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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

alphatel Re:Not at all accurate (39 comments)

My connection is on a dynamic IP address. The best any of those services can do is tell you what city my ISP's router is in, and one of the three services tested by iplocation.net (the service pointed to by TFA) managed to get it wrong. And, I'm not the least bit impressed by the claim that the author's location was correct withing 5 miles, as that still leaves anybody looking for you with just over 78.5 square miles to search.

So how inaccurate is something if you are generating this data all the time, wherever you travel, from one ISP to another, and post your subliminal text images all over the place. Suddenly a fuzzy picture starts to look much clearer, and you can be pinpointed with reasonable accuracy.

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

alphatel Re:Well (173 comments)

This is almost not certainly the app you have been curious about. The company called Whisper Systems was started by Moxie Marlinspike, a highly respected cypherphunk. Their app is called redphone. The "whisper" app, though, is made by a company called Whisper, which has close DoD ties and all sorts of red flags.

The similarity in names is no coincidence. I think this is actually a deliberate attempt to spread distrust about phone crypto apps.

Perhaps you've read into it too much. Storing everyone's data is certainly a truth of the app, and whisper already says they will hand over data when requested.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisper_(app)

3 days ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

alphatel grow your own (236 comments)

"...there are very real discussions about automating jobs there now,"

How about automating jobs here now. Wouldn't it be just as cheap, more secure and faster to ship if you kept automation in your own country?

about two weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

alphatel Re:Some content should be avoided... (171 comments)

You have admitted to a copyright violation that, according to the precedent set in Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum, carries a penalty of $21,774 per song shared. Please stand against the wall over there along with 50% of the population of the planet that has violated IP enough IP laws to generate more money in fines than they will ever make in their lifetime.

You mean generated more money in fines than the corporations would ever earn in their lifetime.

about three weeks ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

alphatel Re:Wager (308 comments)

Five bucks says that before the end of the month, Monsantos' legal department sends them a cease-and-desist order and claims prior art on their accomplishment.

Monsanto Letter to USPTO ...infringing on our mark [see attached]...
Patent "Employee" (working from unknown location on Sept 30th at 11:59 PM): Opens prior art. Enclosed is ASCII drawing of a farmer.
USPTO Response to Monsanto: Seems Legit.

about three weeks ago
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Stanford Promises Not To Use Google Money For Privacy Research

alphatel Re:If Stanford and Google both say it... (54 comments)

Both Stanford and Google say the change in funding was unrelated to the previous research.

Well that certainly puts the issue to bed.

More proof that both willingly lie, because : money.

about three weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

alphatel confused (358 comments)

How exactly is this supposed to make the end user feel good about either U2 or Apple?

about 1 month ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

alphatel Re:The problem with Smart Genes (269 comments)

The genes are obviously smart enough to hide from researchers.

And you.

about a month ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

alphatel Re:Where are the HD photos of the excavation site? (92 comments)

The journalist was there and made only these two dark small close-up photos? And that's it? Was it a problem to shoot 7 - 10 HD photos from different viewpoints at this great excavation site and publish them together with the text?

The journalist was too busy breaking out the dictionary
... a pair of carved stone sphinxes, mythological creatures with the body of a lion and the head of a human

about a month ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

alphatel Put it this way (789 comments)

Forget about MAD or Deterrence. The only MADness here is Putin. If he does what he says what he will do (and he seems to rarely back down from anything due to his massive ego), most of the First World countries are going to immediately join forces to invade and permanently occupy Russia. This is obviously much harder than it sounds, and with lots of radioactive fallout there will be far more civilian causalities than in any other war ever imagined. The only question is - can Putin visualize the worst case scenario at all or has he completely lost his mind?

about a month and a half ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

alphatel Re:The unpopular opinion (588 comments)

There are several diets out there- particularly Keto, that people have had a lot of success with. In just 2 months I almost lost 30 pounds (call it water weight all you want) and it was a low carb, high fat diet. My bad cholesterol even went down a couple points, and I still feel like I have my muscles. There is a lot of research supporting this idea out there, if you realize that the FDA is probably bought out by people who make high-carb, high-profit foods.

The old school food triangle is garbage. Schools feed kids based on guidance from the govt and look what we get. Sugary sodas, high carb grains, meal replacement candy. None of this is for your health. The real problem is that none of it in combination is good for anything but heart disease and diabetes.

The studies on lchf have been out for a while and really put the pressure on the whole concept of shutting down glycogens and generating ketones. As noted in the study, bad cholesterol dives while good cholesterol spikes. I once saw a list of the most unhealthy processed foods that basically has every food group in a single meal. If you ate just one of these a day I think you are certain to die in ten years. Start with fresh meats, fish, nuts, creams and veggies. Leave the carbs for last. Live a long and healthy life.

