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Comment Retraction (Score 0) 599

Well, he decided that *maybe* he didn't really mean what he said...

Ford Exec Retracts Statements About Tracking Drivers With The GPS In Their Cars. "The statement I made in my eyes was hypothetical and I want to clear this up."

Either he doesn't really understand what the technology his company is deploying does/how it works, OR he's a liar. Neither bode well for Ford.

Submission + - AT&T's Sponsored Data is bad for the internet, the economy, and you (

sirhan writes: From The Verge: AT&T is looking into what they call Sponsored Data, a program designed to let content providers bypass bandwidth caps if they pay AT&T. Simply enough, "if YouTube doesn't hit your data cap but Vimeo does, most people are going to watch YouTube. If Facebook feels threatened by Snapchat and launches Poke with free data, maybe it doesn't get completely ignored and fail. If Apple Maps launched with free data for navigation, maybe we'd all be driving off bridges instead of downloading Google Maps for iOS."

Comment Long Term (Score 0) 153

I've been using Chromium as my main browser for quite some time now, and I have to say I prefer it in many aspects over Firefox.
It certainly reminds me of how Firefox *used* to be all those years ago, but it has the same fatal flaw: it can be bogged down to uselessness with poorly implemented extensions.
As far as the PDF issue goes, I use "Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer", which opens many different types of document in Google Docs. I prefer it to dedicated PDF viewer/editors myself.
Sadly, there are several packages that aren't available for the PPC branch, as I can attest, but that's the nature of using non x86 hardware in general, sad to say.
At the end of the day, the defaults can always be changed if you don't like them, and it's good to see that they're at least asking for community feedback instead of charging ahead with an ill conceived vision (I'm looking at you, Gnome 3 and Unity).


Submission + - Scariest IPv6 attack scenarios (

alphadogg writes: Experts are reporting a rise in the number of attacks that take advantage of known vulnerabilities of IPv6, a next-generation addressing scheme that is being adopted across the Internet. Salient Federal Solutions, a Fairfax, Va., IT engineering firm, is reporting real-world incidents of IPv6 attacks based on the emerging protocol's tunneling capabilities, routing headers, DNS broadcasting and rogue routing announcements. The No. 1 attack that Salient Federal is seeing is the result of so much IPv6 traffic being tunneled across IPv4 networks, particularly using the Teredo mechanism that is built into both Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. This vulnerability with IPv6-over-IPv4 tunneling has been known for at least five years, but it is still being exploited.

Comment Re:and we should also... (Score 0) 515

"you have nothing to fear!" so you shouldn't worry about being recorded. Where have I heard that one before?

I'm not saying that I don't believe public servants while carrying out their official duties in public shouldn't be fair game for monitoring, but the "nothing to fear" angle just strikes me in a VERY bad way.

Comment Sprint + Verizon (Score 0) 177

I've used Sprint's mobile broadband (just a blackberry, tether, and sprint's software) in downtown Chicago for quite some time, and it's acceptable for web browsing and the such. I definitely would NOT use it for anything more. It's just got too much latency.

Also, I've used a Motorola T720 with a tether and a SLIP script with Verizon. It only got me basic dialup speeds, and it's been a while since I've written any kind of script for pppd, but it got the job done in a *very* rural area of Illinois.

When it's all said and done, I'd stick with wired if I have any kind of choice.

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