NordVPN user here. It's pretty solid. I use their desktop app but I use OpenVPN app on Android with their ovpn config files. (No particular reason, android app wasn't ready back when I set it up) I'm happy with the performance at both ends. Some servers perform better than others but there is an incredible amount of selection when it comes to servers. I'm really happy with it.
Well Sony should then be sued for the maximum statutory damages, $150,000 per instance. Media reports say that the movie has been viewed (legally) on YouTube more than 77.5 million times. So, Sony should be liable for $11,625,000,000,000. That's over $11 trillion, just for the YouTube views alone.
Edited to add citation for the number of views on YouTube. And gold...thanks!
Edited to also add that in Sony BMG Music Entertainment et al. v Tenenbaum, the recording industry sued over 30 songs and sought the maximum statutory damages because they asserted that the copyright infringement was willful and wanted the $4.5 million maximum. The jury didn't award the maximum--they got $675,000 but still higher than the statutory minimum of $22,500 and likely still much higher than actual damages.
Edited yet again to add that while my post was mostly made in jest, there are a lot of replies asserting that the movie is a single infringement and each showing are not separate infringements. /u/dbbo pointed out that in the Lime Wire case (Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC), the plaintiff did indeed try to argue that each download was a separate infringement and initially asked for a total of $72 trillion in damages.
> I do not think many of these in app opportunities have value in any real sense and they are either relying on addiction or stupidity to get purchased.
I'm a developer and I cannot stand mobile games as they are right now. 99.99% are stolen outright or as you point out, are maliciously designed from the ground up to trap people with addiction and gambling problems.
The idea that one of these little 'games' (I really don't want to call most of them games because.. they're not games, just colorful storefronts) can cost you orders of magnitude more than purchasing, A) a real game at 60$, or B) an entire new bleeding edge smartphone is disgusting and predatory. Frankly their design should be illegal or at least be forced to follow the same regulations a casino does and all in app purchases made by someone under the age of contractual consent should be void. ( i don't care that this would be rife with abuse and difficult for the devs, they brought it on themselves with this shitty, unchecked behavior)
edit: holy crap over 100 replies, haha I'll try to response to what I can. Clearly this is an interesting issue worth discussing.
edit 2: hopefully this isn't a cross post faux pas but this is interesting and relevant.
edit 3: so I have gotten Pixel Dungeon as recommended but in doing so proof about how shady mobile games are was made rather apparent. I searched by Pixel Dungeon and ended up with 3-4 pages of Pixel Dungeon, each one using the same icons and style of the original with a word or letter of the title changed, each one done by a different group, with only one of them being the real one. I literally had to go to Wikipedia to find out who the real maker of the game was before downloading.
You know what seems weird to me? That the writers of all these articles about teenagers leaving Facebook are acting so surprised. This one describes a "startling admission" and a "landmark statement" about teenage behavior or lack thereof on Facebook. It shouldn't be that big of a surprise when every previous social media site so far has been replaced. Livejournal fell out of favor and people flocked to Myspace. Then Myspace got annoying to use so they went to Facebook. Now Facebook is creepy and intrusive so people will go elsewhere. Look at Reddit - how many of us used to read Digg and Fark? I know one day I won't go to Reddit anymore, I'll go to some other site.
Another article on Yahoo interviewed teenagers. They're leaving Facebook because it's vapid, full of fake "friends" and overburdened by ads and pointless stuff like Farmville. They also don't want their parents effectively looking over their shoulders whenever they're saying something online to their real-life friends. The parents are just the icing on the cake - the other drawbacks of Facebook should be enough to make anyone leave the site, regardless of age.
Neil Hunt's Comments on VPN use NOT being restricted as of January 2015
From Netflix chief product officer: “The claims that we have changed our policy on VPN are false,” said Neil Hunt. “People who are using a VPN to access our service from outside of the area will find that it still works exactly as it has always done.”
Update: Thanks for the gold. Glad to see someone else appreciates current info.
Edited For Clarity
I would add - as world leaders gather in NY to discuss future climate change action, Musk had a quite insightful response to AGW and the transition to renewable energy that most probably haven't seen: >"By definition we must move to renewable energy, how can one argue against that? because to argue for it is to say we will eventually run out of energy and die, or civilization will collapse, so obviously we must find ways to produce energy in a renewable manner, the question is just how hard we should try what pace should we go at. And i think logically we should go as fast as we can, because since we know we have to get there eventually, it is better to get to a renewable future a sustainable future sooner rather than later, get there before we do the environmental damage not after, even if one can say maybe there isn't that much environmental damage, to play the devils advocate - maybe the environmental damage wont be that bad - Why take the chance?"
why is there so much shilling in this site againt adblock plus and its whitelist feature? companies dont pay adblock to whitelist their ads, they pay adblock to review their ads and see if they fit the rules of the whitelist.
This process is transparent to the community and they can give feedback. This is exactly the compromise the internet needs, a way to fund sites through advertising and a way to tone down the annoying adverts.
edit: Their ad whitelisting critera: https://adblockplus.org/en/acceptable-ads#criteria
You can still block everything by disallowing acceptable ads in Adblock Plus settings.
This "allow acceptable ads by default" thing was introduced 3 years ago in Adblock Plus version 2.0.
If we're gonna hug archive.org to death we might help out as well.
