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+ - Test version Windows 10 includes keylogger-> 1

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "From WinBeta:

One of the more interesting bits of data the company is collecting is text entered. Some are calling this a keylogger within the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which isn't good news.

Taking a closer look at the Privacy Policy for the Windows Insider Program, it looks like Microsoft may be collecting a lot more feedback from you behind the scenes.

Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.

This isn't the only thing Microsoft is collecting from Insider Program participants. According to the Privacy Policy, the company is collecting things like text inputted into the operating system, the details of any/all files on your system, voice input and program information."
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+ - Snowflake-shaped networks are easiest to mend->

Submitted by Z00L00K
Z00L00K (682162) writes "Networks shaped like delicate snowflakes are the ones that are easiest to fix when disaster strikes.

Power grids, the internet and other networks often mitigate the effects of damage using redundancy: they build in multiple routes between nodes so that if one path is knocked out by falling trees, flooding or some other disaster, another route can take over. But that approach can make them expensive to set up and maintain. The alternative is to repair networks with new links as needed, which brings the price down – although it can also mean the network is down while it happens.

As a result, engineers tend to favour redundancy for critical infrastructure like power networks, says Robert Farr of the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

So Farr and colleagues decided to investigate which network structures are the easiest to repair. Some repairs just restore broken links in their original position, but that may not always be possible. So the team looked at networks that require links in new locations to get up and running again. They simulated a variety of networks, linking nodes in a regular square or triangular pattern and looked at the average cost of repairing different breaks, assuming that expense increases with the length of a rebuilt link."

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Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 1) 455

by The Rizz (#47780063) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

You want it both ways

You want surveillance when it may be to your advantage
You do not want surveillance when it may work against you

You're missing the entire point of cameras on the police. If the police are there, you're already being watched - by the officer, if nothing else. In the absence of a camera, what the officer "sees" is whatever he says he sees.

The camera is not there so much to watch you, as it is to watch the officer. In any court, if you and an officer disagree on a series of events, the officer is always assumed to be telling the truth, not you. The purpose of a camera on every cop is to know what actually happened - the point is to put a control structure back in place so the police cannot make ridiculous claims, or plant evidence, or whatever other dirty tricks they can use when unsupervised. Not all cops do this, but enough do that it has undermined the public's trust in the police in general. The point is as much to document police corruption and abuse as it is to have evidence for use at trials.

Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 2) 455

by The Rizz (#47777607) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Slashdot cracks me up
Red faced and angry about the coming Surveillance State
Damned happy to have every cop be a walking surveillance unit
Anybody else see the irony?

No. The cop's entire presence is one of tacit surveillance.

You're equating a camera on every corner, in every business and (where possible) even in people's homes with the concept of agents of the government, while on duty, having a camera with them. With the former, everything is recorded all the time; with the latter, you're only recorded when you're in the presence of the cop/his car. You know when you're being recoded, and when you're not, so unless there's cops and cop cars everywhere it is not the same thing.

Comment: Re:Informative winners list (Score 3, Insightful) 180

by The Rizz (#47723445) Attached to: The 2014 Hugo Awards

I picked up a collection of Hugo Award winners, as edited by Isaac Asimov - I found the writing incredibly pretentious and the stories almost seemed to take a back seat. They were a massive disappointment to me.

Hugo winners are often incredible stories - I've read a lot of them, and while some of them are crap, a lot of them are very, very good. Really, it depends a lot on the year they were written - if the collection you read was from the 70s, then I can see why you thought they were crap; the popular scifi writing style in in that decade was ... well ... pretentious. It's also possible that you just don't like the same kinds of stories Asimov likes - as editor, the stories were chosen by him.

Comment: Re:The only pre-order bonus (Score 1) 86

Yes, but none of them modified the game itself in any way, and were not implemented as one-time-use codes. You could easily get most of the items cheaply on eBay or Amazon Marketplace right after the game came out (and still can). Try to reliably get a one-time code (that most people put in right away), and if you do, trust that it's unused (and try to prove that you didn't use it if it's not).

Comment: Re:The only pre-order bonus (Score 2) 86

Actually, the pre-order bonuses should be something outside the game, like the ones Dishonored did. Tarot cards, a game-themed USB lamp, etc.

Give us something tangible, none of this "exclusive content" crap that's either pointless (different in-game clothing, a slightly-better starting weaon that you won't use past 15 minutes into the game, etc.), or is cool but will be available in DLC/GotY/etc. in six months.

Make it T-shirts, skinned USB sticks, or something else that we might still give a crap about by the time the next game comes around.

Comment: Re:Confusion? Really? (Score 1) 207

by The Rizz (#47248501) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Blame trademark law. They have to go after everybody or lose the mark.

Incorrect. They have to stop people from using the mark in a generic way, such as using it to refer to all similar styles of products. You cannot lose a trademark because someone unassociated with you refers to your products by that name; that is specifically what trademarks are for - identifying the origination of a product.

Comment: Re: Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (Score 1) 346

by The Rizz (#47196851) Attached to: Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

The US government is doing everything it can to make him a martyr.

Actually, they're doing everything they can try to NOT make him a martyr. If he's a martyr, it's makes the PR issue even worse, and can lead to others taking up his cause. They want to discredit him, turn public opinion against him, and then destroy him. (See: Julien Asagne)

They're the good guys, he's the bad guy, mission accomplished.

Comment: Re:Corruption (Score 4, Insightful) 140

Decentralization isn't the solution to this. If you think the system is a clusterfuck now, just think about how much worse it would be if instead of one law there were 50+ (states + DC + territories) - or, thousands (county/city level). It would keep small businesses from easily doing work outside of one area, while allowing mega-corps the ability to even more easily venue-shop for their headquarters.

You want a solution that gives more authority to regional/etc. agencies? Simple: Allow each agency, at each level, to throw up a challenge to this type of shenanigans. Verizon pulled some bullshit costing NYC $4.4billion? Then NYC can turn around and enforce the Type II requirements, and send a ripple up the chain to have the feds declare it so nationally. However, you have to be able to stop some in-Verizon's-pocket federal agency from telling NYC, "no."

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