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Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:How? (61 comments)

I think the most important piece of news of this story is that Wikipedia is no better than Google or Facebook, and exploits/sells search data too.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:How? (61 comments)

They made the assumption that if a disease is spreading somewhere, there people start looking for information about the disease on wikipedia

Imagine the potential: if a lot of search logs contain "EBOL-AAAARGH", they'll know a particularly fast-acting variant of the virus has emerged.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Rosco P. Coltrane So, Moz has gone to the dark side. What about DDG? (327 comments)

Seems Mozilla has sold out. Which makes their choice of DuckDuckGo as default search engine interesting: have they sold out too?

The thing with DDG is, I'd be happy to believe their no-tracking pitch, but I can't quite understand how they're gonna make money out of a free search engine without it...

about two weeks ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Rosco P. Coltrane The FBI hurts public safety (284 comments)

Choice #1: my smartphone isn't encrypted, the FBI "protects" my safety

Choice #2: my smartphone is encrypted, the FBI can't get to my data.

I choose #2 thank you very much.

about a month ago
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Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

Rosco P. Coltrane The Internet of Things, aka (50 comments)

the next giant leap in ubiquitous mass surveillance.

I just can't wait for all the devices that surround me to snitch on me and report all my life habits to their corporate or state masters 24/7...

about 2 months ago
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CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Rosco P. Coltrane CloudFlare is a f.ing nightmare for anonymity (67 comments)

A surprising number of sites use CloudFlare. The trouble with CloudFlare is, if you want to stay anonymous on the internet using Tor, you're SOL, as they serve you captchas every 3 pages when they see a connection coming from a Tor exit node.

So essentially, if you're a Tor user, CloudFlare:

- Renders a sizeable portion of the internet unusuable for you
- Makes money on your back by making you solve captcha, and turning you into a human OCR.

CloudFlare and Google (which also serve captchas to Tor users, only fewer exit nodes are concerned) are quickly making Tor unusable, which must make the NSA wet their pants.

about 2 months ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

Rosco P. Coltrane MUNOBWCCBISFA (213 comments)

Making Up Names Of Bills With Cleverly Crafted Backronyms Is So Fucking Annoying.

about 2 months ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:I don't get it (540 comments)

Cuban cigar smokers in the US don't have a PAC to push through changes. They're just not a big enough special interest group.

Rich people can get Cuban cigars without any problem whatsoever, embargo or not. Hell, JFK smoked Havanas during the Cuban missile crisis.

Normal rules and laws don't apply to the one percentile...

about 2 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:How? (364 comments)

How to distinguish whether the phone user is driving a car or riding a bus?

At least you can exclude all iPhone owners from that particular test: people who can afford Apple products are so not riding busses... Or if they do, they probably know better than to whip out a multi-hundred-dollar device begging to be stolen onboard the bus.

about 3 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:difference between driver and passenger? (364 comments)

I suppose the same way PawSense detects whether a cat or a human is using the device: when you text and drive, you have a funny way of using the device - because you're constantly switching between texting, putting down the device and driving, picking it back up after 10 seconds, and doing that over and over, as opposed to a human that's fully committed to the task of inputting text.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Apple said *what* to the team? (187 comments)

Ah nevermind, I got it. It's not terribly obvious though...

about 3 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Rosco P. Coltrane Apple said *what* to the team? (187 comments)

Look, I'm not picky or anything, and I know headlines are shortened, but what the hell does " Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet" mean?

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Blah (171 comments)

Software monetization is basically just like anal sex. You keep on pushing until the person you're doing it to can't take it anymore. And then you keep pushing.

You seem to know a lot about monetizing anal sex...

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Work for the man, not for mankind (171 comments)

That's how I feel too: they've turned Firefox into a cheap whore - albeit with an opt-out option.

Yet I realize they have to make money to keep bringing out new Firefox releases.

Yet... it sucks. Ads sucks. Ad-funded internet sucks.

about 3 months ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Rosco P. Coltrane Poor John Smedley (131 comments)

I don't know what's worse: being blown out of the sky with explosives or having to stay in Phoenix.

about 3 months ago
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Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Not news (67 comments)

I'm reminded of the old joke:
"What famous event happened in 1732?"
"George Washington was born."
"Very good. Now what famous event happened in 1743?'
"George Washington became 11 years old."

It must be an old joke alright, cuz I've never heard it, and it ain't funny.

about 3 months ago
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Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Congratulations, India ! (67 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong but... would you happen to be rooting for India by any chance?

about 3 months ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

If there's one thing I've learned reading all kinds of award-winning books, is that more often than not, the award is a big warning that the book is shit, or pompous, or written specifically to woo often sophisticated, pedantic jury members into giving the award.

In short, I usually go for stuff that hasn't been awarded certain kinds of awards. The Hugo certainly seems overrated these days, and has been for many years.

about 3 months ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Merkel wasn't two-faced about spying on friends (170 comments)

By that logic, Germany is probably not a true friend of the US

Hardly any state is a true friend of the US these days - apart perhaps the UK, and even that is far from certain.

about 3 months ago

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