I'd shoot you too!
1537 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007
"someone who could be a person's identical twin down to voice, speech, and motion mannerisms can pass for you on a given night?"
It all depends on how tight are the tolerances for the biometric measurements. My bet is that said tolerances won't be tight at all, due to things like ambient noise, variable light levels & light colour, hairdos and dyes, glasses and sunshades, ...
If that's the case, probably any chap superficially resembling you and able to modulate his voice to more or less sound like yours may be able to unlock your phone.
Going on a leg here, but my guess is that they're either blue or UV floodlights. It probably helps them to detect leaks or biological contamination.
... on Western democracies? ***shudder***
I mean, the Chinese didn't invent this shit, did they?
"...assist in ensuring that we fully understand the intention behind the recommendations you made in your review."
Wut??? Did this Penning guy even read the report before sending his first letter?
And the two paragraphs in the yellow box in the article, they're the most convoluted and complex way of saying ·"Yeah, I screwed it, sorry." that I've ever read!.
Well, the guy is some kind of politician cub, isn't he?
"The UK runs down 0.002% of it's population under the age of 19"
No. The UK runs down 0.0027% of its TOTAL population.
"The USA shoots 0.0008% of it's population under the age of 19."
Let's see... Estimated deaths of children and teens by gunfire in the USA: 2600.[/] Number of Children and teen in the USA = 83 millions.[=] 0.0031%
Your figures are fucked up!
And for those who think that weapons in the hands of citizens help curb crime: Number of Firearms stolen in burglaries every year in the US = ~250,000.
I see it more as people wising up -a little bit- on online security, at long last.
Android at least has several competing appstores. For now. ;-)
"Our history is a fairy tale, sprinkled with a few decorations of truth"
That sounds more or less like History as depicted by Hollywood!
That was insightful!. I could try that when MS stops forcefully pushing the Windows 10 'update'.
Q4: Does it use an Open Source, strong encryption system when communicating with other modules in the system or with the outside world?
Q5: For how long will the manufacturer keep sending security updates to the device?
Q6: Has the manufacturer signed a written statement promising not to remove any features of the device?
Q7: If some services or features depend on external servers controlled by the manufacturer, for how long will they keep said servers running?
Grassley (...) insisted that "the Intelligence Community have the tools to keep us safe."
No. The "Intelligence Community" is doing a power grab and laying the foundations of a police state, and it hasn't stopped any terror attacks to date. As an example, NSA methods have already permeated the FBI and local police forces.
If you think that you're safer living in a police state, please think again.
In Spanish, it's usual to turn some nouns into verbs by adding the "-ar" or "-ear" endings to the noun, just as they do in English with the "-ing" suffix. It's quite common with tech related nouns borrowed from English.
Regarding its use by the police, I guess they're doing the right thing, following the general use. On the other hand, the RAE* guys probably would like to flog the police mouthpiece and then pour salt in his wounds. :-)
RAE= Real Academia Española.
You mean, like earning tons of cash and playing golf?
Or it's just some poor Spacex employee with stage fright!
Actually there is a link in the article: http://district1.cwa-union.org/news/entry/verizon_regional_bargaining_report_53#.VykLGJMrIU0
It seems quite detailed.
Disclaimer: I posted my comment before reading the link. :-)
"Workers wouldn't go on strike for three weeks without damn good reasons, so Verizon's "great offer" is probably an utter crap.
(© 2016 by Captain Obvious)
"The potential vulnerabilities disclosed in the report are primarily dependent on two scenarios – the installation of a malicious SmartApp or the failure of third party developers to follow SmartThings guidelines on how to keep their code secure"
Yep, app stores have shown exactly how easy is to keep malicious apps outside!
"Shrinking brains, faltering fertility and cloudy sight"
... and I thought the article was discussing the effects of moonshine vodka.
Nope! Kill it with fire!
Note: This comment inspired by former experiences with them and their -for lack of a better name- Support Service in my country. YMMV, of course.
... willing to work for a pittance."
... sounds like a third of the DSM or so. A decade or two threading baskets while heavily doped in a quiet and discreet 'retirement facility' would do her lots of good. It would be even better for the rest of mankind.
These things will be deployed in emergency situations, to provide connectivity to victims of natural disasters*. A few hundred cubic meters of Helium every year won't make any real difference, and in this kind of situation costs are not always the highest priority.
*Note: The most cynical part of me reckons Google may have another uses for this technology, e.g. mass eavesdropping, ground troops connectivity, ... . But even if that were the case -and I'm not saying that it is-, the 'pros' would outnumber the 'cons'.
"Of those emails, 355 were “returned as undeliverable'..."
Are they totally sure it wasn't the anti-spam filters blocking the delivery?
"...will only encourage extermists and sociopaths into politics..."
That boat sailed many decades ago, in the US and everywhere.
