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Comment Re:Facebook (Score 2) 188

Have you ever used ReactJS? That's being developed by Facebook in the majority.

Then there's a lot of graph theory being applied to your network connections to determine who are you likely to know. A lot of analysis of your browsing habits on FB (and off it, admittedly) to determine what ads you are likely to click on and what pages/communities you may be interested in.

Like it or not, Facebook is doing a LOT of research to keep itself relevant, both in engineering and in the minds of people.

Comment Re:Stop Writing Software for Windows (Score 2) 213

The entire Adobe family, Eclipse, Webstorm, Skype, Paterva's analysis suites (Maltego and CaseFile), and the list could go on until Slashdot's storage is filled up.

Basically 90+% of software is present on Windows. Sure, you can skew the numbers if you include all the little utilities rolled into Linux distros as separate programs, but the majority of those are either "one-liners" or they are not viable without a plethora of other utilities.

Comment Here is a list of things he deserves (Score 1) 822

Let's see:

  • A full, immediate pardon. (as a legal mechanism, not because he committed any crimes by being a whistleblower).
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • A serious discussion and legislative effort about surveillance and how surveillance was allowed to reach clearly illegal levels
  • A continous whistleblower award for the rest of his life, so that he doesn't have to work ever again. He put everything on the line for his beliefs, did more than the vast majority of people. The SEC and other groups already give out multimillion dollar whistleblowing awards for mere white collar crime, exposing the surveillance programs ought to rate higher.

Comment Re:Eve Online (Score 1) 555

I second EVE Online. I've been playing it for better part of 10 months, and now I've gotten to the point where I no longer need to pay. in fact, I've bought the last four or so subscriptions out of in-game money I made working for the in-game empires. If you focus training, you can easily be self-sufficient in two months or so.

Comment Fingerprint scanners are rarely secure (Score 2) 481

Surprise, surprise. Fingerprint identification is rarely secure, some implementations can even be tricked using gummy bears. Really secure ones usually have rather steep costs and bulky supporting hardware associated (usually to check for blood flow to ensure the finger is a live one). Anything in a laptop or smartphone has no chance at real security whatsoever.

But guess what? This probably wasn't an exercise in security, but ease-of-use: being able to unlock your phone with a touch is easier than slide-to-unlock or passcodes. And it was a good exercise (not to mention fun when it was discovered that the software can even interpret a cat's pawprint). It was successful. So what if it can be broken easily, almost all of fingerprinting is the same.

Comment Neural scanning (Score 1) 374

I'm waiting for the day when truth content can be determined by a quick remote neural scan, integrated into a variety of appliances. This is one of the premises of the anime Psycho-Pass. It would also cut down on gun crime, since guns, like in the show, would only fire when pointed at one who has committed a crime, or is psychologically on the verge of committing one.

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