top Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like
Too many people think everyone sees the world as they do. This won't get the politicians to do anything about mass surveillance. What it'll do is push them more towards making hosting your own network illegal. Anything not coming from an approved ISP is untrusted and thus for the safety of all should be banned.
It gives more teeth to hotels and other companies that say they need to actively block and ban unknown networks.
Old saying, "never try to embarrass the people that make laws. They'll just make you illegal" (also applies to never make the people with guns look stupid)
top In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
1. With HIPPA etc, CAN they release medical information about someone that has not been convicted (I don't even think they can release medical information once convicted?) of a crime?
2. When he says "known to law enforcement" does that mean literally known only to them? or does that mean, LE and the immediate family?
3. These books were written a while ago. There was mention I thought in one of the news stories of a recent memo, now I can't find that.
4. If he is in a location known to LE and unable to travel, why are they circulating his photo to neighboring jurisdictions?
5. A K9 sweep of the school is actually pretty normal. They did those even way back when I was in high school and middle school. Even let me find out that the previous owner of the truck I just bought my junior year must have been a stoner as the dogs went nuts.
6. If this really was a case of LE going jack booted thugs, locking someone away, forcing meds, and destroying his career because of published fiction works? Well..... I feel bad for us as tax payers because this one is going to hurt. I can only hope that there is direct penalties to the DA, judge and Sheriff that approved this
top Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks
So which bench is it?
The one picture clearly has a giant solar panel lump, and plug, taking up a seat on the bench. The other picture is just a bench, with a square underneath it? Why wouldn't they have put a roof height solar panel? The big goofy thing on the bench is just asking to be used for a soda and food to get spilled on.. AS well as takes away from it being a bench.. Once it's had a few lunches and soda's spilled on it, I doubt the panel will be very efficient...
top MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" Claim Dismissed By Researchers
I mean, if you lost 64,564 bitcoins from a known and easy to research flaw....
then I'm VERY sure that you had a LOT of other security flaws unpatched on your servers.
I know that even on my home servers I try and do "enough" diligence to ensure all know flaws are patched.. And on work related boxes, we ALL verify constantly all known vectors are closed...
The fact that they found 10% of the "lost" coins with publicly available information and widely known bugs, lets me know that there are SURE to be a LOT more hidden flaws bleeding bitcoins like crazy...
(and I'm sure some employees stole some coins to buy private islands)
top Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?
The rebuttal loses me with this line:
"Nuclear power plants (large or small) and renewables are not compatible technologies. A distributed grid design with high penetrations of variable renewables requires flexible technologies for balancing the system. Both nuclear and coal plants are inflexible. " Maybe they don't get what people mean by "flexible" in regards to the grid? When people say coal and nuclear are flexible, they don't mean you can move the plant, or install and remove plants at will. What they mean is that the energy production can ramp up quickly when 15,000 people all get home from work and cut their AC on at the same moment... yes renewable sources are improving how they can scale and ramp up.
Nukes are already there. I'm also annoyed at how articles claim normal tax items (vehicle fleet depreciation, etc) as subsidies for one industry, but then say industry X doesn't get subsidies. EVERYONE gets some form of tax breaks when you fill out your taxes. If you don't claim them, well, then that's on you.
The original article is right. We SHOULD push for more nukes as well as more renewable sources. Getting off of coal / diesel should be the first priority. Eventually if we can wean from nuclear? cool...
top Neiman Marcus and Other Retailers Breached, Credit Card Details Stolen
No, you missed the latest fun with target...
The cards stolen weren't by someone intercepting CC numbers when used, They kept EVERYTHING in a linked database that was stolen. Name, address, phone number, multiple CC numbers etc. (they haven't said a db, but they said a source containing historic information. Maybe it was a flat file, but I'd hope not) The fact they lied repeatedly and that they kept this info makes it a LOT worse than the Sony breach in my mind.
They should be very liable.
top Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router
I think they are missing the main reason that router sold so well..
At least the reason I bought them, and recommended them for others....
