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The Big Biz of Spying On Little Kids

ccguy Re:Is this a big deal? Don't we want it? (111 comments)

The bigger bonus to this is that it teaches children that constant surveillance is OK and expected.

To be honest I think doing this to children is a lot better than doing it to adults. I mean, adults are doing nothing about it, but children will quickly learn that they are under surveillance at all times and will take extreme measures to counter it. I don't know of any child who isn't an expert on defeating their parents control techniques, whatever they are.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

ccguy Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

Did you get a raise? I mean, with all that extra experience you didn't have when you signed up...

about 2 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

ccguy Re:The only features ... (243 comments)

My phone needs to, in order of decreasing importance
1) Play Ingress.

...
I can live without the voice calls.

I have the same problem with my oven. In decreasing order of importance it needs to

1) Print both sides
2) Have a fax
3) Scan documents

Seriously...Have you considered the possibility that what you need is not a phone?

about 2 months ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

ccguy Re:Yea, because glassholes will have learned (363 comments)

That you even need to ask clearly indicates that your moral development as a person has failed. But by all means, try it, break common decency and see what it gets you.

So far no issues. Not everyone is a real asshole worrying about what I do or don't. Everyone that has approached me about Glass just wanted to try it out. Only time I was asked not to carry it (at a posh restaurant where everyone was taking pictures with their phones) I just took it off (note: Now I wouldn't, because I have prescription lenses - if I can't wear glasses at a restaurant I just go somewhere else).

Anyway the fact that you think my moral development has failed because I wear Glass really says a lot about you. Wearing Glass is enough for you? Nothing else matters?

about 3 months ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

ccguy Re:Recording where you are look challenges P7 (363 comments)

Glasses possibly recording anything when someone is doing something people do naturally (just looking around) is what creeps a lot of people out.

If you are on the street and I record you with Glass, not only I need to be close but I also need to be stopped and looking at you. Directly. You are going to notice for sure. The option of course is that I just walk by and get a useless shot. You probably won't notice though. However if I take my phone out of my pocket and fake it a bit I can probably get a lot of video before you realize I'm recording you.

About surveillance, I must say I prefer there's lots of cameras on the streets controlled by regular citizens than lots of cameras controlled by the government.

about 3 months ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

ccguy Re:Yea, because glassholes will have learned (363 comments)

I expect that getting beaten up, arrested and the like will make even the worst glasshole realize that what they are doing is completely unacceptable.

Can you elaborate on what you think, exactly, Glass users are doing other than carrying a device on their face? What do you think a Glass user can do that a phone user can't?

Really - the camera on Glass is not useful at all to record or photograph someone without them knowing. If I take a picture of you at 10 meters the picture is useless. There's no zoom, no flash... however if I take a $99 camera with a 8x optical focus I can easily take the picture from a distance and no one is going to look at me funny because I'm taking pictures on the street.

So to sum it up: Get a life. If you see me with Glass just ignore me. I'm not taking pictures of you (or anyone else). I just like the convenience of not taking the phone out of my pocket.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

ccguy Re:Take medicine away from the wizards (255 comments)

Apple could be in a position to leverage advances in sensing technology to make medicine cheaper and much more accessible.

Low prices is Apple's motto all right

about 5 months ago
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The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities

ccguy Re:Freeloaders (120 comments)

Who, happen to be who? That's right, users(consumers)! :* At the end of the day, open source was made to attract people who can improve code, and in order for i to happend, they need to use code in the first place! Oh, and btw, you are also wong about developers. I am no developer, but I submit bugs to Firefox, etc, so I am part of development progress. I suggest ideas too! So define freeloader. User != freeloader. If I sugget someoen OSS, am I still freeloader? I do marketing for developer too?

I think the first thing you need to do is chill, then install a spell checker :-)

about 6 months ago
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The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities

ccguy Re:Freeloaders (120 comments)

Why? The reason to open source is (usually) to get more developers involved.

about 6 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

ccguy Re:"Class Divide"? (292 comments)

I wish I had mod points. This is the fundamental problem with Google Glass.

