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Comment: Re:Original Source (Score 2) 93

by DaScribbler (#40638797) Attached to: Android Forums Hacked: 1 Million User Credentials Stolen

Here is the original source, with more information and less sensationalism. They aren't sure if any user information was downloaded, but are treating this as a full breach. To their credit, they at least hashed the passwords, and chose to inform their userbase rather than sit on it until they figured out if any user data was actually stolen or not.

No, they only informed those who actively frequent their sire, since all they did was post a warning at the top of the forums page. They took no steps beyond that. They didn't bother to send out a mass email to their registered users. I didn't learn about it until yesterday, 3 days after the breach, and that's only because I read it here on slashdot. If I hadn't read about it here, it would probably have been another 5 or 6 days before I learned about it, since that's about how often I frequent their site.

Comment: Foursquare blocked access, so the app was useless (Score 5, Insightful) 459

by DaScribbler (#39549689) Attached to: World's Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry
If I recall correctly (as this news isn't exactly new... it's a few days old), the app wasn't pulled because of the outcry. It was pulled because Foursquare revoked the app's access to their APIs because it violated their terms of service which dictated you aren't allowed to use the APIs to aggregate information.

Comment: Re:Chill, it's a reboot. (Score 1) 481

by DaScribbler (#39426851) Attached to: Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

If you take Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and make them aliens instead, you kind of just ditched half the title right there; they're no longer mutants, or turtles. For that matter, they may not qualify as teenagers, and can an alien really be a ninja?

Oh I dunno... I think alien spoors that have been spliced into infant turtles, and spend the next 13-17 years growing and training as ninjas, would fit the TMNT name.

Comment: Re:How well does it work for scientific books? (Score 1) 291

by DaScribbler (#37599178) Attached to: So Far, More Than 50,000 Kindle Fire Pre-Orders Per Day
eBooks in general aren't a viable alternative for textbooks, or any book designed for reference material. There's too much rapid back and forth page flipping during typical textbook use. Tablets/pads/desktops/laptops/dedicated devices/etc.. simply don't have a viable interface to replace the ease of three fingered page flipping, multiple reference books open at the same time for cross referencing, etc. IMHO, eBooks are only a viable replacement for linear/chronological reading (as in reading a novel).

Comment: What the article fails to mention (Score 2) 186

by DaScribbler (#37540720) Attached to: Samsung Joins Ranks of Android Vendors Licensing Microsoft Patents
What the article fails to mention is that Microsoft and Samsung came to a cross-licensing agreement. Microsoft isn't extorting Samsung like some replies above like to believe. In the deal, Microsoft is also licensing some patents from Samsung as well. It's just not made transparent.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 159

by DaScribbler (#37390440) Attached to: Purported FBI Report Calls Anonymous a National Security Threat

But did Anonymous ever focus on a collective agenda? They were always bored, and someone gave them a target, and if the target was "lulzy" enough, they would "raid". The irl actions followed exactly the same pattern. At best, they have momentary flagships they follow. At worst, they are just picking at random things for the lulz.

The statement in bold points out that there's a structured agenda on the table. It's not like a random group of people coincidentally happened to be in the same place at the same time and their actions just miraculously worked in sync with each other.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 159

by DaScribbler (#37389650) Attached to: Purported FBI Report Calls Anonymous a National Security Threat

The idea that any group of humans can achieve anything as a "leaderless collective" is a fantasy totally at odds with every prior historical instance of collective human activity. It doesn't happen.

Yep that's why angry mobs are just a scary campfire story.

Angry Mobs rarely accomplish anything but random destructive results and don't have a focused collective agenda, and as a result most likely will not achieve anything. Those that do, have somebody/somebodies directing traffic, thus negating the assumption of a "leaderless collective".

Comment: Re:Ten Years of Nonsense (Score 1) 804

by DaScribbler (#37368708) Attached to: Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001

You can't make a call on a cell phone from an airplane.

Since when? You mean that little "policy" of not using cell phones on planes? Somehow I find it hard to believe anybody would follow that policy during a hijacking.

And the Pentagon is the most unusual case with almost no (believable) physical evidence.

Aside from photographs and thousands of witnesses?

Comment: Re:Lightning involved (Score 1) 184

by DaScribbler (#36857650) Attached to: Bullet Train Derails In China
I would venture to guess "Communication Breakdown". It's not like the lead train came to an instant stop when it lost power, as stopping a train takes a considerable effort. One would speculate that if a train lost power, it would only apply enough brake to ensure control on the track because it knows there's another train rapidly approaching from behind. And only then come to a complete stop when it's safe to do so.

Comment: Re:Try again.. (Score 2) 276

by DaScribbler (#36579092) Attached to: Google Boots Transdroid From Android Market
It's not like they're banning it from your device. Got a new phone or wiped the device on an upgrade? Just download get it from a different source. Google isn't saying you can't have it on your device. They're simply not allowing it on their market. Whoop-de-do. There are other markets and sources (and in this case directly from the developer).

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