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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

chihowa Re:worse than crapware (387 comments)

The faster people realize this the better this world will become.

How I stopped worrying and learned to love the creeps.

10 hours ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

chihowa Re:It's sad (387 comments)

Also, OEM/carrier crapware was far more likely to do funky stuff in the background without the user's knowledge/approval than GMS.

I don't have much experience with OEM/carrier crapware, but it must be pretty extreme if people are running to Google to get away from funky stuff happening in the background. GMS is in constant communication with Google and runs with root access and the ability to do/read/install anything without the user's knowledge/approval.

Most people may install CM/AOSP to subsequently install gapps, but I went that way to get Google's creepy feelers out of my phone.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

chihowa Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (489 comments)

...and the grid network has gone to hell.

I'm glad that it's not just me who thinks so. I'm installing a PV setup at home just to have reliable electric service.

3 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

chihowa Re:Folks.... (185 comments)

It's that we trust 400 of them by default in the first place, and any one of them should be easy enough to subvert by a sufficiently powerful nation-state.

Some of them are directly run by nation-states.

3 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

chihowa Re:Folks.... (185 comments)

A decent stepping stone would be to allow multiple CA signatures on a certificate. Then, a user can decide how much they trust a certificate based on which CAs trust that certificate. As an added bonus, and verified through DANE or the like, it would be necessary to compromise multiple CAs in order to present a forged certificate. This moves us toward the big web of trust that you propose.

Once this is set up, we can start pruning the massive implicitly trusted root CA list and bring a little sanity to who we need to "trust". If you haven't done so, take a look a the lists sometime. Your computer/browser completely trust any certificate signed by any one of those foreign governments or unrecognizable organizations. How secure is that?

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

chihowa Re:Completely converted house to LED, 3 have died. (595 comments)

New incandescents and halogen bulbs have markedly short lifespans, too. Most of the old incandescents in my house that are many years (to decades) old are stamped "USA". The older ones that fail are stamped "Mexico" and the newest ones made in China rarely last more than a few months. This generally tracks the age of the bulbs as manufacturing was moved and costs were cut.

If you go to the hardware store, you'll see new halogen bulbs bragging about how they'll "Last 1 Year!!". Sometimes they do, while the ten year old bulbs next to them keep going. I'm hoping that the LED bulbs that I'm replacing them with last longer.

4 days ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

chihowa Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

All of the networking functions are performed by native tools, but I'm not sure of the details. As a fingers-crossed-with-rescue-media-ready experiment, OS X seems to run normally with all of the shells removed (except the terminal and my own scripts, of course).

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

chihowa Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (210 comments)

"Gimme gimme gimme. Mine mine mine!!!" -populous

To be fair, they learned it from watching the ruling class who have already taken most of the pie and left the scraps for the hoi polloi to fight over.

5 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

chihowa Re:Useless Elements and Padding. (248 comments)

I just wished they would make it impossible to use terminals at all anymore so we would never be bothered by such garbage again. I guess Gnome is not as awesome as they thought they were since it is still (technically) possible to fire up a terminal and start, EGAD!, typing. What an archaic concept.

Don't worry. In Gnome 3.swipeup.swipeleft, the terminal will be replaced by a multitouch paint program where you enter all of your commands from an arcane collection of gestures! Four-finger-left, three-finger-pinch, tap for the win!

5 days ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

chihowa Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

The (ancient) version of bash that ships with OS X appears vulnerable. Luckily, as a remote exploit, only authenticated ssh sessions and cgi scripts etc expose it, so most single user workstations (of all OSs) should be safe.

If this is a bash exploit, and not a Linux exploit, why all of the focus on Linux in the article? I use bash on many different OSs.

about a week ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

chihowa Re:Depends on the specs. (252 comments)

Nice, but not going to happen. Any processing that can be done locally can be done server-side. The hit to the user experience caused by latency and data usage is well worth the data available for mining and the built-in obsolescence from server dependence.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

chihowa Re:min install (221 comments)

Those of us who build and maintain large-scale Linux infrastructures would be happy to see a highly specific, highly stable mainstream distro that had no desktop package or dependency support whatsoever, so was not beholden to architectural changes made due to desktop package requirements.

He's talking about systemd. That's the only real architectural change that affects the server installs of many desktop/server distros. I don't know why he couldn't just come out and say it, though.

As you say, Gentoo or Slackware will still let you make "thin" servers if you feel the need for that.

about a week ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

chihowa Re:Finally someone decides to do something (468 comments)

I agree and am happy to see this fork. As unpopular as it may make me, I actually like the initd functionality of systemd. I'm fine with using and writing the old init scripts, but systemd unit files are simple, concise, and powerful enough for my needs.

