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Comment: It's better than you think (Score 1) 133

by koan (#49621353) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

And all the voice samples from "OK Google" and SIRI are theirs to sort through.
After turning on the personal voice sampling (to make OK google more accurate) the tablet never misses a beat, it knows exactly what I'm saying whether I just woke up, in the middle of eating, or with a cold.

I also left an older version of the Nexus 7 tablet (first gen) off for several months, upon turning it on I was surprised to see it was "ready to install" an system update, one that I never approved downloading in the first place, and of course IT HAD BEEN OFF.

Meh, is anything really "off" any more? And what else does it do?

Comment: The problem (Score 1) 68

For me is that no matter how well I take care of information if someone sticks it into their Android and runs one of these apps there goes that phone number.

In fact shortly after my buddy bought a Nexus 7 (he installs EVERYTHING on it...) I started getting txt offers from Chinese retailers and my number blew up with various other issues.

Nothing for years then this...

Now I can't prove it was his device and his bad habit of installing anything, but the timing works.

Comment: Nothign new here (Score 5, Insightful) 517

by koan (#49613653) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Comcast online application has the question "Are you older than 49 or younger".
When I went back to school to finish up, I applied for several low level IT jobs and was asked "aren't you a little old for this job?".
Watch the look on the temp service persons face when they meet you the first time,ageism is fairly rampant I would say.

Comment: Re:PLease delete this topic (Score 2) 1029

by koan (#49609457) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Perhaps, but Islam needs a good bashing, all religions do, but currently there's one religion that is far more active in the "oppression and violence" arena, so lets bash it until we get a war or they go away.

Ask your self how long is it until the disenfranchised youths in the ghettos find their local radicalized mosque, or you have to live under someone else concept of right and wrong.

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis