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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

kelemvor4 Re: feminists controll the law! (193 comments)

Read the article. This software was "expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers". Apple and Microsoft have not expressly designed anything for those purposes.

Re read the article. You are quoting the US DOJ statement, not what the company or persons in question have said. If you go to the cached version of the stealthgenie website (since the real one is gone) that is not the case. They were marketing it to employers and parents of teens.

Regardless of your opinion on that matter, the statement you quoted appears to be a falsification.

yesterday
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

kelemvor4 Re:Bury the lead? (47 comments)

According the summary, Microsoft is actually selling tablets and mobile phones! Who knew?!

You misread. They're making tablets and mobile phones. It's mostly just Apple and Google's partners who are selling phones and tablets.

2 days ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

kelemvor4 Re: feminists controll the law! (193 comments)

No one is saying that. We are saying that there is commericial software that is basicly an invitation for abuse, that for a couple bucks lets anyone play NSA, law enforcement at their most depraved and stalk, harrass and intimidate people by hi-jacking their devices. somehow its about feminism. are you fucking daft?

Next we should go after Apple and Microsoft. It's well established that 98.28% of all electronic stalkers, harassers, and domestic abusers used either Windows or osx to do it.

What the fuck is wrong with the world that the seller of a tool can be arrested because some customer chooses to use it for nefarious purposes. I sure hope people don't start using cars to commit crimes because I like having a car. Oh wait...

2 days ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

kelemvor4 Re:Walked past Security Theatre (212 comments)

I'm so glad that so many people were able to participate in the extended season of Security Theatre. Too bad the iPad patron missed out. Well, at least at first...

In their defense, Apple users always look kind of shifty to me.

2 days ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

kelemvor4 Re:What, no positional tracking? (88 comments)

It means tracking translation. The Gear VR tracks your head's rotation but not translation which triggers a reflex in your brain that causes nausea.

Basically the brain knows that your head moved a certain way and what your eyes see doesn't match that. In turn, your brain decides that the only explanation is that you've been poisoned and makes you want to hurl as a defense mechanism.

Maybe not such a bad thing. A lot of gamers drink Monster, which is similar to poison - at least in flavor.

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

kelemvor4 Re:Moscow McDonald's! (224 comments)

I don't live him.

He means, we all aspire to live as if we're Putin, who aspires to live like he was Chuck Norris.

If we were directly exposed to trying to live like Chuck Norris we would die from infinitely trying to roundhouse kick ourselves in the head for trying to live the Chuck Norris. Consequently we "does not live the guy" because Putin saves us from not being Chuck Norris as he is the only man manly enough to survive his own roundhouse kick to the head.

That brings about an interesting problem. What happens if chuck norris tries to roundhouse kick himself in the face? On the one hand, chuck norris does not miss. On the other hand, chuck norris does not let anyone kick him in the face. I think it may create a big bang.

5 days ago
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The Samzenpus Failure Machine Rides Again!

kelemvor4 HAH (8 comments)

"Turd Sundae!" I'm going to have to file that away for later use.

about a week ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

kelemvor4 Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (383 comments)

Apparently they see that disposing of food in trash bins instead of compost is a waste. I don't see the problem with the headline.

If you read TFA, the law seems to be about getting people to put stuff in the right bin. TFS makes it sound like the law is about waste. TFS seems and the headline seem to be deliberately misleading

Here's a quote from TFA:

“The point isn’t to raise revenue,” he said. “We care more about reminding people to separate their materials.”

about a week ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

kelemvor4 Re:Other hackable things (70 comments)

In fact there is no such thing as security that isn't hackable, except that made from finely ground unicorn horns

FTFY. I'm the farthest thing in the world from an Apple fanboy, but how does this pass for news?

In other news, shit still stinks.

about a week ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

kelemvor4 Re:Mind boggling (167 comments)

Statements like these are mindboggling.... "Because they are no longer reporting to Wall Street, they can be more competitive." Your share holders want you to maximize profits and growth, this rarely results in wanting you to be less competitive...

Short term only, by and large. Small recently listed symbols excepting. Dell is making a gamble on something that used to be a staple in computers, and still is in autos. Develop for the high end, trickle down to the low end.

I really hope it works out for him. Maybe someday "Dude, you're getting a dell!" won't be an insult hurled from one teenager to another.

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

kelemvor4 Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (207 comments)

That's an interesting thought process... "some warming is natural" means "no warming is artificial."

You're right of course, it's terribly flawed logic. Just as flawed as the logic in "The greenhouse effect is demonstrable in a test tube, therefore it is the primary factor directly controlling the temperature of Earth."

