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Comment coolpad, ten bucks (Score 1) 141

You can get a Coolpad smartphone for one of those pay-as-you-go carriers for 10 or 15 bucks. I don't even know the specs, because I never needed to look. It works just fine. You can also get one for free if you are on foodstamps or other government welfare programs. You can even get one the same day at many sign-up booths outside of social service offices. (BTW, you can sign up with different companies and get like 10 free smartphones.)
People were talking about this phone on XDAdevelopers because it was so cheap and you could still do a ton of stuff with it. Why is 50$ such a benchmark?

Comment Re:Microtransactions? (Score 1) 56

Do you think there is any ethical obligation to avoid addictive microtransactions, or even advertising? How annoyed is the average slashdot user by these things? I kind of feel microtransactions might take advantage of people not realizing how easy it is to charge to their card. Advertising does not seem like a huge deal, especially with free apps.

Comment Re:Race condition attacks? (Score 1) 253

All of their code is written perfectly with no errors whatsoever. All race conditions are handled with flawless locking mechanisms. After this, you apply some unneeded buffer overflow protection in the form of memory layout randomization. I can't believe someone didn't think of it sooner.

Comment Re:How many LifeLock employees? (Score 1) 57

I don't think the issue with, I am assuming, Clinton was that the 2 adults involved were not consenting. I think the issue is the fact that he was married and dragged his wife through the public spectacle. It is not the sex itself, it is the fact that he lied so adamantly about it, both to the public, the courts, and his wife. I was in elementary school (about 10 at the time) and could not really believe that the person holding the highest political authority in the world could be such a liar. That was when I realized that people were deeply flawed pretty much across the board, there was no such thing as good guys versus bad guys, and everyone ultimately is just looking out for themself.

Comment Re:Hahahaha (Score 1) 93

I don't personally know them, so I can't say with certainty that they are douchebags; but what, other than money, do they bring to the table? Is this a new idea? Do they have a novel way to spin an old idea? Are they even doing any of the work personally? My guess is "no".
Yay capitalism, efficiently allocating resources since 1600!

Comment Re: So what? (Score 2) 480

All it requires is basically that you don't look like a hobo.

Some of us prefer the carefree lifestyle, you insensitive clod!
Really though, if people didn't make that sort of distinction it would probably help eliminate a lot of other superficial judgments that people tend to make.

Comment Re:That's copyright for you (Score 1) 292

The summary seems to imply that judges use the annotated versions of these laws (the cost-prohibitive version) as a necessary part of interpreting them, not just as a tool for understanding. The laws of physics are not open for interpretation. They apply in the exact same manner no matter how well you understand them. I wasn't saying that you claimed "the laws of physics are subjective." But the analogy doesn't seem to apply because law (while theoretically objective) is almost always very subjective.

Comment Uber, a pioneer... (Score 0) 247

...in exploiting a vulnerable workforce.
Get out of the way of the future!
All of those people still possessing the remnants of wealth and in desperate need of below-subsistence pay have an important job to do.
All over the world we can spend even more resources and add nothing of worth to the economy by fighting about whether this questionable business practice is even legal at all.

Comment Re:Experts know more than non-experts (Score 1) 112

This kind of implies that one should not be using anti-virus software though. Since non-experts love it apparently. As a non-expert, I think I will continue to use anti-virus. Also, a password manager just adds another surface to attack. I like Schneier's advice of just writing in down and keeping it with your wallet/credit cards. Since those are hard documentation that has to be protected anyway. You can even apply a simple rot cipher or some other personal mnemonic so someone can't read it if it falls out of your wallet.

Comment Re:Dead at 28, no apparent signs of foul play... (Score 2) 173

Keep in mind that an OD does not mean death. It just means you go to the hospital, call an ambulance or otherwise report a medical emergency. Also, crack is bundled with cocaine in those numbers. Imagine all of the situations that arise from cocaine/crack use that would result in hospitalization where the drug would be in someones blood stream.
I really have not seen an upper limit on the amount of cocaine that a healthy person can do and still be walking around. Opiates are lethal in even doses that look visually similar to what a user would normally tolerate.

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