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[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 17:49:22 EST from Ladyhawke

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Thanks, IG!

Clearly, this was an MS conspiracy.



[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 19:15:02 EST from the8088er

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BTW, always wondered if it were possible to log into one's cable box,

or hook a USB cable up to it (most have USB ports on them for some
reason), or something... Would be kinda neat to get in there and fuss

around with stuff. ;)

You can. The IP seems to usually be 192.168.100.1. The USB port is actually for internet. I remember working onn a Windows 98 box with no Ethernet ports which was receiving cable internet over USB. Weird stuff.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2012 01:01:44 EST from Animal

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Same process the USB-wifi sticks use.

Horrible horrible devices. Internet is NOT meant to be pumped through
USB.

[#] Wed Jan 18 2012 11:50:37 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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You can. Most, if not all, cable modems will let you web browse using

the LAN side IP address as a URL so you can view the modem's status
and, in some rare cases, modify settings.

Does the typical cable modem have NAT built into it now?

Because if it doesn't, I would imagine that pointing to your default gateway would just get you to the provider's CMTS, not your own cable modem.

[#] Fri Jan 20 2012 13:29:38 EST from Spell Binder

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8088er got it right. There's usually a special IP address on the cable modem that you can use to access its internal web page. AFAIK, most modem-only devices are just L2-bridging Ethernet onto the DOCSIS network.

[#] Sat Jan 21 2012 04:15:26 EST from zooer

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Mon Jan 16 2012 09:36:31 AM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Google are the good guys and we need to support them.

 

I know I saw another article on them from a different source but here is a recent article.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/01/20/google-is-no-friend-internet-freedom/



[#] Tue Jan 24 2012 10:16:19 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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In the world of technology we have long been aware of the old adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." It is wise to know when to apply this and when to *stop* applying it.

We are there with Google right now.

It stopped applying to Apple a couple of years ago.

[#] Fri Jan 27 2012 09:46:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Google consolidated 60 different sets of policies into a single one that is applied to all of their products and services. This is a good thing.

And it's a completely reasonable policy, but all of the Apple/Microsoft fueled haters, predictably, took the opportunity to dogpile on Google.

[#] Sat Jan 28 2012 09:07:56 EST from zooer

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Google: "All your business is ours"

[#] Mon Jan 30 2012 22:11:53 EST from LoanShark

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THE NEW THEORY OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE EVOLUTION

Stage 1: INFECTION

New social networking site gradually catches on. After resisting as
long as you can as your so-called friends pound you with invites, sooner
or later you cave in.

Stage 2: DENIAL

You don't want to delete your profile--not yet, at least; who would
delete their digital self?--but you filter all the email notifications
in an ultimately futile attempt to ignore the beast.

Stage 4: SELF-REINFORCEMENT

Oops, you switched to a new email client but didn't recreate your
filters. Foothold! The Damned Site is now eating a small but growing
corner out of your brain.

Stage 5: FALSE REDEMPTION

Due to popular demand, the site's authors add personal preferences that
allow you to block most notifications. You turn off the emails,
and slowly you forget the Damned Thing exists.

Stage 6: METASTASIS

Some has-been
who runs a portal or search engine wants to get in on the
game. His new social networking site doesn't allow you to turn off
invite notifications until you create an account. But you've already
turned off notifications everywhere else, so slowly your attention is
refocused...

GOTO STAGE 1

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 13:26:42 EST from Spell Binder

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Hmmm....Stage 3 is missing.

1. Steal underwear.
2. ????
3. Make money.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 13:29:48 EST from wizard of aahz

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3. Make money.



Spell - that's what color laser printers are for.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 15:58:22 EST from LoanShark

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There is NO stage 3.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 17:50:27 EST from the_mgt

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And since google bashing is one of my hobbies:

Yes, right, google uses open standards... like facebook for their chats. Now there are lots of multiprotocol IMs supporting gtalk and fbchat, but no pure and plain xmpp... big win for the open standard.

And yes, they only ask you to create a gmail account for the android devices... I dunno what epic shitstorm would have brewed up if MS made a hotmail account mandatory for win7 installations or things like "Sorry, you can not install Outlook with your Office suite if you don't register with hotmail."

And your "only gmail" account opens up the doors of R'lyeh: Whatever google affiliated site you visit, you are already logged in. They take all your browsing traces and they link it to your search profiles, etc etc etc. This is prime data and I can not even benefit in beautifully personalized ads, since I have been blocking ads for the last ten years.

I needed to create a google docs account for a  project to coordinate better. I only used it in Firefox, since Opera is my main browser and I block all google cookies there. When I realized that FF hat autologged me into youtube, I nuked the FF profile and started using the google account only in FFs "porn mode" (strg+shift+p).

In my oppinion, the only thing "open" about google is you as a user. Open like a book to be read thoroughly. Now, the thing I find most odd i in the time of post-privacy and all that "I have nothing to hide" attitude is: why do people cry out if their credit card information gets stolen from Sony Corp., for example? Might it be that there is data you want to keep private? Or do you simply lock the toilet door behind you out of habit? 



[#] Wed Feb 01 2012 13:45:30 EST from zooer

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People scare me with that "I have nothing to hide" and "If you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about." thought processes.  It allows governments and others to walk all over you. 

At my old employer we used "Google for your domain", we had to use gmail.  I tried sending an encrypted zip file to someone, gmail rejected it. If they can't pry into it, they wont let you send it.  I also read an article once where Google said, "We decide what is evil"

Can you create a Gmail account or does it have to be linked to an already existing email account?

 



[#] Thu Feb 02 2012 05:40:09 EST from the_mgt

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You can just create one without linking it to another one. But most people I know  do link in their other mail accounts by pulling  mail via pop3 from them, so they aggregate all their maiils in gmail. This way, google has quite a good overview with whom my various mail accounts are interacting...

I hadn't heard about the encrypted zip issue, will test that with a friend soon.

Google docs somehow tries to convince me every single time I log in that it is in my interest to tell them my mobile phone number or else they can not reactivate my account if I forgot my password... GOOGSOC is soooo caring for its citizens.  Of course there is no "don't bother me" checkbox.

Youtube also notices everytime I visit the site that they think I am in germany and they set my language to german, they display this in an annoyingly big box, like those wikipedia begging boxes recently. All I'd need to make my language setting permanent is activating js and accepting their cookies... If they can decide what's god for me without cookie and js, why don't they just do it silently?!



[#] Thu Feb 02 2012 07:08:44 EST from dothebart

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if you buy a vista fone, you _are_ exactly forced to use the microsoft cloud services.

they are even specified not to have local storage or sd cards anymore.

while you can use an android without a google account, maybe except for installing apps through the appstore, a vista-fon is a gay colored brick without a hotmail account.



[#] Fri Feb 03 2012 09:28:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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All you google bashers ought to be afraid of what will happen if the Google ad network is superseded by a Facebook ad network. They *are* talking about it. Imagine all of those "Like" buttons on every site becoming the basis of an ad network that knows the intimate details of your personal life and shows ads based on knowing who you are rather than what type of site you are viewing.

[#] Fri Feb 03 2012 13:57:03 EST from zooer

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I don't use facebook either, I block javascripts from both facebook and google.  Keep evil out of you life.



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