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Comment: Re:Poor Conservative States? (Score 1) 739

by truetorment (#48280561) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Right, but it also points to the frequent (and incorrect) assumption by conservatives that more poor are in urban (i.e., liberal) areas, when the reality is that the poverty rates are highest in rural areas (and increased more during the recession), for obvious reasons.

Certainly there are deeply stricken urban areas (Chicago, LA and NYC all have this issue, for example), but I do find many conservatives don't realize that there are plenty of poor in their 'red' states... they're just out of sight. (And sadly, frequently out of mind, as well)

Comment: Re:This is what the polls say (Score 1) 739

by truetorment (#48279741) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

No, if you ask them about specific items that are in the law, they are in favor of them. But when you just ask about "Obamacare", they are against it: http://politicalticker.blogs.c...

Then further in the post above, and also in the one below, people are specifically against "Obamacare" but were in favor of the "Affordable Care Act", despite those two being the EXACT SAME THING: http://politicalticker.blogs.c...

Comment: Re:So, is this delay legal? (Score 1) 600

Immigration laws? This president has deported more people than ANY other. The deportation numbers are an 'all time high', so I don't understand where you're getting the idea that the president isn't enforcing immigration laws: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/13/immigration-advocates-ask-obama-to-suspend-some-deportations/

Comment: Re:HTC should stop competing with Apple and Samsun (Score 1) 152

by truetorment (#42948137) Attached to: HTC Unveils Revamped HTC One

I like you idea of specialization but...

--HTC Marathon: Twice as thick as an iPhone...with a 5,000mAh battery that can last two full days on a charge.

That would just equal what an iPhone 5 gives users today in terms of battery life.

Only if that iPhone 5 isn't doing *anything*; I haven't seen any iPhone 5s that last much longer than a day, and then only on light, low-use days!

Comment: Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 2) 436

by truetorment (#42763049) Attached to: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

The parent never mentioned having an 'entitlement to personal safety'; please don't put words in people's mouths.

Also, as the executive officer of a large and powerful country (most would agree the the most powerful), ensuring the holder of the position's safety is important for many reasons, and if you can't see why that is, I think you may need to think a little more rationally on this.

Comment: Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 1) 436

by truetorment (#42762767) Attached to: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Where, in *any* of the executive actions (they were NOT 'executive orders'), does it say anything about bans on guns?

Look, they're RIGHT HERE), and there is absolutely, utterly NOTHING about a gun ban. There is a push from some elected officials in Congress to renew the assault ban, but there is no 'gun grab' or anything else.

Your offtopic rant doesn't actually advance the discussion here about IT-related challenges in government data sharing whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Executive Orders (Score 1) 436

by truetorment (#42762689) Attached to: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
Thank you for commenting on this as well. Whether one is for or against the executive actions Obama actually took, characterizing them correctly is important! It's also interesting that when asked, most people vociferously against these 'executive orders' cannot actually name one that they oppose or why.

Comment: '23 Executive Orders' (Score 1) 436

by truetorment (#42762657) Attached to: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Obama did not produce or sign any 'executive orders'. Executive orders carry the force of law, and characterizing his executive actions (actually three memoranda and several other 'actions') as executive orders is completely incorrect:

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/17/the_23_executive_orders_that_weren't/

Technology

+ - Drexel University Giving UAVs a Hand (and Arms)->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have proven very successful as surveillance, intelligence-gathering and mapping craft, but their ability to interact with the ground has been largely confined to launching missiles. Now, Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is planning to endow them with arms and hands to allow them to work on such tasks as repairing infrastructure and disaster recovery while hovering near the ground."
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Android

+ - Zeus Trojan Hits Blackberry Devices->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Despite its significant user base within enterprises, BlackBerry devices have managed to stay off the radar for malware writers. That may be ending, as four new Zeus-in-the-mobile (Zitmo) samples targeting BlackBerry users in Germany, Spain, and Italy have been found.

Zitmo, which hit Android devices back in July 2011, refers to a version of the Zeus malware that specifically targets mobile devices.

Denis Maslennikov, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, also identified a new Zitmo variant for Android using the same command and control (C&C) numbers as the BlackBerry versions. While previous Android variants have been primitive, the latest.apk dropper, which shows up as an app "Zertifikat," looks "more similar to 'classic'" Zitmo, he said. When executed, it displays a message in German that the installation was successful, along with an activation code. The Android sample also included a self-issued certificate that indicates it was developed less than a month ago."

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