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Comment App is not gone (Score 1) 101

u are hand waving a bunch of dumb shit like "app opens a port and then the app is gone

There's the exact problem though. Why do you THINK the app is gone?

If the app has permission to open a port that means it had permission to have a long-running service sitting on that port.

Why else would it open the port if it were not going to do just that?

Most non-technical users rarely if ever delete apps...

I mean, I agree that android phones are utter shit

They aren't at all, they work really well.. it's just that they ALSO bring the same security risk as any PC to a group of users who by and large have no technical ability to understand, or deal with the risk they are taking on. Sp it propagates the decades of horrible security flaws the PC world has enjoyed, like bank account being compromised, or identities stolen.

It bullshit to claim that is OK, that it's not really a problem when it is a massive problem that affects the people who can least afford to deal with it.

Comment Read Original Quote (Score 1) 101

What is the difference between an open port on an Android device and the dozens that are open on your personal computer? Nothing.

That is absolutely correct, and we all know that personal computers are rife with security flaws.

Part of that is because services are sitting at a number of different open ports, every service that is doing so increases the chances of a successful attack vector being present on your system,

So now we bring forward this same, known to be failed and dangerous, security model to the phone? Remember the original comment was talking about how open ports "are not dangerous" - with the implication that nothing is necessarily behind those open ports. But just like the PC we all know today, if something opened those ports that almost certainly means there is a service sitting there, listening, possibly vulnerable...

Or would you like to ignore decades of failed PC security?

Comment Dangerous comment (Score 1) 101

Open ports by themselves don't constitute a security risk.

This comment is sadly the kind of horrifically dangerous and stupid comment that permeates the Android technical community.

If a port is opened on an Android device, that 100% means that an app opened it for some reason, which means that 100% there is for some period of time going to be a service running that receives on that port. Maybe the user deletes the app but why would they? Most people wouldn't bother. Many probably do not even know HOW.

So that means that ALL of the most vulnerable people are at risk, which you casually dismiss because an open port "means nothing", the way an orange glow and smoke pouring from a house "means nothing" until the external edifice is reduced to ashes...

I mean, a separate comment I saw pointed out that android users really should use netstat of the phone. Good grief.

This is why I cannot in good conscious do anything except steer every non-technical user away from Android.

Comment Re:Session, not Trump (Score 1) 157

Another clueless statist.

From this side of history, the will of Session to stoke up the war on drug and particularly get more repressive against Marijuana

And you say that why? Because Sessions himself has said he will not go against state legalization

You can't really be blamed for not knowing what is going on, since you only read news from people who are tying to lie to you to make you mad...

Submission + - Inclusion Done Right in a World of Rampant Sexism: An Engineer's Perspective (

An anonymous reader writes: “I can’t tell you what a joy it is to go to work and just do my job.” Christina Noren’s words stopped me cold. After the storm stirred up by Susan Fowler’s February blog post, and the revelation of the depth of sexisim in the tech industry, this was an astounding statement.

What is it like to work at a company that gets not just diversity, but inclusion right? Not just as a C-level or VP-level perch, but from an engineer’s perspective, which, at the end of the day is the most important one. Were there more companies who have figured this out? And, most importantly, what were they doing those other companies could learn from?

Comment Funny, I am on an on-call rotation... (Score 1) 380

Funny, I am on an on-call rotation, which I am rarely ever compensated for. So companies want to be able to invade your lives on a whim, and want protection.

There is no employee/employer balance. And I think, if you're salaried, shouldn't your schedule be flexible. Now if you're not doing your work, that's another issue. But so many of us do our share and someone else's.

Submission + - WikiLeaks Reveals The "Snowden Stopper": CIA Tool To Track Whistleblowers (

schwit1 writes: As the latest installment of it's 'Vault 7' series, WikiLeaks has just dropped a user manual describing a CIA project known as ‘Scribbles’ (a.k.a. the "Snowden Stopper"), a piece of software purportedly designed to allow the embedding of ‘web beacon’ tags into documents “likely to be stolen.” The web beacon tags are apparently able to collect information about an end user of a document and relay that information back to the beacon's creator without being detected. Per WikiLeaks' press release

But, the "Scribbles" user guide notes there is just one small problem with the only works with Microsoft Office products. So, if end users use other programs such as OpenOffice of LibreOffice then the CIA's watermarks become visible to the end user and their cover is blown.

Submission + - Spying on Students in the Classroom (

schwit1 writes: It seems a day doesn’t go by without another report of a company monitoring what we do on the Internet and selling that data to generate more revenue. And now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has examined what happens to the data that's collected from students using technology in the classroom. They released the results of an extensive survey covering students in grades K-12.

What they found was that little work has been done to protect the privacy of the student information that is collected from both the classroom and from using the online software the schools issue for use at home on the students' own devices. They found that while many school districts have embraced technology and all of the benefits it can bring to the schools and students, often little thought has been given to one of the unintended consequences of this: the students' privacy.

The study was very extensive and took two years to complete. Virtually everything was examined, including what's being done along each point from the suppliers of hardware and software and the cloud services, to the schools and the students. They found that lots of data is being collected without permission and that it's easy for outside companies to access the data. They also discovered that there's little to prevent suppliers from sharing data with others, including advertisers.

Submission + - DNA-Based Test Can Spot Cancer Recurrence a Year Before Conventional Scans (

An anonymous reader writes: A revolutionary blood test has been shown to diagnose the recurrence of cancer up to a year in advance of conventional scans in a major lung cancer trial. The test, known as a liquid biopsy, could buy crucial time for doctors by indicating that cancer is growing in the body when tumors are not yet detectable on CT scans and long before the patient becomes aware of physical symptoms. It works by detecting free-floating mutated DNA, released into the bloodstream by dying cancer cells. In the trial of 100 lung cancer patients, scientists saw precipitous rises in tumor DNA in the blood of patients who would go on to relapse months, or even a year, later. In the latest trial, reported in the journal Nature, 100 patients with non-small cell lung cancer were followed from diagnosis through surgery and chemotherapy, having blood tests every six to eight weeks. By analyzing the patchwork of genetic faults in cells across each tumor, scientists created personalized genomic templates for each patient. This was then compared to the DNA floating in their blood, to assess whether a fraction of it matched that seen in their tumor.

Comment Re:Why is it wrong to care? (Score 1) 157

Hasn't the most militarily aggressive country done most of the Moon exploration to date?

Yes, but do you want the militarily aggressive that is for free speech and human rights or the one that is against it?

Though frankly the U.S. has toned down from the age of military drone strikes on weddings.

Also it's not like we mounted any weapons on the moon whereas the Chinese certainly would. Do you truly doubt that?

Comment Not any more (Score 3, Insightful) 157

I'm quoting you: "...repressive government and the wrongful imprisonment of dissenters".

As I seem to have to continually remind people on Slashdot, Hillary is not president.

Who exactly has Trump imprisoned wrongfully? Or are you saying it is wrong to imprison people who set cars on fire and loot shops? I know many on the left bellive this to be true but I had hoped that rot had not spread to the more rational denizens of Slashdot.

It's just their sheeple, drink the Kool-Aid given to them and think the other is more evil.

While that is indeed true of many Statists, it's not really true of the other more libertarian side of that equation - which only makes sense as the larger a government gets, the more unfeeling and cruel it becomes... so you can imagine what happens in essentially a world-wide government.

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