Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

October 19, 2016

humble bundle happy hour? Unhappy malware

Filed under: Antibargain,Geeky goodness — Sagacious Himself @ 6:02 pm
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humble bundle employs GameSessions DRM for its “happy” hour, the exact opposite of what we have come to expect from the Humble Bundle experience.

 whilst the DRM ensures publishers are happy to let us supply gamers with their latest and greatest games for free.

Take a moment to flood-ask them about their evil drm then submit these malware samples to helpers like avast.

Keep an eye out for “special offers” inside the game.  This smacks of the “open” candy malware fiasco.

overlays will appear during the trial

During the trial, we use in-game messaging to show hints and tips to help you get the most out of the game, as well as the chance to provide feedback [which break screen capture]

GameSessions is less than forthcoming about how this strong drm works, at what non-monetary cost to the user, or the sketchy malware seeming inclusions in trials.  Beware: GameSessions uses blink links as affiliate URLs [to humble bundle].  Be sure to wipe cookies prior to HB purchase.  Death to affiliate urls.

[ Sagacious Himself ]

February 3, 2015

lynda.com obviousness on sale

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 7:44 pm

http://Lynda.com/obviouslyobvious

If the obvious mostly escape you, and you prefer to consume material videoly, then you might want to burn money on Lynda videos

waste money on lynda.com obviousness or RTFM to be ahead while saving time in a bucket recycling power saving bucket

“refer” your interweb “friends” to have them waste money on the obvious and “earn” money for your spam!

 

January 22, 2015

pepsi true instead of mexican coke in a glass bottle; tastes better with hate of envirofascists

Filed under: bargain — Sagacious Himself @ 6:28 am

pepsi true taste the envirofascist hate sweetness

Mmmm their hate fuels my love of purchasing it faster

Thanks envirofascists for highlighting a product I might not have noticed!

Would you like some icing for your irony?

@Pepsi: fewer calories per can BY making the can smaller?  weak

December 6, 2014

bookmarks and zfs

Filed under: bargain,bookmarkified — Sagacious Himself @ 12:38 am

https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/confused-about-that-lsi-card-join-the-crowd.11901/ 

https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/brocade-1020-cna-10gbe-pcie-cards.2955/

http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=11&start=2480&t=37779 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2, 2014

lies in the hive, poisonous honey

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 8:31 am

Where unlimited = limited download speed & limited streaming speed

Where free = not-free (3rd party hosted ads)

[screen shot to post when wp feels like cooperating]

This is not baseball; no three strikes required to nuke credibility.  But for fun MLM spam your friends for more “free” stuff.. not.

November 26, 2014

amazon lambda vs IFttt

Filed under: bargain — Sagacious Himself @ 6:00 pm

http://aws.amazon.com/lambda/

https://console.aws.amazon.com/lambda/signup

vs

http://ifttt.com/

 

 

September 28, 2014

AI Wars bargain $3.42 vs $17 , until October 5 2014 on IndieRoyale

Filed under: bargain,games,RL friend gaming — Sagacious Himself @ 2:26 pm

IndieRoyale bundles AI war fleet 3 of 6

 

indieroyale.com 

http://arcengames.com/ai-war/

  • AI War Fleet Command (base)
  • Light of the Spire
  • Children of Neinzul
  • Zenith Remnant

There are 6 addons, IR is selling bundled 3 of them… hopefully all 6 ultimately

 

  • DRM-free, the way games ought be sold.  drm does NOTHING to stop pirates or crackers
  • Desura Key — much preferred to evil steam
  • Steam key

 

GrandS:4x:td

  • multiplayer (coop)  2-8
  • OSX, linux, win
  • procedural generation
  • differently evolving AI

crossplatform drm free rts 4s grand strategy

 

Chris continues to churn out engaging RTS..

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[ Himself.wordpress.com ]

 

September 26, 2014

LabelFlash DVD-R media available from amazon [FBA]

Filed under: bargain — Sagacious Himself @ 6:06 pm

oooh

web: smile.amazon.com/Optical-Quantum-OQDMR16LF-10-LabelFlash-Recordable/dp/B003WUJOI4

A LabelFlash drive is also capable of Disc T@too  : using the laser to ‘carve’ the data surface — no special media required for that feature on CDR or DVDr!

not linkified to discourage certain platforms from hijacking with affiliate frippery

Once upon a time amazon stocked LabelFlash DVD+R  (plus are) which is eminently superior to DVD-R (minus are)

I should have a post somewhere highlighting which LabelFlash chipsets to avoid.  Yes, ‘they’ still make drives.   I hate LightScribe and you should, too.

 

 

September 25, 2014

Glenn Beck “discovers” ATM skimmers .. merely a bit more than a decade later via not useful lifelock charging for a free service of three credit r

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 4:51 am

Without much effort one can find places on the interweb alleging a market for ATM skimmers and related theivery technology  …. don’t pay life lock for what has always been a free service option

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2014

FreedomPop free 4g is free except for the fees and evil billing practices

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 10:27 am
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Alternative to freedompop mobile minutes:  Vitelity’s new vMobile.

considering freedom pop? don’t do it. Alternative as requested:

Is freedompop free: no freedompop is not free ; is freedompop a good deal: no, freedompop is an unwise choice ; hidden costs of freedompop ; better choice that freedompop ; netzero is worse than freedompop ; freedompop phone is not free wireless ; freedompop free wireless is not free ; vitelity vmobile can avoid using mobile minutes without installing apps

freedompop $10 penalty top up is enabled by default and ‘fun’ to disable ; freedompop continues to penalize disuse or usage under  100 megs/month.

