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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

QuietLagoon By that logic, so has the 4th Amendment (373 comments)

"We understand the value of encryption and the importance of security,"

It is not just security, it is privacy. It is the freedom from governments and others snooping through my life.

12 hours ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

QuietLagoon This is so wrong... (200 comments)

... Enthusiasts have been quick to take up the motto: "Coding is the new literacy!" But long-time developer Chris Granger argues that this is not the case: "When we say that coding is the new literacy, we're arguing that wielding a pencil and paper is the old one. Coding, like writing, is a mechanical act. ...

The new literacy?

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GMAFB

Coding is a talent or a skill. Beyond that, there is nothing, not a single thing, special about it.

The extreme productivity that some software engineers possess is not due to their literacy in coding. It is due to their ability to look at, understand, and solve problems at a level higher than most.

It is not a question of literacy. It is a question of problem analysis and resolution.

[aside: I often wonder why software engineers constantly have he need to elevate themselves above all others]

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

QuietLagoon Gioogle is Irresponsible (565 comments)

...Ludwig went on to explain that backporting a patch would be a herculean effort....

Google is acting irresponsibly to the users of the vulnerable devices by refusing to patch the vulnerability in its software. Period.

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imo, there is NO excuse why this vulnerability will not be patched. NONE.

Google has the resources to fix the vulnerability, what they are saying is that they do not have the desire to do so.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

QuietLagoon Object-oritented FORTRAN (484 comments)

...In the recent Slashdot discussion on the D programming language, I was surprised to see criticisms of Pascal that were based on old information and outdated implementations. ...

Criticisms based on old information and outdated implementations also plague object-oriented FORTRAN 2003.

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3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

QuietLagoon Verizon's UIDH tracking... (228 comments)

...with your permission and all of that...

It does not appear that the internet providers are all that concerned about obtaining the users' permission to track them.

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Coming from a google exec, the statement is laughable, and ominous.

5 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

QuietLagoon Re:This is Slashdot, not Politico (418 comments)

Can we just stop w/ the political stories?

Political stories generate a lot of page hits. I doubt if they will stop.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

QuietLagoon Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (209 comments)

...The thing shoved in your face ...

That's basically the reason why I never really ramped up my google+ usage.

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google was so rude about making me use google+ in areas where I did not want to use it, that I stopped using it altogether.

Now I notice that I cannot even reply to comments left on my youtube.com video channel, even though I am logged into my youtube.com account. I suspect the reason has something to do with the fact that I've all but abandoned my google+ account.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

QuietLagoon I'm not sure it can succeed (324 comments)

So long as there are glassholes, google glass will not succeed.

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Unfortunately, google cannot control the people who use google glass, so there will always be glassholes and google glass won't succeed.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

QuietLagoon Minefield alert... (322 comments)

This new law creates a minefield.

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"...or are otherwise suspected of breaking school rules...." So, if a student doesn't have a halll pass, the school administrators can make the parents turn over the social media passwords?

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

QuietLagoon Re:Hacking the insurance dongle (238 comments)

my agent wanted to give me a paperless discount

I went paperless and got a discount. But my insurance company allows me to download PDFs of everything (including a PDF of the insurance card that I can print).

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

QuietLagoon Re:Hacking the insurance dongle (238 comments)

What stupid fuck would use an OBD2 dongle?!

According to TFA, Progressive says, "We are confident in the performance of our Snapshot device – use in more than two million vehicles since 2008"

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

QuietLagoon Hacking the insurance dongle (238 comments)

Car hacking A security researcher demonstrated that “car hacking” is reality through the exploitation of vulnerable Can Insurance Dongle. Million vehicles at risk.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

QuietLagoon Is Visual Basic still supported? (646 comments)

Does Microsoft even give Visual Basic full-throated support anymore?

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And which version of Visual Basic is being used in the class? The old versions that worked, or the re-architected versions that suck?

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

QuietLagoon Re:One OS to rule them alll ... (489 comments)

I think you're missing the part where the GUI and the OS are two different things.

Yes, they are two different things. But in the world of Windows, no one really cares that they are two things.

It's Windows. Period.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

QuietLagoon Re:It will never happen (489 comments)

...Does any other popular consumer OS get that level of support?...

The real question is: does any other popular consumer OS need that level of support?

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If Microsoft did not mess up the "next version" as much as they have done, there wouldn't be the need to stick with a particular version for so long.

As an alternative case in point, my three Windows PCs tend to stay with a version until that version is no longer supported. While my single Macmini has had the OS upgraded to the newer version a few times, and all at no cost or bad experiences to me.

With the Macmini, the OS upgrade to the next version has been a fairly smooth experience, as opposed to a Windows OS upgrade to the next version which is more of a traumatic experience.

Maybe that is the cause to the need to have long support cycles for Windows OS versions?

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

QuietLagoon Re:It will never happen (489 comments)

...Windows has the best track record in terms of longevity....

Probably because Microsoft messed up the "next version" and people do not want to upgrade.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

QuietLagoon Dominance? (489 comments)

... take some of its dominance of the desktop world ...

Outside of the enterprise world, is Microsoft really dominant on the desktop anymore?

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Anecdotally, it looks like Microsoft is losing its dominance in the consumer desktop world to Apple, i.e., Microsoft no longer enjoys the 90+% marketshare on the consumer desktops that it once had.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

QuietLagoon Re:I currently get robocalls on my mobile (217 comments)

I understand the difference you say. But so long as we are talking about loopholes, you also neglected to mention the loophole that allows market researchers to cold call.

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Now, if I could also stop those &*()&(^%^ political calls.....

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

QuietLagoon I currently get robocalls on my mobile (217 comments)

You mean I'll be getting MORE unwanted calls?

