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Submission + - My mobile phone number, an open letter to Google, Twitter and Yahoo

kleuske writes: More and more frequently companies like Google, Twitter and Yahoo are asking me to get my mobile phone number, under the guise that they need it in case I forget my password, username of to confirm my identity. Without it these companies refuse entry. I cannot even watch a youtube vid without disclosing my phone-number to these companies. The thing is: I do not have a mobile phone, I do not want a mobile phone and if I did own one, I would not provide my phone number to any of you, since its NONE OF YOU F*CKING BUSINESS. I hope this is sufficiently clear. Yours truly, Kleuske.

Comment Bad Engineering (Score 1) 443

Seriously. Most cars are overdimensioned, with toy-cars, excuse me, sports-cars as the ludicrous summum of waaaaay too much horsepowers to be of any practical use. Yet those toys are celebrated as the summum of engineering. This is not only a waste of materials and fuel, more than just loud, it's also responsable for many deaths by accidents and pollution. What use is a car that can drive 400 km/h (Bugatti Veyron, the most ludicrous car ever designed) when 130 km/h is the maximum speed? It is simply a case of "mine is bigger than yours", a dangerous, wasteful pissing match.

Comment When can we trust computers? (Score 1) 216

In another way, this is pretty much the same question. Computers nowadays purport to serve the user, but often serve others first, either openly or covertly, by installing malware, surveilance software and botnets. There have been plenty of incidents where private data has been made available to third parties without the users consent or even knowledge. There is no reason to think this would be different when using a robot. So, apart from uncanny valley, i would need a substantial amount of trust in the manufacturer and/or operator of said robot to allow one into my house, especially if it's equipped with sound and/or video sensors.

Submission + - Flame: Researchers uncover huge cyberattack (bbc.com)

kleuske writes: A complex targeted cyber-attack that collected private data from countries such as Israel and Iran has been uncovered, researchers have said.

Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs told the BBC they believed the malware, known as Flame, had been operating since August 2010.

The company said it believed the attack was state-sponsored, but could not be sure of its exact origins.

Comment After reading that... (Score 1) 542

... I wanted to kill myself, but then again, throwing myself in front of a bus isn't carbon neutral. What's the carbon-footprint of a handgun? A rope? A bridge, calulated per jumper? Aaaarrgggh.... Damned if i do and damned if i don't I guess i'll just hold my breath... (...and no, i'm _not_ being all that serious...)

Submission + - IPhone4 track user location (gsmarena.com)

kleuske writes: "Two security researchers in the UK have uncovered a disturbing truth. It appears iPhone 4's everywhere have been tracking their users movements with startling accuracy (unbeknownst to the users) and what is more, the ease at which this information can be deciphered is apparently as easy to open as say, a JPEG."

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