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Comment: Re:"Fan favorites"? (Score 4, Insightful) 280

by SternisheFan (#47734343) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci
Kari was indeed 'eye candy' for the male audience, that's not to be underestimated in the TV ratings game. She also pulled her weight when it came to creating/assembling some of the mythbuster's creations. She is a lovely mix of beauty and intelligence, and that's not a force not to be underestimated. Her loyalty to the show goes a long way, and her life acts seem to show a deeper persona. With TV, you need to have to strike a certain balance twixt the nerdy type and the everyperson. Time and fate will tell where each person goes from this parting of the ways. This trio of castoffs might just end up with their own version of Mythbusters, or singly prove their own mettle. Time will tell the tale.....

+ - Researchers find way to hack Gmail with 92 percent success rate->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "CNET reports; Researchers at the University of California Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the University of Michigan have identified a weakness they believe to exist across Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could allow malicious apps to obtain personal information.

Although it was tested only on an Android phone, the team believes that the method could be used across all three operating systems because all three share a similar feature: all apps can access a mobile device's shared memory.

"The assumption has always been that these apps can't interfere with each other easily," said Zhiyun Qian, an associate professor at UC Riverside. "We show that assumption is not correct and one app can in fact significantly impact another and result in harmful consequences for the user."

To demonstrate the method of attack, first a user must download an app that appears benign, such as a wallpaper, but actually contains malicious code. Once installed, the researchers can use it to access the shared memory statistics of any process, which doesn't require any special privileges."

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Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 418

by SternisheFan (#47731691) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
Laws do need to be enacted to protect an entity that protect that entities investment in a project that has some form of value. Whether or not we agree that a movie the caliber of 'Fast and Furious 6' has value or not is not being debated, though personally I have my own viewpoint.

If uploading someone else's work of 'art' means that they were financially deprived, the person putting the 'artwork' out in the public, available for free internet downloads, should be held financially responsible. That's the only way it would be possible to come close to 'justice' for the aggrieved party.

Community service is all well and good, and a lesser form of punishment. However, the injured party has not in any way been made 'whole' by the offender performing community service.

Comment: What is Justice? (Score 1) 418

by SternisheFan (#47731593) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
When we speak of justice as a virtue, we are usually referring to a trait of individuals, even if we conceive the justice of individuals as having some (grounding) reference to social justice. But Rawls and others regard justice as “the first virtue of social institutions” (1971, p. 3), so “justice as a virtue” is actually ambiguous as between individual and social applications. This essay will reflect and explore that ambiguity, though the principal focus will understandably be on the justice of individuals.

However, even the idea of individual justice seems ambiguous in regard to scope. Plato in the Republic treats justice as an overarching virtue of individuals (and of societies), meaning that almost every issue he (or we) would regard as ethical comes in under the notion of justice (dikaosoune). But in modern usages justice covers only part of individual morality, and we don't readily think of someone as unjust if they lie or neglect their children--other epithets more readily spring to mind. What individual justice most naturally refers to are moral issues having to do with goods or property. It is, we say, unjust for someone to steal from people or not to give them what he owes them, and it is also unjust if someone called upon to distribute something good (or bad or both) among members of a group uses an arbitrary or unjustified basis for making the distribution (this last aspect of individual justice obviously has reference to social or at least group justice). Discussion of justice as an individual virtue standardly (at least) centers on questions, therefore, about property and other distributable goods.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entr...

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 3, Interesting) 418

by SternisheFan (#47730197) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

And what benefit does jail time give the public? Jail time for non-violent offenders is the stupidest, most useless thing we could do with these people. There are all sorts of public services that are in dire need of manpower. A shit ton of community service as a punishment is far far far more useful than just incarcerating people. I find it astonishing how primitive and archaic peoples' thinking is when it comes to punishments for crimes. Just like we don't spank kids anymore because it's pointless and counterproductive, we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead.

Agreed, though this sentence is meant to dissuade other would be uploaders from copyright infringement. That is the point of the sentence, for others to think twice before uploading. Much like not all tax evaders in the U.S. are caught, the IRS will make an example of high profile celebrities.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley

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