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Comment: Re:google play .. (Score 1) 193

why does an app ( from google play) which just produces fart sounds ( just like 80% of the other apps) want permissions to access my browser bookmarks , call information, data store and what not .

Yes, it seems like every single app now needs full control of our lives. I'm not happy about granting such sweeping powers where they are clearly unnecessary.

Except the apps from f-droid, for some dumb reason open source apps tend not to overreach on permissions and snooping.

Oh, but I guess now we can assume those are 33% malware since it's not the play store.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

by freezin fat guy (#46185989) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

My biggest concern for the beta is it seems to destroy the tools needed for a robust commenting and conversation, including notification of new posts, easy ways to quote prior posts, easy way to link directly to comments, etc. If this is going to be reintegrated for sure (and maybe expanded?) then I'm probably cool with it.


Let's not make this a "bring back vinyl records" thing.

I'm getting up there in years myself, and seriously guys, a new look or a mobile-friendly design shouldn't be cause for a stroke.

Comment: Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (Score 1) 684

by freezin fat guy (#45880787) Attached to: Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

The AC is making a serious error here and it almost seems as if though he imagines the US to be the entire world even weather-wise.

Or perhaps those of us evil enough to be born outside the USA made a serious error in thinking that we exist?

Arctic vortex is an annual thing around here. Or at least it would be if we existed.

Comment: Re:I support Mr. Mikko Hyppone (Score 1) 248

by freezin fat guy (#45775051) Attached to: F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

And of course, spying on your OWN citizens is completely normal and historically popular as well. Often with Orwelian results.

I guess I am among those who are surprised anyone is surprised that the NSA has been playing big brother. What does surprise me is that there are efforts to curtail NSA options in-country since it is surely expected that they keep an especially close eye on any terrorist cells within the border.

It wouldn't surprise me if they use their foreign leeway to spy internally from without.

Comment: Re:Fixed summary for you (Score 1) 398

by freezin fat guy (#45526409) Attached to: Science Museum Declines To Show Climate Change Film

Imagine if someone were to tell a young person learning to drive that the only way to get to their destination was to turn right at every possible opportunity? (or left, depending on the source of instruction)

The idea would be rejected outright - the idea that not only is all problem solving binary, but that only one of the two is the correct answer to every conceivable problem, completely regardless of destination, and completely regardless of starting point. (student: But sir there is a cliff on the right. teacher: Trust me on this, turn right.)

And yet, we have people who otherwise are mentally functional fighting viciously for exactly this fantastic level of ignorance every day. That has taken a lot of intentional work and media.

In return for football, Nascar and Simpsons (or beads and hemp) we give them our life long vote.

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. - Fyodor Dostoevski