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Comment Sandboxing? (Score 2) 21

Perhaps I've just missed this in the reports, but is there any analysis on how this is impacted by sandboxing?

Apple tends to keep things pretty locked down and isolated, and while Stagefright was a Go Directly to Root kind of exploit, I'm curious whether this has the same risk. Can a bad TIFF file delivered via iMessage actually break out of iMessage? "Ultimately, an attack could give a hacker access to portions of a computerâ(TM)s memory" is not very descriptive here.

Side note: why the heck is anyone still supporting TIFF as a built-in image format. The TIFF standard is so complex that it has been the source of an innumerable number of security exploits over the years. It's a very risky format to support for exactly this reason.

Comment Vomit (Score 1) 406

Many people don't remember the 90's when the news was full of whatever vomit spewed from this man's mouth. When he cashed in his all his political favors for the millions of dollars that he was given by big corporations after serving in office, I thought we had heard the last of him. Makes sense that the worse of the worse would come crawling out of the woodwork. Thanks Trump.

Comment Re:Glad to see it's bipartisan (Score 1) 212

It's quite frustrating to see my country turn into an Orwellian nightmare. Most voters don't care, either because they don't understand the ramifications of a surveillance state, or because they fall into party lines and turn it into a petty squabble. So seeing a coalition that's equally composed of reds and blues is a very good sign I think. But we'll have to wait and see if this goes anywhere.

Let jump right to the Godwin, and look at how the Nazis came to power. You create boogie men for the common folks to distract them, and then they don't even realize when their own government is the one fucking them in the ass.

Comment Only If You Sign Up With a Google Acccount (Score 4, Informative) 104

One thing that TFS doesn't make clear here is that this situation only occurs if you sign up for Pokemon Go with a Google account.

The game supports two different account types, either a Pokemon Trainer Club account through, or a Google account. Because the game is incredibly, absurdly popular right now, Nintendo is throttling Pokemon Trainer Club account creation to prevent their servers from becoming molten silicon. Which is why so many people are signing up with their Google account.

It's signing up via a Google account that causes PoGo/Nintendo to have full access to said account. Which means that if you have already signed up via the Pokemon Trainer Club, or will do so in the future, you'll be fine. It's only users signing up via the Google account system that are getting their Google accounts linked in this fashion. So the straightforward solution is to only sign up for the game with a Pokemon Trainer Club account. Which admittedly isn't super helpful due to the aforementioned throttle on Pokemon Trainer Club account creation, but there is at least a workaround.

Otherwise the iOS-centric aspect of this is a bit unusual. Obviously iOS isn't giving PoGo access to your Google account, rather it seems to be a difference in how the two apps work. It appears that the Android version of the app doesn't try to request full permissions, only the iOS version does. Why? That's a good question...

Comment Re:This is like asking "Verite 3D or 3DFX Voodoo?" (Score 1) 185

Version 1 and 2 of these things are going to be bunk. Slashdot is a mostly older nerd crowd, we've probably all been burnt as early adopters before.

I wasn't entirely sure how to respond to this post, but what you describe isn't being old. What you describe is being disinclined to try anything new. If you need someone to blaze the path for you and work out any kinks first, then that's cool. But don't confuse that with being old. Just because we're old doesn't mean we can't dive into this head-first, and in fact I think we have the advantage due to the experience we come with, having lived through the first age of VR in the early 90s.

Personally I've had a blast with the Oculus Rift CV1. It's damn near everything I wanted to do in the 90s but the technology didn't allow at the time, even in the military sims a lot of the early stuff was based on. And even if I'm not developing the hardware or the software these days, it's still fun to be a part of this, to see how things have advanced since the early days and maybe apply some of that previous experience to give developers some meaningful feedback. At this point I think I've put more time in Project Cars sight-seeing around the tracks than I have actually racing, and that's because it's such an engrossing experience.

Not that I disagree that future headsets won't be better; I think that much is obvious. But this whole thing is practically built for nerds; if you have the money and the interest, don't sit on the sidelines. Embrace the nerdiness and help shape VR. Otherwise you're just denying yourself a fun time that it used to be we could only dream of.

Comment Re:Only if it's affordable (Score 1) 265

Please solve the problem of shopping for groceries if I can't drive to the grocery store and no one from the grocery store can drive to my house.

I'm all for reducing traffic, but I kinda hate starving ...

At one time there were small grocery stores every couple of blocks. Only when people proved willing to drive for a simple task like shopping, did they all go out of business and consolidate into a single neighborhood super market that's nowhere that anyone can walk.

Comment VR Adult Interaction is the Future (Score 4, Interesting) 74

The usual jokes aside, this is going to be a part of our future. VR is going to change human sexual interaction just like ubiquitous communication devices (phones) changed social interaction. Combined with task-optimized haptics to provide the tactile feedback, and given the importance of sex (or rather, orgasm) in the human experience, and it can't not change things.

Whether it changes things for the better or the worse remains to be seen though. Japan already has a birth rate problem and this isn't going to help. Which isn't to say that the tech shouldn't exist, only that one could very easily see it as exacerbating the problem. It may very well force Japanese society (and other societies as well) to finally address the issue and enact structural change to make rearing children more desirable.

The bigger question is whether this can be meaningfully used as a tool to improve human interaction. In both Japanese and Western societies, so much emphasis is put on your first time. Maybe this improves that, reducing the massive social threshold that comes with sex and at the same time producing a generation of young adults who are more confident with sex, what they want from it, and what they expect from each other?

No matter how it ends up, it'll be interesting to see how it evolves.

Comment Re:Unless you screen like the Israelis (Score 0) 307

... Society is becoming increasingly uninhabitable because some people can't seem to get it through their heads that a society is not just a question of whom you allow in but whom you do not allow in.

Personally I'd like to kick out all bigoted fucktards like yourself. Guess what? I'm not an AC. Paranoid fuck,

Comment Re:saving the world (Score 1) 180

What is the deal with every startup or tech company or whatever trying to take the moral high ground on whatever they happen to have found some marketable niche for? "...The most vulnerable people in society"? Give me a fucking break.

Back at you. It is as they say. Our car was towed in San Francisco a couple of years ago, and it was $500 to get it out. Did you get that? $500. Imagine someone working for $18/hour (sarcasm obvious), and needing that car to get to work. Hell, the car might not be WORTH more than $500. There was a couple crying at the pound in that exact situation. That was one of the most depressing and infuriating moments of my life.

Comment Uneasy About Starting Without a Physician (Score 5, Informative) 301

I'm strongly in favor of overall greater access to birth control. But I have to say that when it comes to starting any kind of hormonal birth control, I'm uneasy about the idea of doing so without the supervision of a doctor or other medical professional.

In my case I had to go through three different types of pills before I found a pill that worked well for me. The first two left me, well, hormonal and while it wasn't terrible, it also wasn't a pleasant experience. Especially compared to how much better things were once I finally found a pill that worked. There are a number of different pills on the market for a reason; not everyone responds to a given formulation the same way. And this is where the doctor was a great help, as she was able to tell me what was and wasn't normal, use my experiences to suggest other options. I suppose from a technical perspective any pill will do - they all seem to pause fertility - but the side effects can be a real pain.

This is why I'm uneasy about anyone starting a new birth control regimen without supervision. Certainly once you're established and happy, you should be able to get new packs as you please (including ordering extra for trips and such). And this is definitely something that needs to be fixed as it's harder than it should be. But starting without a physician seems like a poor idea to me. I feel like it's doing a disservice to others who will be lead to think the processes is easier than it actually is.

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