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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

gizmo2199 Re:Well (180 comments)

The government can already do what you're claiming to be so worried about. Happens every day. Shit, you could be driving to your mom's house and get pulled over. The cop thinks you might have drugs in the car, so they confiscate it, and take your cash while your at it. Good luck getting all that back without hiring an expensive attorney.

So in other words, the Constitution doesn't mean anything when you don't have the means to actually claim your constitutional rights. There are a million things the government does already that are blatantly unconstitutional, but because they have a patina of cooperation between the two parties, it gets away with--illegal wiretaps, spying, drone strikes, etc.

Another amendment wouldn't actually do anything. If politicians and their appointees have no fear when violating your civil rights, they're going to keep doing it. The only thing that will actually change that behavior is jail time for government officials who break the law.

Instead what happens, the people who go to jail are the ones who leak information about the illegal behavior.

about a week ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

gizmo2199 Re:Well (180 comments)

The obvious solution is to just use the binary you compiled yourself, which if you're paranoid about security is a trivial step to take. But more in-depth auditing obviously is out of reach for even the most knowledgeable tinkerers, especially if a program is intentionally crippled at the source level--for instance contains a bug which under a very specific set of circumstances will leak private data, but which isn't obvious from looking at the code. That's definitely the kind of backdoor a state security service would introduce into an open source project.

about a week ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

gizmo2199 Re:Well (180 comments)

It's like some kind of disease spreading through Silicon Valley: any company touched by venture capital immediately compromises the ethics and value their product might have had to anonymity, or privacy the moment they start being popular.

Or maybe it's the inverse. Companies claiming to uphold the sharing of ideas or their user's privacy are merely waiting for the money to roll in before they sell-out their users.

Either way it makes you highly suspect of any app on Google Play or the App store claiming to be the next best thing in privacy/security, especially if it's free.

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

gizmo2199 Re:Quite the opposite. Acer, Samsung, HP - all unl (183 comments)

Where did you hear this? I have a stock 3.16 kernel running on my Acer C720 Chromebook, plus all the hardware is fully supported by Linux

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

gizmo2199 What they fail to mention (366 comments)

Is that the smarter babies will have higher incidences of schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression, and drug addiction, things usually associated with genius. Even Einstein had his problems. Source: http://www.medicaldaily.com/wh...

Selecting for kids with even higher intelligence might mean they have more severe mental problems.

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

gizmo2199 Re:Only happens... (366 comments)

Except that the Republican party in its current incarnation is more akin to a special interest group for the wealthy and multinational corporations. To that end their politics and governing style is pretty radical.

But you seem to think that Republicans are conservative in the same way they were 40 years ago, when that's just not the case. Furthermore, equating maturity with getting your facts from Fox News is pretty immature.

about a week ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

gizmo2199 Re:Apparently (213 comments)

Learning to code is learning logic and critical thinking skills, which everyone needs. And it gives an understanding of computers that you can't get from a class where you just memorize terms like client, server, network, etc. And that barista may one day be sitting on a jury judging a technical case.

Yeah, but there are other ways to do that than just intro javascript or html classes. What about an introduction to philosophy and logic, you know, the foundation of Western civilization? Or basic science classes, i.e., the scientific method, how to run an experiment, how to test a hypothesis, etc.

Those types of classes would be far more valuable and interesting than any coding class

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

gizmo2199 Learning Wall Street (213 comments)

But isn't this a bit like someone in the 1960's or 70's saying "our children need to learn electrical engineering"?! After all digital watches, transistor radios, and these newfangled micro-computers will be the basis of our new economy, right! We must teach children to program logic gates now! And that was during the height of the Cold War, when we actually funded STEM programs.