The fundamental problem is people assuming that if I'm wearing Glass I must be recording them. Eventually this fear will go away. Glass is the worst possible device to record/picture anything without being noticed. There's no zoom, you can't really aim (you must be looking at the target, and you will just get a picture of the general area you are looking at).... really, sucks for that.

Glass is a nice toy, but not because it makes spying easier, which as I said, it doesn't.

In general, if you see someone with Glass, you can bet they're actually playing with it and totally ignoring you -or anyone else for that matter-, at least if they just got it. If they've had it for a few months then nothing is happening, except that they might get the occasional notification.

I think we will get used to it, same as we do with cell phones, and an acceptable etiquette will develop.

about 7 months ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

ccguy Re:Ready or not (469 comments)

knowing my name will not be a positive thing for you, as you obviously do not give a monkeys about me just

I don't give a shit about your name until you already told it to me in the past and for some reason you are again close to me, possibly about to say 'hey, do you remember me?'

You do not want to be known as the creepy socio-path with Google glass.

You really haven't used it, have you?

I could complain to the event organisers who would probably ask you to remove your google glass or have you ejected from the building if you refused.

That's fine. I probably don't want to be with you anyway if you can't leave me alone.

There is no need to get involved with you in a physical confrontation. In fact if I really wanted all I need to do is mention to a female colleague that you are scanning her with google glass and you will be ejected and possibly police called.

WTF do you think Glass is?

about 7 months ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

ccguy Re:Ready or not (469 comments)

In other words you realize that "no one" consents to this, so what makes you think it's ok to do it anyhow?

There's a difference between not bothering to opt in and not consenting.

I don't care if someone who already has me in their contact uses this software on me - I understand, if they're like me and we just talked a few times in some social event most likely my face rings a bell but they can't put a name to it.

However I'm not going to bother going to a website to opt in. How would that work anyway?

about 7 months ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

ccguy Re:Ready or not (469 comments)

How about letting us opt in to the database?

No one would opt in so it's not a good idea.
Anyway there's good ways to do this, for example ID the person IF they are in one's contacts. I have lousy memory. Of course I know my friends, but in places are a conference I meet lots of people that I eventually find the next year or whatever, they ring a bell and I know we even talked for a bit but I can't remember their names. I don't think it's too intrusive since I've met them and they told me their names that Glass reminds me - maybe even some extra info, such as "You know them from Google I/O 2012.".
By the way, to all the idiots saying they would punch me if I was wearing Glass close to them: First, eventually you will be outnumbered. Second, the fact that you would hit someone for no reason other than you don't like what they might be doing says a lot about you. And third, things might go wrong for you, Glass is hands free so I'm likely to return the punch.

about 7 months ago
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Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords

ccguy Re:We needed a study for this?!? (299 comments)

complete failing of organizations to have or heaven forbid enforce policies about password practices

Most of the time the problem is the opposite. Absurd policies and a delusion of the password being important to the user. And lately, the retarded concept of the security questions that the user cannot choose (or can choose from a set or around the same 10 in every site).

For like 95% of the sites I don't give a shit if my account if hacked. I use the same password for most of those sites (if they are too retarded with requirements I might add a few 0s or #s at the end). If you make me change the password even if once a year then I'm not going back to your site because I don't care much about it in the first place. So I'll forget the new password.

-Passwords on sticky notes on monitors.
-Passwords shared with co-workers, that have not been granted access.
System does not require default password to be changed.

None of these are user problems. They are system design problems which I can translate to this:

- They make me change the password every 90 days, so I have to write it down.
- Danny needs to access credit card information because it's part of his job to do refunds but they won't give him access because for some reason that also means they have to give him access to XXX (they have one permission for two things) so I have to type my password at his terminal 10 a day. I cannot be interrupted that much, or I might not be around, etc, so I just let him use my password.
- My sysadmin uses the same default password for everyone.

about 8 months ago
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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

ccguy Re:just leave (845 comments)

If I'm sitting in a restaurant and there's someone on the next table pointing a camera phone at me then I am going to complain.

