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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

DaHat Re:Just make it fast (77 comments)

How fast can any OS (or person) run with a stick up ones rear the way the Lollipop mascot seems to ?

4 days ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

DaHat Re:I wonder how much we can trust it (68 comments)

How do you determine that the checksum hasn't been modified in transit?

You could always audit the code yourself and compile it as well... but are you sure your compiler doesn't have any backdoors which might inject evil code just for something like this?

The bugger about paranoia... is you never know if you are sufficiently paranoid.

about a week ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

DaHat Re:but but but.... (172 comments)

It's not just Steve.

A few years back I indulged my then girlfriend (now wife) by joining her at an Apple Store to have them try to sell her on a MacBook (vs a PC).

During the pitch she asked about if she would need any anti-virus software for the machine and was told simply "No, Macs don't get PC viruses"

(Yes the statement is technically true, it does not answer her question nor provide an accurate reflection of the need for anti-virus/malware software even on a Mac).

Despite my jaw dropping in utter disbelief to the answer I had just heard, she later commented how surprised I was that I could keep my mouth shut during such nonsense.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

DaHat Re:Government gun regulation is useless (651 comments)

Tell that to the people of Washington state who are likely going to pass I-594 whose supporters more or less claim it will do just that... While ignoring all of the accidental and nonviolent felons it will create.

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

DaHat Re:Oops (171 comments)

If they didn't forsee the possibility of discovery down the road then their legal team wasn't doing it's job (assuming they had one).

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

DaHat Re:Class justice (171 comments)

YouTube responds to takedown requests thus helping it stay within the safe harbor provision of the DMCA. The emails from Grooveshark do seem to suggest they activly participated in infringement rather than just being a medium which infringers happened to use.

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

DaHat Their hard drives didn't crash? (171 comments)

Clearly the management of Grooveshark didn't have the forethought of those at the IRS did to ensure that hard drives containing potentially incriminating emails disappear.

about three weeks ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

DaHat Re:Drones are cost effective? (208 comments)

*banging head on wall with everybody calling these things 'drones'*

Not just any aeriel photography... manned vs not.

This is simply a modern and more cost effective way of doing what has been done for ages.

It used to be you'd pay someone (for their time & fuel) to fly a manned helicopter or airplane over a given area and have to deal with possibly remote takeoff/landing locations as well as noise over your target... now you simply pay a guy with a van to park on a public street, launch a UAV and fly it over the target area.

Far easier & far cheaper.

about a month ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

DaHat Re:And ... ? (93 comments)

And you know this how?

You may be right.... but unless you've got some specific evidence you are speculating just as much as any explicit pointing to this vulnerability as the exploit used in the hack.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

DaHat Re:Too late ... (352 comments)

I'm sure Blackberry used to say the same about the various upstarts that tried to dethrown them... and we know how well that worked out.

about a month ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DaHat Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

You know, the really pathetic thing about what you just said is that I've never illegally downloaded music or movies, and never cheated on my partner.

Care to cite where I accused you of any such thing?

And you're seriously saying that will get flagged as a lie and make me untrustworthy?

Depends on what else they know... either based on their own info or that which is said about you by others and the credibility of those statements.

Let me tell you this right now ... the people screening based on those things are morons unless they actually have proof to the contrary.

Oh? And you've been on the receiving end of such Q's and know their mental processes? I haven't... so I can't say either way.

Because unless you have evidence, assuming everyone who answers no to those questions is lying is completely idiotic. Because, not everybody has done those things, and if you have no evidence suggesting otherwise is just being an asshole.

No where did I say answering no would get you flagged as a liar... I said that depending on the circumstances they it will raising a flag that they may not be the most trustworthy. Key word in that sentence *may*. Further investigation may be required. Maybe they've honestly never used Napster back in the day and instead has a rather lengthy iTunes purchase history?

A broader thing is you seem to thinks such a background check has the same level of evidence & burden of proof as a court does in a criminal trial. It does not.

I increasingly believe the people who do security screenings don't give an actual damn about the truth, just their own interpretations of reality.

Very true at the airport, when it comes to security clearances... it depends on who is doing the vetting and to what degree they are doing it (based on the degree of clearance being sought).

about a month and a half ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DaHat Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

It's not about answering yes or no. It's about disclosure.

Exactly, but let me add... these background checks aren't so much about checking as to if you've lead a boring and uncompromised life... but more about gauging your integrity with regards to honesty and ability to be blackmailed.

Example: An old college of mine is now a feeder to a couple of government agencies which give out a few scholarships each year... which in turn require a background check. One of the questions that screws up most kids is "Have you ever illegally downloaded any music or movies from the internet?" (or something to that effect).

Most kids put "no"... not wanting to admit wrong doing... but by doing so end up raising a flag that they may not be the most trustworthy as it's rather unlikely given their age and background (those applying for these scholarships).

Ditto for Q's regarding fidelity. If you've been unfaithful and your spouse doesn't know, it can be used against you (ie "Give me a copy of the blueprints or... I'll tell your wife and the rest of your family that you cheated on them... with another man."

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

DaHat Re:I don't see how MS can comply (123 comments)

You can't deliberate engage in activities to make it more expensive or complex for law enforcement to search subpoenaed records.

That's not quite accurate.

If the intent is to make it more difficult... then you best not have any evidence that it was done deliberately then you will be in for a world of pain.

If however it is part of your normal business processes and as a side effect it makes law enforcement's job harder... that is still perfectly legal.

about a month and a half ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DaHat Re:QUESTION? (448 comments)

No they've been very clear... just like Al-Qaeda was in the 90's.

Hopefully this time around it doesn't take a few buildings getting knocked down down for us to respond properly.

about a month and a half ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DaHat Re:QUESTION? (448 comments)

True, but don't forget that Germany did declare war on the US first and that the US was more or less obligated to respond in some way... which we did with our own declaration later on the same day.

about a month and a half ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

DaHat Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

You can't climb a ladder and take pics of some girl sunbathing in her backyard legally if she is behind a privacy fence that you had to go out of your way to see over, that includes using a drone to do so.

Who said a ladder is required? From the second floor of a house you can often see much of a neighbors yard when there is only a man sized fence.

Sometimes a bigger fence is required, just ask Todd Palin: http://xfinity.comcast.net/blo...

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

You assume that security being called on me would have allowed me to board my flight as I had planned.

That being said, I am not saying both situations are the same, my point was and is that I expect that this story is not unique and that only a portion of them do we ever hear about.

about 3 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (928 comments)

Someone probably relayed the 'threat' of the tweet to someone on the flight crew who raised the 'is this a passenger a threat?' flag.

about 3 months ago

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