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Comment: Still far too ambiguous (Score 1) 92

by brunes69 (#46781893) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

IE, a polling organization conducts a poll for a vendor with a cost of one million dollars to the vendor to see which is the preferred widget, X or Y. Then, some third party comes along and points out a flaw in their testing methodology, thus invalidating all of the collected data.

That third party has "rendered that data meaningless, useless, or ineffective" and thus could be found guilty under this statute as worded.

This is just off the top of my head with 5 seconds thinking on it, I am sure many many such scenarios could be created. Data is not the same as physical property, you can't just take a property law and replace the word "property" with "data" and expect it to make sense (see the original "mischief" section above in the law).

Whoever got this on the books should be drawn and quartered.

Comment: They've received EUR 140 in contributions (Score 1) 157

by GauteL (#46754891) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

It may not produce many flying cars, but it may pay for a few rounds of drinks! And thankfully they use flexible funding, so they'll get their bar bill covered even if only four people have donated so far.

From the page:
"This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: March 31, 2014 - May 15, 2014 (11:59pm PT)."

Comment: Permanent Habitat? (Score 5, Interesting) 100

by brunes69 (#46685899) Attached to: NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

It seems a lot more feasible to me to build a permanent off-world habitat on Europa beneath the water, than to build one on Mars. The ice and water would shield you from the radiation normally absorbed by Earth's atmosphere and ionosphere. You can extract oxygen easily from water using known processes. And there is no need to MAKE water since it is everywhere. Furthermore, we are already well-versed in making underwater habitats and the habitat would be easily testable here, so there are fewer unknowns.

You would not even need to sink the habitat very deep to protect from the radiation, it could achieve neutral boyancy somewhere in the middle of the water column, and then rotate itself in the water to achieve 1G via centripetal forces.

Comment: Re:XP users don't care (Score 1) 245

by GauteL (#46681163) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

Home users either won't know how or won't care to bother. Most people I know who are still running XP have been virus-infected for months or even years. As long as it lets them play YouTubes, check their gMail, and surf Crackbook they just flat out don't *care* that the machine is infected.

I hear you, but I hope they just might care if someone grabs their credit card and bank details, or much worse; their PC gets turned into a file server for child porn and they have to defend themselves in both the proper courts and the courts of public opinion.

Comment: Re:Yes, because it is (Score 5, Informative) 218

by brunes69 (#46672027) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Facebook explicitly says they do not allow you to delete your account. They simply DO NOT ALLOW IT. And all data you post on facebook is theirs, they claim ownership of it. So no wonder they don't allow you to delete it.

Google allows you to delete your account and tells you exactly what happens when that occurs. . And they claim ownership of nothing.

The companies attitude toward privacy and accountability are so different it is not even in the same hemisphere.

Comment: Yes, because it is (Score 4, Informative) 218

by brunes69 (#46671917) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

- Google lets you export ALL OF YOUR DATA, 100%, in full, in open formats.

- Google lets you close your account and delete it, leaving no traces. This includes Google Plus and all posts shared.

- The majority of Google's services offer open APIs and follow open standards and allow third party integrations.

- Heck, many of their products they fully open source and give to the whole community, including Chrome, ChromeOS, Android, GWT, etc

Compare this to facebook. You can't export anything out of facebook in any kind of open format. You can not easily delete your account, even when you do your pictures and images remain on other people's accounts. Facebook offers very few open APIs to integrate with it, they want you to instead write apps that run ON the platform so they can control and monetize everything you create.

Comment: Very sensible decision. (Score 1) 1744

by GauteL (#46658485) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

I know the overwhelming majority of posts here seem to be about this being a sad day for freedom of speech. But nobody has taken away Mr Eichs right to speak.
A large group of users (and donors) have, however, made it clear that they may want to excercise their right to use and donate to whatever they want, and Mr Eichs campaigning and donating to remove people's rights may impact on that decision.

Given that Mr Eich was the CEO and not some low-level employee, it is much harder to separate his personal beliefs from that of the organisation. Furthermore, a lot of donors may be uncomfortable with the idea that their donations may well go towards funding campaigns for anti-Gay legislation. Yes, that is always a possibility as employees of an organisation are allowed to do what they want with their salary, but nobody would be as well-enumerated and as public as Mr Eich.

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