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Comment Google was seeking out contact Twitch user info (Score 3, Informative) 50

Not that long ago Google was posting tasks on the Amazon Mechanical Turk crowdsource job platform that asked people to visit a Twitch user account page which was provided to the worker.

They wanted to know if that twitch user had a link to a YouTube page.... they wanted to know if there was an email address..... they wanted to know if the user had had some sort monetization link on youtube.. and if there were email/twitter contacts.

I wonder if this has anything to do with that.

were they just judging how much overlap there is between the communities?

were they seeking out 'popular' people to contact them?

Submission + - Editor-in-Chief of The Next Web: Adblockers are Immoral ( 1

lemur3 writes: Hot on the heels of the recent implementation of Canvas Ads (allowing advertisers to use the full page) Martin Bryant, the Editor-in-Chief of The Next Web, wrote a piece that, ostensibly, calls out mobile carriers in Europe for offering ad blocking as a service. "Display ads are still an important bread-and-butter income stream. Taking delight in denying publishers that revenue shows either sociopathic tendencies or ignorance of economic realities." While referring to those using ad blocking as sociopathic is likely not to win many fans, this mindset seems to be prevalent in certain circles, as discussed previously on Slashdot. Martin closes his piece with a warning. "For all their sins, ads fuel much of the Web. Cut them out and you’re strangling the diversity of online voices and publishers – and I don’t think consumers really want that."

Comment Re:Other title sugestion (Score 1) 128

The best solution I could think of was if a password manager like KeePass would support managed multi-user credentials. That is, each individual has their own KeePass keychain with their own personal passswords, but an administrative user can insert a special hook for a shared password. So the user could use their KeePass passphrase to login to the shared Twitter account, but they wouldn't actually know the Twitter password and it wouldn't be stored on their keychain. Any time they needed to login, their KeePass would authenticate itself with the admin KeePass, which would log them into Twitter for them. When the person quits or is fired, the admin can just revoke that person's access to the admin KeePass keychain. No need to change the password and email the new password to everyone (thus creating a potential security breach) because the person who left is a potential security breach.

LastPass supports this on their "Premium" and "Enterprise" accounts.

You can add sites to a folder which the administrator can control and that administrator can decide if the user will be able to 'see' the password or leave it hidden to all users.

Users will need their own unique password (and potentially Two Factor auth) to access the 'hidden' Twitter password account. enterprise 'premium'

Comment It worked on Spirit (Score 4, Interesting) 155

they had to do this type of thing on spirit shortly after it arrived on mars..

read more here:

or the PDF linked therin here

its got all sorts of awesome details.

We commanded a shutdown, which terminated the
current communication window, and the loss of signal occurred at the predicted time. Fifty minutes later, we commanded a beep at 7.8125 bps to alert us if the shutdown command did not work, and much to our disappointment, the beep was received!

really a fun read. guessing theyll be doing a lot of similar stuff

Comment What do they mean by cloud? (Score 2) 25

Whenever these kinds of stories come up I really wonder what they mean by "cloud computing"

do they mean "virtualized computing" like the virtual compute stuff on Amazon EC2/Microsoft Azure/Google Cloud ?

or do they mean "Cloud" in the sense that people refer to Dropbox as 'the cloud' or any other server storage/service thing?

Certainly if they are referring to the latter.. this kind of spending is mostly a waste, we know how to make server farms at datacenters...

if it's the former, what good is a mere 10million going to do when the big names in the industry, microsoft,google,amazon, ibm ..and others... are spending way more researhing and developing it?

Comment I gave up. (Score 1) 101

With the uncertainty of what I should use going in to the future and feeling like the ones that were set aside in RFC2606 didnt exactly apply (or were misleading) I broke down and gave all my internal hosts a world resolvable unique name.

it certainly makes for longer hosts... but at least I won't have to worry about this problem they made.

For internal non-routeable IPs I now use:

and for stuff exposed to the net via world routable ip4 or ip6 i use

I liked it before, using .wan and .lan TLDs ..but who knows when some asshole is gonna get the rights to use those..

life goes on!

Comment Has been in Chrome for a while now. (Score 2) 68

like firefox with its about:config the settings discussed in TFA have been in chromes chrome://flags for a least 6 months..

its the flags page and you can mess with options such as...:
Enable New Profile Management System
Enable New Avatar Menu
Enable Google Profile Name and icon

It is now the default, apparently.. in Canary.. (the alpha build) but this has been an option for a while now in the regular Chrome builds...... I used it for about a week and wasn't all that fond of it due to it wanting my password.. but maybe it was some option I had enabled that caused that.

Comment AOL Reader (Score 1) 132

While some might run away in horror at the mention of the name AOL Reader, which has been around for a while now.. is pretty great.

It was recently updated and the ad bar was removed, the software is much quicker and with the fact it is not an independent business project like Feedly, or Inoreader.. there is no upselling!

I tried feedly, it was pushing the upsell too hard and the product didn't feel very useful in its 'free' state... ( )

I tried Inoreader and its free product was much better than the feedly one, but its interface felt slow and clunky compared to what I wanted ( )

I tried DIGG Reader but it was so minimal and featureless that I barely went a week of using it before moving on ( )

I also used TinyTinyRSS locally for a good 6 months and while it is quite good, and the only data I'm revealing to others is that i fetched their feed..maintaining the thing is something of a pain that never comes up with other places. ( )

As of right now I am back to using AOL Reader as my main RSS feed reader... It is fast, the design is good enough for me.. no upselling ...the feature set is just enough to allow me to do what I did on google reader, and not overload.. and they seem to be actively working on making it better ( )

Comment Re:PCworld doesn't honor unsubscribes (Score 1) 50

PCworld doesn't honor my unsubscribes as well, ... Wellsfargo doesn't Honor my unsubscribes. I have tried numerous times to use the unsubscribe links, taken screen shots of the successful unsubscribes. What do I do now? ... Oh and Comcast spectator refuses to honor my unsubscribes too. All proven with screen shots Any advice??

The advice is, and I presume you're in America, that you should complain to the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, this is exactly what they want you to do.

from the website:

If you try to unsubscribe from an email list and your request is not honored, file a complaint with the FTC.

that line is linked to the following website where one can file your complaint: https://www.ftccomplaintassist...

everyone should follow through with these complaints when businesses do not comply with the law.

I love it when I can simply unsubscribe to things and it works, I do it maybe once a year when the sites I sign up to end up cluttering things and 9 times out of 10, it does its job.. there is not a way to reward those who do it right (save emailing them), but we can get the word to those responsible for monitoring this that some are doing it wrong.

Comment Re:RIAA/MPAA should top the list (Score 1) 255

Time Warner Cable is no longer affiliated with the Time Warner which makes content.

Originally controlled by Time Warner (the film and television production company and cable channel operator), that company spun out the cable operations in March 2009 as part of a larger restructuring. Since then, Time Warner Cable has been an entirely independent company, merely continuing to use the Time Warner brand under license from its former parent


as much as i hate them....... that is one thing you cannot blame them for....... comcast on the other hand.....

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