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Comment Not their job (Score 4, Informative) 246

Even spy agencies like the CIA have a responsibility to protect the security and privacy of Americans.

The CIA's website says "CIA’s primary mission is to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to the President and senior US government policymakers in making decisions relating to national security".

It seems pretty clear that they are focused on gathering information relating to US national security... it says nothing about protecting private individuals information. I can guess that they will claim to have weighed up the threat to private individuals vs the intelligence gathering advantages of not disclosing these vulnerabilities. I'm not saying I agree with this sentiment, but I don't think this exposes the CIA to the extent that the article suggests.

Comment Re:Arrest him and throw him into Gitmo (Score 1) 627

... but you *must* phone them first to notify of the potential breach of security. Get the full identification of the officers involved. Phone, explain, give all details of the officers involved, and wait for clearance to give up the PIN to border patrol ...

I don't see any TSA agent having the patience to allow you to do this. From my experience, any attempt to rationally discuss a "request" is met with a very heavy handed response.

Comment Re:Use Netcat to send an email (Score 1) 615

$ telnet smtp.mailserver.com
HELO mailserver.mydomain.com
MAIL FROM:<me@mydomain.com>
RCPT TO:<you@yourdomain.com>
RCPT TO:<otherguy@somedomain.net>
From: "My Name" <me@mydomain.com>
To: "Your Name" <you@yourdomain.com>
Cc: otherguy@somedomain.net
Date: Mon, 13 February 2017 17:15:43 +0200
Subject: Look at the message I can send

Hi You
I can easily send an email using SMTP.

Comment Re:Theory of continental drift (Score 1) 78

Yeah ... never mind that it is a peer reviewed publication by an academic from one of the top universities in the world (according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings). The fact that he might be black (but actually isn't) is far more important because, you know, science only happens in "white" countries.

I'm so glad Donald Trump is in charge now ... he will put the natives in their place. A 140 character Twitter message carries so much more meaning than anything a published academic has to say!

Comment Re:This is not a drone like your kids toy (Score 2) 78

My first thought was someone in Africa can afford a drone?

Is this because you think Africa only has starving children, people living in grass huts and wildlife wandering around on dirt roads? I initially wanted to provide a few enlightening facts and figures, but have decided it is not worth the effort. If this is your view of Africa, one post is not enough to change your very misguided perceptions.

Comment Re:Once the largest cell phone company (Score 1) 77

Does a shell company employee over 50,000 people, generated over Euro 20 Billion in revenue and have a market cap of around $27 billion USD?

Nokia is a 150 year old company. They have been through many transformations from pulp and forestry to rubber, power generation, cable production and telecommunications.

Every phone needs a network to connect to a network. AT&T, Vodafone, Telefonica etc. all invest huge amounts of capital in building these networks. Nokia supplies the core technologies to the phone network operators. Even when they were known primarily for their handsets they were already supplying network equipment.

Comment Re:Operating profit/loss (Score 3, Informative) 156

Do you know much about accounting.


Yes the sale of Uber's China's business would be included.

No it would not. The proceeds of a once off event like selling a subsidiary should not be included in OPERATING profit/loss, which is the $2.8 billion the article refers to. It will however be included in the NET profit/loss.

The CNBC article heading states "Despite China windfall, Uber on pace for 'unprecedented' losses, report says". The word "despite" implies that the operating loss was incurred even though they received a windfall from the sale of the Chinese unit. This is misleading ...

I have done a bit of digging since seeing this and have found that they did in fact make a $2.2 billion NET PROFIT for the quarter, as a result of the sale. Also the rate at which their losses are increasing has slowed because the Chinese unit is no longer contributing to those losses. The CNBC article doesn't make this very clear.

Comment Operating profit/loss (Score 1) 156

I don't understand how the sale of Uber China can make the results look better. The proceeds of a "windfall" should not be included in operating profit/loss. I'm guessing this means the China business was a major contributor to the losses. Perhaps the paywalled article explains it better.

Comment India still behind Kenya in the race to E-Cash (Score 1) 216

The M-Pesa service from Safaricom in Kenya is way ahead. In 2015 it processed 4.1 billion transactions. The value of the transactions represented 42% of Kenya's total GDP. Kenya's population is around 45 million compared to over 1.2 billion in India.

The truth is that the "world’s most developed nations" are not even in the mobile payment race yet, because most people in these countries can get bank accounts. Mobile money solutions are getting very good traction in less developed countries where the only cash alternative for most people is to use a cellphone.

Submission + - Drone smashes through office window (iol.co.za)

jbrown.za writes: South African new website The Independent Online reports that a Cape Town man was sitting at his desk on the fifth floor of a building when a drone smashed through his window and hit him on the head. Fortunately he was not injured. The drones camera caught all the action.

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