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Ask Slashdot: Application Security Non-existent, Boss Doesn't Care. What To Do?

jonpublic Re:Don't ask /. (310 comments)

So Disney?

about 9 months ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

jonpublic Re:as a pedestrian i say great (1440 comments)

That is bad.

But a pedestrian isn't going to kill a driver. The driver is going to kill the pedestrian.

about a year ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

jonpublic as a pedestrian i say great (1440 comments)

As a pedestrian I say great. People shouldn't be texting or checking their phones while driving. While folks might think it's safe at an intersection, I disagree.

I've almost been hit a number of times as drivers inch through a cross walk when they aren't paying attention. Or they turn on red and don't pay attention. It's super dangerous.

about a year ago

Google Glass and Surveillance Culture

jonpublic law enforcement agencies (318 comments)

How would you feel if I told you every police officer would be wearing these in a couple years coupled with apps that recognize faces and search databases?

Attend a rally for any cause and every law enforcement agency knows.

That's what I'm worried about.

about a year and a half ago

T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

jonpublic Re:US Price Plans..... (404 comments)

"Ireland is a small country" explains part of the issue of why it costs so much here.

The U.S. is physically huge. Ireland is about the size of one of 50 of the states. Takes a lotta dough to to build a network across the U.S. That and our regulators aren't empowered to stop companies from ripping us off.

about a year and a half ago

Verizon Draws Fire For Monitoring App Usage, Browsing Habits

jonpublic explanation (136 comments)

What level of access do they have? I need details explaining more. Can they see what you are doing when you are on a cellular network, or when you are on wifi too.

Can they see what you are doing when you are using private browsing? Are they capturing passwords and storing them? Is the device pushing back secure information to them?

Does a VPN prevent tracking?

I expect some things when using a cellphone. Having them essentially listen in on all my communication or interaction with others is not one of them.

about 2 years ago

Online Loneliness At Google+

jonpublic paid to comment (456 comments)

I wonder how many Google engineers commented on this thread.

more than 2 years ago

Algorithm Finds Thousands of Unknown Drug Interaction Side Effects

jonpublic Side effects (121 comments)

Ive had some pretty nasty side effects from a drug that weren't on the label. It really sucked. I'm still dealing with them.

Let me tell you that if you goto a doctor and say that you think that side effects are related to the drug he put you on and those side effects aren't yet on the label they will treat you like you are crazy. It was really eye openning to see how doctors can talk down to patients. The drug I was taking for example can cause tendons to snap. That was known. The doctor flat out didn't believe that incrediblely painful tendinitis could be related to taking the drug.

It really sucks. I got lucky though because a month later the FDA released a new list of side effects that for this drug that included my ones. Then I got a doctor to pay attention and help me out.

I knew the side effects were related to the drug thanks to a quick google search that showed thousands of other people had experienced the same things that I had. There were literally 100,000 posts in a forum discussing what I had experienced in the previous weeks.

I can't even imagine the complexity when combining two drugs and what havoc that could cause.

more than 2 years ago

Are There Any Smartphones That Respect Privacy?

jonpublic android? (478 comments)

Depends on what you consider private, but I would put the Android phone last because of the tight Google integration. At least on the iPhone you can have everything local, not synced to the cloud.

The days of privacy are over for the most part. If you are using cloud services, you can be sure your data is being mined in some way.

more than 2 years ago

IRS Auditing Google

jonpublic tax code is such a scam (328 comments)

I'm waiting to find out that I paid more than Google in taxes.

If only I could pull something so crazy off with my own income, shipping it to two different countries to avoid paying taxes.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

jonpublic Absolutely required. (301 comments)

Yes. Absolutely. It works.

more than 2 years ago

Why Waste Servers' Heat?

jonpublic try it in winter (204 comments)

My boiler broke this past winter and I had to run 2 space heaters a week until it was fixed.

Let me tell you, electrical heat is super expensive. Those space heaters for that week cost more than the 1955 natural gas boiler did in a month.

more than 3 years ago

Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

jonpublic Re:great (521 comments)

i forgot facebook should be added to that list too.

more than 3 years ago

Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

jonpublic great (521 comments)

just another database tracking all my movements. like at&t, apple and google.

more than 3 years ago

Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

jonpublic plenty of money for research. (306 comments)

Just imagine how much cash we'd have for research if we would have forced the banks to do the same thing that GM was forced to do.

Declare bankruptcy, wipe out shareholders, and trim bond holders. Those are the people that invested in risky behavior and they should have paid the price.

The swedes did it and they recovered from their banking crisis.

more than 2 years ago

Law Enforcement Wants To Try 'Predictive Policing'

jonpublic more cops? (377 comments)

I'd settle for more than .9 cops per 1,000 people in a crime ridden city before switching to something like this.

It doesn't matter if you know where the crimes will be occurring in a city like Detroit or Flint. You don't have enough cops to cover those areas, let alone the larger city. Less than 1 cop per 1,000 doesn't cut it in crime areas, which is what we have in the crappy parts of Michigan.

more than 3 years ago

Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

jonpublic Re:Really bad idea. (1173 comments)

I couldn't agree more with strength_of_10_men. I love roundabouts when they are done right. The one near my house has saved me days in travel time in the two years I've been in the area.

The worst part of the example he cites above as being a fucked up roundabout was that it was the first one installed in the area, located next to a giant shopping center. So everyone's first encounter with a roundabout was pretty terrible.

more than 3 years ago

The Intentional Flooding of America's Heartland

jonpublic Re:trolling think tanks (477 comments)

You might have time to feed the trolls (the guy who wrote the article) and investigate every little thing they say, but I don't.

more than 3 years ago

The Intentional Flooding of America's Heartland

jonpublic trolling think tanks (477 comments)

Hmm, the american thinker article seems pretty trollish, utilizing descriptions that I would generally find in political hate speech, blaming environmentalists for the flooding. The articles point isn't to find root cause, but to spread hate at environmental groups.

A quick google search reveals that the american thinker is indeed a conservative online magazine. I would hope that folks realize there is a war of information out there between extremes of the political spectrum and that we are better off not spreading those words of hate. The extremists are always going to be looking to enlist you in their war, by claiming the other side is outrageous.

more than 3 years ago


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