Yet in reality the kids that truly did have a "future", meaning made lots of money, were the ones who studied finance, law or medicine. Wouldn't a hedge fund manager just hire a software developer when he needs coding done?
Unless Zuck and Gates have an ulterior motive, but that couldn't possibly be the case.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

gizmo2199 Re:So we can't call anyone stupid anymore (622 comments)

But the point is, and this is why I have such little respect for feminists and other who harp on the "you're just blaming the victim" trope: bad things happen, sometimes to good people. Why would someone put themselves in such a situation in the first place, knowing that you live in a dangerous world?

Sure a woman should be able to walk-around naked and have only wanted attention, but in this world, she's going to have some unwanted, possibly physical, attention as well.

Similarly with this guy's cousin: sure he should be able to wear all the gold he wants, but with the understanding that you might get mugged.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

gizmo2199 Re:Go Ross, Go! (208 comments)

Ordering a hit on someone is still illegal, high-stakes or not.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

gizmo2199 Re:Go Ross, Go! (208 comments)

He's facing life in pound-me-in-the-ass prison, and the "Government" caught him red-handed, so to speak. Any leverage he might have would be as an informant, which, if he's sane he'll agree to. But at least he might get out in 10 years.

about two weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

gizmo2199 Re:yeah, ok, whatever. (482 comments)

I think that applies to men more-so than women. Even plain-looking women get a lot of messages on the internet, whereas the man has to be an underwear model to get the same kind of attention.

about three weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

gizmo2199 Unworkable. (482 comments)

" If a woman is suitably impressed by a man's answers, she can make herself visible to him. "

It seems pretty unworkable to me. I suppose these women must be a mix of Angelina Jolie/Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, to insist on being anonymous.

What I don't understand is why would a desirable man put up with all of these games just to view a woman's picture? If a man is attractive enough to get replies and messages from women on online dating sites in general (most men can easily send out hundreds of messages to get only a handful of replies), presumably he's attractive enough to go on other sites that don't make the man jump through these hoops, just to view the woman's picture, let alone go out on a date.
Which means that the men who are willing to put up with these kinds of hoops wouldn't be attractive to these women in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

gizmo2199 Re:Simplification into irrelevance (165 comments)

It was doing what it was programmed to do! What do you think a human being would be to a robot anyway, if not other moving objects it has to keep out of a hole?

about a month ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

gizmo2199 What 3-Laws? (165 comments)

I never understood why any one would believe a "robot" would be beholden to any laws at all. I mean, the first application of truly autonomous machines would be in the military or private sectors (shipping, manufacturing, etc.). Of course military robots are going to kill people, and industrial robots are only going to keep people from dying in so far as its good for the bottom line. Do you really think the main concern of a manufacturer of a self-driving delivery truck will be keeping it from running -over some pedestrian?

The whole 3-laws thing is really just more of this geeky infatuation with technological Utopianism that finds no analogue in the real world, and which dismisses the inherit and counter-intuitive complexity involved in technological development.

about a month ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

gizmo2199 Re:Haven't they read The Stand??? (218 comments)

Except if there's ever an accidental release, it's going to matter very little what their intentions were in creating the strain.

about 2 months ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

gizmo2199 Re: So ... (218 comments)

Until one day the Level 1 vial ends up in the incinerator, and the Level 4 vial ends up in the trash can, because, you know, shit happens; end result, millions dead.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

gizmo2199 The Cloud? (98 comments)

What about scalable cloud instances that students pay for out of their tuition fees? That way if they want to use 32GB of ram and 12 cores for their hello world.c program, they can do so without affecting other users, but they have to pay?

about 3 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

gizmo2199 Re:Seriously, an iphone? (143 comments)

IDK, a smartphone is the perfect spying machine.

Not only do people keep their whole lives on their phone, email, pictures, documents, passwords, social media accounts, but the same device is fully portable, has a GPS receiver, picks up and connects to open wifi APs, has a microphone, and accelerometer.

So you can find out what your target is up to, what he's planning, who he's talking to, where he is, and how fast he's moving, and by extension you get acces to his digital life.

about 3 months ago

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