blackest_k writes: I recently reinstalled windows7 home on a laptop a factory restore minus the shovel ware did all the windows updates and it was reasonably snappy. 4 weeks later its running like a slug and now 34 more updates to install. The system is clear of malware there are very few additional programs other than chrome browser.
It appears that windows slows down windows! Has anyone benchmarked windows7 as installed and then again as updated? Even better has anybody identified any windows update that put the slug into sluggish?
blackest_k writes: Ok here is the problem I can't fit a whole page of a pdf file on screen the document is tall and my screen is wide. So I set zoom to page width, if i scroll by page around 2/3rds of the page is skipped. The only other ways are pressing the down arrow for every line or trying to use the scroll bar which a slight slip can move you + or — 50 pages.
What i'm looking for is a pdf reader that can break a pdf page into screen size chunks and give me a shortcut key to go to the next chunk. So I can read it as i would a book. Does anyone have a reader that works for pdf files.
the page was on an info site.
So i asked myself why did that open? and I made a curious discovery.
when i viewed my page source it was as i wrote it. A simple page to play a mp4 video with html5.
however when i chose to download the page as webpage complete i found an extra js file app.js also the page header had this line added.
The extension part directed me to privacy badger.
uninstalling the privacybadger extension resulted in
So that had removed part of the problem but not the part that was trying to get me to download (presumably malware).
I tried the same exercise in linux and got the same result in google chrome.
however in firefox my page was as I had written it. there was no app.js in the complete webpage or on my server.
Anyway this seems to be an issue from google chrome or an extension.
Has anyone any light to shine on this issue?
I wouldn't normally post an ask slashdot but as this appears to be modifying normal web pages i'm quite concerned.
blackest_k writes: Google has a major problem called Airpush and they seem to be ignoring it, its been around for two years already.
Airpush is an ad framework api which an increasing number of applications seem to be using. The first you know of your infestation is when a Star pops up in your notification tray. Clicking on this Star takes you to an advert of dubious quality which can be anything from a 12 euro a month subscription taken from your phone bill for one ringtone to win a gift voucher from a local chain.
These ads arrive fairly regularly each morning on your notification bar. So what you may ask? just uninstall the app thats generating these notifications, but it is not that easy as the offending app is not revealed.
a small free tool which identifies — Airpush — LeadBolt — Appenda — IAC — Moolah Media It doesn't block the ads but it does let you uninstall the source.
it found two apps on my tablet with the airpush framework.
Problem solved, for now. With updates to installed apps comes the possibility of this framework being part of the update Seems there have been cases of Apps that have updated and suddenly started with this behaviour. These apps are in the Play Store and there are many more like them.
Googles PlayStore is essentially a trusted repository, but by allowing these apps into the Playstore Google is betraying the trust of its users, developers and hardware manufacturers.
I don't have a problem with Ad supported apps. If the Ad becomes an issue I can buy the paid version or uninstall it. With the Adpush framework you have to look quite a bit harder.
The 10 innocent apps I deleted trying to remove this over the last month, now have lost revenue from their civilized ads. Many users are out of pocket and some may be unaware that there is a leech attached to their phone bill. If Android is untrustworthy then people will choose an alternative costing the hardware manufacturers too. If this applies to Android is it also the case with Chrome?
Google needs to nip this in the bud, without trust the Playstore is useless. You might as well use third party app stores with pirated content because the walled garden is no longer safe. It is time for Google to start weeding out these unacceptable applications.
blackest_k writes: Basically, Friedrich created the character of Ghost Rider for Marvel in the '70s. It's not a matter of dispute, it's just a fact. Marvel owns the rights to the character and has ever since Friedrich signed his creation over to them three decades ago. However, before the first Ghost Rider film was released, Friedrich sued all involved under the belief that while Marvel undoubtedly owned the comic rights, he owned the film rights and should be involved both creatively and financially. He lost that lawsuit. That's not where things ended, though.
Friedrich has since made no further claims to the ownership of the character, he has, however, attempted to rightfully claim authorship of him in his private life. He's attended comics conventions and the likes as a paid guest, using his status as the creator of an iconic comic (and now film) character as his main source of income now that he's 68 years old. However, Marvel is still demanding in a court of law that Friedrich pay them the approximately $17,000 he's earned in retirement by acknowledging he's the creator of Ghost Rider.
Yes, you read that correctly. Marvel, a company that was recently purchased by Disney for $4 billion, is demanding that the person who created one of its most iconic and enduring characters — a person who is now 68 years old and is more or less broke after years of legal struggle — pay them his remaining $17,000 for having the gall to make money off of his history with the character.
The guy is 68 now and to pursue him for even being able to say 'yes I did that' stinks to high heaven If any one wants to donate to help gary they can do so at this link http://www.steveniles.com/gary.html
blackest_k writes: When xxx domains went online many organisations bought domain names to avoid porn sites appearing using their name. One that didn't is the University of Hawaii which is now calling for tougher laws. Should there be tougher laws to outlaw this or was the xxx domain range created with the intention that people would be forced to buy xxx domains or face the consequences?
blackest_k writes: They certainly seem to be having a laugh
Samsung in April released a digital photo frame with a fairly unique feature " In addition to running photo slide shows in a variety of formats, the SPF-87H can be linked to a computer and serve as a secondary mini-monitor. With its Power Saving feature, the photo frame runs on minimal power through its USB cable. "
Sounds good and useful , thinking dual head netbook maybe? Unfortunately Samsung have messed up big time the supporting software has gone awol. www.displaylink.com has no drivers for these devices and Samsung has only released drivers for XP sp2 and Vista. Forget about does it run with Linux in response to a query on their website for windows 7 drivers. They suggest
" We suggest you to use the Photo frame on Vista Operating system till further update is released for the Photo frame. "
It Seems like Microsoft caught Samsung napping with the surprise release of windows 7.
blackest_k writes: A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Santa Cruz company to immediately quit selling Beatles and other music on its online site, setting aside a preposterous argument that it had copyrights on songs via a process called “psycho-acoustic simulation.”
A Los Angeles federal judge set aside arguments from Hank Risan, owner of BlueBeat and other companies named as defendants in the lawsuit EMI filed on Tuesday. His novel defense to allegations he was unlawfully selling the entire stereo Beatles catalog without permission was that he — and not EMI or the Beatles’ Apple Corp — owns these sound recordings, because he re-recorded new versions of the songs using what he termed “psycho-acoustic simulation.”
Risan faces perhaps millions of dollars in damages under the Copyright Act. And copyright attorneys said his defense was laughable and carries no weight. If successful, however, it would have turned copyright on its head, leaving musical rightsholders defenseless against wanton infringement.
“They’re hosed. ” said Scott Mackenzie, a Dallas copyright attorney The sites still up and streaming for free, http://www.bluebeat.com/ and seems to be open to listeners everywhere even on Linux. How long can it last?
blackest_k writes: The Chinese manufacturer SungWorld has released a sleek-looking netbook that runs Windows CE 5.0 on a Via-manufactured ARM SoC (system on chip). With a 7-inch 800 x 480 pixel display and a weight of 1.54 pounds, the device will sell for just $73, according to the Shanzhaiben.com website.