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Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud

justsomecomputerguy Privacy/security/responsibility (79 comments)

I'll bet is was because both of them had unacceptable policies regarding privacy, security/integrity and/or what they are responsible to do if a breach does occur. I'll also bet that those same policies were/are acceptable to various branches of American government, because our standards for those issues here in The United States lag waaaaay behind European standards.

about 2 years ago

Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

justsomecomputerguy Re:Drones watching you scratch your balls (387 comments)

Ewww. THAT's creepy. But your point about the drones is only partially right. It's not so much the acknowledgement that "someone" is passively (but intrusively) watching you as it is the invasion of "your space" . One of those fragile Quad-Helicopter Drones would also be creepy, not because it could hurt you as much as it is invading your "space". My IMPLIED point was that anything that is mobile and right there in-your-face is creepy. I "person" holding the camera is probably the most creepy, the only way it could be creepier would be if he was just starring at you without even a camera. You could make it less creepy by having him keep his distance. Or have fixed position stand (aka a tripod). Or if the drone were high enough up that you didn't immediately notice it.

about 2 years ago

Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

justsomecomputerguy His actions/presence MAKE it different (387 comments)

His antics are DIFFERENT because he is a PERSON, and he keeps getting right up in other peoples face (within distance to physically touch or be touched) A much better test that would eliminate the CREEPY GUY factor, would be to just mount a camera on a tripod and place it by the doorway of a building or even in the middle of a crowd or public square and then walk away from it. Maybe have it mounted on a stand that can turn and focus... I could should that people were "afraid of balloons" if I stepped right up in there faces and stared at them while holding balloons. Possibly interesting idea executed very lamely. Next.

about 2 years ago

Cybercriminals Exploit Björk's Biophilia App To Compromise Androids

justsomecomputerguy It could be worse... (75 comments)

She might also have been signed with SONY.

more than 2 years ago

Taliban Seizes and Burns PCs, Cell Phones To Stop Obscenity

justsomecomputerguy Re:Close... (294 comments)

What's to discuss? When a particular "mission" is taken to "religious" extremes, with no good can come of it.

more than 2 years ago

8% of Android Apps Are Leaking Private Information

justsomecomputerguy Poor security/subterfuge/sloppy coding (159 comments)

Vendor: "I'm shocked, SHOCKED to find information being leaked here!" Waiter: "Here's your mined data sir..." Vendor: "Thank you"

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

justsomecomputerguy Cash is not going away (391 comments)

Cash will ALWAYS exist. Whether out of the desire for anonymity, the convenience or the underground economy.

more than 3 years ago

The Stanford Class That Built Apps and Made Fortunes

justsomecomputerguy It's not what you say, it's what people hear (125 comments)

It's not the quality of the app you write, it's how easy people find it and perceive it. I am very slowly learning this. Go read the book "Words That Work" by Frank Luntz. Whether you like it or not, it's true.

more than 3 years ago

Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien"

justsomecomputerguy Re:Enough of this already (433 comments)

"Fortunately, the trademark laws are fairly cut and dried. To be in violation, you either need to be using a trademark without permission in a way likely to cause confusion, or using the trademark in a way that causes "trademark dilution" which "dilutes the distinctive quality of the trademark". You seem to be doing neither in this case." Note - I am not a lawyer, I just found and paraphrased this by googling "referencing a trademark"

more than 3 years ago

Research Inches Toward Processor-Specific Malware

justsomecomputerguy Ok, maybe this is too simple but (155 comments)

at least at the start of this next frontier how about testing for the chip profiling software. It's one thing to be able to "detect subtle differences" in floating point operations but another to do it while also trying to avoid detection while you're doing it.

more than 3 years ago

Truthy Project Uncovers Political Astroturfing On Twitter

justsomecomputerguy When the accounts were created (99 comments)

See Karl?!?!? I TOLD YOU we shouldn't have created those accounts so closely together...

more than 3 years ago

Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

justsomecomputerguy Re:Same song (703 comments)

Step away from the song lyrics. Or there will be... trouble.

more than 4 years ago

Is Early Childhood Education Technology Moving Backwards?

justsomecomputerguy Where are the Sand (or Playdough) Tables? (290 comments)

I am a "computer guy" for a fairly affleunt K-12 district, and for years I have been saying that for K, 1 & 2 there shouldn't even be computers or other "gadgets". As Clifford Stoll asked in his book "Silicon Snake Oil", "Where are the sand tables?" and other hands-on, tactile, open ended learning stations. Most teachers, even Principals I bring it up to more or less agree... but... everyone says the parents won't stand for it.

more than 4 years ago

Hitachi Fined $31 Million For LCD Price Fixing

justsomecomputerguy Re:How Much? (135 comments)

Exactly! It's not like this is going to hurt their reputation in any significant way, so the fines HAVE to be higher than the illicit profits for them to have any real teeth.

more than 5 years ago


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