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Comment Re:Fines for make believe racers (Score 1) 100 100

I recently read that of all pedestrians injured in London from vehicles skipping red lights, 95% were the result of motor vehicles.

You are correct that bikes do not have the responsibilities of motor vehicles. They also do not have the mass nor speed of any other vehicle.

Comment Re:Ner ner! (Score 1) 175 175

> I've had HDDs give me warning, and I've had HDDs fail without any warning. People have gone to their backups and found them unreadable.

Absolutely agree here - a backup is only as good as the system used to validate it. But as we've seen since this service was mentioned, Google have already been found to be re-processing the images sent to it (I've seen mention of RAW images which were quite significantly compressed), so they're just as good/bad from a backup integrity point of view.

At least one can monitor one's own in-house disks and backups!

Comment Re:Not ignoring the story is a good start! (Score 1) 384 384

Not that long ago I went hog wild over something that turned out to be a genuine bug in the Firehose. On top of that, it was very old news anyway. This time the hog was not let loose, and frankly, all the little bitches whining and crying about it are entertaining me.

Thanks for your hard work, btw. /. is a great place to be.

Submission + - TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis-> 1 1

msm1267 writes: What's next for TrueCrypt now that a two-phase audit of the code and its cryptography uncovered a few critical vulnerabilities, but no backdoors? Two alternative open source encryption projects forked TrueCrypt once its developers decided to abandon the project in early 2014, giving rise to VeraCrypt and CipherShed--and both are ready to accelerate growth, compatibility and functionality now that the TrueCrypt code has been given a relative clean bill of health.
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Submission + - Google reported to FTC for 'unfair and deceptive' ads in YouTube Kids->

Mark Wilson writes: A number of consumer groups have filed a complaint with the FTC suggesting that Google is targeting children with "unfair and deceptive" ads in YouTube Kids for Android and iOS. A letter signed by Children Now, Consumer Watchdog, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and others says that ads are displayed in a way that would not be permitted on broadcast or cable television.

The letter makes three main complaints about the app. The first suggests that Google mixes programming and ads, while another says that the relationship between Google and the manufacturers of advertised products is not clear. The groups ask for the FTC to take action to stop the advertisements.

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Submission + - Your Porn Is Watching You 2 2

merbs writes: Thirty million Americans regularly watch porn online. That’s a lot more than fess up to it, even in anonymous surveys: In 2013, just 12 percent of people asked copped to watching internet porn at all. But thanks to pervasive online tracking and browser fingerprinting, the brazen liars of America may not have a say in whether their porn habits stay secret. Porn watchers everywhere are being tracked, and if software engineer Brett Thomas is right, it would be easy to out them, along with an extensive list of every clip they’ve viewed.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.