Oracle has now started to spread Ask toolbar spyware with its Java installations. Oracle has a nice page on this here, making this look innocent and nice. The problem is that Oracle is lying and this is far from being nice. Since this is nothing but spyware and is going to create a lot of run-time problems with your browser. I am not the first one to cover this, far from it, an article on this subject can be found here with information on how to avoid this problem with the Ask toolbar.
Next time you install or update Java, the Ask toolbar boxes and any other software other than Java it self should be left unchecked like this.
Oracle Java Ask spyware check boxes. Screenshot that I took.
Oracle should stop doing this. I don’t think they care enough however to do so. So people need to stay aware of this issue with Java installs.
I did see today that Valve Steam had new EULA that I had to agree on (in order to use my games). What I found interesting is this you have to agree to in order to continue using Steam. For my part. I am going to forward this issue to consumer authorities in Denmark in next few days (I currently lack time to do so. I also need to find the contact details), as this terms might be illegal under EU law. Since taking away people rights (class action suites are sometimes legal in EU countries, laws are different between member states in this regards) cannot and should not remain legal for corporation to do so. As is being done in this case here.
Now the EULA text in question is like this.
12. DISPUTE RESOLUTION/BINDING ARBITRATION/CLASS ACTION WAIVER.
An arbitration is a proceeding before a neutral arbitrator, instead of before a judge or jury. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court, and provides more limited discovery. It follows different rules than court proceedings, and is subject to very limited review by courts. The arbitrator will issue a written decision and provide a statement of reasons if requested by either party. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU AND VALVE ARE GIVING UP THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND TO HAVE A TRIAL BEFORE A JUDGE OR JURY.
YOU AND VALVE AGREE NOT TO BRING OR PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION, PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION OR COLLECTIVE ARBITRATION, EVEN IF AAA’s PROCEDURES OR RULES WOULD OTHERWISE ALLOW ONE. THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD RELIEF ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTY SEEKING RELIEF AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT OF THAT PARTY’S INDIVIDUAL CLAIM. You and Valve also agree not to seek to combine any action or arbitration with any other action or arbitration without the consent of all parties to this Agreement and all other actions or arbitrations.
This Section 12 shall apply to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. If the laws of your jurisdiction prohibit the application of some or all of the provisions of this Section notwithstanding Section 11 (Applicable Law/Jurisdiction), such provisions will not apply to you.
It is unfair in the legal scene that corporation remains the power player in this case. While the user (consumer in this case) has no right or limited rights to do something if fail or fall apart due to error or mistake of the company in question. This time around it is Steam and Valve how are taking away people right in the EULA update.
I see in the gossip news (I read most things if it sparks my interest) that Scarlet Johansson iPhone has been hacked into smithereens. This is not the first mobile hack to happen in the past few years.
This types of hacking happens because of wrong settings on the mobile phone in question. In the most technical terms no mobile phone is save from hacking. But the risks can be minimized a lot if the correct mobile phone is bought. My advice is to avoid iPhone, Android phones and any mobile phone with Windows Os on them due too how simple and easy it is to get malware and spyware and other bad software into them. It is best to go with Symbian phones or mobile phones that run other types of mobile Os that are out there.
If you want to own a iPhone or a Android phone. The advice below this line is something that is important to follow in that case.
It is also important to turn off the following things on the mobile phone when not in use. Not only does it save battery, but it also makes the mobile phone safer and less likely to get hacked by some people few km away from it, where it cannot be found. It is important to turn off Bluetooth and Wireless LAN (WLAN) on mobile phones when it is not in use. As the most common way to hack mobile phones is with this two connection points. But the most important advice that I can give to famous people and everyone else is that to learn on what they are buying (in short, read the manual that comes with your phone!). But mobile phones today are nothing less then a mini-computer that people carry around in there pocket.
If you are a famous person hows phone has been hacked. It is best to backup the data from it and reset it to factory settings or just plain out format it. As the phone has been compromised and is a security risk from that point forward until it is formatted and reset.
Today I found out to my horrors that I had lost some emails that I regarded as important. This lost emails was not because of my fault, it was the software fault why this did happen. Why this did happen I do not yet know, besides that this is a software bug that created this mess. I don’t expect too get this email back, as the email program that I use doesn’t keep any backup on it’s own. It also doesn’t correct file errors, or doesn’t appear to do any type of maintenance on the files where the emails are stored. This type of practice is quite common among email clients, both open-source and closed-source. If the email clients messes up due to a software bug, you are on your own.
The fact that email clients actually loose emails that they are supposed to keep is quite bad in my opinion. Because a software that stores data should not loose any of the data it is keeping, and should provide a simple solution on how to backup your data, both automatic and manual. My current email client does offer a simple way to backup the email manually. But no background automatic backup happens far as I can tell, in the case of sudden system failure (power outage and so on..). But those often create data loss far worse then the accidental ones, that user might have prepared him self for by making a backup of his data.
I am currently using a email client called Evolution, and for some reason it lost my email with no way of recovering it. Because it did overwrite the file that was storing the emails in question, instead of letting me know of a problem with that storage file like would have been a useful feature too me, and other users how face the same problem as I do.