"According to the police he must have known that most of his clients were criminals who paid him with money originating from crime."
Are the Dutch cops going after luxury car vendors as well? ;-)
On a more serious note, the police's legal arguments here seems -to put it mildly- extremely flimsy. Another case of state sponsored legal harassment. Sigh...
"The police seem to have proof that criminals misused this network/business, therefore
they did they used that fact as an excuse to shut down the whole thing and slurp also the data from the honest customers.."
"So Android contains a lot of derived code then?"
1- Create and sponsor an open source project (e.g. Chromium).
2- Attract volunteer talent and hundred of thousands of free man/hours.
3- Fork a commercial version (Chrome)
4- Attain monopoly of the market
5- Smother OSS version with technical trickery and abusive contracts with the mobe makers.
n+1- End of the World!. ^_^
The way I read it, the problem comes with the combination of a quasi-monopoly in the mobile market OS plus another one in the apps market, the fact that these two monopolies overlap almost totally, and the ways G is trying to use these two monopolies for gain.
Google is trying to reinforce the synergies between both monopolies with less-than-terribly-etyhical (or downright illegal) strategies; e.g. GMS, MADA & AFA.
Regarding your example, any mobe maker that dares to pre-install or even give as an option an Ubuntu Phone OS could face severe retaliation from Google.
In the long term, monopolies and oligopolies are really dangerous. In this case, I'd go with the heavy-handed approach and give Google a good reason for not being evil! ;-)
Nice link and nice idea!. Wish we had something similar in my country!
Yeah, that's why volunteer work would be needed for this. Drones could be used to watch the premises(legally or otherwise;-). Total number of animals could be deduced from the daily production. ...
And if a volunteer/drone takes pictures of the area at 11AM and sees the chicken are separated from that big yard by a double electrified fence, then the 'free-rangeness' rating of the brand can be conveniently adjusted.
Volunteers and NGOs gathering this data would be a good start. Land Registries and similar entities hold most of the data needed, plus volunteers' work inspecting and taking pictures of the premises -probably from the outside- would be enough for this app to work, for now.
The real stumbling block will come when 'interested parties' and PR outfits start trying to game the system for their benefit, with 'false reviews' and similar crap. Sigh...
Disclaimer: I'm not Australian, and I don't know if Australian Land Registries allow for this, but I think they can't be too different to other Registries around the world. I might be catastrophically wrong, though. ;-)
I'd rather cut the middlemen -chickens, in this case- and go straight for an app to evaluate whether politicians are too 'free ranging' (;-), as the article suggests. This is potentially game changing!
Kudos to Mr. Weiley for the idea and the app, and thanks to Mark and Elreg for bringing this to our attention.
"I see you are under the delusion..."
I reckon most people here are under the delusion that both parties should elect an independent nominee without any ties with Democrats or Republicans, to stop this impasse.
And I agree it's probably a delusion, as most of such candidates left or were removed from the judiciary in an early stage of their careers, and the Establishment would rather leave the things as they are now, instead of freeing such a dangerous beast among their flock.
"...we don't want any more of the establishment idiots."
If your solution is to vote for an idiot outsider, you have my total support!*
* Because I live in a different continent. ;-)
..."The FCC's set-top box proposal raises serious issues about privacy and data collection of children's viewing habits,..."
Could you please explain to us exactly how the current situation (closed source hardware and software in the set top boxes) helps protect children's -or anybody else's- privacy?
Or how open source products put privacy in danger? It's quite obvious that, in a OSS scenario, it's orders of magnitude more difficult and -dangerous- for telcos and other actors to sneak some dodgy functions in the boxes.
Please, take your time.
... the Privacy Shield is still a pig!
From the article:
"...with each transformation push reinventing and rediscovering the same things."
Now that you mention it, the GDS report has a certain rancid musk. At times it sounds as if they're recycling the reports from earlier cycles, adding some buzzwords, changing the design and colour of the book covers ...
They're probably working under the assumption that anybody who reads one of these reports won't be willing or able to read the next. :-)
... but could someone explain to me what's an opium poppy doing in the tails side? . TY!
Hopefully, Ian Banks is reading this from the orbital he resides in now, and smiling!
On a side note, the innuendo in the ship's name was only obvious to me when I saw the -ahem- erect rocket on the barge!.
"Is that a rocket in your deck or are you happy to see me?"
Back in '97 a user (another accountant) tried to use transparent plastic binding covers instead of transparency laserjet paper, in a new HP Laserjet 4000 (if my memory doesn't fail me). After several hours removing blobs of molten plastic from the printer's guts -as in your case, without the help of a service manual- I managed to put the printer again in working order. The guy was very thankful and invited me to a few beers.
Some two months after the incident, he did it again! Sigh...
Is it you?
Thank you for the reference!. I think it's about time to watch that film again. For the 10th time or so.