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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Falos Re:people are shallow (149 comments)

Either you're lamenting in monologue or you're trying to shoehorn in some kind of distance to keep yourself safely apart and hopefully polar from a stereotype you're assembling ad hoc. Need to stay distinct to protect that fragile ego.

Happens during vilifying too.


Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Falos Not so breakable (513 comments)

I won't refute that the addition of more (moving) parts is the addition of a point of physical failure, but I should chip in with my experience using a slide-out for three years without incident. I aged out the battery, put it through standard klutz drops, probably got it wet a couple times, the camera is smeary/dusty to the point of oblivion, the OS (froyo) started acting weird and hiccuping with microSD content, and I painted the whole thing because I hated the original color (great deal on price though). No problems with the slideout or the keys, and I played the ever-loving fuck out of them using emulators and a simfile rhythm'er (Beats). OTOH, the side buttons aged, notably the volumes were getting barely responsive. Took it apart towards the end of life, no dice, guess the fittings were wearing out past tolerance.


Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

Falos Re:But what if... (78 comments)

> is that copyright infringement?
Copyright lawyers have prepared the below flowchart to help identify what they will consider unauthorized copies or infringement that are potentially actionable:

Is it a day that ends in 'y'?
Then yes.

Is it a day that doesn't end in 'y'?
Then super yes.

about a week ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Falos Game theory (190 comments)

It's an inferior move to reduce your options and throw away something irreversibly. You don't delete documents when you have abundant storage, you don't discard items in a video game with endless inventory.

I'll accept that having poorly tracked, poorly secured, poorly vetted, poorly restricted, and/or poorly located samples keeps them from being a benign non-factor as above.

I don't accept that throwing them away (the ones we know about) is the only counter. Hell, we can spare a few grams of payload and put one in space.

about a week ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Falos Re:Correlation is not causation (613 comments)

This. They want to label the subjects? They can barely group them as isolated "East German" "West German" properties, to say nothing of the endless properties (GP suggests poverty) that result if so.

I only have an ordinary understanding of the scientific process, but I'm pretty sure you can't take "Group 1 cheated more than Group 2" and shoehorn in the identifier cause.

about a week ago

Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

Falos Wow (39 comments)

When they can track everything every individual cell has ever done, you know it's time to rein in the surveillance state.

Seriously though, promising tech.

about a week ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Falos Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (272 comments)

JMJimmy July 20, 2014 @03:42PM (#47495819)

>The proposal does call for a "ramp up" period where the sounds get louder and louder.

I'm thinking you were hasty on knocking down the idea and assumed the one-off.

about a week ago

New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Falos Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

Doesn't need to be interesting. The average ("Three felonies per day") isn't interesting if only by definition. If anything, someone who absolutely couldn't be implicated would be the interesting outlier.

But I'm guessing you had "real" concerns in mind. "Maybe one day law enforcement will scale back and only hunt those," he failed to say with a straight face.

about a week ago

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Falos Re:Where's BroTech? (158 comments)

I bet you think you're funny, huh? You a comedian or something, dork? Here's a nerd joke for ya: Why don't you make like a tree and GTFO?

about two weeks ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Falos Re:Why is it silly? (435 comments)

Are you implying that a bunch of code written for carefully and precisely observing traffic law (driverless cars move like a bus driver shuttling a pope made of glass) with the assumption that the usage environment is simplified by said law (moving in simple lines, road markers, etc), is [a bunch of code which is] going to perform superior to humans in the unpredictable and dynamic environment of a getaway?

I'm willing to accept that this technology could be exploitable or unsafe. It could, just maybe, have a marginally useful application in crime. But I'm not seeing it here, and I'm not expecting it tomorrow.

If anything, LE should be delighted at the idea of remote control, surveillance, etc. when cars are on TIOT.

about two weeks ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Falos Re:mnemonics (280 comments)

Strong passwords are healthy, and acronyms (which I strongly advocate) deliver extremely high defensive complexity with little increase (now passphrase) in user's complexity; so little they might actually do it.

However, password reuse kills a user whether it's strong or not. If I hack into some photosharing socnet crap and get your password, chances are I now have access to a lot of your services. Even if I don't use the loot directly, I'll sell off the credentials or data (SSN) to others.

about two weeks ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Falos Think outside the ivory tower (280 comments)

A throwaway password tier is something that legitimately increases the casual's security against the obvious ( and might actually catch on. Something like "grandma1!" is perfectly fine if she leaves it down at the facetweets and socnets while using something different (hopefully stronger) for her bank account.

But hey, if you think soccer moms and surfers are just as likely to indulge a "Sandbox-contained PW manager in a secure virtual OS" tutorial as the five seconds it takes to tell them "Hey, use a special password for those super important sites, 'kay?" then knock yourself out.

Good luck fitting it on a billboard, though.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Falos Re:Congratulations? (590 comments)


But I guess it's okay; "this Thor isn't that Thor" or maybe even "No relation, never heard of him." if that's the case.

More than historical accuracy, what gets me is the parading. It's not even self-righteous parading, it's more like astroturf. If I was one of those social justice zealots, I'd have to ask myself whether I was being pandered to and exploited.

I don't agree with refuting OR supporting a product or media or art because of the creator or other unrelated details. I don't check if my oil change mechanic donates blood, I don't check if my waiter was a (convicted?) sex offender, I don't ask about my barber's stance on gun control - I ask what a haircut costs.

This is all tangential though; Thor's a chick superhero and I take the "Okay - so?" stance. A healthy one IMO.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Falos Re:Maybe they issued an apology, but if they fired (401 comments)

If they think it'll be good damage-control publicity, they will. The only thing more disposable than him (probably tier-2 retention) is the tier-1 slaves.

about two weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Falos Unprovidable keys (353 comments)

Gag orders and such have already been flaunted; the law comes up with bullshit to try and force childish "you can't do that!" rules and other simpleminded "solutions" that seemingly box things in. Then people circumvent it with deadman canaries that they can't be accused as "responsible" for.

My immediate reaction was a 24-48h deadman that locks up and send the decrypt to someone random on a list. The list includes sythetic names. By nature the message obviously signifies duress (or death) and the messenger will make an appropriate approach.

"I can't decrypt it. That's not a figurative claim; I literally do not have the capability to decrypt it, and I don't know who does."

I'm sure people more clever than I could imagine solutions better than my proof-of-concept.

about three weeks ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Falos Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (311 comments)

The law needs to protect the incapables who can't secure information themselves physically (eg safe, vault) or digitally. The law doesn't need to protect (it can't) those who think distributed information, that is, data in the wild can be owned or controlled. Either it's a secret or it's "compromised", like it has been since the beginning of human communication - it's just faster now. We don't need more cases of plebs getting convicted over public-facing data, over servers with no authentication or credentials, over "private" data that shows up in a GOOGLE SEARCH. I didn't RTFA though; "Photographs she owned" is ambiguous.

about three weeks ago

A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Falos Re:Better still (87 comments)

I can't tell if you're intentionally describing Dollhouse or not.

about three weeks ago

How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Falos Walt Disney (209 comments)

"I am in no sense of the word a great artist, not even a great animator; I have always had men working for me whose skills were greater than my own. I am an idea man."

about a month and a half ago


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