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Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

Virtucon Misleading headline (57 comments)

It should read: "Google and Apple agree to settle after seeing mountain of evidence against them."

Likewise their statements will read something like: "We have agreed to settle this lawsuit in the hopes that it will bring closure to this situation and while we did nothing wrong we will amend our policies to treat all workers fairly. That is until we get caught again."

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Panel Says U.S. Not Ready For Inevitable Arctic Oil Spill

Virtucon I don't think anybody is prepared (60 comments)

There are techniques/tools that are available to clean up spills however I don't think that anybody is truly prepared for a large scale oil spill anywhere on Earth.

4 hours ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Virtucon I prefer "The Time Machine" view (261 comments)

I think we'll evolve into either Eloi or Morlocks. You're either the cattle or the meat eater.

6 hours ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Virtucon Re:It's shown with Google Apps, no thank you. (188 comments)

So the EFF is a bunch of paranoid speculators?

https://www.eff.org/issues/pri...

What about scanning e-mails in possible violation of wiretap laws? http://www.theguardian.com/tec...

How about the EU, are they a bunch of paranoid people? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

How about Google's latest land grab in Chrome, forcing third party developers to put all their apps into Google's Web Store under the guises of making Chrome more secure? Envious of Apple I guess?

Google's business model is making money off of you, you're the commodity so you either go along with it or you just start saying Moo like all the other cattle. I prefer to opt out of Google's practices wherever possible. If that means ripping out Google Search, Maps and other apps that's fine because there are alternatives to them that don't come with all the hidden strings. The whole thread here was based on Cyanogenmod which has provided great ROMs ( I have 6 devices running Cyanogenmod ) without all the bloat and the pure android experience are now creating a phone with, drum roll please, Google bloat and tracking. Sorry, that's not a step in the right direction.

6 hours ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

Virtucon Uh, we've had this for long time. (151 comments)

We've had it for a long time, it's called Ham Radio. Sure you have to get a license but it's trivial nowadays.

13 hours ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Virtucon Re:It's a great car (389 comments)

I liked the Volt but at the time when I purchased my Leaf the Volt was overly priced and a lot of the dealers were scamming the rebates for themselves and selling them as used. It didn't help the Volt's cause.

13 hours ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Virtucon Re:News just in... (389 comments)

I thought it was always not the size of the battery but the magic in it?

13 hours ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Virtucon Requisite Quote: (191 comments)

"Get your ass to Mars!"

yesterday
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"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

Virtucon Re:Seems a bit pointless (107 comments)

The point of this elevator isn't to save you or I a couple of seconds on our trip. It's undoubtedly the increase the throughput on the elevator itself so that it can service more users in a day.

Kind of like a whore house in Nevada?

yesterday
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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

Virtucon Digital Archaeology (154 comments)

Digital Archaeology, whoda thunk it?

yesterday
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Virtucon Re:It's shown with Google Apps, no thank you. (188 comments)

You're kidding right?

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/...

http://www.activistpost.com/20...

Android is the tool that Google is using to enable these things in the mobile space. Hooking you in with Google Apps is how the linkage to all these other data collection realms. Do you think it stops with your mobile device how about tracking you in your home now? It's not so much about the government collecting all of this, it's about commercial data collectors mining you for information, your preferences, your contacts, your phone calls etc. to develop a profile of you and your social network. While most would argue that it is "anonymous" in most cases or that it's for "marketing", it's not because these kinds of things erode your privacy and I chose not to be mined in my day to day activities or interactions with others.

yesterday
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Virtucon Re:Oh Em Gee! (188 comments)

Uh how about those where fucking T-Mobile doesn't work which if you're in BFE Kansas it doesn't. Last time I checked it wasn't working well in NYC either. T-Mobile's network when it does work and you have coverage is fine but for us that move around a bit, we have to either go AT&T or H20. H20 is an alternative if you don't like AT&T's policies and bullshit but still like their network.

yesterday
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Virtucon Re:Companies using OpenSSL should help out (113 comments)

That's the problem with most FOSS projects, people will use them but few will support with either time or finances.

yesterday
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Virtucon Re:It's shown with Google Apps, no thank you. (188 comments)

Actually as an Android Dev I do understand the process and all of my phones/tablets running Android have as much of the Google horseshit removed as possible.
If you want the "Android Compatible" label, you have to sign up to the horseshit. Never mind that your stuff is 100% compatible if you don't have the little blessing and all that comes with it from Google.

