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Comment: digital shadow.... (Score 1) 164

by ak_hepcat (#46842471) Attached to: Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

This automated system is a mess.

I gave it access to my account temporarily, and afterwards revoked access.

Turns out, it can't identify my face, nor can it identify my political leanings or my income with any certainty.

It also couldn't figure out who my friends and enemies really were.

All in all? It's a game, and it's not really doing any "data mining" that we should be worried about. ...

Either that, or I'm a mischievous son-of-a-bitch that pads my timeline with fake information, and uses
my kids face for my profile picture a lot, and only pushes location information if it's funny, irrelevant, or
inconsequential.

Comment: You got a bit wrong there, Larry... (Score 5, Insightful) 394

by ak_hepcat (#45135163) Attached to: Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

You said "Government-sponsored community development approaches to software creation lack the financial incentives of commercial companies to produce low-defect, well-documented code."

What you really meant was "Unlike proprietary, hidden commercial code, Government-sponsored back doors in software can't be found in the traditional, open-source, many-eyes, well-documented code.

But that probably doesn't rake in the profits, does it?

Comment: Looks familiar... (Score 3, Interesting) 92

by ak_hepcat (#45009607) Attached to: CERN Launches Line Mode Browser Emulator

Almost exactly what browsing with lynx looks like on my CIT-101e VT100 dumb terminal that i still have, and still works.
It's been a workhorse since 1989 or so, and has yet to fail.

Granted, i don't keep it ON all the time.

Now, is CERN going to make an archie/veronica tty client for the web as well?

Comment: And the NTSB wants cars to talk to each other??? (Score 1) 390

by ak_hepcat (#44384907) Attached to: Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

Just wait until somebody reverse-engineers the communications between vehicles.

Then, you can just send a rogue car down the road "Hey, I'm a police car, please pull to the outside lane(s) and slow down to 10mph" and watch the road magically open up for you!

Or, even worse "OMG! YOU'RE GONNA HIT SOMETHING! EMERGENCY STOP!" to all the cars you pass.

Or even worse than that.... every nth car you pass....

Comment: Tell me why... (Score 5, Insightful) 780

by ak_hepcat (#41014305) Attached to: Linux Is a Lemon On the Retina MacBook Pro

It is so shocking to think that an operating system doesn't work well on hardware for which no drivers have yet been written?

And yes, folks have been working on this. It's all up on the G+.

But seriously, until somebody is paid to write the drivers prior to hardware release, why expect it to work?

Comment: Re:Debt is the most prized American possession. (Score 1) 281

by ak_hepcat (#39554803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

My 1st house was built in the early 40's.
There wasn't a right angle in the place, nevermind that it survived the '64 earthquake.

And different addition phases meant different building styles.
The outside of the original structure was still present behind some of the drywall in the "kitchen" area,
with it's slanted nautical-themed cabinetry.

still, I'm not moving out of Anchorage.

Comment: serves 'em right (Score 4, Insightful) 1271

by ak_hepcat (#39048805) Attached to: Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

If some anti-vax moron doesn't want to use the help provided by the doctor, then the doctor doesn't need to keep them cluttering up his clinic.

That's his right.

It's also the right of the anti-vax moron to die faster, so hopefully they'll be weeded out in short order and we can get back to living better with medicine.

No. Really. You anti-vax'rs are morons. Self-indulgent, blinded, murderous morons.

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