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Comment Facebook access tools (Score 1) 411 411

There's a bunch of useful account security tools that can be used for this. I put people in to groups on Facebook that I can then limit from being able to see posts I make. So I can provide them with the placebo of having added them, but they won't see 90% of the posts I make, so I have no interaction.

Comment Re:Alas, Rev. Bayes (Score 2) 848 848

Nice statistics. So you deliberately exclude Chernobyl and assess Fukushima knowingly way before any long-term effects could have set in.

Chernobyl cannot happen again; it was the result of an ancient design not built to any safety specifications. Further, it's forty years old. A series of stupid decisions lead to that disaster. It's like using Titanic as a reason we shouldn't build boats.

Comment Not A Virus (Score 4, Insightful) 455 455

The thing to keep in mind is that this malware going around is a trojan. The user has to enter a username and password to install the malware. It can't propagate itself nor install itself automatically from a web site. People are just blindly typing their password to anything asking. Interestingly, it claims to be an antivirus suite and uses SEO to show up on searches for Mac antiviruses per Arstechnica (http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/05/fake-mac-defender-antivirus-app-scams-users-for-money-cc-numbers.ars), so ironically, the people getting infected are people who think they need virus protection on a Mac. Expect to hear people continuing to proclaim this as the beginning of Mac viruses, however.

Comment Never let a doctor make the call, then? (Score 1) 238 238

Stupid. I've been in this situation; one of the people with me was a doctor, and another person with me was having some kind of seizure or attack. The doctor made the 9/11 phone call and stated all the details very calmly and distinctly while everyone else was trying not to flip out. Under this kind of system, he'd have received a low priority.

Comment Extremely deceptive article! The cause... (Score 5, Informative) 298 298

The cause of this has been discovered already; it's a software bug. iOS 4.3 has a new JavaScript engine. Websites launched from the home screen seem to be reverting to and using the old JavaScript engine from iOS 4.2. The article makes it sound like a conspiracy. I'm sure it'll be patched soon; I can think of no obvious reason to do this but give the same apps full speed if bookmarked within the web browser.

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