IT WAS CHEAP AND good. It was a moderate priced option, that I KNEW would work for people. The fact that it had all the hackable benefits was gravy for me to have my own versions. I didn't trust a lot of the other low end units to not constantly have problems. I could also talk someone into spending 50-75$ instead of 40$. There is no way I could get someone to spend 300$ instead of 20-50$ now days..
top Doom Is Twenty Years Old
IF EVER office productivity needed a kick...
Why is the google doodle today NOT a playable version of Doom? Make note. For the 21st bday, it should be a link to local liquor stores and a playable version... You have one year to get on that...
Everyone that does not feel like working today...
top European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 and Nobody Is Sure Why
We prefer the terms,
"Big boned" "fluffy" "horizontally blessed"
Saying we're fat can lessen our mental well being which causes global warming.
top XBox One Controller cost over $100 Million to develop
" to a cartridge designed to release smells"
WTF "realistic" smell would EVER come from a game I'd want to play? For every "stroll through the garden" in fable (Oh wait, Fable is "mid evil" times, so open sewage, scratch that) there are mainly sports games, yea, no thanks to the sweaty locker room, killing "everything" yea, i'm SURE the Covenant's entrails smell great after I blow them open. Forza? While I love the smell of race fuel, I'm VERY certain my wife/kid would murder me if the whole house smelled of race fuel and gear oil... (Race fuel spills do cover the smell of differential gear oil I've found)
So thank you for making sure my video games don't smell... (Now if it was a deodorant cartridge, that might have been a better idea...)
top Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving
Try riding a motorcycle through a city, or along a highway. That's when you tend to not be on a phone. (I've definitely used hands free, and texted from stop lights or pulled over on the bike) That's the ONLY people that are on our roads that I'd put better than 50% on not being on their phone. Either blatantly, both hands texting away, or talking on it, or just holding it for easy access.
There is NO WAY that only 1 in 4 people are using their phones on a daily commute. I'd say 3 out of 4 or even 4 out of 5 use their phone daily during their commute.
top Japanese Researchers Build Rock-paper-scissors Robot That Wins 100% of the Time
You'd tie... Wouldn't you rather switch from scissors over to paper? Since if it "thinks" you'll have scissors, you'd want paper cause the robot would choose rock to beat you...
top Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH
Ermm, no. He had a "lead" spotter to get him out of the NE corridor of traffic hell, where construction can easily add 4-6 hours to your trip.
Then he had a spotter in the car, and a co-driver that was also spotting/sleeping.
As to the parent,
There are definitely places out west, where with a proper car (and proper driver) a "safe and reasonable speed" could easily be well into the triple digits. Is that true in my lifted Jeep Wrangler? Nope. Is that true in a nice sports sedan with active suspension? yep. Was he breaking the law? Yeppers... Do I think he was pushing it? less than you'd think.. Do I know people that have done similar/worse things on motorcycles? Yeppers... I've ridden on interstate trips and averaged 90-100 on the bike including quick fuel stops... and felt perfectly safe.
So while he was "breaking the law" I doubt he was as wreckless as Sally the realtor hurtling along in her Infinity SUV on her cell phone, explaining stuff to clients, and looking up things on her laptop....
I know I'm a lot more scared of the texting idiot than someone actively trying to drive...
top The Case Against Gmail
So his main issue with gmail....
"It doesn't work with Exchange Active Sync"
And that's google's fault? My guess is that MS stopped allowing it easy access HOPING people would move over to outlook.com (as he did, because he was "getting scroogled" cause we ALL know MS has NEVER used target advertising. etc etc)
he complains that you should be able to easily access it from a browser, or a native app... Ermmmm... Works just fine for me from a browser and from apps on iOS and Android devices for me... (I don't believe in WinMo.. they sucked, they annoyed me, i'll never trust them again...)
Even works fine on Blackberry....
Soooo... "MOVE TO OUTLOOK.COM Don't get Scroogled...." thanks for the look MS... oh yea, use bing.com, it's AWESOME..
top Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters
". But it also raises the question of whether targeting anonymity services to hunt out fraudsters could have chilling effects for harmless Tor users trying to protect their privacy online—particularly this year in light of the NSA-spying scandal."