These guys are doing a tremendous job and they only survive through donations.
P.S. They accept Bitcoin as well
This article is talking out of its ass. There is a sharing program that installs a proxy on localhost. These links to 127.0.0.1:4001 are actual filesharing links, and Universal is asking Google to take them down.
The Intercept did a series of articles last year, based on leaked documents (Snowden? not sure).
The findings were up to 90% of people killed by drones were innocent civilians.
The article series is called The Drone Papers
Edit - Fixed: The findings were up to 90% of targets who were assassinated by drones were innocent civilians.
Thats the one.... and so you know who we are. We started the company 4 years ago with a Kickstarter campaign (for a USB private browser and VPN https://www.surfeasy.com/private_browser/) and then launched our VPN about 2 years ago.
We were recently acquired by Opera Software. They were one of the first web browsers and are a publicly traded company out of Norway.
We have privacy advisers like Michael Geist on the team and do not maintain logs related to your online activities. (Michael and I did an AMA a while back... well mostly Michael, but I was there too http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1h1y0t/)
According to TechCrunch it is due to DDoS attacks on MtGox and BitStamp to force the prices down and causing people to sell. The attackers sell their btc first at the high price, DDoS to cause the price to drop and re-buy and wait for prices to go back up.
I remember reading a story in "Trust Me, I'm Lying; Confessions of a Media Manipulator" where the agent of an author wasn't getting any good marketing coverage for his client's new book, so the agent starting pulling the "angry consumer" shtick, calling/writing into different media outlets (bloggers, radio, etc..), pretending to be pissed off about the book. No one had heard of it, but eventually some of them started writing about how insulting & disgusting it was, just based on the agent's complaint.
It worked. No publicity is bad publicity.
edit: Since people are seeing this, you should read this book. The guy (former American Apparel advertising exec) did this tell-all book because he saw the media's standards dropping and his industry's tricks starting to be used in things like politics. It will destroy your confidence in ever believing anything you read on the internet, reddit definitely included. Good for honing your bullshit detector.
edit 2: I am not affiliated in any way with this book. You are not being manipulated ��
No, the Pirate Bay is not hosted on PRQ anymore, but PRQ was started by some of TPB guys.
TPB is currently down due to a power failure.
EDIT/UPDATE: The issue is not one that can be fixed remotely, so the powers in charge of TPB are working to get someone on-site today to fix the problem with the power distribution unit (PDU) - basically a fancy power strip; but they tend to do more than just add outlets and act as a minor surge protector.
They are quickly blocking posters on their facebook page. It blew up for about 10 minutes before all the posts disappeared and people were blocked.
Edit: They have responded on their blog. https://www.groupon.com/blog/cities/gnome-update
Edit2: They have noted they are abandoning the Gnome name on their blog.
No, it's not! - The People (well, mostly)
This is a foundational problem. The majority of Americans believe that the influence of money in politics is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Any major issue you can think of can almost certainly be tied to big money in politics. We need to do something about it now because our country is very obviously crumbling.
Now, what to do about the Supreme Court saying money pouring into campaigns is just fine? Amend the Constitution. It has authority above SCOTUS.
Use something like the Privacy Badger add-on provided by the EFF. It dynamically checks to see if sites are following through multiple different pages and blocks them. If those Facebook like buttons cannot load, they cannot track you.
It could also be due to the recent class action lawsuit by investors about misleading claims he made about RT.
Or it could be Ballmer's stack ranking system that has killed morale amongst employees, if it hasn't outright fired them?
There's been a lot Ballmer has done wrong, more than he's done right, and it's time for new leadership.
I can't see him pardoing specially since how many people he prosecuted so many whistleblowers.
>Since Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, his government has waged a war against whistleblowers and official leakers. On his watch, there have been eight prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act – more than double those under all previous presidents combined.
Under him NSA has only gotten bigger so I don't see why he would ever pardon Snowden. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/us/politics/nsa-gets-more-latitude-to-share-intercepted-communications.html
Longtime apple fanboy here. Nothing but iMacs, macbooks, iPhones, iPads, and an appletv.
I live in NYC and am absolutely dependant on google maps.
I am seriously considering getting an android phone because of this clusterfuck. I literally had the iphone5 in my shopping cart yesterday when iOS 6 was released, and I'm relieved I tried it out on my iPad before shelling out $500 for the iphone5.
Code Injection is inherently malicious. You can file a consumer complaint here. Comcast then has 30 days to respond to your complaint, where they will tell you that code injection is not illegal. Source: I did it to century link, had a gentleman who identified himself as a layer for century link personally deliver me the response.
You can then contact your congressmen asking for them to consider making a bill that defines "hacks" such as code injection illegal, and see what they say. But that is as far as your rights as a citizen extend.
In the meantime you can install https everywhere, and protect yourself from code injection of any sort on any website that supports the https protocol.
Honestly, would have thought Melvin losses would be higher.
But why is Apple still censoring ratings? Robinhood has a 4.1 on the Apple app store. Where Google it is 1.1 stars. The lowest possible is 1 star so it is basically the lowest it can go.
Some US companies are voluntarily collecting this information about us:
Some US carriers are adding software to your phone to collect data:
We should all be demanding openness. No one needs to know my exact location each minute of each day for months or years.
