMC, or Plex plugins, with automatic flagging of commercials that are loud, along with the relevant metadata. A review process for the user would allow them to fill in the advertiser as the one non-automatable aspect, though this could theoretically be semi-automated by fingerprinting the commercials as well.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Converged Phone/Laptop Device (Score 2) 102 102

So for me the interesting idea is all about reducing the number of devices I need to maintain. Whether it is chrome os/android or ubuntu, or whatever, my interest is in having to maintain as few devices as possible.

Right now I have
Windows x64 Box #1: Old workhours/gaming/media desktop, mainly used for torrents, news, and to use Photoshop, etc when necessary.
Windows x64 Box #2: HTPC with Windows Media Center ('free' guide listings, works with cable card premium chans) (also important not to do too much besides HTPC for stability on this box)
Ubuntu x64 Laptop #1: Main device I use on a daily basis for dev work, etc.
Windows x86 VM on Ubuntu: Windows VM I use for photoshop, and other windows/osx only apps and for old drivers for scanners etc that dont have x64 drivers
Android Phone: My phone
Andoid Tablet: My tablet

I would love to have at most one or two OS instances I have to maintain. A Padphone/Phabet with Laptop dock, etc. may be the converged device that I can use in the future for my full dev stack.

Comment: Re:Screwing with my router? (Score 1) 214 214

The computers are Windows 7, though there is an Ubuntu VM on the main computer. Any two connected to the router cause problems, but if the cable modem isn't connected the Dlink works fine (but no internet obviously), so something is happening between the DLink router and the cable modem's router. Nothing on my network changed, particularly at specifically 12:04ish AM CST on Tuesday morning.

Comcast Modem/Router: SMC8014
DLink Gamer Lounge DGL-4300

Right now I have the second computer plugged into the SMC's router ports, and it works fine, just can't see into the DLink to talk to the other computers obviously. Connecting over WiFi does not exhibit the same problems when two computers are connected on the DLink (one via ethernet the other via WiFi).

Comment: Screwing with my router? (Score 1) 214 214

So interestingly, on Feb 1st, at 12:04AM, my network went nuts in my house. I have Comcast Business Class service and was actually on the phone with them yesterday morning, with no good results. I have a Comcast provided SMC cable modem/router, with my own DLink Gaming Lounge 4100 or something attached to that.

Basically the problem is this: When I have two computers attached to my router now, the internet becomes unusable on all the computers. I can see the ethernet lights show Gigabit connection orange, and green traffic, but then it blinks out, repeating every 10 seconds or so.

I am wondering if this trial has something to do with my problems. Or maybe it is just time for a new router...

Comment: Re:Can't believe they released this shit (Score 1) 401 401

Worked fine for my for years and years, starting pre-phone with the Compaq Aero, thru my last phone the XV6700. It was either that or Palm, which was a comparable product. Neither was exceptional but they def worked.

I do have a Droid now tho, since the day it came out on Verizon. Not saying MS didn't squander an opportunity with it, but it did work.

Comment: Re:torrent (Score 1) 198 198

Or maybe they have thought about doing that and realized that it isn't easy to implement, since many of the files are already broken up into various RAR files and in many cases password encrypted. All 'file detection' would do is move people just a little further down the 'hiding your files' curve for the uploaders. JDownloader or whatever would undoubtedly handle the complexity for the downloaders seamlessly.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 534 534

Except that isn't true... Sony had already announced the removal of OtherOS from the PS3 Slim before Geohot started trying to break the hypervisor.

Aug 2009 OtherOS removed from PS3 Slim

'End of 2009' Geohot begins to look for exploits.

It is true that Sony removed it from existing PS3 Fats after that, but the damage was already done. When your PS3 breaks, and you need a new one, the Slim is the only style available now, unless you accept that people should be forced to go to Ebay to buy PS3 Fats for every increasing prices as supply dwindles.

Comment: Re:bad for the environment (Score 1) 191 191

Profit maximization isn't necessarily the problem IMO. One issue is that there are externalities that are not factored into the cost of production, such as the impact of pollution or disposal. Say you had two LCD monitors, one using a lot of arsenic and mercury that cost $100, and another that used less damaging materials for $200. If the externalities were factored in, then true cost of the monitors that the consumer might pay could be $300 for the first, and $250 for the second.

The other main issue, somewhat releated to externalities, I would call 'incomplete information for the imperfect consumers'. If the consumer can't know the mercury/arsenic content in an LCD, then they can't make a real choice. If they don't have the education to even understand why mercury/arsenic would be bad, that is another problem. Or if they don't have the ability to know the technical aspects of why one heart strent is better/more expensive than another, they can't make an optimal decision.

But our lives are littered with these non-optimal decisions. And that is why the government has stepped in to force certain industries/products to incorporate those externalities, or established standards and testing to ensure that the quality of the product is as described when the consumer is unable to determine this themselves.

If you can think of some other way besides government to include these obvious economic factors into the actual costs of products, then feel free to pass that along. Though I would guess it would end up looking like government in the end.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake