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Comment Re:Android already does this...Not quite... (Score 1) 103

Android may need finer grained controls but I am not sure how an email app is supposed to function without connecting to the internet and reading your contacts.

I do like the idea of turning off permissions at will/runtime though. Though, even that concept is not without problems. It would increase user confusion and support requests, cause some increase to development time, potentially break a lot of apps and decrease to the value generated to app devs/publishers. Still, I think it's a good idea overall -- these problems are not really that big (IMHO).

Comment Re:For home use, LIBREoffice is more than good eno (Score 1) 241

except are split by rigid computer-geek philosophical divides

Except that a lot of those rigid philosophical geeks are the former developers of OpenOffice, and the ones who forked it to LibreOffice. Granted, now that OO is under Apache's stewardship (as opposed to Oracle) it might be nice if they pooled resources. Not sure if they already do this or not.

Comment Re:It's the stigma (Score 5, Insightful) 366

True, but you also dont spend years educating yourself in order to work on a factory line. Even bad office work is a start to an employment history and could lead to better opportunities down the road. Factory jobs just lead to more of the same.*

*That said I can't even pretend I have any full grasp of how employment works in China.

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 633

Well both ideas are speculation on our part, but I think the kid not telling the news the whole story is still more likely than 14 people failed to take their responsibilities seriously because they are overworked. Would you vote to expel someone based on the kind of evidence you are imagining?

If you are right, I find it very sad that these individuals were given the power of expulsion and did not treat that power with respect.

Also I don't see how it is in the company's interest to have him expelled when they already had an NDA. In order to fault the company and the college, we have to presume too many facts. Now they are overworked, coerced, irresponsible, etc etc. Occam's Razor does not like this theory :)

From NicBenjamin's cbc link

Dawson College spokeswoman Donna Varrica sent CBC a statement saying the college stands by its original decision to expel Al-Khabaz.

Varrica clarified the process that leads to expulsion. She said the process includes a step in which a student is issued an advisory to cease and desist the activities for which he or she is being sanctioned.

"When this directive is contravened by the student by engaging in additional activities of the same sort, the College has no recourse but to take appropriate measures to sanction the student," Varrica stated.

Apparently the school told him not to do this and he persisted? Also they stand by the decision and the software company offered him a scholarship and part time job now that the new broke.

So what's really going on here? I know everyone wants to root for the underdog, but perhaps the kid is just not telling the whole truth.

Comment Re:Terrible summary -_- (Score 1) 633

Ideally a professor on a committee with expulsion power is tenured. (No idea if that is true here)

However, it sounds like you think it's more likely that 14 people were coerced than a 20 year old would omit part of his story. Have you found large scale coercion more common than lies of omission?

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 633

So....deceived rather than conspired? I find this also difficult to believe. The professors are (presumably) experts in computer science and had this kid's entire future in their hands. Do you think they would be easily duped?

I wouldn't blame the kid for curiosity either. But I wouldn't vote to kick a kid out of school without compelling evidence of intent *beyond* curiosity (in this case).

So I have a hard time imagining how they could skew evidence so well as to convince so many professors to take this severe an action. Again though, it's hard to imagine since we don't have the logs, nor do we have info on the original vulnerability. What we do have though, is 14 professors who felt there was sufficient evidence to expel him.

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 2) 633

14 out of 15 professors choose to expel this student

Indeed this is the part I find the most telling that there is more to the story. Would all these professors really have conspired to avoid embarrassment for the college? Or, is there something these professors knew that isn't in TFA?

He found a flaw, waited two days, and then proceeded to use a general purpose tool. While this is most likely naivety on his part, it could also be something else we're not aware of.

But we don't have the logs, nor do we have info on the original vulnerability. If I were a professor given the info in TFA, I would not have expelled him. And that is what doesn't add up. If a professor had evidence that his intent was more than to just verify a fix, then the 14/15 vote begins to make much more sense.

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