Sadly, most people don't care
Careful, careful... misleading title. I am french and follow technology-related legislation very closely. What happened here is that google were accused of having too strong a monopoly, as they can (ab)use their search engine to promote their own content over that of their opponents.
I do not agree nor disagree with this decision yet, as I want to know more about it before I make myself a final opinion. Just keep in mind that the title is misleading and google were not being accused of providing a free service at all here.
Anyone who speaks french can read this opinion piece to learn more about the case. They strongly take an anti-google stance there, despite being famous for defending anything free. A link to the official judgement can be found here, also in french, which is what I want to read before making my own opinion on this matter.
For those who haven't read the paper, the researchers used Google trend data related to the search term "MySpace" or "Facebook" and applied this data to a modified formula that predicts the spread of disease within a population. Thus, the study is predicting the rise and fall of people searching for these social networks by name in Google and assuming that this is an accurate measure of use of those social media sites. They present no proof that people who search for a social network always are active users.
Firstly I think what makes more sense is as more people sign up to Facebook, the number of people searching for Facebook in Google decreases (people type in "f" in Chrome and jump straight there for example). Second an increasing number of users visit Facebook on mobile apps, which this study fails to acknowledge.
TLDR; This paper is predicting the rise and fall of Google search volumes related to Facebook while ignoring other ways to access the social network (apps, direct type etc) resulting in aggressive timeline predictions of Facebooks demise. The study does not use actual user data for its analysis.
EDIT Thanks for the gold kind stranger.
EDIT 2 Here is Facebooks response to the study
Memory usage in Windows 7 doesn't really reflect reality due to smart-caching. My guess is you have 4-8GB RAM and aren't really missing that 1GB that iTunes is 'using'. If an application needs that memory Windows 7 will release it.
If you read his book the basic premise is that right now there is a big focus on philanthropy when instead there should be a focus on fixing the broken system that allows a small group of people to accumulate massive wealth at the expense of 99% of others.
But using their philanthropy they are able to persuade the masses to keep the current system. How else can a democratic system exist where the top 5% own 66% of the wealth (United States).
The richest Americans would easily be defeated in a vote if the remaining population could get their act together.
This is bad, but it's part of a pattern. Before this, Trump already made it harder for elder abuse victims to sue nursing homes.
We decided to give this toaster sentience and see if you can game on... oh shit, I dropped him, yep he's dead, definitely dead.
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They just deliberately locked out Netflix for 10 years.
The CEO thinks this whole 'internet media' concept is just a passing fad. He's never going to get more friendly with content distribution unless he's fired.
Here's how to contact the company say what a disgrace it is: https://www.groupon.com/customer_support#contact-us
EDIT: Got a response from Groupon
>Hi [name removed], > >Thank you very much for your feedback. We never intend to upset our subscribers, and we genuinely appreciate your thoughts. I'll make sure that your opinion is communicated to the appropriate channels. > >Groupon is a strong and consistent supporter of the open source community, and our developers are active contributors to a number of open source projects. We’ve been communicating with the Foundation for months to try to come to a mutually satisfactory resolution, including alternative branding options, and we’re happy to continue those conversations. Our relationship with the open source community is more important to us than a product name. And if we can't come up with a mutually acceptable solution, we'll be glad to look for another name. > >Again, sorry for the inconvenience. > >Regards, > >Akhil R
>Groupon Customer Support
Ok so >mutually satisfactory resolution
>including alternative branding options
How about not take their brand to begin with?
To be fair, the TPB guys didnt think they were risking their freedom since they never broke any Swedish laws. The raid at PRQ surprised and shocked them and many many Swedes which is why the Pirate party got almost 8% of the votes a short time afterwards in the EU-elections (They are now back to being completeley ireelevant unfortunately)
They've stated in the first Model 3 reveal that the autopilot hardware will be included in the base price, as well as the autopilot safety features, but the autopilot autonomous-driving features will be a paid option.
I read somewhere that Amazon accounts for 90% of cloud hosting. Microsoft 5%, Google 1%, and 4% to every other cloud provider.
I don't have a source, but this article alludes to that fac: https://thenextweb.com/offers/2016/03/11/amazon-web-services-dominates-cloud-services-market/
> AWS had more than 10 times the computing capacity in use than the next 14 largest cloud companies combined
EDIT: To clarify, I believe this stat is specifically for public cloud hosting. Private cloud and hosting (e.g. Google's own servers) were not included in the stat.
The race to the bottom is, and has been, pervasive across many industries for a long time. One of the reasons Louisiana is so polluted is because they made so many regulatory concessions to the chemical industry. Outside of the US it can be even worse; the book Flammable discusses pollution in Argentinian Shantytowns and the people's resistance to blame the chemical companies. Gutting regulations and giving tax breaks to corporations isn't new, Amazon is just taking advantage of a standing practice.
Heck, you might able to do it for free. If the app is really sending things unnecessarily, you wouldn't even need the outlet.
The plug I had was Mailiya Smart, which is no longer available, but I got it for like $10 or something cheap.
It was basically one of those products that is built cheaply and made by a lot of various amazon sellers (Another, by ISELECTOR is a little more expensive.)
It appears the "rectangle" shape plug has been phased out of the cheap market in favor of the round plug, which I'm mostly finding now.
It's pretty nuts. Every 4th post or so is an ad.
If you have Android, I highly recommend Instander.
