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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

scottbomb Re:Because (130 comments)

Exactly. It's extremely annoying having FB pick and choose what I see. I keep my news feed on "Most Recent" all the time. But every once in a while, without warning, they pull the ol' switcheroo and change it back to what they think are the "Top Stories". No FB, I actually know everyone in my friends list and I like to keep with with all of them, not just the few I communicate with most.

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

scottbomb Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

This is somewhat over-simplified but Google can also zero in on human faces in street view in order to slightly blur them. It's all automated. I think it has something to do with scanning for skin tone hues and corrosponding shapes. We recognize that an object we see is a human because of how they are put together: arms, legs, a torso, chest, head. Yes, all varying in sizes and hues but not by much. Parental control engines scan images for what they consider to have excessive skin tones, especially when those tones are interrupted with other skin tones that make up things like nipples, public hair, etc. It's quite sophisticated indeed, but when Facebook can do facial recognition, considering that Google can flag an image of something like a child with a dick in his mouth doesn't seem too far-fetched.

about a month ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

scottbomb Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Which is why I don't use gmail and I find it rather alarming just how many people are/have switched to gmail. This is not to say Hotmail and Yahoo are any better at minding our privacy but I don't use them anymore either - for the same reason.

about a month ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

scottbomb No big deal (except the encryption part) (176 comments)

I don't need them to do "rich document rendering" (whatever the hell that is) nor do I need them (or anyone else to) index the contents of my files. All I want is for someone to STORE the shit and keep it synced between all my machines. Dropbox does this very well.

As for encryption, I don't have time for that nonsense. Anything sensative such as financials is kept locally on my own server or burned to a DVD and put in the closet. I couldn't care less if someone gets a hold of my vast collection of pictures and documents. It is private, but not going to hurt me if someone at the NSA starts snooping around.

about a month ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

scottbomb This is news? (354 comments)

So a business found a way to cut costs and thereby increase profits? For shame!

about a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

scottbomb Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

...the people who were laid off could not apply for 5 months.

Why would you apply to work for the same company that just kicked you to the curb? I'd tell 'em to go to hell.

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

scottbomb It will never happen (753 comments)

Privacy concerns and the black market will keep the cash alive.

about a month and a half ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

scottbomb Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (132 comments)

It would be nice if Google had some competetition here. I went to openstreetmap.org and entered my address but it said nothing found. That's too bad.

about a month and a half ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

scottbomb And they think we'll trust them to drive us around (132 comments)

Something similar happened to me recently. Google Maps led me to a business that was no longer there (if it ever was). A week or so later, I asked it about a Wells Fargo branch. It sent me to one about a mile away. Later on, I realized there was one just a block down the street from where I made the inquiry. Doh!

about a month and a half ago
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Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

scottbomb Re:True of any job. (121 comments)

Their cost of living is 1/6 too.

about 2 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

scottbomb Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Because Attorney General Eric Holder won't do his job and appoint a special prosecutor.

about 2 months ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

scottbomb Eighteen THOUSAND engineers?! (279 comments)

Maybe that's part of the problem. Too many cooks spoiling the broth? Perhaps I'm naive, but 18k seems a bit much for what they produce.

about 2 months ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

scottbomb Re:Reckless (184 comments)

This. If I didn't have to worry about people torrenting movies or downloading kiddie porn, I'd be happy to share some bandwidth. Unfortunately, the real world dictates I not even consider this.

about 2 months ago
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

scottbomb Re:Illegal, but very useful. (251 comments)

Problem is, the same people who initiate the prosecuting are in on it. Have you heard of a guy named Eric Holder?

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

scottbomb Re:That's only an excuse. (65 comments)

Without an SSN you need a DOB. At least that's the case for all the credit checks I've run at mutliple companies over the past 20 years.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

scottbomb Re:Not doing it right (65 comments)

Credit check. A company choosing to keep it AFTER the fact is folly, unless your a banker extending credit and you need to periodically re-run credit.

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Cryptanalysis To Include Crowdsourcing Aspect

scottbomb Re:Truecrypt fork (131 comments)

Very interesting, thanks. I was wondering where the ch came from.

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Cryptanalysis To Include Crowdsourcing Aspect

scottbomb Re:Truecrypt fork (131 comments)

Doh! I stand corrected.

about 3 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

scottbomb Bye, bye Windows. (248 comments)

I mostly used Kubuntu and Xubuntu before this anyway, but I no longer trust MS to not have gov't backdoors built-in. Yes, I know nothing is 100%, but I'm more comfortable using an OS that's open-source over one that's not.

about 3 months ago

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Rakshasa, the hardware backdoor on supposedly 230 Intel motherboards

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Just what we need a virus that can't be detected or removed, and apparently, just about every Intel motherboard made is vulnerable. From the article: It’s the Information Age apocalypse: What if, no matter how hard you tried, every computer on the market — from PCs to smartphones to fridges to cars — came pre-loaded with an irremovable backdoor that allowed the government or other nefarious agents to snoop on your data, behavior, and communications?"
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'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So apparently the Federal spooks are saving every single email they can get their hands on. SMS and IM communications are likely stored as well. These aren't just suspected terrorists or criminals. They likely have records on all of us. Maybe we should start emailing fake bomb threats and drug deals to each other, just to piss 'em off."
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Arizona Passes Sweeping Internet Censorship Law

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "It will be interesting to see how long this new law lasts until it's struck down in either the AZ courts or the US Supreme Court. I can't help but wonder just how the AZ legislature thinks this will pass Constitutional muster.
From the article:
"The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished.""

