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Comment Re:no it isn't (Score 1) 159

You mean any prepaid bought-in-a-pharmacy card?
Those allow any physical US address to be used as a "billing" address.
Though I suppose they could try to block prepaid cards in their billing system

Or a Netflix "gift" balance (one of those "Buy Galaxy S6 phone, get free Netflix for a year")

I presume primary way to beat VPNs are "is this a retail ISP block" and "are there more than N streaming connection request for distinct users coming from the same IP address". If both are "true" - voila, you have a VPN that is masking Netflix users.
And while VPN could theoretically get an IP address for each user, it would be quite expensive for them (for IPv6 this would also work, as you have one routable block exhibiting requests from a bunch of random users with vastly different billing addresses)

Comment With unencrypted passwords? :) (Score 3, Informative) 167

I mean yes, it's a browser for "friends", and friends won't try to steal each other's password, but would it kill them to actually encrypt locally stored credentials?

~/.config/vivaldi/Default/Login Data

Plain text for such storage is kinda silly.

https://vivaldi.net/forum/private-browsing/1405-passwords-are-unencrypted
https://github.com/mortenoir/vivaldi-stealer

Comment Re:But how did it happen? (Score 1) 378

Panic :)

Their Windows Phone phones and tables didn't take off. People didn't really like interfaces, so to save the face bosses declared that "if only everyone was _forced_ to try Metro, they'd absolutely _love_ it, tiles and all!". And what way did they have to force people to "try" it? Why put it on the desktop, of course. So everything went flat and square and ugly and full of tiles :(

Maybe by Windows 12 there will be some neat transparency and shine and prettiness again?
I can hope :)

Comment Desktop version is also being castrated (Score 1) 255

For example old and totally non-hip version of Google Maps for regular browser had wonderful "My Location" button. That little white with blue gem in it when active thing. You click on it, and you get a marker on the map where you are. I suppose it could be "approximate" but generally I don't care. When you are in a new city, routing from "My location" to "Blah" was a snap. Now you have "my location" eradicated. You have to find where you actually are, put a dot there and then route from there. Why?

How about returning to where you are right now on the map? Umm... no :P Re-open the maps completely, please.
It's just bad user experience through and through. It looks shiny and fast and doesn't include actually useful features of the past.

Heck, even search is getting worse. I'd think Google will go the Yelp route when searching for things nearby but... no. If there's something Zagat touched it will be at/near the top (no matter that distance is all wrong). In mobile app list of results was so unobvious (it's that little button next to search button that shows you a list of cards with results instead of having to swipe left/right on one result set), limiting things to "nearby" is not really possible etc etc

I think they just lack common sense person somewhere in UX department.
Sigh.

Comment Re:tl;dr Phonebook? (Score 1) 244

It's not that they want access to you. By adding you to their circle they've probably earned a click-and-view from you. Cause most people wonder "who is this person who just added me?" Click! Oh, it's an ad. With a big graphical "APRs are at new lows get your mortgage refinanced now" background and few posts that advertise cheap loans, or such.

Comment Awesome for spam/tracking (Score 4, Insightful) 195

Actually, this is rather awesome for spam/tracking of "real" addresses.
Before silly users could refuse to load external tracking pixels with unique IDs, assigned to each email.
And now? It's auto-downloaded for everyone. Yay!

While absence of IP address, Referral (if tracking image was loaded via https) and Browser info is sad, "everyone now auto-loads images" waaaay outweighs it :P You won't hide from confirming that email address that easily ;)

Comment Kinda like Google devices :) (Score 1) 572

It's funny that he made the same argument as Google does with "native Google experience" phones/devices where you're not supposed to have any SD card/substantial local storage because, well, cloud. Stream all the things, re-download everything every time, areas with bad connectivity be damned (though Google at least tries to prevent disruptions when you encounter connectivity blip).

I think always-connected businesses simply look too far into the future, where we all be living in hyper-connected utopia. Until then, running with always-connected idea might end badly when a wall of slow/expensive/unreliable/missing connectivity appears on that path to the bright future :(

Comment Direct and indirect data (Score 1) 277

More specifically, as it was described before, "if an individual no longer wants his personal data to be processed or stored by a data controller, and if there is no legitimate reason for keeping it, the data should be removed from their system" (see http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/12/26&format=PDF ) and the question becomes, if someone else published something about the person, does that information fall under the same provision.
The easy way around it was to narrow it down to self-published information.

I.e. if I publish a photo of myself with a friend on FB but at a later time decide to invoke le droit à l’oubli then FB should remove the photo from all of their systems. If someone managed to re-publish it from FB, that's no longer FB's problem. And, should that friend publish a copy I can't demand it to be removed (or sue when it isn't) as that would require a total tracking and censorship of everything other users post. So every time some other friend publishes a photo or a post that mentions me, FB would have to prevent them from doing so. Heck, all old posts with my name and photos should disappear as soon as I demand it, or have my name and face blanked out. Tell me that wouldn't freak users out :)

"I published a bunch of photos from my party and suddenly there's this blur over [REDACTED]'s face! Do I have a virus?! Wait, I typed [REDACTED] but all I get in my post is "redacted" :( HALP!"

Comment Really Anger Partners? :) (Score 1) 100

I understand the Surface, as many manufacturers had that dream of making The Next iPad Killer(tm) (which, incidentally, never seemed to materialized, until Amazon and Google stepped up, and even then, it's still all wobbly and transparent around the edges) but phones?

As of right now, the amount of handsets Windows Phone platform sends is small. So, while losing that tiny percentage might be irritating, I don't see how it would really anger partners. Aside from Nokia that was being systematically destroyed ever since Mr Elop arrived at the helm, everybody else keep WP products as a bottom drawer "if, for some unimaginable reason, it suddenly works out" back-up plan. Most money are in Android anyway.

So the only real negative consequence would be if MS decides to do another patent war, and everyone, even those who still have nominal WP models, would suddenly because a target. And even then, it'll turn into "how many extra fees do you have to force Android manufacturers to pay before users rebel".

Comment Users choose a pretty icon? :) (Score 3, Insightful) 245

So, does this mean that the only reason Firefox is getting those downloads, is because users are bored and pick a pretty icon from the list?
Cause even bing.com shows Firefox download page on the first page of "Firefox" query so I'm not sure I can believe in extra 50K people not being able to get Firefox if they want it. :)

I know users sometimes are not smart enough to find and download something, but this is ridiculous...

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