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Man Creates "Creepy" Stalking App 142 142

An anonymous reader writes "Creepy, a package described as a 'geolocation information aggregator,' is turning heads in privacy circles, but should people be worried? Yiannis Kakavas explains why he developed his scary stalking application. Creepy is a software package for Linux or Windows — with a Mac OS X port in the works — that aims to gather public information on a targeted individual via social networking services in order to pinpoint their location. It's remarkably efficient at its job, even in its current early form, and certainly lives up to its name when you see it in use for the first time."

Comment Not just California (Score 1) 258 258

California could experience a 8.0 or greater easily. Remember, where the Japan quake struck a 9.0 wasn't "supposed" to happen. Now, we know for certain the Juan de Faca subduction zone, responsible for the Cascade range of Volcanoes is capabable of 9+ magnitude earthquakes and the devastating Tsunamis that follow. The last such even was recorded in Japan about 350 years ago and they occur every 300-400 years. We can tell from the rock record. I can say with almost 100% certainty that the US Pacific Northwest will be hit with such an event with increasing probability over the next 100 years.

Comment Efficient use of power? (Score 1) 407 407

How about, more efficient use of power + solar + wind + carbon + nuclear? Until we get off this blasted rock and off to mining asteroids and the moon, we are constrained by the limit of resources on this planet. If we reduce the rate of consumption through lower power means of attaining the same work, then we are winning.
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British Computer Society Is Officially At Civil War 275 275

An anonymous reader writes "A vote of no confidence against the current board of directors has erupted in what is possibly the first nerd war, raging throughout the British Computer Society. More financial- and spreadsheet-related fixations and less computer science have made a few members cross; plus they don't like the new name 'The Chartered Institute of IT.' Here are more specific details on the extraordinary emergency general meeting on July 1, where members will vote to decide the fate of the board of directors."

Gov't App Contests Are Cool, But Are They Useful? 41 41

theodp writes "In 2008, Washington, DC, launched one of the hotter trends in public-sector technology: the 'apps contest'. But even as more jurisdictions jump on the bandwagon, the contests are reportedly producing uneven results, and the city that started it all is jumping off the bandwagon. 'I don't think we're going to be running any more Apps for Democracy competitions quite in that way,' says Bryan Sivak, who became the District's CTO in 2009. Sivak calls Apps for Democracy a 'great idea' for getting citizen software developers involved with government, but he also hints that the applications spun up by these contests tend to be more 'cool' than useful to the average city resident. 'If you look at the applications developed in both of the contests we ran, and actually in many of the contests being run in other states and localities,' Sivak says, 'you get a lot of applications that are designed for smartphones, that are designed for devices that aren't necessarily used by the large populations that might need to interact with these services on a regular basis.' Sivak also cited maintenance of the new apps over the long term as a concern."

Comment Re:A warning. (Score 1) 545 545

1) I have read and listened to said speech. You are making an assumption. I also know that similar thoughts have been spoken by the Pope and politicians and thinkers on the right. What the president thinks is just a few strokes of a pen away from being policy.

2) Agreed. But I don't trust any of them. My starting position is from mistrust. Even the best politician, to me, is no higher up the ladder of respect than an ambulance chaser, sometimes they are one and the same (John Edwards).

3) Spoken like a true grammar Nazi, controlling the spelling of my words and diverting attention away from the greater passage. This is a discussion forum not a research paper. Granted, punctuation and spelling generally reflect time wasted on studying the rules of the English language, but I have to many other pressing interests to devote the necessary time to proofread and correct grammar and spelling in a brain dump on some dusty and dark corner of the interwebs. Also, I like commas, alot.

I know how to spell bureaucracy 9 times out of 10. Do you know how to spell fuchsia?

Comment A warning. (Score 1, Insightful) 545 545

Never trust them (those in power) even if we elected them to CHANGE our system.

They hate these new devices because they don't control them yet. Look at totalitarian states all around the world, all politicians' DREAMLANDS because they control every facet of information and the minutiae of everyday lives of their subjects. I don't care if your politician is Ron Paul, Ronald Reagan, or Barack Obama. They all dreamed of a place they can control us from. That is why in our society we have to keep them in check. We have to let them know who is boss and that they are chosen to SERVE US. If they can't get over the yellow press, the "rumors" the "false information". if they can't calibrate their message to appeal to the mass of us, that is THEIR problem and not ours.

Barack Obama, your Chavez is showing. At least we know how to recognize it, we learned it in the time frame between 1763 and 1789.

Now to be down-ranked into oblivion by the enlightened leftosphere...

The Apple iPad, it doesn't burn at 451 degrees but by golly we'll figure out a way to eliminate it's subversive information delivery capability!

Oh, and BHO... The Xbox is an entertainment platform. Maybe the Whitehouse should mandate what games are played on it, like:

The Healthcare Bill: Acquiesing your personal freedoms to the bueracracy 2011. Learn how to avoid fraud detection by the Healthcare Police. Work your way up from menial claims clerk to head of the HHS, or in Death Panel mode, decide who gets the life saving operation and who doesn't!!!

Sounds like a lot of fun. maybe even more than Madden NFL 2011.

Of course what was written above is just a warning and not a foretelling of events to come.

"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere." -- Dr. Seuss