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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Spykk Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

Why would you suspect Google? A more probable explanation would be you visited sites affiliated with the manufacturers of said plastic looking for information about it from your work connection. They saw your domain name accessing their site, looked you up on the corporate web page and sent you an offer.

about 5 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Spykk Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

As an American, it has become increasingly clear that neither side has a real agenda outside of protecting the interests of their financiers (big business on one side and unions/the entertainment industry on the other). Both sides choose a handful of issues to rattle their sabers about during elections, but neither actually want to get what they argue for or they will have to find something new to stir people up with.
Obama ran on a platform of protecting civil liberties and then stood up in front of the nation and defended the NSA spying on each and every citizen. Bush ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and then spent far more than his predecessor.
Modern American politics consists of distracting the public while you sell their rights to whoever funded your campaign. Championing one side or the other is naive.

about 8 months ago

4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

Spykk Re:Assumptions (776 comments)

By your logic a single potato will be "enough" so I guess energy is a solved problem. Great work everyone, we can all go home.

about 10 months ago

How PR Subverts Wikipedia

Spykk Re:We marketers ruin everything (219 comments)

Thank you for your honesty. You know, you seem like a pretty nice.... OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE!

about a year ago

How PR Subverts Wikipedia

Spykk Re:Same as it ever was (219 comments)

This has to be the work of... wait, who benefits from removing criticism about C++ again?

Whether or not wikipedia thoroughly badmouths a language you don't like boils down to a spat between fanboys, which is not at all comparable to a paid service that helps you hide criticism of your organization from consumers.

about a year ago

The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

Spykk Re:The real issue: U.S. government corruption. (555 comments)

The GP also knows that if, for whatever reason, you do get flagged for extra attention, and they then realise you've got encryption capable of plausible deniability, that they will not give one iota of a shit about your protestations that you don't use it.

So you give them the information they need to decrypt your hidden partition of porn and they send you on your way, never realizing you have a second hidden partition full of seditious text.

1 year,14 days

GM Rice Passes Unexpected Benefits To Weeds

Spykk Re:Wait...what? (208 comments)

The important story is that the GMO/hybrids are seeing some selective advantage

But do those advantages have anything to do with genetic modifications? Food crops have been selectively bred for thousands of years. The result of hybridizing a wild strain with a strain that has been carefully cultivated is all but guaranteed to produce something superior to the wild strain. Why assume those advantages are a result of the direct modification of genes rather than plain old unnatural selection?

1 year,27 days

Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

Spykk Re:Inconel (533 comments)

If you are traveling at 800mph on a cushion of air I suspect that bathrooms will be the least of your worries when it breaks down.

about a year ago

Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

Spykk Re: So instead? (410 comments)

Right, because HP wouldn't have backdoors...

about a year ago

Office 365, Amazon, Others Vulnerable To Exploit Microsoft Knew About In 2012

Spykk Re:What has this got to do with Microsoft? (125 comments)

There aren't many situations where this vulnerability is relevant, but here is one:

You are logged into your Office 365 account in a coffee shop with unencrypted wifi. You happen to glance at another patrons computer only to realize that he has hijacked your session by sniffing the unencrypted session cookie that you are sending to the server every time you load a page! You quickly hit the logout button expecting your session to be invalidated, but the logout button only deleted the cookie local to your device. The guy who hijacked your session is still logged in and proceeds to send an email to your boss calling him a "nub".

Had Microsoft's service invalidated your session token on the server when you hit logout this disaster could have been avoided.

about a year ago

Business Is Booming In the 'Zero-Day' Game

Spykk Re:Was the Internet a mistake? (97 comments)

Wikipedia is one of the interactive internet's biggest success stories. You do realize how content gets into Wikipedia?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

Spykk Re:Why Oracle? (372 comments)

Taking advantage of stored procedures does not necessarily mean you are locked in to a provider. You can always write your procedures in pure SQL and still get the benefits of making query logic available to multiple applications.

about a year ago

PHP 5.5.0 Released

Spykk Re:PHP 6.0 without the stupid? (219 comments)

Most typed languages consider anything that isn't 0 to be true. Try something similar in C and you will get the same result.

about a year ago

TSA Finishes Removing "Virtual Nude" X-Ray Devices From US Airports

Spykk Re:Analog hole (172 comments)

The point is largely irrelevant anyway. Would you be comfortable allowing strangers to look into your bathroom while you use it even if you could guarantee they couldn't take a picture? If not, then why does it become OK as soon as the strangers wear a shirt that says TSA on it?

about a year ago

Google Releases Glass Factory System Image, Rooted Bootloader

Spykk Would you hit a man with a shirt button? (74 comments)

Anyone who is panicking about a theoretical future where someone might be recording them with a pair of eyeglasses is out of touch. Cameras that are the size of shirt buttons have been readily available for years. Every person you walk past on the street might be recording you right now and you would never know. What makes Google Glass so special?

about a year ago

Linux is an Obvious Choice for Automating the Beer-Brewing Process (Video)

Spykk Re:Everything is a file (112 comments)

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/mem

about a year ago

Boston Replacing Microsoft Exchange With Google Apps

Spykk Re:Why is the FUD FUD? (251 comments)

If you are competent and concerned by privacy then you aren't using cloud services, period. Why would anyone who cares about their users privacy choose to send all of their data to Microsoft, Google or anyone else?

about a year ago

Debian 7.0 ("Wheezy") Released

Spykk Re:Well done guys! (191 comments)

Computer - I want to use drive sda1 for installation. Use the existing virtual memory on drive sda3 please. Just use default partitioning on sda1, only use free space though. Yes, use enhanced security. I don't wish to join any networks. User name is Muppet. Password is CookieMonster. There will not be any other users. I choose the K desktop environment. Yes, go ahead. What? You didn't understand me? Very well - proceed.

How do you feel about Computer - I want to use drive sda1 for installation. Use the existing virtual memory on drive sda3 please. Just use default partitioning on sda1, only use free space though. Yes, use enhanced security. I don't wish to join any networks. User name is Muppet. Password is CookieMonster. There will not be any other users. I choose the K desktop environment. Yes, go ahead. What? You didn't understand me? Very well - proceed.?

about a year ago

President Obama To Nominate Cable and Wireless Lobbyist To Head FCC

Spykk It is time to choose your party (304 comments)

This event is the punctuation mark on a diatribe that should have convinced you to vote third party. Voting for a Democrat or a Republican is WASTING your vote. The published views of a party are meaningless when their actions are entirely self-serving. If you don't think that your countries laws should be dictated by corporations that view you as a commodity then it is your patriotic duty to vote for someone, ANYONE, who is not beholden to one side of the corporate coin or the other.

about a year ago

Google Releases Glass Kernel Source Code

Spykk Re:Major source of privacy loss (205 comments)

What will stop a corrupt police official from removing your google glass, stepping on it and then further misbehaving? If you are relying on other people in the vicinity to record the misconduct then the ubiquitous cell phone camera already serves that purpose.

about a year ago


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