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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

tapspace Re:Wear the tin foil hat (303 comments)

There is no way to stop this that I can think of

Poison the well. A browser plugin could be created that identifies trackers and just shovels so much false information that it is practically very difficult to identify what the user actually did verses what was false.

about two weeks ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

tapspace Re:yeeehaw (157 comments)

Shit. I totally whiffed on DEA!

about two weeks ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

tapspace Re:yeeehaw (157 comments)

Heh. With the pace we're on, whether or not you have access to your DNA information and whether or not it's in your medical history, it will be in a database with essentially unfettered access by the NSA, FBI, TSA, ATF, CIA and probably the local police should their buddy the 5 term, hard-on-crime judge agree.

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

tapspace Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

To counter your terminology argument, often in technology, backwards compatible is preferable to a redesign. Git redesigned the version control interface and that seems unnecessary. Only the most stubborn git users would say git has a better interface than subversion, which has an excellent one.

If subversion took the git lessons and added them in, it would be so much better than git ever could be. The stellar parts of git could be added into subversion more cleanly than vice versa.

To make me never think of git again, subversion needs:

  • * distributed and offline operation (duh)
  • * the stash/shelve feature (and might as well add in auto-stashing when an update is performed on a repo with changes)
  • * staging for all commits (no auto-staging of known files anymore)
  • * the auto-merging excellence of git

For git to be better than subversion with those features, it needs a complete redesign.

about two weeks ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

tapspace Sell your soul (207 comments)

People sold their soul and got nothing in exchange. I'd rather have been the martyr than the inquisitor, and that's saying a lot.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

tapspace Re:Glasshole (70 comments)

The idea that they will just very likely not be "mine" at all is kinda discouraging, though.

That should be completely revolting to you.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

tapspace Re:Nazi? Maybe not. (133 comments)

This smacks of moral relativism. You could take the same scenario, and if it were the type of person (ethical or not) who CNN would interview, it's completely ethical. By the same token, something completely ethical (kinda) like starting a political party will look like an evil thing when coming from a guy who society deems "bad." It's unfortunate no one things for themselves anymore... or maybe it's not.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

tapspace Re: is it illegal? (137 comments)

Eric Schmidt is in my top 10 worst people alive. When I say this, people treat me like I am a complete nutjob. I don't think the average Joe (even the average technically savvy Joe) really understands the power he wields from drone policy to dragnet surveillance. The man is a true facist at his very heart, and an enemy of every free man and woman.

about three weeks ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

tapspace Re:Like Politics (227 comments)

For old times sake: mod parent up.

about three weeks ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

tapspace Re:heartburn in the industry? (367 comments)

I work in embedded, and ever since I've known of Wind River I've hated the name, because when I first saw it in a vendor database it was one word, and I thought it looked too much like Win Driver. You chose Win Driver over Wind River.

about three weeks ago
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Cisco Offers $300,000 Prize For Internet of Things Security Apps

tapspace Re:SOOO simple (62 comments)

Embedded and security are my things. I do automotive, so I am used to an industry that will happily incur half a million dollars of engineering cost to save ten cents in per part cost. The thing is, an ASIC is expensive. A microcontroller is cheap. Unfortunately, an ASIC does, by definition one thing and a micro does everything. If you get "root" on the micro, you can run whatever software you want. The people that make these decisions mostly care about per part cost, regardless of security implications. So, restricting it to an ASIC is a really clean engineering solution that your boss will (possibly, rightly) shoot down. And, he's probably under pressure to put this thing (fridge) on the internet. EVERYBODY'S DOING IT! And the customer doesn't give two shits about security principles. It's a real mess we've got cooking...

about a month and a half ago
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Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?

tapspace Re:For everyone who said "what do you have to hide (337 comments)

Spot on. I just lost my modpoints, or I wouldn't be commenting, I'd be promoting.

Like all rational policy, there needs to be some sort of risk/reward analysis objectively performed on the "security" aparatus in the West. For 100 years of claiming superiority as the "first" world, we seem to be throwing the baby out with the bathwater at an alarming rate seemingly in reaction to the various growing pains in the "second" (and, in some cases, "third") world. What happened to our example? Even more frighteningly, what WILL happen? The massive security aparatus of the West (and, obviously, the US first and foremost) represents an enormous risk to future security of the freeman. And, it counters an absolutely miniscule risk in comparison. This is no sensible policy. I pray to God (literally) that this is reversible.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

tapspace Re:For a noted pragmatist, Linus is dead wrong... (279 comments)

It's stuck FOREVER on the GNU v2

And? GPL v2 is, in many ways, the license. Linus is like Steve Jobs. He reminds us that one man can, sometimes, outperform a whole team, uniting an entire army behind him. I digress. What's wrong with being stuck on GPL2? It's an amazing license.

about 3 months ago
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The iOS 7 Jailbreak Fiasco

tapspace Re:Confusing summary (210 comments)

I suppose it's my knowledge of modern computer security that has lead me to know more about Cydia and rooting in general than the average slashtard. My mistake.

about 3 months ago
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The iOS 7 Jailbreak Fiasco

tapspace Re:Jailbreakingg (210 comments)

In android parlance, it is called "rooting."

about 4 months ago
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The iOS 7 Jailbreak Fiasco

tapspace Re:Confusing summary (210 comments)

What's Cydia, and why is it important that they have time to test the jailbreak?

Your post had some credibility up until that point, man! Get with the times! It's like saying "What's Full House?" in the 90s. You don't have to like it, but do you live under a rock?

about 4 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

tapspace Re:That's a tiny number (464 comments)

You know, it does seem extraordinarily short-sighted. What if there really is a group of global elites intent on destroying the US economy in order to bring about a new world order?

about 4 months ago

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