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Comment: Bullying must stop (Score 3, Insightful) 559

by Vylen (#43846027) Attached to: Criminal Complaint Filed Against Facebook After Girl's Death

This is undoubtedly singing the same tune that will most likely go on for decades to come but bullying must be brought to a end.

Parenting can only go so far - it's ridiculous to assume that telling your adolescent and hormonal child to be strong in the face of adversary will stop them from killing themselves. This poor girl left a note apologising for not being strong enough.

There's also no chance that one parent will lecture or attempt to teach another a child that bullying is wrong - that's, unfortunately, not their place. Of course, one parent could talk to another but that's only if they know.... which if often not the case.

However, there should be some figure of authority that should be able to do something...

If bullying is witnessed in the playground, a teacher would usually bring it to an end, and (hopefully) punish the bully - lecture them, make them sincerely apologise, etc. Although there's been ridiculous cases where teachers end up lecturing the bullied - that just infuriates me.

So, if this would occur in the schools and playgrounds, why not in the digital realm? It shouldn't be Facebook staff, in this case, but it should be the parents at the least. They really need to look after what their children are doing and what's happening to them. Facebook and other social media sites are just giant playgrounds for kids except there's no teachers around and that's always a recipe for disaster.

Of course, this should be all within reason - don't exactly want parents digitally stalking their kids 24/7 but it's not difficult to just check peoples walls every once in a while...

Anyway, that's enough ranting - hopefully that all makes sense.

Comment: Re:Richard Buckland (Score 2) 76

by Vylen (#43705365) Attached to: How an Aussie University Creates the World's Best Hackers
Richard Buckland is currently working on internet voting and the security involved around that.

Fionnbharr Davies is actually an ex-student of Richard.

I know this being a UNSW graduate and a student of Richard as well :)

Fionnbharr was quite the unusual character but quite devoted to his studies cause he just found it fun. No surprises here that he enjoys lecturing for the same reasons!

Comment: What was violated? (Score 2) 319

by Vylen (#41674335) Attached to: Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules
TFA says that it violates two UN rules/moratoria with mention of one that limits ocean fertilisation projects... and probably something about not doing this sort of thing for commercial gain.

Can anyone else shed some light as to what was actually violated? Especially with the business man (George) in charge of the project claiming that such moratoria are "myths" and don't apply.

Comment: Re:Which Android? (Score 2) 129

by Vylen (#41664021) Attached to: FBI Issues Android Virus Warning
A link within these advertisements leads to a website that is designed to push Loozfon on the user's device.

FinFisher can be easily transmitted to a Smartphone when the user visits a specific web link or opens a text message masquerading as a system update.

Based on that, it'd be simple websites telling people to download some installer/apk.

Comment: Re:A bright idea? (Score 1) 36

by Vylen (#41601291) Attached to: Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built
To find the ice, a rover thus must operate as close to the dark poles as possible, but not so far that it can't use solar arrays for power, Whittaker said. Polaris thus has three large solar arrays, arranged vertically to capture light from low on the horizon. The solar arrays will be capable of an average of 250 watts of electrical power.

So, I guess it'll be in craters that are shadowed by the depth of the walls of the crater, but by not too deep of a crater so as long as the panels are taller than them?

Comment: I got a couple calls from them... (Score 2) 110

by Vylen (#41543617) Attached to: Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation

Which I found amusing at first, especially since I run a Mac ;)

The first time they called, I hung up immediately since I had better things to do. The second time, though, I got fairly annoyed at the guy who sounded like he was on the other side of the world in a shack somewhere. I wanted to probe him and ask questions - he claimed to be calling on behalf of my ISP, but did not disclose a name. He wouldn't answer any of my queries and kept on talking and talking - until silence and hung up.

And here I was planning on setting up a Virtual Machine and let them tinker with it to see what they did if they ever called me again - guess that ain't going to happen any more!

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