 

Sagacious Himself -- brevity in circumlocution: never blague -- suffering genius

edit topical: solution alternative

Are you considering a secondary/portable internets access for entertainment  elsewhere?  Consider instead SickBeard as ethical usenet.  This will allow you to eliminate the cost of DVR rental at home leaving your funds to purchase LTE bandwidth while still reducing monthly  spending overall.  Do NOT enter into a contract with sprint/clear.  If clear/sprint only use Pay As You Go (if they require your social security number or the last four digits or openly declare the need for a ‘soft credit check’ you are being entered into the contractual relationship you need AVOID.).  To employ usenet ethically you must pay/license your tv/movie content through your ISP/satellite/other  amazon/netflix.  If you download from usenet without just compensation to content producers you will be ethically/legally guilty of piracy (depriving others of just wages).  You can ethically download programs from  ‘air channels’ or those you can receive with merely a tv…

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July 4, 2014

stacksocial watery speaker redundant awesomes?

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 11:43 am

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stacksocial shower speaker — surely it’s a surface mount acoustic transducer my first thought otherwise why bother with dime a dozen schlock Silicon Whatsit [CSR plc, aka Cambridge Silicon Radio] clones of unspecified quality?

stacksocial shower speaker is not a surface mount transducer making your mirror or shower door a giant low quality speaker suitable for raped mp3 music but merely a rubberized low quality generic bluetooth sink by silicon whatsit

 

 

 

Nonesuch!  Instead awesome descriptions repeats repeatedly for repetition of awesomes.  With free Engrish!

awesome descriptions repeats repeatedly for repitition of awesome

 

No, CSR, bluetooth does NOT make everything better

csr.com/blog/2014/06/the-expanding-role-of-bluetooth-in-high-quality-audio-applications/
csr.com/news/pr/2014/bluetooth-pioneer-csr-sees-strong-bluetooth-smart-growth-internet-things-applications

And bluetooth is THE OPPOSITE of high quality audio: throwing away quality mp3 style is NOT BETTER.  It does not matter if Bob cannot hear the difference.  The reality of evil is in the spec: discard.  There is less music binary in an mp3 via lossy compression than there is in studio source or FLAC.  This is self evidently indisputable.

ALL bluetooth audio profiles work on lossy principles.

 

 

 

 

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June 27, 2014

roku activation without [risk of fraudulent billing] providing financial instrument

Filed under: AdNoyances,All My Mine Are Still Mine,Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 7:20 am
see also:  roku3 remote codes


https://owner.roku.com/signup-nocc 

To step 3 has been added a subtle option to "skip" adding financial instrument

roku activation without financial instrument risk of fraud





 roku with no payment method without CS masochism


There is no [simple] adblocking for roku. 

If you don't mind the malware mindset of roku app ecosystem there is fecklessness for you to address yourself.   Return your roku in favor of Amazon Fire TV (rooted + xbmc + XPosed Framework + XPrivacy + AdAway + Llama)

adblocking on Fire TV is easy.

free: no costs

apps showing ads:  NOT-free

"not-free" is not a kind of free: it is the opposite of free

a roku channel with a pre-roll ad is NOT-free.


I use a roku for ONE subscription I purchased prior to roku.  Unforuntanely roku takes a HUGE slice of profit from the provider.  When the kinks are removed from the xbMC hd video plug-in on the server side I'll shelf the roku.




May 15, 2014

harrahs wifi painfully slower than mobile hotspot :: bonded dialup?

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 9:01 pm

shared bonded dialup?

.

harras hotel wifi painfully slow half second ping mobile hotspot rooted phone better

.

having provisioned/used bonded dialup this hotel wifi is about as much fun

 

redacted NDT server results:

no firewall access, required ports not opened

http://ndt.sdsc.edu:7123/

NDT server results harras hotel wifi dont plan on any gaming or streaming video

 

npad server results

The maximum data rate was 5.523911 Mb/s

Fail: loss event rate: 0.005329% (18765 packets between loss events).

Harras Hotel wifi:  NOT for streaming video, NOT for gaming, NOT for chatting….   slow old interweb?

Only $14/day woohoo for “up to 4 devices”  [or use the “hidden” ethernet ports]

Do ask your [competent] tech for a greater speed allocation.  Do offer to explain how extra slowly.

 

 

 

May 14, 2014

gog “last chance” to choke on horrible games

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 5:44 am

How many will throw their credit card on a sowrd to move the sale along to the next not-suck item?

Take a page from amazon, gog: show what’s coming up next

until then OCD of others will do

whatever wp add media fibberwhatsitfail

May 8, 2014

34mm Express Card to HDMI for Macbook Pro circuitously

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 1:47 am

It’ll be cheaper to buy a Roku3 or amazon FireTV

34mm Express Card _to_ USB3 (StarTech ECUSB3S22)

&

USB3 _to_ HDMI  (StarTech USB32HDE)

~ $100

 

StarTech ExpressCard 34mm to USB3

 

 

 

StarTech USB3 to HDMI out

 

 

 

April 22, 2014

StackSocial: Name the price we tell you to name, not name your own price you cheap bastard

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 7:35 pm
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Name Your Own price by nature attracts people wanting to spend as little as possible. That after all is the essence of a free market.

stacksocial price naming tyranny and rude customer abuse

 

Don’t be rude?

name your own duplicate of the average pirce stack social free market understanding willfully ignorant

 

Name our average price yourself!

