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Comment Re:Does anyone actually install a JRE any more? (Score 2) 124

The idea here is to use some other exploit to gain access and drop the .jar file onto the system, then run it as a regular local application.

If malware gains local application code execution, then the target user is pretty much farked anyways -- the language used is irrelevant.

Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 53

I agree more choice is good but I dont think it's fair to hold Google responsible for not providing their competition to you. And saying other stores are not available is just incorrect. I'm actually straining to think of some example where a store gives access to other stores (other than your ideal mall analogy). Apple has the same type of warning even on the desktop now. As long as the option is there I think it's fine. If they ever took that away though, it'd be time for pitchforks and torches.

Comment Re:Isn't this a no brainer? (Score 1) 474

They will never be able to vet all the ads. I used to work for a major news website and the Ad Ops people there were always swamped. They also only knew a bit of HTML. There is no way they will be reading all that minified javascript.

The only way to prevent malware from occasionally slipping through the cracks would be to remove scripting.

Comment Re:Pretty easy, based on criminal records... (Score 4, Insightful) 244

A lot of parolees are placed at a serioius disadvantage though.
- Have trouble getting a job due to a record.
- Often have to pay ridiculously high fines and "fees" related to their processing and incarceration
- Rarely get good medical treatment for addictions.
- Were often forced into the system by a plea deal

If we are serious about preventing recidivism, we would lay better foundations for helping these people become productive members of society.

Sadly, the reality is that our society prays upon those least able to defend themselves. No one wants to stand up for a convicted ______.

Here's a link about the "fees"

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