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Comment high intelligence (Score 0) 190

high intelligence

Why do we humans define intelligence such that humans are the most intelligent creatures on this planet?

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Is that really a valid definition of intelligence, or just human self-importance and vanity?

Comment Re:Realistic expectations... (Score 1) 170

facebook can call private messages "vegetables" if the ToS says they can. If the ToS has wording along the lines of, "we may share the contents of your private messages with third parties in order to better target advertising", then there is nothing you can do to stop them from sharing your "private" messages on facebook.

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It really is just that simple.

As I said, it all boils down to what is in the Terms of Service.

Comment Realistic expectations... (Score 4, Informative) 170

... But when the services are provided free of charge, does the user have a realistic expectation of privacy or security,...

The user should have a realistic expectation that the service will abide by the Terms of service. This holds true whether or not the service is free or costs one's first-born child.

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So the discussion here should really center around how this alleged behavior violates facebook's terms of service.

Comment Another view on teh RSA / NSA thing... (Score 5, Informative) 201

RSA doesn’t quite deny undermining customers’ crypto

Reuters reported on Saturday that the NSA had secretly paid RSA Data Security $10 million to make a certain flawed algorithm the default in RSA’s BSAFE crypto toolkit, which many companies relied on. RSA issued a vehement but artfully worded quasi-denial. Let’s look at the story, and RSA’s denial....

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