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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

ultranova Re:It DOES have permission (177 comments)

There isn't a whole lot of ways to reconcile how Google wants to make money from Android, with a desire user privacy.

Not if you want to keep your private information private from Google, of course, but there's no reason why Uber or Clash of Whatever need to get in on the fun, or even know what targeted advertisements are being shown - they'll just need to designate a screen area for the operating system to draw the adverts in, and call fullScreenAdvertisement() at suitable points.

4 hours ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

ultranova Re:Are they the same? (101 comments)

Answer: it is a personal decision that has nothing to do with highways trying to apply selective tolls that discriminate against station wagons full of mag tape.

What if some toll road operator first builds Hicksville's highway connection using public subsidies and right-of-way, then opens a general store there, and finally starts selectively enforcing huge tolls and lower speed limits against any trucks carrying goods for the competing stores (but not their own)?

5 hours ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

ultranova Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (173 comments)

There was an article recently (can't remember where) that made the case that with slowing density increase the lifetime of HDDs has to decrease because you're not going to replace them after two or three years anyway because the next generation is so much better.

Fixed that for you. Why would hard drives be exempt from the forced obsolescence business model?

8 hours ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

ultranova Re:Burial customs? (198 comments)

I'll tell you what, you go to a Baptist church and tell them they need to give up a "ridiculous part of their culture". Or try it at a Mosque.

I have no trouble telling ANY group of superstitious people that what they think is ridiculous. Especially when they do things insist a capricious god is going to cure their kid's cancer, or kiss the bodies of Ebola victims, and then wander back to their own homes and, a couple of weeks later, wonder why their whole family is dying - despite a helpful aid worker risking her life to explain to them the basic facts of life and death.

Whether you have trouble or not is not the issue. Whether the message is listened to is. Culture has value, since it helps bind people together and thus serve as a basis of organization, and shared customs serve to reinforce it. If you attack them, you force people into a situation where anyone suspending the custom is seen - even by themselves - as breaking away from the culture, and thus the society. They'd be fools to do so merely on the word of a clearly hostile outsider, and even if they believe you, the perceived risk from Ebola might still be smaller than the perceived risk from social isolation.

TL;DR You're that Persian messenger at the start of 300.

12 hours ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

ultranova Re:The one consistant thing I've seen. (198 comments)

But as the economy recovers, the banks will likely withdraw that money from the Fed and invest it more profitably, putting those trillions into circulation that the Fed minted over the past decade or so. What happens then is anyone's guess - no nation has ever done this trick before, and there's no way to know what will happen to the currency.

What will happen is that the banks will invest the money in various "financial instruments", creating fortunes that'll never exist anywhere except on paper and melt away when the next crisis hits, at which point the bankers already have their bonuses (which also get "invested"). Not a single penny goes to real economy, thus it can't inflate - or stimulate - it.

Also, the economy can't recover because the same problem that keeps dragging it down still remains: people don't get paid enough to create enough demand to buy up everything the workforce can produce. As long as this situation persists, the only way to keep the economy even somewhat functional is to pump demand by flooding the market with cheap credit, with all the problems and risks that causes.

12 hours ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

ultranova Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (200 comments)

Since you never get a full confession you have no check on whether people did the crime.

Since a confession doesn't mean the person did the crime, and pleading innocence also doesn't prove said innocence, I really don't see how confession has any value whatsoever. You either can prove beyond reasonable doubt that they did it, or you can not. And while a confession including, say, the hiding place of the body has some weight to it, this weight is no more so than would demonstrating the suspect has knowledge of the specifics of the crime in some other way.

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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

ultranova Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (200 comments)

Some sort of lottery system that would make political campaigns and party affiliations obsolete, and put an end to the career in public service.

Thus making lobbyists more powerful, since they are now dealing with amateurs. Amateurs who's lives have been interrupted, and who are thus in desperate need of future financial security. Sounds like a good plan.

yesterday
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

ultranova Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (200 comments)

If the crime you're charged with carries a maximum month sentence, you should be out on bail after the month automatically.

