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Comment: Re:The review, it does something... as does sandbo (Score 2) 60

1) The app has to declare if it's going to be doing background processing, and you have to give a reason why they will accept. So not just any app can do that.

What we really need is the ability to turn on and off specific permissions by app. Perhaps with the ability to limit internet permission to certain IPs/URLs per app. That would solve most of the problem.

I thought Google added that ability in an early 4.0 or 5.0 version of Android, but then backed it out... Sadly I think because too many apps react badly when permissions are withdrawn it expects to run. The whole model creates a bad precedent I think where you assume you'll have all the app permissions you requested and so if any are withdrawn individually (which advanced users can do) the app is prone to break even though it could carry on just fine if it had been coded to detect that one permission was disabled. Google is going to have to bite that bullet at some point.

Comment: I think it may be for development (Score 2) 99

One of the things I was thinking the port was there for, was probably when developers could build native apps for the phone - since it would be a little pokey to ship debug builds and running debug info over wireless to the watch, a development cable would be a great idea.

It's probably also for Apple Store employees to run diagnostics (not sure if they have equipment for that yet).

Comment: Band would seem to cover port pretty well... (Score 1) 99

The diagnostic port is hidden by a cover. I'd be interested to see if removing the cover adversely affect's the watch's water resistance.

It may somewhat, but given that the port itself is located under the round part of the band that slides into the watch, it seems like it would be sealed away fairly well (especially if you designed the strap with that in mind).

It seems pretty sure sweat would not be able to get in there, really only submersion would have a chance.

Comment: The review, it does something... as does sandbox (Score 1) 60

I agree it would have been really illuminating to do the same test for a large range of free iOS apps.

However I think that you wouldn't see the most egregious of tracking stuff going on in iOS, for two reasons:

1) iOS reviews would I think alarm on something connecting to 810 different tracking sites. Definitely f you were trying to do anything like that in the background.

2) There's simply not as much data to gather. Most Android apps ask for all possible permissions, because why not? You're probably not going to read it anyway. With the iOS permissions as they are the user is going to think "why is this app which has nothing to do with contacts, asking for contacts" (or location, or photo library, or health data, etc).

That said I'm sure many free apps on iOS are doing everything they can possibly get away with, and I would love to see quantified just what that is.

Comment: Purity Test (Score -1, Troll) 277

You know what motivates scientists? Science. And to a lesser extent, their ego.

It's amazing how all of these pure Beings of Science can exist without any sources of funding, or motivation deriving thereof...

Oh wait.

Science if hard work for little pay

Little > 0

$500k is also > 0

I'll let you have the last response. Just thought someone should, in the name of scientific accuracy, throw actual truth into the froth.

Oh, one last truth...

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, it's clear that the phrase "liberal media" was a conservative talking point

Only 7% of reporters are Republicans.

I would say to draw your own conclusions from that glaring fact but you already have, and you got them wrong.

Comment: Hasn't been that way yet (Score 0) 487

by SuperKendall (#49612533) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Treating sexes equally means that when a hack comes our way we judge her just like a man.

If a male politician used a private email server for government work, then deleted the whole server when it was discovered - would he still be a viable candidate?

If a male politician ran a "charity organization" that collected millions from foreign countries after those countries were favored by the organization the candidate worked for - would he still be a viable candidate?

Those are just two of many, many examples of a level of ethics so low as to be practically immeasurable.

In no way is the media treating sexes equally. For Democrats they ignore all flaws; for Republicans the flaws are amplified as far as possible and then beyond.

Either way, it stinks. You're ideal of how Carly should be examined simply will not happen.

Comment: Plan worked perfectly. (Score 1) 967

by SuperKendall (#49612415) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

This was a perfect example of a honeypot. Just in physical form...

A more physical metaphor would be flypaper. All we have to do to protect the U.S. against terrorism is have one of these Mohammed art exhibits in every town, attackers will naturally be drawn there first and when they attack, they are killed.

In a very real way this is the ghost of Hebdo striking back.

Comment: The Only (Score 0, Flamebait) 487

by SuperKendall (#49611941) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

becoming the only woman in the pack of Republican candidates for the White House in 2016.

Because the next president of the U.S. *must* be a woman right? That's what you are implying...

Even if our only choice is an incompetent Republican or a completely unethical Democrat...

Meanwhile in the Democratic "pack", you have much more diversity. They have all kinds of candidates - both old white men *and* old white women. A true force for change in politics.

Comment: The Fourth Rail (Score 1) 146

we need to cut the human population in half in the next 100 years (by breeding less, not killing people off)

Pretty sure the Nazis also tried forced sterilization. It did not turn out well.

Otherwise if you wanted to see an ever stronger reaction than telling people you are going to kill a group of them off, then try to say you are now telling them who they can and cannot fuck.

Or you could try a middle ground like China's "one child" policy, which leads to other disasters...

Or you know, you could try not telling people how to live their lives according to some poor rationale you've developed as to why they should obey your whims, and they in turn will be somewhat less likely to kill you.

Comment: Counterexample, plenty of private power (Score 1) 388

by SuperKendall (#49602841) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Private power companies don't work because they don't add value.

That is kind of a ridiculous statement. If nothing else they can add value simply by producing power cheaper than other companies, or provide power where public utilities will not.

There are private power companies in the U.S. you know... if they "do not work" how do they exist?

Comment: Hillary is the quantum candidate (Score -1, Troll) 388

by SuperKendall (#49602811) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

He may compel Hillary to take positions that will make it harder for her to win the general election.

That is really irrelevant since Hillary has already taken all possible positions - including no position.

There is literally nothing Hillary can say or do that will affect the election at this point.

Royalty has its privileges!

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.