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Comment Re:Does it affect functionality at all? (Score 1) 576

In true Slashdot fashion, I didn't read TFA just the TFS. Assuming that the source is capable (ie, did everything practical to disable telemetry, including any weakly published registry settings, etc) and is accurately counting firewall hits (how many of these are one telemetry source retrying relentlessly?) and not attempting to be an anti-MS shill, this really sucks that disabling it per MS instructions doesn't actually disable it.

That being said, does it affect functionality? Does stuff not work (for all definitions of not work -- from not all to pokey slow because it's trying and faiiling to hit a telemetry server)?

While I would expect corporations with an eye on security to object, I would also expect places like that to have a fairly stern outbound firewall policy and filtering system that would block a lot of telemetry by default, mitigating some of this but still not eliminating the annoyance of a machine that does what it wants.

I'm also curious how much analysis of telemetry has been done. Do we know what processes on the machine are responsible for telemetry, and are there any ways to disable them? Have the telemetry messages been analyzed to develop firewall rule groups to block them by IP, URL or DNS?

The problem is that we don't KNOW what it's doing with these connections. Is it possible that one of these server could be compromised in same way? What if that happens and one of these mysterious connections hits the server and it returns a malicious payload?

Comment Re:disrupting or interfering by design (Score 1) 167

... an app cannot disrupt or interfere with devices, networks or other parties' apps and services.

I imagine these rules are meant to apply to unintentional/unknown actions, not ones by design for which the user specifically installed the app to perform. Otherwise, all those call/text/spam blocker apps (like Mr. Number) need to go, 'cause they're interfering with things too...

Google made the rules, and they are the ones that say the ad blocker is breaking them. I'm pretty sure they are the definitive source on what the rules were "meant to do".

Comment Re:Please Explain (Score 1) 127

FTA: "Using the size data he had gathered from 4,063 pilots, Daniels [Lt. Gilbert S. Daniels, who majored in physical anthropology at Harvard before joining the Air Force] calculated the average of the 10 physical dimensions believed to be most relevant for [optimal cockpit] design, including height, chest circumference and sleeve length. These formed the dimensions of the “average pilot,” which Daniels generously defined as someone whose measurements were within the middle 30 per cent of the range of values for each dimension. So, for example, even though the precise average height from the data was five foot nine, he defined the height of the “average pilot” as ranging from five-seven to five-11. Next, Daniels compared each individual pilot, one by one, to the average pilot.

Before he crunched his numbers, the consensus among his fellow air force researchers was that the vast majority of pilots would be within the average range on most dimensions. After all, these pilots had already been pre-selected because they appeared to be average sized. (If you were, say, six foot seven, you would never have been recruited in the first place.) The scientists also expected that a sizable number of pilots would be within the average range on all 10 dimensions. But even Daniels was stunned when he tabulated the actual number.


You just quoted the article, that doesn't explain at all HOW bad cockpit dimensions killed 17 pilots in one day.

Comment Please Explain (Score 4, Insightful) 127

" an example from the 1950s US Air Force where the "myth of the average resulted in a generation of planes that almost no pilots could reliably fly, and which killed as many as 17 pilots in a single day"

Did I miss the part of the story that explains HOW it managed to kill 17 pilots in one day?

Comment Re:Not Sure What the HTTPS Hooplah is all about (Score 3, Informative) 216

HTTPs only encrypts the contents of what you are retrieving, not the location (URL) that you are retrieving it from. Seems rather pointless to push it everywhere. It only has a purpose when the user and/or server want to exchange secret payloads (e.g. credit card numbers).

Umm... the full URL certainly IS encrypted.

Comment Re:Fools think this is horrible. (Score 1) 442

When a person is convicted of a wrongdoing and is offered the choice to pay a fine or go to jail and then don't pay the fine, why should they not then go to jail?

If it was a non-violent crime then they should be some kind of mandatory rehabilitation / education program for them. Jails cost the tax payer money,destroy people's lives who then go on to cause more criminal activity just to survive. The only people to come out ahead are the stock holders (and the people who get justice boners from seeing people punished).

If we can make them better people instead of destroying them then everyone wins in the end.

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