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+ - Samsung Smart TV is recording your private conversations->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung’s privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands.Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.
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Comment: Re:Cool, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 93

by CanadianRealist (#48995453) Attached to: LEGO Contraption Allows Scientists To Safely Handle Insects

Technically, no they didn't need to use Lego to do this. But it was probably easier to build using Lego. And much easier for them to provide the plans for how to build it that anyone else can easily follow. (Which they do.)

It would be neat if the Lego picked up the idea and put together a special set that other people could purchase to make it even easier.

Comment: Re:It's not the gas... (Score 0) 239

by CanadianRealist (#48952995) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

I pointed out the ideal gas law to show just how well understood it is. Not simply saying that cooling the air will reduce the pressure, but here's how you could calculate exactly how much difference it would make. (I really can't see how you could think pointing out the ideal gas law would be disagreeing with you.)

OK, so I guess I'm wrong, the NFL has no experience with inflating footballs. There are multiple balls inflated for each of the many games each week throughout the season and this has been going on for quite a few years, but they still don't really know anything about inflated leather balls. Right.

Comment: Re:It's not the gas... (Score 3, Interesting) 239

by CanadianRealist (#48952863) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate
The behaviour of the gas is described nicely by the ideal gas law: PV/T is constant, where P is the pressure of the gas, V is the volume and T is the temperature. (T must use a scale relative to absolute zero.)

The best answer here is to do a bunch of experiments, not a bunch of calculations.

The NFL has plenty of experience in dealing with inflating footballs. It's pretty hard to believe that they don't understand what's going on. They should be well aware of the effects of cooling on both the ball and the air inside it. It's not like they recently started using inflated leather balls.

+ - Slashdot Starts Serving Ads to Users Who Have Opted-Out of Ads 3

Submitted by jtara
jtara writes: The title pretty-much says it. There is no news story (yet!) and so no URL to link to. I suppose there will be in a few days, once long-time loyal Slashdot users who have opted-out of ads realize how they've been pwned.

To be clear, I am not talking about some optional browser header or cookie requesting generic ad opt-out. I am talking about a specific Slashdot profile setting that allows registered, long-term users to opt-out of ads. (Yes, because we are That Special.)

It's been happening now for a few days. Upper right-hand corner has this:

Ads Disabled
Thanks again for helping make Slashdot great!

But that cake is a lie. Ads disabled? With a generous helping of AdSense. How is that "disabled"?

To Dice: Thanks for making Slashdot crappy.

P.S. I am going to stop modding Dice trolls down. Now they start getting modded up. I'd urge others to do the same. As well, I'd urge others to submit a complaint to Google, as I have. Dice, you went one step too far.

P.P.S. What's with the crazy auto-blockquote and opening quotation-mark that I didn't write? There seems to be an assumption that one will always open a story with a quote from some article. There is no article (yet!), so it's gonna look a little weird. I TRIED to format it nicely...

+ - Nordic countries not the utopia they seem.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Today the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's daily morning program The Current interviewed English author Michael Booth who explored each Nordic state with the aim of investigating the myth of the northern utopias. Then he wrote a book about it: The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia.

Nearly a decade ago, the writer moved to his wife's native Denmark. It was ranked as the happiest country in the world at the time, but Booth was somewhat baffled. He found the reality of life in a Nordic country quite different from the way the rest of the world believes it to be — a bastion of equality, social harmony, and rosy cheeks.

A podcast of the interview is available from The Current's podcast page.
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Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 98

by CanadianRealist (#48933817) Attached to: Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

"we're required to charge ourselves for data usage by us"

And saying that it costs nothing to transmit our bits to our customers but transmitting someone else's bits does cost money is more reasonable?

I guess it's because all of their competitors are still using those old style fat bits that clog up their network, while they themselves are using the new style teflon coated slimmer bits that flow much more readily through the network.

Comment: Virgin Mary grilled cheese (Score 3, Funny) 228

by CanadianRealist (#48923543) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

After hearing about the grilled cheese sandwich that looks like the virgin Mary I read this headline and the image that comes to mind is a roast turkey where the pattern of browning on the skin sort of looks like an image of the prophet Muhammad.

Then I think Facebook is being biased. If they allowed pictures of the virgin Mary grilled cheese then they shouldn't censor pictures of the Muhammad roast turkey.

Then I imagine extremists shouting "death to the turkey!"

(News can me so much more entertaining if you allow yourself to be creative.)

Comment: Re:This tired old saw again. (Score 2) 755

by CanadianRealist (#48701505) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

the early gospels and other evidence

The gospels are not evidence that Jesus really did exist.

If you think they are, then do you accept that the Twilight books are evidence that vampires actually exist? Do you think that the Harry Potter books are evidence that wizards and magic actually exist?

Of course you'll say those are just fiction. Wait about hundred years, then have a few people write new books based on those books. Then wait a few thousand years and see what people will make of them.

Comment: Re:The good news (Score 1) 700

by CanadianRealist (#48207055) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Again, I'd say that needs to be proven. Isn't the sequence generally something like:

chip maker -> device maker -> distributor -> retail chain -> local store -> cashier who actually carries out transaction -> buyer

Exactly how far along that chain does knowledge of counterfeit go?

Comment: Re:Where are the links? (Score 1) 425

by CanadianRealist (#47922675) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos
frnic:

I went to Apples site and looked around - there were no side views to be seen - hmm.

AC points out that there is a side view and provides a link. frnic:

I followed it and found none of the "edited" photos you claim are there. I found ONE photo that showed the iPhone from an angle that showed the camera bulge and the bulge was there...

Your original claim was that there was no view from the side. There clearly is. So it sounds like you are accusing someone of having created fake photos, rather than showing photos from the Apple site.

The camera bulge is not visible in that photo. Maybe, as some suggest, the angle is such that the lens is not visible. Or maybe the photo was edited. But you were trying to deny that there were any photos from the side - the AC pointed out that there is, it's the fourth image on the page. That's true whether coming from an AC or a logged in user.

I don't see anywhere in the AC's post where he says the photos were edited. Nor did he claim that there were no photos in which the bulge is visible. So one can at least wonder if that photo was edited. You were trying to claim there was no photo to wonder about.

Comment: Re:Biased (Score 2) 221

by CanadianRealist (#47781459) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

I guess it was for the 13% of people who got the wrong answer. I liked the following quote in the CBC article:

"While 87 per cent knowing that the earth goes around the sun is pretty good, that still leaves 13 per cent of Canadians that haven't absorbed the scientific knowledge of several centuries ago," Ingram said.

It was also a pretty tough question for the Catholic church for quite a long time. And their top guy is supposed to have a direct line to the guy who created the universe.

And then there are also plenty of people who still have problems with the second question, about humans evolving from earlier species.

Comment: Re:The problem with beaurocrats. (Score 4, Informative) 221

by CanadianRealist (#47780991) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

I live near the border and I can see all the wealthy Canadians bypass the socialized system by coming down here with cash.

Now look across the border and see the non wealthy Canadians who still get treated* without going bankrupt just because they got sick. Who don't have to worry about what a trip to the doctor will cost when they need treatment. (*Get treated, including preventative care, without having to wait until problems become serious enough to justify a trip to the emergency room.)

The US health care system may be really good for the wealthy, but it really is not so good for the non wealthy people who can't afford it. We socialist Canadians think everyone should have health care.

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