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“Can we make the layout fit into my screen?” pic.twitter.com/cv8WvZwGBM— Visual Idiot (@idiot) August 19, 2014
That is exactly the way I would add features to a browser.

That is exactly the way I would add features to a browser.

Dear T-Mobile,

I’m sure that you think that I’m a dunce for the omission in my last reply to you. I should have replied to you Stop putting machines out to do what people won’t be bothered to do themselves.

I suppose that you will continue to insult my intelligence (sic) by thinking that I will give my opinion for free to a company that netted approximately $35,000,000 last year AND I pay $ 180 for service monthly because of the typo in my last SMS to you.

Regards,
Ken

Do NOT download the new Facebook messaging app.

In a breathtakingly creepy invasion of privacy, Facebook is forcing all smartphone users to download a new messaging app. The Android version of the app — and to a lesser extent the iPhone version as well — allows Facebook to access your phone camera and record audio, call and send messages without your permission, identify details about you and all your contacts, and send that info on to third parties.

If you want to carry on sending and receiving messages through Facebook on your mobile phone you now have no choice but to install Facebook Messenger — and give the company access to a wealth of personal data stored on your phone.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has also admitted that his long-term plan could be to ‘monetize’ the app, so we need to act now before the app becomes impossible to stop.

Tell Facebook to stop invading its users’ privacy and allow people to keep using the old messenger feature.

The company claims that it is simply improving the user experience, and that it doesn’t have control over the permissions required for the app, specifically on Android phones. But there’s a simple solution to the problem: don’t make users download the new messenger.

Most people installing the app have absolutely no idea what they just agreed to. We need to spread the word about Facebook’s shocking privacy invasion — and if we can make this petition huge, Facebook will have to listen and get rid of this invasive new app.

Sign the petition and share it on Facebook.

I just uninstalled it from my phone.

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Average Internet Speed by State


Kevin Drum in Mother Jones added this commentary to it:

Via Vox, here’s a colorful map from Broadview Networks that helps illustrate one reason that policymaking in Congress often seems so disconnected from the real world. It’s because policymakers tend to be pretty well-off folks living in a pretty well-off region that shelters them from the problems many of the rest of us encounter. If you live in Missouri, you might be annoyed that internet speeds in the US are so low. But if you live in Washington DC or northern Virginia, guess what? Your internet speed is pretty good! Virginia is ranked #1 in the nation, and DC is right behind it. So is it any wonder that this really doesn’t seem like a pressing problem in Congress? Especially when all the big ISPs are telling you that there’s plenty of competition already—plenty!—and then slipping a few grand to your Super PAC? Of course it’s not.

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Average Internet Speed by State

Kevin Drum in Mother Jones added this commentary to it:

Via Vox, here’s a colorful map from Broadview Networks that helps illustrate one reason that policymaking in Congress often seems so disconnected from the real world. It’s because policymakers tend to be pretty well-off folks living in a pretty well-off region that shelters them from the problems many of the rest of us encounter. If you live in Missouri, you might be annoyed that internet speeds in the US are so low. But if you live in Washington DC or northern Virginia, guess what? Your internet speed is pretty good! Virginia is ranked #1 in the nation, and DC is right behind it. So is it any wonder that this really doesn’t seem like a pressing problem in Congress? Especially when all the big ISPs are telling you that there’s plenty of competition already—plenty!—and then slipping a few grand to your Super PAC? Of course it’s not.

Quick Disk Test tool

I used this to see if the micro SD card I have in my cellphone is failing. I took the card out, put it in an adapter, slipped the adapter in to the SD card slot (I’m running Windows, so the card mounts all by itself.) It’s getting the job done.

Quick Disk Test is a Java application with a point-and-click user interface that fills a disk with test data and verifies that it can be read back without errors.

The test data is sufficiently random that it cannot be compressed or optimised away by smart disks or operating systems, but totally predictable so that the verification process can check at a later point in time that every byte read does have the expected value.

Don't Let Congress Ruin Net Neutrality

The Internet as we know it is under attack like never before. And now some members of Congress are ramping up the fight.

Rep. Bob Latta has introduced a bill that would prevent the FCC from reclassifying Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon as common carriers. This is the exact opposite of what will protect the open Internet.

Reclassifying broadband under Title II of the Communications Act is the only way to protect real Net Neutrality.

A vote for this bill is a vote against the open Internet.

Tell your representative to reject this bill.

This is a potentially tragic turning point in American
politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet – the
most important communications system ever invented– to telecoms that grew huge
through the government granting them monopoly status. Barring a genuine shift in policy
or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers – or
better yet, genuine competition – companies like Verizon and Comcast will have
staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine,
in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we’re permitted to get that
information at all.Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital
innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road
pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, all of
those good things will be in serious jeopardy.

 (via The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don’t get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)
Did you know that Wheeler has a comment page? Do you care enough about the way that the internet is presented to you to tell him what a rotten rule he has proposed? Are you genuinely upset to enough about the death of net neutrality to actually write someone who has something to do with it?
This is a potentially tragic turning point in American politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet – the most important communications system ever invented– to telecoms that grew huge through the government granting them monopoly status. Barring a genuine shift in policy or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers – or better yet, genuine competition – companies like Verizon and Comcast will have staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine, in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we’re permitted to get that information at all.

Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, all of those good things will be in serious jeopardy.

(via The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don’t get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)



Did you know that Wheeler has a comment page? Do you care enough about the way that the internet is presented to you to tell him what a rotten rule he has proposed? Are you genuinely upset to enough about the death of net neutrality to actually write someone who has something to do with it?

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet

People everywhere understand that the Internet is a crucial driver of free speech, innovation, education, economic growth, creativity and so much more. They demand real Net Neutrality rules that protect Internet users from corporate abuse.

But the Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.

Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And no one would be able to do anything about it.

We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules, which would give the green light to ISPs eager to crush Net Neutrality.

The agency can preserve Net Neutrality only by designating broadband as a telecommunications service under the law. Anything else is an attack on our rights to connect and communicate.

Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler to throw out his proposed rules. Demand nothing less than real Net Neutrality.

Changes to Android might disable some root apps