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Ryan Adams

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Tether releases Android tethering app, works on Android 1.5 and up (Download Squad)

Nov 11th 2010 8:05PM There are already several tethering apps out there. This one sounds to have the fewest features and the highest price. Much better off rooting, and then using one of the free tethering apps. Even if you are scared of rooting, you can use PDANet for $16.

Beware: malware version of Microsoft Security Essentials in the wild (Download Squad)

Oct 26th 2010 11:36AM To prevent this sort of thing, why don't AV vendors include some sort of customizable "pass-phrase" into their products? For example, when you install MSE, you should be asked to enter in a unique sentence, which is encrypted (and only decryptable by MSE). This phrase would then appear in every legitimate MSE Window displayed. Viruses that imitate MSE could look identical, but they would never show the right "phrase".

Dropbox for Android is coming: first screenshots (Download Squad)

Mar 22nd 2010 5:37PM So how exactly is "Syncing" going to work? Files in the Dropbox cloud won't be downloaded to the device until you explicitly opt to download them, but once downloaded, changes to those files will be synced to the Dropbox cloud automatically?

Addicted to porn? There's an app for that... (Download Squad)

Feb 15th 2010 9:15PM "pull your shiny white thing out of your pocket"... Really, that is the line you went with, really?

httpTorrents offers direct downloads of popular torrents (Download Squad)

Nov 16th 2009 11:56AM Isn't this what FURK.net has been doing for a long time?

Password Masking: love it or leave it? (Download Squad)

Jun 27th 2009 4:00PM Better idea: make it optional. Most sites already offer the option to "remember my user id", why not offer a option to "mask password"?

Some situations (like public libraries, crowded offices, etc.) warrant password masking, others (single person at home) have no need for it.

Even better idea: Make password inputs show only the last typed character. Many cell phones, pdas, and other devices already include this functionality. The letter you type is visible until x seconds go by, or you type another letter. JavaScript would make this a piece of cake.

Video: Spider Camera Holster is a bit idiotic, possibly brilliant (Engadget)

May 28th 2009 3:58AM @Odolyte: It's called "cross-draw"

Anyhow, I made something like this several years ago from scrap metal. Only difference was it had a spring loaded "trap door" at the top which allowed you to push the camera in without much effort, but required you to depress the door to pull the camera out. This kept the camera a lot more secure when moving.

YackTrack shows you all the places people are commenting (Download Squad)

Jan 4th 2009 7:15PM Anyone know if you can get all results from a site, instead of just from a single blog post on a site? I know you can with Google BlogSearch.

Court considers whether its legal to resell software (Download Squad)

May 23rd 2008 5:20PM So the argument is "you didn't buy the software, you bought a license to use the software"?

Wouldn't the easy answer be "fine, I'm not selling your software, I'm selling my license to use the software."?

And on a similar note, wouldn't that argument (buying a licence to use software, not the actual software) invalidate all the recent copy-right infringement cases? I mean, if I download a copy of AutoCAD from thepiratebay, Autodesk can't sue me for damages as they don't even sell AutoCAD (they sell a licence to use AutoCAD), so there would be no lost profit. All they could sue me for would be for stealing a licence to use the software. But first, they would have to prove I used it.