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Comment Will they be safer? (Score 1) 534

To be completely honest, "promoted posts" or even straight-up ads don't really bother me; what bothers me is all of the recent news articles saying they are full of malware.

I do not know how facebook plans on pushing ads through, but the obvious way would be for them to host them on their own system.

Does this mean that the ads will not be virus payloads? If that is the case, my ad blocker accomplished its mission.

Comment Alternate Headline (Score 4, Insightful) 60

A better headline would be "WhatsApp Isn't Securely Deleting Its 'Deleted' Chats"

Most file systems don't overwrite deleted data until the space is needed again. This is expected behavior.

Of course, this is a flaw that should be fixed- especially that any backups would be able to see everything- but this doesn't look to be a "backdoor" or anything nefarious in WhatsApp.

Comment Primary browser: Vivaldi (Score 1) 195

My primary browser is currently Vivaldi, but I have recently started the search again for a new one because it seems that after a couple hours of youtube my computer cannot do anything... Which just means that I still mostly run chromium extensions

Adguard AdBlocker I am not super picky about my ad blocker, and I generally leave acceptable ads turned on for blockers that support it

Ghostery Privacy matters, and I am suspicious about the many trackers that are all over everywhere...

Magic Actions for Youtube This one is probably my favorite- I get volume control with my scroll wheel, it can disable autoplay, force the html5 player, and really why I use it: I can resize my browser window, and it will fullscreen the youtube video only to that browser window! I used to do this by modifying the url to have "embed" in it, but this only worked on some videos and did not let me undo it to look at the comments. Also available for firefox

Best video downloader 2I haven't used this in a while, so I don't know if it will still work, but this is the only youtube video downloader I have found that works on chromium-based browsers. Firefox, on the other hand, has very many in their add-ons store.

Comment How are they intending to release there anyway?? (Score 1) 82

The globally popular mobile game hasn't launched yet in South Korea

Makes sense; it hasn't released worldwide yet, but

the use of Google Maps is restricted in South Korea

... which means that until this changes, it can't ever be released in South Korea; Pokemon Go uses Google Maps as an important integral part of the game!

Comment Re:If you were a fan of Opera, suggest trying Viva (Score 1) 85

I was going to vote this up (using vivaldi right now, it's a great browser!) but decided to clear up a misconception instead:

Vivaldi uses blink, not presto, unfortunately. There are no current browsers using presto.

It makes me sad Opera has slid so far. Probably smart of them to sell.

Comment Re:Usage is consent (Score 2) 118

How would using a plastic card be any different? Unless you use a different credit card every time or use cash for everything, the companies track you through your credit card number.

Yes we should be wary of spying and tracking and youhaveit, but let's not delude ourselves that this technology isn't decades old already.

Comment I can attest to the attraction of FF videos (Score 2) 296

I don't ever watch tv, but I do watch a lot of youtube. Anything that has a lot of action, like video game videos, or anything that involves normal human interaction, watch on normal speed. For sure.

I also, however, watch a lot of content that is really just a face talking to the camera. Someone conveying informatipn by talking. I watch a lot of these videos at 1.25x and 1.5x speed. Occasionally when there is a video that isn't super interesting and I'm more scanning it, 2x speed. I'd really like if youtube also had a 1.75x speed. Knowing that there are addons to do this is very attractive to me.

Comment Re:Bias Writing (Score 1) 91

Just to bring up information- I (being a Chase bank customer) recently discovered Chase QuickPay- it makes it relatively easy (and free) to send money to people. I am not entirely sure how it works for someone who does not have a Chase account, but they claim to be a part of "clearXchange" which a quick google search shows cooperation between many American banks.

So person-to-person does exist in the US. For free. The banks probably were worried about competing with Facebook's system

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