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Comment Re: TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 231

I don't think it makes a difference either. The court probably waited too long before getting his fingerprint. If the phone had to restart for any reason, then the fingerprint won't work anymore. It will need his passcode. Both iPhones and Samsung phones require passcodes on restart.

Back to square one. The police will probably need a court order to get his passcode now.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 109

Dating is only tiny sliver of what meetup.com. Take for example the hundreds of these politics-related meetups.

And if the results are bad for the Dems, will you all publish?

Of course, they will. Avast is a scamware company. They thrive on misinformation, fear, and publicity.

http://avastscam.com/a-track-record-of-fraud/

Avast's CEO has even blamed its affiliates for their scams, which he claims they deactivated and are no longer forwarding phone calls from their 800 numbers to, but once the bad press died down, nothing changed, and their current affiliates are still scaring grandpas and grandmas everywhere into shelling out hundreds of dollars for worthless Avast products that claim to fix problems that those people didn't even have in the first place.

The only story that everyone seems to be missing right now is the fact that a well-known scamware company was able to place wireless hotspots within the Republican National Convention, and is actually bragging about it after the fact. I ask you. How many convention goers used their credit cards from the convention floor during that time? How many people logged into their banks to wire donations? How many used those hotspots to check email from their own private insecure servers sitting in their homes? Don't tell me that Democrats are the only ones doing it. Colin Powell, for instance, admitted as such for when he was Secretary of State.

By letting Avast scam artists get into their convention, the republicans really made a huge mistake.

Comment Re:honesty (Score 2) 57

Slashdot used to be very pro-uber. What happened? Is this the result of the new owners? Are people's opinions so easily swayed? Is this a case of not thinking it through originally?

Why is there a contradiction?

Take Apple for instance, I can still love Apple (under Steve Jobs), but still think that Steve Jobs was a horrible human being for treating Steve Wozniak, his daughter, and some of his employees, the way that he did.

And no, I don't mean to compliment the CEO of Uber by comparing him to Steve Jobs. Unlike Steve Jobs, the CEO of Uber is actually a big liability to his company.

Comment Re:honesty (Score 1) 57

Slashdot used to be very pro-uber.

What happened? Is this the result of the new owners? Are people's opinions so easily swayed? Is this a case of not thinking it through originally?

I think the Uber CEO is an immature idiot, but that doesn't mean that I've changed my views about Uber or Lyft.

I love both services. I kind of wish Lyft would win in the end. Lyft is far more ethical in my mind. But I would take Uber over any current taxi system out there.

Comment Re:Google drops the ball...again (Score 2) 48

The apps are (supposedly) verified before being accepted.

No, no doubt Google scans for existing threats when developers upload their apps, but Google makes no such promise about having verified apps on their store. You must be confusing Google with Apple.

We can't keep pretending that Google isn't liable.

Liable for what? What damage has been done? Booting into recovery mode is just one google search away. Also, Google can remotely uninstall malicious apps.

Not only that, but users can flag and downrate such apps immediately. The system is such that apps with low ratings lose visibility in their search results. And no one in their right mind will download an app with one star ratings anyway (unless they're a journalist in search of a click-bait story).

Comment Re:When will they get it? (Score 1) 278

Reality is that automatic and semi-automatic gun ownership just got another solid, not even a theoretical card, to use when defending the gun ownership from nutty gun fearing zealots.

Let's not get carried away. These were trained policemen shooting at the truck, not civilians.

And even counting the latest terrorist attacks, the per capita murder rate in France is still seven times less than in the United States. Not to mention, the muslim population in France is around 10% of the entire population, which is way more than in the US.

What are we supposed to believe? Guns and trucks don't kill people. Mostly American people kill people.

Comment Re:"... consider suing ..." (Score 1) 465

"OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET OUT IN THESE TERMS OR ADDITIONAL TERMS, NEITHER GOOGLE NOR ITS SUPPLIERS OR DISTRIBUTORS MAKE ANY SPECIFIC PROMISES ABOUT THE SERVICES. FOR EXAMPLE, WE DON’T MAKE ANY COMMITMENTS ABOUT THE CONTENT WITHIN THE SERVICES, THE SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS OF THE SERVICES, OR THEIR RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, OR ABILITY TO MEET YOUR NEEDS. WE PROVIDE THE SERVICES “AS IS”."

Oh would you look at that ...

Also, how much money did the guy lose? $5

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