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Comment: Re:Learn from the past (Score 1) 107

by koshatul (#43242129) Attached to: Poking Holes In Samsung's Android Security

The exynos exploit allowed any application direct write access to all memory (essentially they can become root).

It was pretty serious and they did take their time fixing it. Still I prefer my Android to an iPhone.
There was third party fixes for the exynos exploit as well, but a user shouldn't be expected to know that.

Comment: Re:Simple Suggestion (Score 1) 301

by koshatul (#43065127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

My experience (my daughter has ADD) has convinced me that ADD is not a lack of ability to focus, but rather a lack of ability to focus on things you're not interested in or see no point to. My daughter can focus for hours on something she wants to do, like sewing, playing video games, or making videos. The problem is our educational system regards the ability to read and comprehend hundreds of pages of material you could care less about as the highest virtue. Unless you later become a game show contestant, most of the stuff you're required to memorize in school is just useless trivia.

This is why it's hard to explain ADD to people, it *sounds* like a common ailment, the difference is someone without ADD can learn otherwise, someone with ADD is driven to act this way.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 562

by koshatul (#43065069) Attached to: Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

No. But it also doesn't make it OK to be an unholy prick to people who have suffered such an abuse, just because you don't want to have to accommodate them.

The concepts of tact and compassion are sorely lacking from today's "civilized" society.

Reading the post from violet blue it seems she was offering to accommodate them rather greatly, including doing the presentation behind closed doors, but their argument was that they were at the conference and if she spoke at all it would be a big problem.

I agree we should be mindful of other peoples pain, but when she can't give a presentation on harm reduction (which could help prevent rape), it's gone too far.

It seems like it's more about exercising their muscle than actually preventing someone experiencing a PTSD event from a talk.

"Won't someone think of the children !?!?!?!", sigh.

Comment: Re:Had one die twice (Score 1) 510

by koshatul (#41726135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

I've had two OCZ Octane 2's die, both the same way, clean shutdowns, no hibernation, booted one morning and "CHKDSK needs to run", takes about 15-20 minutes, finding lots of orphan files, reboots, "CHKDSK needs to run", same deal again, repeat about 4-5 more times and if windows did boot, it was pretty much corrupted, system files missing, applications failing to load.

And because I bought them from a "non-OCZ approved reseller" they're apparently not covered on warranty.

Smashed them with a hammer, bought a Samsung 830 series, hasn't skipped a beat yet.

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 143

by koshatul (#29510123) Attached to: Video Surveillance System That Reasons Like a Human

And to which religion or governmental rule set do we hand the reins ?

Can you imagine the chinese firewall if it applied to a persons actions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Corporate interests aside, noone can speak out about anything anymore or the jackboots will be on their doorstep seconds after they start typing the first few words.

Comment: Re:EU policy (Score 2, Funny) 105

by koshatul (#29344849) Attached to: Parental Control Software Datamines Kids' Online Conversations

But companies do receive snippets of actual chats. How do they ensure that doesn't contain anything that is personally identifiable?

That sounds like alot of coding and work, isn't it easier just to get full transcripts and sort it out later ?

Denial: They wouldn't do anything like that to you.
Anger: It's your fault for not reading the EULA.
Barganing: How else can they make ends meet in this economy, you need the software, they need the data.
Depression: (actually, isn't the economy heading for one now ?)
Acceptance: Oh well, all hail our new child protection overlords.

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.