 

 

 

April 14, 2014

worst bundled “game” ever: boredom in 3D!

Filed under: Antibargain,Download,games — Sagacious Himself @ 9:12 pm
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In BundleBandi’s 3D paraglider

3d boredom in a paraglider

even less interesting than a sandbox

 

April 11, 2014

inexpensive GPS feature competitive with android flagship phones WAAS, beidou or gonass, qzss egnosmsas gagan, optionally arduino [and raspberry pi]

Filed under: Arduino,bargain,CIO,GPS,RaspberryPi,social engineering — Sagacious Himself @ 2:17 pm
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SkyTraq CaaS venus8 GNNS 29 second TTFF cold quad-GNSS 34 channel  GLONASS  Beidou  Galileo  [Arduino ready]

Venus 8 chip is built with enough MIPS and memory to process signal from combination of 34 GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo satellites in parallel simultaneously

navspark.com.tw

NavSpark arduino friendly dev board onboard gps  under $15

navspark inexpensive alternative to arduino gps shields

which will be extra awesome as soon as evil google [evil google owns Waze as of June 2013ish] facilitates simultaneous GNSS (internal GPS and external GPS) within android — not displacing as does currently more awesome BlueGPSWaze INTENTS would be helpful.

SkyTraq affordale high end multignss

 

 

IOS multisource GNSS

ion jnc

install F-droid repo client for android

WARNING: occasionally adware is allowed into the repo by morally damaged volunteers.  Fortunately such is declared in red text atop app listing.  malware [adware] is never an acceptable payment system for app COSTS: privacy rape

social gps is now less costly

vs Venus GPS with SMA Connector , $50

skytraq S1216F8-GL 167 channel , 28 simultaneous (gps glonass qzss egnosmsas gagan WAAS)

skytraq S4070DR GPS + dead reckoning  Extended Kalman Filter (gyro + odo)

SkyTraq makes available the module’s powerfullness without GNSS for thos interested.  Buy one; set on shelf.

WAAS [SBAS]

NavSpark-GL NavSpark-BD Venus838FLPx break in geocaching hobbyist navigation LEON from SPARK

 ION Military Division’s Joint Navigation Conference is the largest U.S. military navigation conference with joint service and government participation. The event focuses on technical advances in Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) with emphasis on joint development, test and support of affordable GN&C systems, logistics and integration.

SkyTraq arduino development board

SeeAlso.01 SeeAlso.02 SeeAlso.03

 

April 2, 2014

free tri-platform multiplayer game index 1404

add either linkification UserScript or linkify extension to your interweb browser

http://desura.com/games/xonotic  FPS , dev

http://www.desura.com/games/triplea GS , SF:tripleA

http://www.desura.com/games/savage-2-a-tortured-soul RTS , savage2.com , demonstrating K2 engine

http://www.desura.com/games/savage RTS , savageXR.com , donate  , demonstrating K2 engine

http://www.desura.com/games/battlemass , dev (unity developer) , unity

http://www.desura.com/games/creeptd , RTS , dev

http://www.desura.com/games/worldcraft ,, dev , crowd-funded

http://www.desura.com/games/zombie-grinder ,,  dev

http://www.desura.com/games/sauerbraten-cube-2

http://www.desura.com/games/cube-metalheart

http://www.desura.com/games/swiftstitch , arcade ,

http://www.desura.com/games/naev

http://www.desura.com/games/revenge-of-the-cats-ethernet fps

http://www.desura.com/games/bitfighter , arcade

http://www.desura.com/games/marble-arena-2

http://www.desura.com/games/red-eclipse

 

http://www.desura.com/games/openarena

http://www.desura.com/games/warsow

http://www.desura.com/games/world-of-padman ,, dev

http://www.desura.com/games/abuse , Electronic Arts

http://www.desura.com/games/clr-cannons-lasers-rockets , M MP

http://www.desura.com/games/ryzom , rpg

http://www.desura.com/games/openclonk , adventure & coop

http://www.desura.com/games/need-for-madness-2 , destruction

http://www.desura.com/games/tremulous , fps

http://www.desura.com/games/hide-n-seek-winter , adventure k-8

http://www.desura.com/games/planeshift , rpg

http://www.desura.com/games/wolfenstein-enemy-territory

http://www.desura.com/games/flare hns

http://www.desura.com/games/battle-for-wesnoth [invite]

http://www.desura.com/games/mars-a-ridiculous-shooter , arcade

http://www.desura.com/games/vega-strike , space

http://www.desura.com/games/abuse

http://www.desura.com/games/2x0ng , arcase retro

 

 

 

 

_ win osx

http://www.desura.com/games/qbeh , FPP

http://www.desura.com/games/hockee , sports arcade

http://www.desura.com/games/tessallation , fps coop

http://www.desura.com/games/blue-saga , rpg

 

 

 

 

