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Comment Hiring A War Criminal highlights something else... (Score 3, Insightful) 448

Hiring a war criminal and domestic-spying person may not change Dropbox's stance on privacy, but it shows another darker side of DB, it's business-at-the-expense-of-morality side.

Did they really think, "She approved the mass snooping of private data saved online, which certainly included targeting our infrastructure to breach our customers' privacy. Oh, we won't worry about that, we need her expertise, we'll hire her!".

Then again, writing the above paragraph, what the fuck was their stance on privacy then, if hiring her didn't make them ask themselves whether they're doing the right thing?

And how exactly will Dropbox succeed in the international scene, when all the foreign companies fucking realize that they're basically in-bed with the Washington "Elite", the same people that created and supported PRISM?!?

Comment Re:Your best bet is (Score 2, Interesting) 682

Android 4.3 now has multiple user capabilities, where features can be disabled:

I'd say have 3 accounts: Admin, for Kindergarten use (no games), and for play time (Kiddie has to ask a parent for the password)...

Comment Re:Done us all a favor (Score 4, Insightful) 629

He talked to the civilian Chinese newspaper about the US government hacking Chinese civilian servers.

I trust him, if his motive was really to sell those secrets for money to the Chinese, he would've done it covertly. He wants everyone, not just the Chinese, to have information about what the US Secret Police is doing. Want to bet that there are backups of ALL the files on NSA's illegal activities in the hands of Guardian reporters too? Snowden can disappear at any moment, he'll have trusted someone like Greenwald/a Guardian IT person to take care of his secrets, maybe as an insurance policy as well.

Just like we get pissed if the Chinese hacked Google, the Chinese are pissed that the US hacked into university servers. If it were military targets like the Pentagon, we would think it's fair game...

Comment Re:Security (Score 1) 114

It'd be more interesting to send parts of the password to different people. So for example 3 people out of a group of 7 would have to join their parts to get the whole password. Redundancies are there in case some of the people fall off the face of the planet. Ideally you'd find 7 people where no three of them would join up to conspire against you -- that is admittedly very hard.

I'm sure there's a mathematical function to split up a piece of information so that 3 out of 7 pieces is enough to restore it. How to do it is an exercise left for the reader.

Comment Re:Big Android Problem (Score 1) 176

I played with a BlackBerry in 2008, and they already had/have this. If an app doesn't have a particular permission, it would get a SecurityException. It's supposed to keep functioning (e.g. a chat app might not be able to read your contacts, so it would have to have its own contacts database that you'd manage manually).

But of course Google apps just say "I have to have all permissions or I won't install myself" :(

Comment Why not... (Score 1) 1

Was going to say, why not just put stickers with plain-text info? This is a solution looking for a problem, and there are network latency issues, etc etc.

Of course the benefit of having it on a site is that it is instantly modifiable, if the patient's medication changes...

Comment Re:I still don't get it (Score 1) 328

He abused his position, broke his oath, and acted to place materials whose secrecy he was supposed to protect... into the hands of enemies (and friends, frenemies, neutrals, and basically anyone who cared to look).

Arguably, he was uphholding his oath of defending the US Constitution, and the best way he saw to do that was to expose the whole festering mess that was going on in the military. Machine-gunning kids, how the hell is that acceptable?

Frankly, he deserves what he gets.

OK, I can see you don't put much value in the Constitution anyway... Or your belief in it depends on whether you agree with a particular point or not...

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