On the other hand, I find the kitchen-sink feature creep of systemd absolutely repulsive. Cramming all of that functionality into PID 1 as a unwieldy monolith seems like such a deeply flawed exercise. Uselessd seems like a perfect replacement for systemd: all of the benefits and none/less of the cruft.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

chihowa Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

I'm not attacking your facts and your logic is just as sound as the pro-slaver's logic was. I'm also not saying that Scotland is a vassal state. I'm only saying that your entire premise is false.

The post you responded to stated that "I don't think you understand that you've not exactly treated Scotland very well and that's one of the reasons it wants to leave," to which you responded that Scotland was poor before and would still be poor if they were left to their own devices. The argument that self-determination can't be trusted to the Scots because you know better is exactly the same argument made in favor of slavery.

BTW whatever happens it looks like at least half of Scotland is going to disagree with it. So even if the vote is for independence, they're hardly "unwilling subjects", especially as they want to keep large parts of the union.

Many slaves in the US weren't happy about losing their "job" and being cast out on their own, so I guess they were hardly "unwilling subjects".

about two weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

chihowa Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

From an American point of view, your whole screed reads like the "defense of slavery" essays of old. A single issue argument based only on economics and dependent on the presumed incurable ignorance of your unwilling subjects.

I don't really care about this vote either way, but after wading through your disdainful little piece, I'm rooting for the Scots.

about two weeks ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

chihowa Re:Poor comparison... (59 comments)

You are correct in that AM frequency is generally labeled in khz... in the US the range is 535-1605 kHz ... of course any one who isn't from the US could tell you that 1000 kHz is equal to 1 MHz....
which means the parents statement about AM being "around 1MHz" is a fairly accurate statement, more accurate would be 1MHz plus/minus ~600 kHz.

Ultimately weather something is measured in kilohertz, megahertz or gigahertz, is a matter of scale, is something oscillating at of thousands of time per second, or millions, or billions?

Anyone who isn't from the US probably needs to fix their intermittently failing shift key, though. SI actually assigns meaning to capitalization in units and there is a big difference between mHz and MHz.

about two weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

chihowa Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

That's up to the jury, but they can't make the case with laws that prevent "defend[ing] yourself against a police officer".

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

chihowa Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

The government is very effective at wagging the dog. So effective at it that even when their lies are made public, people still don't understand, and still don't respond appropriately.

The few of use who do are outnumbered by the tremendous numbers of people who don't.

I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss everybody else as useless sheep. This entire situation is engineered to be difficult to escape.

How are you responding appropriately? You're complaining anonymously on a backwater echo chamber website. Have you actually done anything to fix the situation or would all of the other concerned, but helpless, people see you as just another one of the idiots who still don't understand?

about three weeks ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

chihowa Already cool, but has a bleak future... (68 comments)

I'm a chemist, but I've had the opportunity to work with some of this to make customized proteins and cells to work with. It really is getting surprisingly easy and inexpensive to play around with this stuff and the range of what you can make is huge.

That said, I really see this going the same way as amateur chemistry and rocketry (and soon drones and 3D printing). The mere fact that it's possible to do something dangerous or disallowed means that the entire field is off-limits to amateurs. Any interest in it will be suspicious and used against you in your imminent trial, even if it's not technically illegal.

about three weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

chihowa Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

But these aren't police officers. They're only pretending to be police officers. They're doing so with the approval of the county, but they're not deputized or anything (per TFA).

The state's American Civil Liberties Union chapter called for an investigation of the district attorney and criminal charges against Desert Snow employees for impersonating law enforcement officers.

about three weeks ago

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Catblock finally becomes a reality

chihowa chihowa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "First seen as an April Fool's gag from the author of ChromeAdblock, Catblock can now be a permanent part of your Chrome or Safari browsing experience. Replacing ads with pictures of adorable cats, Catblock allows you to avoid ads (while seeing how full of ads most websites are!) while getting your needed daily dose of cat."
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Is Siri competitor, Vlingo, a DHS spy app?

chihowa chihowa writes  |  about 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "This morning I finally decided to give Vlingo, a competitor of Apple's Siri, a try on my iPhone 3GS. When I hit the "Listen" button, though, the app attempted to connect to system32.dhs.gov. I blocked this connection (using Firewall iP) and the app no longer works, complaining "Oops... Can't connect to server."

Is Vlingo some sort of spy app collecting voices of citizens or something? Can anyone else confirm this?"

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