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Comment Re:Isn't that the point? (Score 5, Insightful) 37

I put Google as the worst. They started as a search engine and making revenue from advertising. Which isn't so bad.

They expanded into email, which seemed a reasonable way to get more advertising revenue.

Then they bought online media through Youtube, which was great for their strength in content delivery, and provided more vehicles for ad revenue.

But somewhere they stopped saying "don't be evil" and now they link your accounts in all the services they acquire, track your dns lookups, your searches, your phonecalls, your contacts, your webpages (through fonts), your map searches, your every location through traffic, they converted your email address into a social media profile which they track as ruthlessly and lucratively as Facebook ever did... They even photograph your home, document your wifi access points etc, etc.

At least Facebook never pretended to be anything other than an ad-based social media company.

Comment The cyber is so big (Score 1) 380

"And you know cyber is becoming so big today. It’s becoming something that number of years ago, short number of years ago, wasn’t even a word. And now the cyber is so big, and you know look at what they’re doing with the internet. How they’re taking recruiting people through the internet. And part of it is the psychology because so many people think they’re winning. And you know, there’s a whole big thing. Even today, psychology — where CNN came out with a big poll. Their big poll came out today that Trump is winning. It’s good psychology, you know. It’s good psychology. I know that for a fact because people that didn’t call me yesterday, they’re calling me today. So that’s the way life works right?"

Comment Re:Simple fix, just requires money (Score 1) 185

I dated a girl who looked up my information because she was an border officer. As a security professional I asked "isn't anyone watching", she replied: "yeah, that's my job".

Although there's sometimes legitimate reasons for their illegitimate searches....

Many officers are not allowed to associate with known criminals.

Comment Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 86

"Are you implying that pointing out a blatant misrepresentation counts as drinking koolaid?"

The expression comes from cult leaders who gave their followers poison.

The implication is that you believe so much in the leader's vision, that you'll drink poison if they command you, I think does compare to believing in Google's vision so much that you'll sacrifice your privacy for their free, convenient apps.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 189

"so I'm not sure just how well this actually will scale in the real world. Still, 6.2km is a useful distance for some limited applications."

FTA, there's another innovation not in the Slashdot headline or summary, except to say " the teams had slightly different set-ups and results."

One of those results seems to be that the team from China's method allows for quantum repeaters which can relay entangled particles:

" would allow for the creation of quantum repeaters, to propel the signal further along the network..."

"Now say Bob repeats the process with Daisy, who is 100 kilometres to his right (with another Charlie between them). At this stage, Bob has two particles, one entangled with Alice’s and the other with Daisy’s. If Bob now does a Bell State measurement on his two particles, he effectively entangles Alice’s particle with Daisy’s — stretching teleportation a full 200 kilometres."

“You can scale the whole thing up and can go, in theory, to arbitrarily long distances,” says Tittel.

Comment Re:Analysis of the videos (Score 3, Informative) 251

Somebody crashed planes into the buildings.

But it seems that people believe they had secret agents install some super-resillient, ultra-compact, undetectable explosives which would not detonate when a 250,000 lb aircraft hit it at 400 miles an hour, nor from the fire from 10,000 gallons of aviation fuel, but would be wired for a controlled demolition so as to flatten buildings which contained people who were evacuated except for people already dying from smoke and fire?


Comment Re:Analysis of the videos (Score 4, Insightful) 251

"You certainly would not expect it to collapse in a tidy heap at the speed of gravity where the entire building becomes... "

And I know a guy who doesn't wear a seatbelt because he thinks his arms can keep his face from going through the windshield in a car accident.

Your intuition about physical processes is meaningless when dealing with materials and processes at these scales.

Without getting into the stupidity, the utter, mindblowing, holy-crap stupidity of the idea that hundreds of people sitting in offices throughout the WTC wouldn't say "HEY, you had a maintinence guy deliver a giant package and install it in the HVAC two months ago? me too! Maybe it was so that when the guberment crashed the jets into the building, it would make sure that the evacuated buildings blooo flat down! As opposd to havign the tops slide off or sides crumble like they were supposed to!"

Comment Google (Score 4, Interesting) 180

I went with the iPhone because I didn't have to root my phone to control the communications of my own apps, and I didn't want to lock more of my life into my gmail account... that and the camera/microphone/battery life etc. I was surprised by the added stability and how I didn't feel the need to root the phone at all.

Android phones are practically subsidized by Google and most are additionally subsidized by a carrier who couldn't give a damn if you have updates or not.

On my iPhone I use offline maps, a domestic hosted mail and calendar server and duckduckgo. No Google apps, and minimal contact with the app store. It's a boring, reliable, very functional phone.

With Android, for even these basic features I would send 100% of my data to the U.S. where I have no control nor rights. Last I used Android it was difficult to *not* sync it with Google, even with your own calendaring/mail solution. Unless I go with Cyanogenmod or similar... which is a wicked time-burner.

The price difference is worth it to me. Time and privacy are expensive.

Comment Re:Because... reasons (Score 2) 229

Seems a bit odd to me. to say:

They investigated, verified the times and locations, and asked him about them. When he didn't provide a satisfactory response, or in fact any response,

Citation? You ask others for it constantly, so I'm sure you have several.

I think this provides a counterexample:

I want to be clear: the accusations of criminal sexual misconduct against me are entirely false.

Flat out denying the accusations is.. a response, right?

I'm inclined to say "meh", let Jacob step out of the project and leave it at that. The project is bigger than him, and he's done some stuff that I don't think belongs in tech conferences. Criminal? Let the courts decide, I'll assume he's innocent until then.

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