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Comment: Re:Without her permission? (Score 1) 367

by The Rizz (#46594595) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

Most school boards have a mandate to prevent bullying, and the facebook comments probably fall under this category since it was made by a student of the school about an employee of the school.

1) It's almost impossible for a student to "bully" a school staff member. You've got the balance of power reversed here.
2) Even if you consider it "bullying", you just give the student detention or something.
3) The school called in the cops and severely intimidated her - i.e. bullying. (So all those administrators and the cop should have to give their FB passwords to the girl now, according to your logic.)
4) The school flipped shit over what amounted to a public declaration of "I don't like that person". No threats. No conspiracy. Clearly free speech. Massive overreaction.
5) In order to investigate a public statement, they found it necessary to read her private correspondence!?

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 1) 276

by The Rizz (#46477561) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

The Netflix streaming player is much more mature than the Amazon streaming player (Amazon's is basically a half-step up from YouTube).
Netflix will save my spot and I can get miniscreen previews as I'm selecting where I want to be in a film.

I get those same features from Amazon on my PS3. My friend's TV plays Netflix, but cannot choose subtitles/languages. What device you're using makes a big difference, as different ones have different feature support.


Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices 126

Posted by Soulskill
from the caught-out dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Developers of the Free Software Foundation-endorsed Replicant OS have uncovered a backdoor through Android on Samsung Galaxy devices and the Nexus S. The research indicates the proprietary Android versions have a blob handling communication with the modem using Samsung's IPC protocol and in turn there's a set of commands that allow the modem to do remote I/O operations on the phone's storage. Replicant's open-source version of Android does away with the Samsung library to fend off the potential backdoor issue."

Comment: Re:Will it get me nubile girlfriends? (Score 3, Informative) 116

by The Rizz (#46395209) Attached to: Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive

Research on seemingly unimportant connections that have curious correlations is how breakthroughs are made. It's done to try disprove a link as often as it's done to prove it; the point is to find out for sure, one way or the other.

As for who does it, there's tons of people who want these types of research done - marketing, policing, data mining, etc. In this case, it was likely either commissioned by a company or group with vested interest in social media, or was done by a grad student for a thesis.

Comment: Re:As someone that had a 486... (Score 2) 70

by The Rizz (#46354163) Attached to: Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

That means modules with hardware that adds capabilities and not just speed. Problem is that, as seen in the console market, most apps don't cater to what can be connect but what is connected by default.

The difference is that you've started buying into the "phone = console" mentality, when it should really be "phone = PC". Yes, on consoles it's typically programmed for the base hardware because the console is hard to add any hardware to, and current phones are quite similar. These new modular types of phones would be much closer to PCs - hardware is easy to add and doesn't require the manufacturer's OK to do so.

Comment: Re:As someone that had a 486... (Score 1) 70

by The Rizz (#46354109) Attached to: Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

I do remember upgrading CPUs from 486sx to dx to adding in a 66mhz overclocking chip etc...

However, it wasn't very long before upgrading a cpu meant buying a new motherboard.

It did back then too, if you wanted a Pentium.

Actually, they made Pentium chips that would fit onto 486 motherboards.

Comment: Re:Cool, but possibly not mass market (Score 5, Insightful) 70

by The Rizz (#46353569) Attached to: Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

R & D costs on a mass market phone are relatively easy to recapture with millions of identical units sold, and as fascinating as these are, I suspect their dissimilarity will lead to higher consumer cost.

You're missing the point; the idea here is to make the components mass marketed, rather than have it be the entire phone. Right now if you buy a phone from Apple, you get an Apple camera built into the Apple circuit board. The idea here is that Nikon mass-markets the cameras, and you plug it into your Motorola processor with a Lenovo battery and a Linksys broadband module. Don't like those brands? Pick whoever you want, in what combination you want. There will be pre-configured package deals, yes. But the fact that you can swap them out afterwards is the idea.

The point is that while the base phone may cost more, the modules will be cheaper (due to competition), and you can choose what quality level you want on each. And, instead if having to throw away your whole phone to replace/upgrade the camera/processor/antenna/whatever, you just buy the new module and the rest of your phone stays the same. So, more up-front cost, but less long-term cost.

Comment: Re:In before... (Score 1) 321

by The Rizz (#46352993) Attached to: Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

Well, she may get fewer death threats from Muslims and more death threads from internet freedom nutters...

Only if she actually wins in the end, and even then they'll likely be less terrorizing and more pathetic.

Really, I think it's likely that she expected to lose this fight, and it's the publicity surrounding it she was after - even a temporary injunction done in her name is likely to give her some relief from the death threats. And who knows? Maybe her actions could lead to the fatwa being lifted against the actors, and only targeting the producers/director/etc. who actually did this on purpose.

Comment: Re:In before... (Score 4, Interesting) 321

by The Rizz (#46352293) Attached to: Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

There's a difference in this case; the Striesand Effect refers to the fact that trying to take something off the internet not only doesn't work, but gives you lots and lots of negative publicity for trying to do so (and highlighting the original issue which would otherwise be obscure and largely unknown), causing more damage than the original problem.

This doesn't apply in this case because:
1) The Innocence of Muslims is already known to pretty much everyone on the internet due to the events surrounding it in 2012.
2) The publicity can only help Ms. Garcia in this case, as making her disapproval known will likely help stop the death threats.

Comment: Re:Staying behind the curve wins again! (Score 1) 93

by The Rizz (#46346245) Attached to: IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

Still running IE8 so no problems.

Keep pushing the envelope to be cool and edgy and this is what you get.

Actually, Windows 8.1 comes with IE11, so anyone who is completely up to date is immune to this one as well. So, being behind the curve is bad, being either at the forefront or way behind the curve is good.

Comment: Re:Hmmm... (Score 5, Interesting) 93

by The Rizz (#46346165) Attached to: IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

Well, for one thing, the anti-MS slant has been tapering off here for years; they're no longer seen as "Big Evil", but more of a "McComputer" sort of thing.

For another thing, most /. readers may like the OSS movement, but they primarily work in Windows, have friends who use Windows, have family who use Windows, and are often the ones who provide tech support to those friends/family/co-workers. Knowledge of these vulnerabilities do more good for more people than knowledge of the latest bugs in Epiphany.

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