top Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges
yeah! It's "for all in tents and porpoises"... an historical reference to those who lived nomadically or disguised as intelligent sea creatures.
top South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"
The school officials probably felt that since it was only 6000 years ago that dinosaurs weren't only confined to zoos, the plausibility of the essay was too eerily real.
top Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope
Researchers will demonstrate the process used to spy on smartphones using
gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. Researchers from Stanford and a defense research group at Rafael will demonstrate a way to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. According to the " Gyrophone: Recognizing Speech From Gyroscope Signals" study, the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones.
I can't help but feel like there are gyroscopes involved in this process somehow...
top WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"
Right, that's why the US didn't fly into Afghani airspace to get Bin Laden, because doing so without the consent of the Afghan government would have been illegal.
top New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One
Because despite recent bad press, they are interested in security.
Your post makes various other points that sound reasonable to me, but I have to call out the above line from a couple of angles:
1) using the phrase "bad press" implies a virtuous subject that has been distorted by a reporting industry with a non-virtuous agenda. NOTHING OF THE SORT has happened to poor lil' NSA here... they FUCKED us, straight up, and got caught red-handed.
2) Whatever the extent to which the NSA is "interested in security", it might as well be the extent to which a wolf is interested in "keeping chickens alive"... yes the wolf wants a food supply, but that doesn't make the wolf a proponent of livestock. The NSA is all about surveillance at this point; their putting on the badge of promoting security is a means to an end. I won't rehash the extensive list of public standards they secretly compromised to that end; it speaks for itself.
Again, I think much of what you wrote makes sense, but in this particular line you stray notably too far into something approaching neutrality about the NSA. They are bad people with a bad agenda, and they'll fuck YOU the first chance they get.
top Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania
I *knew* I recognized that shade of pink!
top Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE
There is a huge difference between "limited by physical laws to the best of humankind's understanding of them" and "limited by policy". Your implication that Verizon has been portraying "unlimited" to mean "any amount of data in any arbitrarily small amount of time regardless of physics" is utter drivel... bullshit of the most asinine form.
top Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo
I hope they eventually come out with a model they dub "Kwijibo", thereby validating Bart's scrabble gambit.
top New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes
Really liked reading your entry... I'm same-minded about exercise and what I eat, for largely the same reasons. Thought I'd put in a plug for xylitol; exactly as sweet as sugar gram for gram, no bitterness/weirdness in taste, natural, long long history of usage in Europe, *is safe for diabetics* because it doesn't cause the same insulin reaction that sugar does, and even helps prevent tooth decay (because it looks enough like sugar to mouth bacteria that they try to digest it, but fail/die).
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top US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles
Don't worry. The plucky geek sidekick will - via phone - talk him through reprogramming his entire GPS operating system by pushing five buttons in the right order.
"This is Unix. I know this."
top US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles
The hundreds of thousands of people who are alive today because of those actions probably don't consider it "nonsense".
Actually, yes we do.
top NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin
I remember when the RIAA had some pirate place raided years ago, and the coverage of the raid said that they'd found "thousands" of dvd burners. Turns out the actual number was lower by an order of magnitude, and that the numbers had been inflated on the pretense that a 16x speed burner was "equivalent" to 16 dvd burners.
Do not -- by any stretch -- put it past the interested parties to thusly lie.
top A Look at Smart Gun Technology
>While the idea of a gun that couldn't be turned on its owner seems like an obvious win for everyone involved
Um, except for the intruder/burgler. Not that I'm pro-intruder/burgler, but... "everyone involved"?
top Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication
If it's not transparent and open, it will be hijacked and abused by the government. Not even a question. You yourself may have the best of intentions, and the evolving system may currently be in a benign state; that's well and good, and I thank you for both your intents and for your summary of things as they seem at the moment. That being said, it does not in any way serve to derail the larger theme that this will be abused and corrupted. I have no doubt, however, that the government will do its utmost to pretend otherwise. And this opinion of mine is based on a LOT of evidence.
top Online Shopping: Hazardous To Junk Food's Health
Anthony Hopper, chief executive of advertising agency Lowe Open, said brands need to change how people buy chocolate, but acknowledges that it won't be easy.
After that scene where he talks about eating fava beans with a light chianti, I figured he could make anything sound tasty. No surprise he ended up in food advertising.
top User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits
Who will monitor the monitors?
top Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads
It is also the truth most times.
Hmm... in other words, most things that seem different or unusual correlate with something that should be hidden. If that's your meaning, disrespectfully disagreed.
top US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures
Sure, technically the headline's accurate, but that's not incompatible with being misleading.
Far less misleading (while being *at least* as "accurate" as the existing headline) would have been something like, "Execution use would lead to ban on drug's importation".
top The Case Against Gmail
Here here. Aso, have a gander at Google Sharing (plugin for Firefox).
top Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?
Imagine if President Obama had stated, 'I believe the nation should commit itself to the goal of enabling all Americans to access affordable health insurance' but then left the how to do it to some of the best experts in health care and economics without partisan interference."
Yes, imagine if he or anyone had had the political freedom to leave such a choice to truly non-partisan experts... but he didn't have that freedom, because there are such corporate interests vested in the outcome, with tentacles all into both parties, that such freedom to do so does not exist. If back in Kennedy's day there were numerous huge wealthy corporations with interests in the moon landing NOT happening, or happening on different timetables with different agendas, *and* the liberty to corrupt politics with money had reached the fever pitch it has today, *and* politicians had already given up the idea of even posturing to seem like they had nobility and dignity above that of a Geraldo show, THEN the moon landing might well and truly have been f*cked.
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