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Comment: Re:Jeez are we still doing this? (Score 1) 78

by Aus Mr Fusion (#43706289) Attached to: Google Play Games Leaks Ahead of I/O

can anyone recommend an app that denies (per app) access to various Android facilities (contacts, dialer, etc) that works w/Android 4.1+? (Why do so many basic apps, like for example a flashlight (I'm making this example up) need access to my contacts and call logs? )

If your phone is rooted you can use LBE https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lbe.security.lite It worked fine for me on my rooted HTC Sensation running ICS, but looking at the current reviews there may be a problem on JB leading to boot loops.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:Up to 1Gbps is actually 100Mbps only (Score 1) 121

by Aus Mr Fusion (#39523893) Attached to: Australian National Broadband Network Releases 3-Year Plan

One interesting issue with the NBN is that while we're going to have plenty of bandwidth, our latency to most services is still terrible. America is 200ms away, and there's not a lot in the English-speaking corner of the Internet that's closer. I hope Google, Amazon, and Microsoft start building data centres locally, or the upgrade will be largely unnoticeable for anything other than video streaming.

I see this as a positive for local industry. Service providers will be able to offer products locally that give a better user experience than those hosted on the other side of the world (moving us further towards a knowledge based/service provider economy etc).

Not everything important on the internet (to many Australians) is hosted in the US!

Comment: Standard of proof (Score 2, Interesting) 586

by masonc (#30030666) Attached to: Malware Can Download Child Porn To Your Computer

the courts need to raise the standard for proof of this crime. Just because there is CP on a computer should not be considered enough to prove the owner of the computer put it there. Computers, especially home computers running Windows, are inherently insecure and able to operate autonomously, subject to outside control without the owners knowledge. I can't think of any other possession we are less in control of, which is probably why there is no real analogous precedent for the courts to relate to.
The courts need to require that the prosecutor can show the owner DID download the material with knowledge, not just that it was there. The requirement for proof should be something like correlating an online conversation to a request for the material or carrying it on a DVD, purchasing it with the offenders card, something that shows it could not have been automated.
There is the potential for severe miscarriages of justice with the lax standard for proof presently employed which will inevitably lead to abuse and misuse of power. Once prosecutors have a slamdunk way to leverage a confession that will use and abuse it. All they have to do in ANY case is to look for a piece of CP on the defendant's computer, even if that has nothing to do with the case. No-one wants to go to jail for that and will confess to any other crime, even if they are not guilty. Look at the present case against prosecutors for manufacturing evidence if you don't believe they would do this. "there is no freestanding right not to be framed."

Comment: Re:How can that be? (Score 2, Informative) 978

by ms1234 (#30030624) Attached to: Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

I was grossly overweight to the point that the doctor was worried so I said to myself that this cannot go on. I changed the amount of food I ate from large dishes to normal dishes and skipped any evening meals except vegetables. I also picked up daily one hour walks or swimming. During 4 months I lost somewhere close to 100 pounds and felt great.

Comment: Re:So Where Exactly is this 'Leaked' Document? (Score 2, Interesting) 775

by khallow (#29980182) Attached to: Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad.
They'd have to completely paraphrase the entire document at the least. Watermarks aren't just physical imprints in the paper any more, but also wording changes in the document. Perhaps even the sequence of various paragraphs and chapters or the inclusion of certain unique but tasty data in the report. I don't know how seriously they would protect such a treaty, but it's possible that the leak has already been identified from the meager data released so far. The more information that is revealed, the more likely the leak is to be identified.

Comment: Re:Apple owners would make same unauthorized copie (Score 1) 865

by falconwolf (#29947298) Attached to: Apple Says Booting OS X Makes an Unauthorized Copy

Is installing drivers or programs or user files by Apple customers not 'modifying' the OS? And they boot it, doesn't it make an unauthorized copy in the RAM?

Both Apple and copyright law allow a copy in RAM. Apple also allows modification of the OS on Apple branded hardware.

Falcon

Role Playing (Games)

An Early Look At Ragnar Tornquist's The Secret World 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the pretty-pictures dept.
At the recent Penny Arcade Expo, Funcom revealed a ton of new information on The Secret World, an MMO being designed by Ragnar Tornquist that's aiming to buck several of the genre's common trends. Tornquist also spoke later about several of the game's features and some of the design philosophy that they're working with. The game does not have a traditional class or leveling system. Instead, players gather the powers they want to use and align themselves with various factions of their choosing. "We want you to feel part of a world where the conspiracies are so dense and the politics is so thick that, when you join the secret society as a novice at the very beginning, it's this vast organization, and you'll have no idea how it works initially." PvP will be largely segregated from PvE, and new players will be able to contribute in fights that involve more experienced players. Funcom released some concept art and in-game screenshots for The Secret World to go along with a new cinematic trailer.
The Internet

Integrating Wikipedia With a Local Intranet Wiki 121

Posted by samzenpus
from the mix-and-match dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I work for a large company taking a preliminary look at developing an honest-to-goodness wiki. We have tried to launch a company-wide wiki before, but with little success. The technical domains of each part of the company are different, thus each article needs a good deal of background to be useful. Of course, due the proprietary nature of our work we cannot share our articles outside of the intranet. What we would like to do is leverage existing wikis by augmenting our internal wiki with an external wiki. When a user accesses Wikipedia from inside our intranet, they receive the wikipedia content, plus the local domain specific information. For example, links to company-specific wiki pages would be available in Wikipedia pages. Has anyone else tried to do something like this? I know it sounds like a logistical nightmare; are there any thoughts on how to make this successful?"

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