mario_grgic writes "Recently announced Google Earth version 5.0
adds interesting new features like images of ocean floors and some
detailed images of Mars. But it also brings another unwelcome change
for Mac OS X users. Google Software update daemon is installed when
the application is launched for the first time. The user is greeted
with an uninformative message that does not really explain what is
about to happen. After the user accepts, Google Update Agent is
downloaded and installed. It updates all Google applications and not
just Google Earth. Also, it runs on an unchangeable schedule of its
own (instead of, say, only when one of Google's apps is launched),
consuming system resources. Worst of all it can not be simply
removed, since it is downloaded and installed again once Google Earth
is launched. Users reallyhave only two choices: live with it, or
uninstall all Google apps. There's a discussion about the updater in
this Google Group, including details of a way to disable it (not for
the faint of heart). So fellow Slashdotters, has Google crossed the
Ford (I know I know, you happily welcome your new google overlords. :-) ][
Jan 30 2009 9:29am from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
They will print beautiful reproductions of money, along with a
trackable watermark that identifies who printed it. (Read
http://www.eff.org/issues/printers for more details.)
When i was using my brother printer I was trying to determine if black toner that was getting laid over the page was a problem with the cartridge or drum unit, and the cartridges are dumb and have no chip, so I swapped the yellow and black cartridges for a little test since they were right next to each other. On everything I printed in this setup black dots were everywhere in strange patterns and I couldn't figure it out. (But not black toner, so it was the imaging unit)... anyway now I know that this is the cause of it.
You have a brother? Do you also have a sister?
But you have a siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiister..."
Seriously though, now that I know these damn yellow dots are there they really bother me. If I print on high brightness paper they're really obvious.
I wonder what would happen if you printed on blue paper.
As far as I know, nearly all color laser printers have the Gestapo Dots feature.
Think of it as the modern equivalent of what they used to do with pages from a manual typewriter, where they'd look at little idiosyncrasies of the characters and be able to match it up to the suspect's typewriter.
After all, if you're not breaking the law, you have nothing to hide; isn't that right, citizen?
Of course as long as everybody burns off their fingerprints it does work.
I mentioned tracking dots today and someone said "
"well, that's what Kinko's is for!"
And if you're a REAL criminal, you're not using crappy office equipment to print cash.
I just got back from Phoenix AZ. While there I visited the Fry's Electronics store. Damn. I am impressed. Hard drives by the pallet. Boxes of motherboards stacked up. Every accessory you can think of.
I think they sell some other junk too, but who cares about that?
I ermember the first time I went to a fry's, it was like the electronics stores my dad used to take me to when I was a kid that are all but gone now.
I guess they've gone mainstream as well.