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+ - Privacy concerns in quantifying smartphone usage-> 5

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eaoliver writes: "A PhD Candidate from the University of Waterloo, is trying to conduct a study detailing how users interact with their BlackBerrys. He is asking BlackBerry users to load an application on their BlackBerry that runs a background process that records when you are using your BlackBerry device. This type of research raises several privacy concerns and raises the question: Would you let somebody monitor your smartphone usage?"
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Comment: DTN (Score 1) 536

by usman_ismail (#28536719) Attached to: Guaranteed Transmission Protocols For Windows?
You need a Disruption Tolerant Network (DTN) solution, there is no commercial DTN's out there that I know off but the DAKNet people at MIT were working on something and a group a U of Waterloo has an implementation.

Comment: Re:Patent Troll (Score 1) 191

by usman_ismail (#27271471) Attached to: Red Hat Claims Patent On SOAP Over CGI

As for as I know Linus trade marked the word linux, he did not copyright it. Anyone can claim a trade mark as long as it has not been trade marked before. There is not requirement to prove no one used the word before just that they did not trademark it.

And I am not naive just cynical that RH will continue to be a good guy 5 or 10 years from now

Comment: Re:Patent Troll (Score 2, Informative) 191

by usman_ismail (#27269335) Attached to: Red Hat Claims Patent On SOAP Over CGI

You are aware they aren't patenting things to prevent others from using those concepts or to change a fee to use the process. Instead they are doing it as a defensive measure against the likes of SCOs, M$ and greedy lawyers. They aren't patent trolls, they are protecting themselves and the Linux.

You don't need a patent for that just prior art in the wild

Comment: Re:No kidding! (Score 1) 601

by usman_ismail (#27243417) Attached to: Auto Safety Tech May Encourage Dangerous Driving
Actually there usually is a blind spot in most cars unless you have curved mirrors. However curved mirrors make it hard to judge distance. As all responsible drivers know you check your blind spot (By looking over shoulder) before changing lanes. Just because someone is in your blind spot does not mean its their fault you hit them.

Comment: Re:brilliant or dangerous? (Score 1) 1134

by usman_ismail (#27213829) Attached to: Are Quirky Developers Brilliant Or Dangerous?
I had an instructor who loved this procedure he called it the Universal Conservation of Grief principle. You either put in the time(greif) at the start of a project, thinking about the problem properly. Or on the last feature which is ridiculously easy if only you had used a slightly different architecture but would not require major code rewrites.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."