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Comment Re:Yeah, blame Uber... (Score 1) 71

One guy reported that the Flashlight app on his phone had permission to use the microphone as well as access his his contacts. I can't imagine how the coders for that App "accidentally" requested those permissions.

This sort of thing usually happens when app writers use some IDE template that already has a bunch of stuff that apps commonly use, and they don't delete the stuff that they don't use because it takes time and they really don't care. This means that in all likelihood, many of these apps that have puzzling permissions don't actually use them.

Comment This Means Very Little. (Score 3, Insightful) 71

The App Store ratings for Uber are meaningless in the same way that a restaurant or other service provider that attracts the ire of the media for some reason suddenly gets one star reviews â" from people that have never eaten at the restaurant or used the service. Those who are regular Uber users or non-users looking for traditional taxi alternatives will continue to use or look to Uber. Lyft should be leveraging this too-doo, but as before the Uber issue, Lyft is absent from serious media promotion, and I wonder how they stay in business.

Comment Re:So, she's perfect for Congress? (Score 1) 471

She is entirely correct though. Her claim is scientifically sound.

Yes, it is true that some folks on the moon would be able to launch rocks from there to the earth. Using the same principles that delivered the mass that was going to decide to launch the rocks. But aside from Heinlein novels where everything is set up, and a few details glossed over, anyone that might think about doing this had better accomplish their objective on their first barrage, because the chances of later launches will diminish dramatically.

So let's assume that the lunar people have the capability to launch multiple projectiles of a size to do some real damage. As well, we'll assume that they have the course correction in place. Launch velocities aren't accurate enough and there are enough wiggles in orbital mechanics that just playing pick-a-target and typing it in isn't going to be very accurate.

One might assume that once the first target is destroyed, the people on earth are going to be a little pissed off.

So the only way that these lunar people are not going to commit suicide by Earth will be to take all of earth's launch facilities out at once. Otherwise, earth will send the lunar colony a little gift as a reward for launching rocks at us.

As well, once they take out our ability to launch retaliatory rockets, they have taken out their own escape routes.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, with it's plausible rock launching scheme, has a whole lot of social/political setup that must be made in order to bring off the plot. A lot of physics and mechanics that have to be ignored in order to not turn it into a nerdbook.

Wu might be correct in some far fetched incredibly unlikely way, as in requiring a group of lunar colonists willing to commit collective suicide, and for what?

This is interesting stuff to discuss in a very offhand way. A person running for congress looks a little silly doing it though.

No, of course no, but when you are described as a "social justice warrior" everything you say can and will be misinterpreted, taken out of context and used against you.

If you are running for a political position, you do not need to be a Social Justice Warrior for that to happen. I would suspect that Wu understands that. If not, Wu will need to learn that.

Comment Re:So, she's perfect for Congress? (Score 1) 471

Who would vote in an egg head into congress?

Apparently millions of Americans. If you look hard, you might find a congressman or two that borders on sanity, but that's not representative (no pun intended). Congress is and always has been a collection of kooks who love to listen to themselves speak. This has not changed since the day of Plato. And the American public who votes them in has never been an informed electorate.

Goddamned American publublic anyhow. What are they doing voting these people in during Plato's time anyhow?

Comment Re:Editors, you stripped the original title (Score 2) 471

I think that we are supposed to treat it as outlandish because Brianna Wu; not because of some sort of engineering assessment(yes, getting a decent rock off the moon would be a pain; but it's gravity well isn't that deep, and you don't have an atmosphere to worry about).

If Heinlein were running, we'd be expected to talk about the idea.

Comment Re:No way! (Score 1) 53

It's so secure written in the professional engineered PHP...

If I could down-vote you I would. I suppose you write all your code in C (not that C++ shit) when you don't have the time to pound it out in machine (with vi, only nubes use anything else). Or are you one of those trendy Ruby On Rails guys - oh, wait, that's old news. But never mind, I assume all your code is revolutionary and bug free...

Comment Re:The solution (Score 1) 154

With apologies to God

Ezekial saw the cloud

Ezekiel saw the cloud

Way up in the middle of the air.

Now Ezekiel saw the cloud was great.

Way in the middle of the air.

Chorus:

And the big cloud is run by Bezos, good Lordy

And the little cloud run by Sundar Pichai

In the cloud in the cloud in the cloud good Lord

Way in the middle of the air.

Who's that yonder backed up tonight?

Way in the middle of the air

. It must be the internet of the people that’s right,

Way in the middle of the air.

Chorus:

And the big cloud is run by Bezos, good Lordy

And the little cloud run by Sundar Pichai

In the cloud in the cloud in the cloud good Lord

Way in the middle of the air.

Who's that yonder dressed in red?

Way in the middle of the air.

stored their data local, now they dead

Way in the middle of the air.

Chorus:

And the big cloud is run by Bezos, good Lordy

And the little cloud run by Sundar Pichai

In the cloud in the cloud in the cloud good Lord

Way in the middle of the air.

Who's that yonder dressed in black?

Way in the middle of the air.

must be data lost in an attack

Way in the middle of the air.

Chorus:

And the big cloud is run by Bezos, good Lordy

And the little cloud run by Sundar Pichai

In the cloud in the cloud in the cloud good Lord

Way in the middle of the air.

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