It's not going to be pointed at you. It will be pointed to the person in front of the owner - much more likely to complain than you if needed. I still haven't met anyone who has actually tried Glass for a second and then complained about it being intrusive for others. Really, it's not. I cannot record without you knowing (I would have to be staring at you and if I do that then I'm annoying regardless or whether I'm wearing Glass or not). Also keep in mind that Glass has no zoom, so recording from a distance is really pointless.

about 8 months ago
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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

ccguy Re:This guy sounds like a whiny bitch (845 comments)

And if the glasshole from the story had put his Google Glass in his pocket,

You can't. Glass the (obvious) design flaw of not having fold-able temples. It's one piece, so you can't easily put it away.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Autofill Wants To Store Users' Credit Card Info

ccguy Re:Awfully hard to trust Facebook (123 comments)

I don't even trust those guys with a browser cookie, much less a credit card.

Two notes:
1) It's their cookie :-)
2) I don't think the facebook guys need your credit card to buy shit :-) Of course from the credit card number they can tell which bank you use, which I'm sure they can leverage somehow.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers

ccguy Re:Netflix (215 comments)

AIUI when a TV show is made it is typically made for and owned by a TV network in it's home country (or sometimes for expensive shows several TV networks in different countries). That TV network (or networks) then sells the rights to it to other TV networks arround the world.

That business model makes a lot of sense if you need the local network to distribute your product.
However technology now allows to cut the middleman. Plus I'm quite sure the Spanish networks wouldn't even blink at allowing the content provider to distribute in internet (as long as it wasn't free). They're quite clueless.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers

ccguy Re:Netflix (215 comments)

Whoever pays $22.99 for half a season, or any other TV show, when it is available on Netflix is beyond me.

What's beyond me is why AMC, HBO, etc, insist on not taking my money. It's Euros, OK, but really - they can be exchanged to USD and then used for everything. I can write a walk through should the network exec consider my proposal interesting.

about 10 months ago
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How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

ccguy Re:Follow up (205 comments)

Requiring a user, after the fact, to recall an error message is futile. They simple have seen to many varied ones and their brain goes 'oh an error message' not 'oh a 504 error' or 'oh a invalid data type error'.

Believe it or not a user that doesn't remember the error message is not the worst kind of user.

I have some users that love translating text errors into numeric error themselves. Any time a page doesn't load, it's a 404. So that's what they report. "I'm trying to connect to thisdomaindoesntexist.com and I'm getting a 404."

1 year,11 days

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Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

ccguy ccguy writes  |  about 9 months ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "It seems that while Google could really care less about your site and has no real interest in hacking you, their automated bots can be used to do the heavy lifting for an attacker.

In this scenario, the bot was crawling Site A. Site A had a number of links embedded that had the SQLi requests to the target site, Site B. Google Bot then went about its business crawling pages and following links like a good boy, and in the process followed the links on Site A to Site B, and began to inadvertently attack Site B."

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Apple revises warranty policies in Europe to comply with UE laws

ccguy ccguy writes  |  about a year ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "Apple revised its warranty policy in Italy last year after being hit with a €900,000 fine for not complying with an EU-mandated two-year term. The company has today revised the terms of its warranties in France, Germany and Belgium, specifying that customers are entitled to repairs and replacements of their Apple products for a full two years after purchase, and not just one as previously stated. No word yet on when the rest of the EU will see those changes, but it would now seem to be just a matter of time before other countries get the new terms as well."
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Where do geeks buy furniture?

