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Comment In other words... (Score 1) 69

[...] will be phased out on July 1. The credit enabled public transit users to apply 15 per cent of their eligible expenses on monthly passes

In other words, public transport cost for regular users just increased 17,6% (1/(1-0.15)). Thanks for helping the planet and the poorest layers of society at the same time, Justin. You're as despicable as your father.

Comment Re:Flaws.. (Score 1) 72

I think they just want your cell phone number.

It's the obvious primary key that can directly link to most of your interesting accounts online (all of those online services who in the name of "security" force you to reveal your phone number) and offline (credit cards, public services accounts); remember the real name policy that Google+ had? so pointless now thanks to "security".

Comment Re:Vault 7 (Score 2) 82

Monolithic executables should make a comeback. Storage and memory are cheap

Saving memory and storage is only one of the reasons shared libraries constitute a better idea. Say they find a vulnerability in one shared library; after an update of said library, all programs using it are automagically updated. You don't have to update each and every program (and wait for each and every program's maintainer to fix the vulnerability and release a new version).

Comment Biggest MITM on the net (Score 1) 82

Perhaps this leak might be a sufficient wake up call to leave that ultimate MITM service. What you gain by using it is protection against troubles you wish you had. No, your crappy cooking wordpress won't be DDoSed. Yes, I can buy a bank-grade vault and hire guards to protect my whole life's savings of $197, but you'd think I'm crazy if I did, wouldn't you?

Comment What a *feature* (Score 2) 17

Data can be inserted into GE and retrieved at high speed since it's kept in-memory and only written back to disk as needed.

If your database system does not avoid disk I/O when it can, and does not leverage memory allocated to it, it's a pretty shitty database system, be it graph-based, relational, key-value or schema-less. This is not a feature, it's just basic design that's found in all database systems you already use every day.

Comment The absolute power of proprietary software (Score 1) 124

Once again, a proprietary software company is caught red-handed violating users' privacy. Sigh.

Why are we still trusting those companies who engage in software abuse, mistreating our digital lives? What will it take before mass resignation of such companies' employees because they're fed up from being part of immoral spying schemes?

Oh, and don't give me that food on the table bogus argument; Red Hat makes hundreds of millions profit a year with free software, and most web developers who mix and match free software make more than a decent pay. There's ways to make a living in computing without sacrificing human dignity.

Comment What shocks me (Score 2, Insightful) 56

What shocks me the most: the public reaction to the news. I'm from Quebec, saw the local news and everyone from mayors to prime ministers had their word about the incident.

It's mostly about the police's power and journalist's source protection. Almost no one mentions how the whole operation was sanctioned by law, and that *anyone* can easily be spied on the same way (that seems to involve way more than cell tower math), and almost nobody seems to question the fact that most phones are manufactured in a way where the consumer has no reasonable way to opt-out of surveillance.

Am I late to the party or is this dystopia something humanity wilfully agreed on?

Oh, right, convenience of a portable candy crush game trumps everything, don't make me think.

Submission + - Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking 1

Fudge Factor 3000 writes: Google has recently quietly changed its privacy policy to allow it to associate web tracking, which is supposed to remain anonymous, with personally identifiable user data:

This completely reneges its promise to keep a wall between ad tracking and personally identifiable user data, further eroding one's anonymity on the internet. Google's priorities are clear. All they care about is monetizing user information to rake in the big dollars from ad revenue.

Think twice before you purchase the premium priced Google Pixel. Google is getting added value from you as its product without giving you part of the revenue it is generating through tracking through lower prices.

Comment Re:Canada, eh? (Score 1) 130

I'm pretty sure Canada "ratified" the Kyoto protocol as well. Did we meet those targets? I'm thinking no.

True. Kyoto was ratified by the Liberal party then in power; they were defeated in 2006 by Conservatives (led by fossil fuel enthusiast Stephen Harper) who ruled over Canada until 2015. Liberals are back in the driver seat and odds are they will stay in control until at least 2023, as the two other significant parties (Conservatives, NDP) are now running internal leadership races without a single strong candidate on either side.

That does not mean the Liberals will follow through, of course, but at least for now Canada is not ruled by a bunch of anti-science jerks.

Comment Think and learn like humans (Score 2, Insightful) 259

The team hopes to be able to use machine learning technologies -- computers that can think and learn like humans

If your definition of a human is a retarded 4-year-old that can be trained to name colors with 75% accuracy, yes.

We're not there, we're not even close; "machine learning" is just the new buzzword in town, rising from the ashes of "big data".

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