Bail? If you've been in jail for a month, you've served the sentence already, deservedly so or not, so what is the bail for?

yesterday
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

ultranova Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (200 comments)

So, systemically, how do you combat that?

Make plea bargaining illegal. What's gained by it?

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Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

ultranova Re:Questionable claims (57 comments)

I wonder what would happen if citizens could sue the government for "questionable claims during campaign".

Nothing good. These are the same citizens who get to vote again every few years, yet keep voting the same people in. Why would getting courts involved do anything but make politics even more vicious and dysfunctional?

I suppose if you want the nation to collapse...

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NSF Commits $16M To Build Cloud-Based and Data-Intensive Supercomputers

ultranova Re:Repuiblicans hate reality (28 comments)

They are calling to task the "Most transparent US administration in history", which is threatening to veto this bill because "the Environmental Protection Agency should, in some case, be able to write regulations based on science and data that is not made available to the public." There's some transparency for you.

So, are you saying all science and data on every subject should always be public? Or that EPA should pretend not to know any that, for whatever reason, aren't?

Anything that curtails the power of the tyrannical EPA is a good thing in my book - they have become way too powerful.

Indeed, back in Good Old Days one could use water for fuel. But not to worry, fracking is already working on getting them back.

But hey, maybe you fancy living in Mordor.

yesterday
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

ultranova Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (474 comments)

Not quite sure what you need a cite on - That police in the US don't have the right to beat the shit out of you for no reason?

Yes. Does Officer Friendly actually get in trouble for breaking your arm? Or does he simply claim that you assaulted him, and possibly plant some drugs in your car to "find", and walk free? Because it sure seems like it's the latter.

2 days ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

ultranova Re: Don't be evil (129 comments)

Profiting from sending other people's children (or, put another way, excess population) to die in other countries which can't meaningfully fight back doesn't sound all that risky to me.

Neither Saddam nor Taliban could really fight back, yet those wars ended costing the US about a trillion dollars it could ill afford to lose. Furthermore, sending "excess population" to die risks revolution or at least demonstrations, like those during Vietnam war; and speaking of Vietnam, you also risk misjudging your enemy. Finally, in a capitalist economy everyone is a potential consumer helping drive up demand (and, more cynically, a potential worker helping drive down wages), and thus corporate profits - and this includes the enemy - so while some profit from the reconstruction, most are worse off.

Wars will end because both tree-hugging hippies and Mr. Burns want them to end. Even the Military-Industrial complex is better off fighting imaginary threats, which can be scaled and steered to pocket a maximum amount of money with minimum amount of expenses.

2 days ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

ultranova Re: Don't be evil (129 comments)

That said, "imperialism" is a human fact: people love Greatness, no matter you are American, British, French, Russian, Spanish or Chinese.

People love greatness, and measure it in a variety of ways, including artistic and scientific achievements. Military might took a disproportionate importance simply because it used to be absolute necessity in the violent chaos of international relations. However, the age of war is ending, simply because they're too expensive and risky to wage, so we're seeing a shift in thinking - or do you think the Roman Empire would had advertised itself as "Land of the Free"?

I bet many Chinese think of themselves as the heirs of Genghis Khan.

He was a foreign warlord who conquered China, so that seems unlikely.

Greatness means power, which in turn means freedom to act as you wish. I'm afraid our brain is wired to think this way.

Right, so when people say Leonardo da Vinci was a great painter, they really mean he could kill you in 60 ways with a paintbrush?

2 days ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

ultranova Re:How will I explain this to my children (129 comments)

So how NSA would be able to explain to a child that computer virus and malware represent the highest standard of behavior.

Just put it into historical context. A computer virus is a huge step up from real ones. And using one to stop a nuclear weapons program while causing zero casualties is definitely a win for the world.

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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

ultranova Re:Completely unrelated... (474 comments)

It is false because the economy has not created new value, instead significant effort is being spent on existing value.

And the falsehood here is assuming the money would had been spent on creating new value, rather than on, say, financial instruments.

