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Comment: What Were They Hoping For? (Score 5, Insightful) 84 84

I'm curious what Hacking Team thought was worth the risk of watermarking their products to customer installations and having these alleged backdoors to backdoors. Seems like a lot of risk for no payoff unless they hoped one day to "flip the script" and hack their customer base...

Comment: Re:Why is Samsung making a keyboard? (Score 1) 104 104

Have you tried the Google Keyboard, with the "English (US) (PC)" custom input style activated? That input style is a proper 4-row keyboard where shifted characters appear where they should. The only thing it lacks is navigation keys like Tab and arrows.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately commonplace security (Score 1) 134 134

Well, what about the in-store tracking that has been reported in Forbes and elsewhere which uses your cell phone's MAC address, in-store location tracking and video feeds to assemble a profile on you? And ever wonder why stores are all hot to offer free WiFi? And encourage their apps' use? Because as soon as you link your identity to that profile they have you. They don't need facial recognition (which I wouldn't be surprised about anyways).

Comment: Re:Good god. (Score 2) 253 253

And yes, if you're left foot braking you're doing things horribly, horribly wrong. Doubly so for heel-toe. [...] Keep the fancy foot work for the track and dance floor, drive properly on the road.

OK, I've read some of the following discussion and you're all making interesting points. But in the world of "Everyone has an anecdote" I have an anecdote: My current car, a Mazda RX-8 was bought used, and the synchros in second and third gear were knackered. Second was essentially unsynchronized and third was a 50/50 proposition. The only way to drive with any fluidity was to heel-toe. And heel-toe saves wear and tear on the remaining synchros - drove that beastly gearbox for 6 years before finally replacing the box.

Comment: Re:Free over-the-air broadcast (Score 1) 160 160

I live less than 25 miles away from a large city's towers, and I get maybe 5 channels out of a total of 40. And that's WITH a powered antenna. Local channels availability is probably the last thing keeping us on a Concast Triple Pay. I'm sorry, what I meant to say was Concast Triple Pay.

Dropping the bundle boosts the internet-only portion a good bit but it would still be cheaper. Even with $18 / month for Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 583 583

I'd have to look but the gist of the policy, aside from explicit bans on local PC archives (PST or other means were banned), was to prevent unintentional disclosures similar to what happened to Sony. Printouts are probably OK but since those can't be readily searched by team members, and because of the daily volume, hard copies have limited utility that way.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 583 583

I don't think our company's tightening of the email policy has anything to do with actual shady dealings and everything to do with a kneejerk response to the Sony email leaks. And since we do have some trade secret stuff as well as healthcare data, I can understand.

But still, it's a pain and seeing as how I've used months and years-old emails to defend a position, I miss the extra memory.

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