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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

bouldin Re:This synopsis (124 comments)

No, they just aren't anywhere "near-human."

yesterday
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

bouldin Re:welcome to the post-9/11 world (191 comments)

The untruths consisted of:

Accusing Republicans of passing the Patriot Act in 2000 â" the stupid law passed Congress 357 to 66, and Senate â" 98 to 1.

No, I said they rammed it through, which is different. The act was introduced by a Republican, and all House Repubs except 3 voted for it. For comparison, 62 Democrats opposed it.

Part of how Republicans rammed it through is by accusing Democrats of being weak on national security. I think you have an idea what I meant.

Accusing Republicans of introducing the civil forfeiture laws â" a mistake you've already acknowledged since.

No, I acknowledged there was history behind civil forfeiture.

It's interesting that you omitted the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, which was part of the Reagan-era ramp up of the War on Drugs. All the articles I've read call that act the turning point in Civil Forfeiture. Now who is lying by omission?

Implying, Republicans are the reason, our Second Amendment right is trampled â" and, at best, is treated as a mere privilege at best. You said nothing on this explicitly, but your post was a reply to mine, where I was talking about the Second Amendment and nothing else.

I don't think any reasonable person would read this thread and think I implied Republicans have trampled the second amendment.

No, you didn't explicitly say "Democrats are innocent", but a lie by omission is still a lie.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.. You have ignored many valid points that I've made (e.g. about NSA Warrantless surveillance) and have cherry-picked and flat-out put words in my mouth.

Let's not beat around the bush. Republicans have (throughout my lifetime) been the advocates of National Security at all costs, and Crime Control at all costs. They have pushed Democrats to the right on these issues by repeatedly accusing them of being weak of national defense, weak on terror, and weak on crime. You are right that Democrats have had a hand in it, but it is very reasonable to say Republicans have more culpability here.

I enjoy lively debate, and would continue this conversation if I thought you were serious about finding the truth. You only seem to want to argue in favor of your tribe, so I'm going to walk away from this conversation.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

bouldin Re:welcome to the post-9/11 world (191 comments)

I didn't actually say anything about the Democrats, but I would agree that they are NOT our last bastion of personal freedoms.

I also would not say Clinton or Obama are especially liberal. To a first approximation, the modern Democratic party is almost exactly like the modern Republican party.

Yeah, you certainly have forgotten everything, that inconveniences your lie-telling...

I appreciate that I may have ruffled your feathers, but you have not come close to proving I've said any lies.

The way to prove or disprove my assertion that Republicans rammed through these laws would be to look at who introduced the indvidual acts, who cosponsored them, who voted for them, and why.

Thanks for the links about Civil Forfeiture laws, I wasn't familiar with all of that history. Personally, I'd like to see more Libertarianism, but I don't think most people who claim that moniker are actually Libertarians at all. If you don't agree with everything the ACLU does, you probably are not a Libertarian.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

bouldin welcome to the post-9/11 world (191 comments)

Why only to police?

Because 9/11.

No, really. This was just another piece of police state bullshit rammed through by Republicans after 9/11, along with warrantless surveillance by the NSA, the Patriot Act, and civil forfeiture laws http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/videos/john-oliver-amplifies-the-absurdity-of-civil-forfeitures-20141006, which allow police to seize your property with only an accusation.

Remember this next time the Republicans get on their soapbox pretending to be Libertarians.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

bouldin Re:Keep Learning (277 comments)

I agree, but good luck convincing HR departments and hiring managers. They all seem to think if you haven't been using that exact language for the past 5 years, you won't be able to do the job.

about two weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

bouldin wonder how big that market is (109 comments)

This doesn't surprise me. Some of the HFA people I've known take naturally to this kind of detail-oriented work that might seem tedious to other people.

I wonder how much of a market there is for high quality software testers. Based on what I've seen, software vendors care a lot about time-to-market, but not so much about software quality.