>Instander is a free modification of the Instagram app for android. It contains many improvements over the original application. These are the main features of Instander:
> * Completely free app with no Instagram ads * Download photos, videos, stories and IGTV with ease * Upload your photos and stories with better quality * View stories, read and write messages without anyone's knowledge
Sums it up perfectly:
> As an example, imagine a user posts a video clip to the Tom’s Community of a step-by-step guide on how to set up water cooling on an overclocked i7 CPU. Playing in the background behind the voiceover is “Derezzed” by Daft Punk. The studio representing Daft Punk could issue a complaint, without being required to notify us or request a take-down. Tom’s Hardware would be liable and prosecuted solely on a good faith assertion of the copyright owner, without notification, with the site operators subject to possible jail time for not preventing the video from being posted. In short order, the http://www.tomshardware.com/ domain in the United States would no longer resolve to our servers and visitors attempting to come to Tom’s Hardware would be redirected to a “This site under review for piracy/copyright violations” page.
Kind of amazing that an ISP would do something so idiotic and completely against the TOC of referrals. Maybe they haven't heard about the ebay referral people who got jail time for a similar scheme.
Edit: Did not expect this thread to blow up. Anyways here is the story I was referring to: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ebay-worked-fbi-put-top-120500693.html
A google search shows a user back in 2015 asking how to parse voter registration data with these same categories. I wonder how common these terms are?
From the Hacker News comments: He had his account re-activated, and was offered an internship at Uber.
> Amos here from Uber. First of all, this was a very cool app Will. I love your passion for technology and your interest in Uber. For some pretty obvious reasons (many of which are mentioned in the comments), we didn't have a choice to but to suspend your account. That said, there's no hard feelings. We've re-activated your account and would love to chat with you about an internship this summer. I hope you continue creating and exploring!
The lack of competition and regulation is what allowed them to drive up their costs. Now that competitors are entering the market, they will have to lower cost or just simply not sell them. Deregulation of pharmacy companies(some regulation anyway) will lead to better medicine costs which will lead to lower healthcare costs.
"Good news: Now you can get an EpiPen alternative known as generic Adrenaclick for as little as $10 for a two-pack at CVS—and you don't need insurance to get it." Per http://www.consumerreports.org/drug-prices/epipen-alternative-that-costs-just-10-dollars/
"4. The regulatory process is slow and expensive" per https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/09/epipen-lack-of-innovation/
They should report both. Those people familiar with computers should expect the OS to take up some room. The difference here is the proportion. My desktop had a 500 GB hard drive. I realize that maybe 10GB of that is the OS. My iPad has 64 GB, and iOS takes a few GBs. Generally, around 5% is expected, and 10% is acceptable in some devices such as low end models.
In this case it's practically 50%. It's just way beyond what is expected or even considered acceptable.
That said, I would approve of all manufacturers stating capacity and available storage on their packaging when the product requires that the storage be used for the product to function (I.e. an operating system).
EDIT: Actually, iOS 6 only takes up 957 MB (largest iOS to date).
Friendly reminder that Signal is funded by (tax-deductible) donations. And you can donate crypto:
(TBH, I had never really thought about how they were funded until I noticed the "Donate" link while reading their response.)
[–]Andrea845 [+2][S] 66 points 4 hours ago* > Under American jurisprudence, gathering evidence like the NSA does is illegal itself. Also, illegally-obtained evidence is supposed to be suppressed in court, because of an established legal doctrine called "fruit of the poisonous tree". > Google for "parallel construction". This is a corrupt practice whereby the crooks who are trying to ruin someone's life (in this case, Ross) can't actually find anything to ruin him with, so what they do is they obtain illegally-gathered evidence, and then use this illegally-obtained evidence to retroactively fabricate plausible "evidence" that they can show in court; this allows them to avoid being charged with crimes themselves, and gets them their goal of ruining their victim's life. > This is not the first time it has happened. You'll find quite a few other cases in which evidence obtained illegally through spying and other warrantless methods was whitewashed to make it appear legit. > So why does this matter? Well, if the people doing the accusing can freely lie about how they obtained evidence, and use those lies to exploit illegally obtained evidence, then there is no denying that the "justice system" is a scam. > I hope this puts to rest any doubt that the Silk Road case against Ross Ulbricht is anything other than a kangaroo trial.
In the USA, the profit-motive and religion have been conflated over the years (read <u>One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America</u> for more info).
You might enjoy reading Jennifer Government
The world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly. When lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike unwittingly signs a contract that involves shooting teenagers to build up street credibility for Nike's new line of $2,500 sneakers, he goes to The Police, only to be pursued by Jennifer Government, a tough-talking agent with a bar-code tattoo under her eye, the consumer watchdog from hell.
Any VPN that is in Hong Kong even if it used to be good is now a Chinese covert surveillance aggregator.
Always look into what country a VPN business is based in. You don't want it based in China, Russia or part of the 5, 9 or 14 eyes nations.
This isn't to say that any country couldn't be secretly using their VPNs in their country to collect data but if you avoid fascist countries and stick to those that don't share information with other countries it will not be near as much of a risk. Also of course don't use one in based in your own country for obvious reasons or in one that hates your country as you don't want to be blackmailed into stealing company / government secrets one day.
