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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

GrumpySteen Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (127 comments)

The report they used even showed the Google Play Movies application as malware

To be fair, that app is capable of downloading Uwe Boll films so you can make a case for it being a bit malwareish.

2 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

GrumpySteen Re:Because nobody reads TFA (125 comments)

Profit doesn't mean that your privacy has been invaded.

Patents on genetic tests already exist. This program is a way of developing more tests that can be patented and profited from.

That said, my opinion is that allowing patents on human genes was a bad idea that should have never been allowed to happen, but that's an entirely different issue that has nothing to do with privacy.

about a week ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

GrumpySteen Because nobody reads TFA (125 comments)

Baseline will be monitored by institutional review boards, which oversee all medical research involving humans. Once the full study gets going, boards run by the medical schools at Duke University and Stanford University will control how the information is used.

Now feel free to laugh derisively at the idiots who didn't read TFA and immediately started screeching about Google invading their privacy.

about a week ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

GrumpySteen Re:Worked on similar concept (205 comments)

Amplify it and call it a feature. A deafening blast of screeching feedback noise every time the kids misbehave would be a hell of a deterrent.

about two weeks ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

GrumpySteen Re:...The hell? (290 comments)

So? That doesn't make his complaints about what's wrong with the cheap, crappy smart phone he bought any more insightful. We know cheap smart phones tend to be crap. It's not news.

about two weeks ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

GrumpySteen Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (135 comments)

In very much the same way as a specific brand of laundry detergent is used as a currency in illegal transactions.

Except that doesn't happen. A 100 ounce bottle of Tide weighs about 7 lbs and sells for $10. Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer would need a fucking U-Haul to carry away the detergent equivalent of one afternoon's sales.

It's a dumb urban legend that isn't even remotely plausible.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

GrumpySteen Re:Something missing from the summary (77 comments)

The Tesla S has a keyless ignition. The key just has to be in range of the vehicle and you can press the start button and take off, even the key isn't in the car with you. Only after you park the car will it refuse to go any further. All the guy had to do was get into the car and that's not that difficult even if the door is locked.

Tesla wants to examine the wreckage because it's an unusual accident and could provide insights into ways that they could improve the structure of the car, not because they can't figure out how someone started it and drove off.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

GrumpySteen Re:Just an observation . . . (497 comments)

Would you rather have all of your email history made freely available to anyone who asks for it? I wouldn't.

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

GrumpySteen Re:Can't we just say people took naked pics? (231 comments)

Avast is a corporation. Corporations tend to be conservative in their use of language (outside of the porn industry, at least). Using the term "penis" in a press release isn't going to happen.

about three weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

GrumpySteen Good lord (302 comments)

First the Nest thermostat is said to be enough to make the Stasi blush, then insurance companies are compared to the Panopticon and now a birth control device is supposedly a government plot to control population levels?

This is supposed to be news for nerds. Not news for delusional paranoiacs.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

GrumpySteen Re:What could go wrong! (468 comments)

Cost. The wikipedia article says that the cost is similar to the cost of synthetic sapphire. For a cell-phone sized sheet of sapphire, the cost is apparently 10x as much as the cost of a similarly sized piece of chemically hardened Gorilla Glass (source). Most customers would rather save 90% of the cost and get a slightly inferior product that they have to replace sooner.

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

GrumpySteen Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

The article is written in a way that makes it sound like they might be talking about one case, but there are two separate cases. The case you referenced, where they compiled evidence for seven months, was in Warwick, RI. The case the person you responded to referenced, with the USB stick hidden in a tin in a metal cabinet, was in Connecticut.

Chances are that the Connecticut case was similarly investigated before a warrant was issued and the USB stick found, but the article doesn't give any details on the case.

about three weeks ago
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How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

GrumpySteen Re:Woo! (46 comments)

That's the problem. You take one every day, yet you can't say how long a subway car is. It's not something that a normal person ever thinks about or notices, so it's a useless comparison that is lost on virtually everyone.

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

GrumpySteen Re:Whatever way we want it to be (255 comments)

I believe that would be Senator Strawman who was quoting his Aunt Sally from the UK.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

GrumpySteen Re:Authors are economists (579 comments)

Do you think that economists are incapable of analyzing trends? Or that they're so narrowly educated that they can't have any interest in anything outside of the field of economics and that accident rates have no economic impact?

What's your point?

about a month ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

GrumpySteen Re:1200 C?? (228 comments)

Perhaps they got confused because nichrome melts at 1,400C, which makes it seem a bit improbable that it can "heat quickly and reliably to temperatures as high as 2,200 C."

But really, they aren't confused. You and the authors (Nathan Myhrvold & W. Wayt Gibbs) are.

1,200 C just happens to be extremely close to 2,200 F (2,192 F to be precise). Most likely they read somewhere that nichrome heating elements can reliably reach 2,200 degrees and assumed C when it was actually F. Since they're usually limited to 1,200 C, they assumed incorrectly that there was a massive amount of extra capacity for heating, not realizing that the 1,200 and 2,200 values were actually the same number.

about a month ago
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Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

GrumpySteen Re:Food chain (107 comments)

You do know that statistically you're more likely to die of bee stings than from a shark, right?

Wrong.

If you're allergic to bee stings, you're far more likely to die from a bee sting than statistics indicate. If you aren't allergic to be stings, you're far less likely to die from a bee sting than statistics indicate.

Statistics based on the population as a whole do not represent the actual chances for a specific individual to die in a specific way. Individual behavior and risk factors tend to average out over a large population and can be ignored, but they can't be ignored when speaking about a single person.

your reasoning so flawed it's almost funny

It's ironic that you should say that....

about a month ago
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China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

GrumpySteen Re:So now we can steal their IP? (86 comments)

What would be the point? We have no real manufacturing capability, so we'd just end up sending the stolen back IP to China to be made into products.

about a month ago

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