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Comment Privacy? On Facebook? Fuggedaboutit. (Score 0) 49

> Then make your account not searchable...

That feature died almost 3 years ago... http://www.csmonitor.com/Techn...

> Facebook announced Thursday the social network it is getting rid of the
> âoeWho can look up your Timeline by name?â privacy feature, meaning
> any user can be found when searched by name. Facebook says this provides
> users more autonomy over individual posts, but privacy advocates
> say this opens social networkers up to unprecedented exposure.

What else did you get wrong?

Comment How long till "Facewash for Instagram"? (Score 1) 81

There's a service called "FaceWash" that cleans up your FB account to make it suitable for inspection by prospective employers, etc. http://mashable.com/2013/01/25... I could easily see a similar application happening for Instagram. This could undermine the entire basis of using Instagram feeds as appraisal tools.

Comment Dear effing Idiot Webmasters... (Score 2) 79

Puh-h-h-lease...

Stop playing games trying to identify the user agent and sending to different pages,. Mozilla has gone off the deep end, and there are multiple forks of Firefox (I use Pale Moon). Many idiot webmasters try to match user-agent to one of the "big 3 or 4". If the match fails, they assume it's some weird mobile browser, and force even desktop browsers to the mobile site. If I specify "bad.example.com/", I want the desktop version, not the mobile version.

If you absolutely insist on doubling your workload, go ahead and create a separate "m.bad.example.com/", but please don't try to force users to it, because it probably sucks. A couple of "obligatory" cartoons for you...
http://chainsawsuit.com/comic/...
https://xkcd.com/869/

Comment Re:Failbook knows NOTHING about me (Score 1) 183

> You're a fool. There's extensive datacollection from Facebook on other web sites, tied
> to cookies, browser fingerprinting and various other means. Even here on Slashdot.

IP ranges to block...

31.13.24.0 - 31.13.31.255
31.13.24.0/21
IE-FACEBOOK-20110418
Facebook Ireland Ltd
IE

31.13.64.0 - 31.13.127.255
31.13.64.0/18
AMS2
Facebook
NL

66.220.144.0 - 66.220.159.255
66.220.144.0/20
Facebook, Inc.
THEFA-3

69.63.176.0 - 69.63.191.255
69.63.176.0/20
Facebook, Inc.
THEFA-3

69.171.224.0 - 69.171.255.255
69.171.224.0/19
Facebook, Inc.
TFBNET

74.119.76.0 - 74.119.79.255
74.119.76.0/22
Facebook, Inc.
TFBNET4

103.4.96.0 - 103.4.99.255
103.4.96.0/22
FACEBOOK-SG

173.252.64.0 - 173.252.127.255
173.252.64.0/18
AS32934
FACEBOOK-INC

204.15.20.0 - 204.15.23.255
204.15.20.0/22
Facebook, Inc.
TFBNET1

Comment Philadelphia cops beat you to that one. (Score 1) 97

> A better analogy would be if you owned a large apartment complex, and one of
> your tenants was found to be running a prostitution business from one of the
> rooms. Notionally you could be in a place to find out who was running it, where
> they were running it, and you could stop it.

> Whether you should or not is another question. And if you should, the
> mechanism by which you should do so is yet another question.

You may think you're making up stupid shit as a counter-example... but...

1) unknown to parents, their son sells drugs from home
2) police seize the parents' house
3) profit

See http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/03/...

Comment #RedmondHat ... the new meme (Score 1) 538

Same mentality. You will take what we tell you to.

What gets people really annoyed is that Redhat / Poettering have hijacked mainstream linux. Yes, I understand that Redhat runs "services in the cloud". And that having VM's spin up a few seconds faster means they can run fewer VM's in reserve, and therfore save RAM/CPU/electricity and, most importantly for their shareholders, MONEY.

If Redhat had offered systemd/pulseaudio/avahi/dbus as "extra features" on their distro, no-one would've complained. The complaints come from the fact that Redmondhat is trying to push their crud down the throats of all linux users. They took advantage of the fact that some of the voting members on the Debian council were Redmondhat employees. When the Debian council voted on standardizing on one startup system, guess which way the Redmondhat employees voted? Since Debian is the base from which Ubunti+variants, plus a lot of other distros, build on, Redmondhat now brags about "widespread adoption" of systemd.

I run Gentoo, but even there, I can't totally escape Redmondhat. I stopped using GNOME long ago, because it was too bloated. So the fact that GNOME now has a gratuitously hard-coded dependancy on systemd didn't affect me. But I do use GNUMERIC, which seems to be the best spreadsheet. In Gentoo, you can see dependancies being pulled in. Years ago, GNUMERIC did not require harfbuzz and ghostscript, but now it does. And it requires GTK+3 which now requires dbus.

Years ago, OS/2 was my first love. When it flopped, I looked around for another non-Microsoft alternative. I fell in love with lightweight, snappy, modular GNU/Lin-ux. But now it has degenerated into bloated, slow, monolithic GNOME/Lenn-ax. Coincidentally, Arca Noae is expected to release ArcOS 5.0 later this year. http://www.techrepublic.com/ar... The 5.0 is the next version after OS/2 4.52, the last maintenance release by IBM. I may have no choice, but to go back.

Comment Re:Responsibility. (Score 1) 191

> There is also still a strong social stigma against seeking mental health. Nobody is
> embarrassed to say something like "My arm was broke so I went to see the doctor,"
> but the moment someone utters the phrase "mental health" everyone thinks of
> him as crazy, weak, and pathetic.

Problem... if you go see a psychiatrist once, you become virtually unemployable in many sought-after jobs. This has to change before people will consider seeing a psychiatrist.

Unfortunately, "big data" has ways of finding out if you've ever visited a psychiatrist. And even if they don't, it can always make the patient a target for blackmail years later.

Comment 6-of-one, half-a-dozen of the other (Score 1) 990

> The trick is to pre-warm the vehicle in a garage both at home and at work.
> And that user scenario accounts for most of the mileage this electric vehicle sees.

Great. You've reduced burning hydrocarbons, or using electricity, to power your car, in winter. But you've replaced that portion with burning hydrocarbons, or using electricity, to heat a garage in winter. Care to compute the overall cost?

Submission + - Microsoft to only offer updates in bundles for Windows 7, 8.1 and Server (computerworld.com)

whoever57 writes: Starting in October, Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Server (up to 2012 R22) users will receive updates in the form of cumulative updates. It will no longer be possible to select from a list of security-related updates: instead, users will be presented with an all or nothing option.
The only option will be a choice between all updates (security and non-security updates) or security updates only.

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