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Comment Re:This reminds me of the good 90s (Score 1) 142

Symantec Norton Antivirus is the worst! I can't tell you how many times people have gotten viruses running that horrible excuse for a program. And I'm always the one to fix it. Several times, the ISP called and said users were running botnets and sending out spam.... sure enough.... not only did Norton not catch it, but the ISP told me they were upset with Norton (and McAfee) for falling so far behind.

So not only is it useless, it takes up a huge chunk of your processor and continually pops up acting like the used car salesman from hell. No thanks! No one should use that garbage.

Comment Firefox addons that can stop most of this (Score 1) 352

Of course, they might break in the next release of Firefox (*sigh*) but I use:

AdBlock Plus (Stops ads!)
Beef Taco (Opt out of tracking)
BetterPrivacy (Deletes cookies)
FlashBlock (Stops Flash)
Ghostery (Stops most tracking)
NoScript (Stops Javascript)
RefControl (Stops telling the current page what last website was visited)

Of course, nothing stops your Internet Service Provider (like Time Warner Cable) from storing all the links you went to and selling them.

Comment Why won't Mozilla listen? (Score 1) 237

I use Firefox for the extensions (as do most others). If they break the extensions, then there's no need for the vast majority to use Firefox.

Why they are refusing to listen to the users and keep such an biased attitude is beyond me. You know Microsoft and Google are grinning ear to ear.

Lastly, why would you remove features/functionality (for example the status bar), and then give no way to turn them back on?? It's going backwards and actually losing functionality! That's "better"??

Comment Re:I doubt it (Score 1) 413

So in the previous expansion, they seemed to continue more casual gamer targeting, at least for PvE content. They made dungeons a hell of a lot easier, toned down raids in normal mode and so on. Very casual friendly. However in the current one they turned the difficulty way up, dungeons were a real challenge and raid were more old school. Also in PvP they have continually targeted more and more hardcore people, putting emphasis on the "digital sport" type of thing. This leads to a problem because gamers can't get what they want and it makes everyone unhappy. Hardcore types get mad when it gets easier, causal types get mad when it gets harder. Everyone seems to get mad when things just suddenly change

That's one of the best explanations I've heard and it's 100% true.

Comment Why won't the developers and designers listen? (Score 1) 401

I noticed on that one page, it's just raving reviews without hardly any criticism at all. Yet over here, there's hardly one positive word (and rightfully so!).

I think they live in their own little shielded universe of "yes men". Obviously, they aren't listening to the real world users.

Please, Mozilla, stop your obsession with taking away functionality from the UI. We don't want Chrome! We like status and menu bars! We don't want version numbers from hell that break all our addons!

Comment This is technical "news" for ./ ?? (Score 0) 284

Really? Sarah Palin who is really a joke and non-issue? The New York Times who wants you to pay for their news? This is science and technology? Wow. "Celebrity" smear news? I think the IQ for the ./ readership is dropping faster than the "value" of "bitcoin" articles. Furthermore, even though I think Sarah Palin is an idiot, the liberal bias on this site is just unreal. Ya, I'll probably take mod hits but the truth is the truth. This is lame.

Submission + - Anonymous retaliates against Spanish Government (geekword.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous (like they delivered one for India) has published a press release for Spanish Government in which they have stated their fellow anons as innocent protesters, who carried out the attacks and retaliated against Spanish government because of imposing internet censorship.
Google

Submission + - Google's infrastructure is obsolete - ex-employee (dbune.com)

abhatt writes: Google's infrastructure may not be as high-tech as outsiders are being made to believe, according to revelations' by former engineer of the Internet giant.

The ex-googler says the tools at Google were made by "engineers in a vacuum, rather than by developers who have need of tools."

Submission + - FDA Admits Chickens Test Positive for Arsenic (usatoday.com)

plastick writes: The FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that's fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It's added to the chicken feed on purpose.

Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical.

Pfizer, the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves. Pfizeris the the very same company that makes vaccines.

Another disturbing fact you probably didn't know about hamburgers and conventional beef: Chicken litter (yes, chicken crap) containing arsenic is fed to cows in factory beef operations. So the arsenic that's pooped out by the chickens gets consumed and concentrated in the tissues of cows, which is then ground into hamburger to be consumed by the masses.

Youtube

Submission + - Bill Could Land YouTube LipSynch Artists In Prison (foxnews.com)

plastick writes: Senate Bill 978, a bipartisan measure introduced last month by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.), is backed by supporters who say it closes glaring loopholes in current copyright infringement law created by the realities of the digital age.

“As technology rapidly evolves, our laws must be updated to protect creativity and innovation,” said a statement by Cornyn.

But critics say a section of the bill provides for steep penalties — up to five years in prison — for “publicly performing” copyrighted material and embedding the video to sites like YouTube.

“It seems like (the bill) is attacking the core of the Internet itself, which is to promote communication amongst people all over the world,” said Hemanshu “Hemu” Nigam, a former White House counsel for online protection and the founder of the online safety advisory firm SSP Blue.

Apple

Submission + - Did Apple Reject An App And Copy It In iOS 5? (digitizor.com)

dkd903 writes: Apple announced iOS 5 a few days back and they have “copied” a lot of features from others. If a report on The Register is to be believed, Apple has sunk to a new low. They rejected an app called wi-fi sync last year and have incorporated the same in iOS 5 when it was unveiled this week.
Java

Submission + - 10 Things that suck about Java (betanews.com) 1

lseltzer writes: There was a time when important people claimed that Java was the future of computing and major industry companies — even Microsoft bought into it. Now Java has degenerated into an unpleasant legacy technology that causes way more problems than it solves.
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In i4i Case (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a $300 million patent infringement ruling against Microsoft, granting a victory Thursday to i4i (PDF document), which filed the lawsuit back in 2007. The legal battle already forced Microsoft to modify certain functionality in its Word application in 2009, when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of Toronto-based i4i and told Microsoft to stop selling Word in the U.S. At issue was an i4i patent that covers technology that lets users manipulate the architecture and content of a document, which i4i alleged Microsoft infringed upon by letting Word users create custom XML documents. Microsoft removed the feature. 'This case raised an important issue of law which the Supreme Court itself had questioned in an earlier decision and which we believed needed resolution. While the outcome is not what we had hoped for, we will continue to advocate for changes to the law that will prevent abuse of the patent system and protect inventors who hold patents representing true innovation,' Microsoft said in a statement."

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