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Comment Am I being paranoid... (Score 2) 67

... or it's actually not possible to implement Push Messaging and Notifications without every message going through Google's servers (or GCM, Google Cloud Messaging)? Somehow I don't see this "feature" being all that popular, considering tracking/snooping and Google's discontinuing its services willy-nilly. And it looks like you have to actually pay Google if you want to send more than 10,000 notifications per day.

Submission + - Black Friday: E-commerce Pages Were 20% Slower On Desktop, 57% Slower On Mobile

An anonymous reader writes: Black Friday news kicked off this weekend quite early when Best Buy was hit with a massive outage, but it turns out that was only half the story. The top 50 e-commerce websites were slower overall this year compared to last, suggesting customers were frustrated even if they could get to their favorite shopping site. Web performance monitoring company Catchpoint Systems looked at aggregate performance this weekend and compared it to the same timeframe in 2013. The results are notable: desktop webpages were 19.85 percent slower, while mobile webpages were a whopping 57.21 percent slower.

Submission + - Science Confirms The Bigger The Belly, The Better The Lover->

Diggester writes: Researchers at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey have just completed a yearlong study that looked at the correlation between body mass index (BMI) and male sexual performance. Their findings: Overweight men with obvious bellies lasted an astounding five minutes — five minutes! — longer in the sack than their thinner brethren.

A total of 200 men were surveyed. Researchers ultimately found that men with a higher BMI (i.e. bellies) lasted an average of 7.3 minutes in bed. The slimmer of the group barely lasted two minutes, and were more likely to suffer from premature ejaculation.

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Comment ripoffreport.com is part of the problem (Score 3, Informative) 519

While I have absolutely no sympathy for all the hate that the keangear asshats will get from this, I just wish that ripoffreport.com would get their share of it. Did you know that if you pay them money, they will happily turn all the negative reports about your business into positive? They call it "Corporate Advocacy Program", but the real name of it should be "blackmail and extortion". Absolutely anyone can post anything about any business, be it true or a complete lie, and the business owner has absolutely no way for defending themselves. Except if you pay ripoffreport.com a few hundred bucks and then all negative reports go away. And they even claim that they will help place the newly positive reviews "at the top of search engines", whatever the hell that means. See, they do it to benefit the consumer and to assure the complete satisfaction, and not at all to blackmail small businesses and extort money from them:
http://www.ripoffreport.com/CorporateAdvocacyProgram/Change-Report-From-Negative-To-Positive.aspx

Comment Re:IMO, it is not going to work (Score 3, Insightful) 166

Sniper rifle should be the *least* latency-sensitive weapon. In real life, no sniper can hit a running target at any reasonable distance (unless they are running directly towards, or away). More so if the target is passing by a window and is only visible for a fraction of a second, which makes any sort of leading practically impossible.

Comment Re:Here is a thought.. (Score 1) 400

Sigh... How is this relevant that they were not "even" American citizens?! Are non-American citizens somehow less capable of feeling compassion for other human beings and thus are less capable of being motivated when working on a *healthcare* related website? Or are they not as smart? At least I hope they were all white, right?

Comment What am I missing? (Score 5, Funny) 431

Can someone explain it to me, why US/UK/etc. governments are so freaking afraid of leaks, when apparently it's such a common knowledge that everyone spies on everyone, including their friends and allies?!

Shouldn't it be, if you haven't done anything wrong, you shouldn't be afraid of the truth? Since enemies of any state already assume they are being spied on anyway?

I mean, I can understand if the leaks included real names of agents and informants, or were putting real people in real danger of being killed in some other way. But at this point it's all just about governments lying to the people and each other, and about politicians losing all credibility. Oh, wait, I think I just answered my own question...

Comment Re:Can't do without excellent coders (Score 2) 453

The guy with charming ideas is nothing without a genius coder to implement them. And the coder indeed needs the ideas guy to suggest what he's going to code, and how it's going to look like. One can't do without the other, and so it goes in so many fields of work.

Um, no. Ideas are dime a dozen. The key word there is "charming". You need a schmoozer/promoter to make an idea popular, and being a charismatic leader does help. Plus, most "tech geniuses" are antisocial, often because they find it mind-numbingly boring to do the necessary steps to make any venture successful past implementing an idea. But tech people can be as creative and full of ideas as anyone else. We just lose interest right after we get it up and running, and move on to the next idea. :)

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