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Comment Many reasons (Score 2) 179

Bloatware, privacy, support, all send you to something other than stock.

T-Mobile stopped supporting my Relay at JB. At least with CM I've got KK, and there are words indicating that CM's successor is going to bring out Nougat for it. (Didn't know that could happen, thought the graphics was too primitive, but I'll take it.)

Submission + - Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient, utterly hackable website (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: US president-elect Donald Trump's freshly minted cyber tsar Rudy Giuliani runs a website so insecure that its content management system is five years out of date, unpatched and is utterly hackable.
Giulianisecurity.com the website for Giuliani's eponymous infosec consultancy firm, runs Joomla! version 3.0, released in 2012, and since found to carry 15 separate vulnerabilities. More bugs and poor secure controls abound.

Submission + - Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid

DogDude writes: National Security Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont
This week, officials from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence shared the Grizzly Steppe malware code with executives from 16 sectors nationwide, including the financial, utility and transportation industries, a senior administration official said. Vermont utility officials identified the code within their operations and reported it to federal officials Friday, the official said.

Submission + - RSS Congressional Encryption Working Group says encryption backdoors won't work (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: The Congressional Encryption Working Group (EWG) was set up in the wake of the Apple vs FBI case in which the FBI wanted to gain access to the encrypted contents of a shooter's iPhone. The group has just published its end-of-year report summarizing months of meetings, analysis and debate.

The report makes four key observations, starting off with: "Any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest". This is certainly not a new argument against encryption backdoors for the likes of the FBI, but it is an important one. EWG goes on to urge congress not to do anything to weaken encryption.

The group says: "Congress should not weaken this vital technology because doing so works against the national interest. However, it should not ignore and must address the legitimate concerns of the law enforcement and intelligence communities".

Comment Re:Too Many my A** (Score 1) 189

Don't forget that the original Star Trek was cancelled. I'd say the number of great shows that were cancelled far outweighs the number that eventually survived for their full "natural" duration.

I'm a Star Trek fan, as you can tell by my username. I also do like the Original Series, and can point to several legitimately good episodes in it. A good show it was not, at least not consistently. For every good episode there were many more that I only enjoy today in the same way I enjoy MST3K movies. And even for the Trekkies who believe TOS was a great TV show, you'll find none that thought the third season was any good. The season that gave us "Spock's Brain" deserved to be cancelled.

Comment Re:Shocking (Score 1, Insightful) 383

A company who has refused to follow state and city laws for years is ignoring more laws.

Uber is 100% right on this one, though. They have a licensed driver in the front seat in command. So, whatever the car is doing autonomously, how does that differ from technology like cruise control, automatic braking, and parking assist? From a legal point of view, adding autonomous features to cars have not required special permission so long as a driver is in control for liability purposes.

Submission + - 37% of Detroit, Michigan, voting machines report more registered votes then cast

Mashiki writes: 37% of Detroit, MI., voting machines reporting more votes then cast after a recount. Detroit went heavily towards Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Voting irregularities have spurred plans by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office Elections Director Chris Thomas to investigate state wide for other voting irregularities following the recount which was stopped. State officials are planning to investigate 20 Detroit precincts where voter boxes opened during the recount showed fewer ballots then counted by optical readers. In total nearly 60% of Detroit precincts had vastly different voter totals, with more votes cast then actual ballots in voter boxes. At this time there is no idea how many votes have been added to totals in Detroit.

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 368

People died while being locked in cars.
Two examples are : car fallen in the water, and people sleeping in a car while owner and friend locked it. The owner came back after a long hot weeken, his friend was dead inside.
Double lock is a dangerous feature.

Came here to say that. Doesn't need a long hot weekend, just a hot morning can do it (aided and abetted by a little alcoholic dehydration . . .)

I have an emergency glass-breaker hammer hammer in my glove box for this situation.

Submission + - SPAM: House Science Committee Tweets Climate-Change Denying Breitbart Article

xtsigs writes: On Thursday, The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted a misleading article published by Breitbart about the state of the global climate.

"Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists," the tweet read, citing an article from The Daily Mail. Apparently, the portions of our government responsible for overseeing public funding for science are getting their information from tabloids.

Senator Bernie Sanders responded to the tweet, asking, "Where'd you get your PhD? Trump University?"

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Comment Re:Could somebody summarize the summary? (Score 1) 220

That summary reads like an article. Since I rarely RTFA, why would I want to read the summary?

That's irony/sarcasm, right? Because reading, critical thinking, and emitting reasoned discourse is what all this is about.

One of the main problems is the Web 2.0 system. Either you have a feed and get every short comment as it comes -- but that's if you want to context switch for every single one-line comment. Otherwise, you read a web page, and once you're done you're not going back, even if an interesting comment comes in a few seconds later. If you come later to the party, you get to read all the good comments, but no-one will read yours. StackExchange is a little better than that, in that people involved get a note that a comment has been made (but unless I've missed something, I can't select a topic I haven't participated in so that I get all the updates).

I am nostalgic for the days of News, where you selected a general topic, killed threads or subthreads that did not interest you, pre-selected ones that did, and expected pages of text in an article, addressing one by one each point made in the previous article, and expected people to reply. That type of discourse has migrated to mailing lists . . . wouldn't it be wonderful to combine that with social upvotes/downvotes/moderation?

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