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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

digitalchinky Re:Spoofing (234 comments)

You need root, XPosed and XPrivacy allow you to give bogus info to apps. The UI could use a little work but you get a deep level of control over app permissions. Along side auto run manager and a firewall of some kind and you pretty much have a non leaky tame android.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

digitalchinky Re:Enough already (57 comments)

I agree with you, one difference though. There are tablets out there that have 2560x1600 pixels or more, and people with 20/20 that want everything to be tiny. The problem is the lack of choice, most apps dont include any way to shrink the giant fisher price widgets and 20 point fonts. I know I can change dpi settings per app with root, but this doesn't address poor UI design and the trend toward bigger, more white space, and fewer configuration options.

about a month ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

digitalchinky Re:Not a win (228 comments)

It's not about terrorism, it's about mass surveillance and the wildest dreams of people like Robert Hannigan. Osama and others were unpleasant for sure, but they also provided a convenient excuse for an enormous power grab. Every country with one or more three letter agencies were moving firmly in this direction since the early 90's (storage started to get cheap), we'd be in exactly the same place right now anyway, just that nobody would be talking about it.

This was lost decades ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

digitalchinky Re:"Intelligence" is not earned. (160 comments)

Malcolm Gladwell has an interesting take with his 10,000 hour theory. If you are passionate about something and you live and breath it for long enough, you obviously get good at it. Most people are not quite so fanatical - but this is a choice, meaning they could be if they wanted to. And what is intelligence anyway? How do you quantify it such that one person is born with more of it than someone else?

about 5 months ago
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Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

digitalchinky Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (162 comments)

I write medical imaging software, surounded by dozens of doctors every day that are not just out of earshot of the patients but sometimes not even in the same country. My sample size is obviously not representative of much at all, though at least in my tiny corner of the world the situation is the total opposite of what you describe. These people sigh and get upset when they see terminal disease, they cry when children are dying, they don't enjoy seeing people hurt and don't waste a second if it means life or death. They are often detached but they still care.

Don't mistake the human factor for doctors that are worried about getting sued because someone broke their pinky finger and had to wait for the guy having a heart attack to be treated first.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

digitalchinky Re:Bloat !!!!! (132 comments)

>>> Developers tell us that they are not sure how to start app development on the Web

Are they sure they are talking to developers or their paid staff? :-)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

digitalchinky Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

OP doesn't necessarily need to learn C or C++. The gap in other languages is closing faster than you might be aware. Have you taken a look at HTML 5 and canvas lately? There are a load of very detailed (fancy) 3D games using WebGL, not rudimentary at all.

about 6 months ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

digitalchinky Re:But Terrizm! (233 comments)

I'm a former electronic warfare drone (Australian Navy) - I worked with radar and satellite primarily, though I also covered a myriad of other RF systems.

With your logic you also need to discount the southerly route not just because Malaysia and Thailand did nothing, but also because Indonesia never saw the aircraft. Further, Australian agencies have said they never saw anything even though the entire region is bathed in OTH radar. Not a peep from Keeling or Christmas island.

It seems more logical (from my background) that the aircraft went north, though until it is found it would be far more appropriate to assume nothing. The Inmarsat analysis is interesting, but it isn't boiler plate and the lack of intermediate ping data fuels suspicion.

about 8 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

digitalchinky Meh. Slashvertizement? (217 comments)

Aside from the screen it doesn't really offer anything new. Most of the leading manufacturers have had similar devices for the last 5 months or so.

about 9 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

digitalchinky Re:ELINT tinfoil hat (382 comments)

You don't need a tinfoil hat to know the theory is entirely within the realms of possibility. VHF ACARS could certainly be received by a LEO bird. It could also be received by a passive ground source just as easily. You can even build your own receiver for a few hundred $USD.

about 9 months ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

digitalchinky Re:Or... (348 comments)

And you seem to have forgotten how to follow the money. Those profits don't come out of thin air. Public opinion is entirely within the interests of stockholders and company owners. When shareholders become absolute greedy fucks they need a smack upside the head so they get some perspective.

about 10 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

digitalchinky Re:App permissions (333 comments)

They could, trivially, some do this quite well already. The problem is that android permissions are non-configurable without root so you either accept what you're told the app will use, or you don't install it. Thus developers make assumptions about what their application can do, they don't bother to catch exceptions because they assume (right or wrong) they don't need to.

about 10 months ago
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NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

digitalchinky Re:Ever wonder why US unscrambled GPS Signals. (144 comments)

Now let me demystify your comment good sir, this time with some actual facts: The FCC order doesn't explicitly require phones with GPS at all, it requires the telco ultimately provide 50ft accuracy on location, then by 2018 they'll issue a deadline on when any device capable of calling 911 requires GPS.

Source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/F...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

digitalchinky Re:Learn the basics (387 comments)

Correct. But, you could flip that around and ask yourself how many times during the last decade or so have you done things the harder way, or reinvented the wheel, because you didn't understand HTTP headers well enough to leverage existing functionality?

I write medical imaging software, most MR / CT studies have anywhere from one to a few thousand images, every server call you can avoid makes for a happy radiologist. This might mean wedging various DICOM fields in the headers when thumbnails are downloaded so you can rapidly populate the UI, build up annotation layers, sort thumbnail stacks, all kinds of cool stuff.

about a year ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

digitalchinky Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (684 comments)

This comment comes up every single time there is anything vaguely related to weather. The drooling idiot is usually quite open minded with valid questions about the direction of change - warmer, colder, more extreme, is it natural, how much impact do humans have, and so on. (Sure, there is the odd troll too) Just in the past year it seems anyone that would question these predictions quickly gets tagged as a denier. I really don't get it.

about a year ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

digitalchinky Re:Time travelers not allowed to post prescient in (465 comments)

All of this presumes a single timeline where those events occurred in the same way for all observers. What if there are a large number of parallel universes that follow through on all of those possible threads? It seems to me this would make the probability of detecting evidence of time travel so close to zero that it simply wouldn't be found.

Even if you could jump through time instantly, the earth isn't going to be where you left it anyway, tricky business to be in...

about a year ago
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NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove

digitalchinky Re:Databases (383 comments)

Who watches the watchers? The same people that like to tell us there are checks and balances in place to prevent domestic spying? What makes you believe every device has an audit trail - or that every login is recorded?

Think of it this way, if a system was created in the 90's or 00's (On, for example, Solaris, or various flavors of UNIX) and still works perfectly fine, would you replace it? Would you disable things like RSH? Harden NIS / NFS and friends - there's a very long list of exploitable software. Or would you just do your best on the technical side and simply trust that the people you give positive vetted TS security clearances to are not going to do what Snowden did?

It's entirely conceivable that the NSA truly has no clue what the man had access to, and maybe never will.

1 year,4 days
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Leaked Passwords On Display At a German Museum

digitalchinky Re:Worse are sites with password constraints (42 comments)

There is nothing idiotic about allowing newline in a form field, just that most user interfaces are likely to have an event listener that does something a little more logical with \r, \n, or \r\n making it difficult or simply not possible to use.

1 year,5 days
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How long do your computer mice last?

digitalchinky Re: meeses (361 comments)

Perfect computer mouse balance - seriously? - for $100 I'd be wanting a triple ring laser intertial navigation unit built in for mousing through air or across rugged terrain. It'd also have to have some flavor of android running on it with its own touchscreen so I could get rid of the desktop and just mouse over the internet directly from the mouse. : )

1 year,7 days

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