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‘);//–>”;
var adDivString = “”;
placementDiff = applyInsert($(this), adDivString);
if (debug) {
console.log(“Just placed an ad and the placementDiff is: ” + placementDiff);
}
placementTarget = cumulativeHeight + placementDiff + interModuleHeight + adHeightBuffer;
}
else {
var moduleDivString = “”;
var elementId = “drr-mod-“+moduleCounter;
moduleDivString = “”;
modules.push(elementId);

placementDiff = applyInsert($(this), moduleDivString);
if (debug) {
console.log(“Just placed a module and the placementDiff is: ” + placementDiff);
}
placementTarget = cumulativeHeight + placementDiff + interModuleHeight + moduleHeightBuffer;
moduleCounter++;
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loopCounter++;
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// Avoid placing elements too soon due to non-large figures inflating the cumulative height
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cumulativeHeight += grafHeight;
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else {
cumulativeHeight += $(this).height() + grafHeight;
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}
});

// clone Related Stories module m-15 to come in after 2nd para in article body for mobile breakpoint display
var $relatedStories = $(‘.related-promo-wrapper’);
if ($relatedStories.length) {
var $relatedStoriesClone = $relatedStories.clone();
$relatedStoriesClone.insertAfter( “#drr-container > p:eq(1)”);
}

var $insiderPromo = $(‘.insider-promo-wrapper’);
if ($insiderPromo.length) {
var $insiderPromoClone = $insiderPromo.clone();
$insiderPromoClone.insertAfter( “#drr-container > p:eq(1)”);
}

//place left side element
cumulativeHeight = 0;
var leftPlacementTarget = tagHeight = leftPlacementTarget) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“congratulations… we’ve passed the initial start point”);
}
if (leftPlacementIndex == null) {
//it’s not good enough to not be a left avoid – it also shouldn’t be a

with an immediately preceding small or medium image left avoid.
if (!isLeftAvoid($(this)) && noPrevFigures($(this)) ) {
leftPlacementIndex = $(this).index();
$leftPlacementElement = $(this);
leftPlacementLookaheadStart = cumulativeHeight;
if (debug) {
console.log(“is not a left avoid and no prev figures. ########## set placementIndex (“+leftPlacementIndex+”) and lookaheadStart (“+leftPlacementLookaheadStart+”) ##########”);
}
} else {
if (debug) {
console.log(“is a left avoid or has previous figures. continue”);
}
}
} else {
if (debug) {
console.log(“#### leftPlacementIndex already set to “+leftPlacementIndex+”. looking ahead…”);
}
//not null; has been set
if ((cumulativeHeight – leftPlacementLookaheadStart) > leftIntervalHeight) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“###### THRESHOLD REACHED. LOOKAHEAD COMPLETE. END ###### (cumulativeHeight – leftPlacementLookaheadStart) (“+(cumulativeHeight-leftPlacementLookaheadStart)+”) > leftIntervalHeight (“+leftIntervalHeight+”).”);
}
return false;
} else {
if (debug) {
console.log(“threshold not reached: (cumulativeHeight – leftPlacementLookaheadStart) (“+(cumulativeHeight-leftPlacementLookaheadStart)+”) tags
if (!(isLeftAvoid($(this)) && ($(this).hasClass(‘small’) || $(this).hasClass(‘inline-small’) || $(this).hasClass(‘medium’) || $(this).hasClass(‘inline-medium’) || $(this).hasClass(‘apart’) ))) {
cumulativeHeight += $(this).height() + grafHeight;
}
if (debug) {
console.log(“——————– set cumulativeHeight(“+cumulativeHeight+”) —————“);
console.log(“”);
}
}
});
}

if (leftPlacementIndex != null && elementNotNearEnd($leftPlacementElement, leftPixelWindow)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(” insert into index “+leftPlacementIndex);
}
$(“#drr-container”).children().eq(leftPlacementIndex).before(“

“);
}

IDG.GPT.trackOmniture();

// Add Right rail module content
for (var i=0; i= 0) {
var a = document.createElement(‘a’);
a.href = document.referrer;
var uriParts = a.pathname.split(‘/’);
a = ”;
if (typeof uriParts[3] == ‘undefined’) {
epoParams += “&typeId=” + defaultTypeId + “&referrer=home”; // default is ‘home’ behavior
}
else {
var refCatSlug = uriParts[3];
epoParams += “&catSlug=” + refCatSlug + “&referrer=article”;
}
}
// From SEARCH: Show article with catId same as current article
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var categories = [3716];
if (categories instanceof Array && categories.length > 0) {
var primaryCatId = categories[0];
epoParams += “&catId=” + primaryCatId + “&referrer=search”;
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epoParams += “&typeId=” + defaultTypeId + “&referrer=home”; // default is ‘home’ behavior
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epoParams += “&displayId=11&referrer=home”;

// default is ‘home’ behavior
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return epoParams;
}

/**
* @param jqo Original jquery object target
* @param divString The div to be inserted.
* @return Difference in height between original placement target and final target.
* Checks first 6 elements for an allowable placement (600 pixel window).
* If none, check nearby for elements that are not right avoids.
* If none, place element before current target.
*/
function applyInsert(jqo, divString) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“applyInsert at top and jqo index is: ” + jqo.index());
}

for (var i=0; i 0) {
children = $(“#drr-container”).children().slice(jqo.index(), allowElement.index() );
}
else {
children = $(“#drr-container”).children().slice(allowElement.index(), jqo.index());