While folks might complain about how tightly controlling Apple is of IOS, I'd argue that Google is much more insidious on the shit that they force onto the community.
Play Store is one of those things along with all their bloat search shit. There was another thread today on Slashdot about how much DRM costs in terms of contracts/bandwidth. I'd submit all the horseshit Google tracks on you and your activities is much worse than any DRM related content distribution.

yesterday
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Virtucon Re:Oh Em Gee! (188 comments)

Yeah that's why I use SimpleMobile (TMO Network) and H20 Wireless (AT&T) and unlocked and rooted phones. No more contracts for me and it's been that way for nearly 3 years now.

yesterday
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Virtucon Re:Oh Em Gee! (188 comments)

Use SimpleMobile, H2O Wireless etc. They have better plans and no stench of pink lock-in.

yesterday
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Virtucon It's shown with Google Apps, no thank you. (188 comments)

Sorry, I thought the basis for Cyanogen was to get away from all the bloat and privacy concerns. Now they're displaying a phone with Google Apps onboard? Unless it comes Pre-rooted or with a "remove this shit" button no thanks...

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Virtucon Re:LOL ... (360 comments)

So what you're saying is that both of these professions as practiced are perverse? I can agree with that because both have no value in society although it could be argued that to have a society you have to have law and order. That being the case you could get away with about 90% of the lawyers out there who do nothing but look for opportunities to enrich themselves, like the latest batch of quick 30 second infomercials on Testosterone or the GM recalls. Marketing creates demand for things that we could honestly do without and leads to the profession of Spin Doctors who by all measure should have their requisite members chained to the rusting hulk of the titanic.

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Virtucon Re:LOL ... (360 comments)

Marketing, Lawyers.. all useless.

yesterday
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

Virtucon Re:Your bank balance! (80 comments)

I'm sure any financial institution has already done a vulnerability assessment for this risk and acted accordingly. If not you'll see a few more CSOs and CIOs out on the street shortly.

3 days ago

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Protesters picket in front of Kevin Rose's Home

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about two weeks ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another anti-tech protest happened this weekend outside of Kevin Rose's home in San Francisco. Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and a Google Ventures partner was targeted with a protest and leaflets were handed out "warning" the neighbors that he is destroying San Francisco.

The anarchistic group protesting Kevin was called Counterforce and has demanded that Google Pay $3 billion. The group has called for the creation of "autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California."

I don't know about you but if two women held up a protest banner threatening to snip something off I'd be a bit concerned."

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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 4 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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23AndMe Ordered To Stop Selling DNA tests.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 4 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science. It seems that 23andMe has been slow in responding to the FDA with regards to the testing and methods used in the Personal Genome Service (PGS) as the main reason for the order. The issues were outlined in the order the FDA sent on 11/22. "
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GOCE satellite is falling to Earth but Scientists don't know where.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 5 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer or GOCE Satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend. It weighs over a ton and unfortunately the Scientists don't exactly know where it will land. You can track it here. It should re-enter sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Makr Hopkins, chair of the National Society's Executive Committee said: "The satellite is one of the few satellites in a Polar Orbit. Consequently, it could land almost anywhere,"

The GOCE mission was to create an accurate gravity map of the Earth."
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Engineers Create Urine Powered Robot

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 5 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Using the idea that urine can be used to generate electricity, Engineers in the UK have developed a prototype pump that mimics the human heart. This pump presumably could be used to deliver urine to waste powered fuel cells.

‘We speculate that in the future, urine-powered EcoBots could perform environmental monitoring tasks such as measuring temperature, humidity and air quality,’ said lead researcher Peter Walters of the University of the West of England (UWE), which runs the BRL with Bristol University.

Are pee powered robots in our future? Could the technology be used to power vehicles and would you want it? I mean would you buy a $90,000 Tesla if it smelled like urine all the time?"
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pics and Links of Max Mosley

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 6 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "This one goes to the old adage "closing the stable door after the horse bolted." A French court on Wednesday ruled that Google must remove from its search results photos of a former Formula One racing chief, Max Mosley, participating in an Nazi-themed orgy. Google could be fined up to 1,000 Euros/day for not complying. What's strange here is that Mosley A) Sued in a French Court B) Didn't go after anybody else other than Google and C) has definitely strange tastes in extracurricular activities. In this day and age it's laughable to think that once your private photos/videos hit the Internet that you have any expectation of reigning them in or filtering the embarrassing parts out. Google isn't the only game in town so to speak in terms of Internet search. I wonder if his lawyers checked out Yahoo or WebCrawler? Of course Google plans to appeal the decision to ... be able to show pics of an old man getting er um never mind..."
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New Allegations of large scale data collection by the NSA on Google and Yahoo

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 6 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another revelation of a new program that goes beyond PRISM, this program called MUSCULAR which gets around sticky US laws by relying on the GCHQ. If true this may actually start to get Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to start flexing some of the legal and lobbying muscle in Washington to outlaw this kind of crap.
David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google has said:


"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform."