Edit: As pointed out by Angevinz this only applies to paid VPNs if the VPN is free it is like Facebook, meaning you are the product and not the customer as someone else is paying them and they should be avoided. Also while that link recommends NordVPN I was not endorsing it but also am not saying isn't any good. You should do your own research on what is best for you.
aaaaand you would be correct. gold star.
EDIT: meh, what the hell, have an actual gold star
EDITthe2nd: and our survey tool is just our app!
I hate apple. I remember when the sued some school in Canada because the school's logo was too similar to apple's logo. Here is the article: http://gizmodo.com/5059881/apple-sues-school-for-using-the-same-fruit-in-a-logo
I think agencies require a subpoena to get to your data, but I may be wrong. Regardless, Facebook has legal obligations to fulfill in every country it operates. If you are doing illegal stuff, you'd have to be an idiot to be posting it to facebook anyway.
I'm shocked that people are still shocked that law enforcement operates online.
EDIT: A more energetic person than I looked it up here. Facebook does not disclose private information without a court order. Furthermore, they are legally obligated to store chat logs in many jurisdictions. Complain to your governments, not Facebook.
Install HTTPS Everywhere.
Options -> "Block all unencrypted traffic"
Realize that tons of great websites will never use TLS
Disable "Block all unencrypted traffic"
I visited the TOR website just now and while I have no current reason to download and use TOR, I chose to donate. Here is the link - I suggest everybody who cares about anonymity and the internet visit and contribute what you can.
If you're on Android, you could try the app "Mr. Number". It auto blocks all suspected spam calls based on a reporting system. It has millions of users, so most spam numbers have been added to their list, and if they aren't, you can add it yourself.
The only bad thing about it is that it doesn't completely block the calls, it usually rings for about half a second before it's blocked, but it's still much better than without the app.
$65 x 12 months = $780 annually
Comcast pays a $.65 dividend per share per year. http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=cmcsa&ql=1
$780/.65 = 1200 shares needed. Comcast is currently trading at ~$39/share so you're looking at about a $46,800 investment for Comcast to pay your annual internet bill.
edit: this is fun to do with other companies too. AT&T for instance... $85/mo for cell phone ($1,020/yr). AT&T pays $1.80 per year. 1020/1.8 = 566.67 shares x current share price of 34.50 = $19,550 investment for AT&T to pay your entire annual cell phone bill.
Don't use an intermediary website (https://flipboard.com) to link. Do your very best to link to the original source.
>Judge: Galaxy Tab not as cool as iPad.
Not making this shit up.
edit: When I say "not making this shit up," I meant it. This is literally what the judge said but this particular article doesn't mention it. Another article.
This is a new feature on Google Scholar. Simply click "cite" underneath the article and the formatted citations appear in APA, MLA, and Chicago style.
Sorry for not detailing...
EDIT: So this post was removed because /r/technology doesn't allow pics... MY BAD!
As of this comment. Microsoft's market cap is $246 billion, Google's market cap is $225 billion. So yes, by market capitalization, Google is currently a smaller company than Microsoft
ESPN comes with Sling TV. I've never had Sling... it doesn't work for me since we have 3 or 4 TVs in the house and you can only use it on one at a time. But it seems like a good deal if you fit in their little setup.
I lived in South Korea for three years. Sure you get blisteringly fast connection speeds (this was typical of the $25 internet package in my Seoul apt.), but you also have to deal with ass-backwards internet policies.
The worst (aside from the unnecessary censorship and porn-blocking of course!) is the government policy that requires Korean websites to use Active X plugins to verify customer IDs. This is annoying in and of itself because any time you want to do anything online with a Korean company you have to download and install some crappy piece of software just to use their website.
In addition, seeing that Active X is only supported by Internet Explorer, this mean that users of Firefox/Safari/Chrome are screwed and so Koreans are stuck using IE.
ideally everyone should not only use tor but also run tor exit nodes from their home computers so that we can all retain our online anonymity. unfortunately, normal human beings won't ever do that because they're too easily convinced by others to give up their freedoms. phrases like "you'll only be protecting criminals" or "if you have nothing to hide blah blah" actually resonate with a lot of people.
and so we're all fucked and nice things are ruined.
edit: should probably link this stuff for people interested:
So, /u/kn0thing is Alexis and /u/spez is Steve. They are the co-founders of reddit. I met Alexis in NYC once a few years ago and i got to know Steve via his course on web development on Udacity.
To put it in the most simple and thoughtless terms possible, Alexis is the Jobs and Steve is the Woz of reddit. The both seem like really great dudes, and if i every encounter them again, i'd be delighted to buy them beers. They were the Silicon Valley show playing out in real time when i was younger.
/u/Yishan is the former CEO from before this series of interim CEO's. I don't know him, but i believe he left after promoting a move to Daly City (the southern end of SF) from downtown SF.
CNET did a great article on him a few days ago. Definitely opened my eyes on his background. link
>Wheeler supporters also point out that it's been 31 years since he lobbied for the cable industry and 11 years since he left the wireless industry. To put things in perspective, Apple Computer had just introduced the Macintosh and "Ghostbusters" was the hit of the year when Wheeler left his post as the head of NCTA.
>"He is no more a former lobbyist than I am a former high school student," said Reed Hunt, a fellow Democrat who served as FCC chairman from 1993 to 1997.
