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Help a Journalist With An NFC Chip Implant Violate His Own Privacy and Security

geekmux Re:can chip implants cause cancer? (137 comments)

There's a couple schools of thought about chipping pets - one is the cancer risk is minimal, the other is that it isn't minimal.

So I'll say that a good use of his chip will be to see if he gets cancer.

The RFID chip just pulled a number.

It's 37.

His body is still serving cancer to #4 on the list (diet sodas). Get in line.

And good luck proving who or what killed him in the end.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

geekmux Re:unease--from those preaching tolerance/acceptan (976 comments)

Don't the creationists have the right to free speech also? This tolerance/acceptance business cuts both ways. Nobody said you had to listen to them just like they probably wouldn't listen to you.

Nobody said governments and lawmakers had to listen to them either, but they do. And quite intently.

3 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

geekmux Re:Completely appropriate venue (976 comments)

I don't see why that should be a problem for having the discussion. I think one trick to having a productive discussing is figuring out where your and the other party's beliefs diverge, and starting the discussion there.

If these creationists reject certain assumptions of working scientists, then maybe the best people to debate the creationists are philosophy-of-science professors, rather than more bread-and-butter science professors. But if a university can't handle that, it's really, really far from the ideals of Plato's academy, and I think that should be a wake-up call.

I see.

Well, then perhaps we should turn the tables then. Let's see how open your local church would be to hosting discussions about evolution.

Better yet, how about we adjust all tax laws for Universities that also host and support religious debates and offer them the same tax-sheltered status that many churches (ab)use today.

Yes, let's see how smooth that two-way street really is.

3 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

geekmux Re:Why at a place of learning? (976 comments)

Why isn't there a designated place for bullshit like this?

You mean, a place for reasoned public debate about topics where science, religion, philosophy of science, geology, paleontology, genetics, and zoology all have something to bring to the discussion? If a university isn't the place for that, where do you have in mind?

Reasonable topics usually bring facts to the discussion, which is what most of your topics above do.

Of course, the obvious exception being religion, which mostly brings opinion to the discussion, which usually ends up being a thermal catalyst in a non-scientific kind of way, which is why it proves senseless to debate.

3 days ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

geekmux Re:Don't do the crime (164 comments)

deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer I know this is a radical idea, and I'm just spitballing here, but maybe the part about unauthorized act being done a computer should be a hint. If it's not your computer or your system, don't try to get into it.

And what exactly happens when it is you who is wrongly accused of such a heinous crime against the State?

Seems everyone is looking over the worst part of this new suggested framework of life sentencing against "hackers". It's ripe for abuse to quickly get rid of the squeaky wheel or frame someone.

about a week ago
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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

geekmux Re:Well ... duh! (79 comments)

I disagree. You don't have to harden your internet connected refrigerator against malicious attacks.

Why? Because when you ask "what could possibly go wrong?" the answer is your food will spoil, and you will have to throw it out. It's not like spoiled food is not instantly recognizable.

If I turn off your fridge for 8 hours during the day and spoil your mayo or other like food that may be very difficult to discern is bad or not, and then turn your fridge back on before you get home, you have no damn idea the dangers that could be lurking in the spoiled food that you were unaware had been exposed to dangerously high temps for several hours.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans are affected by a foodborne illness each year, resulting in 3,000 fatalities. So yeah, PEOPLE DIE

Funny thing about comparing food to people with hackable implants. Everyone has to eat. Not everyone has an implant.

Try and understand the true risk beyond your simple analysis here.

about a week ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

geekmux Re:Children. (239 comments)

And had her children been targeted and harmed or killed because of this irresponsible bullshit, the DEA would be singing a hell of a different tune.

Yeah, just like the cops who permanently disfigured a baby with a flash-bang grenade. The only tune they wound up singing was "Couple Days Off" by Huey Lewis.

Blame public apathy for that shit. We the People should be standing up and making a HELL of a lot more noise over those kinds of actions taken by law enforcement. When they screw up, they need to be held accountable.

That is the problem. We no longer have control. At all. But a loud enough voice that remains persistent can and will be addressed. Apathy kills persistence.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

geekmux Re:In related news.... (239 comments)

In related news. DEA to facebook: Who cares?

Curious how the DEA would "care" had the very young children they also posted on the fake Facebook profile been targeted or killed by the very criminals they were attempting to lure in.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

geekmux Re:Children. (239 comments)

But but but, think of the CHILDREN.

Ah, considering the police used images of this woman's son and niece on the Facebook profile to try and make it authentic, thereby putting very young children in harms way (they were trying to lure in criminals), I'd say someone was actually thinking of the children in this case.

And had her children been targeted and harmed or killed because of this irresponsible bullshit, the DEA would be singing a hell of a different tune.

about two weeks ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

geekmux Re:Really pisses me off! (175 comments)

Next time they threaten you, shove the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in their face and go "I can take you to court over this, if you want to talk about some billing issues, assholes. We gave you billions in taxpayer dollars for a product you didn't deliver. Guess who owes who right now?"

Oh, you mean the same Telecommunciations Act that promised to ensure that CLECs would actually be able to thrive and compete?

Yeah, uh where are they now? Oh yeah, I forgot, even the LECs own CLECs were driven out of business.

Please knock if off with this bullshit. The time for any individual or even a small group to go against a major carrier is long over with. Threaten all you want.

They will ALWAYS have enough customers no matter how many you might convince to get off their ass and walk away.

They will ALWAYS have apathy on their side to guarantee people don't give a shit enough to get off their ass and do anything.