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People Are Downloading "Anonymous" OS (!)

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "The mere fact that 26,000 people are stupid enough to actually download and install this is frightening. According to the BBC, "More than 26,000 people have downloaded an operating system which members of the Anonymous hacker group claim to have created.""
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Web Forms Service Shut Down Over User Content

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is truly frightening. An entire business is threatened, and the dominoes fall on many other businesses all because of some alleged illegal activity by a handful of their customers. Don't you just love how Big Government is looking out for... you?

Quote from the linked page:

"SOPA may not have passed, but what happened shows that it is already being practiced. All they have to do is to ask Godaddy to take a site down. We have 2 millions user generated forms. It is not possible for us to manually review all forms. This can happen to any web site that allows user generated content.""

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You Will Never Kill Piracy

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is perhaps the best op-ed I've read about the whole SOPA/PIPA controversy. The author challenges Hollywood to re-think their entire business model. It will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears, for now. But sooner or later, they will have no choice but to adapt.

From the article:

"Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it’s worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won.

It can’t, is the short answer, and one these companies do not want to hear as they put their fingers in their ears and start yelling.""

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Engineers invent laser-guided bullet

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So who wants to be a marksman? The day may be approaching where anyone can pick up a gun, point and shoot, and hit a target with little to no training. Sandia National Laboratories have invented a bullet that guides itself to the target with a laser. An incredible engineering achievement, for sure."
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If you thought SOPA was bad, look what happened un

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Months before the debate about Internet censorship raged as SOPA and PIPA dominated the concerns of web users, President Obama signed an international treaty that would allow companies in China or any other country in the world to demand ISPs remove web content in the US with no legal oversight whatsoever."
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Facebook Decides What You Want to See

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So I fire up the Facebook page this morning to see they have changed the layout... AGAIN. Facebook has decided they know what I would consider a "Top Story" and has put all those posts to the top of my feed. Annoying as hell. Judging by the posts from many of my friends, they weren't impressed either.

It appears that Facebook has heard the outcry from the masses. This afternoon, it looks like they have changed it. Instead of them choosing what I consider a Top Story, I get to choose it. Now that's more like it.

From the article:
"“Starting today, it will be easier to keep up with the people in your life no matter how frequently or infrequently you’re on Facebook,” wrote Mark Tonkelowitz, an engineering manager at Facebook, in a post on the company’s blog.""

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Netflix's DVD business re-branded as Qwikster

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "In a PR move that is likely to be criticized as putting lipstick on a pig, Netflix re-brands it's DVD-by-mail business as "Qwikster". Personally, I prefer the a-la-carte pricing as I only use the streaming service for $7.99/mo.
From the CEO's blog:
"So we realized that streaming and DVD by mail are becoming two quite different businesses, with very different cost structures, different benefits that need to be marketed differently, and we need to let each grow and operate independently. It’s hard for me to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride, but we think it is necessary and best: In a few weeks, we will rename our DVD by mail service to “Qwikster”.""

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Fighting Fires... with Electricity

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "We all know that careless use of electricity is common cause of structure fires but who knew it can actually be used to extinguish a fire? It will be interesting to see if this technique can actually be used to fight fires on a larger scale than a controlled lab experiment."
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Obama Admin Creates Fake People on Web

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb writes "The next time you think personal blogs and web forum comments are the musings of real people, think twice:

The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues."

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RIM makes a rebound

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Contrary to popular myth, there are plenty of us who still love our Blackberrys. The proof is in the profits.

RIM said net profit jumped 45 percent in its third quarter, which ended on November 27. It said results were boosted by strong sales of its flagship Torch smartphone, a new product that combines a touch screen like Apple's iPhone with RIM's trademark mini keyboard. Analysts have worried that it could lose core business customers to Apple and Google, whose Android software is used by device makers including Motorola, Taiwan's HTC Corp and South Korea's Samsung.

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Heroic engineer crashes own vehicle to save a life

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time."

"A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — "there was no time to take a vote" — Innes kicked into engineer mode.

"Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together," Innes explained.""

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Ask Slashdot: Where are the entry-level IT jobs?

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago There has been plenty of debate on Slashdot recently about the value of a college degree, the most sought-after certifications, even home-school curriculum ideas for budding geeks. While the value of experience certainly cannot be understated, the question must be asked: how does one get started with all the ads demanding 3-5 years of professional experience and/or a 4-year degree? How does one find out about entry-level positions? A search on Monster and Dice reveals very few results for entry-level positions and they all required a 4-year degree (I'm working on it but it's about 4-6 years away as I'm a part-time student). This is in a metro area with a population of several million people so expected to find at least SOMETHING. Are there better job sites for IT? what's the secret to getting the foot in the door?

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