Why would you ever need to "protect your privacy" via Tor etc, from an ONLINE SHOPPING SITE that you are GIVING YOUR CREDIT CARD AND SHIPPING INFORMATION TO?
I mean, I'm as much anti NSA crap as the next guy. but come on. That said, cool tech. It would make sense that retailers would do this. I see this is a good thing, not a reason to slam the lizards running our government.
top How Did My Stratosphere Ever Get Shipped?
I agree, the calendar thing, seems overly stupid.
the screen shot thing was in all the google commercials etc.
I'm really surprised no one from VZW or on the forums suggested trying that.
As for the turning off when you move it away, I'll borrow the line from Jobs, "you're holding it wrong"
:) I have a feeling the mounted the light sensor somewhere that when you go to type on it, it thnks you are putting it back against your cheek. My Epic, (galaxy 1, very similar to the stratosphere 1) was like this. DROVE me nuts, then I watched a left handed friend use it, worked perfect... I was annoyed. My s3 works great for me, but that same leftie friend hates hers for the light sensor. So she has to actually THINK about it to not turn the screen off. So maybe it's cause Koreans made it and they all have tiny hands.... Us Americans with huge claws just cover too much of the screen.
As for Canada, my mom (yes, old people do text. poorly sometimes, but oh well) sent me a text from up near Montreal to say they were there. I got the text 3 weeks after they were back in the states..... Blame Canada....
about a year and a half ago
top How Did My Stratosphere Ever Get Shipped?
It's running a newer version of Android.
All the new android phones take a screenshot by placing the "blade" of your hand on the side of the screen and sliding it across the screen.
Calendar issue, Not sure, but I'd wager there is a setting like you said using the wrong timezone. there are 300 calendar apps. I use google's and have never had an issue.
Group texts are NOT BUILT INTO SMS. It's kind of a kludge and iMessage from apple makes it worse because group texts in iMessage are not even SMS. They use data and the apple servers, so you get all sorts of weirdness there.
When you were in Canada, using a foreign service, it maybe have been rogers, or whatever that blocked it as their roaming contract doesn't cover that. No telling why that failed. I wouldn't blame that on the phone.
Camera not working. there is a good chance that using the flash could kill it, also risking the battery going incredibly low and damaging it. This setting can be changed I believe without rooting, but definitely with rooting.
The display turning off IS a setting, also make sure when you go to type, you don't cover the light sensor on the front. It wants to turn the screen OFF when you put it to your head to talk to save battery and avoid your cheek pushing buttons by accident.
Overall score for your rant, Meh. Nice long rant, but you obviously didn't spend as much time googling as you did writing that.
about a year and a half ago
top Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks
if I'm sitting in your car, plugged in to the canbus, I can control things on the canbus....
Just like if I have access to your laptop for long enough, I can get whatever is on it. (encryption will slow it down, but like I said, given time and access?)
But you'll probably notice me sitting in your car, plugging a cord into the port before I take the time to crash your car, with me riding in it.....
While this is amusing, I'm not that nervous about "security through not having some donkey plug his laptop in your car with a death wish while you are hurtling down the highway"
Having them use the "open" canbus specs, you can add aftermarket devices, and not have to take your car to the dealer for any service.
If they fully lock it down, the dealer will be the ONLY place that could work on it. And the ONLY parts you could add to your car.
about a year and a half ago
top US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27
Semantics. It's the same thing. I pay in more taxes than someone with a kid. The short and long of it is that I am being taxed for not having a kid.
That deduction for a kid is less than the deduction you as a person get.
So since it's more than one person, shouldn't the tax deduction go up? Just like when I was single my tax deduction was 7500. When married, it went up to 15000. Does that mean you're paying more for not being married? Nope. It means it's even. Truly even, the deduction would go up to 22,500 for having a kid, 30k for two kids, etc etc.
but it doesn't. And kids are friggin expensive. Trust me on that.
about a year and a half ago
top 'World of Warcraft' Candidate For Maine State Senate Wins Election
That Blizzard nerfed the rogue class so much for MoP, that her time was better spent running for public office.
I just assumed that her character had been so nerfed, she figured the only way to get it back was to run for office, and legislate the other classes down to restore rogue to top tier.