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Comment: Privacy indépendant from beacons (Score 3, Informative) 58

by SuperKendall (#48672521) Attached to: How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

What matters is not if an app can tell where you are in the store, but if and when the app shares that information with a server. I don't care what information an application collects, if the data stays in-app.

Of course the great likelihood is that an app that collects that information will probably send that to a server, at the very least to query for specifics around you... but a smart app developer could provide a privacy option for users while still gaining benefit from iBeacons and the like.

Comment: Re:Old quote comes into play (Score 1) 225

by SuperKendall (#48671127) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Because as everybody knows, all Apple employees are special little snowflakes whose precious little lives

They are human beings who deserve a break from a rough work schedule, and again what is even the point of serving Sony's 11th hour demands when a release next week has essentially the same effect? Are you truly so daft as to imagine the physical act of release means anything next to the symbolic act of simply saying the release will go ahead?

I somehow get the sense you are that daft, and perhaps far dafter than can be discerned at first glance... I'll let you have the last response as you are quite simply batshit insane and not worthy of further correspondence.

Comment: Re:Old quote comes into play (Score 3, Insightful) 225

by SuperKendall (#48669311) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Because if they don't, they will be viewed as cowards?

How so when it will simply come out next week. Sony already owns Coward, the other companies will put up the movie as soon as they can.

Anyway, you exaggerate the level of effort required by Apple to do the right thing.

In my world the "right thing" is not to have an Apple Employee have to take even TWO HOURS the day before Christmas to serve Sony's fickle whims.

Here's some real Tough Love - sometimes people on vacation should get to stay on vacation. THAT is the Right Thing.

Comment: Old quote comes into play (Score 3, Insightful) 225

by SuperKendall (#48668275) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

"Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my partâ

Why should Apple make people work Christmas (most core Apple employees have the week off) because Sony finally came around to the ethical course of action? Sounds like a great thing to have decided WEEKS AGO.

+ - Serious flaws in NTP (the application, not the protocol) need to be patched 3

Submitted by hawkinspeter
hawkinspeter (831501) writes "A new set of vulnerabilities with the most common NTP daemon have been discovered by Google security researchers. There exist public exploits that target these flaws, so it's recommended to patch to version 4.2.8 (or switch to openntp which doesn't have the same issues) immediately. This is especially problematic for those systems that run ntpd with root privileges as a single carefully crafted packet can allow access at the privilege level of the process. This was reported by ZDNet a few days ago and I have yet to see the Ubuntu patches for this, but it looks like Red Hat are on top of things."

Comment: Goal is cooling, not reduction of warming. (Score 0) 114

by SuperKendall (#48639905) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

The climate is already changing, the goal is to reduce the amount of change.

The problem is the effort is not to reduce the amount, the effort is to send change, however slightly, in a VERY BAD direction.

We already know the Earth will enter a glacial period again. It may even be tending to do so now, we really don't have the understanding of climate to say for sure.

What we do know is that entering a glacial period is something we would vastly rather avoid over any of the climate warming models to date (now that we know runaway warming is simply not going to happen as the doomsayers predicted). Glacial periods will mean mass extinctions all over, and a huge shortage of arable land unlike the greatly expanded land that can be used for agriculture in a warmer Earth scenario.

It's fine to come up with ideas that promote the reduction of things that in theory increase warming, but it's extremely dangerous (or at least stupid) for life on Earth to do anything on a large scale that promotes global cooling of the atmosphere.

Comment: Android Wear Uses (Score 1) 230

by swv3752 (#48629297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

I have an Asus ZenWatch. Below should be able to be done on any Android Wear device. In no particular order I use it for the following:

Check New Email
Check SMS
Check Caller ID
Check Weather
Check Calendar and Agenda
Check Google Now Cards (includes traffic card for my route home)
Check Other phone notifications
Dictate Notes
Check steps walked
Check Heart rate
Set Reminders
and Check the Time

Some Android Watches have a speaker in addition to the microphone so you answer and talk through your watch for phone calls. My watch can store music on the watch itself and play back through a paired BT headphones without my phone present. One could play games, but I do not see any point.
I am down to about 40% by Midnight most days. I do not see much issue with recharging it every day as I take it off every night and sticking in the charging cradle just means it is easy to find in the morning.

Android wear becomes really useful over other options if you enable Google Now. The latest generation of Android Wear watches actually look like a watch (Moto360, LG G Watch R, Asus ZenWatch). If those things do not matter, then get a Pebble or one of the high end Fitbits like a Charge or Surge, or a Nevo Watch ( ). The Nevo is a real watch, with basically a Fitbit Flex built in, and add in colored led notification lights. You will not be able to read an SMS or email on your Nevo, but you can tell the difference when your watch vibrates from a new notification.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2) 580

by rjh (#48628395) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

So, the NJ State Senate Majority Leader admits that New Jersey's law, which would make smart guns mandatory within three years of the first commercially-available smart gun being sold anywhere in the United States, can be reversed... if only the NRA will agree to stop obstructing the sale of smart guns within the United States, which they do specifically because of the New Jersey law?

I don't see the problem. The NRA is obstructing a law that goes against their stated interests, and New Jersey is promising to reverse that law if only the NRA will stop obstructing what that law regulates?

For the NRA's stated position, see here. Particularly:

NRA does not oppose new technological developments in firearms; however, we are opposed to government mandates that require the use of expensive, unreliable features, such as rigging a firearm so that it could not fire unless it received an electronic signal from an electronic bracelet worn by the firearm's lawful owner (as was brought up in Holder's recent testimony).

That's their stated policy, right there.

Comment: Re:The Batman, Theater Attack Comparison (Score 1) 580

by rjh (#48628111) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Not quite. Courts have been willing to hold businesses liable for damages due to foreseeable criminal acts, yes, but so far no court has been willing to hold businesses liable for damages due to acts of war levied by a foreign state.

That's a pretty big jump to make, incidentally.

The risk is not that the courts might hold the theater chain responsible -- the courts wouldn't, on the grounds that the theater chain isn't responsible for protecting their clientele against acts of war from a foreign nation-state. The risk is that the lawsuit would be filed and it would cost the theater $20 million or more just to get the courts to dismiss all charges.

That $20 million is probably considerably more than they would make from screening The Interview, so the logical business case is to not screen it.

It's sad, but ... the real problem is not that the courts might hold the theater liable: it's that in our current system, getting sued is, in itself, its own punishment.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 580

by rjh (#48627973) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

The NRA does not object to smart gun technologies, and believes that people who wish to be allowed to buy them should be allowed to buy them.

The NRA objects to smart guns becoming mandatory, because the technology for smart guns is nowhere near mature.

The number one desired trait in a firearm, moreso than caliber or capacity or anything else, is reliability. The reason why Glocks are so popular isn't because of caliber, capacity, or aesthetics -- all of which other firearms do better. It's because a Glock is as reliable as gravity. If you chamber a round and pull the trigger, it goes boom. If you don't pull the trigger, it won't.

I have personally seen a Glock get thrown into a bucket of wet, goopy mud and left there for fifteen minutes just so the mud had the opportunity to permeate the whole of the firearm. At the end of the fifteen minutes the owner pulled the Glock out, shook it precisely three times to dislodge mud from the barrel, and fired one hundred seventy rounds through it in the space of about five minutes, just one magazine after another after another... just to prove the weapon was reliable.

Do you believe the current crop of smart gun technologies are equally reliable? The ones I've had the chance to play around with definitely aren't. They can't even agree on whether they need to fail safe or fail deadly.

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