>In 1984, the then-38-year-old Wheeler took over NABU Network, which offered specially designed home computers that could access news, games and other applications through the cable television network. The National Museum of Science and Technology later described the network as the "Internet -- 10 years ahead of its time." A few blocks from NABU's Alexandria, Va., office, 27-year-old Steve Case was working on a similar project that tapped into the telephone network, which Wheeler derided as inferior.
>"We used to look down our noses at them because they were so slow," Wheeler recalled in a half- hour-long interview last month.
>But it was Case's company, America Online, that became an Internet titan during the dot-com boom. NABU folded in 1985. The difference between the two approaches? Wheeler's company relied on a closed network.
>"Steve [Case] could build a national footprint immediately, and we had to go from cable operator to cable operator to ask permission to get on the network," said Wheeler. "That is exactly the situation that entrepreneurs face today. If you can't have open access to the Internet, innovation is thwarted and new services grind to a halt."
You can move pretty much everything. The android site will walk you through how to do it all.
|Media||How to move|
|Photos||Download Google Photos app to iPhone, hit Sync|
|Music||Install Google Music Manager on your computer. (Up to 50,000 songs)|
|Contacts (iCloud)||A bit more complicated, but basically yes, export the contacts from iCloud then import to Gmail|
|Apps||You're SOL here for paid apps. Most free apps (Candy Crush, Boom Beach, etc.) have an option to link it with your Facebook or other Social Media account. If you want to save your progress, then you sync them via that, otherwise you start over.|
Hushmail is not trustworthy for numerous reasons.
The sites: https://www.privacytools.io/ and https://prism-break.org/ provide a better, more thought out, and verifiable privacy enhancing tools. You should really read them all over, understand why they made the choices they did, the pros and cons of each tool, before trying to create your own privacy guide. /r/Privacy is also a good place to ask questions and get feedback on privacy related tools.
>And nine out of 10 of the most frequently contact ad-related domains are run by Google.
Is anyone surprised by this?
> Pull yourself up by the bootstraps
Please remind anyone who uses this saying that it was originally intended to describe something that is literally impossible to do.
I wouldn't be so sure. Archive.org has 28 captures from 10 Sep 06 - 9 Jan 14 and they are all the same. They appear to have only changed the website in the last few months; though perhaps this is a bug with the wayback machine?
Regarding their Twitter: 1 tweet in 2008, 1 tweet in 2009, A handful of unrelated tweets in 2010 and 2011. Only in 2012 onwards is there even the hint of a prototype.
Their facebook is much the same, only picking up at the start of 2012.
They mention CES a few times (and the site talks about E3) but I didn't find anything on a cursory search.
Tl;dr Not saying it's vapourware or they can't be trusted but just be careful and wait for the reviews to come in
Wow if only someone invented a router where the software code was truly open, didn't infringe on the GPL, was well coded and the devs weren't sketchy as fuck and named it say https://openwrt.org/
It's partly a human thing, but I think it's gotten especially bad with the Boomers.
If you haven't already, I highly suggest you check out A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
Try to get past the title, since the author tries quite hard to build an objective, data-driven case for how Baby Boomers have stood out in a fairly bad way compared to both their parents and children.
Time for my biennial "how are PCSX2 and ePSXe doing?" check.
ePSXe looking pretty good too, even a couple versions ago.
I presume they're still not as bulletproof as ZSNES, but I'll take it...
Some figures to put things in perspective:
---Moto 360 sold 500K in all of 2014
---Pebble sold 700K in all of 2014
---LG sold 420K in all of 2014
---Samsung sold 1.2M in all of 2014
Apple has so far sold over 7M since release
Edit: added sources
I am just baffled at the ignorance. Not only does everybody in that school automatically assumed it was a bomb, but the police has the audacity to: "They led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited. He said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”"
The engineering teacher advising him to not show anyone else is just sad. He just wants to show people his passion, but everybody else's inability to for one second think that maybe this kid has great potential, rather think that he made a bomb, because what else could he possibly be making. This is infuriating. There is so much wrong with this.
You can buy your own damn clock kit on Amazon for $6!
Another comment said it best. "I cannot tell you how mad this made me. The racism, the refusal to appreciate the nerdy kid, the police idiocy, the bad teacher, the horrible administration. 5 police officers interrogating one 14-year-old who just likes tinkering because he brought in a clock."
Hi there - CEO of SurfEasy here. Just want to clarify a couple things:
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Hope this is helpful.
Wheeler is doing as his constituents are telling him. If fucking reddit would actually research his background the hivemind would realize he is more of an entrepreneur than a lobbyist. He is 11 years removed from the wireless industry, and more than that from the traditional telecom group he worked for previously. As a former colleague of his stated, saying Wheeler is still a lobbyist is essentially the equivalent as to saying any professional is still a high school student.
Wheeler even stated on record he sides with consumers and entrepreneurs on this issue. He had a startup in the 80s, I think, which competed with the very early version of AOL (before it had that name). His product ran through the cable lines, which gave him a major disadvantage as his company need to ask permission from the cable companies to provide service over their lines. AOL did not need to do this as telephone falls under Title II. Guess what? AOL won that battle and Wheeler's company went out of business because of this exact landscape.