3 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

ultranova Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (474 comments)

If Officer Friendly breaks your arm throwing you against a car to violently frisk you, it makes it that much easier for your lawyer to end his career

This is completely at odds with everything I've heard about US legal system, where the victims need to prove they didn't provoke the attacker ("stand your ground"), especially if the attacker is a cop, so citation needed.

3 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

ultranova Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (331 comments)

Again, totally nothing factually wrong with that. If it were not for the Americans, all of Europe would either suffer under the Nazis or under the Soviets.

Really? All of Europe you say? Even Great Britain? Finland?

Actually... yes. Without US there's no way the British Empire could had mounted the Normandy invasion. That means the Soviet Union would had either lost or continued rolling on after reaching Berlin. Britain stopped a Nazi invasion and Finland a Soviet one, but neither could had hoped to last much longer without aid, much less win. And of course there's the post-war rebuilding of Europe and world economy, which was mostly orchestrated and bankrolled by the US.

4 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

ultranova Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (331 comments)

If I own a loaf of bread, I get to choose whatever the F I want to do with it. I own it. No matter what my neighbor thinks, I own it and if I want to eat it, or let it sit, it is my property.

But your right to do what you want with your property is limited by other laws. For example you are not allowed to beat people to death with your loaf of bread, nor form and abuse a monopoly with your company. The latter which is what Google is - rightly or wrongly - accused of doing.

Google is private property. Private property with shareholders yes, but it is still private property. The moment a government, -any- government, starts to interfere, it is interfering with private property.

Google is legal fiction. It's very existence, the same as all corporations, depends on constant government interference. If the government ceases interfering on the marketplace, Google ceases to exist. Given this, it's absolutely government's right - and in fact duty - to define the exact parameters of its interference.

And that is exactly the thing I don't want the government to do with very limited exceptions (such as an idiot owning a nuclear bomb). Simply being the best in their industry (search results), is not one of these exceptions.

And that's all nice and good, but why should your personal preferences take precedence over someone else's? Why should you get to dictate the conditions of corporate existence?

The owner of the corporation is in charge of the corporation, not a voter (or a politician that nobody voted for).

No one is disputing Google's owners right to make decisions on behalf of the company. What's in question is whether the government should use it's legitimate - under antitrust laws - power over the company.

And once more, you modding-morons can mod me down as much as you like because you disagree, it doesn't make my points any less valid.

Well, your points aren't backed by either facts, logic or even ideology - since you're willing to accept exceptions but only when you judge them okay - so they aren't valid by any stretch of imagination. Also, you keep calling people morons.

4 days ago
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

ultranova Re:Turing test is fine (68 comments)

Why should an AI have to think about all the things us meatbags have to think about that aren't relevant to it?

Because if it can't model a meatbag, why would it be able to model an electron (so can't do physics), an industrial robot (so can't program them), a car (can't control vehicles), abstract entities (can't do logic or math) or anything else for that matter?

Imagination is not optional for intelligence. Intelligence is the ability to build mental models and manipulate them.

AIs don't have parents (well, not in the traditional sense anyway) and so won't have a human-like childhood experience to reflect upon,

Any entity that comes to a new setting will require a period of acclimatization. Whether you call this "childhood" or not is irrelevant.

nor should they have to worry about whether that lump is cancerous, or whether they have to go into work tomorrow, or if that dish had too much salt in it.

Computers break down and require resources - more than human bodies, in fact - thus work enters the picture.

5 days ago

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Finnish HIV vaccine testing to begin

ultranova ultranova writes  |  about a year ago

ultranova (717540) writes "FIT Biotech, based on Tampere, Finland, has developed a vaccine it claims will cut the cost of HIV treatment to 1/10th of its current price and might eliminate the virus entirely. The vaccine is based on genetic engineering and will enter clinical human trials next year."
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Firefox 4 released

ultranova ultranova writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ultranova (717540) writes "Firefox 4 has been released. However, 100% CPU usage bug seems to be back (and severe enough that I was forced to downgrade back to 3.6 after half an hour or so), and the new interface is just different enough to be annoying; for example, "Open in new tab" and "Open in new window" menu items have been swapped around for no apparent reason.

In short, I recommend you don't upgrade at this time."

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