Who knew storing nude photos on the Internet was a bad idea?

Who knew storing nude photos on the Internet was a bad idea? - Bent CornerI think what surprises me the most about the recent Apple iCloud naked celebrity photo scandal is that it’s 2014 and people, celebrities in their 20’s, thought the Internet was a save place to secure their private nude photos. Since when was the Internet a safe place to store anything?

Edward Snowden, the American hero who leaked highly classified information about NSA monitoring capabilities, currently hiding in Russia, told the world that nothing you do online or with a cellphone is private. He said the government had access to anything. If you believed Snowden, why would you think anything was private on the Internet?

If you own an iPhone, by default, it sends any photo you take to the cloud, specifically, the iCloud. The reason? In case you lose your iPhone or it becomes damaged, all your photos will be backed up and obtainable. I like it because I can take a picture with my iPhone and then immediately have access to the photo on my desktop or laptop. You can always turn this feature off, if you want to.

Did any of these naked celebrity victims know that they cold turn this feature off? I’m guessing not.

Having worked for years in the photo finishing industry, I know for a fact that a lot of people like taking naked pictures of themselves. When I got out of the Air Force in 1994, I was hired by Wal-Mart Photo to work as a repair technician in a new, gigantic photo lab they were building here in Maryland. If you dropped off film at a Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club for two-day processing anywhere in the Mid Atlantic or North-East region, it would be sent to us, processed, and then sent back. Most of the process was completely automated and normally the images were not seen by human eyeballs. As a repair technician working on the high-speed, automated photo finishing equipment, that norm didn’t apply to me. I would see a lot of the photos being processed. There were a lot of nude pics, much more than you would think coming from people who shop at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club.

Whatever you think the percentage is of people taking nude pictures of themselves is, double it and then double it again.

The takeaway from all this is that if you’re a celebrity who enjoys taking nude pictures of yourself, make sure the technology you’re using to capture your nakedness doesn’t automatically store the photos on the World Wide Internet Web, protected with the same simple, stupid password you probably use for everything else online. Depending on your level of celebrity, you may have someone working for you who is in charge of your security and technology. If so, they should have ensured this didn’t happen. If, however, your level of celebrity is at best, waning, you can just go on Twitter and blame the technology you never bothered to learn about:

If Kirsten Dunst is smart enough to know how to put a pizza icon with a poop icon in a Twitter post, creating the phrase piece of shit, how did she not know that photos taken with her iPhone, even “private” naked pictures, would automatically backup to the iCloud?

#Apple#Edward Snowden#iCloud#iPhone#Kirsten Dunst#The Internet

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Why does it take just as many Blu-ray discs as DVD discs to hold the same content?

Why does it take just as many Blu-ray discs as DVD discs to hold the same content? - Bent CornerCosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the Neil Degrasse Tyson reboot of the 1980 Carl Sagan PBS television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, comes out on video today. I’ve been looking forward to owning this. Currently, there are two versions: a 4-disc DVD set and a more expensive 4-disc Blu-ray set.

Why do both versions need four discs?

A dual-layer commercial DVD can hold up to 8.7 gigabytes of content. A dual-layer commercial Blu-ray can hold up to 50 gigabytes of content. The Blu-ray version of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey contains 572 minutes of content. The DVD version of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey contains 572 minutes of content. Why then does it take the same amount of Blu-ray discs as DVD discs to hold the same content? One Blu-ray disc can easily hold 572 minutes of content, yet 20th Century Fox, the producers of the documentary, use just as many high-content Blue-rays as they do DVD discs.

I’d be lying if I said I could notice any difference between a Blu-ray and a DVD, especially when the DVD is played on a player that upscales to 1080p. The only real noticeable difference between the two is that it takes close to three minutes for a Blu-ray disc to load up. DVD discs load much faster. The problem of excessive load times could be negated if publishers didn’t use four Blu-ray discs when a single Blu-ray disc could have easily contained the same content.

There are reasons I sometimes think Blu-ray is a rip-off.


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How to read Herald-Mail.com for free

herald-mail-freeMy local newspaper’s website, the Herald-Mail.com, like too many newspaper websites, tries to charge visitors to read content, even obituaries. This is on top of all the annoying, gratuitous advertising plastered everywhere. Each month, you’re allowed so many free views, but after that number has been reached, you’re required to pay anywhere from 99 cents for a single day to $65.89 for a full year if you still want to read.

