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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Dan541 Re:no, they don't Re:Fines work better ... (326 comments)

Although again as the offenders far more often than not are getting everything they need from their parents, confiscation won't do much but prevent them from sending messages for the next 24 hours or so.

These are people who can't go for 10 minutes without texting. Think what 24hours will do.

about a week ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Dan541 Re:A different tack (326 comments)

How often do you see more than one person in a car anyway?

about a week ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Dan541 Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

For the most part, people can safely do it..

No you can't. You might be arrogant enough to think you can multitask, but the family of the person you kill will not be impressed by your l33t driving skillz.

about a week ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Dan541 Re:Hello! (299 comments)

fly to Sweden and face a jury of his peers like everybody else in the civilized world who is accused of a crime.

You could say the same thing about Snowden.

about a month ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Dan541 Re:75,000 Sounds Like Class Action Territory (376 comments)

The purpose of shell corporations like Rightscorp is that they own nothing. So the people running them have legal immunity.

about a month ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Dan541 Re:Checking all messages' Received (235 comments)

The forgery will be discovered when you receive a reply to an email you never sent. If you're sending critical communications you can always sign the email with an X.509 cert. Or ideally signed and encrypted if you have the other persons key.

Besides you can just as easily forge phone numbers, and the only way you could detect a forged SMS is by replying and asking the person to confirm everything. Unlike email an SMS reply doesn't include the previous conversation, increasing the risk of a forge going undetected.

about a month ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Dan541 Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

>Yes, because whenever I look at job postings, they always say: Hit us up on the Facebookz! in the contact information section.

That's because the job postings are posted by older people who grew up in the days of email. Just wait until the 20-somethings are running companies and handling HR.

Yes, generally only mature people are allowed to run companies.

If your prediction was at all plausible then why haven't I seen requests for job applications via MSN Messenger, ICQ etc....?

about a month ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Dan541 Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

Email is dying.

Yet, email will still be here after Facebook has died. Just like it's still here after the decline of ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Chat, MySpace etc.....

The anti-email crowd have been making the same battle cry since the 90s, some people never tire of being proved wrong.

about a month ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

Dan541 Re:Good (183 comments)

Getting bad reviews should not be a business model.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

Dan541 Re:Don't look for logic (246 comments)

I am an engineer. I build hardware and software. We have sales peoples to, that sells the stuff we engineers build.
IT and helpdesk is a cost centre and a drain to the company. When was the last time the IT folks provided reveune?

As I said, support folks, like janitors and receptionists but slightly better paid.

You're IT, why are you mocking it?

about a month and a half ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Dan541 Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

Greenpeace also opposes Nuclear power. Which hardly puts them in a position to be pointing fingers.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Dan541 Re:No such thing as future proofing, of course . . (509 comments)

I think it's childish this idea that automation is taking the jobs away

History has also shown us that it doesn't happen. I remember the 90s when computers were set to take away all the office jobs, the same paranoia happened during the industrial revolution.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Dan541 Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Dr Emmett Brown promised us Lawyers will be gone next year.

about 2 months ago
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ICANN CEO Wants To Make Progress On Leaving US Control

Dan541 Re:ICANN has changed (73 comments)

If you don't believe me, ask the question: Is hate speech free speech?

"Hate Speech" doesn't exist.

Hate Speech = Whaaaaa me no like what you say......

about 2 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Dan541 Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

Does uploading a coroner's report into the death of a "patient" who purchased fake medicine count as personal?

I never post anything I wouldn't be prepared to defend in court, but it doesn't stop the cease and desist letters, DDoS and other tactics (threats of harm). This gives people another tool to try and hide the truth.

about 4 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Dan541 Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

"should some random dude be able to remove _my_ information that I _want_ to be available?"

I don't know if you were implying otherwise, but it's probably worth making it explicitly clear that they can't easily do so, because Google require proof of ID to honour a request.

What if I'm writing about someone, do they have the power to hide what I've written?

about 4 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Dan541 Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

I have received cease and desist letter from scammers, one case the scammer was going after me because they didn't like a coroners report that criticised them for selling fake medicine to the now deceased victim. These people will never take me to court where evidence would be examined, now thanks to the EU they don't have to.

about 4 months ago

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Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dan541 writes "The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'."

