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Comment Re:"Running arbitrary commands" is irrelevant (Score 2) 129

Well, the other thing is that you cannot run commands on arbitrary data without privilege escalation, unless you are already root. It is simply conceptually impossible. Any process that allows you to access data above your privilege level includes a privilege escalation by definition.

My take is just that the article sound sensationalist and not very competent with regards to technology.

But if you run Linux from disk on a system, and you create a user with the same ID as the user data you're trying to access on that system, you can read all the data from that user. That is not privilege escalation, as far as I can see.

Comment Re:Symbolism over substance (Score 2) 378

I'm just curious if anyone in the administration actually knows that US wireless companies use different, incompatible technologies. A phone that works on one carrier would, at most, have a chance of working on only one other carrier, and would, most likely, lack the ability to take advantage of the additional carrier's full spectrum, resulting in degraded service.

Yes they do know. If the phone companies hadn't been ready now, they would have waited until they were and then made the announcement. The administration looks good, pro consumer, where in reality you're still locked in.

Comment Re:Lousy ideas (Score 1) 1013

I've never encountered a situation, and am at a loss for an actual, private-citizen, real-world situation, where more than 3 rounds would be necessary except in the case of an incompetent shooter (i.e. poor aim).

Perhaps law-enforcement officers can be in situations where more then 3 rounds are needed?

Comment Re:Cost vs injury (Score 1) 499

Lately its configuration is such that if approaching from one of the side streets and the light is red, you have to stop and wait for it turn green. This doesn't seem to be any better than an inductive loop in the pavement, and thus the current implementation is a waste of money (IMHO).

The reason 'they' do this (well, in the Netherlands) is; if local people grow accustomed to the fact that they can always count on the light being green when they are at the intersection, they will after awhile expect it to be green. By delaying the green, people will slow down before they have reached the intersection, which is safer.

Don't know if this is actually true, but it's the rationale given.


Submission + - Making Sense Of Colors And Shapes In The Toilet (

mjjochen writes: Just in time for the big American eating festival known as Thanksgiving, comes this NPR story on the shape and color of our bodily waste products. Discussion on the color, shape, smell, & even taste are included. Now we can have just as much fun analyzing things after the meal as we did consuming the meal — for the scatologically inclined, read on!

"Here at Shots, we're all for "breaking the taboo around the toilet" (see our recent posts on squatting and fake feces). And we get the sense that there's more confusion out there about what ends up in the toilet than most people would care to admit. And so for World Toilet Day, we're sharing a couple of infographics we stumbled upon recently."


Submission + - Google: Add Your Voice in Support of the Free and Open Internet

mc10 writes: Google is asking its users to take action to support a "free and open web", before the meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) begins on December 3. From the company's Google+ post: "Some governments want to use this meeting in Dubai to increase censorship and regulate the Internet. ... A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet."

Comment Re:Hold your head high ! (Score 1) 684

I did not (and still do not) blurb out answers just because I can, I will only do so _after_ everybody else (mostly from the "doh!" category) in the room were stumped.

So you wait until you are sure that everyone does not know the answer and then you show everyone just how smart you are?
Intelligent... Perhaps. Wisdom... Not really no.


Submission + - Man moves to US and is told to repurchase all apps (

kthreadd writes: Andreas Fredriksson describes the downside of app stores when moving between countries:

I recently moved from Sweden to the US. Now that my bank is here in the US, I switched my Apple account over to the US region.

Doing so made everything under “Purchases” and “Updates” disappear in the Mac App Store. After a long frustrating email exchange I was told by the App Store support that apps are tied to a region, so if you have downloaded an app in one region it’s forever tied to that region. Their message was: You have to keep your account in the Swedish region to receive updates. Note that this applies even to free stuff like Twitter!

Submission + - Warcraft confirms it - Iranian sanctions are trying ( 1

cold fjord writes: Is this the end of the world . . . of Warcraft? Maybe for Iranian gamers who are undergoing a forced morale check due to tightening sanctions cutting access to their game of choice: Iranian players of "World of Warcraft," the massively popular online multiplayer franchise, have found themselves frozen out by Blizzard Activision Inc., the American company behind the game. Iranian role playing enthusiasts have spent much of the past week peppering Blizzard's message board with complaints about how they weren't able to log on to the service — only to be told recently that U.S. law was to blame. "United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran," the company said in an email sent to players last week . . .

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