 

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or mine thru Freedom Friday posts

http://desura.com/groups/desura/news/

avoid unity ‘creativity’
Desura.com/engines/custom-built

windoze multiplayer

http://www.desura.com/games/zombie-hunter-inc/videos

http://www.desura.com/games/tr-zero/

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glitsy single player

http://www.desura.com/games/futuridium

http://www.desura.com/games/neverball

http://www.desura.com/games/boson-x , tunnel running

http://www.desura.com/games/arcs , tower

 

 

February 18, 2014

indie bundling overkill & gifting

Filed under: bargain,games — Sagacious Himself @ 8:11 am
Tags:

Having only recently discovered indie bundle sales I’ve quickly spent nearly $300 buying sets and gifting.  Each steam bundle I purchase in sets for LAN or other particular scope use.

Very few of these bundle programs provide tools to track- or assign gifts.  IndieGala is likely the least-worst labeled.

[shot]

BundleBandits provides zero gifting facility.  I created a unique account per giftee, after purchase changing account information to something they could use to access their new account themselves.

[shot]

BundleBandits seems focused on selling glitchy old garbage and predominantly windows — which isn’t necessarily redundant.

BundleBandits neo retro: universe sandbox: is similar to a f/oss game on F-droid, but itself unfortunately windows only.

GLXY
https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdfilter=gravity&fdid=com.kaeruct.glxy

Which is not much unlike a gravity android game in a Christmas HumbleBundle:

[shot]

Curiously Giant Army suggests cross-platform applications:

http://universesandbox.com/faq/#apps

mac, ipad, windows
http://algodoo.com/

mac, windows:  “you can’t lose, and you definitely can’t win”  But you’ll definately spend $10 for the privilege
http://garrysmod.com/

mac, windows, ubuntu: Gravi-T
http://gravit.slowchop.com/Gallery/

mac, win, linux: digital 3D atlas of the universe
http://amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/digital-universe/

yes, this is the exactly phrasing of their help offer:

Need help with the universe?

need help with the universe

.

Because much holding of breath will be necessary before osx or linux versions arrive:

http://universesandbox.com/blog/2013/02/new-universe-sandbox/

February 16, 2014

indie gala STRESS test appeared minutes ago

Filed under: bargain,games — Sagacious Himself @ 1:03 pm
Tags: ,

I bought it on impulse assuming it might disappear before the clock

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 12.14.36 PM

 

one bundle for me, another bundle for my guest steam account(s)

 

bundle gifting & every indie game bundle site

Filed under: bargain,bookmarkified,DARPA,games — Sagacious Himself @ 7:16 am
Tags:

HumbleBundle.com
HumbleBundle.com/weekly
Groupees.com [now poor quality]

IndieGala.com [store ‘requires’ paypal verified account AND funded not merely CC]
Lazyguysstudio.com/bundle
BundleStars.com
DailyIndieGame.com

NEW:

chrono.gg
CubicBundle.com/bundles
gameBundle.com
otakumaker.com

 

useful shopping tools (must AdBlock)

cheapShark.com
isthereanydeal.com/specials/

 

dead or dying

paywuw.com [dead]

IndieRoyale.com
. . DailyRoyale.com
FlyingBundle.com
BundleBandits.com
BlinkBundle.com
Ikoid.com

 

..

IndieGameStand finds new ways to screw people:  no pro-rated refunds for ‘elite’ subscription.  Customer “service” is not nearly as atrocious as arvixe.

https://sites.fastspring.com/exosyphen/instant/dailyindiegamecomgamelicense [tinyurl:directdig]
bundle-in-a-box.com

vodo.net
gog.com
getloadedgo.com

 

MightyLoots.com

MacBundler.com

mac-bundles.com
deals.macupdate.com
Paddle.com
StackSocial.com

BundleHunt.com

http://macheist.com/

IndieGameStand : facilitates infanticide through morally-depraved “charities”. Upon questioning IGS replies, “the [game] developers choose the charities.” Unfortunately the customer is UNABLE to elect NON-donation purchase(s). Far too frequently the IndieGameStand charity promulgates falsehoods about conception while providing technologies relying upon abortifacients like: “save” the children (provides abortions, abortifacients, and “birth” control which relies upon abortifacients to effect visible pregnancy termination).

For exposure or otherwise indie developers allow licenses sold at loss leader prices AND without evil-drm in one or more:  direct download, Desura, or evil-steam.  Steam evil?  How will you play your games once steam is defunct?  yay, that.

PWYW or NYOP:  Pay What You Want / Name Your Own Price attracts two types:  those who pay the bare minimum (often $1 requires for evil-steam keys) and those who can be encouraged to act philanthropic on their own respective scale.

Humble Bundle consistently puts forth quality collections.  Not so for BundleStars re-hocking decade old games; they’re not the only guilty party.  The only upside is convenient chart of evil-steam keys emailed upon purchase.  For a few dollars a year the risk of evil-steam evaporating is not a big deal — it definitely is a concern for dozens and dozens of games $10-$60 each.

HumbleBundle receives a gold star from me for android games NOT-requiring evil-google malware-market access.  They have an android app to facilitate installs and notify of updates but unlike evil-google or amazon-atrocity-store it’s not a ram-suck.

Originally I found them as gifts within the friend-ceiling agreement.