Edit: Even though I summarized by memory, here is the article from /r/technology in which this is from. Read it, it is very enlightening.
you are either frequenting high end places with free alcohol or getting ripped off if you are spending banknotes at a club. every stripper at the place I eat lunch has one of these https://www.amazon.com/Cassida-C200-Sorter-Counter-Roller/dp/B0051QAN3M/
I skip anyone who uses "Military Grade Encryption" in their ads. It's such obvious horseshit, as if they're doing something a cut above when the entire internet uses AES256. Nord and ExpressVPN included.
I had a class during my undergrad about the ethics of using robots to police people and prosecute wars. The earliest instance I could find for my paper in that class of police using a robot against a barricaded person in 1993. Police used a robot with an attached fire hose to knock a gun from the suspect and disorient him.
I would have preferred the police had captured this guy so it would go to trial. But I can't say that using the bomb was the wrong course of action.
“Robot Used to Catch, Disarm Man.” Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 4 September 1993. Web. 25 September 2012. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19930903&id=HtYpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=I88EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6809,1107111
Of course the deepest irony is that the entire web (as we know it) sits on corporate servers, and runs through corporate networks. Sadly, the internet is slowly being replaced by one gigantic filter bubble and in a very short period of time governments and corporations will simply delete our choices and direct us down a glass hallway to and from the locations they want us to visit. Anon and LULSEC will be standing on the outside banging on the glass and screaming. . . And we won't hear a thing.
It's always been accepted that you're better off downloading an entire encrypted OS on an offline computer that's never touched the internet before.
Things like TAILS exist for this purpose. Your security is only as good as the user and the system you're on.
Edit: This gained some traction. If you're interested check out:
P.S. This is a great way to store Bitcoin on a USB stick. It'll allow you to basically have 2 layers of security before you even reach the BTC.
That's kind of just it: Whenever people say, "You don't want Comcast run like your electric and water utilities, DO YOU???" I respond, "Not ideally but it would actually make Comcast better than it is right now." Because in reality, even hated utility companies have higher customer satisfaction ratings than Comcast and TWC:
I first thought this had to be some sort of mistake, then I read their official statement.
Apparently these guys have made it their goal to destroy the Open Source movement. Take a look at all the projects they have hijacked. Just imagine they replace all those (so far) legit installers with their own malware-bundled ones.
This is outright disgusting.
Edit: It looks like the modified installer has been removed. I really hope they'll release another statement addressing this major fuckup.
Hmm... the links seem to lead back to this post at ZD: http://www.zdnet.com/windows-threshold-more-on-microsofts-plan-to-win-over-windows-7-users-7000031070/
...Which only tags Windows 7 users are getting the free upgrade. That seems a lot more likely.
Ahh the old "Time in the market vs. time the market"
Unless you're Warren Buffett et al, you are statistically better off by passively investing in the market as a whole, and sticking it out for the long haul... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_management
Edit: In fact, Buffett himself endorses index funds here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/warren-buffett-to-heirs-put-my-estate-in-index-funds-2014-03-13
Let's Encrypt is SO GOOD, and so easy to configure. I use the EFF's client app (certbot) to install the certs on my server.
Even many shared hosts support Let's Encrypt now, as there's a decent cPanel plugin that makes it a "one click" configuration.
I never was able to figure it out. VyprVPN/GoldenFrog is quite public about being a Swiss company, and a couple of others are easily traced to places like Panama and the Channel Islands. I have tried a couple of times to trace the corporate heritage of PIA and failed. But I am not an expert at it, possibly not even a good amateur. I was impressed on how public VyprVPN is about the people who run them, pictures and bios on their web site.
Edit: As soon as you dig into PIA, you find that it's parent is into a couple of different Martial Arts Fighting things, and the Food and Beverage industry, along with Open Source stuff. It is an odd combination of things.
PIA is good with me. They have desktop and android app, not sure about an iPhone app but I'm sure there's a way to use it on any device. 7 bucks a month or 40 for a year. PIA stands for Private Internet Access. Had them for like 3 or 4 months and it's been great.
I pirated PS way back when I was around 16 and used it a lot for the usual teenage bullshit (mostly putting Fall Out Boy lyrics over pictures of dragons) but as I got older I used it for more "serious" amateur editing. When I got a gorgeous new laptop a couple of years ago I wanted to purchase Photoshop since I had what I considered enough money to buy the software.
After spending far too long trying to work out how to buy the fucking thing I realized your option really is just the ludicrously expensive subscriptions, something that just doesn't suit me as a total hobbyist in the slightest. I mean, when I had pirated it back in the day it would have cost a few hundred to buy, I was really prepared to pay a decent amount.
Instead, I got a bundle of Photoshop and Premiere Elements for what was then a little under $70. I gave them less money than I wanted to because they wouldn't let me give it to them the way I wanted.
NordVPN gets a lot of hate because their advertisements are pervasive, and their sales tactics are scummy. They did also get hacked once to my knowledge, but the server that was hacked did not contain any user activity logs.
If you compare them on That One Privacy Site you’ll see that they’re actually doing a lot right, including being based in Panama so they don’t have to send your data to a government.
Fun fact: I was once linked that by someone who thought it’d prove that Nord sucked, it didn’t.
This being said, VPNs aren’t really for privacy, and nothing is perfect. Do your own research, I’m not recommending Nord to you.
For the 1000th time:
Protonmail has to comply with the Swiss law when they are asked to keep IP records. Before that, they did not keep any IP logs.
