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Google Maps Tracks and Stores Location Data – Even When your Location Detection is Turned-off

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This is scary.

Apparently, Google Maps has been tracking and storing all my locations over last several months even when my location detection is turn-off and there is a neat little visualization of all your locations provided by Google itself.

All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt across your screen like chicken pox.

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August 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

Posted in Google, WTF

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May 15, 2008 at 6:45 am

Posted in humour, Web 2.0, WTF

Lack of External Links in RSS Feeds

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Full vs partial RSS feed is an old debate. I understand that a site needs to accumulate page views and ad impressions to pay for bandwidth. Now, Digg’s RSS feed and Slashdot’s RSS feed – both these sites don’t have much original content apart from the story comments. (Reading Slashdot comments is fun, even a few trolls. Digg comments OTOH are invariably retarded). These sites are not obliged to put all “their” content in RSS feeds, and may be that’s just me, but throwing an external link or two won’t hurt the click-through much and they can always put ads in feed.

Written by Brajesh

January 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

Posted in Content, Rant, RSS, Slashdot, WTF

Dunbar’s Number

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You learn something new everyday. Apparently, there is a theoretical limit to

the maximum number of individuals with whom a set of people can maintain a social relationship, the kind of relationship that goes with knowing who each person is and how each person relates socially to every other person

and that number is called Dunbar’s Number. The number is a significant value in sociology and anthropology.

There is a very interesting analysis on the Dunbar number in massively multiplayer games in this article – “The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes“.

Written by Brajesh

January 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Gmail Updated

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Gmail’s new version rolled out for me today, and first thing I noticed that it had reset my gmail chat config (basically I had switched off gmail chat), my greasemonkey scripts were broken and I had a firebug extension warning on top.

While I have no gripe about greasemonkey, resetting gmail chat setting means I’ve to check rest of my settings to be sure anything else is not broken.

New version seems quicker, with additional options in “More Actions” menu and updated “Contacts” section.

Written by Brajesh

October 30, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Butterfly Effect

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Skype Blog on Skype’s outage over last week (blaming re-boots after regular Tuesday Windows updates):

“The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.”

Too far-fetched to be true!

[Update] : Skype blog clarifies the Mircosoft connection, and that they don’t blame Microsoft for the catastrophe.

Written by Brajesh

August 20, 2007 at 1:56 pm

Posted in Microsoft, P2P, Windows, WTF

Award Winning Software?

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The software awards scam

[…] “This program does nothing at all”…Even the name of the software, “awardmestars”, was a bit of a giveaway. And yet it still won 16 ‘awards’.

Written by Brajesh

August 17, 2007 at 6:51 am

Posted in Coding, humour, WTF