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Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

TimeOut42 Re:Embarrassed (386 comments)

Your kidding you had to wait a whole 60 minutes, that's almost an entire hour. Well, I hope you recover from your trauma.

How many nurses do you need for your flu shot? One to hold your hand, one to process your insurance paperwork, one to tell you everything will be okay and then one to give you the shot?

TWP

about 2 years ago
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Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

TimeOut42 Re:Disgraceful (386 comments)

Yeah, terrible that 99.99% of the country isn't have problems. I guess we should throw the whole thing in the trash for the .01% of idiots that can't press a button or show up to work on time.

Come on, don't fall for the press' coverage of only negative news and then paint the entire picture that color.

about 2 years ago
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More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

TimeOut42 Re:If only! (277 comments)

That is just plain silly. How many support calls do you think they dev would get when a paranoid user denies access to the internet for a twitter client. Come on, this is nothing but FUD; all operating systems access stuff; most mobile OS will tell you what it is going to do. If you don't like the permissions it is request, then don't install the app.

Most of your 'free' software, even the apps that don't use the internet, are ad-supported, which does need the internet. If you don't like that, then purchase the full app or again, don't install it.

Finally, I have to agree with the statement in the article that many of the permissions that are used are just poor development practices. For example; maybe the dev was testing storing data on the SD card, decided not to do it, but failed to remove the permissions from the manifest. The app would show that it still needs access to the SD card, but the program never actually uses.

Another way to help protect yourself; don't always run as root -- amazing how many of the people here complain about the permissions, then essentially give every app full permissions to their phone. These are the same people that use the same password on every site and run their PC OS as root too.

about 2 years ago
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More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

TimeOut42 Re:Privacy apps - LBE (277 comments)

Excellent, run your phone rooted so when you do sideload a malicious app it will have full access to your phone.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Does Your Company Evaluate Your Performance?

TimeOut42 Re:Easy answer for non-americans (525 comments)

I agree, unions are awesome. I allows mediocre employees to receive the same compensation as the excellent employees.

more than 2 years ago
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Americans More Worried About Cybersecurity Than Terrorism

TimeOut42 In other news..... (266 comments)

Most Americans are afraid of whatever is in the news the most. If they researched either topic even a little bit they wouldn't be afraid of either.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA To Drastically Cut Mars Mission Funding

TimeOut42 Re:Sorry folks... (191 comments)

Free? You are paying for it, they just tell you it is free. If it were free, then you would pay zero taxes and they would still provide those services to you. Oh wait, you mean like low-income families in America.

Nothing worth anything is free......

more than 2 years ago
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NASA To Drastically Cut Mars Mission Funding

TimeOut42 Re:Good lord. (191 comments)

You can't use that strategy in two cases. First, if it is a manned mission, you can't just 'hope' it doesn't fail. It must NOT fail. Second, when you invest in a program to send a spacecraft on a ten year mission (ie. surveying Pluto) you can't have it fail when it arrives. What, then start over and wait another ten years? The strategy that you are advocating is due to a lack of two things; the lack of engineering expertise and lack of funding to properly execute a space program. Don't mistake those shortfalls for a better engineer program.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts

TimeOut42 Re:Why is CarrierIQ an issue? (130 comments)

The URL is not encrypted when it travels over SSL (https), nether is anything on the request string. So, if you ever see something https://myfavoritebankingsite.com?username=sillyperson&password=1234 then you need to know that the username and password are sent in the 'clear'. Just to be clear, I mean unencrypted.

If the URL was encrypted then the packet would have to wander across the entire network hoping to find its destination.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts

TimeOut42 Re:Old news - maybe not (130 comments)

Do you really think that the carrier doesn't already know that information? Your ISP does get that information; it has to route your packets using something other than magic fairy dust. They even use that information to shape their traffic and optimize their proxy servers.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts

TimeOut42 Re:Why is CarrierIQ an issue? (130 comments)

So do those 3rd party SMS apps, email clients, dialers, etc. This is strange or unusual; it just got a lot of press.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts

TimeOut42 Re:Other devices. (130 comments)

err, Silk.....

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts

TimeOut42 Re:Don't confuse the masses with legalese please (130 comments)

Go to jail over what? Nobody has really proved anything. Driving a car is dangerous under any scenario; someone should go to jail over this!

Bottom line, knee jerk report about stuff showing up in the logcat; research done. I didn't see anyone listening on the wire to see what was actually being sent, how it was being sent or give Carrier IQ and the carriers a chance to explain. It was just people with pitchforks and torches.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts

TimeOut42 Re:Old news (130 comments)

Haha, this post reminds me of the commercial where the girl is talking about her parents and the internet; where she read an article, well part of an article......

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks

TimeOut42 Re:Ready, fire, aim (529 comments)

You obviously don't have any credit cards. It does cost the consumer and the banks; most people have better things to do than spend time ironing out credit card problems caused by a bunch of snot nosed kids with their blankets around their necks pretending to be superheros. Also, really, calling people names? Do you think that adds to your credibility?

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks

TimeOut42 Oliver Twist (529 comments)

Anon is just a bunch of sheep being led around by their noses by either nation-states or organized crime. They are going to take it to the next step and turn all their 'followers' into Oliver Twist-like characters. Wake up children, you're being had.

more than 2 years ago
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Bradley Manning's Court Date Finally Set

TimeOut42 Re:YES! (523 comments)

That argument might hold a drop of water if he had actually read all the data he released. It would have meant he examined each piece, made an evaluation about whether he though it should be classified. Bottom line, he got caught in the Wikileaks propaganda engine.

more than 2 years ago
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Bradley Manning's Court Date Finally Set

TimeOut42 Re:Leaking Secret documents... not OK (523 comments)

I don't think you get to decide what is secret and what isn't secret or why it was classified to begin with. It is very easy to stand on the sidelines saying that; but if it was your butt on the line I would hope you would give it more than 33 words worth of consideration.

more than 2 years ago
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Bradley Manning's Court Date Finally Set

TimeOut42 Re:And something people need to remember (523 comments)

The other part of the puzzle is that you are only supposed to be using classified information that you need to use. I suspect he'll have a difficult time explaining why he was access that much classified information unless he had the specific intention of releasing it.

more than 2 years ago

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James Webb Space Telescope Petition

TimeOut42 TimeOut42 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TimeOut42 (314783) writes "The Science Friday with Ira Flatow, http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201107152, had a section on today about the funding problems with the James Webb Space Telescope and the potential for the program to be cancelled. The striking part of the program was the description of how close they are to actually finishing the project. It's almost like the Webb Space Telescope is being used as a political football to take a swipe at NASA.

There is a petition started that will be sent to the House and Senate asking that funding not be cut and the program completed.

What does that Slashdot community think? Keep it or cut it loose?

The petition is at change.org (http://www.change.org/petitions/do-not-cancel-funding-for-the-james-webb-space-telescope)"

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