The ones that do care about quality don't test much beyond functional tests, and the QA folks they pay to break their software are marginalized.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

bouldin Re:All right, allow me to expose my ignorance (647 comments)

Ok so reading the slides they're planning on doing network management (byebye NetworkManager), Local DNS cache (yes please), mDNS responder, LLMNR responder, DNSSEC verification, NTP, sandboxing services and applications, OS/App/Container image formats, stateless systems, atomic node initialisations and updates and more. That is freaking awesome. Not only does it bring Linux distributions closer together.. it also takes the distributions as a whole to a new level. Instead of a kernel + some packages the future will bring us a true (GNU/)Linux/systemd operating system. I can understand this may seem scary to some but personally I really think this is awesome.

Why do they need to reimplement all these things?

I use unbound for DNS, and it's great. It provides caching, DNSSEC, and more. It's a mature, stable project. Why rewrite it?

Same with NTP. Why do they need to sprinkle SysD dust on it? We already have NTP.

I hate NetworkManager, and I'm sure I'll hate whatever SysD project rewrites it. My desktop has a static place in the network. I don't need some bloatware screwing with all my network settings and crashing all the time.

This is one thing I don't like about systemd. All the selling points (e.g. almost everything at http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/why.html) seem to be either:

  • Things I do not want or need, or
  • Things I already have, that are reimplemented "the systemd way."

Another troubling thing is that I've never seen a good description of what "the systemd way" is, or what the grand vision is. It seems to be nebulous, constantly shifting, and constantly expanding with no clear boundaries.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

bouldin Re:hum (647 comments)

I remember Fyodor of nmap claimed that any software that parsed the output from nmap was a derived work.

It sure seems like a stretch, but until there is some case law around this issue, nobody can say for sure.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

bouldin Re:Okay, this is a great idea (647 comments)

Yeah, sorry, I thought you were responding to a different post.

I agree - I'm inclined against systemd, but really just want to see the strongest arguments from both sides so I can make up my mind.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

bouldin Re:Okay, this is a great idea (647 comments)

From the first paragraph on Jude's blog listing fallacious arguments used to support systemd:

This blog post is meant to serve as a repository of common but invalid arguments for using systemd that I and others have had to refute multiple times.

And from the second paragraph:

Please be informed that this post is not meant to be a criticism of systemd or its authors.

The gist is not that systemd is bad, it's that proponents need to develop other arguments. Personally, I think Jude's blog is the most incisive at cutting through emotions and using reason to dissect the systemd controversy.

about three weeks ago
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Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

bouldin Cox is not Rightscorp's enforcer (187 comments)

If Rightscorp has "overwhelming evidence" of repeat infringers (or really, any infringers), they need to sue the offender directly or f**k off. If they don't actually have evidence, then they need to f**k off, then die in a fire, then go f**k off again.

It's not Cox's job to enforce Rightscorp's allegations as if they were court orders.

Judging from the complaint, Cox must feel like it has staked out a secure legal position:

Cox's Privacy Counsel advised Plaintiffs' agent that it has implemented a "policy not to accept or to forward notices such as those sent to us by your firm."

Sounds like Rightscorp didn't like getting the finger, and now they've asked for a *jury* trial. LOL good luck with that, assholes.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

bouldin Re:Explanation of Uber permissions... (234 comments)

NO HE DID NOT. Sorry for yelling, but it's an important point.

Yep, I didn't see the NextWeb response until after my post.

I capitalized that phrase because the poster I was responding to (like many other posters) was confusing accessing data with sending data back to Uber servers. I wanted to draw attention to that distinction.

Go back and read the original GironSec blog post where he even acknowledges explicitly what he (inexcusably, IMHO) failed to do -- that others did after him and surprise! found nothing especially amiss -- before he wrote an inflammatory blog post based on supposition, conjecture and ignorance of context.

I re-read the blog post. I guess you mean in the comments section, where someone posts a link to the NextWeb article, GironSec responds:

I found code that might be used to spy. I didn't say they did. Hidden features. Thanks for linking.