Even then, the Proton Company fights every claim they get (as shown clearly on their yearly Transparency Report, and in this instance they couldn't say no.
Proton is not gonna put their head out for some random user that happens to have done something illegal.
For this reason, Proton actively encourages people to use TOR/ProtonVPN when connecting to ProtonMail: on ProtonVPN they will give only the VPNs IP, not the end-user's one. As for TOR, well, they only have a Tor-exit-node IP to give, as IP records previous to that were not registered.
Don't let sensationalism and click-bait headlines deceive you. Always do your own research.
Well I put an entire torrent client on my router, thanks to Gargoyle/Open-WRT. My router (Netgear WNDR3700) has a USB port in which I plugged in a harddrive, and then I just downloaded the linux version of Transmission torrent client to the router, and I access it through a web ui. That way I don't have to leave my PC running, or worry about precious CPU/HD cycles being eaten up by running a torrent client while playing a game.
It also has some of the best QoS in the business, where you can automatically limit things like torrent downloads on your network to make room for things like Netflix streaming on an entirely different PC. QoS in both upload and download is very hard to do, but it works really well on Gargoyle.
It has a neat little "force clients to use this DNS" checkbox that allows me to use things like Unblockus DNS proxies, even on hardware that tries to get around it like the Chromecast.
It has incredibly detailed charts and graphs of my download usage over time, per client.
I can set up a Tor client through the router.
I run my own VPN (OpenVPN) for free. So if I ever need a file on one of my computers at home, I just connect to the OpenVPN, send a wake-on-lan packet if they're asleep, and I can just browse to them as if they were on the local network. Even on my Android phone.
Keep in mind you need at least 64mB of RAM to be doing all this kind of stuff at once. Or you can put a swap partition on said USB harddrive, but that will slow things down if it has to use it.
Gargoyle doesn't support a whole lot of routers though, they're a fork of Open-WRT designed for higher-end Netgear routers but with support for a few more brands.
> bluetooth sound quality is awful
I hear this a lot. First gen does have terrible sound quality and noise. I had a Motorola one that emits a constant loud buzz. But Bluetooth audio has come a long way. Now unless I'm comparing bluetooth vs wired headphone side-by-side using uncompressed WAV or FLAC I can't really tell the difference. Since I (and most people) listen to mostly compressed mp3 anyway, the difference for me is practically nil.
I just bought a cheap pair of $35 on-ear bluetooth headphones off Amazon. Clean, detailed sound and 45-hr battery life. I'm pretty happy with it.
Edit: Too many people asking for the link so here it is:
Some app solutions are already out and available. The basic idea is that the picture or video is digitally signed at the time of creation with the signature being stored on a blockchain, and any later modifications on the media would then mismatch the original signature, allowing easy validation of authenticity.
The main issue here is not one of technology but of logistics: We need widespread adoption of a commonly accepted validation solution (I imagine something similar to trusted SSL certificate repositories) but that is sure to lag at least 5 years behind the widespread usage of deep fake applications themselves.
Edit to address common comments and questions below: As I understand the whole thing basically provides a way for people to say "No that media is a modified fake, here is the real one it's based on" and then the older timestamped signature on the blockchain would support that claim.
I agree that this kind of thing only solves part of the problem (people tampering with your media) and not something like someone producing an entirely staged video and then copying your face all over it.
I guess you can try to push the whole digital signature thing into all recording equipment / software (starting with Apple and Google for the most widespread smartphone cameras, and also bringing security camera manufacturers on board) so people can then ask for the unmodified original version of any video, and it would be harder to claim that a deepfaked video directly came from a smartphone or security cam recording.
But that would be a monumental regulatory undertaking and still relatively straightforward for a serious attacker to bypass in the end, so I don't have all the answers myself.
I believe android, samsung, and apple (perhaps others) have dedicated hardware and processes for processing a lot of the AI (machine learning / execution) data locally - not everything has to be sent to a cloud for voice-text dictation, for instance. Going a step further, knowing what you want, in context of what you're saying, takes a good bit of computational power, and I believe, these resources are reserved for proprietary use. But, under this law, not only could you potentially flash your android, but replace android, or google's assistant and still leverage / exploit (monetize?) the hardware for those purposes.
Samsung came out with that ~~bing~~ Bixby assistant, right? They used their own hardware for that -- newer versions of google assistant have dedicated chips, I believe - older versions which don't aren't as effective.
edit; proper name and also check this out: https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NCSM2450-DK1-Movidius-Neural-Compute/dp/B076751BN8
The size of this device presents serious UI problems.
Average thumb radius determines phone size. There are plenty of design blogs showing why specific choices were made with the iPhone.
Your design would be better only for people with much larger hands than normal.
I.e. not teen girls, not children, not women, and not most of Asia.
This rather drastically limits your sales potential.
Watching movies on a 5 inch screen is also in no way "stunning".
Form factor is THE most important consideration for these devices. There is a reason you don't hold an iPad to your head to make phone calls.
"... multi-process browser"
Thankfully, this has finally begun to land in Nightly (firefox devbuild.) It's been around for a couple of months but it's finally active as of like this week.
I'm very very excited for firefox to finally have multiprocessing. It's still in its early stages (which is pretty crazy after all these years) but it's finally happening! They had started development in 2009, then halted it in 2011.