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Comment Did Shazam ever stop to consider... (Score 3, Insightful) 126

... the security implications?

``If the mic wasn't left on, it would take the app longer to both initialize the mic and then start buffering audio, and this is more likely to result in a poor user experience where users 'miss out' on a song they were trying to identify.''

What if they'd actually turned off the microphone instead of fooling the end-user into thinking it was off. And, then, if user's complained about missing the first 0.25s (or whatever) of the tune, Shazam responded to the users that there was a slight delay but that it was necessary to protect them from potentially being eavesdropped on? How many users would have found that reasonable and been fine with that? Well, we'll never know because Shazam didn't, apparently, care too much about the end user's privacy. But making sure they could identify an effin' song? Well, that's of paramount importance!

Comment Prediction... (Score 1) 53

Here in the Midwest, 11/14 will be cloudy. Just like it is for the vast, vast majority of any astronomical events that are supposed to be visible. I haven't been able to catch sight of any of the annual meteor showers in years. We did see a couple of comets back in the late '90s and Northern lights a few years later but, by and large, the rest of anything that happens in the sky around here is obscured by clouds. Not that I won't be checking this out. Just in case.

Comment Re:Apple and cash (Score 1) 394

``And nobody accepts cheques these days.''

Untrue. We pay many -- heck, most -- of our monthly bills with checks. The local grocery stores still take checks (though we take advantage of that very infrequently). Expensive auto repairs? Write a check. (Started doing that after we found that a credit card company dinged our credit score for racking up a big bill one month for a semi-major repair.)

Comment Re:Found the Windows user! (Score 1) 331

``All the big sites already shit on convention by making the page scroll endlessly, moving content around when a user scrolls to create stupid effects, etc.''>


This ``infinitely long page'' idea was the way to format web pages will forever be at the top of my worst-web-site-ideas list. I really just love to death moving my mouse one pixel down only to have the page re-format taking me several screen's worth of material down. If the designer's goal was to limit the amount of time I want to spend on their web site, then, Mission Accomplished.

Comment So it wasn't my imagination... (Score 1) 331

... web designers really are out to make us lose our eyesight.

Other pet peeves about the new, modern Web:
* web links that don't change color after being visited.
* web links that won't even appear if you dare to assign your own colors using your browser settings.
* Browsers that don't allow you to easily change the font size for things like tab labels. (Not really a web design problem but I'm talkin' to you Mozilla!)
* Including graphics everywhere on the web page but never including the image sizing tags to preallocate the space for images that haven't loaded yet. As a result, it takes way, way too long for a web page to stabilize before you can begin reading anything.
* Drop down menus that obscure other drop down menus making it impossible to access certain menus. (Not without going to the "site map". If, that is, they even bothered to include that on the site pages.)
* (Just the tip of the iceberg.)

Comment What a great idea! (Score 1) 176

Render the GPS on someone's cellphone useless if they're, unbeknownst to the poor phone user, near a location that the government has decided shouldn't be found via GPS. What happens to the poor soul who needs to call 9-1-1 after gettiing in a nasty car accident or to report a crime and the EMS service or police can't find them because GPS indicates they're miles away from the true location? Short: answer: there a good chance that, if they're seriously injured, they'll probably die. Jeebus, this is that damned stupidest thing I've heard in a while.

Comment Re:Aw come on (Score 1) 106

Yep. Want to bet that at least one of those profile views that you got that chose to check you out anonymously was actually someone in your current employers' HR department?

Back in the days when the Sunday paper was a decent (not great but far from the pretty much complete waste of time it is today) place to see job ads, you could apply to the blind ads -- who might very well be your current employer -- and request that your reply not be submitted should it be from a company that you didn't want to be submitted to (i.e., your current employer) or some other hellhole that you'd never want to work for. One used to hear horror stories, though, about newspapers that didn't see the job seeker's request -- or ignored it -- and wound up getting their resume submitted to the HR people down the hall. What's to stop this from happening at LinkedIn? Especially with all the anonymous profile browsing that LI seems to like getting paid to allow?

Comment Re:Control and management (Score 1) 279

``See if there's anything in the logs that's not what you were expecting, bearing in mind that they'll almost certainly be phoning home to "check for updates" and "backup your data to the cloud" (AKA "monetize your data").''

This could include almost every IP address you find in your logs. Do you know the IP address of every ancillary site that the web sites you visit make connections to while you're browsing their pages? The advertisement servers? Any image servers? The external sites for comments/discussions? Now multiply that by the number of people in your family that use the internet. I haven't seen a single network-aware device that included something in the manual -- or some sort of set of instructions -- that tells you what sites it'll be connecting to on a regular basis. IMHO, we pretty much lost this battle years ago.

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