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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

freeze128 Re:Not sure about this. (193 comments)

This sounds like it would be better categorized as "illegal wiretapping".

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

freeze128 Re:Root it (408 comments)

The ecosystem is like that because the telephone carriers NEEDED to institute some kind of protection. If they didn't, imagine the horror that modern communications would be. Every 12 year old kid would be cloning the cell phones of senators and start making crank calls to the Premiere of China. It would be anarchy.

2 days ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

freeze128 Re:Ironically, blame HIPAA (78 comments)

HIPAA is all about PROTECTING your information. Blame your local management for ignoring HIPAA requirements and choosing a cheaper, less secure alternative.

2 days ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

freeze128 Re:Star Trek Communicators (139 comments)

I also never noticed them needing a charge.

The communicators, phasers, and tricorders are all inductively charged. They just didn't show that in the show because.... It's not interesting. They also didn't show anyone using the toilet, but believe me, if there are over 1000 people on that ship, I'm sure there is at least one there. (BTW: it's just off the bridge to starboard)

about a week ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

freeze128 Re:One real prediction in science fiction (139 comments)

One of my favorites is a "mechanical drafting table" from "A Door Into Summer". He really went overboard on that, and it turns out that CAD is way more efficient (and easier to edit).

about a week ago
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CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

freeze128 Comparison (65 comments)

Analiza is an AI the same way that Babbage's analytical engine is an iphone. It probably just made the subject get mad and proclaim "I hate interrogators!"

about a week ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

freeze128 Re:Metal (240 comments)

That funky little HTC with the one-piece machined aluminium chassis is probably safe.

I doubt it. Every cellphone has an antenna so it can send/receive signals, and by design, this antenna is not shielded by the case (otherwise your phone wouldn't work). You could put an HTC One M8 into the microwave, and it may not spark visibly, but I would gamble that you are cramming 1100 watts of energy into the circuitry and that would at lease make the phone release the smoke.

Also, since the HTC One has an internal (non-removable) battery, heating that up would be exceedingly dangerous.

about a week ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

freeze128 Re:Dare to be stupid (240 comments)

Boy, I sure do miss 80's MTV....

about a week ago
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IOCCC 2014 Now In Progress

freeze128 Re:WTF is a pre-announcement? (14 comments)

A pre-announcement was made on twitter. Unfortunately, nobody could understand it.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

freeze128 Collaboration (106 comments)

I would ask that David please collaborate with the Writers of "The Amazing Spiderman 2", because it seems that they have no idea how real science works.

about two weeks ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

freeze128 Re:Perspective (323 comments)

Are you sure it was APPLE that decided that? I would guess that it would be more of U2's fault. U2 was releasing a new album, and wanted a little publicity, so they partnered with Apple. Apple could have just made the album available for purchase for $0, but that might not be enough to get people to listen to it. If you already don't like U2, then you probably wouldn't download their album even if it WAS free. However, if they cram it into your library, then there would be a higher likelihood of you hearing it (even if by accident). It's a brilliant marketing move, but Apple doesn't benefit from it, so I don't think they thought of it.

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

freeze128 Re:Got Burned by Titanfall (292 comments)

Dear Game Developers,

If you start to see diminishing returns on your sales of Multiplayer-Only games, then that is the problem. It's not that the market is collapsing. It's not that you didn't sign all those famous voice actors. It's that you insisted on a multiplayer-only experience. Not everyone has a low-latency high-speed internet connection, and with ISPs throttling netflix, in the future they may start throttling your games as well. In other words: Don't be stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

freeze128 Money transfer services (34 comments)

A few years ago, my primary bank (Wells Fargo) had a feature where you could log into your ebanking website and transfer money from your account to another account holder at the same bank. There was no fee for this service and it worked well. Recently, I checked again, and they have replaced that service with a "Transfer money to anyone with an email address" service. First you must "sign up". I don't know why I need to involve another party to transfer money to someone else at the same bank.....

about three weeks ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

freeze128 Re:Learning starts with engagement (182 comments)

Maybe the videos just weren't very good. For instance: Maybe the instructor did something that was not covered in the material, and failed to explain it... Or maybe the instructor failed to indicate WHY something was done.

This takes me back to the old Computer certification courses where the makers said "engaging the student helps them learn better", so they would pepper the lesson with multiple choice questions on a certain topic BEFORE it was covered (just to gauge your knowledge). This was most infuriating, because you would often choose the wrong answer and be presented with a message like "NO, you're WRONG!!!!*!" even before you were taught anything about it. What a way to keep students.... No wonder many of them didn't finish.

about three weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

freeze128 Re:What is wrong with people? (210 comments)

Yeah, but SIX MONTHS in the future?!?!?! That should tell you right there that their help desk is worthless.

about three weeks ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

freeze128 Circular LCDs (87 comments)

Having a round LCD screen is stupid. There is just no reason for it. The image is displayed anyway as rows and columns, which is inherently rectangular. It's just a holdover from mechanical watches that rotate on a central axis. The circular LCD will never hold as much information as a same resolution rectangular LCD, plus the engineering to get it to work is a lot more complicated. I see round LCDs as a waste of perfectly good screen real estate, and technology. That engineering could be put to much better use than (almost literally) to cram a square peg into a round hole.

about a month ago

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