People seem to forget that those who are 40 today have a good chance of living to 100. Do you want to spend the last 30 years of your life getting heart surgeries, popping blood pressure pills and overprescribed pharmaceuticals? You're just supporting an industry that thrives on your disabilities. Ditch them and the whole damned system of intolerance they offer.

about a month and a half ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

alphatel Re:Anecdotal verification (133 comments)

I've done this for years, and didn't even know it was a thing. Seems to work.

Glug Glug
ZZZZzzzzzz
...
Hey who stole my computer?!

about 1 month ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

alphatel Re:Give them Crimea they said.. (848 comments)

The west must go all out on sanctions. Gonna happen sooner or later.. and later is always bad.

And do you think Germany is going to shut down 1/4 of their GDP by stopping trade with the Superpower next door? Not likely no matter what Putin does.

about 2 months ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

alphatel Re:I do not (117 comments)

49percent

That's my password...

about a month ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

alphatel Re:First post (66 comments)

Can we use it to create an amalgamation of the "average" first post on a /. article?

The Average Image for your first post would look something like this:
>Frist Post (Score: -1)
...

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

alphatel Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

I love how people insist on commenting on what fathers or mothers do to teach their children about reality. If you did not hand them weapons or put them in the line of fire (keep in mind in some countries even that is perfectly acceptable for a 12 year old), then mind your own freekin beeswax. Why is this even a /. story?

Side note? I would do the same with my kids if I actually got up off my ass and stopped typing on computers for 10 minutes. Sad.

about 2 months ago
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Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

alphatel Re:Why would this be good for Twitter's stock?! (84 comments)

some wonder if these bots help or hinder Twitter's stock value.

Hmm. Are some of those that are wondering if it helps Twitter's stock actually bots themselves?

Bots certainly work well for financial companies, aka HFT, etc. I can't see how they hurt the stock value of a service like twitter.

about 2 months ago

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Wikipedia to US Congress: Stop Trolling

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 3 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of "disruptive" edits. These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by @Congressedits.

The biography of former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard". Mediaite's Wikipedia page was modified to label the site as a "sexist transphobic" publication."

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RSA encryption further compromised by NSA engineering

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 7 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "It was revealed in December that the NSA paid RSA $10 million to insert a random number generator with a deceptive NSA backdoor built-in.

A group of professors have found that a second tool, known as the "Extended Random" extension, could help crack a version of RSA's software tens of thousands of times faster.

RSA Chief Technologist Sam Curry declined to say if the government had paid RSA to incorporate Extended Random in its BSafe security kit. An NSA spokeswoman declined to comment on the study or the intelligence agency's motives in developing Extended Random."

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Swedish Politicians find themselves bare as Disqus reveals IDs

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 10 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "The Swedish company Resarchgruppen has cracked the Disqus commenting system, enabling them to identify Disqus users by their e-mail addresses. The crack was done in cooperation with the Bonnier Group tabloid Expressen, in order to reveal politicians commenting on Swedish hate speech-sites.

Also widely discussed (pun intended) in English on reddit and ycomb"

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Politicians & Celebrities Personal Data Stolen in Limo Cloud Service Hack

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "In as yet another Plain Text hack, a company which handles bookings for Limousine companies through an online portal had user credit card, address and personal data exposed, including pickups and activities. These may be the same attackers who recently lifted PR Newswire and Adobe info from the same servers. Beyond the credit card data were important personal notes, including who to contact and what, if any, illicit activity may have occurred in the vehicles.

It must be interesting to have all your data exposed to a group of violent strangers, like the way the rest of the world is exposing itself to the NSA. Shoe, meet foot."
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Wake up, something's happening nearby

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "This morning, millions of residents in the NY Metro Region were awoken by an emergency message issued to their cell phones at 3:30 AM. Another Hurricane Sandy, or perhaps even a tornado watch? No, today an Amber Alert was issued which simply read "LIC/GEX1377 NY 1995 Tan Lexis".

Apparently a bipolar mother kidnapped her child, and police issued the alert in an attempt to help track her down. Is this the new age of messaging where any law enforcement can spam their special cases all over the region?"

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EPA: No Single Cause for Colony Collapse Disorder

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Citing a wide range of symptoms, a federal report released today has concluded that no single event, pesticide or virus can be held responsible for CCD in North American bee colonies. Meanwhile, Europe has moved towards banning neocotinids for two years.

EPA's Jim Jones stated, “There are non-trivial costs to society if we get this wrong. There are meaningful benefits from these pesticides to farmers and to consumers, as well as for affordable food.” May R. Berenbaum, head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a participant in the study, said “There is no quick fix. Patching one hole in a boat that leaks everywhere is not going to keep it from sinking.”"

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Choose your geolocation wisely, shopper.

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Plan on buying Milton that Swingline Stapler he always wanted? Better be sure you're not right next to Initech's office where Staples.com will mark up your price 10% or higher over someone working at Initrode.

A Wall Street Journal investigation found that the Staples Inc. website displays different prices to people after estimating their locations. More than that, Staples appeared to consider the person's distance from a rival brick-and-mortar store, either OfficeMax or Office Depot. If rival stores were within 20 miles or so, Staples.com usually showed a discounted price.