And until someone in government stops smearing over the anti-monopoly laws with LEC-certified palm grease, there's not a fucking thing you can do to stop them.

Oh, and those "billions" are long gone, paid out in executive bonuses.

about two weeks ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

geekmux When this effort totally fails... (175 comments)

...perhaps then people will finally wake up and realize just how much your government supports the concept of monopolies.

In the meantime, enjoy playing in the kiddie pool while you still can. I'm sure they're already greasing palms to ensure kiddie pools are outlawed soon.

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

geekmux Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

Can they be a little more specific as to what it is that's in the soda that is causing this?

Can you tell me why you care when there's a good chance any proposed alternative won't be any safer?

As if aspartame is some kind of natural herbal replacement for white sugar or HFCS that's completely safe. Please.

What cracks me up is people labeling this as a "hidden" cost, as if we don't have mountains of evidence that already says consuming sugary drinks every day is not good for you, regardless of brand, flavor, or number of calories.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

geekmux Re:I don't follow (370 comments)

So what's so "tomorrow" about change from Lucida to Helvetica, which impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy? Is that the definition of "tomorrow" now?

Yes. By this logic, we're but one illogical decision away from Comic Sans being default.

(Yeah, I know, I just threw up in my mouth a little too.)

On top of the fact that Steve Jobs is likely rolling in his grave. The man had a flair for aesthetics that seem to be dying in the face of "futurethink".

about two weeks ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

geekmux Ringknockers (129 comments)

"f you're in a position to actually hire new graduates, how much do you care about applicants' alma maters?

Let's put this another way. If that is a priority, I doubt I'm going to be interested in working for them.

Clearly they're focusing on the wrong thing, usually brought on by elitism.

Skills are what is important after college, and I'm not talking about how you earned your way into the Kegga-Chugga-Puk frat house.

about two weeks ago
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Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

geekmux Re:Not until they're sentient. (82 comments)

Robot death matches won't really be interesting until they become self-aware, and they realize we're having them kill each other for our amusement.

If by interesting you mean a self-aware state that results in them realizing we humans are much more entertaining of a target, well...yeah, have fun.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

geekmux Re:I don't trust it (284 comments)

Couple of things

a) A national security letter is not a "warrant". It is not even close to the same thing

b) Even a national security letter can't be used to tell Apple or anyone else to install some kind of backdoor on a device. The most a national security letter could do is authorize a wiretap on the device and all it's communication flows inbound and outbound. This is not even close to the same thing. An NSL can be sent to Apple telling it to give the FBI all information it has. If Apple does not have any information, that is the end of the scope of an NSL.

It's funny how you want to sit here and paint succinct lines around definitions, all the while your new updates to your smart phone make it a sieve.

I guess you've never heard of iCloud before. Or any other service that pretty much syncs every fucking thing from your phone to corporate cloud land somewhere, you know because so many consumers got pissed when they were losing data due to smartphones dying or getting stolen.

And yet again, when the NSL comes marching in, you have no idea just how much of that cloud data or the rest of the "inbound and outbound" flows will contain about you.

Stop thinking a smartphone needs a backdoor ON the damn device to get 80% of what you need on someone. Put simply, it doesn't.

about two weeks ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

geekmux Re:Well (180 comments)

I am unconcerned if facebook computers are trying to determine if I want to buy Pampers or Depends so computers can sell electrons to other computers to shove electrons in front of my face.

But claiming you have privacy from...just what now? Government, when you are feeding it back to government because government demands it?

What. The. Fuck.

That is the historical abuser of privacy we should be afraid of. Even privacy apps collapse immediately with just a wink from the onrushing government computerized panopticon juggernaut?

It's time for some kind of constitutional amendment to extend and require warrants to virtual property and locations online, to get around the loophole that it's "on some company's server somewhere, so you 'have no expectation of privacy.' "

And keep an eye on the weasel politicians who would water it down.

Government has little to do with it when 99% of app users merrily hand over their privacy when agreeing to the corporate EULA.

Consumer data is valuable. The Government is merely a rude customer of the corporations.

A Constitutional Amendment is likely needed, alright. But ensure you are targeting the right people.

about two weeks ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

geekmux Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

Mod parent up into the sky, please. As a European, I am watching at the sideline, with ever-growing incredulity, how US Americans take all this, and worse, and more, from their so-called "government", from their unbelievably brutal "law enforcement", from what once was their state. What do you people need for an incentive to kick off a revolution ? Maybe if the US government put almost 1% of your population into prison, you would finally protest. Oh no, shit, wait....

Ironically you're asking when we might revolt against our own Government when yours disarmed you long ago, removing your capability altogether.

Guess you better hope these US polices don't start bleeding over to your countr...oh. Nevermind.

Yeah, good luck to you.

about two weeks ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

geekmux Re:Well (180 comments)

Looks like I WILL NOT be trying this app at all. I was a bit curious.

The unfolding of privacy around most of the popular social media apps (that ironically promise it) should have killed your curiosity long ago.

Hell, the cat is a rotting corpse at this point.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

geekmux Re:I don't trust it (284 comments)

No matter how strong the encryption algorithms are themselves, there's nothing to stop the FBI from planting a malicious app (a keylogger for instance). They could even serve Apple with a warrant to require them to install this app as a software update.

Umm... you need to learn how warrants work.

This comment got modded to 3???

Perhaps you need to learn how NSLs work.

Then get back to me as to how the fuck you'll even know about it.

"They" don't come knocking on you front door anymore to search your effects. They just crack your cell phone in half from 1,000 miles away with nothing more than a hint of terrorism splashed on you from 2-3 degrees of separation.

about two weeks ago

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