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Submission + - Cryptbook: The future of social networking? (arunbalan.in) 2

asto21 writes: With all this hoopla about Facebook not respecting user privacy and Google eating up all our data and converting it into ad revenue, I was wondering if it would be possible to network in a fully encrypted environment.

Here’s the basic plan(let’s call it Cryptbook) that I came up with. Users access the network using a separate client (much like an IM/twitter client). The Cryptbook server holds all the data and serves it in an encrypted form. The client is responsible for encrypting the data (using public key cryptography) before sending it to the server and decrypting the data that is requested. Additionally, it is responsible for presenting the data in the format requested by the user (profile page, news feed etc.) The basic idea is that the users own their data and share it precisely with who they want to and the owner of the networking server has no access.

What are the potential flaws with such a social network? Also, how many of you would be willing to pay to use a social network?


Submission + - Why I won't be deleting my Google Plus account (arunbalan.in)

asto21 writes: The last few days have seen heated discussions (on slashdot for example) about Google's decision to delete Google Plus accounts that aren't tied to the real names of their users. Although I am not in complete agreement with this move, I find the reactions of a certain part of the online community over the top and their reasons for abandoning the social network quite senseless.

Disclaimer: Yes, the blog is authored by me. I was annoyed enough by the opinions of Google haters that I made a fresh wordpress blog and blogged about it. I have nothing to gain though, as the blog is brand new, has only one post and no ads. At best my blog will receive a few visitors, at worst it will be slashdotted and take down the other sites on my shared hosting package :-)

Submission + - File/Video Sharing Sites Blocked by Govt Of India (ndtv.com)

asto21 writes: All popular file sharing and video streaming sites including Rapidshare, Mediafire, Megaupload and Filesonic were blocked by major ISP's in India following an order by the Department Of Telecom, Government of India in the run-up to the release of a Bollywood movie, Singham. The Movie Producers (Reliance Big Pictures) obtained a John Doe order to prevent piracy from a high court allowing for such a blanket ban. This move of course left many of the millions of internet users in India fuming, some of whom were even paid users of the sites in question.

Submission + - Facebook Is Most Hated Social Media Company

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Inc. reports that Facebook, the most visited site on the Internet, is also among the most hated, scoring 64 on a 100-point scale, which puts the company in the bottom five percent of private sector companies and in the same range as airlines and cable companies, "two perennially low-scoring industries with terrible customer satisfaction," according to the results of a survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. "Customers have shown that, so far, they have been willing to suffer through a poor user experience in order to enjoy the benefits Facebook provides," according to the report. "For companies that provide low levels of customer satisfaction, repeat business is always a challenge unless customers lack adequate choices, as in the case of near monopolies." Overall, social media is one of the lowest-scoring industries measured by the ACSI—only airlines, newspapers, and subscription television services score lower. However, among social media companies, Wikipedia tops the list with a score of 77. "Like Google, Wikipedia’s user interface has remained very consistent over the years, and its nonprofit standing means that it has not been impacted by commercialization and marketing unlike many other social media sites.""

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 215

Hulu is ad supported. Youtube is charging money. Hulu finds it profitable to discriminate because some regions bring them less ad revenue than others. Youtube on the other hand will profit equally from countries other than the US.

Comment Re:My word! (Score 1) 52

They don't hate cars, you exceedingly small prick, just the exceedingly small pricks that use them to break the law. Perhaps this is too difficult for a person with such an exceedingly small prick to understand.

People using their pricks for more than they were intended cause posts like parent

Submission + - How many queries is too many queries for a CMS? (vbulletin.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: After being in active development for over a year with five beta versions and four release candidate versions, vbulletin 4 went gold today. I am not a very technical guy and while they "extensively tested the product and are confident that they have eliminated all known 'show stopper' issues" — it seems unreasonable to have upwards of 200 queries in a content management package. So that begs the question, how many queries are too many queries for a content management solution?

Submission + - GM rolls the last big block V-8 off the line (buffalonews.com)

DesScorp writes: "It's the end of an era in auto technology, as the very last big block V-8 engine from GM has rolled off the production line. The L18 engine was the last variant of an engine that had been in continuous production for over 50 years. The big blocks powered everything from the classic muscle cars of the 60's and 70's, to heavy duty trucks today. News last June triggered a rush of orders for the engine. The Buffalo News reported "When GM said last June the L18 would be eliminated by year’s end, the announcement triggered another show of devotion to the product. Some customers ordered two years’ worth of L18s, to put on the shelf for future use". More than 5 million big blocks have been produced over the engine's history."

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