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Malware Posing As Official Google Play Store Evades Most Security Checks

zentigger Android Security (100 comments)

Why doesn't Android have a permissions structure that allows the user to explicitly manage the permissions for each app?

  If I want to disable access to the contacts for any given app, I should be able to do that. If it breaks functionality of the app, then that is MY problem, but in most cases, it wouldn't cripple the app; I don't need my shopping list to be able to read my contacts and send premium text messages on my behalf.

about a month ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

zentigger Re:No they are not (482 comments)

So, after 7 years you have paid for 7 smart phones: 4 that you bought up front and then 3 more that you paid the provider for the service which includes the subsidized cost of the phone.

about 3 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

zentigger There are no deep discounts (482 comments)

The idea that cell phones are sold at a deep discount is a total fallacy.

Cell phone providers set an arbitrarily absurd price that is two to three times the price that equivalent devices sell for in open markets so that they can make you think you are getting a really good deal, and so they can justify the price gouging for their services ("See Mr. Regulator, I need to charge these fees and maintain these contracts to cover the cost of the device!")

about 3 months ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

zentigger The even more obvious solution... (227 comments)

The service station maintains sets of pre-charged batteries, so when you pull in, all you do is swap out your batteries and drive away.

about 4 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

zentigger Re:Existing programs (529 comments)

Dude, your country is fucked.

In so many ways.

Just plain fucked!

While other countries are examining alternative flexible educational systems and expanding the curriculum, you have education districts dropping fact and reason in favour of mysticism and fairy tales, and move towards a rigid one-size fits all model.

In much the same way that the passengers of the Titanic realized how fucked they were. You have nowhere near enough life rafts, and by the time anyone admits there's a problem, the life rafts will all be launched to carry away roughly 1% of your population.

about 4 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

zentigger math? (545 comments)

Alfalfa growers are now exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year from this drought-ridden region to the other side of the world in the form of alfalfa.

I think your math is a bit off. California only produces about 7 million tonnes of alfalfa anualy. a tonne of pure water is about 250 gallons, so even if alfalfa were pure water, your math is off by a couple of orders of magnitude.

about 5 months ago
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EFF Says Mark Shuttleworth Is Wrong About Trademark

zentigger Re:frivolous (103 comments)

I think you might be confusing patent and trademark.

about 9 months ago
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

zentigger Re: Apple power mgmt (558 comments)

This is sorta like Apples and Oranges, but...

You mean Apples and Windows, right? :)

about 9 months ago
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Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

zentigger Re:Scientists finally discover... (287 comments)

While I certainly agree that kids at (for example) a birthday party do not need sugar to become hyperactive, there are other studies, and they tend to correlate well with what we know of metabolism and how sugar is metabolized:

Other studies show that since sugar is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, blood sugar rises quickly, which can lead to higher adrenaline levels and thus symptoms similar to those associated with hyperactivity.

A study like this carries a lot more weight as it isolates the ingestion of sugar and objectively measures it's biological impact on the children, as opposed to other studies that do not isolate the various stimuli and only measure the results subjectively.

about a year ago
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Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

zentigger Re:Scientists finally discover... (287 comments)

I have 3 kids under the age of 6 and I call a total bullshit!

There are many recent studies that try to dismiss a correlation between sugar and hyperactivity and most of them appear to be pretty flawed. One study states that the parents of the children in the study did indeed report that sugar correlated to hyper-activity, but dismissed that in favour of "clinical" reports--so in their normal environment kids become hyper after eating sugar, but when you put them in a lab they don't. Perhaps the change of environment has an impact on this? This study also compared sucrose, aspartame, and saccharin based on THE ASSUMPTION that aspartame and saccharin do not cause hyperactivity. But few if any of these studies administered the test dose on an empty stomach and monitored the biochemical response.

Other studies show that since sugar is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, blood sugar rises quickly, which can lead to higher adrenaline levels and thus symptoms similar to those associated with hyperactivity. This fits much better with what we understand about metabolism and is not based on any assumptions or other external effects, such as change in environment.

about a year ago
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Canadian ISP Fights Back Against Copyright Trolls

zentigger extortion? (66 comments)

FTFA:
a notice claiming that subscribers could face up to $20,000 in damages

Considering the law now features a cap of $5,000 for non-commercial statutory damages would this not count as extortion?

about a year and a half ago
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Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

zentigger Re:Batteries (286 comments)

That's pretty cool! I had no idea any such device existed!

about a year and a half ago
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Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

zentigger Re:Batteries (286 comments)

yeah, but that still doesn't let you charge the batteries outside of the phone.

about a year and a half ago
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Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

zentigger Batteries (286 comments)

The battery tip is great, but even better than "more manufacturers making out of phone chargers" would be standard sized batteries, or at the very least, standard battery connectors, so anyone could make out of phone chargers, or one charger fits all.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Pirate Party Forced To Give Up Legal Fight

zentigger Re:Onanism (245 comments)

I'm sure your digital overlords will be proud that you, their lackey, are so faithfully following the scriptures.

Perhaps you should look up the definition of theft.

about a year and a half ago
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Canada Prepares For Crackdown On BitTorrent Movie Pirates

zentigger Re:People should think twice... (292 comments)

Under C11, statutory damages are now limited to $5000 for non-commercial infiringement, so there's not a lot of incentive for the rights holders to pursue litigation.

about a year and a half ago
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Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

zentigger Re:Malware (686 comments)

Maybe not such a crazy idea. Maybe it's time to start laying criminal charges against the sites that deliver malware

about a year and a half ago

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Northern Canada in the Dark

zentigger zentigger writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zentigger (203922) writes "At approximately 06:36 EDT Thursday, October 6, 2011, Anik F2 satellite experienced an attitude control issue and lost earth lock affecting C, Ku and Ka services. The satellite went into safety mode and moved from pointing to the earth to pointing to the sun.
This has put most of Northern Canada in the dark as all internet and phone services come in over F2."

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zentigger zentigger writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zentigger (203922) writes "I work for an ISP that supports internet in several dozen remote areas. Our POPs are typically fairly small shed-like structures with a couple racks of equipment. For the most part we can manage this stuff in-band, but frequently we need to have a local agent physically access the equipment for some minor maintenance work or adjustments. As time goes on the shuffle of keys is becoming farcical and expensive. What we need is an electronic lock of some sort that can be reprogrammed remotely (preferrably from a remote console via serial or directly via ethernet) that will stand up to extreme weather. Google certainly turns up lots of glossy brochures — although I don't see how they can all be "The heaviest duty lock you can buy!" Does anyone have good experiences with any particular products or perhaps other means of dealing with the key shuffle?"

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