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Comment Re:Job Fair (Score 1) 152

When I expressed why I was uncomfortable with creating a LinkedIN profile, I was told that LinkedIN wasn't like Facebook where people were posting crap or something like that - with a tone of "WTF is YOUR problem?"

I know what you mean, the WTF is that one line in all ToS's that says "due to change at anytime". It doesn't help distancing themselves from Facebook, Twitter, or Google + when linkedin is fourth in line to use site log ons, when logging on to Slashdot.

and I got a refrigerator! Happy days! I have a REFRIGERATOR!!!

Congratulations on your new acquisition! :}

Submission + - Elsevier opens its papers to text-mining (nature.com)

ananyo writes: Publishing giant Elsevier says that it has now made it easy for scientists to extract facts and data computationally from its more than 11 million online research papers. Other publishers are likely to follow suit this year, lowering barriers to the computer-based research technique. But some scientists object that even as publishers roll out improved technical infrastructure and allow greater access, they are exerting tight legal controls over the way text-mining is done.
Under the arrangements, announced on 26 January at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, researchers at academic institutions can use Elsevier’s online interface (API) to batch-download documents in computer-readable XML format. Elsevier has chosen to provisionally limit researchers to 10,000 articles per week. These can be freely mined — so long as the researchers, or their institutions, sign a legal agreement. The deal includes conditions: for instance, that researchers may publish the products of their text-mining work only under a licence that restricts use to non-commercial purposes, can include only snippets (of up to 200 characters) of the original text, and must include links to original content.

Comment Re:My Fav, Budwiswer Beer commercial (Score 1) 347

Sure you don't mean Rainer Beer?

I didn't even need to look at the video. Getting ready for bed; that time you have to think about the day, I thought cr@p it wasn't Budwiser beer but Rainier. -maybe nobody will of noticed :}

Yes it was Rainier Beer which was heard as the gears shifted, even flows better; It didn't sound right typing it out but thought well it did then.
The one more people seemed to like around the same time was the swamp and the frogs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

I have a trait if you take the time to notice of messing up something in a post. Not a one is as it was meant to be :} in this case pushing the wrong beer, not only did it play better, I'm from Washington state where Rainier was proud to be from.

Checking Wikipedia Rainier is now a memory - I did look at the video, though it was posted in 2012 it's much older than that, Rainier quit in 1999 and I figure the commercial crated some 10 years earlier, but I've been known to be wrong before :}

Rainier Beer had a lot of memorable commercials I'd forgotten bout
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Comment Re:Just saying... (Score 1) 198

Well, I could think of a few reasons why Apple should not have .apple. One of them being that there's allegedly a fruit by that name that even allegedly has older rights to that name.

You'd think a pane of glass would have the same advantage. Windows shoved that gimme out the watching hole in the wall.

Comment Re:Just saying... (Score 1) 198

Now you can make your domain name look like a USENET discussion forum:

alt.fashion.goth.clothing
comp.languages.cobol.programmer.guru

alt.binaries.sex.pictures.erotica.bestiality.hamster.duct-tape - You can expect our A-1 tapes of sexy colors to take a beating and still provide you the protection required; be sure to catch our ads in the newspaper.

Freaking people have reinvented the wheel.

Comment Re:I stopped using smartphones (Score 1) 144

Hopefully the open source phones catch up, because right now carrying around a general purpose computing device you have no control over thanks to the carriers strikes me as an astoundingly bad idea.

Having a phone whose OS is either compromised or deliberately acting against you is obviously unhelpful; but unless you control the baseband you are pretty much fucked regardless of the OS. Cell networks are fundamentally pretty hostile in terms of how much control is held by the network or at very low levels in the baseband, rather than where you can actually see it.

Sometimes you just have to hope for the best.

I like having a smart phone (and Android tablet), I was able to root the tablet before it became illegal. The phone calls out from the tablet (cyanogenmod ROM) that has Droid Firewall and permissions denied; the tablet through a router firewall. So no cell towers (if that helps much).

Hiding from NSA is or was never a goal, but from advertisers, while having everything at my disposal all the time, calendar, games, videos, and mostly the camera. I go to a parts store anymore, hold up my camera and say I need this :}.

While a smart phone isn't necessary for it, it's just nice to be able to call anybody at any time, still remember scouting for phone booths at times with little luck.

Sometimes the best isn't always a goal, two things I still won't do with my cell phone (tablet) is transfer money from an open account (money cards ok) or use them for my Email. Email is more prevention (malware) than eves dropping. I expect my Email to arrive as text, reading it in HTML being my decision; still using Forté Agent 1.93 just for that reason (Windows).

Trust is also missing from a mobile device in a way that just occurred to me, Cell phone or tablet, I don't have one website I'm able to auto log-on to. Fact, I rarely if ever log onto a web site mobility, ya, the camera I carry it for the camera - changed stroke mid pool (Grin)

  if avoiding NSA were my goal, it's been referenced already as the "Eye of Sauron" :}

Comment Re:If it bothers you that NSA may spying on you wh (Score 1) 144

I use www.rovio.com as a poster child of what a bad ToS reads like, Rovio uses the www.nytimes.com's privacy policy :} - to show it's "in fine company, or they aren't the only ones doing it. http://www.rovio.com/en/news/b... bottom of the list. www.rovio.com also taught me of Flurry.com - one thing about www.rovio.com they covered everybody in the chain, very helpful editing one's HOSTS file. Missing of course: "overseas".

