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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Kernel Kurtz Re:They said they weren't doing it.. (99 comments)

Don't worry, in Trudeau's Canada he'll be bringing back the liberal style by knocking the teeth out of protesters personally and laughing at the use of pepper spray on them.

You're a fool if you think it's Harper that's the problem. The problem is Government.

I don't disagree. I'm not partisan and don't really like any of them.

Accordingly, I fully subscribe the politicians are like diapers theory.

yesterday
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Kernel Kurtz Anyone know if Webview can be "disabled"? (574 comments)

I have a rooted phone running 4.3. I use Chrome for browsing, but realize other apps may use webview and be vulnerable. In fact they make it easy for developers to do so.

http://developer.android.com/g...

I'm wondering if I can simply disable it by deleting/renaming a library or something similar, or will that make the entire OS unstable? I don't care if it breaks apps - those would only the vulnerable ones anyway. Absent that, it looks like it is possible to remove access to individual apps through their manifest files.

http://developer.android.com/g...

But of course as I said that would break them.

I'm not a developer, but maybe a script that will search out all manifest files (as root of course) and neuter any vulnerable apps by altering them would be useful. Once you know which ones are broken you can set about safely fixing them.

Any thoughts?

2 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Kernel Kurtz Re:Encryption? (194 comments)

If you use an offshore email provider, the NSA will just grab whatever it wants, whenever it wants, without even the tiniest fig leaf of law to cover up strategic bits.

And likely none of it would ever be admissible in an American court of law........

3 days ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Kernel Kurtz Re:We deserve this guy (496 comments)

Your last four 2-term presidents - Reagan, Clinton, G W, and now Obama - have faced both both houses controlled by the other party in the last 2 years of their term.

Seems your presidents just wear out their welcomes before their full 2 terms are over.

about two weeks ago
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Canada's Copyright Notice Fiasco: Why the Government Bears Responsibility

Kernel Kurtz Re:Poor policy, as usual ... (73 comments)

This is all true, but I'm quite thankful that the courts have been doing a pretty good job protecting us from the government.

I think Harper has lost more Supreme Court and Federal Court cases than any government I can remember. Hope it keeps up that way.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

Kernel Kurtz Re:Freenet has existed since Napster (331 comments)

Freenet was the first thing that came to my mind when I read the headline.

This isn't a new idea.

about two weeks ago
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For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

Kernel Kurtz Re:Huh? (134 comments)

The only way to get usable fuel out of tar sands crude is to take it to places where wages are low, labor safety and pollution control is non existent. They can't refine it in Canada.

Plenty of Canadian oil is refined and used in North America. The rest of our domestic oil supply comes on tankers from overseas. I guess they can't refine it where they are either.

Actually makes no difference to me, so long as my tank is full. Just seems sensible to do it all in the most efficient way.

about three weeks ago
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For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

Kernel Kurtz Re:Huh? (134 comments)

Build the damned refineries in the tar sands.

And then use pipelines to move the refined product to markets? Sure you have thought this through?

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Kernel Kurtz Re:These people scare me (319 comments)

I see, so your view is that if a theory can't explain everything, it cannot explain anything.

Not at all. Consistent and accurate predictive ability would go a long way to convincing me they have a grasp of how it all works. Instead they search for their missing heat.

And no points for just predicting "warming" - it is an interglacial after all, that's a given, and it's been warming for the entire instrumental record (since ~1850), so it's pretty much a no-brainer.

So basically the models are awful, and they can't predict SFA better than a loaded coin toss.

That is not science. Did you think everyone would just take their word for it?

about three weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

Kernel Kurtz Amateur hour (172 comments)

This unauthorized copying and/or distribution constitutes copyright infringement under the U.S. Copyright Act. Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 512(c), this letter serves as actual notice of infringement.

WTF would Canadians care about 17 U.S.C. 512(c)?

If they can't afford Canadian legal staff to even write their letters they will likely not have much success in Canadian courts anytime soon either.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Kernel Kurtz Re:These people scare me (319 comments)

If your doctor knows as much about physiology as climate scientists know about the mechanisms governing climate, the latter is a given.

Likely sooner rather than later.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Kernel Kurtz Re:These people scare me (319 comments)

When overall life expectancies and standards of living worldwide start to decline rather than rise, I'll re-evaluate your position.

I don't see that happening any time soon, "big oil" notwithstanding.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Kernel Kurtz Re:Summary video (319 comments)

Isn't global warming [from greenhouse gases] an exponential system? When the planet gets warmer, doesn't that release more greenhouse gases from clathrates under the ocean, causing more warming?

No, or warming would have "runaway" eons ago.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Kernel Kurtz Re:These people scare me (319 comments)

We do have a "code of ethics". We work to improve people's lives.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Kernel Kurtz These people scare me (319 comments)

more than climate change ever will.

about three weeks ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

Kernel Kurtz Re:Fear solves nothing (161 comments)

ISPs now MUST share subscriber name and address and info with the complaintant.

Actually, no. They need to ask an actual judge for a warrant first.

https://torrentfreak.com/canad...

Granted it's not an SCC ruling, but given the SCC just said even the police need a warrant, I'd say it's pretty solid.

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/201...

about a month ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

Kernel Kurtz Re:Does this mean ISPs are now required to keep lo (161 comments)

If I use the free WiFi at Starbucks, do they need to keep my personal info in case I'm later accused of infringing copyright?

Do they ask you for ID?

about a month ago

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