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Comment Thinng the herd? (Score 3, Insightful) 305

Assuming usage stays fairly constant for each user per month... wont think eventually bring down their average usage over time? The first month, top 5% are scaled back, and you assume as the throttling continues into the next month, they will no longer be the top users. So then there is a new top 5%... and these users are using less than what last month's top 5% used... as they get carried over in the next billing cycle, this continues until it hits some threshold...

Comment Re:Security, Now? (Score 4, Informative) 273

Really it has more to do with the fact that they did it for Tungsnia, so they have now just implemented it for other countries

The evidence that accounts were being hacked remained anecdotal. Facebook's security team couldn't prove something was wrong in the data. It wasn't until after the new year that the shocking truth emerged: Ammar was in the process of stealing an entire country's worth of passwords. [...] Sullivan's team rapidly coded a two-step response to the problem. First, all Tunisian requests for Facebook were routed to an https server. [...] The second technical solution they implemented was a "roadblock" for anyone who had logged out and then back in during the time when the malicious code was running. Like Facebook's version of a "mother's maiden name" question to get access to your old password, it asks you to identify your friends in photos to complete an account login.


Submission + - NDP slams CRTC's approval of usage-based billing ( 1

silentbrad writes: The NDP's digital-issues critic says a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to allow usage-based billing threatens access to the Internet. According to Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, usage-based billing is unfair to consumers and could be used by large Internet service providers to limit competition from third-party ISPs and online media sources, such as Netflix.

Comment Re:Will they drop Flash, too? (Score 1) 765

This is what makes sense to me. They are for open solutions. They are also for solutions that make everyone's life easier. Right now, flash is a solution that works on essentially every browser and platform, and it is trivial for developers to set up websites using flash to serve videos. If in the future, we have an opportunity to move forward, why not move forward in an open fashion which will ensure that lives are easy for users (cross browser/platform) and developers (no worries about patents, easy to implement) again.

Submission + - Android Widgets Disappearing (

creativeHavoc writes: In all current and future builds of android, applications which have enabled the ability to be moved to the SD card are negatively impacted by the fact that when they do, all widgets will be disabled and impossible to access in the future (until moved back to internal phone storage and then rebooting the phone.)

With typical android phones designed with small internal memory and the ability to expand your memory with an SD card (a supposed selling feature) the fact that google essentially negates the ability for many applications to operate properly when using this feature. Users downvote applications who do not enable MoveToSD, but also downvote applications when they do not understand who to blame for their widgets disappearing.

Google seemed to act when the text-messaging bug was brought to light in the tech media, can it happen again?

Comment Re:Net loss, still not a profit (Score 1) 235

I suppose his point was that 50 million was given a chance to create interest that it otherwise would not have created. The 50 million, ends up paid either way, but in one way generates a substantial amount of interest. Who is to say, however, that this interest was greater than the legal fees of the trial. That is another question.

Comment Re:Twitter knew since December 14th (Score 1) 391

That's the PATRIOT ACT for you... there is a reason any public body or even many private companies in Canada no longer allow any data to go to the USA. Never mind the ability to take private information, the fact that by default the law says you cannot inform the user... it's frightening. Even small things, like my university which uses those stupid iClickers had to set up an authorization server locally because the are not allowed to send student data into the states any more.

Submission + - ChromeOS laptop-smashing ad equation solved

An anonymous reader writes: Google's latest marketing video for Chrome OS is interesting to watch for the laptop-smashing amateurs or the slow motion fans, but the real fun may be at 2:24 in the video where a X=G/(CHROM-3) equation is displayed on a chalkboard. Only 20 hours later, it has already been cracked by Jamendo founder Sylvain Zimmer and his team. Check out the details on how they did it and won a Cr-48 netbook which probably won't be delivered because they are not in the U.S.

Submission + - Wikileaks Petition Gathers Support (

creativeHavoc writes: "The vicious intimidation campaign against WikiLeaks is wrong, dangerous and undermines the rule of law. Top US politicians have branded WikiLeaks a terrorist organization, suggested assassinating its staff, and urged corporations to shut it down.

The future of our freedoms and the Internet is at stake. Let's urgently take a stand to ensure governments and companies act with restraint and due process, not escalate this fight. "

It's gathering signatures at a rate of over one per second.

The campaign to silence WikiLeaks mirrors the attempts to abuse copyright to limit legitimate artistic expression. Amazon even used the ownership of the leaked documents — copyright — as their excuse for suspending the WikiLeaks account, When in fact the US government does not hold copyright in documents it produces.

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