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What is so difficult about the FCC understanding that I do not want calls on my mobile from robocallers and/or telemarketers.

about two weeks ago

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A&E Network: Disabling Video On Demand Fast-Forward Is Good

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 4 months ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes ""A study commissioned by A+E Networks concluded fast-forward disabling did not have any “adverse effects” to the program viewing experience via Video On Demand, nor did it negatively impact intent to continue using VOD."

Apparently, the Video On Demand viewers enjoy watching commercials, and do not mind the removal of the ability to fast forward past those commercials."
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Does Microsoft view Windows desktop as a dead end?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 6 months ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Mr. Nadella, CEO Microsoft, sent out an email last week that outlined Microsoft's focus for the future. One had to wade through more than half of the email before there was any mention of Windows desktop.

In his all-hands strategy email of last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in the 3,100 communique, a clue how he, and thus the company, now see the firm's long-time cornerstone. "Windows will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes — from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82-in PPI boards," Nadella said in one of the first uses of "Windows" in his massive message. That sentence appeared well past the half-way mark in the email: 60% of the message preceded it.

Is Microsoft now unable to innovate within the desktop Windows space? Is Mr. Nadella's memo a tacit admission by Microsoft that there is little innovation left in the desktop space? Is Microsoft's inability to innovate in the desktop space indicative of a larger problem within Microsoft? Has rigor mortis set in?"

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "As a follow-up to the article a couple of days ago, the New York Times has an above-the-fold front-page article today about the horrible working conditions in the Chinese factories that Apple uses.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning (PDF alert).
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Global Internet governance fight looms

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The global fight among governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly (GA) and next week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Will the change in Internet governance result in states like China and Russia exerting more control over what is allowed on the Internet? The United States has so far comprehensively outmaneuvered attempts by other governments to seize control of the Internet, helped by the fact that it holds the keys and represents the status quo. But how long will it continue to be able to do so?"
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Doctors and Dentists censoring patients

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Timothy Lee writes about his experience with a dentist.

"When I walked into the offices of Dr. Ken Cirka, I was looking for cleaner teeth, not material for an Ars Technica story. I needed a new dentist, and Yelp says Dr. Cirka is one of the best in the Philadelphia area. The receptionist handed me a clipboard with forms to fill out. After the usual patient information form, there was a "mutual privacy agreement" that asked me to transfer ownership of any public commentary I might write in the future to Dr. Cirka. Surprised and a little outraged by this, I got into a lengthy discussion with Dr. Cirka's office manager that ended in me refusing to sign and her showing me the door...."

Can a patient be required to sign such an agreement before medical care is tendered? What if the medical care is more urgent or an emergency? Can the patient be in the correct frame of mind to sign a legal agreement?"

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Should Microsoft be split up?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Goldman Sachs had downgraded Microsoft from "buy" to "neutral," criticizes the company's efforts in mobile computing, and most radically, suggests that the company carve out its consumer business from its enterprise one. This is just one more sign that Microsoft could use a vision overhaul. ...

The report also warned that Microsoft isn't likely to make any headway in mobile this year because "Apple's iPad and iPhone plus Google's Android operating system are well established."

That's putting it mildly. Windows Phone 7 will have to be a spectacular success if it's to make any headway not just this year, but in the next several years as well. And Microsoft may try to sue Android out of business, but technology, not lawsuits, are going to have the lead the way.


What do you think? Does Microsoft have a chance of catching in the mobile devices marketplace? Is the enterprise where Microsoft's future lives?"
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New AVG fetaure DDoS's the Internet

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The Register is running a story about a new feature in the AVG virus scanner.

Six months ago, AVG acquired Exploit Prevention Labs and its Linkscanner, a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free. Then, in late April, AVG rolled Linkscanner into its anti-virus engine, which has about 70 million active users worldwide. The company estimates that 20 million machines have upgraded to the tool's new incarnation, AVG version 8, and this has already cooked up enough ghost clicks to skew traffic not only on The Reg but any number of other sites as well.
What will the effect be when AVG rolls this new fewture out to all of its 70 million users?"
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Here come the thought police

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "In a Baltimore Sun op-ed piece, Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson write, 'With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

'Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

'The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people's duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government....

'Ms. Harman's proposal includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with "access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda," and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations. The misnamed "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, gives the semblance of intellectual research to what is otherwise the suppression of dissent.'"
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Comcast blocks some Internet traffic

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "MSNBC is reporting the results of an Associated Press test that show Comcast blocks some Internet traffic. "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

"The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.

"If widely applied by other ISPs, the technology Comcast is using would be a crippling blow to the BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella file-sharing networks. While these are mainly known as sources of copyright music, software and movies, BitTorrent in particular is emerging as a legitimate tool for quickly disseminating legal content.

"The principle of equal treatment of traffic, called "Net Neutrality" by proponents, is not enshrined in law but supported by some regulations. Most of the debate around the issue has centered on tentative plans, now postponed, by large Internet carriers to offer preferential treatment of traffic from certain content providers for a fee....
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The email transcripts of Microsoft anti-trust trials always make for interesting reading, and the Iowa trial is continuing the tradition. An email from Jim Allchin asks the question of whether Microsoft has lost sight of what matters to its customers:

Exhibit 7264. Almost three years ago, on January 7, 2004, Jim Allchin, the senior executive at Microsoft, sent an E-mail to Microsoft's top two executives, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the subject was losing our way. Mr. Allchin says, I'm not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The next version of Windows Media player that will be appearing in Windows Vista has upped the ante for DRM, removing a significant portion of the rights you have to the media content you own. So much so, that a Microsoft VP appears to be advocating the flaunting of DMCA in order to get the content into Zune, "Lots of DVD ripping software out there..."

What do you think about the loss of the rights to use the media you own?"

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