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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

vpness Re:Not sure how this is necessary (323 comments)

great point. However, bullies don't bully just one. If they went to the suspected source, then they'd have broader evidence. If the parent of the suspected bully was to allow, as they'd not want their kid to bully, that'd be 'ok.' I say this all noting that this is way over the line of where school can mandate a kid do something. But also noting that - like it or not - you've effectively 'lost' the powers that be at the school. Your ability to ask for a teacher, take the kid out of school early, etc, is shot. That's called 'life.'

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

vpness Nerds gonna have perfect driving habits (199 comments)

In other news, nerds flock to progressive insurance and claim safe driving styles resulting in the lowest possible insurance rates. Progressive in press release say 'we hypothesize it's because nerds don't party or stay out late'

about two weeks ago
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Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

vpness Re: Riiiiight. (170 comments)

Thanks for taking the time to post this. I'm glad your post was modded up. I have a casual, uneducated interest in things in space, and snippets like this are interesting to me. (unlike a lot of /. posts, I'm not being sarcastic)

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

vpness Re:Why is this being covered on slashdot? (784 comments)

guess it's implicit that nerds care about freedoms, given all the blathering about DMCA, and wiretapping, and wikileaks and what's his name in russia and all. Just another 'stuff that matters' , which, IMO, belongs on huffpo, not here.

about two weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

vpness torch form factor running android - I'm buying (74 comments)

my gut tells me that there's lots of us out there who miss our bberry keyboard ... whilst still loving the apps that android gives us. I'd pay more than what I do for my samsung for a well made, slide up, vertical keyboard and bberry battery life.

about three weeks ago
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WikiLeaks Claims Employee's Google Mail, Metadata Seized By US Government

vpness Re: Why is this any different than a warrant for a (53 comments)

if you're replying to me (not sure from the /. nesting): - my point was that wiretap warrants are issued all the time - a quick google sez there were ~ 22K issued - so why was this one of interest? I was actually wondering what made this /. worthy. An AC posted that it dice acting just like huffpo, finding the buzzwords (wiki leaks) which'd appeal to the /. audience ----- My second point was, that like another poster, this one seems to be done the 'right' way - it's on the books for who did it, why, and can be challenged. Wiretaps, performed legally, *are* part of the law enforcement process.

about a month ago
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Norse Security IDs 6, Including Ex-Employee, As Sony Hack Perpetrators

vpness asymmetry is scary for govvies (158 comments)

The thought that a few, decently intelligent , disgruntled *individuals* , coupled with the 'destructive' nature of the attacks I think scares the crap out of govvies. Call it cyber-vandalism, -terrorism, or -war, the act of public destruction and 'outing' is what has made this attack a 'game changer.' State funded threat actors have been spying for years. They've mostly - the stuxnets aside - have stopped short of destruction that they're all capable of, and 'just' xfilled credit cards, or secret formulas. Think what the Target attackers could have wrought by bricking the POS terminals. So if you're a govvie, it's natural to presume that a whacky - but funded - state threat actor is behind this, as the thought of a handful of individuals is just too scary. Do any /. ers know what security product stuff that Sony deployed (which missed all of this )? I'd love to know their host based AV and HIPS, and their network FW, IPS, 'APT ' detectors/protectors.

about a month ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

vpness This is normal and typical of IR tools (135 comments)

Mandiants managed defense does this as well. As did the Incident Response actions that any responders do when they try to understand *what* was xfilled. So, get over it. IBM is just limiting liability.

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

vpness Re: There is an open source solution (413 comments)

Great, insightful thinking. Leaves out a few things : politicians and voters are *from somewhere *. The voters know where to go to vote, the politicians have a somewhat stable territory to run from. Though the general concept is frigging brilliant.

about 2 months ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

vpness Nate silver, r u listening (433 comments)

I need to decide if I need to register Republican - I'm neither - to vote against Carly. I'd never thought I'd be happy to vote for Hillary... Wow...

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

vpness Re: Moderator and AC are MORONS! (243 comments)

Lame reference. It wasn't close to being an independent review. And I stopped reading well before I found the claim that the charges were created

about 2 months ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

vpness Re:OK, not annoyed about the Liberian guy any more (372 comments)

if we could mod this post to a score of 10, we should. The lack of common sense of the 'professionals' which is just mind boggling.

about 3 months ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

vpness future walking dead safe havens when ebola mutates (407 comments)

we should keep all these empty jails scattered around, so the few that survive the plague have a place to defend against the biters. And give us a place from which to create needless drama.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

vpness First app: a timer counting time spent on FB (99 comments)

It'd track the hours you spent sitting on your butt on FB, vs actually doing something which would be healthy ... And then... Wait for it... not report that to you, as those hours represent revenue $ from ads...

about 4 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

vpness planes still have "steering wheels" (506 comments)

My understanding - perhaps reading on /. - about human caused crashes (Asiana, Air France) was that the plane did so much for the human, that the human was more out of touch with actually *flying.* A cautionary tale if we're thinking of handing over control of cars. Humans will get out of touch. Maybe the right place initially for driverless are paid express lanes with limited entrances and exits, and perhaps solely one lane, making a lot of the scenarios discussed by other posters less likely initially.

about 5 months ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

vpness no one here apply for life insurance? (125 comments)

what a lot of posters strike me as missing, is that the DEFINITION OF WHATS HEALTHY IS ALREADY MADE, and when you apply for life insurance you AGREE TO SHARE ALL DR RECORDS AND GET RETESTED. So unless most of you just take the "cover your credit card debt and handle the funeral services" health insurance your company offers, then you've already crossed the 'share lots of specific health info, tied specifically to you' threshold. As someone who's off the bell curve in terms of body height, I'd welcome a more scientific and data centric definition of stuff like BMI. what ID challenge the crypto-smart folks on /. , is to come up with a way - or promote if it's already done - to create a way to guarantee authenticity of that the data is as a patient intended to contribute, whilst cryptographically ensure that the contributor is obsfucated.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

vpness 18,000% growth in stock value since 97 (168 comments)

yes, eighteen thousand. Compare that to the dow, nasdaq and even the much maligned msft. Wow, I sure wish I'd put 1K or 10K into amaz stock and held. Sure, amaz is off its peak of 20,000 % profit recently, but ... so maybe amaz, and the longer term investors really, really do know what they're doing. For example, the amaz phone? my family members are looking at buying just for the mayday feature. Unlike probably most /. folks, mayday, for the 'rest of them,' is such an amazing feature.

about 6 months ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

vpness eSports really ? when darts is a sport, then, sure (116 comments)

sorry, old school here. But a sport involves the combo of physical exertion, and skill. Skill for gaming ? no doubt gaming requires a huge amount of skill. But physical exertion? come ON. and no question that gaming is going mainstream, when espn starts covering it ... expecting the mod downs ... waiting for em actually ...

about 6 months ago

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