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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

korbulon Spoofing (17 comments)

Tangentially, does anyone know of a procedure on Android which enables you to spoof your personal data and activity (at least as far as apps are concerned)?

Example: your name is Dorothy and you're in Kansas clicking your red ruby slippers together, but all apps see you as Toto, living down in Africa, blessing the rains.

11 minutes ago
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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

korbulon Weaksauce (68 comments)

A story about a model under development which may or may not lead ... to something? You call this news?

Here's an idea: next time something this "newsworthy" comes up, don't post it!

6 hours ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

korbulon Also ban cars (178 comments)

Because of all the horrific deaths that have occurred just today.

Oh, and think of the children.

2 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

korbulon In other words (185 comments)

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Trouble is, the game never changes.

5 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

korbulon Re:What should have happened (555 comments)

(yeah I screwed up the link but fuck Slashdot's antiquarian no-editing of messages policy. Jesus, it's almost 2015.)

about a week ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

korbulon How about this one? (62 comments)

"Go fuck yourself."

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

korbulon Re:Broadway Hotel, 2-4 Burlington Road West Blackp (306 comments)

BROADWAY HOTEL SUCKS

You were lucky! Instead of breakfast they gave me a green paste of dubious origin. The room had no shower, if you wanted to get clean you had to stand under the rain. On the bright side, the holes in the roof helped do that while staying in. On the other hand, there were no windows, just holes in the wall (on one of the three standing walls, the fourth one was just a hole into the abyss.

Of my two sons, one disappeared after going to the kitchen for dinner. We had to sell the other to pay the fine for this review.

"Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in t' corridor!"

"Oh, we used to dream of livin' in a corridor! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woke up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! Hotel? Huh."

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

korbulon Interest in science (111 comments)

Do you think you'd still be interested in science if you had gone to graduate school?

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

korbulon Great idea (698 comments)

We need to divert resources away from teaching and put more resources into preventing students from getting any actual learning done. An educated populace is a nuisance to the establishment oligarchy's military-industrial-finance-media complex.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

korbulon Re:Robber barons (283 comments)

Free market my ass:

Exactly.

Just to be clear: I meant that in a declarative sense, not an imperative one!

about 2 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

korbulon Robber barons (283 comments)

Is basically what these people are - or want to be. Reading the wikipedia article on the subject ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... ), it's hard to distinguish the behavior of the current conservative groups in question and the unscrupulous landowners who lived along the Rhine:

"They hindered commerce by imposing unauthorized tolls and tariffs and at times by sometimes ransoming or hijacking the goods outright..."

Free market my ass: the real goal of all these crony capitalist "conservatives" is rent-seeking (man, that's another good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...)

about 2 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

korbulon Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

Or as Ron Swanson put it:

“Never Half-ass Two Things. Whole-ass One Thing.”

about 2 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

korbulon Look what happened with Snowden (224 comments)

They got caught with their dicks in the cookie jar, and still (still!) they blame the kid who called them out for it.

Don't fool yourself with ideologies and policy statements and fancy speeches. It's all Bullshit. Democrats = Republicans = Cunts. Power likes to suck itself off and *hates* it when someone gets in the way. Somehow we all know this, but sometimes we need to see it to really believe it. Did many of those who voted for Obama really think the government under his administration would not only be caught spying on US citizens, but that he himself would actively defend it, and that he would use his underlings to spend more effort on the Snowden witchhunt and character assassination than looking into the NSA overreach wrongdoing? It's disgusting behavior, but not wholly unexpected for any reasonably diligent student of political history.

The only people worse than those trying to acquire power are those trying to retain it.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

korbulon Doesn't matter (183 comments)

Terrorists were only a convenient excuse, and it's not about facts, it's about what most people are willing to believe. The surveillance machine was just happy to be humming along unchecked for a decade with the blessing of the Patriot Act until Snowden threw a wrench into the works. They're just annoyed that they can't keep playing with their toys quite like before. Oh I'm sure they're still playing, but now it's with a bit more reservation, throwing resentful looks over their shoulders at the occasional oversight committee: not the carefree spying of yore. Ah yes those were the days.

about 2 months ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

korbulon Probably just stalling (103 comments)

while they try to sneak through another Secret Law like the Patriot Act which will assume that everyone is a CYBER WAR CRIMINAL.

Hacked some credit cards? Cyber war criminal.

Spoofed a website? Cyber war criminal.

Changed your grades? CYBER WAR CRIMINAL.

Wrote some open-source code? CYBER. WAR. CRIMINAL.

about 2 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

korbulon Popularity (226 comments)

Why do you think a show like BBT has been such a huge hit with a wide audience given its geeky characters and plot devices?

about 3 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

korbulon Advancing science (226 comments)

By exposing a mass audience to scientific principles and archetypes, do you think a show like Big Bang Theory somehow advances the cause of science, or is it basically irrelevant?

about 3 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

korbulon I'll be honest (253 comments)

I don't even read this guy's posts anymore. I come here for the (mostly deserved) snide comments.

Again, someone remind me why this guy keeps popping on ./

about 3 months ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

korbulon Goddamn this shit is fucking important (199 comments)

The ruling will provide a key insight into the judicial landscape on mass surveillance. So far both the legislative and executive branches have been in a race to suck each other off with massive expansions of surveillance programs: in spite of all the "gridlock" in Washington, their seems to be little argument regarding this particular issue. And the judicial branch has for the most part remained sidelines, refusing to weigh in. But if ever the phrase "silence implies consent" rang true, it's here.

Based on this ruling we should be able to surmise if this whole system of checks and balances kinda sorta works, or is basically a farce. My guess is that they'll come up with some bullshit about such programs being vital for national security and that it's not a constitutional issue, and the farce will be complete.

about 3 months ago

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K9 Cop Filmed Shoving Police Dog into Suspect's Car Cleared of Wrongdoing

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "Back in November, a North Carolina K-9 officer was recorded by a dashboard camera shoving a trained police dog into the car of DWI suspect after he had already surrendered (as the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HF4jnBSUsA) clearly shows, the suspect raised his hands immediately after pulling over). In spite of repeated viewings of the footage, a grand jury has just cleared the officer of any wrongdoing (http://www.wncn.com/story/24174059/video-shows-wpd-officer-thrusting-police-dog-on-drivers-lap-cleared-of-wrongdoing), citing that "case law has established 'a properly trained police dog is not a deadly weapon.'" Ironically, in spite of suffering extensive facial injuries from the dog attack, the suspect will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon."
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The Perfect Geekend

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "I was having a heated debate the other day with my colleagues about what they consider to be their ideal weekend. Responses ranged from massive gaming sessions, TV show marathons, and hiking trips in the mountains to sleeping on the sofa. This got me to wondering: when the weekend rolls around what does the Slashdot community like to do on its downtime?"
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Congressman Wants to Repeal Patriot Act

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "New Jersey congressman Rush Holt has submitted legislation to repeal both the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act in an attempt to curtail the expansion of government infringment of citizens' rights and privacy. In a press announcement Holt stated: "My bill would restore the probable cause-based warrant requirement for any surveillance against an American citizen being proposed on the basis of an alleged threat to the nation." In an interesting twist, Holt is currently running for a U.S. Senate seat, giving NJ voters have a chance to indirectly voice their opinion regarding NSA surveillance and eavesdropping ."
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