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Only Atheists should be allowed to teach religion,

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dan541 (1032000) writes "I trust Google with a lot of things, but when in doubt I always fall back on good-old common sense. Lauren Rosenberg did not. She walked onto a highway because Google told her to and got hit by a car.

Rosenberg, who apparently takes things very literally, was reading the directions on her Blackberry and thus wasn't privy to the warning that shows up when you access walking directions on a computer:"

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Google Blunder Shares Docs

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dan541 writes "Google Privacy Blunder Shares Your Docs Without Permission
by Jason Kincaid on March 7, 2009
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/07/huge-google-privacy-blunder-shares-your-docs-without-permission/

In a privacy error that underscores some of the biggest problems surrounding cloud-based services, Google has sent a notice to a number of users of its Document and Spreadsheets products stating that it may have inadvertently shared some of their documents with contacts who were never granted access to them."
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Trojan, distributed over torrent, blocks torrent s

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dan541 writes "A trojan named Troj/Qhost-AC, has been spotted on torrent sites labeled as a keygen for popular software. But in a strange surprise, the trojan would modify the users host file, rather than generating a key, changing popular torrent web sites like, The Pirate Bay, Suprbay (The Pirate Bay forum) and Mininova, the two most popular torrent sites on the internet to 127.0.0.1, making it impossible to visit these sites. http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/01/05/trojan-blocks-torrent-sites"
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Game delayed over Koran phrases

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dan541 writes "

Entertainment company Sony has postponed the global release of a much- anticipated video game because of concerns that it may offend Muslims. Copies of LittleBigPlanet are being recalled from shops worldwide after it emerged that a background music track contained two phrases from the Koran.

Since when is our society so sensitive to others? A few years ago that sort of thing would not even be noticed let alone matter."
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Google censorship, Avalible on request!

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dan541 writes "The "church" of Scientology has asked Google to remove a website that criticises their organisation. The website Xenu.net has been delisted on this search page: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBF_enUS292US292&q=scientology+enemy+order Google have admitted to their action at the bottom of the page. I am left wondering, what happened to "don't be evil"?"
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Teenager convicted for possesing data!

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  about 6 years ago

Dan541 writes "

The youngest person in Britain to have been convicted under the Terrorism Act has been sentenced to two years in a young offenders' institution. Hammaad Munshi, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was 16 when he was arrested in 2006. Police found a guide to making napalm on his computer. Now 18, he was convicted of making a record of information likely to be used for terrorist purposes.

These days you can be jailed just for possession of texts, what's in store for tomorrow? Have we gone completely insane here!"
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EU tells UK to deal with Phorm - or else

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dan541 writes "

The European Commission has sent a message to the British government, and it reads something like this: "If you don't deal with Phorm, we will." Earlier this month, according to Dow Jones, the European Union commissioner for information society and media sent a "pre-warning letter" to UK authorities, voicing her concern over Phorm, the behavioral ad targeter poised to track user activity on Britain's three largest ISPs: BT, Carphone Warehouse, and Virgin Media. BT has already conducted two trials with Phorm — and web surfers were not notified. "It is very clear in E.U. directives that unless someone specifically gives authorization (to track consumer activity on the Web) then you don't have the right to do that," EU commissioner Viviane Reding said. If UK government does not deal with the issue, Dow Jones says, the EC could take action in the European Court of Justice.

I'm lost for words, the EU is now standing up for our rights. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/16/eu_warns_uk_over_phorm/"
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What is the cost of copyright?

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dan541 writes "We see it all the time, Content Producers fighting to revoke our rights, first it was the "blank media tax" then DRM and now DoS attacks, bandwidth theft (throttling) and Remote Control of our systems.

But what if we abolish copyright laws?
Wouldn't we all be allot better off without them?

No more DDOS attacks funded by major media companies, no more lawsuits, no more justification for bandwidth throttling and no more monopoly on media distribution.

What is the real cost of the existence of these laws?"

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People of lower intelligence more likely to worshi

Dan541 Dan541 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dan541 writes "New research has found that people of lower intelligence are more likely to worship a god than someone of higher intelligence. Is it any surprise that someone of higher intellect is more likely to know better than an person of lower intellect?

Professor Lynn said religious belief had declined in the 20th century Professor Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at Ulster University, said many more members of the "intellectual elite" considered themselves atheists than the national average. A decline in religious observance over the last century was directly linked to a rise in average intelligence, he claimed.
People with higher IQs are less likely to believe in God, according to a new study."

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