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DEF CON Advises Feds Not To Attend Conference

oldredlion Re:And what will happen if they do (250 comments)

If you blow the whistle on them, you win a shit load of trouble for yourself.

about a year ago
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Icelandic MP Claims US Vendetta Against WikiLeaks

oldredlion Re:seriously, the USA is just making a martyr (227 comments)

Of those who know who he is, I'd bet most think he is a rapist.

I think that's the reason they pushed the women to bring charges - to discredit him.

more than 2 years ago
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CNET, IDC Find Rapid Increase In Behavioral Data Tracking

oldredlion Re:noscript?? (88 comments)

It certainly blocks some.

I went to that cnet page and ghostery reported 5 trackers.

I then did noscript "temporarily allow all this page" and ghostery reported 11 trackers, so noscript seems to be blocking 6 out of 11.

more than 2 years ago
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Speech Recognition Using the Raspberry Pi

oldredlion Re:Engadget review negative? (74 comments)

I couldn't agree more. In fact, every "negative" review I've heard/read has come down to unrealistic expectations of what a device with these specs can do.

Exactly. Some people seem to be expecting a low-cost general purpose device, rather than a cheap introduction to programming. Programming doesn't need expensive hardware, it needs thought and logic.

more than 2 years ago
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UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns

oldredlion Re:US not great, UN would be worse (454 comments)

IANAL but I think it'd be OK.

That same website with a link to a pirated film, however, would have the feds seizing your servers pretty quickly.

more than 2 years ago
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Worried About Information Leaks, IBM Bans Siri

oldredlion Re:How is that different from any search engine? (168 comments)

so the idea is that competitors are using the information? That could explain something...

Scene: interior Siri Department
Apple Employee1: Hey! I've got a live one here.
Apple Employee2: Who is he and what's he asking?
Apple Employee1: It's someone from Microsoft, asking for ideas for creating their new desktop OS
Apple Employee2: . Alright, here's what we tell him to do...
Apple Employee1: Reckon he'll catch on?
Apple Employee2: Nah. At least, not before it's too late.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Police Investigate Alleged Phorm Lunch With Officer

oldredlion Re:Non-native speaker here (46 comments)

If that's the case, why is it newsworthy?

From the article

According to Hanff, the officer taken out by Phorm in 2010 was overseeing the initial probe and was asked by the force to investigate the company after the CPS requested it take another look at the case.

How many times does a police officer, during an investigation, go out to dinner with the subject of that investigation?

I could be showing my naivete but I don't think it happens that often. Is it a common thing?

more than 2 years ago
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FDA Backtracks On Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Proposal

oldredlion Re:Beef (172 comments)

I'll never get sick of eating it.

But you might get sick by eating it.

Hmmm, poisonous beef... drool

more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study

oldredlion Re:~** Screwed **~ (96 comments)

Yes, now they will know that I messaged my girlfriend to grab some coffee on her way home. I'm definitely screwed!

Over here in the UK we've got a little bit of a scandal going on, about listening in to other people's voice messages. That came about because people were accessing official sources (eg PNC, DVLA) and getting phone numbers and such like.

Thing is, if they don't need to go the official route - they just go via some app installed on people's phones, or through their email system - then there is little chance that normal people will be able to stop it.

The more of us techie people that knows it is going on and spreads the word, the more chance that normal people will take note and maybe take some precautions.

more than 2 years ago
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Popularity Trumps Privacy For Many On Facebook

oldredlion Re:Google+ (99 comments)

Social people get more from a social network than Anti-Social people. Who'd a thought it!

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Issues Gag Order For Twitter

oldredlion Re:Taste and Classless (154 comments)

"how the fuck is this 1) anyone else's business, and 2) why is it being used as a free speech case against twitter, and the Internet" 1) - No idea 2) - Because we don't know which side wants the injunction. For all we know, it could be the Medical staff who want this kept quiet and the mum who wants people to know.

more than 3 years ago

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