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Comment: Re:An example (Score 1) 306

by TheCarp (#49804489) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Because this is not a nation of laws at all.

In a nation of laws, would it be acceptable for spies to have secret talks with the so called "Justice" department and get the green light to torture people, in spite of the various laws against it? Would a nation of laws allow agreements like that? "Don't worry, we wont prosecute, you are working for us"

A nation of laws might, change those laws, and legalize its spies using torture. Then it would be on the up and up. However, this country isn't that, and well.... turns out not just on that one issue.

This just is not, and really never was, a nation of laws.

Comment: Thank you for clarigying that I have no interest (Score 1) 23

Dan: Yeah, exactly. And once youâ(TM)ve created something, itâ(TM)s going to sit in your library, so you can just call up from your phone again and say, yeah I just want another one of those go, go, go. It is natively connected all the time. So, if you donâ(TM)t have an Internet connection in your shop, if you are up and about , you are going to either have to find a mobile spot or this wonâ(TM)t work

Keep your overpriced junk.

I don't even know what more to say. I don't want a device that requires somebody else's service to work. I don't want to invest in a future brick, and not just a future brick, but one I can't even use to design my own things and decide whether or not its 100% private?

No, I pay you for the device, then you get copies of all my designs? Everything I work on? AND if you decide you don't care any more, or have enough designs copied, you can just switch it all off and everyone is shit out of luck?

Anyone who pays good money for this, I hope they understand the real limitations and risks before they buy their future brick.

+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Comment: Re: Uber should start using (Score 1) 134

by TheCarp (#49800329) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

Clearly you have never been there, all he can smell is cow shit. There aint no money out that way and what money there is, can drive itself around just fine.

Who would call uber for anything when NOTHING is within a 30-45 minute one way drive? Nobody who would need it could ever afford an uber ride, and the uber driver would would have a 30 min ride himself to get anywhere.

+ - Google Photos Launches With Unlimited Storage, Completely Separate From Google+ 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: At its I/O 2015 developer conference today, Google launched Google Photos for Android, iOS, and the Web. The new service is completely separate from Google+, something Google users have been requesting for eons. Google is declaring that Google Photos lets you backup and store “unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free.” All of Google’s various photo offerings had storage limits based on your Google account (Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+).

Comment: Well there we go (Score 1) 134

by TheCarp (#49799591) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

Uber finally did something that has convinced me not to ever use their service. I know it has an opt out but, I have no interest in any service that wants to track me and use me to advertise to my friends.

If I want to give them some word of mouth to my friends, I will do that when I choose, thanks.

I don't give a shit about skirting regulation or attacking the comfortable regulated complancency of the taxi cab industry. This however, this disgusts me.

Comment: Re:jury duty and double jeopardy (Score 1) 80

by TheCarp (#49794995) Attached to: Murder Accusations Hang Over Silk Road Boss Ulbricht's Sentencing

That doesn't sound like any of my several jury duties. However, mine all went like this. We come in, sit down, a judge comes in, explains to us how the whole purpose of a jury pool is to scare people into settling cases.

Then a couple of hours later, they return, announce that all of the cases today have settled, and send everyone home.

They sure to imprison a lot of people and call up a lot of jurors for the number of cases that actually ever see a jury; which is sad, I don't think this type of system makes for a very good meat grinder.

Comment: Motion processing "in the cloud" (Score 1) 44

by TheCarp (#49794319) Attached to: Glowforge is a CNC Laser Cutter, not a 3D Printer (Video)

So, its not just a device, but a device that needs an external service to operate?

As impressive as what it does is, that is a huge turn off for me. Admittedly I look at it from a hobbiest perspective where I prefer my open source 3d printer because I can understand all its parts and tinker with it, even if I don't generally choose to do so, I can.

I don't like the idea of a device that might cease to work because the cloud service it depends on no longer functions. If he is worried about how open source companies have disappointed customers by overpromising, then I don't see this as setting up for success in that arena.

That is unless the "cloud computing" part is a component any customer with one could spin up himself in a generic cloud providers environment....ok then, but, I would have trouble justifying buying a device with externally held "secret sauce".

+ - UK Goes Full Orwell: Snooper's Charter, Encryption Backdoors, Speech Suppression->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The old joke goes "George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a 'how to' manual." But that joke is increasingly less funny as the UK really seems to be doing everything it can to put in place Orwell's fictitious vision — just a few decades later. Right after the election a few weeks ago, we noted the government's plan to push forward with its "extremist disruption orders" (as had been promised). The basic idea is that if the government doesn't like what you're saying, it can define your statements as "extremist" and make them criminal. Prime Minister David Cameron did his best Orwell in flat out stating that the idea was to use these to go after people who were obeying the law and then arguing that the UK needed to suppress free speech... in the name of protecting free speech. Really.
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+ - New Technique to Develop Single Molecule Diode

Submitted by William Robinson
William Robinson writes: Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, that has rectification ratio as high as 250, and 'ON' current as high as 0.1 microamps. The idea of creating a single-molecule diode was suggested by Arieh Aviram and Mark Ratner who theorized in 1974, which has been the 'holy grail' of molecular electronics ever since its inception to achieve further miniaturization, because single molecule represent the limit of miniaturization.

+ - The Tricky Road Ahead for Andriod Gets Even Trickier 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Farhad Manjoo writes in the NYT that with over one billion devices sold in 2014 Android is the most popular operating system in the world by far, but that doesn't mean it's a financial success for Google. Apple vacuumed up nearly 90 percent of the profits in the smartphone business which prompts a troubling question for Android and for Google: How will the search company — or anyone else, for that matter — ever make much money from Android. First the good news: The fact that Google does not charge for Android, and that few phone manufacturers are extracting much of a profit from Android devices, means that much of the globe now enjoys decent smartphones and online services for low prices. But while Google makes most of its revenue from advertising, Android has so far been an ad dud compared with Apple’s iOS, whose users tend to have more money and spend a lot more time on their phones (and are, thus, more valuable to advertisers). Because Google pays billions to Apple to make its search engine the default search provider for iOS devices, the company collects much more from ads placed on Apple devices than from ads on Android devices.

The final threat for Google’s Android may be the most pernicious: What if a significant number of the people who adopted Android as their first smartphone move on to something else as they become power users? In Apple’s last two earnings calls, Tim Cook reported that the "majority" of those who switched to iPhone had owned a smartphone running Android. Apple has not specified the rate of switching, but a survey found that 16 percent of people who bought the latest iPhones previously owned Android devices; in China, that rate was 29 percent. For Google, this may not be terrible news in the short run. If Google already makes more from ads on iOS than Android, growth in iOS might actually be good for Google’s bottom line. Still, in the long run, the rise of Android switching sets up a terrible path for Google — losing the high-end of the smartphone market to the iPhone, while the low end is under greater threat from noncooperative Android players like Cyanogen which has a chance to snag as many as 1 billion handsets. Android has always been a tricky strategy concludes Manjoo; now, after finding huge success, it seems only to be getting even trickier.

+ - Journalist fools media into publishing chocolate weight loss story->

Submitted by dinfinity
dinfinity writes: "“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. [...] It was discussed on television news shows. [...] My colleagues and I recruited actual human subjects in Germany. We ran an actual clinical trial, with subjects randomly assigned to different diet regimes. And the statistically significant benefits of chocolate that we reported are based on the actual data. It was, in fact, a fairly typical study for the field of diet research. Which is to say: It was terrible science. The results are meaningless, and the health claims that the media blasted out to millions of people around the world are utterly unfounded."
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