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Comment 3G only, not WiFi (Score 1) 362

I looked at the data that my iPad collected. It's only data from the few occassions when I used 3G. If it would also collect information from WiFi, it would have recorded that, say, I was in Canada where I used the hotel WiFi but not 3G. But no location information was recorded there. As others have already pointed out, it's only recording information about the 3G cell towers that the iDevice sees.

Comment Re:This is absurd (Score 1) 500

Nuclear power is perfectly safe, if done properly.

(...)

The number of nuclear reactors worldwide is extremely high, but other than the Windscale core fire, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Fukushima complex, there really hasn't been any major accident in the industry in 50 years.

Hmm. The conclusion I would draw from this is that we don't seem to be very good at doing things properly, at least not in the long run. So maybe it isn't such a good idea to rely on things being done properly when it involves very dangerous stuff like radioactivity.

Comment Re:coming from someone living in Finland... (Score 5, Interesting) 601

Nokia didn't invent Symbian, but it was their decision to use it. Back in the late 1990's, I was involved in a "top secret" project between Nokia and Psion, to bring Psion's EPOC operating system to a Nokia phone which was going to be the successor of the 9110 Communicator. The announcement of Symbian a few months later came as a complete surprise to us: "Oh, that's what we've been working on all the time?"

I still think it made a lot of sense back then. They just lost contact with the market (or maybe reality in general, as you and the GP implied) in the mid-2000's.

Comment Re:*facepalm* (Score 1) 306

All of Germany (or at least those that understand how a computer works) has been facepalming over this since it was introduced (article is in German) 10 days ago.

What's worse: It was lauded by our minister of consumer protection as an example of German innovation. How embarrassing. Government-sponsored publicity for something that even the inventor admits won't stop anyone from taking a screenshot. Geeks in Germany have been taking the system apart over the last couple of days. There's already a hack that circumvents the Firefox plugin.

Announcements

Submission + - Attention all CryptoNerds (regonline.co.uk)

MsAsti writes: If Bruce Schneier had been at Bletchley Park in 1939 the Nazis would have lost the second world war before it even started. Although 71 years late, if anyone can break Enigma before it was invented, Bruce Schneier can. The New Crypto League of Schenier, Diffie, Clark, and Khan will be speaking at a fundraiser for The Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing on November 6th in the hallowed halls of Station X. Pray for a time vortex!

Comment Re:Did anyone ever actively use it? (Score 1) 327

I was invited into it, so I signed up. Looked around and couldn't find a way to make it useful to me

For me, the "now what?" moment was more of "now where are all the people I know and want to work with?" I think Wave is a rare case where the "by invitation only" technique worked against it. To make use of Wave, all the people you want to work with need to be able to sign up. The invitation was an additional hurdle to its adoption.

Comment Taxi Drivers (Score 1) 519

Somewhat related: These days even the taxi drivers don't know the way any more. It used to be such that you could jump into a taxi, mention the address and off we'd go.

Last time I used a taxi, the driver asked me for directions. Then, when I couldn't provide them, I had to spell out the address for him (he hadn't heard of the street before) so that he could type it into his sat-nav.

Not sure if that's really a problem, but I somehow felt cheated. Isn't it his job to know these things?

Censorship

Submission + - German member of parliament joins Pirate PArty

Political Observer writes: Jörg Tauss, member of the German Parliament, Bundestag, left the social democratic party SPD, which is part of a coalition government, and announced (German article on his site) to join the German Pirate Party. He left the SPD after most members of the party voted for a new censorship law which passed the parliament on Thursday. The law, which aims at blocking child pornography, introduces an infrastructure for DNS based content blocking and is subject of major critics from Internet users.

In March 2009 Tauss became subject of investigations by the German police for owning child pornographic material. He said he owned this material only due to research as part of his role as member of parliament. Investigations are still running.
Censorship

Submission + - German Member of Parliament supports Pirate Party 1

erlehmann writes: "On todays rally against internet censorship in Berlin, German long-term member of parliament Jörg Tauss announced he had quit the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and will support the Pirate Party in the upcoming elections (Twitter status, press statement, both in German). Tauss, Member of Parliament since 1994, is widely regarded as an internet expert and was one of only 4 politicians of the ruling coalition voting against the bill implementing secret lists of censored web content under the guise of fighting child porn, which has since become law.

Critics point to an ongoing investigation against Tauss regarding child porn, while he himself says he only purchased the pictures in question to prove that the internet is not a primary distribution channel and had hopes of blowing up a child porn ring. The Social Democratic Party has asked Tauss to resign from parliament after he quit the party."

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