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Comment Re:I haven't trusted Amazon for years. (Score 1) 95

All this unknown traffic is because more sites use Amazon's Cloud to host their content.

Good point.

I put this together to show what I block Amazon wise, yet have very few problems surfing sites.

These are just ones with "amazon" in the string. Lots are without the amazon string but too much work to sort out.
an example would be which hops to according to

I've got a lot of links with blocked, appears to pertain to Amazon's cloud service.

It's much more involved for me as the above just pertains to Amazon. I block all links that I shouldn't be linked to.
FaceBook and Google are two others that are a B!tc# blocking new links to, but block them I do and still use Google
as a search engine, email other Google services with no problems. Facebook I've no use for.

Comment Re:Hard to argue with regular quarterly profits (Score 1) 240

Let me spell it out...


Now here's the noise you should make....


Not a problem for me, I have an FBI file due to a Q clearance, and my habit of treating everything I post to the Internet
as if it would show up on the front page or my kids ever read my stuff.

Every since I've been on the Internet I've been aware of NSA intercepting messages with key words, used to be common knowledge.
They've crossed the line (NSA) but I'd rather use Google than any other search engine. Bing stands out as they have all but been proven
to of installed a dedicated fiber bundle to NSA.

Comment Re:Hard to argue with regular quarterly profits (Score 1) 240

When in their web interface they conflated Usenet groups with their own Google Groups.

Ya that sucked, not sure when but they also removed headers so you can't track a post anymore.

Then there's who uses Usenet groups as their forums, I've got thousands of post
there and not even a member.

Comment Both submissions Opera is ignored (Score 1) 157

Opera browser (versions up to 12) was shown on one graph (iphone 4S) in the article and it kicked some serious a$$ but never mentioned again.

One reply to the article was about Opera being only browser to run Google Wave, kind of... "The only browser that ran it with anything resembling
“speed” for it’s first year or so was Opera, and Opera never really worked very well with it anyway."

I enjoy security through obscurity but Opera is just too good a browser to ignore.

Comment Re:Price Adjustment (Score 1) 330

"I wonder what Microsoft will do for customers who purchased a tablet right before the price drop?"

Salute them as 'early adopters' and congratulate them for getting in early to avoid the rush.

Long time ago the US Robotics 14.4 HST was one of the fastest modems you could buy, it cost $800 (US) + a verifiable online service
and a 3 month wait. I bought one; just so happened that a new version was being produced (square lites) to replace the old
modems (round lites) and both were being shipped at the same time. When mine finally showed up the box had all types of
stickers on it saying in what ways it had been improved (whole new modem). I got lucky, It was hit or miss who got what.

One very verbal person got the old round lites and to say he was pi$$ed would be an understatement. I don't think he
was ever appeased in anyway. For months he was on Fidonet and Usenet demanding a newer model -which he should of gotten.
I really felt for him as well as everybody else that got the older models and so glad I had a new one.

The wide use of the Internet changed that type of marketing.

Comment Re:File a criminal complaint (Score 1) 95

This looks like it might be a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the part about "exceeds authorized access". File a criminal complaint with the FBI.

You installed that plugin, it said beforehand what it's doing, so it's authorized.

Yep, wanna read something nobody has a problem with; read the ToS and Privacy Policy for (Angry Birds game being just one of their products)
Anybody who's ever installed "Angry Birds" has agreed to not only allow data collection but it being sent to for one, as well as some data being
"sent overseas" whatever that means. By far one of the most "we collect your data and can do anything we want with it" Privacy Policy I've read to date.

This is something you have to allow, being a mobile device most aren't Rooted (jail broken / owned) and unable to block it.


Comment I haven't trusted Amazon for years. (Score 2) 95

I've watched the last few years as more and more of my web traffic was being routed to, for reasons unknown.
The more sites I visited the more links to Amazon I found (Netstat, or TCPview from systernals). I don't do any business with Amazon
as I have to pay taxes (Washington State resident), everything comes from

I've been blocking Amazon links (data collectors?) for all those years as well, but it's an uphill battle as more servers (addresses) are added all the time,
they've become very persistent. I think you'll find Amazon doing much worse than just reading HTTPS pages, but that's just a personal opinion.

Comment Re:Hard to argue with regular quarterly profits (Score 1) 240

and open-source projects are pointless because thousands of programmers pulling in different directions.

Just like the universe is pointless because thousands of galaxy clusters pull in different directions...hey, wait a minute...

The universe is pointless. There's no goal "success" state so there isn't a point to it, it just is.

Ah but there is a goal and it will be achieved when it reaches thermodynamic equilibrium (maximum entropy), the question then would be "is that it"?

Comment Re:The company you keep (Score 1) 240

For those of us who DON'T passionately follow the minutia of Microsoft's internal management and political issues and who generally tend to glaze over news about their VPs/middle managers as if they WEREN'T the most fascinating people with the most compelling stories to tell, what you did there was throw up a bunch of generic names that very, very few people could possibly recognize or care about. Would you please provide more detail as to who these people are, what they did, and why we should care, all while keeping in mind that the fact that we don't currently care about any of them

we're not at all compelled to waste our time justifying your personal corporate obsessions by Googling their names?

I did Google Bill Laing, still no clue who they are.

Comment Re:Hogging (Score 1) 361

It looks to me more likely the problem was excessive weight at the bow and stern rather then midships, the effect is called hogging and is a known way to snap a container ship (or oil tanker) in half, both have occured in the past.
Basically the keel (The BIG beam running all the way from bow to stern down the bottom of the hull) can only take so much sheer stress and if the weight distribution does not match the localised boyancy implied by the current displacement you can very easily bend the ship.

When I first saw the phrase "severe hogging" first thing I thought was a reference to overloading (hogging the weight ones allowed) ie: being overweight.
Figure it came from reading the summery first, so I checked it out here's a PDF named Container Ships
Page 8 shows Hogging and it's opposite sagging, now sagging I could of understood.

A nasty accident, but nobody died, and the hull and cargo will have been insured, so a better outcome then is sometimes the case.

From the PDF in the Summery, on the The cost of losing a week
"In a recent Maersk Line survey, one global retailer explained that 70% of his cargo loses on average 25% of its retail value when it is a week late. With an average cargo value per container of EUR 30,000, the cost of delay equals EUR 7,500 per container."

goes on to say electronics lose even more, had to calculate a value on should of's...

Hope that explains why it is not just about total weight.

If I'd of taken the time to of read /. first, it would of help a lot :}. Thank you for post does explain how hogging is induced

Submission + - Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 1020 1

adeelarshad82 writes: Nokia's new phone, Lumia 1020, feels very similar in the hand to Nokia's Lumia 900 and 920 with one exception, it has a camera bump. The 41-megapixel uber-camera projects out very slightly as a black disc on the back. In terms of functionality though, the camera provides for smooth zooming only a pinch away, however takes a noticeable amount of time to lock focus and save images. At one point during hands on the camera app crashed so hard that it required a phone reboot which is hopefully just a pre-release firmware issue. The phone itself carries a brightly colored polycarbonate body that rolls around the edges to cradle a 4.5-inch, 1,280-by-768 screen. Lumia 1020 is powered by dual-core, 1.5-GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor which plows through apps well. Speaking of apps, there's a ton of bloatware on here, as you'd expect from any AT&T device. AT&T adds four apps right at the top of the app list. Nokia Lumia is set to hit AT&T shelves on July 26th for $299.

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