Now I buy FOUR  sets of most every bundle bought.  One for me, and the other also for me but for LAN gaming for family/guests.  One library with four seats of evil-steam.  With evil-steam or desura credentials guests can invite tunneling players or internets players by sharing credentials setup for this unfortunality.  Single instance licensed game lending need not require this, but here we are all the same.

comical mentions:

gog.com — “allowing” you to overpay for OLD OLD games even when on “sale” for $1.49

avoid: IndieGalaSTORE.  The IndieGala store foolishly “requires” a validated paypal account.  I have no interest granting power to paypal so I’ll not be buying their store games — and neither ought you. Paypal effectively acquires co-signer power on your bank account to withdraw funds in “dispute resolution”, and thanks to greatleader’s administration often requires official documents to prove your identity (passport, drivers license, etc). If you must paypal have a separate bank account at a different institution than your primary funds or trust accounts; this will force lawsuit for dispute holding paypal to JUST standards instead of policy inanity.

Most provide purchaser the option to direct all monies to a named charity.  The sensible bundlers pick a charity benefiting suffering children.  The cretinous fools like IndieGameStand have a history of supporting children-slaughtering charities like unicef.  Those unicef wretches advertize helping children on first glance but without much effort one discovers they not only fund- but also facilitate infanticide.

NO money for IndieGameStand until they change their evil ways willfully ignorant or not.  It’s not enough to allow patrons to select another charity as supporing them while they donate to any anti-life organization makes the donor complicit.

http://mac-bundles.com/category/s-e-bundles/

https://deals.macupdate.com/deals

Value added to OLD games

modDB.com

 

January 24, 2014

how to sell an empty can for $9

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 1:57 pm

http://826la.org/store/pets-fowl/nanobots.html

  1. fill it with imaginary creatures
  2. label
  3. markup story
  4. profit!

empty can profits

January 20, 2014

$0.89 belkin mousepad with 24k gold-plated contacts

Filed under: bargain — Sagacious Himself @ 9:18 pm

This is the least costly mousepad on amazon:

amazon.com/gp/product/B00004ZAGC

amazon absurdity gold plated contacts for mouse

 

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amazon absurdity

 

wow… now I need an optical mouse with gold contacts to receive the mousepad goodness at maximum conductivity

I bought a few for experiments defeating edge fraying.

razer gaming surfaces don’t sport gold plating!

 

 

December 25, 2013

11 bit studios malware? thanks humble bundle?

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 9:13 am
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Humble Bundle did not sell the malware version of 11 bit studios games. Knowing they push malware I won’t be donating again if Humble Bundle features their products in a bundle.

—–

 

Oh how I love “privacy” policies which describe the minutiae of privacy-violation and imply other personal abuse.

11 bit studios veryunprivacy policy

11 bit studio malware

“Your first and last names and profile picture are considered “public” on 11 bit studios ” — not constrained to facetards

“and any other information you choose to provide”

What’s left to ‘choose’ to volunteer?

not only “deliver and target advertising” but also for mobile devices

. harvest your phone number
. extract your name from used accounts

privacy rape policy

and additional UNWANTED advertising in a PURCHASED game

. inform users about new products or promotional offers

“If you have provided your e-mail address ”

If?  11bit extracts this from mobile.

here is the confession of the nature of this product I’ll not be using.  I don’t use MALWARE

“This Application is supported via advertising, and collects data to help the Application serve ads. We may work with analytics companies to help us understand how the Application is being used, such as the frequency and duration of usage.We work with advertisers and third party advertising networks, who need to know how you interact with advertising provided in the Application which helps us keep the cost of the Application low.”

Supported by advertising?  No, I spent money for this product.

Pay to be privacy rape?  Nuh uh!

“opt” out continues to be a grand abomination.  But no one would opt in…. yeah, that tells you something doesn’t it?

“Opt-out of all information collection by uninstalling the Application”

Right.  you’ll simply keep all the privacy rape acquired information and all is good?

“We are concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your information”

LIARS!  Unless you mean you’ll keep it from third parties who have not yet purchased the illicit knowledge?

Shame on 11 bit studios

.  Adblocking challenge accepted

remember always play as a 12year old to effect information removal.

“If you have any questions regarding privacy while using the Application, or have questions about our practices, please contact us via email at support@11bitstudios.com.  © 11 bit studios S.A. 2012”

.

privacy rape policy

A merry Christmas to all and to some personal counterintelligence

September 16, 2013

free alternative GoToMyPC: GoMyPlace

Filed under: bargain — Sagacious Himself @ 4:33 pm

and free open source

http://larytet.sourceforge.net/goMyPlace.shtml

 

pixie dust not included. apply wishfulobamathinking generously — after all it’s not your thoughts so spread it around thoroughly

October 7, 2012

FreedomPop free 4g is free except for the fees and evil billing practices

edit topical: solution alternative

Are you considering a secondary/portable internets access for entertainment  elsewhere?  Consider instead SickBeard as ethical usenet.  This will allow you to eliminate the cost of DVR rental at home leaving your funds to purchase LTE bandwidth while still reducing monthly  spending overall.  Do NOT enter into a contract with sprint/clear.  If clear/sprint only use Pay As You Go (if they require your social security number or the last four digits or openly declare the need for a ‘soft credit check’ you are being entered into the contractual relationship you need AVOID.).  To employ usenet ethically you must pay/license your tv/movie content through your ISP/satellite/other  amazon/netflix.  If you download from usenet without just compensation to content producers you will be ethically/legally guilty of piracy (depriving others of just wages).  You can ethically download programs from  ‘air channels’ or those you can receive with merely a tv and hd antenna when currently airing and within a few weeks of airing. Easily watch on TV device via xbmc or openelc on either root’d amazon fireTV or low cost RaspberryPi.

