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Comment Already in the process of being fixed. (Score 1) 104

From Niantic:

"We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account. However, Pokémon Go only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your user ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon Go or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon Go's permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon Go needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves."

Comment Networks (Score 4, Insightful) 85

To be honest, I've never had a problem with the device manufacturers, it's always been my network (carrier) that's been a pain up the ass with spending time adding their extra branding, crap apps, and the like. Even worse, mine has a blanket policy of "We'll tell you when there's new firmware, we aren;t going to give you any ETA's, status reports or anything. You have to wait until it appears (or not)

Comment Re:Warning (Score 1) 344

To expand on this, the context of this is the ongoing debate over the referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU. The Daily Fail is an often-hilariously eurosceptic trashrag, given to exaggerations, stretching points, massaging figures, and sometimes outright making up stories out of whole cloth. This story basically has one purpose, to make the EU look bad to try and convince the technologically illiterate masses that under the EU, people will get things imposed on them that are to their detriment, to try and force a "Leave" vote in a couple of weeks.


Japanese Startup Wants To Rain Down Man-Made Meteor For Tokyo Olympics (sciencealert.com) 106

A startup called Star-ALE wants to create a man-made meteor shower over the city of Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics opening ceremonies. The pyrotechnics show, Star-ALE says, will be visible from an area 200km across Japan, and the pyrotechnics will actually shower from space. Starting next year, Star-ALE will begin sending a fleet of microsatellites carrying 500 to 1000 specially-developed pellets that ignite and intensely glow as they re-enter the earth's atmosphere. ScienceAlert reports: But wonderment comes at a cost, and in this case, that cost isn't cheap. Each combustible pellet comes in at about $8,100 to produce, and that's not including the costs involved in actually launching the Sky Canvas satellite. The company has tested its source particles in the lab, using a vacuum chamber and hot gases to simulate the conditions the pellets would encounter upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere. In its testing, the particles burn with an apparent magnitude of -1, which should ensure they're clearly visible in the night sky, even in the polluted skyline of a metropolis like Tokyo.

Comment Re:Sounds good. (Score 2) 556

Being personally acquainted with at least one of the #NotYourShield folks, they definitely aren't all sockpuppets. There's people in back of there that really believe in what they're saying, There's also at least one developer in there who isn't either.

Now as to whether the people giving them grief are the anti-GG types, or the GG-types running a false-flag, that's another debate entirely.

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