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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Lazere Re:Not to be an apologist for Google, but (579 comments)

Alternatively; "Here is how Google royally screwed up writing their OS so that updating even relatively minor parts requires a full OS upgrade while Apple and Microsoft seem to have figured out how patching works."

about a week ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Lazere Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

I disagree. Microsoft not supporting XP and Google not supporting 4.3 are two completely different things. 4.3, despite being two major versions ago was released less than two years ago. If Microsoft or Apple stopped supporting an OS version after less than two years, there would hell to pay. Why does Google get a pass just because they have a fast versioning scheme?

about a week ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

Lazere Re:Remove the goddamn box (320 comments)

In rural areas in the US, there is no such thing as a local council. Roads are usually built and maintained by counties or townships, neither of which have much funds or interest for paving. Additionally, that section of land could be entirely private property. In my state a "block" on rural road is a mile square. If it's the same in the state his coworker lives in, and that "road" of theirs is within that "block", then it is a private drive and falls to the landowners to maintain.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Lazere Re:SCOTUS has no effect on a Japanese corporation (250 comments)

Yep, they sure can. But if they try to use Japanese laws against American news organizations, the American companies can tell the Japanese courts to go to hell, which would bring the ball back to SCOTUS.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

Lazere Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

This is a scientific definition of life, so why the hell would we use the colloquial definitions of the other terms? They don't give a shit what you think the definition of movement is, so long as they are using the consistent, agreed upon definition.

about 3 months ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

Lazere Re:What's wrong with hierarchy? (140 comments)

I disagree. In order to be accurate you need to "censor" speech. Wikipedia has positioned itself as a reliable source of information. Even with a moderation system similar to slashtot's, the user would have no way to verify what speech on Wikipedia is accurate and it would quickly become useless. It works on slashdot because we realize that the user comments are just that, comments and we don't take them for accurate information. That system breaks completely in an encyclopedia replacement where errors and misinformation needs to be kept to a minimum.

about 3 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Lazere Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

The problem with that thought is, when they become contagious (symptomatic) then they'll need treatment. The thing is, unless you decide to just not treat them (mortality rate goes up) then the same people are at risk even with a quarantine in place. The fact that, even without mandatory asymptomatic quarantines, the only people who've gotten infected in the U.S. are two nurses that treated a symptomatic ebola patient. Quarantines are not necessary.

Quarantining people to ease public perception are a completely different thing, however. The public is a twitchy, panicky beast and we all know it. If pointless quarantines are what it takes to calm the beast down, so be it.

about 3 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Lazere Re:How about... (349 comments)

Nigeria had 9 deaths out of a total 20 confirmed cases. Not exactly 9 out of 10 people unless your concept of numbers is different than mine.

about 3 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Lazere Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

Short answer? Yes. Since he wasn't contagious during his time a the bowling alley, I absolutely would. Whether people would use the items in question is a matter of public perception, not safety. Even if he was contagious at that time, after the sweat dries, your chances for contracting it go down dramatically. After an hour or two, the chance is nil. Wet sweat from somebody showing symptoms? Maybe, but then again, I wouldn't touch wet sweat from a healthy person either.

about 3 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Lazere Re:How about... (349 comments)

I guess I'd have to not touch their bodily fluids for awhile then, huh?

about 3 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Lazere Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

They're not "contaminating everything". The disease isn't airborn. Unless they're licking, or shitting on everything they see, and the concentration of ebola is high enough, they're not contaminating a damn thing. Sending in a crew and burning everything because somebody suspected of having ebola was there is a gross over reaction. The Texas hospital had to quarantine 70+ staff members and shut down because they were dumb and didn't put a confirmed ebola patient who was spewing bodily fluids out of both ends in proper isolation. That's the hospital's fault, not the patient's.

about 3 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Lazere Re:Should Be Asked Nicely Until Symptomatic... (349 comments)

After symptoms start showing, the patient needs to isolated, not quarantined to some degree, isolated. The best chance they've got for survival is in a hospital bed with doctors and nurses doing things to counteract the effects. But, even in a hospital, they need to be in isolation. That means they're own room with nurses in full gown and limited contact with the rest of the hospital. Don't worry though, you wouldn't need to keep them locked up to do it. It doesn't take long for an ebola patient to go from just a fever to a volcano of bodily fluids. They won't even want to get out of their bed while this is going on, much less leave the hospital.
Before they start showing symptoms is really more of a public perception issue. If you think you've got ebola, stay away from large crowds so people don't freak out, but that's about it.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Lazere Re:Oh boy, another infection vector (230 comments)

1. Nobody said he was a linux user. In fact, judging from a 5-second reading of his post history, it looks like he's a Windows fan.
2. This is not an apt analogue. It doesn't do dependency management, otherwise known as the main thing people like about apt. All this is, is a way to download and run the installer with a single command. The packages downloaded from this can still shit all over your system.
3. Who's controlling the main repository? Is is Microsoft? Because if it is, they haven't had a very good record of keeping the Windows store clean.

about 3 months ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

Lazere Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Wow, you must use a cheap airline.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

Lazere Re:mostly novelty item (51 comments)

Yep, totally not ignoring the last sentence of his post at all. But you're right, after a few time going up the same stairs, you know how many calories it takes. Here's the thing though, fitness is all about habit. If the FitBit is helping him to build new healthy habits through information, I'd call that a win. Wouldn't you? Perhaps he won't need it down the road, but that doesn't mean it's not useful now.

about 3 months ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Lazere Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Everybody knows what the Pyramids are. The fact that you had to explain who Jonah was tells me the Pyramids are somewhat more iconic.

about 5 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Lazere Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

True, but that's not the situation I'm dealing with on a daily basis. Most of the time, I deal with semis that go inconsistent slow speeds on a two lane highway. That gets worse if it's windy out, as it frequently is. I run greater risks if i stay behind the semi or pass it at the speed limit than if i just speed up and blow by it as quickly as possible. That's where I need to be above the speed limit.

about 5 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Lazere Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

That... is a situation I've never run into. I hope to never run into that situation but it is an interesting question.

about 5 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Lazere Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

Yep, couldn't have said it better myself. In Kansas, there's not a whole lot of urban areas to be found, so most of my driving is on nasty two lane highways. When a semi is going 5 under, you speed up to 10 over and blow by them. This keeps the semi from sliding into you and it also keeps anything in the oncoming lane from hitting you too. Win-win.

about 5 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Lazere Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

When it comes to breaking the speed limit or being run over by a semi, I'll break the speed limit every time.

about 5 months ago

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