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California Public Utilities Commission approves Ride Sharing Services

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 7 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ride Sharing Services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar received a big boost today when the California Public Utilities Commission approved rules that would allow them to continue to operate as long as the followed a few rules. This makes California the first state to adopt such rules and is expected to preempt local governments who are trying to clamp down on these services and try to regulate them like local taxi companies."
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How do you deal with software publishers who ignore known Vulnerabilities?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 9 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "If you have a software publisher who ignores vulnerabilities or distributes software that has third party dependencies that have vulnerabilities, what do you do about it when they ignore the situation? I mean if they keep distributing updates and the vulnerabilities still are present, other than not using the application anymore or reporting it what can you do? Shame them publicly? Also what if it's a home-use product vs. an enterprise product, do you treat those differently?"
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Labor Department wanted $1 million for e-mail addresses of political appointees.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "

The AP asked for the addresses following last year's disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged—but often happens anyway—due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.

The reason for the $1 million dollar request was to do research including going to backup tapes. Some of the information has been turned over to AP but it still seems that the government just can't get their hands on e-mail addresses for their own people."
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Federal Magistrate rules in favor of accused in decryption issue.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  1 year,1 day

Virtucon (127420) writes "U.S. Magistrate William Callahan Jr. of Wisconsin has ruled in favor of the accused in that he should not have to decrypt his storage device. The US Government had sought to compel Feldman to provide his password to obtain access to the data. Presumably the FBI has had no success in getting the data and had sought to have the judge compel Feldman to provide the decrypted contents of what they had seized.

The Judge ruled:

This is a close call, but I conclude that Feldman’s act of production, which would necessarily require his using a password of some type to decrypt the storage device, would be tantamount to telling the government something it does not already know with ‘reasonably particularity’—namely, that Feldman has personal access to and control over the encrypted storage devices. Accordingly, in my opinion, Fifth Amendment protection is available to Feldman. Stated another way, ordering Feldman to decrypt the storage devices would be in violation of his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

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Google is pushing back on law enforcement requests for access to Gmail accounts

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ars technica has an interesting article on how Google is handling requests from law enforcement for access to Gmail accounts. With the recent Petraeus scandal where no criminal conduct was found, it seems that they're re-enforcing their policies and standing up for their users.

"In order to compel us to produce content in Gmail we require an ECPA search warrant," said Chris Gaither, Google spokesperson. "If they come for registration information, that's one thing, but if they ask for content of email that's another thing."

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MIT Researchers find that some Android apps collect information when off

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "MIT Researchers have discovered that some Android applications collect personal information including Google Maps even when they are off. Maybe Free isn't so great after all?

From the Article: " After evaluating 36 applications — ranging from popular games such as Angry Birds to text-messaging platforms, social media applications and photography applications — researchers found that most applications collect personal information about their users even when the phone is not in operation. Shih and Zhang found that applications tracked everything from location information to stored contacts and the device's Web history.""

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Judge Refuses Appeal in Kim DotCom case for extradition

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.

The previous order had required the FBI to disclose an extensive amount of documentation to support its application for Dotcom’s extradition. As noted by NZ’s LawGeekNZ blog, the disclosure would cover communications between US authorities and the MPAA and RIAA on behalf of copyright owners.

This had been resisted by the US, which requested a judicial review. This has now been completed, and in a 51-page judgment (available at LawGeekNZ), Judge Winkelmann has dismissed the application."

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New Mineral found in Metorite.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The new mineral was found embedded in the Allende meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1969. Since 2007, geologist Chi Ma of Caltech has been probing the meteorite with a scanning electron microscope, discovering nine new materials including panguite."
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Facebook on a slide based on User Data?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A recent report from analyst firm comScore said that unique U.S. visitors to Facebook dropped slightly in May compared to April and March. But an analysis of additional comScore data suggests that the slowdown could be more significant and longer lasting. Falling traffic could be a concern to investors, who justify Facebook's high market value by pointing to its growth potential."
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Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon writes "German physicists say they've built a heat engine measuring only a few micrometers across which works as well as a normal-sized version — although it sputters, they admit.

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems say that the engine does basically work, meaning there's nothing, in principle, to prevent the construction of highly efficient, small heat engines."

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