The Journal identified several companies, including Staples, Discover, Rosetta Stone, and Home Depot that were consistently adjusting prices and displaying different product offers based on a range of characteristics that could be discovered about the user."

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Instagram: So long, and thanks for all the pics!

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out. Perhaps most alarming? Underage users are not exempt.
Athough Instagram's terms of service state you must be at least 13 years old to sign up for the service, the new terms indicate that if a youth signs up, they are agreeing that a parent or guardian is aware that their image, username and photos can also be used in ads."

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Charlie Hedbo publishes nude Mohammed, suffers outage

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Potentially adding fuel to an already incensed crowd, satirical French magazine Charlie Hedbo has published an article titled "Intouchables 2", depicting the Prophet Mohammed on several pages in the buff.

Attempts to read the paper have proven difficult as the site is either overloaded or has been brought down."

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RIM CEO Heins: We're not in a a Death Spiral

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel writes ""There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," said CEO Thorsten Heins when he spoke to Canada's CBC Radio Tuesday morning.
"I'm not talking about the company I took over six months ago. I'm talking about the company [in the] state it's in right now."

RIM just had one of its worst quarters in years, delayed its next-generation smartphone platform, and announced layoffs that will affect nearly one-third of the smartphone maker's employees. What's important to keep in mind that these results paint a picture of decisions made months, if not years, ago."

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Backify might have been fraud scheme

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "In early October, new backup service Backify send out press releases announcing free 512GB accounts. A week later, the new accounts were told of an error and price increase for the service. Follow-up to a few days ago, Backify sent an email wanring customers their accounts would be terminated if no billing information was entered.

Flash forward to today and LiveDrive has been sending emails to Backify customers warning them to call their credit card companies and find a replacement backup provider immediately. Apparently backify used the reseller account status as a tool to commit fraud on thousands of customers."

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The geek dress-down dream come true

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "New York has now ranked as the 5th best-dressed city in the nation, behind rival Boston. GQ blames this all on men who "walk down the street in unison, should-to-shoulder, outfitted in tacky black 'Go Out' button-downs, embroidered denim, and product-inspired conflagrations on their head. These are the men that are sapping one of fashion's capitals, stride by douchey stride." What was once a victory for geekdom, walking around in baseball caps and jeans, has catapulted the fashion capital of the world to looking more like a dress rehearsal for Animal House."
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Mister Wong bans everyone

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Mister-Wong sent out an email today to a large number of users, claiming that it could "no longer support spam" on its bookmarking site and would "only be free of charge to private users with 'trusted' status". Attempting to sign in causes the new notice page to appears, with a link to the new pay to bookmark pricing page.

Is social bookmarking doomed to become a paid service for SEO, no different from spammy link directories?"

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US Calls for "unrestricted internet access"

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Hillary Clinton today called for all nations to embrace online freedom, stating that "There is no silver bullet in the struggle against Internet repression. There's no 'app' for that."
The Obama administration says it is ready to help dissidents evade internet restrictions to promote human rights and democracy in repressive states.
One wonders if the administration will help Americans gain internet access post kill-switch or takes issue with this as a typical example of it's right for thee but not for me."

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Demonoid Relocates

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "From the Demonoid.com website:
We are in the process of migrating the site to our new address, Demonoid.ME

Please update your torrents to the new tracker address, inferno.demonoid.me
Additionally, you can re download them and get them with the new address automatically Also, don't forget to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds"

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Old kids on the block

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Those who ponder timeless brands such as Rustler, Victrola or Handi-Wrap might notice that many of these marks were never brought back into 2010 for a face-lift. A few names were acquired by investors, others held by bankruptcy receivers, and many were simply retained by the large firms that dismantled the original corporation. An auction in December seeks to unload many of these popular trademarks. You could be the Lucky-whip to pour yourself a Meister Brau, slip into some Discowear and start building the next Infoseek."
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Angry Voter easily caught by County Police

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Christopher R. Sutherland, 37, of High Falls Road Extension in Catskill was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor, after he allegedly sent an e-mail using the email alias "michael smith", the name of a Catskill town councilman. The criminal email, sent from Angryvotersign@Gmail.com on September 20th, quotes a town of Catskill law stating that political signs should not be placed more than 42 days prior to an election. Subpoenas issued to Google and Mid-Hudson Cable traced the message back to Sutherland, according to the district attorney's office.

Sutherland will be arraigned in Catskill Town Court Nov. 4 — two days after the general election."

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Phone Apps sending location data without notice

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 4 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "It's hardly surprising that apps on cell phones are grabbing customer data, but a recent study showed that unique identifiers of phones, such as IMEI and SIMM, are being sent along with GPS data. Co-authored by Penn State and Duke University the study tested a random batch of free Android apps, and determined that at least half had given away device-based data, including location.
Some applications only leaked this data when showing ads to users, others even when the application was closed. "In some cases, location information was being shared as frequently as every 30 seconds.""

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