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Comment problem? (Score 1) 395

So android play - It's also the permission manager for android apps right? It needs to have location permission before it can pass your location safely to third party apps you've installed and authorised. And this is a bad thing why? Because google gets your location? Until someone can demonstrate to me that google is using this location information to my detriment, why should I care? I certainly don't want to hand top level location trust to unknown third party vendors on a case by case basis - that sounds like a problem to me. I guess it's time to switch to apple! /s

Comment dolphin brains are larger...than brains of humans. (Score 2) 305

The dolphins listened to an entire "sentence" before replying, according to the article, which points out that dolphin brains are larger and more complex than the brains of humans.

This is the best summary. My ex-girlfriend never listened to an "entire" sentence before replying. I need to start dating dolphins.

Comment Re:Driver or Autopilot? (Score 1) 93

I thought in a tesla you are officially supposed to have your hands on the steering wheel still? Can't do that while looking through the glovebox and cleaning the dashboard.... That's why he's not suing Tesla, because he has no case. I mean seriously, when I buy new tech that costs $100 I follow the instructions, and if I don't and it behaves in an unexpected way, I'm not surprised. When spending more by a factor of hundreds, on emerging tech, I think I'd be a little more careful, perhaps heed the warnings and guidelines, etc...

Comment Re: Yeaaaaaaa (Score 1) 129

The official claim is that they intentionally took the site down as they found a security issue while trying to mitigate the DDoS. Not exactly inspiring confidence.

Source? I saw they said:

Just after 7.30pm, the following confluence of events occurred:

A fourth denial of service attempt
A large increase in traffic to the website with thousands of Australians logging on to complete their Census
A hardware failure when a router became overloaded
Occurrence of a false positive, which is essentially a false alarm in some of the system monitoring information.

i.e. no security issue. Their systems got overloaded, melted down, and flagged an alert for a possible issue that didn't exist, so they shut it down.

Comment Re:How can you tell? (Score 1) 129

Nothing, aside for that it's a distributed attempt to get service, not denial attempt, so probably even more effective at clogging the system. They spent about AU$400,000 on load testing (Should've been more than enough).

Evidently they didn't do the load testing properly. If they can't get that right how can anybody expect them to secure personal data properly.

Yet they're forcing mandatory retention of personal data.

They don't want to admit this was wasted money, and their IT guy said "With this many people trying to fill it out at once it's just like a DDOS attack!" so they've just gone with it.

By claiming it's a DDOS it just proves even more that they can't secure anything. How can they be trusted to keep sensitive data if they can't get something so basic functioning properly?

My first part was a little bit tongue in cheek. half a million to a company that specialises in such should have been enough but clearly wasn't.
However you seem to be harping on the security of the data - There was no "security breach" - No one got access to their systems. They simply got overloaded (blew up a router, etc) and shut it down because it simply wasn't robust enough. But zero security issues. Keeping a server up and running and able to support a predictive load is one thing, security of data is another thing entirely. Those responsible for the server being able to handle the traffic have nothing whatsoever to do with those ensuring the security of the data.
Then again, don't trust anyone to keep any data secure and you'll be better off. Government requires we submit this data - and it can - so either fill it out and suck it up, pay the fine, or leave the country, but never assume perfect security.

Comment Re:How can you tell? (Score 1) 129

What's the difference between a DDoS attack and 4 million people all trying to submit their census all at the same time?

Nothing, aside for that it's a distributed attempt to get service, not denial attempt, so probably even more effective at clogging the system. They spent about AU$400,000 on load testing (Should've been more than enough). They don't want to admit this was wasted money, and their IT guy said "With this many people trying to fill it out at once it's just like a DDOS attack!" so they've just gone with it.

Comment Re:Tough call (Score 1) 138

Maybe he wouldn't have minded being outed as much if he hadn't be in Saudi Arabia at the time it was revealed.

Then he should focus on bringing Saudi Arabia down... oh, they're richer than he is. Next best tantrum target? Oh, that newspaper who reported a fact. He sure stomped that journalist down.

Comment Re: Tough call (Score 1) 138

BS gawker ruined average peoples lives and got what they deserved. They are the ultimate example of an ugly bully who got cocky and took on the wrong guy. A jury of our peers made this decision and they did the right thing.

