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Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook 218

dkd903 writes "A kind of war has been going on recently between Facebook and Google over a contact export issue. First, Google blocked Facebook access to the Gmail contacts API. To this, Facebook responded back with a new method to get Gmail contacts of a user (the download contacts option). And now Google has slapped back again at Facebook and asks users indirectly to file a data protectionism complaint against Facebook. When a Facebook user clicks on the Download Your Contacts button on the 'Facebook import contact via Gmail' page, the user is then redirected to a new page on Google's server, which looks something like this..." Can I just say that watching this is absolutely hysterical?

Comment Re:Audio Compression (Score 1) 636

I used to work at a TV station and we never did anything to alter the sound of any of the programming or commercials.

This is our complaint exactly. We would very much like you to alter the sound of the programming or commercials to reduce the volume. If you did this, we might actually let the commercials play without muting the system.

Comment Re:I'd much rather... (Score 1) 636

in my opinion the broadcasters are responsible here, precisely because they are blindly (err, deafly) just running the tapes at the standard levels. sure, solving this problem flawlessly would require a lot of volume-monitoring technology and setting a standard average volume level and such. but they've failed to even attempt solve this glaring, decades-old problem with something as crude as "reduce all advertisements in volume by 6 dB for six weeks and see how it goes" or "return advertisements for remastering when they exceed a certain RMS volume". i've given up on the broadcasters because the ads are now so much louder than the programming that i fear they will damage my equipment -- i can't risk even seeing one ad because i can't afford to replace my speakers just because a bunch of antisocial assholes want to sell some more garbage to idiots.

Comment Re:Yeah, right (Score 1) 759

well, my advice to them would be to stop selling it, of course, but it seems that the marketing scum have been running too much at microsoft, and the people who build their actual products running too little ... and it finally caught up with them. it's difficult to claim with a straight face that windows XP is a supportable configuration except on legacy boxes. microsoft should run, not walk, away from that train wreck.

Comment Re:Buy a Pre (Score 1) 684

apple keeps ramping up the pointless restrictions and i keep looking for another smartphone with minimal moving parts -- no slidey shit, no foldy shit, and definitely no no no physical keypad. i won't buy a pre. it's got all the planned-failure mechanical parts that i bought an iphone to avoid, even if the OS is the most promising thing i've seen in a year.

the best candidate right now looks like the HTC magic/G2/mytouch/whatchamacallit, although it's still got that nasty trackball, and that disastrous headphone adapter thing, both of which will hopefully be gone by the android phone that's shipping next time i'm shopping for a phone.

i basically want something with a good browser, nice fonts (so, never a blackberry), passable email, a passable library of apps, and as few moving parts as possible. right now the iphone is the thing that comes closest to meeting those criteria, even though apple's restrictive behavior has been juvenile and borderline illegal.

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