You can pay this if you want to, but you can also easily and legally continue to read Herald-Mail.com for free. All you have to do is put your browser in private mode. Among other things, it stops Herald-Mail.com from placing cookies, small data files on your computer that allows them to track your previous activity. If you stop Herald-Mail.com from placing a cookie on your computer, they can’t count how many articles you’ve looked at. At least the way they’re currently doing it.

This method also works for other newspaper websites, not just Herald-Mail.com.

Every browser has a different method for enacting private mode:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: Ctrl+Shift+P or go to Preferences > safety > InPrivate Browsing.
  • Mozilla Firefox: Click on the firefox-private button and select New Private Menu.
  • Google Chrome: Ctrl+Shift+N or click on the firefox-private button and select New incognito window.

If you use Google Chrome, there’s Incognito-Filter, a nifty extension that automatically puts Chrome into private or incognito mode when you go to a site you’ve previously listed. It’s very easy to use and it’s free.

This method also works for other newspaper websites, not just Herald-Mail.com.

#Hagerstown#How To

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GoDaddy removes email support, customers must now call

GoDaddy removes email support, customers must now call - Bent Corner
If you’re a customer of GoDaddy and you want to submit a ticket or send an email to get support, you’re out of luck. Instead of submitting a trouble ticket or sending an email, you’ll need to call their 24/7 support desk and talk to a real-live person on the phone.

As someone who has been making their living for the past five or so years providing tech support, I couldn’t agree more with GoDaddy’s decision to do away with email.

It’s easier and much more efficient to provide tech support over the phone then it is over email. When you are speaking to someone on the phone, it’s much simpler to get to the meat of the problem when you’re actually speaking to a person. You can immediately ask for clarification or ask probing questions. You can do that with email, but you have to wait for a response. Sometimes you wait hours. Sometimes you wait days. Sometimes it takes weeks to get a response from a customer. The whole time you’re waiting, the trouble ticket you created for their issue remains open and unresolved.

I hate open tickets, especially when my name is on them.

In theory, email support is great. When customers have a question, they can send an email and pose their question. The tech support person then reads said email and responds with the correct answer. In real life, that’s not the way it usually works. In my experience, one question answered leads to more questions. When this happens on the phone, it’s no problem. When it happens over email, it creates an inefficient back and forth that ends up taking much longer for both the customer and the tech support agent than if the issue had just been handled over the phone.

GoDaddy is doing the smart thing, for both them and their customers.

Contact GoDaddy Customer Support

#GoDaddy#Tech Support

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Facebook buys Oculus VR

Facebook buys Oculus VR
Oculus VR, the Kickstarter, crowd funded maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming device, has agreed to be acquired by Facebook for around two billion dollars. The deal with include $400 in cash and another $1.6 billion in Facebook stock.

To say this announcement caught fans of the Oculus Rift by surprise is an understatement. The Oculus Rift was supposed to be the Next Big Thing in gaming. It will now be the intellectual property of Facebook, a social networking site that generates all its revenue from cheesy advertising. At least advertising in my Facebook feed is pretty cheesy.

That’s not to say Facebook will always be a social networking site. Back in the day, IBM started out making typewriters. Companies evolve all the time, especially the good ones. Not that I’m implying that Facebook is a good company. It’s not. Facebook was created by stealing the idea for a better version of MySpace and it cheats on its taxes. Also, Mark Zuckerberg, the guy who stole Facebook, wants to make it easier to bring skilled workers into the country by issuing more H-1B visas. This is the type of visa companies like Facebook use to employ temporary foreign workers willing to work for a far less than their American counterparts. H-1B visas help drive skilled wages down.

I will admit, there’s something synergetically poetic about a company with the name face in its title, acquiring technology that you strap to your face.


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The long national nightmare is finally over, YouTube is now available on the Roku 3

4bf86288c44344f8ae557e4f207749a7-hdYouTube, the popular video sharing service owned by Google, is finally available on the Roku 3 streaming device. This means that if you own a Roku 3, you can now watch YouTube videos on your television in stunning HD, just like a Chromecast owner.

What I don’t understand is why it took this long. When I purchased the Roku 3, I just assumed one of thing many things I could do with it was watch YouTube on the TV. After all, YouTube was available on the Apple TV, a streaming device very similar to the Roku 3. I was surprised to find there wasn’t a YouTube app in the Roku channel store.

Currently the YouTube app is only available on the Roku 3 and not the Roku 2 or other Roku devices. Now is a great time to purchase the Roku 3. They’re only $89 on Amazon.


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