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Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 1) 399

Secondly, the app time-stamps submissions so obvious collusion will be, well, obvious.

Hey Susie that guy over there is such a creep I reported him last week you should report him this week.

OMG that's hilarious Janey I will do that right now. He is so gross.

Good example of how "computer mediated" social networking is qualitatively different from a group of girls that at least sort-of know each other gossiping. The old-fashioned way, they are a little accountable to each other, and one could even object to this, if they did it. The "app" way, it's sufficiently disconnected from individual people that there is no defense. It's just a particularly nasty version of the "Rate Someone" apps.

Comment Re:Could you at least hint what "Pocket" is? (Score 1) 199

Pocket is a proprietary usage tracking system. You sign up for an account, which is how the tracking is performed. Then you can save Web pages, videos, etc. to your hard drive using the Pocket system to you can view the content offline later. All the while, Pocket is building a database of what you saved, which laws you've broken (to be handed over to law enforcement upon request), what your viewing preferences are, etc.

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Comment TRANSLATION (Score 4, Insightful) 291

What Slashdot readers hear: "Linux is not BSD."
What normal people hear: "Linux is a terribly insecure OS from some total asshole, who by the way doesn't give a shit."
Mainstream Media's message: "Better stick with Microsoft Windows; it's the only thing that's secure."

Comment Re:About that 911 thing.... (Score 1) 284

Interestingly, the GPS location from your cell-phone 911 is not better than calling security. MIT people are supposed to have 617-253-1212 programmed into their cell phones for emergencies (in case they can't dial "100" on an MIT landline). It is better to call the local security, for all the other reasons given.

A few other details:

* Cell phones have emergency dialing features, including allowing dialing when the phone is locked. There is also the (dubious) feature that once the emergency number (i.e. 911) is dialed (whether the phone is unlocked or locked), the phone then becomes locked so that other calls cannot be dialed or received! Only 911 is allowed in or out. I have found that to be a bad idea and terribly confusing in practice. In any event: Is it possible to have cell phones support more than one emergency number? So you could choose "100" and have it speed dial "617-253-1212" for you? And still recognize "911"?

* At MIT you are actually getting a highly trained "security" person -- you're getting an MIT Police Dispatcher. MIT Campus Police are specially trained State Police officers. Also, MIT has it's own medical center on campus, although I don't know if it's a good trauma center - I bet the ambulance takes you downtown to a "real" emergency room at one of the city hospitals. Are the emergency responders at random companies as well trained? Or are they just minimum wage monkeys who took a CPR course?

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus