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Submission + - Facebook Data Retention? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: I know that Facebook has been pretty shady with keeping people's data, and is generally all about maximizing what they can retain, but I thought that deleting my account would eliminate everything from them. Now, a year after I deleted my account (full delete, not deactivate), I found reason to rejoin. Surprisingly, when I came back on, Facebook suggested all of my old friends to me again. What gives?

Submission + - iTunes 10.5 may not be compatible with older AMD c (

An anonymous reader writes: Reports are starting to appear in Apple's Support forums that iTunes 10.5 won't play MP3 files on some computers — early indications are pointing to older AMD CPUs. It is reported that songs sound like fingernails on a chalkboard. Audio files purchased through the iTunes Store are not effected, probably because they are encoded in a different format.

Comment Cat and Mouse (Score 2) 176

What is going to be different about this software layer?

Is it going to be written in some new magical language that prevents programmers from fucking up and having buffer overflow/underflow or other common problems that you see in C and C++, the most likely languages that this kind of software would be written in?

Just today there was an article on ./ about BIOS infections. Isn't the BIOS a layer between the OS and "silicon". Sure, the BIOS wasn't written to be a security layer but just because a software layer is below the OS doesn't mean that is is immune to being exploited.

From TFA:

Provides real time CPU event monitoring with minimal performance impact.

(bold tags added by me)
Bullshit. Just like normal AV has minimal performance impact now.

Besides all of the obvious reasons that this is just another gimmick by McAfee to get more $$ from corporate IT departments with MBA directors that don't even know what the "silicon" in the marketing press release, sorry "article" means, when this gets exploited and there are viri for this layer I bet McAfee will have a AV for this layer to sell.

Comment Yes i guess (Score 1) 2

The term came about because a bug was stuck in one of the early computers and someone had to 'debug' the computer to get it to work. I believe it was a British woman who coined the term. I dont remember her name right now, but she was a pioneer of computer engineering if I recall correctly.

Submission + - Collection of Google's April Fool Hoaxes (

fortystones writes: "Every year Google likes to have a little laugh at the cost of its users. It announces something so special and out of the world, which seems so weird yet since Google does it ever so often that you believe it for some time. Then we you have the, “Wait a minute” moment and you realize Google has made a fool out of you. There has been a long history of Google playing pranks on its user on the 1st of April, the April Fool’s Day."

Comment Re:Sure, why not? (Score 1) 95

HTML5 is attempting to fix that issue with the canvas element and web workers (i know its a stupid name) . You still need JavaScript but not Flash, and Google has been optimizing Chrome for JavaScript because they already knew the browser as a platform is the future.

A lot of the content and interactiveness coded in Flash can now be done in HTML5 which should be more efficient. Look at the Chrome store, there are very infantile implementations of HTML5 apps available now, and HTML5 isn't going to be ratified until 2014 or something like that. I hate Flash and JavaScript as much as the next guy but I don't think Flash and JavaScript sucking are reasons not to take the browser seriously as a platform.

Comment Re:yeah (Score 1) 376

please dont talk on matters on which you do not have sufficient information, like this assumption of yours regarding 'legal' nonviolent methods of mlk.

Thats your assumption not his. The person you are quoting and then trying desperately to prove incorrect explicitly said:

Like the non-violent methods of MLK, who broke the law in a way that brought attention and public opinion over to their side.

You claim to know a lot about history (or at least that GP doesn't know a lot about history). Perhaps you should read about Thoreau. He advocates the style of disobedience that the GP is advocating. Gandhi and MLK subscribe to this way of thought as well.

Comment Re:No, WE do not have a responsibility (Score 2, Insightful) 278

It's about limiting it to as small an amount as possible, to ensure that as many kids grow up to be productive members of society as possible.

I'm glad you brought this up. My original post was going to mention that at 15 I had access to almost anything I wanted to get my hands on. However, I (in my own opinion of course) am a productive member of society.

How did this happen? My parents thought me that drinking too much is bad, smoking too much is going to get me cancer, driving drunk is going to get me killed ect... So, when presented with drugs and alcohol I knew moderation and control. When all my friends were puking their guts out because they had no experience drinking, I was enjoying myself responsibly.

You know that saying: Catch a man a fish, feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.
Well, I think that if you watch your kid and stop him/her from doing something stupid, their safe for that day. But when you teach your kid not to be a pisshead, you are protecting them for life.

Comment Re:Inconceivable! (Score 0, Offtopic) 112

Whats with the dig at McDonald's customers?
Wanting a burger and fries in less than 5 min for less than 5$ != ignorant.
Wanting a website for less than 9$/month != ignorant.
Characterizing people that go to McDonald's as ignorant == ignorant.
Everyone knows fast food isn't fine dining, and that godaddy isn't business-grade web hosting. That doesn't mean there is no reason besides ignorance for using McDonalds and godaddy.

BTW, I have seen some very serious eaters at McDonalds.

Comment Re:AV on POS computer?? (Score 2, Insightful) 233

I agree.
However, when you have 200,000+ POS machines, management wants an AV.
I hate McAfee, I hate using a AV instead of isolating a machine from removable media and the Internet. I hate spending money on AV when we could use it on something else. But when a franchise manager on the other side of the world lets one of his employees use the wifi or a printer or something, I'm glad there's an AV to protect my ass. Even though there shouldn't be a way the POS machines get a virus, the AV is kind of like car insurance: It protects you from accidents, costs too much money per year, someone else forced you to get it, and in the end when something shitty happens it kind of saves your ass.

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