ccguy ccguy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "I'm going to visit California in a few months. One of the perks of going to the US used to be the ability to buy oversized things in any store — everything from shoes to chairs, or things that just weren't sold in Europe. Now, I'm trying to locate a few furniture stores to bring a large recliner home and other typical geek things. I refuse to believe that people in the US buy that online, without a proper testing. So well, where do US slashdot users go for their geeky furniture?"
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Australia cigarette plain packaging law upheld by court

ccguy ccguy writes  |  about 2 years ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "Australia's highest court has upheld a new government law -which had been challenged by tobacco companies- on mandatory packaging for cigarettes that removes brand colours and logos from packaging. The law requires cigarettes to be sold in olive green packets, with graphic images warning of the consequences of smoking."
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Spanish superjudge to represent Assange

ccguy ccguy writes  |  about 2 years ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "Spanish ex-judge Balsazar Garzón will represent wikileak's Julian Assange in his extradiction case.
In the past 30 years Garzón has led the most important investigations in Spain: Against drug cartels, against terrorist groups (ETA), and against corruption. He's also famous for his attempt to extradite Chilean dictator Pinochet to Spain to judge him for crimes against humanity.
In his last investigation Garzón ordered in-prison conversations between corrupt politicians and their lawyers to be monitored. This is legal in Spain if the goal is to prevent further crimes to be committed (such as the inmate telling his lawyer to destroy evidence, or offshore funds). This caused Garzón to be disbarred as a judge. The president of the Supreme Court that signed this disbarment (Carlos Dívar) has later on made to resign, after it was discovered that he used taxpayers money for deluxe vacations."

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Moneybookers: Send us your DNA or else

ccguy ccguy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "A few days ago I got an email from moneybookers (supposedly a good alternative to paypal) regarding my account: They want me to send them full color copies of my ID, as well as other documents, for my security. Given that you can open bank accounts, requests loans and access lots of private data with the information they asked for, I asked them to just terminate my account and send my balance (around 400 euros) to my bank account. They replied 3 days later saying that they are sorry to see me go, and that they would terminate my account as soon as they get the documents they asked. So basically, they're robbing me 400 euros. Now, I'm not going to let them get away with this. Without spending lots of money in lawyers, what would be the most efficient way to make them reconsider? Is there a place in the European Union that a lawyerless citizen cand send a formal complaint about this kind of abuse?"
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Dealing with adwords' trademark team

ccguy ccguy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ccguy writes "Recently I started an adwords campaign (details omitted as I don't want this to look as an ad). Anyway, the text used the word "torrent". I got an email from google saying that someone (no info given) claimed torrent as a trademark, so I can't use it. Torrent is 1) A common word 2) My wife's last name. I'm sure some else has already found this wall. Can something be done, other than choose a different word?"
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sourceforge stats working and up-to-date

ccguy ccguy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ccguy writes "After a couple of months (since their move to Chicago), sourceforge's statistics system is finally online, and backlog processing is expected to complete in 24 hours. Good news for everyone in the community that cares about the download counter."
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Subtitles site shut down in Spain

ccguy ccguy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ccguy writes "According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, a Spanish site dedicated to subtitles was shut down after its ISP received a letter from FAP (Spanish antipiracy agency). Spanish legislation is permissive towards these kind of sites as long as they are non-profit, so after the owner threatened to sue the ISP, the site went back online."
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Microsoft bids $45 billion for Yahoo

ccguy ccguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ccguy writes "Microsoft made an unsolicited $44.6 billion cash and stock bid for Yahoo Friday, a deal that shakes up the competitive and lucrative market for Internet search. The deal would pay Yahoo shareholders $31 a share, which represents a 62% premium from Thursday's closing price. Complete details at CNN."
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Google forced not to index a citizen's data

ccguy ccguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "According to Spanish newspaper El Pais (in Spanish), a high school principal in Spain was fined for urinating in the street. He couldn't been notified in person, so the fine was published in paper (and PDF, of course). Now each time the students looks him up in google they find out what his principal did.
The principal seeked protection from the Spanish Data Protection Agency which is making google delete all references to the event."
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EU: Telcos don't have to identify p2p users

ccguy ccguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ccguy (1116865) writes "According to El Pais (article in Spanish), Promusicae, yet another Spanish IP rights association sued Telefónica -largest telco- because it refuses to identify users. The Spanish law is clear: Non profit sharing is not a crime. The judge however, asked the European Union whether there's any directive on this. Answer: If there's no crime personal information must be kept private."
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