}
if (children != null) {
children.each(function(i) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“About to add this element’s height to heigh diff offset”);
console.log($(this));
}
height += $(this).height() + grafHeight;
});
}
if (offset 300) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found pre. return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.is(“figure”) && jqo.hasClass(‘large’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found figure.large return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.is(“figure”) && jqo.hasClass(‘medium’) && jqo.hasClass(‘inline’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found figure has class medium and inline.”);
}
return true;
}

if (jqo.is(‘div’) && jqo.hasClass(‘table-wrapper’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found div with class table-wrapper”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.is(‘aside’)) {
if (jqo.hasClass(‘sidebar’) && !jqo.hasClass(‘medium’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found aside with class sidebar, without class medium”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.hasClass(‘statsTable’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found aside with class statsTable”);
}
return true;
}
}
if (jqo.hasClass(‘download-asset’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found class download-asset return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.hasClass(‘tableLarge’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found class tableLarge return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.hasClass(‘reject’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found class reject. return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.is(‘table’) && jqo.hasClass(‘scorecard’)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightAvoid: found div with class scorecard”);
}
return true;
}
}
return false;
}

// Return true if element has class ‘reject’: will not place drr modules/ads next to these elements
function isRightReject(jqo) {
console.log(“in isRightReject”);
if (jqo != null) {
if (jqo.hasClass(“reject”)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isRightReject: found ‘reject’ class”);
}
return true;
}
return false;
}
return false;
}

// Returns true if height of all elements after this one is more than 500; false otherwise
function elementNotNearEnd(element, pixelWindow) {
if (pixelWindow == null) {
pixelWindow = 500;
}
if (element == null) {
return false;
}
var remainingHeight = 0;
var children = $(“#drr-container”).children().slice(element.index());
if (children == null) {
return false;
}
children.each(function(i){
remainingHeight += $(this).height();
});
if ( remainingHeight > pixelWindow) {
return true;
}
else {
if (debug) {
console.log(“Element too close to end. Remaining height is: ” + remainingHeight + ” and window is ” + pixelWindow);
}
return false;
}
}

/**
* Return true if need to avoid this element when placing left module.
*/
function isLeftAvoid(jqo) {
if (jqo.is(“figure”)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isLeftAvoid: found figure. return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.is(“aside.pullquote”)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isLeftAvoid: found pullquote. return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.is(“pre”)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isLeftAvoid: found pre. return true”);
}
return true;
}
if (jqo.is(“div.gist”)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isLeftAvoid: found github code block. return true”);
}
return true;
}

if (jqo.is(“aside”) && jqo.hasClass(“sidebar”) && jqo.hasClass(“medium”)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isLeftAvoid: found medium sidebar. return true”);
}
return true;
}

if (jqo.hasClass(“statsTable”)) {
if (debug) {
console.log(“isLeftAvoid: found class statsTable. return true”);
}
return true;
}
return false;
}

/**
* return true if there are no figures before the target placement that might bleed down into placement element
*/
function noPrevFigures($originalTarget) {
var targetIndex = $originalTarget.index();
var numElementsLookBack = 5;
var figureIndex = null;
var figureHeight = null;
var startIndex = targetIndex – numElementsLookBack

iMessage — Apple’s answer to the text message — normally isn’t a cause of concern for most iPhone users. But it’s ex-users of the iPhone in a tiff, sharing complaints and tales of woe: Texts irreplaceably lost, routed by iMessage to a divide-by-zero netherworld of “message not received.” Sobering stuff indeed.

Sick of it all, Apple has (finally) decided to free prior users of iOS from the shackles of iMessage. Bloggers rejoice, reminisce — and offer theories on Apple’s change of heart.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers now get too many text messages.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

Jim Edwards wrote this text about an iMessage lawsuit:

Three American consumers have filed a federal lawsuit against Apple, alleging that faults in iMessage…amount to wiretapping because iMessage “intercepts” and retains messages that should be delivered to Android users.??MORE

If you want to annoy Kevin Bostic, send him a nasty text he’ll never receive:

If you’ve got an iPhone 5s, or any other kind of iPhone, you’re likely not thinking of switching to an Android, or other non-iPhone device. If you do switch, though, Apple just released a fix that handles one of the most annoying issues you would have faced by moving away from the iPhone.??MORE

Texts don’t annoy Lucian Constantin, they make him feel secure:

Some of the most widely used messaging apps in the world, including Google Hangouts, Facebook chat, Yahoo Messenger, and Snapchat, flunked a best-practices security test by advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
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Of the mass-market products, Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime scored the highest, failing on only two requirements–the availability of code for independent review and the out-of-band contact identity verification.??MORE

Straight from the unnamed horse’s touch screen:

Deregister iMessage
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You may need to turn off iMessage if you are now using a non-Apple phone and can’t get SMS or text messages someone sends you from an iPhone.
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Follow the steps below to turn off iMessage.??MORE

Simon Sharwood finds texting easy-peasy:

The web-based tool is simplicity itself: iPhone refugees just give their phone number, then punch in the transfer code provided by TXT. If you still own an iPhone, all you need to do is turn off iMessage.??MORE

Meanwhile, Molly Wood visits the land of lost pens and socks:

Apple finally released a tool to deregister your number from iMessage and be saved from the texting black hole!??MORE

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