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Comment: Re:This is why we need O/S Level control (Score 2) 129

by crow (#49800595) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

What's really needed is to have OS-level control of permissions that the apps can't see. If an app is denied access to your contacts, it can see a dummy contact list. If an app is denied Internet access, it thinks the device is simply out of range at the moment. If an app is denied location services, it's told that there's no signal (or optionally given a fixed location that you specify).

Otherwise apps will refuse to function based on the lack of access that they don't really need.

Comment: Re:other people's money (Score 1) 350

Some people put forward the moral argument that you shouldn't spend other's hard earned money. Others put forward the moral argument that we should help the poor. Still others use considered analysis and modeling to try and understand the network of incentives in order to predict the outcome of policy initiatives. There are no a priori correct answers here. Do you know what this last group thinks of your assertion?

Comment: Re:Ah, this is why we need H-1b VISAs. (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by DigiShaman (#49798747) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

Glad to be so close to retirement and then I won't have to deal with this crap.

You will NOT come out of this unscathed. None will. What will you do when inflation hits and thus marginalizes you life savings? What happens when -not if-, the US becomes insolvent. In fact, paying down the national debt is mathematically near impossible; or so it was last year. It hasn't exactly improved a year later.

I'm reminded of the saying. What cannot go on forever, won't!

Sorry AC, both the young, middle aged, and elderly are about to get get fucked badly. In different ways of course, but fucked none the less.

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 617

by Anne Thwacks (#49797111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
Unfortunately, Africa is already full of people who hate micromanagement and value their privacy, and are prepared to tolerate higher crime rates and more accidents to avoid the horrors of Western Democracy.

My guess is you will find it hard to sell them drugs offering "longer life" when those who are not killed by medical intervention, accidents or poor hygene live longer than westerners, and have good lifestyle (large families, parties, respect, etc) that they would not get in the West.

Comment: Re:He never mentioned some VERY important details. (Score 1) 44

by gl4ss (#49796795) Attached to: Glowforge is a CNC Laser Cutter, not a 3D Printer (Video)

why you think there's an exhaust system? none of the makerbots have one.

if makerbot execs are involved, you might want to ask them if they use the "manifest of done" by bre pettis(the mb douchebag who ran the quality to ground and sold to stratasys .. and then stratasys is downmarking the buy value by 100$m+ already).

basically the manifest of done goes like this "if it might work, call it done and move on - never do a cycle of refinement on the design, just start selling it" which lead to their huge returns for the 5th gen printers due to them a) printing worse than their previous generation b) asking customers to buy 170$ extruders every time one jams and the jam often.

also, if they're exec MBI people, you should ask them if the sample pieces were cut on the machine they're showing! (5th gen makerbots were shown at ces with replicator 2 printed "samples"

Comment: Re:equilibrium (Score 1) 617

by gl4ss (#49796645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

resources will last for quite a while if used properly. the current food problems are NOT a problem of not having enough food on earth - or places to grow it or enough water for it or enough nutrients for it. it's about the food rotting away in other places than where the hungry people are and the people not adapting in the places for different crops or techniques.

and frankly pretty much all current famine situations on earth are caused by political strifes/wars, not because those countries wouldn't have enough resources mind you - they just can't get along well enough to use those resources to make enough food.

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 2) 617

by gl4ss (#49796599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

yeah because the modern lifestyle of the rich is TOTALLY independent of the rest of the society like microchip producers and what have you(oh wait you mention some _outside_ government keeping the riff raff out for them - for what motivation? for what motivation would the others consider the "rich" folks bank statements to be worth anything other than numbers? how can they be rich?)

besides, the article is not about if only the rich get it or if the rich will move to gated communities or whatever.. it's just OMG WE RUN OUT OF RESOURCES stuff. reality is not reall that much of running out of resources but having something meaningful for everyone to be doing - I vote for implementing the matrix.

but really, the article is not news, it's just speculation that's been around for decades if not hundreds of years.. it's just shite.

Comment: Re:What! (Score 1) 250

by gl4ss (#49796171) Attached to: How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims

your personal Rainer told you to put butter in your coffee since saturated fats are a "GREAT SOURCE OF LASTING ENERGY"?

who cares if your cocoa powder and sugar is "highly processed" or not.. it's the overall calories that matter. sugar and cocoa themselves don't get any more processed in the process.

Comment: Re:Sounds like good grounds for an appeal, (Score 1) 80

by gl4ss (#49795945) Attached to: Murder Accusations Hang Over Silk Road Boss Ulbricht's Sentencing

if a prosecutor doesn't prosecute the "murders for hire" then how in the fuck it's just for him to use those as reasons for giving a harsher sentence? he didn't charge him with those crimes.

it's not usual in europe for prosecutor to say that the accused is guilty of crimes he is not being charged for, as if being guilty of those crimes was a proven fact. a separate probably going through case would be grounds for lesser sentence in the one case(since the total would grow up - also, in europe in general stacing of sentences doesn't work in the same way so there isn't , as much anyways, of cases where people have sentences of hundreds of years...).

it's bullshit and good grounds for appeal... even more so because the feds were soliciting him those "murder for hire" offers.

Comment: Cost benefit analysis (Score 1) 350

by microbox (#49795921) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband
Some reach for the moral argument you just put forward. Others think the moral, neigh Christian, thing to do is to help the poor. Still others believe in studying society, and figuring out how to reduce overall costs, including hidden costs such as crime. This is hard work, takes time, and no answers are a priori correct. Do you know what this last category thinks about the so-called "Obamaphone"?

The life of a repo man is always intense.