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Comment Depends on how the receiver absorbs the message (Score 1) 290

For some people, like myself, it can be difficult to understand a recorded message without visual clues and context. Even with visual clues, I prefer to read most content. If my mind skips a cog I can easily reread the previous sentence, but with a voice recording you spend more time trying to go back, landing in the middle of some previous sentence, listen forward to what you were looking for while retaining the context, and then trying to get back into the stream of what was being said.

Comment Messenger and Payments? (Score 4, Insightful) 40

And Facebook wants to use the messenger app to send payments? If they have this much trouble with basic security over social chatting, why should we trust them to handle payment processing? If you can't do the simple things right, you certainly can't be expected to successfully accomplish the difficult things.

Comment Distracted Driving? (Score 5, Insightful) 149

I use the Google Maps on my iPhone for navigating when I'm driving someplace unfamiliar. Does this mean that I'll have to be dismissing ads in order to see continue to have a useable navigation tool? I'm also not wild about the idea of pop up ads drawing my attention away from the road. Time will tell.

Comment Posting just to move past 666 (Score 1) 675

I was amused to note that the number of comments on this article was 666. It's intriguing that an article about the spawn of the devil, i.e. ads, should have 666 comments. So to prevent the devil gaining strength and ensuring ads for everyone, I offer this post to bring the number up to 667.

Your welcome.

Comment Re:What is a 'Ghostface Killa' and why should i ca (Score 3, Insightful) 108

There has never been an occasion where it has meant anything else.

Except when it really means what it says. I came to read the comments because I had never heard of Ghostface Killa. What is it, or who is it? Why is it/he being mentioned on /.?

And now, having read the comments, and learned what this is all about, I think I'll return to a more valuable source of news, like, say, Facebook.

Comment Re:Slippery Slope (Score 2) 138

What if the connection was accidental/unintentional?

According to the FA, the information was only captured when the user started the login process, or started the registration process. I don't know about you, but if I accidently landed on a child porn website the very first thing I would do would be to get out of it. I certainly wouldn't start to register as a user to the site.

Or some rogue process did it?

That's a different issue, but a highly unlikely event.

Comment Re:Slippery Slope (Score 1) 138

How much metal is a vehicle allowed to have before you consider it illegal for a police department to use? Please be specific.

To keep this on the subject matter I'll quote what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about porn, "I know it when I see it". Military grade vehicles look quite different than civilian vehicles. You certainly would notice if your local sheriff's deputy started patrolling your neighborhood in a HumVee instead of a Crown Vic.

Comment Don't people strip symbols any more? (Score 3, Interesting) 107

One thing that surprised me is that symbols were still in the executable. I'll admit that I'm kind of long in the tooth and have been out of the industry for 15 years now. It used to be that a standard practice was that the final compile had the symbols stripped out. It was done for space consideration mostly, which probably isn't a concern anymore, but also for security. Is it now standard practice to leave symbols in shipped code? If so, why? Yes it is somewhat of a security by obscurity, but leaving symbols in is like leaving the combination to your lock taped to the back of it, or at least a note as to where you've hidden the combination.

Comment Re:Really??? (Score 2) 139

Ok no proof ... Licensed Professional engineer that said ok to roll out.

My guess is that "there must be extensive certification of the vehicle itself" is taking that into consideration. Nowhere does it say that car companies themselves can just decide on their own that a car is ready for the road.

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