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Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs

ashidosan Re:Did Google forget...? (230 comments)

The fact that you or anyone else thinks it's not legal is mind-boggling to me.

Not that I think this needs a stupid analogy, but here's one anyway: This is like sitting in a busy intersection on a public street and writing down everything audible that is said.

To bring this analogy to a home, it's like standing out on (again) the public street, writing down everything you hear people say who are shouting out their own open windows. Why would anyone think this is illegal, and how could the persons speaking in either of these scenarios have any realistic expectation of privacy?

more than 3 years ago

Bill Clinton Says 'Paint Your Roofs White'

ashidosan Re:What about those that live in colder climates? (722 comments)

Then I guess the way to solve this is by not pedantically applying simple advice unilaterally to the point of parody?

That's crazy talk.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Debunks UK Census Hack

ashidosan Re:Tweet first (93 comments)

Slashdot users, or...?

more than 2 years ago

Google Wallet: the End of Anonymous Shopping

ashidosan Scare tactics (253 comments)

information about your Doritos purchases to rearrange their wares

Truly, this is a nightmare made real.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Android Security Practices?

ashidosan Re:Install a firewall (173 comments)

Fortunately, some of us are smart enough not to click every stupid shiny thing we see in the web, or even use operating systems extremely vulnerable to this type of attack.

any other computer

Not all operating systems are created equal, nor have the same attack surface. Not arguing against the usefulness of a firewall here, but what good is antivirus if most (of the really bad) exploits are zero-day? If you don't apply the remaining security patches, well, that's really a different issue.

Your post assumes a great degree of naiveté, but all users are not created equal either.

Besides, the post you're attacking wasn't even the poster who claims AV on a phone is stupid.

more than 3 years ago

New Alureon Rootkit Takes Malware To New Level

ashidosan Re:A silly question (135 comments)

Yes, I can see how a tab far outside the physical storage media would physically prevent the write heads from touching the floppy (which, I think, was the point GP was trying to make).

more than 3 years ago

Bin Laden's Sneakernet Email System

ashidosan Re:The Onion Router (240 comments)

Tor may hide the endpoints to a midpoint party, but you can bet it would only be a matter of time before the closest exit node to Pakistan would be honeypotted.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Could Face Developer Exodus On PSN

ashidosan Re:Try something new (186 comments)

due to the security settings I have

You mean, the defaults? Thanks for sharing.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Could Face Developer Exodus On PSN

ashidosan That's right (186 comments)

developers who rely on PSN revenues may jump ship if they aren't compensated

I was going to hack my firmware and distribute my PSN-capable homebrew software, but now that Sony has shown they care nothing for its users, I'll take my business elsewhere.

more than 3 years ago

Unarchiver Provides LGPL RARv3 Extraction Tool

ashidosan Re:Yay piracy! (183 comments)

Indeed. And then, when one of these services randomly decides they don't want these files (which happens often), you're stuck with no parts 14-17 of 31 of your download.

The advantage of splitting to small files USED to be to post them to Usenet.

Assuming Usenet ever existed, that is.

more than 3 years ago

Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery

ashidosan Re:DailyKos (418 comments)

Instead the collective socialist mentality at that cesspool beats down and oppresses opposing opinions every chance it gets.

Welcome to the Internet.

more than 3 years ago

77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network

ashidosan Re:passwords? (645 comments)

Which meant you had to provide a credit card whether you were ever going to buy anything or not.

Where did you get this information from? I have a PSN account, and have never entered my credit card into my PS3 (nor used it for PSN purchases).

more than 3 years ago

PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

ashidosan Re:There's some karma for you, Mikey (404 comments)

The PSN login is there, and you have to pretend to log in, and it will tell you that "PSN is currently undergoing maintenance" with the option to close the message. Then, Netflix works.

Though, it does sometimes begin doing that inexplicable PSN-login-cycling thing it sometimes does, like when you leave Netflix idling too long.

more than 3 years ago

Blender 2.57 Released — and It's Easy To Use!

ashidosan Re:Great... (221 comments)

NO SINGLE PERSON can know all of 3d graphics

That's funny, but incorrect.

more than 3 years ago

The New Commodore 64

ashidosan Re:April 1st called... (339 comments)

Oh my gosh! Did you warn them? About the dropdowns?

Slashdot became unreadable that day!

more than 3 years ago

The Case Against GUIs, Revisited

ashidosan Re:First post (720 comments)

On Android, it does this by default. I think my Windows Mobile 6.0 phone and previous "dumb" Motorola phone did this as well. Just start dialing the number, and if it's in your contact list, it will display.

more than 3 years ago

Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum

ashidosan Re:Correlation is not Causation (490 comments)

This ^. My kids already are enjoying Khan Academy.

Also, it took quite a few seconds before I remembered that Algebra II was optional at my high school (back in '94), though I partook.

more than 3 years ago



Google Engineer Sponsors Next Kinect Bounty

ashidosan ashidosan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ashidosan (1790808) writes "Hot on the tails of the Adafruit competition, Matt Cutts (search spam engineer at Google) is sponsoring two more $1000 bounties for projects using the Kinect. The first $1000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second goes to the person or team that makes it easier to write programs using the Kinect on Linux."


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