Gawker did nothing deserving of this. They did not "ruin average peoples lives". Sure, that sex tape was not something I needed or even wanted to see, (I actually still haven't seen it, don't need to, reading about it is enough for me) ... but a news company gets hold of a sex tape of a celebrity, I expect they feel that they have information the public will view (and they were right). It's not like they planted hidden camera's in Hogan's bedroom. This is standard news cycle stuff. This is not the exclusive domain of Gawker. Punishment - well, figure out who posted the story, charge them, fine the company (a reasonable amount, not hundreds of millions) and carry on, like in every other similar situation... but no, Thiel has more money than god (does god have money?) and money is power, as demonstrated. With how he has gone with Gawker, I'm curious who he'll go for next, and how that goes down. Might not be such an easily disparaged target next time.

Comment Re:My first first? (Score 1) 254

I'm a little fuzzy on how allowing further tuning below the company level is a disadvantage, as opposed to the walled garden

The walled garden for the most part is a technical user pet peeve. For most a contained device that offers predictable performance, stability and continued OS support is far more important. That's been their bread and butter since the beginning.

You said something, in a reply to my post, but it was some rhetoric, and didn't clarify anything at all to me.

Comment Re:My first first? (Score 1) 254

GP is right, All the vendors market to the guys wearing stars

GP can only be partially right.

Are you actually surprised that the Apple product out performed the Android device? I know I'm not. The devices simply aren't competing on the same level. IOS is for Apple's device only. It's fine tuned for its hardware and vice versa. Android is tailored for devices and fine tuned by the manufacturer. This is a clear disadvantage for the platform.

My 2 cents!

I'm a little fuzzy on how allowing further tuning below the company level is a disadvantage, as opposed to the walled garden....

Comment Re:Blizzard takes games seriously (Score 1) 250

You'd be dead right.... if it weren't "opt-in" - You agree to the ToS when you buy the game. No different to getting a drivers licence - When you get one you're suddenly liable for a lot more than you would otherwise have been. If you don't want to have to follow the road rules then - yup - you don't drive, noone is forcing you to. Noone is forcing you to buy a software product and agree to how you use it.
It's common practice to require a signed agreement in order to receive (usually limited) access to something, be it a game, data used in running a business, or anything.
Every other business gets a legal recourse, but because this is 'just a game' they shouldn't have one?

p.s. (not advocating this at all, but I think it's better than the current system blizzard is using)
( snipped from: )
Punishment for Athletes in ancient Summer Games
In the ancient Summer Games, there were rules for every game contested for. Those who cheated or violated the rules were disqualified from the contest. Along with the contestant, the trainer and the sponsoring city-state were also fined.

Cheaters could be punished by whipping or levying heavy fines on them. The money from these fines was used to construct bronze statues of Zeus. These statues were placed along the tunnel that leads to the stadium. Each statue's inscription told the cautionary tale of the offense. The athletes walked past these statues as a reminder of the importance of obeying the rules.

Comment Re:Blizzard takes games seriously (Score 1) 250

Well, lets say you walk into a police station.
You decide that you want to go behind their desk, and hop on their computer, access their internal systems, find out where your ex is living, whatever.
Well, while the police station is there for you to visit and place complaints at, etc, and the computer systems hold the data that makes this possible, it's protected data, and you're not allowed to look at it like that or use it that way.

What bossland is accessing is protected code. They are reading it out of the memory, modifying it, and then using that to render an interface showing that hidden information.

An alternate example:
Think of blizzard as the olympic committee (they exist, right?). They have set up the olympic games (overwatch) and people can enter and compete by buying tickets. As I'm using the olympics as my example I trust you're generally familiar with the sort of rules and agreements a competitor must agree to.
Bossland would be the shady 'doctor' that hangs around at the contestant entrance selling performance enhancing drugs. (And unfortunately these drugs don't have any foolproof detection rate).

Three things can happen here.
1) run the shady doctor off - throw him in jail, ideally. (what would happen if this were real world)
2) cancel the games - if you can't have a level playing field, there's no point to the competition. (this seems to be what many here think would be the best solution - 'it's not illegal, you can't do anything about it')
I'm in favour of working through the legal system to try to reach (1) - This in reality means law reform, probably, or enhanced trade agreements (and we all know how those go) So I totally get that it's no easy path, but I far prefer it to option 2.

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