Real scientists don't make such simplistic and unjustified steps in their logic. Unfortunately, because real scientists remain silent when they don't have verifiable mathematics and experiment to back a theory, we only get to hear the charlatans for whom contributory data is equivalent to understanding the whole thing.

Obviously the conundrum is that if you wait to do anything until you have such proof it may be far too late to do anything about the problem. Death for everyone. On the other hand, if you take early action and there was no justification then you wasted some money. Money spent in some "green" sector vs some other one.

The "conservative" choice is clearly to treat global warming as a legitimate threat.

about a week ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

kelemvor4 Re:Why not KDE (394 comments)

Why KDE? KDE sucks for noobs and oldfags alike. Gnome is still better, and a simple text console is the best.

Then man up and run slack.

about a week ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

kelemvor4 Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

Upload the file(s) as a single encrypted image file. Break that image into stripes. Store each stripe and the decryption key in a different legal jurisdiction? Not foolproof but it does make it more difficult for a single entity.

If you do that, how is the site supposed to publish your documents in the event of your death? They're going to have to get access to the data so they can do the job.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

kelemvor4 Re:Sales figures are news now? (206 comments)

Not sure about other products, but here is the recent article about Samsung Galaxy S5. Samsung sold 5 million Galaxy 5S phones in the entire month of May (which was evidently the first full month of sales) The article says that it sold less in its first month than Apple sold iPhones 5S in the same month. http://bgr.com/2014/07/16/gala...

I know there is always a "many Android phones vs one Apple" argument. But numbers are what they are.

There's also two Iphone 6's. If you're going to break it down, you should break it down.

However, the argument is usually Apple vs Google. In which case you can count both Iphone 6's vs a given generation of Android phones.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

kelemvor4 Re:Almost twice (206 comments)

Yeah, that first iPhone really sucked.

Funny, so does the tenth.

about a week ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

kelemvor4 Re:Short answer - No. (156 comments)

Not unless Tesla can outspend the dealers lobby.

They do have a considerable budget to work with. Here's to hoping!

about two weeks ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

kelemvor4 Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

If you're going to have crime then it's better to have it organized and out in the open. Easier to keep track of and keep from getting too out of hand.

I'm sure John Gotti and a few others would agree.

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 3 months ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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Burglar breaks into Microsoft, steals only Apple products

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Despite Microsoft's offices being presumably filled with the best MS tech on the planet, the thieves instead chose to steal only five Apple iPads that were in the office. As the paper notes, no Microsoft products were stolen."
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Smart Automotive Headlight for Seeing Through Rain and Snow

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Standard vehicle headlights improve driver visibility at night by illuminating the road and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate raindrops and snowflakes making them appear as bright flickering streaks that are distracting to the driver. We propose a headlight capable of avoiding precipitation to improve driver visibility while adequately illuminating the road. This reduces driver stress and makes roads more safe during rain and snow storms. We have conducted simulations and built a prototype system to show that the approach is feasible and effective. Demonstration of the prototype system with an artificial rain drop generator is encouraging making the falling rain disappear in front of the observer.

A write-up on the subject is available here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ILIM/publications/PDFs/DTBRKN-ICCP12.pdf"

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Supercomputer predicts revolution

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location."

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EA's Origin may be a little too intrusive

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "One of the most intrusive EULA agreements I've seen to date is that of EA's ORIGIN:
“We or third parties operating the advertisement serving technology may use demographic information such as age and gender as well as information logged from your hardware or device to ensure that appropriate advertising is presented within the site, online or mobile product or service and to calculate or control the number of unique and repeat views of a given ad, and/or deliver ads that relate to your interests and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. We or third parties may log data for this purpose including IP address (including for purposes of determining your approximate geographic location), unique device I.D., information about your software, applications and hardware, browser information (and/or information passed via your browser), hardware, machine or device make and model, advertisement(s) served, in game location, length of time an advertisement was visible, other Internet and website usage information, web pages and mobile internet sites which have been viewed by you (as well as date and time), domain type, size of the advertisement, advertisement response (if any), and angle of view. The foregoing data may be used and disclosed per this policy and the privacy policy of the company providing the ad serving technology and to other third parties in a form that does not personally identify you.”"

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Can a virtual currency do away with banks?

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Bitcoin is an electronic currency that can be traded directly on the internet, members don't even need to have a bank account.

Its value is fluctuating significantly, but creators claim it will do to the banking system what emails did to the postal service."

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