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Comment Re:Not viable on Windows 10 (Score 1) 174

AC is full of crap. Never had issues with Windows 10 and having a separate admin account (which is the best policy no matter the operating system).

As far as the article, I agree with Avecto's findings. On any computers I have setup for others, I have always setup a separate admin account from the working user account and made sure the latter did not have admin rights. For some people I simply made this account without a password or something very simple they could remember easily. In either case, simply requiring that extra 10 seconds of thought and the dialog not being a "yes/no" question will stop nasty stuff from happening.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 895

Um, almost all cases you show were annexations or territory gained from actual open, official conflicts (meaning a declaration of war was sent by one or both sides).

Russia was not at war with Ukraine when it annexed Crimea (or at least won't admit it openly). They invaded the Ukraine, rounded up any opposition, scuttled Ukraine's fleet and faked an election to support the annexation.

We're talking Nazi Germany kind of stunts, not like any of the cases you state.

Comment Re:Body cameras should be retail surveillance (Score 3, Interesting) 110

I have argued this in the distant past and am glad it is getting attention, but we all need to worry about long-term recorded surveillance and the growing developments in machine learning. In the past, the majority of surveillance was recorded short-term and often examined in real-time for human operators to watch over larger areas easily. But we have quickly come to the point where long-term recording is getting cheap enough for indefinite storage. This might seem like a bad thing in itself but made even worse with the fact machine learning also improving to the point where processing hours of the recordings is easily possible with automated software.

This combination means that anyone could in theory be charged with a "recorded crime", meaning that law enforcement did not notice your crime in real-time and no one filed a crime against you but later follow up systems/software found the infraction. At first these systems will probably only be used to help existing investigations but no doubt it will be used later in much the same way as red-light and speeding cameras trying to generate revenue for municipalities.

Should this be allowed in our society? Where do we draw the line?

Secondly, the integrity of the recordings should be paramount. Your idea for encryption is a good one, perhaps expanding it to breaking down the recordings on a 10-15 minute basis with an individual key and checksum for each.

I mention a checksum because we are already at the point where computer generated imagery (CGI) has photo-realism and it could be possible for someone to easily plant images into these streams, allowing the changing of faces, clothing, etc. Body cam footage need to be handled as a chain of evidence and their recordings must be kept secure while also well documented against manipulation.

Law makers need to address this issue now, otherwise this will create a kind of police state that even makes the world of 1984 look like utopia.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

So, instead of modernizing or migrating these antiquated systems that have not been updated in more than a decade now it seems, the entire municipality should migrate the operating system again for their sake and leave them in their sorry state? Seems like a pretty pathetic strawman to me.

Comment Re: Well, once the panels are installed (Score 4, Insightful) 415

Even if you do not believe in the negative effects of the use of coal (global warming, pollution, atmospheric radiation, etc.), you still need to keep in mind the fact that there is a finite source of that energy. If we use up all of the fuel now, we will have no energy to build alternative energy sources later.

So, it is in our best interest as a species and a nation to invest in alternative longer-term energy solutions when primary finite sources of energy are cheap and plentiful now.

Comment Re:I think it's good (Score 1) 229

Yes, let's open up web browsers into becoming a huge security and privacy invasion vector so you don't need to use "native apps" because it's "difficult to change platforms".

Meanwhile, any application developer with half a brain should be making their software in a method that is easily ported to the three major platforms.

But no, we should not expect them to do that. Instead, let's just open the browser up to do everything under the sun and hope nothing goes wrong. /s

Comment Re:Compressed Download Available (Score 1) 52

You would lose the wager. Because the files are on my personal AWS account's S3 bucket and can be easily traced back to me by law enforcement if it has anything illegal or harming inside.

I get the joke but the zips are a serious effort to help get the data shared. The original source took almost 6 hours to download fully because did they not compress or compact the files in any way. I'm just trying to save others interested that effort (and their bandwidth budgets for people with caps).

Comment Compressed Download Available (Score 2) 52

I downloaded the entire dataset folder and compressed into a two-part ZIP for easy download and/or archiving to DVD.

Files are available on Amazon S3 here:

Keep in mind that the total folder is over 63 GBs and 8000 files.

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