 

 

edit 2014:

“free”dompop has made no effort to refute these claims [here].  They have spent a pretty penny hiring web PR drones to spew hype at times “article” comments — which apparently is bean counter less costly than an ethical policy change.  Some of the cost landmines are rectified some of the time IFF customer spends inordinate time to resolve.  “free”dompop abuse will continue as only those whose time is worth little will pursue the interaction — and foolishly not in writing (on paper).  Try returning your “leased” device for a refund if for no other purpose than to new it up.  Are you charged the undisclosed $9 return processing fee?

https://www.freedompop.com/service_plan_terms.htm

“free” device with $50 or $90 refundable deposit after $5 shipping less undisclosed $8.95 return fee.

free until it’s NOT-free:

Deposit refund is time limited after which the loan becomes a purchase.

Free monthly service provides 399 megs of transfer in a 30 day cycle

once you hit 100 megs short of your monthly allowance (500 megs) “for your convenience” freedompop will charge a minimum top-up of $10.   If your prepaid credit drops to $2 you will be charged another $10 top-up.  Exceeding 500 megs per month incurs a cost per meg.

Another evil gotcha:  if in your monthly “free” cycle you do not consume 5 megs you will be charged a $0.99 penalty to remain an active client

To remain a FREE user you must use at least 5 megs EVERY month AND NOT more than 399 megs per month.  Account reactivation penalty is $20.  To avoid any fees AND recoup deposit one must send written on paper notice of cancellation. 

If you violate any third party terms which are NOT available for viewing your account might be canceled and you agree to forfeit your device deposit.  Sounds like a microsoft eula sight unseen.  The same applies to freepop terms in the paypal “sole arbiter of truth” sense.

You may opt-in to extra-spam or privacy-rape third party offers for minuscule bandwidth bonuses.  You are required to provide a valid email to receive volumes of freedompop spam.  freedompop collects a phone number in the name of fedex.

apparently freedompop users can communicate with one another via the 4g network. hmmmm

Top-up balderdash applies to pre-paid accounts as does minimum usage penalties.

I will be taking extra unmentionable precautions when I signup in a coverage area.

Please remember to send written opt-out of binding arbitration within first 30 days of signup!

You agree to allow FreedomPop to stalk you upon login to any “social” site according to their “privacy” rape policy https://www.freedompop.com/privacy.htm

We store the information that you receive from the social networking sites along with other information that we collect from you or receive about you.

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When you access our Services using a mobile device, we may receive or collect your mobile device ID (often referred to as UDID), [[which is why all android users ought apply PDroid XPosed framework & XPrivacy]] mobile carrier, device manufacturer and phone number. We also collect information about your usage of, and activity on, our Services. We and service providers acting on our behalf, such as Google Analytics

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to send you text messages;

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Where permitted by law, and if you have not opted out, for telemarketing purposes;

In the acceptable use policy you agree that in the relationship only freedompop may abuse your privacy, endanger your security, send spam, perpetrate fraud, mislead others, engage in “deceptive advertising or [deceptive] communication”, collect personal information of others.

For example FreedomPop explicitly claims that there are no caps or throttling but in the above acceptable use policy: “will monitor both overall network performance and individual resource consumption to determine if any user is consuming a disproportionate amount of available resources… [reserve the right to throttle or cap]”.  Which seems especially odd for a company that charges per meg overage penalties.  FreedomPop will use the phone number they collected “only for fedex” to call you during such operations.

If you are unavailable or do not respond to FreedomPop’s attempt to contact you regarding excessive use, or if excessive use is ongoing or recurring and repeatedly having negative effects on other subscribers of the Services, then FreedomPop reserves the right to immediately restrict, suspend or terminate your access to the Broadband Service (and/or other applicable Services) without further notice

Despite your use of a $90, 8 party, FreedomPop wifi device you may not

 sell, provision, resell, rent, lend, pledge, transfer, distribute or exploit any portion of the Services or Equipment without FreedomPop’s prior written consent in each instance.

When otherwise is not an illicitly obtained phone number what is it?

When feasible, upon observation of a violation of this AUP, FreedomPop may attempt to contact you by e-mail at the e-mail address you have provided to us or otherwise to notify you of the violation

it’s free: simply give them money,  and operate amid a penalty minefield. Terms are subject to nefarious changes especially materially to financially benefit freedompop at your perilous expense.  FreedomPop seems evil.

For a similarly evil experience (with a non-refundable lower mifi fee plus outrageous “shipping” fee) consider suffering at the hands of Netzero 4g. Free netzero is 200 megs. Amusingly netzero “requires” you not MAC spoof or alter device unique identifier.  hahaha riiight PDroid XPosed framework with XPrivacy.  Netzero requires completion of third party “offers” and spam generating “opt” in activities.

