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Comment Re:fuck me (Score 1) 125

Using Google Sheets for business purposes shows a serious lack of technical knowledge.

I'm guessing you think Excel is a way to look at rows of a database in the form of a CSV, in which case ... you're doing it wrong across the board.

Nonsense. Actually I was thinking in terms of sharing information and real time editing and collaboration. Those are the big advantages. We moved past that static document thing a while back. Emailing spreadsheets or docs is 1990's technology. Its the 90's equivalent of "sneaker net" at that, for people that haven't figured out there's a better way to share information. How do you guys with all that "technical knowledge" have multiple people in multiple locations edit the same file at the same time? I hope you don't use email for that too. That would suck from both productivity and data integrity standpoints.

Comment Re:A lense cover (Score 1) 363

Well said! There is a big difference between holding a phone vertically at eye hight (=most probably taking a picture) and the diagonal position used to crush candy or communicate via text or do other stuff. I think it is a sign on the wall that 99% of the criticism is about taking pictures and only 1% about things like distraction and so forth. It is all about consent and not knowing if someone is (not) taking a picture. And even if the wearer is not actively engaged in taking pictures, remote access tools might be able to take over. There is a reason I got the webcam taped off on my laptop... I just simply fail to see why a webcam strapped to a face is a nice idea.

It's not only about taking pictures and video without consent, it is about the device doing it being connected to the immense data collection machine that is Google, with capabilities to aggregate and correlate, track and face-recognize.

So in a couple of years when the technology is embedded in lapel pins or other subtle wearables, and they are "always on", what do we do, ban jewelry and clothing accessories? This is like horse owners complaining about them new fangled motorized carriages because they are loud, dangerous and the money all goes to Detroit. Its just humans being humans.

Comment Re:Hide in plain sight (Score 1) 147

Small-time admins maybe. If one works as part of a larger team, automation and documentation is king - any such backdoors would get anyone into trouble, quick.

I guess you have a definition of "small time", but I am thinking of alleged Chinese theft of Google source code. The "backdoor" was IE and very clever phishing.

Comment Re:Evidence? (Score 1) 102

Prefaced by this gem:

Of course, there is also the chance "Satoshi Nakamoto" is a pseudonym, but that raises the question why someone who wishes to remain anonymous would choose such a distinctive name.

But not the question why someone who wished to remain anonymous would chose his own name.

Exactly! Not even a moron would use their own name to conceal their identity.

Comment Re:It ain't the price (Score 1) 125

Agree. And then there is the integrated Bing,, inferior maps, and all the other "goodies" that aren't as good as the Google services you get on a $50 PAYGO Android phone.

Just wondering if I could plug it into my Linux desktop, and copy files to/from easily or do I have to play for MS crapware to fully use. Just wondering, don't know, but that's part of the appeal for android for me, its pretty platform neutral. Including development tools.

Comment Re:Other mobile OS? No, thanks (Score 1) 125

Great performance on lesser hardware. Windows Phone is more responsive on comparable hardware than Android or iOS. If it's free to license, I think you'll see Windows Phone make a good run at the lower-end phone already does fairly well there in Europe, we'll see what this does for their position in India.

Yea, but a lot of people have tried MS products. Why would they then buy a phone from them when there is low cost options?

Comment Re:The post alludes to a flaw in xml-rpc, but... (Score 1) 58

We turn off comments and pingbacks because of just the pure amount of spam we were constantly dealing with on a regular basis. I agree this looks like a Wordpress flaw not an xml-rpc issue drupal or dotnetnuke are not having the same issue on there platforms.

That's probably because the ratio of dotnetnuke blogs with pingbacks enabled vs wordpress blogs with pingback enabled is a *illion to 1 or so. And if you were trying to use an amplification technique, dotnetnuke blogs probably isn't a good choice. You either use pingbacks or not. I don't believe there is a way to say "hey this is a good pingback from random stranger and this other one from random stranger2 over here is for malicious purposes". And probably one reason you don't want something to get too popular. Then it becomes a vehicle for stuff just because of its popularity. I host quite a few wordpress sites, and haven't seen any unusual traffic, so they are probably targeting large shared hosting operations with lots of WP sites.

Comment Re:The post alludes to a flaw in xml-rpc, but... (Score 1) 58

The post alludes to a flaw in xml-rpc, but it seems to me this is a Wordpress-exclusive vulnerability being reported on today. Drupal uses xml-rpc for example, and all is quiet for those folks it seems.

I know a fair amount of work has been spent beefing up Drupal's xml-rpc implementation, so maybe that's working now, whereas the implementation used by Wordpress is vulnerable and failing. TFA is a little light on details as to the technical source being manipulated and abused.

Drupal probably does not do pingbacks out of the box. Its a blog thing, and Drupal's blog implementation is pretty weak. WordPress does allow pingbacks unless you explicitly turn that off.

Comment Re:Doctor that hurts (Score -1, Troll) 349

don't use the fast ISP? like you have a CHOICE??

I can pick dsl (dog slow link; that's what DSL means) or I can pick comcast.

what makes you think people in the US can actually choose an isp? they are all based on where you live. you'd have to MOVE to be able to choose an alternate.

not sure why you posted this BS but its not helpful in the least...

If you had said you lived in a shithole sewer somewhere, I would have known not to bother.

Comment Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (Score 2) 349

Interesting. I don't always want to be messing with my DNS setting every time I get a 404 not found.

What is needed is a quick way to temporarily try using a different DNS, to see whether that's the problem.

I don't think there is a downside to using somebody else, across the board. Google seems good at and Use it for everything (desktops, servers) and don't remember ever having a slow response.

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