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Comment Re:Techie Republicans why (Score 1, Insightful) 113

Al Gore led the way in the funding initiative that created the Internet.

Politicians are only as attentive as the people who lobby them.

It boggles me how people seem to think their politicians are mind readers and need to magically understand their priorities. You do realize they aren't monitoring your Facebook feed or paying any attention to the retarded petitions you fill out? If you want your politicians to represent your priorities, call them. Complaining that they don't represent your interests when you don't do jack squat to get their attention is the epitome of ignorance.

Comment Strawmen attacks (Score 1) 726

It's the height of irony to blame the loss of decent jobs on unions.

Look up the definition of a standard corporation and you'll find nowhere in their charter is to create jobs or make the world a better place. All corporations care about is creating value for their shareholders. If they can outsource, replace employees with robots, poison the air and water (and get away with it) they absolutely will.

Unions are one of the few ways workers can protect themselves from the predatory nature built into every corporation.

Comment Re:Options (Score 1) 503

Anti-spyware and anti-malware is not necessary if you follow a few simple guidelines: don't click on anything suspicious, don't use html e-mail, don't use internet explorer, install a whitelist plugin like NoScript into your browser.

I haven't run av software in ten years and never had a problem.

Comment grass "roots" effort to stop this (Score 1) 198

I think if consumers were aware they had more options, this wouldn't happen. I would like to see some consumer friendly web sites that let people know what options are available for each model phone and carrier in terms of controlling apps and bloat. I find it very frustrating Verizon has a bunch of stuff bundled on my phone that I can't un-install, but I'm not sure what my options are if I want to take matters into my own hands?

Comment Re:Bad permission naming (Score 1) 109

>And privacy is already hard enough without naming permissions "full account access" when it does not include full access to an account, rather than to a certain subset of the account.

Assuming "full access" means "all access" is not a mistake.

It's probably a good idea to assume the worst in situations like this.

The fact that "full" wasn't "all" and people assumed otherwise, may result in better protection of peoples privacy and personal information.

Comment Re:What is this? (Score 1) 109

There's more substance to the article than there is inaccuracy. It may be true that the app doesn't have access to a person's gmail account, but the privacy policy makes it clear users should have no actual sense of "privacy" for the data that is collected:

“We may disclose any information about you (or your authorized child) that is in our possession or control to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate”

On top of that all versions of the app request access to a person's contact database, which does contain a tremendous amount of information that is totally not relevant to game play, including e-mail addresses of everybody in a person's contact database. In this manner, even if you don't play the game, if someone does who has your personal info in their contact list, then your privacy has been compromised as well.

Submission + - SPAM: Qualcomm To Manufacture Custom Chips For Chinese Market

An anonymous reader writes: Qualcomm president Derek Aberle has suggested that the semiconductor giant is preparing to produce its own custom chips for the Chinese market. Aberle revealed that the American company had entered into a joint venture with the local government in Guizhou province to manufacture custom chips starting in the second half of 2016. According to Aberle, the Guizhou government owns 55% of the venture, while Qualcomm owns the remaining 45%.

Aberle told the Wall Street Journal that he expects China’s server demand to dwarf that of the U.S. He said of the government-backed venture: “This is really going to be the primary vehicle from which we build our data center business in China We are actually trying to create the company that is going to be able to win the market here as opposed to just licensing old technology.”

Submission + - First attempt to deploy inflatable habitat on space station is a no-go (gizmag.com)

Eloking writes: The first attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) attached to the International Space Station (ISS) ended in failure today as astronauts and engineers assess the situation. At 6:10 am EDT, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams partially inflated the experimental habitat module docked to the station's' Tranquility module in what should have been 45-minute operation, but despite several hours of work, the balloon-like fabric only expanded a few inches instead of the planned several feet.

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