If you must have mifi or 4g contract directly with ClearWire via clear.com or via an ethical reseller (not “freedom”pop). [[ClearWire now owned by Sprint]]

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free 4g from “free”dompop?  How gullible are you?  Answer in terms of dollars.

alternative to freedompop 4g?  netzero 4g

 

 

501c3 line in the sand

Privacy is a right.  Privacy is NOT a commodity.

 

Please do not whore your privacy for “free” stuff/services.   It harms you AND harms others by eroding the Expectation of Privacy.

Privacy Rape as profit is extraordinary evil.  At the very least always AdBlock all interweb use.  Third party interweb ads = privacy rape.  Privacy ‘can’ be sold in much the same way children can be sold as a product:  both are evidently wrong.

501c3 line in the sand

February 29, 2012

alternative to “free”dompop? Netzero 4g with similar fees minefield and unethical business practices

Filed under: Antibargain — Sagacious Himself @ 3:46 pm

netzero mobile bandwidth free after giving netzero money

http://my.netzero.net/start/landing.do?page=/www/black-frontdoor/index-black-ajax&wls_pid=1

http://store.netzero.net/account/viewWirelessOffers.do?wls_poc=usb-mifi&wls_pid=1

Discounts await the few

 [50% gear discount] Not applicable to Free or Basic plans. Shipping and handling fee of $19.95 applies. Offer is available to new NetZero Mobile Broadband members for the first-time purchase of a device only. This is a limited time offer. It may be changed or withdrawn without notice and may not be combined with any other offers, discounts, rebates or promotions.

$20 shipping fee for USPS basic rate?   gougy much?

 

netzero 4g free package limited to 200 megs per month less transfer than not-free freedompop with even higher fees

The “free” plan is free after paying money and limited to 12 contiguous months AND MAY NOT be renewed

payment terms

Free Plan. Your right to access the NetZero Mobile Broadband free service plan from a specific device terminates twelve (12) months from the date you initially sign up for this free service and may not be renewed. If you upgrade to a pay plan with that device during that twelve (12) month period, you may not return to the free service plan.

 

 

some gotchas

 reducing the aggregate bandwidth available to excessive bandwidth users during periods of congestion

You must not use the Mobile/Home Wireless Broadband services with any equipment that has an altered electronic serial number or equipment identifier or any equipment that has undergone a factory reset, without seeking and obtaining NetZero’s express advance written permission in each instance.

 You expressly permit and authorize NetZero and its Affiliates (and such third parties as may be authorized by NetZero, subject to the Privacy Policy) to furnish you, electronically when you use the NetZero Services or by any other means selected by NetZero, information or materials prepared by NetZero or by (or on behalf of) other entities, including information, advertisements and solicitations.

Effectively: “Please do not circumvent our bandwidth regulation client-side”

Burried CS# 800-939-8674 , billing CS# 866-841-1442

You agree to accept advertizing and marketing material further agreeing to provide valid addresses to torment you with this information.

To obtain mid-term refund without penalty simple become a minor of 13 years or younger and inform netzero of this without disclosing your creative understanding of time

( it seems likely they’ll run the same horrid software upon connect ala dial up which at the time could be circumvented by capturing CHAP authentication they creating your own DUN in then current windows xp )

When netzero coerces you to agree to binding arbitration to signup for services you may opt-out in writing (on paper) within 30 days [exercising your rights which CAN NOT be waived]

 

http://www.netzero.net/start/landing.do?page=www/legal/privacy

 

http://www.netzero.net/start/landing.do?page=www/legal/privacy

https://www.google.com/#filter=0&q=inurl%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fstore.netzero.net%2F+offerId

 

http://help.netzero.net/support/supportb.html

https://account.netzero.net/account/acmg/login.do?logonFrom=pat&gotoURL=http://help.netzero.net/support/email-us.html

http://www.netzero.net/pat

http://www.unitedonline.net/category/press/pressreleases/

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http://www.unitedonline.net/investor/?p=newstext&releaseid=1917826

The company will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The conference call dial-in number is 888-503-8169 for U.S. and Canadian participants and 719-457-2083 for participants outside the U.S. and Canada. The passcode is 3723918. Alternatively, a live webcast of the conference call, along with a presentation containing financial highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, will be accessible within the Investors section of the company’s website at http://www.unitedonline.com.

The presentation and a replay of the broadcast will be available on the company’s website for seven days following the call. A replay of the broadcast will also be available for seven days following the call by dialing 888-203-1112 (or 719-457-0820 outside of the U.S. and Canada) and the replay passcode, 3723918.

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http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unitedonline.com&esheet=50842551&newsitemid=20140410006495&lan=en-US&anchor=www.unitedonline.com&index=1&md5=eb9aa5c96decc00a3f711e866eae1a02

Investors:
David Bigelow, 818-287-3560
dbigelow@corp.untd.com
or
Press:
Scott Matulis, 818-287-3388
pr@untd.com

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July 14, 2011

disposable phone testing: TracFone good, cheap TracFones bad. (prepaid phones)

Filed under: bargain,Hardwares,overview,verizon sucks — Sagacious Himself @ 3:15 pm

I carry more than two mobile phones for a variety of reasons.  Taking any of them to a potentially wet environment is less than desirable.

Disposable phones to the rescue?  Which pre-paid phones suck the least?

