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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:And yet, still no 9/11-2 (146 comments)

The implication of your statement is that if these devices _did_ work, we would expect that 9/11-2 would have happened by now. Think about that for a minute.

about a month ago

Why Software Builds Fail

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Here's a concept to prevent this crap - UNIT TESTS (279 comments)

Did you read the article? At all? This is about build breakages during development, while you are still writing code, before you are even committing it. This has nothing to do with submitted code whatsoever.

about 3 months ago

The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Healthy to question authority (600 comments)

But the problem is that people _aren't_ questioning authority. They're told vaccines aren't safe, and they believe it. Questioning authority means, "I don't know if it's safe or not, but I intend to find out." What's happening here is, "Somebody told me it wasn't safe, so it probably isn't."

about 5 months ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:We have those in South Carolina too (325 comments)

That's the impression I get when I see CHP 11-99 and KMA 367 license plate frames: that the people who sell them actually have little to no relation to the actual cops on duty, and as a result they're like to get you pulled over more due to cops getting pissed that people think they can so easily get out of a ticket. I want to see some actual statistics about this kind of license plate frame usage.

about 5 months ago

Google Launches Voice Search Hotword Extension For Chrome

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:So They're Always listenening? (54 comments)

Actually, that's not true at all. A while back, François Beaufort noted that the extension had been preemptively whitelisted so that it alone doesn't repeatedly need explicit permission to use the microphone. Usually, any website or extension that wants to use the microphone must ask the user for it at least once, repeatedly if the site doesn't use HTTPS. See here:

(The ilnk is messed up; the actual diff of interest is here:

about 10 months ago

Who's Getting Pay-By-Phone Right? The Fast Food Industry

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Pay by phone apps require outrageous permission (153 comments)

* Camera -- Allows the app to take pictures and videos with this camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.

It's so you can use the app's barcode scanning capabilities to scan the barcodes of your rewards cards, or the number on your regular credit/debit card.

* Read your contacts -- Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.

It's so you can send money to your friends, presumably sorted by who you talk to most frequently.

Frankly, for anyone who has used these apps, it should be pretty obvious what these permissions are for. Heck, the second permission should be obvious from just reading the description of the app, and the first permission is heavily implied by the fact that you can, in fact, add such cards from within the app.

Not having used the other 2 apps you mentioned, I can't really say why they need the permissions they need (my guess is the Starbucks app lets you call HQ if you have an issue or something). But they're in control of your money, and all you're concerned about is whether they _might_ make some phone calls you don't want them to make? They _might_ see that you're also running some other apps at the same time? Give me a break. There's nothing particularly nefarious about these permissions, and that Citeworld article is overblowing things as well. "I also wonder if Wallet's slow adoption rate has something to do with these intrusive permissions."? How about, "It's blocked by several major carriers to promote their own payment scheme, which somehow is accepted in even fewer places than the already rarely-accepted Google Wallet"?

about a year ago

Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:If Google cares about security... (248 comments)

They do not. They do not "insist" on synchronizing passwords at all, and if you do, there's also SHA-1 (still unsalted, though). Synchronizing passwords is 100% up to whoever's managing the domain. If you don't want to, you don't have to. Just use SAML SSO instead.

1 year,8 days

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

I agree. Is this just a bad /. post, or literally the worst /. post ever?

1 year,23 days

Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Maybe not completely true? (329 comments)

The Chrome browser uses a completely different strategy from Netflix/YouTube. Netflix/YouTube stream the content directly from the cloud. Chrome tab casting sends data from your machine.

1 year,23 days

Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Why not? (892 comments)

I believe that's the justification given for not giving two weeks' notice: that the employer would not have given any better treatment anyway, so it wouldn't have mattered.

about a year ago

First California AMBER Alert Shows AT&T's Emergency Alerts Are a Mess

m1ss1ontomars2k4 This is AT&T's fault how? (380 comments)

People on Verizon and T-Mobile got the same message. But sure, just blame AT&T for it anyway.

about a year ago

Adobe Shuts Down Browser Testing Service BrowserLab

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Lot Less Useful, These Days (40 comments)

IE9 supports rounded corners just fine...

about a year and a half ago

Yes, PlayBook Does Get BlackBerry 10 Update

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Seriously - what is slashdot's agenda? (90 comments)

The revamped OS IS the current PlayBook OS. There are only a few features new to the OS that the PlayBook didn't already have.

about a year and a half ago

Yes, PlayBook Does Get BlackBerry 10 Update

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Seriously - what is slashdot's agenda? (90 comments)

I OWN a PlayBook and I don't think terribly highly of it. OK, it's not that bad, but I literally have nothing to do on it. There's just nothing to do on it that my Android phone doesn't do better (except for having a large screen).

about a year and a half ago

Time Warner Boosts Broadband Customer Speed — But Only Near Google Fiber

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:They did this to me too (203 comments)

I think the pricing tiers have remained the same; only the speed changed. I don't think they have a problem competing with AT&T, because AT&T gives you worse speeds for higher cost and adds a data cap to boot.

about a year and a half ago

North Korea's Prison Camps Are Now On Google Maps

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Doesn't it bother anyone else that... (159 comments)

The maps for China don't actually align to the satellite image? The maps are reasonably accurate, but they're off by a few miles or so, it looks like. But then the border lines up with the satellite image, and the maps for North Korea, right across the border, line up perfectly with the satellite image. Is it just me? Am I seeing things?

Here's a portion of the border which demonstrates the problem:

about a year and a half ago

Google Announces New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Google Voice (297 comments)

You'd need a 3rd-party app for the actual voice calling/receiving, like Groove IP. I don't know if that's the best or anything; it's merely the only one I know of.

about 2 years ago

Google Announces New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:"True HD"? (297 comments)

That terminology doesn't show up on the Play Store, so I'm not sure where OP got that from.

about 2 years ago

Google Announces New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets

m1ss1ontomars2k4 Re:Still no microSD? (297 comments)

No idea about Daetrin's exact situation, but like him, I can't possibly afford to stream everything from the cloud. I filled up most of a 32 GB microSD card with music and video; if it weren't for the video I'd only need maybe 16 GB. Let's see--should I pay an extra $10/month for a (much) larger data plan, or should I get a phone with a microSD slot and buy a 32 GB microSD card for like $25? Of course, it's complicated by the fact that the kind of phone that comes with a microSD slot is very different from the kind of phone that doesn't--if you want updates directly from Google there's no other option other than a Nexus device, etc.

about 2 years ago


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