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Comment The Related Articles crap is evil anyway (Score 1) 117

The "related articles widget" amounts to little more than clutter. This is part of facebook's "chaining" mechanism, devised to increase "engagement" (at the cost of hijacking the user's media consumption flow and shortening their attention span).

The same goes for the associated "featured for you" widget, along with "people also shared" and "popular from ", and all other related garbage.

I threw together a modded version of the Facebook app, which tries to get rid of as much of this garbage as possible. This is obviously a self-signed APK, but all the patching was done in place. You are welcome to decompile it, diff it against stock, and see that all the code modifications are basically single-instruction patches (with virtually no room to include malware).

XDA link: https://forum.xda-developers.c...

Comment Mine doesn't. (Score 1) 140

I've got a patched facebook APK which gets rid of the location tracking crap, along with some other social crapware (and most ads). It's about one version old now, so it might nag you to update. The patches are a bitch to rebase, so I only do it every few versions. Warning- self-signed APK, so trust me at your own risk.

Comment Boo friggin hoo. (Score 1) 519

Have these people stopped to consider that maybe the people blocking their ads have no interest in purchasing products based on ads? Before adblock, I have never intentionally clicked on an ad I saw. So, if anything, adblock saves bandwidth costs by preventing advertisers from serving ads to an ad-adverse demographic. Let the luddites shoulder the cost of free content by clicking on ads. It's win-win!

Comment Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

Although the H-1B visa technically allows the employees to change jobs, that's not the way it happens in practice. Unless you already have a second employer lined up (who had already gone through the lengthy legal process to be able to hire you), leaving an H-1B job pretty much means deportation. Source: working alongside individuals who are unfortunate enough to be in this position.

Comment But ultimately, what difference does it make? (Score 1) 36

That's all well and good.. but we could do even better by abandoning the whole foursquare concept entirely and just going places for the hell of it. Not everything in life needs to be turned into a badge or achievement. I am surprised that the whole "checking in" concent limped on this long considering its clunkiness and "tacked on" factor.

Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town 172

Hugh Pickens writes "Although a fully operation city with no people sounds like the setup for a dystopian sci-fi novel, the Boston Globe reports that the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation will develop a $1 billion scientific ghost town near Hobbs, New Mexico to help researchers test everything from intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks to automated washing machines and self-flushing toilets on existing infrastructure without interfering in everyday life. Bob Brumley, senior managing director of Pegasus Holdings, says the town will be modeled after the real city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, complete with highways, houses and commercial buildings, old and new. Unlike traditional cities, City Labs will start with its underground 'backbone' infrastructure that will allow the lab to monitor activity throughout the 17-mile site. Since nobody lives in the Center's buildings, computerized systems will mimic human behavior such as turning thermostats up and down, switching lights off and on, or flushing toilets. The Center's test facilities and supporting infrastructure may require as much as 20 square miles of open, unimproved land where the controlled environment will permit evaluation of the positive and negative impacts of smart grid applications and integration of renewable energies for residential, commercial and industrial sectors of the economy. 'It's an amusement park for the scientists,' adds Brumley."

Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction 779

Pope Benedict XVI has warned that people are in danger of being unable to discern reality from fiction because of new technologies, and not old books. "New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality. The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual world, with various consequences -- above all the risk of indifference towards real life," he said.

G2 Detects When Rooted and Reinstalls Stock OS 406

RandyDownes writes "And you thought the Droid X's kill switch was bad. HTC and T-Mobile's new G2 can detect when it's been rooted and responds by reinstalling the factory OS. This seems like a violation of the Apache license Android is licensed under and is especially ironic given Eric Schmidt's recent statement about not requiring carriers to give consumers the option to install Google's own version of the OS. Schmidt called it a violation of the principles of open source." Update: 10/06 17:47 GMT by S : As readers have noted, the G2 is not from Motorola. Here's a better source, and here's the XDA Developers thread discussing the issue.

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