After reading Rovio's ToS - to opt out is done by cookies, you can never remove another cookie, it's best to use a HOSTS file - except for www.Flurry.com which is Google's on-line Analytics. To block Flurry.com you must request to opt out (I can't find the address for obvious reasons - Google: flurry.com opt out

You will need a rather hard to find mobile number "Android ID" is required for that https://play.google.com/store/... contrary to a review posted you don't opt out of www.rovio.com this way, use a router firewall, which your most likely using to connect to the Internet with and add www.rovio.com.

Each time you Change Roms, unlock, root, jail break or whatever you call owning your mobile device you will need to opt out from Flurry.com again (your ID will of changed).

It's a lot to type; but if you stayed with it and it help you, worth it.

Comment If it bothers you that NSA may spying on you while (Score 1) 144

playing Angry Birds, mayhaps enraging you (?); you have nobody to blame but yourself. Ok, NSA shouldn't be grabbing your www.Rivo.com (Angry Bird)
data, but the truth is they are just double dipping what Rivo.com has already collected. The reason Angry Birds is mentioned is it's ToS. Do yourself a favor and read it, You'll find it at www.rovio.com.

When I say ToS, I mean everything; Privacy Policy, EULA and any other practice of using your private info - to me the phrase "ToS" covers it all.

I read ToS's and if I disagree with them, refuse to use their services (FaceBook.com) or take measures to block parts I'm able to. www.rovio.com was one of the worst ToS, I'd ever read from a company who's sole purpose is pushing Angry Birds and many other popular on-line applications to collect data for various reasons,
One being ADs tailored to you -if you pay for the application or game, it has no effect on the data mined from you, maybe just block an ad or two, others have use
for the data mined and www.rovio.com comes across as the company more than able to supply it to them.

When I first read their ToS, Rivo mentioned they send "some information overseas" that was all that was said, what was sent, by what route and just who was overseas all omitted. Apparently www.rovio.com was using data mining practices only allowed somewhere "overseas".

I've just scaned Rivo's ToS for first time in a year or more, was a chore removing all the blocks. I didn't reread it, just a searched for the word overseas, which was missing; I assume redefining it to allow Overseas to be omitting, Last updated: October 2013

Comment Re:You read /. so you already knew this right? (Score 2) 144

if not set up correctly I would tend to agree.

What does the set up have to do with it? If the backdoor is built-in already, it's built in. Right?

Page 15 of the PDF mentioned...

What is a backdoor?

A method to bypass data encryption or security.

Blah blah blah

"Currently available for major encryption software - Microsoft
BitLocker, FIleVault, BestCrypt, TrueCrypt, etc." - the paragraph is a direct quote.

------------- True Crypt shouldn't of been added/listed -----------------

First TrueCrypt hasn't been backdoored. The fact they even mentioned it I figure
if it's setup up wrong it can be accessed, or worry you.

I reinstall OS's a lot, I had a TrueCrypt volume but after switching OS's it never would
show again. (I didn't try to recover it).

Given it's the opposite of back dooring, but I lost a lot of work in the process. That's when
I felt I should RTFM. One needs to be very careful with TrueCrypt, NTFS isn't that secure, and
TrueCrypt will tell you that, In fact a lot of precautions are required

----- Not back doored by reading memory block ------

A recent /. article mentioned TrueCrypt was back doored by reading a memory block.
http://it.slashdot.org/story/1...

A post and link by MidSpeck negated the claim:

"Still working as intended
by MidSpeck (1516577)
While good to know these types of attacks exist, TrueCrypt's security model is still holding strong. http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/... "

Which states, "TrueCrypt does not:
Encrypt or secure any portion of RAM (the main memory of a computer)."

----
True Crypt needs to be audited to set matters straight once and for all.

A lot of disinformation is being released to where one doesn't know what to believe.

Comment Yes, of course, and call it what you want. (Score 1) 90

In the Philippines as a dependent they had something like this on base - minus the library :}.
It was a hobby shop and one could do anything they wanted, you just purchased the raw materials.
I learned Leather Crafts, how to develop and print film, cut and polish rocks. My Mom tried her hand at oil painting and found she was pretty decent at it. There was so much available to one in such a small place. And no rules, if I felt like repairing my TV the only requirement was I had to lug it in. There was someone there that would help if I had problem; like picking me up off the ground then explain the horizontal oscillator :}

That was in 1967 and the only placed I'd seen anything like it, Yes - Stick something similar in a library, set it alone by itself but everybody should have access to a place like this.

Comment You read /. so you already knew this right? (Score 4, Informative) 144

The file "Computer_Forensics_for_Prosecutors_(2013)_Part_1".pdf has this gem in it.

"Users of mobile devices and cloud storage sign off on their rights to data scanning, There is no opt-out option."

This file showed up when a question of True Crypt being back doored came up, as out of the blue it mentions it is; if not set up correctly I would tend to agree.

Page 16 http://www.techarp.com/article...
article lies about Phil ZImermann but the only place I could find the file.

Comment Re:chess skill != raw intelligence (Score 1) 449

The most intelligent person in the world would not stand a chance versus an experienced, serious chess aficionado. Being good at chess not only requires raw intelligence, but also strategic and tactical insights that just can't be developed on the fly no matter how intelligent you are, and especially not during a speed chess match.

I've never lost a game of chess (thank you, thank you) but I pick my games as it takes a lot out of me. Forced into a game by the "barracks chess master" I beat em in two games back to back - left em muttering it's not possible and me with a bad headache.

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