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Comment: Not so breakable (Score 1) 399

by Falos (#47553671) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
I won't refute that the addition of more (moving) parts is the addition of a point of physical failure, but I should chip in with my experience using a slide-out for three years without incident. I aged out the battery, put it through standard klutz drops, probably got it wet a couple times, the camera is smeary/dusty to the point of oblivion, the OS (froyo) started acting weird and hiccuping with microSD content, and I painted the whole thing because I hated the original color (great deal on price though). No problems with the slideout or the keys, and I played the ever-loving fuck out of them using emulators and a simfile rhythm'er (Beats). OTOH, the side buttons aged, notably the volumes were getting barely responsive. Took it apart towards the end of life, no dice, guess the fittings were wearing out past tolerance.

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Verizon emphasizes that the data it collects is anonymized before it's shared with third parties.
The program is novel in that offers Verizon users some compensation for the collection of their data, which has become big business for telecom and tech companies. Some privacy advocates have pushed data-collecting companies to reward customers for their personal information in the interest of transparency."

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Comment: Game theory (Score 2) 190

It's an inferior move to reduce your options and throw away something irreversibly. You don't delete documents when you have abundant storage, you don't discard items in a video game with endless inventory.

I'll accept that having poorly tracked, poorly secured, poorly vetted, poorly restricted, and/or poorly located samples keeps them from being a benign non-factor as above.

I don't accept that throwing them away (the ones we know about) is the only counter. Hell, we can spare a few grams of payload and put one in space.

Comment: Re:Correlation is not causation (Score 1) 612

by Falos (#47509225) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
This. They want to label the subjects? They can barely group them as isolated "East German" "West German" properties, to say nothing of the endless properties (GP suggests poverty) that result if so.

I only have an ordinary understanding of the scientific process, but I'm pretty sure you can't take "Group 1 cheated more than Group 2" and shoehorn in the identifier cause.

Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 1) 150

by Falos (#47500645) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account
Doesn't need to be interesting. The average ("Three felonies per day") isn't interesting if only by definition. If anything, someone who absolutely couldn't be implicated would be the interesting outlier.

But I'm guessing you had "real" concerns in mind. "Maybe one day law enforcement will scale back and only hunt those," he failed to say with a straight face.

Comment: Re:Why is it silly? (Score 1) 435

by Falos (#47468701) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
Are you implying that a bunch of code written for carefully and precisely observing traffic law (driverless cars move like a bus driver shuttling a pope made of glass) with the assumption that the usage environment is simplified by said law (moving in simple lines, road markers, etc), is [a bunch of code which is] going to perform superior to humans in the unpredictable and dynamic environment of a getaway?

I'm willing to accept that this technology could be exploitable or unsafe. It could, just maybe, have a marginally useful application in crime. But I'm not seeing it here, and I'm not expecting it tomorrow.

If anything, LE should be delighted at the idea of remote control, surveillance, etc. when cars are on TIOT.

Comment: Re:mnemonics (Score 1) 278

by Falos (#47467537) Attached to: Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say
Strong passwords are healthy, and acronyms (which I strongly advocate) deliver extremely high defensive complexity with little increase (now passphrase) in user's complexity; so little they might actually do it.

However, password reuse kills a user whether it's strong or not. If I hack into some photosharing socnet crap and get your password, chances are I now have access to a lot of your services. Even if I don't use the loot directly, I'll sell off the credentials or data (SSN) to others.

Comment: Think outside the ivory tower (Score 1) 278

by Falos (#47467133) Attached to: Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say
A throwaway password tier is something that legitimately increases the casual's security against the obvious ( and might actually catch on. Something like "grandma1!" is perfectly fine if she leaves it down at the facetweets and socnets while using something different (hopefully stronger) for her bank account.

But hey, if you think soccer moms and surfers are just as likely to indulge a "Sandbox-contained PW manager in a secure virtual OS" tutorial as the five seconds it takes to tell them "Hey, use a special password for those super important sites, 'kay?" then knock yourself out.

Good luck fitting it on a billboard, though.

Comment: Re:Congratulations? (Score 2) 590

by Falos (#47460841) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

But I guess it's okay; "this Thor isn't that Thor" or maybe even "No relation, never heard of him." if that's the case.

More than historical accuracy, what gets me is the parading. It's not even self-righteous parading, it's more like astroturf. If I was one of those social justice zealots, I'd have to ask myself whether I was being pandered to and exploited.

I don't agree with refuting OR supporting a product or media or art because of the creator or other unrelated details. I don't check if my oil change mechanic donates blood, I don't check if my waiter was a (convicted?) sex offender, I don't ask about my barber's stance on gun control - I ask what a haircut costs.

This is all tangential though; Thor's a chick superhero and I take the "Okay - so?" stance. A healthy one IMO.

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