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  • Sep 6th, 2014 @ 8:00am

    Re: Re: Eyegrab

    Prove my point by making a big deal of something that has become landscape. Yes, the ground is solid and I can walk on it.

    Forgive me for showing up late on the Internet in 1989 after it lost its exclusivity and the likes of Software Tool and Die brought us bottomfeeders into the clubhouse. I was heartbroken to learn that I signed on to the second public access provider. Damn Californians.

    I worked with Ray Tomlinson at GTE. Whoop tee doo, basking in the glow of the at sign. I haven't washed my hands since.

    HuffPo has been irrelevant since the moment it mixed blog with news. It's a fashion statement. A poor story and no retraction is like pants that don't match a shirt. So TechDirt has become People magazine.

  • Sep 6th, 2014 @ 6:08am


    Email isn't an important thing. HuffPo isn't an important thing. TechDirt isn't an important thing.

  • Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 7:52am

    Re: nice reportage...not

    I think the FTC were careful in their claim. They understand that T-Mobile are required by law to operate an open bill onto which third party telecom service providers can latch when the subscriber takes an action to enroll. They specifically state that T-Mobile's bills made it very difficult for consumers to realize they were crammed as a result of some action they never expected would cause the cram.

    In our telecom regulations, the bill is a conduit for a wide array of sewage. All the telcos open up and encourage a third party market. That market isn't vetted to prove that the consumer is making a highly conscious decision.

    The telcos all know there are third party providers that cram charges with little to no consumer awareness, but they aren't required or ABLE to categorically remove a service provider because somebody may actually want those trivia SMS messages.

    So I'm not going to leap to telcos are innocent, because service provider vetting is too weak to protect morons in a hurry from deception or from outright malware silent enrollment, but ultimately it's the service providers that are offering a somewhat desirable service that appears to be free at the moment only to appear as an indecipherable abbreviation buried several clicks deep in the online bill.

    T-Mo should make access to attached services easy to find and easy to understand. On my bill, with call detail collapsed, it takes one click to see crams. That visibility causes a lot of call center traffic. T-Mo can be held specifically accountable because they bury crams as a way to cut call center costs and still meet tariffed call handling requirements.

    The FTC aren't saying crams only exist on T-Mo.

  • Jun 22nd, 2014 @ 12:01pm

    Chasing Horses

    The only way to stop excessive money in politics is with enough money to stop it.

    When you leave the gate open and the horses escape, you have two choices. You can just stand there and cry, maybe fall to your knees and talk to the sky. You can get on a faster horse and chase them, scaring the horses and making them run even faster, but eventually ending up with the best possible chance to turn them around.

  • Apr 30th, 2014 @ 3:36pm

    Re: How do they know?

    All three porn stars stupid enough to go into business using their real name deserve to be abruptly kicked from the ethical pinnacle that is JPMorgan Chase's branch of the International Money Fuckery.

  • Apr 25th, 2014 @ 6:34am

    Buy phones with application control

    I'm as happy as the next guy that the S5 doesn't come with Faceboob preinstalled. And I'm pretty happy that the NFL paid to lower the cost of my phone because in a stock build I can turn it off. I have a preferred way to get that information.

    In the S5's application manager, there's a page for Turned Off apps. There's a button on every ROM-based app's detail screen labeled Turn Off, since it can't be uninstalled from ROM.

    None of the pre-installed apps were set to the default except the text messaging app, because there is a separate setting to choose which messaging app is default to prevent multiple apps from sounding and vibrating and blinking notifications. When I installed my preferred apps, I was offered the Always/Just Once choice to use my app or the previously existing app.

    When I look at App Manager's Running page, I can identify everything listed as apps I installed or apps and services that are necessary. The S5 (maybe KitKat) running page has an option to also show cached processes. On that screen, I see several larger apps I use that precache to reduce initial loading time.

    Combining apps I've started and precache, there is nothing on the list that I would want to kill. At the moment, cached processes represent 126mb of the 16gb storage, they're outside the 2gb RAM. With 3.5 gig of apps installed, I have 6 gig available.

    I've rooted every Android I've had except the last two, a Razr Maxx and an S5. I ran Nova Prime on the Razr. We're now at the point that we have control over what runs, and we don't need Task Killers.

    Granted, you shouldn't have to crawl into the innards of your phone settings as an average user to opt out of installed software that may or may not subsidize the cost of your phone. But if you're a user that would normally root, it's well within your realm to look at what kind of control you get from the OS and the stock ROM before dismissing a device you otherwise desire yet it has bloatware, a locked bootloader, and it disables NFC mobile payments if you root.

    The tools are in the box now to buy and manage a stock phone.

    People who want to root will always root, maybe even /facepalm at people who don't. I thought I always would, but I grew tired of the QA issues that come from five guys in a basement taking over every aspect of the device. I hated Sense and Motoblur, and Go and Nova surgically solved that without instability. Yes, I ran a few ROMs that were daily drivers, but still, oh lawd there goes my pants.

  • Jan 30th, 2014 @ 11:20am

    Free to write what you want

    Not to preach, but I need preamble to make my point.

    Freedom of the press and of speech gives the right to write about anything and let society decide whether they wish to read.

    Freedom of the press does not grant the right to possess property of another taken against their will or the right of refusal to return the property.

    Anyone holding copies of documents not yet released has the freedom to write anything further about them that they wish.

    The Clapper statement does not limit what members of the press can say about the documents, it asks for them back. Enough has already been said about the absurdity of that idea.

    The press don't have immunity. They're people subject to not only the rights they're given but also the boundaries imposed on all of society. Possession of stolen goods is a topic covered by the boundaries of our laws.

    No matter what anger exists toward the practices exposed, we shouldn't overly generalize the protections granted to journalists because we abhor the related events.

  • Feb 17th, 2012 @ 8:46am

    As Joe Biden once said, "I use the Google"

    I think we're looking at a solid decade before we've got anyone on the Hill that actually has the most remote knowledge to accurately discredit cyber security fiction.

    We are the terrorists. Americans are the biggest threat to the American government, and the government is getting damn scared of us. With elections so polar and nearly equally divided, we actually are a fairly scary bunch. Look at the hate toward Obama and Santorum, add media zombification to that and any government would want monitoring to know how we're reacting to their policies.

  • Aug 25th, 2011 @ 1:01pm

    Ra: Ra: Ra:

    @33++. Small letters: tech. Big letters: DIRT.

    I guess if the matter was as squeaky clean as the fruit farm's marketing art, there would be little to say here. I'm glad you found that the dirt was how the technologists were going supernova covering it and being covered by it. Starbucks baristas blew their steam jets, me bets.

  • Nov 16th, 2010 @ 8:37am

    Must consume now!

    TechDirt, Slashdot, Wired, CNN, the Beeb. All the frenzy about this. Must be a slow news day.

    I once had a music provider, or should I say it once had me.

  • Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 4:18pm

    Re: Re: I can understand Apple's point

    Nope, mouse goes to Stanford University's research institute. Doug Englebart to be specific. Actually most of the items in #28 were also SRI and Xerox PARC. I think you'd enjoy this read (the book, not the tiny stub article):


    For the most part, we have hallucinogens to thank for much of the work in graphical user interfaces.