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Gmail Accidentally Resets 150,000 Accounts 401

tsj5j writes "Many users have reported loss of their Gmail accounts, as they signed in to find their email accounts reset — losing years of email history. This appears to be a result of a bug which treats existing owners as new users. For those affected, Google is currently trying to resolve the problem. For the rest of us, perhaps this is a timely reminder to backup our data and be less trusting of the cloud."

Sensor Measures In Fingertips If Driver Is Drunk 549

Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Economic Times reports on the first working prototypes of a new technology that would measure blood alcohol content in a driver's fingertips, using sophisticated touch-based sensors situated in steering wheels and door locks and engineers say that unlike court-ordered breath-analyzer ignition locks, which require a driver to blow into a tube and wait a few seconds for the result, their systems will analyze a driver's blood-alcohol content in less than one second. Anti-drunken driving crusaders believe that almost 9,000 road traffic deaths could be prevented every year if alcohol detection devices were used in all vehicles to prevent alcohol-impaired drivers from driving their vehicles. 'We believe this might turn the car into the cure for the elimination of drunk driving,' says Laura Dean-Mooney, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. But not everyone is enamored of the device which could be available to automakers in eight to 10 years. 'For ordinary, law-abiding citizens, it's an invasion of their privacy,' says Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party."

Comment Re:Strange concept of friendship (Score 1) 122

That said, friends come and go.

Well, in my opinion and to the contrary, real friends are those who never go, regardless of what happens.

That's why only 7 people I know I consider as friends. And no, I'm not a misanthrope who lives on a deserted island. A friend is a person who will seriously give a fuck if I die, who will help my parents if their house burns down, who will travel across the world just to see me and have a couple of beers with me. For this reason I don't need a retarded site with an RSS feed to manage my 7 friends.

If you really happen to know 200-1000 such people, they you are really rich indeed.

Comment Re:Nannystate? (Score 1) 249

Personal responsibility, folks. That's all I ask for.

People, in their ignorance of history, fail to understand that tyrannies and autocracies usually evolve from seemingly benign nanny states, where responsibilities and freedoms of individuals gradually shift to their leaders.

Great writers of science fictions tried to warn us about dangers of scenarios such as those mentioned in TFA. The warnings were mostly in vain, because the world is already slowly but steadily sliding into a state of technology-assisted fascism.

Comment Re:Why did Assange want to move to Sweden? (Score 1) 452

Sweden has stronger protections for free-speech than his other options for residency. Look at The Pirate Bay - if it were in the U.S. or Russia or UK it would've been taken down long ago.

I don't agree with this. The case of The Pirate Bay merely shows that Hollywood's lobby wasn't strong enough at a given moment and that the establishment had more important voices to censor or silence.

Do you think you have full freedom of speech in Sweden? Try criticizing the current immigration policies, for instance, and you will be immediately labeled as "racist", never mind if your critique has nothing to do with somebody's skin color.

I refuse to believe in any fine gradations of freedom of speech. If you are free to speak whatever you want, but only as long as you don't offend somebody or make them feel uncomfortable, then you are not free to speak. You either have freedom of speech or you don't.

(Full disclosure: I'm also a resident of Sweden.)

Comment Re:Without specifics, I think we should be wary... (Score 1) 452

in sweden the laws are such that if a woman removes her consent of sex during intercourse you must stop. It is a he said she said rule. but the law favors the woman.

This is not even the only Swedish law which favors women. For instance, prostitution is outlawed over here, but in such manner that it is a criminal offense for a man to buy sexual services but not for a woman to sell them (I don't know how are the cases of homosexual prostitution, either male-male or female-female, handled.) The law axiomatically defines a woman as a victim.

The Swedish law, while aiming to be "progressive", is actually extremely sexist and hypocritical. Such bigotry extends to other spheres of the society such as labor, but that is out of scope of this discussion.

Comment Re:10 year old laptop? (Score 1) 352

10 years of data on the laptop - are they implying that said stolen laptop was 10 years old? And thief bothered, not only to steal it but also boot it up? Sweden is scary sometimes.

Yes, Sweden is really scary sometimes. Not because of the crime rates, or collapsing welfare state, or government-controlled politically correct media, or systhematic wiretapping, but, of all things - an old professor who is not a computer geek not taking backups of his data! Only on Slashdot. Brilliant.

Comment Re:Sounds risky to me (Score 1) 352

Contacting your victim sounds risky to me. Could report you to the police. Then the cops can put your fingerprints in some database. Then they can maybe trace the mail you sent, and start asking your neighbors about people who would fit the profile for doing this. (20s-30s, white, Swedish)

Ever been to any major city of Sweden, such as Stockholm or god forbid Malmö? The likehood that this crime has been committed by a 20s-30s white Svensson is extremely low. They will call me racist if I tell more (hint).

Comment Re:Backups? (Score 1) 352

Why is this professor, who values his 10 years of digital work, keeping all his eggs in one basket? That guy should be regularly backing up data that is irreplaceable. Theft, loss, hardware failure or even operator error could all lead to a devastating loss.

It has been said that he is a university professor, not necessarily a computer nerd.

Comment Re:This behavior isn't unusual (Score 1) 352

More often than not, if a thief has the chance to steal some money but not all the money, they will leave some of it there.

And if an assassin has the chance to murder his mark quickly and painlessly, he will do so rather than torturing her to death? Is that proof that murderers have a mixed conscience according to you?

Your relativisation of crime is disturbing and disgusting.

"The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray." -- Robert G. Ingersoll