First choice to test: TracFone.

It was inexpensive (and very cheap).  No per day cost for the privilege of having the phone activated.  Minutes do not expire, but the phone activation does.  Buy more minutes before activation window expires or the phone self destructs (becomes unusable).   $15 for the phone itself: LG420G.  $20 for a 60 pre-paid minutes code.  Apparently there was a promotion at the time of phone purchase:  All minutes, and future purchase minutes, are doubled.  Searching the interweb I found a five digit promo code for an additional 60 minutes.

$35 bought: a chintzy phone, 180 minutes, five months of activation, and a phone number in the zip code I specified during phone activation.  The phone activation has a few gotchas.  It prompts early for a five digit promo code.   Since I was unaware that such existed I had not interweb searched for one.  No problem, the IVR indicates promo entry can be deferred to the end of the call.  Unfortunately the IVR provides no opportunity to enter the promo code later.  One need call TracFone support, 800.867.7183, and endure half an hour of near musak before being routed to a live body in Singapore.

Now the worse-bad:

  •  lag. horrible audio lag for each call party.  Sometimes as poor as long as four seconds of lag
  •  audio drops.  With full signal audio drops: 30% or more of the conversation is lost to the ether.  The lower the signal strength the more audio is dropped
  •  echo.  horrible echo.   I did not expect fantastic audio fidelity from a $15 obviously refurbished phone.  However, a high quality blue tooth headset offers no improvement.  sound uptake, DAC, DSP, codec, signal transmission..  the latter three are apparently hugely problematic even with BT audio.
  • audio fidelity poor.  very very poor… even with high quality BT
  •  most SMS falls in a hole never to be seen

The phone would be great for 419 scambating as the phone delightfully  mangles audio and would frustrate scammers.  While I would almost be pleased if this phone were to get wet on a trip and die the audio-suck issues render it useless for using other than a pager.

The less than good:

  • SMS sending uses at least 0.5 minutes of air time.  More minute fractions for longer SMS
  • TracFone will not accept SIM from another SIM provider
  • BT profile has been verizon’d
  • BT audio device must be manually accepted each time powered
  • TracFone support claims one is charged for outgoing ringing
  • charged for incoming ringing WHEN phone rings for more than five minutes

The decent-good:

  • no id required to purchase
  • no credit card required
  • no volunteering of personal information required
  • zip code used to assign phone number
  • number can be ported out to ITSP for PBX joy
  • short SMS can be viewed at no charge with the inbox preview feature
  • no charge to *receive* SMS.  only charged to view or send SMS
  • not charged for outgoing ringing per se

the extremely-bad

  • when voicemail is removed the system, much like verizon, soonventually applies INANE defaults
  • inbound calls are routed to a “mobile user unavailable” error and disconnected after 25 seconds
  • this error should only apply when the TracFone is not powered
  • activation zipcode assigns both phone number AND provider.
  • For least pain do not use zip code to shop for an area code

Why remove voicemail?  Prior experience with pre-paid phones is that voicemail is used to extort additional payment.  Also I prefer the PBX features of asterisk to lametard mobile voicemail.  I provide people with my own DID and route to the disposable phone.  My PBX captures voicemail, filters call

the extremely-good

  • Customer Service agents at TracFone, very much unlike AT&T/verizon, care about helping users,
  • Customer Service agents at TracFone are infinitely patient, polite, and kind, and have better training than most every non-business agent at other carriers,
  • Time spent with CS is credited back to the TracFone balance

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IMPORTANT: buy the mobile flavor for the area in which you will be calling/called… CDMA or GSM.  Got SIM? you have GSM.  The 4th and 5th digit of SIM serial indicates carrier: 12 for tmobile, 14 for att.  Use zip code to ensure CDMA, or AT&T.  It’s far too easy to inflict tmobile or cingular on yourself. Zip code prompt during activation is for number selection.

Use zipcodemap.net and tracfone availability to find desirable carrier and engineer tracfone to ship the correct SIM, or force them to display CDMA handsets.  Ship where ever else you like.  Do not rely on TrafFone to select the best mobile flavor for where you live; tracfone will default to the least cost technology where you live.

For least cost: best audio quality & best signal with AT&T use the motorola W376g [pdf]

IF you want a phone to perform other than calling features you really want an internet capable PDA aka “smart” “phone”.  SMS is gay.

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June 28, 2011

actual freeware android games

Filed under: bargain,bookmarkified — Sagacious Himself @ 9:57 am
Tags:

http://tmtg.net/

ping?

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interesting paypal advice.. instead backup recurring payments with prepaid amex gift card

Filed under: bargain — Sagacious Himself @ 5:10 am

https://cms.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=brc/credit_card_changes_pitfalls&fli=true

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Whereas a prepaid amex gift card “expires” in 2019.  Add the prepaid amex as backup payment for webhosting [vps], domains, voip, etc.  This is a better surety than a credit card.

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March 29, 2011

webupd8 foss fail

Filed under: bargain — Sagacious Himself @ 12:22 am

yikes

http://www.webupd8.org/2011/03/open-source-skype-gnu-free-call-in.html

I never bothered much with homework but it seems it might benefit the webupd8 ppl.

hello: 3GPP IMS?

basis for IMSdroid project 😛 yes there’s an iphone analogue

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