I don't see that GironSec supposed or assumed anything. The Gizmag blog post did, though.

GironSec did establish that:

  • The Uber app includes a roottools library that can detect and use root access.
  • The Uber app includes an semi-weaponized library that is marketed as anti-fraud protection for mobile banking

The next step would be to look through Uber's code and see where it calls these libraries and what triggers the calls. Regardless, this is worthy of security news (and is legitimate research). Uber is not marketed as an anti-fraud, anti-malware tool, and AFAIK it does not advertise extra features on rooted phones.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

bouldin Re:Explanation of Uber permissions... (234 comments)

Those are legitimate explanations for the app to need said access, but that's not what the article is about. The researcher found Uber was SENDING ALL OF THIS BACK TO UBER'S SERVERS.

Sorry for yelling, but it's an important point.

Also, there is no good reason to report back your data pertaining to malware.

about three weeks ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

bouldin Re:First rule of computer security!!! (114 comments)

Product liability law says that manufacturers should be aware of the most current science related to manufacture of their product. They are on the hook for all manufacturing defects. Congress doesn't have to codify the state of the art.

The problem is that the law hasn't decided how software fits in to product liability law, so vendors can argue security defects are not manufacturing defects, but *design* flaws, and they have much less liability for design flaws.

Congress could fix this easily, but legislators are almost entirely hillbillies, low-tech businessmen, amd low-tech lawyers. This is why the USA has one foot firmly in the 20th century.

about three weeks ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

bouldin Re:First rule of computer security!!! (114 comments)

Product liability for software is in a weird limbo where vendors effectively have no liability. So they don't have much reason to care, beyond damage to their brand.

If you read the EULA that comes with software you purchase, it disclaims ALL warranty, and the vendor is not guaranteeing the software will do anything, not even what it says on the box.

I wonder if automotive software might be on different legal ground, since nobody accepts a software license when they buy a car.

about three weeks ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (143 comments)

Well then, sounds like I missed the point. Cheers

about three weeks ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (143 comments)

You sure seem to have missed the point. The AC poster (you?) already lost the argument, whether he responds or not.

I made my point with questions, and the point was that none of the Ubuntu security notices were anywhere near as serious as Microsoft's schannel or OLE vulns.

Unless I missed something in the Ubuntu bulletins, none of those vulns were even suspected of being remote code execution vulns. The AC poster was flat-out wrong in his assessment that the Ubuntu notice had more vulns, and especially wrong that it had more remotely exploitable vulns. I called him out on his bullshit, but at the same time threw him a softball so he could respond if he cared to actually read up and have a reasonable reply.

Sometimes there are people on Slashdot who do seek out intelligent discourse. I was leaving that possibility open, but certainly not holding my breath for it.

about three weeks ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (143 comments)

Thanks for the supportive comment, but you've missed the point.

about three weeks ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

bouldin Re:Delete Your Facebook Account Already (189 comments)

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks

about three weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

bouldin Re:Consciousness versus Intelligence (455 comments)

If I had points, I would mod this up. I'd also highly recommend Descartes' Error by Damasio.

He makes a strong case for his somatic marker hypothesis, which in a nutshell says the body participates in decision making, not just the brain.

Damasio should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand human intelligence.

about three weeks ago

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Google settles Buzz privacy suit

bouldin bouldin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bouldin (828821) writes "This evening, Google e-mailed Gmail users who had been invited to Google Buzz to advise of settlement on a class-action privacy suit. The class action suit alleged privacy breaches due to the default privacy settings when Google rolled out the service. Terms of the settlement include $8 million to cover lawyer fees and fund privacy policy education on the Internet, but do not include cash payouts to Gmail users.

With several outstanding class action privacy suits against Facebook and Zynga, it is interesting to see Google set this precedent. How will Facebook and Zynga respond to their suits?"

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