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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (143 comments)

Google didn't create Android, they backed it and later bought it. The original developers thought users were too dumb to use Linux, so they dumbed it down by stripping the security out of it to make it user friendly.

I don't really understand how this is 'true'. Linux security doesn't isolate process disk data from each other, anybody can read any part of the disk under the same user, which in practice is all apps a user use because they all run under the user's account. Android has a far *better* security model in this respect because it puts different applications in different users, so they can't get at each other. Also, permissions for system information is far more granular in Android than plain Linux, in Linux you just look at /proc whereas Android has to actually get types of permissions for sensitive data.

2 hours ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (143 comments)

No Android app is safe, auto updates of a safe app can make it unsafe with no notice to the user.

Patently not true. If an app needs new permissions in an update it must be explicily accepted by the user.

2 hours ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

jareth-0205 Re:So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (143 comments)

How about Google does something about it? Like remove the app and takes Uber to court? I'm sure they can find a few terms in the app developer contract that they have violated.

Worse than that, Google an an invester of Uber. They have put in $250million, they should just go and demand that Uber stop fucking about.

3 hours ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

jareth-0205 Re:Shattered (473 comments)

I just disagree that this is 'screwing people over'. You contribte to a Kickstarter, and they start a 2-year development cycle, it's a bit naive to expect exactly everything to work out as was originally planned. You have to expect a bit of give and take in the actual result.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

jareth-0205 Re:Shattered (473 comments)

As has been pointed out before in this story, a lie requires intent. It is a bit of a stretch to claim they never intended to make a disconnected game, just that it hasn't worked out that way. A project that has been in development for nearly 2 years does not know all the challenges and how the whole thing is going to turn out. Things change all the time.

It would be far more accurate to say that they 'failed' to make what was initially promised, and then perhaps we can be a little less over emotional about it.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

jareth-0205 Re:Shattered (473 comments)

Frontier is going to fold, and you know it.

What you need to do is pay attention to who is in charge of this, and find ways to boycott any products they have anything to do with in the future. Especially the bastards who were involved in the marketing.

Yeah! Let's make sure we punish people for the rest of their lives! Damn them for not providing me with my exact requirements!

The internet has turned into somewhere we can destroy people. It's ugly.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

jareth-0205 Re:This is a legal matter. (159 comments)

I think his point is that you can shortcut the inevitable ignoring of a badly worded threat if you get a well-worded threat in the first place. Given the damage that's currently being done waiting the 7 days or whatever and actually starting a lawsuit you probably don't actually want to carry out... better to get a lawer immediately.

about two weeks ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

jareth-0205 Re:Design flaws (88 comments)

All they have, before they release the probe, was a series of GO / NO GO checklist, on the few chosen "preferred landing spot" on that comet

There was no contigensy plan for the many "what ifs" that may happen

Do you have any reason to believe this, any actual evidence that there wasn't a long list of contingencies, or are you just making it up? Because I certainly don't know all the inner workings of the ESA, and since you've provided no links then I somewhat doubt that you do either.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

jareth-0205 Re:Bullshit (200 comments)

Do you honestly think that network traffic will never be contested? That it is realistic to have highways wide enough that there will never be congestion? In a real internet (in fact on the internet for its entire existence), the network is managed. Different data has different priorities, it just does. It would be nice if the user could determine them but at the moment the technology is that the network provider determines them.

The real question is is the provider being a dick about it, not whether they manage their network.

about three weeks ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

jareth-0205 Re:No we don't (269 comments)

We don't need social networks at all.

*You* don't need them. The rest of us find them hugely useful.

about a month ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

jareth-0205 Re:Boycott ASDA (165 comments)

Plenty of other employers around, the staff don't have to work at ASDA if they don't want to.

Ah yes, in a country with permenantly more people than jobs (only recently dropping below 7%) is clearly a country with plenty of other employers around. Some people do not have a great deal of choice over their employer.

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

jareth-0205 Re:It's not censorship or more government control (489 comments)

Fully agreed. But this is slashdot, so don't think your entirely reasonable response won't be met with a litany of "I have the right to say whatever I want" kneejerks...

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

jareth-0205 Re:Define trolling (489 comments)

I hope they have defined properly what they mean with "trolling". By definition, trolling means writing inflammatory comments that excite people to write indignant responses. Thus, for example, bullying or threats do not technically count as trolling.

Not really, the definition has shifted in popular use. Like 'hacking' meaning 'programming quickly' changed to 'illegally gaining access', trolling now is synonymous with 'bullying / threatening online' in popular usage. Its use has changed therefore your definition doesn't follow anymore.

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

jareth-0205 Re:Git is an example of Linus Torvalds at his wors (387 comments)

If we care about him, and we should, we must help him become more socially capable. For example, he could recognize when his anger is caused by not getting enough caring in childhood,

Who the FLYING FUCK are you to determine that? What gives you the right to judge the way someone else goes about their interactions? To decide that they are in need of you help?

This sort of bullshit moral superior armslength personal judgement makes me So Fucking Angry. You don't know him. You are not his therapist. You have no right to tell someone you do not know how they are in need of your help.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

jareth-0205 Re:Also announced Nexus player (201 comments)

And it is powered by an Intel chip. Interesting that Google decided to go with Intel 64-bit SoC instead of ARM. This is a big win for Intel

How big a win can it be when it's flanked by 2 much more mass-market devices that are powered by the competition?

about a month and a half ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

jareth-0205 Re:Meh (201 comments)

I have a Z1 Compact and I really like it, it's a solid little phone with decent battery life. The Z3 seem to be an upgrade on all sides.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

jareth-0205 Re:Why is the paper so important? (447 comments)

Fair enough. It's so hard to know exactly who it is that's being a dick.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

jareth-0205 Re:Doesn't add up (447 comments)

Since cost of a wedding scales linearly with the number of attendees, it would seem the researches overlooked something.

Errr... how do you figure that? All other things being the same then it would, but obviously weddings aren't all the same. That's the entire point, it depends on what you choose to do. A big wedding that ends in a houseparty with food by potluck is going to be less expensive than a small wedding in a fancy venue with a provided meal.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

jareth-0205 Re:Why is the paper so important? (447 comments)

So what you're saying is that everyone considers you married already, so effectively you are. In your country it would be about publicly making a promise about the other person, and since that is assumed then probably no reason at all.

Other countries and social structures are different though, sometimes there's a legal benefit (ie some hospitals in the states have been preventing gay partners from visiting their other because they're not family, because they have no legal status and presumably the hospital staff have some bigoted beliefs, and without that 'bit of paper' they can enforce them), and sometimes there's a social or personal reason for making a public statement.

about a month and a half ago

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