* Posts by Bullseyed

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Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

Bullseyed

Re: former Google staff occupy key posts in areas essential to Google’s

Ditto for Deloitte, GM, IBM, etc.

I have a theory about all of this... I will call it "6 degrees of separation". I think it may catch on.

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Re: former Google staff occupy key posts in areas essential to Google’s

Luckily publically questioning the morals of another is itself immoral, so pot, kettle, etc.

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Re: Microsoft? Apple?

Most of Apple's workers are in Foxconn sweatshops. Not likely to transfer to government. That is the difference between IT and marketing.

How many Apple folks have become Mad Men? Probably quite a few.

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Re: Microsoft? Apple?

Shocking "the government" "Google" are both big companies. You could do the same chart with Google and GE or Google and GM or Google and Apple or Google and Amazon and see lots of people moving all over.

The number of companies that oversee databases as huge as the ones Google runs are fairly limited. Ergo, there will be a relatively small circle of companies competing for the same resources. For example, one of the leaders on the Microsoft side for their CRM not that long ago quit and went to Salesforce. I'm sure at least one person has quit Salesforce for Microsoft, or Oracle, or SAP, etc.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: View from inside

"Donate to us and we'll give you access without ads"

I refuse to contribute to those who lack knowledge regarding the definition of the word donate.

And surely if ads work, then those people like seeing ads. By definition those people would never use an ad blocker, as they like clicking the ads and buying stuff. Ad blockers actual help the content providers by making sure they aren't charged for ad views by people who would never buy the product being advertised.

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Re: Ethics don't don't come into it.

"The only web folks that are worried about this are the ones that just steal and link to other superior content."

That's all of them, though. For example, the vast majority of news on the internet is written by the AP. Lots of 'news' places just buy those stories and repost them. Sometimes they add a few words here or there, like the book reports they somehow got a college degree in.

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Re: @ tannin

"People wouldn't continue to purchase advertising if it didn't pay more."

Simply not true. No one has any idea how much advertising actually pays. All of the employees on both sides depend on advertising 'working' for their jobs to continue to exist, so they report accordingly. Nobody wants to admit that they ate a Big Mac because they wanted to, so if you harass people with questions, they'll claim the advertising made them do it.

And that's just the base layer. That doesn't account for the systemic fraud, routinely exposed on sites like Facebook, where they run bot armies to click links and likes to justify the advertising costs they charge their customers.

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All adblocking is ethical. Unethical behavior includes auto-play videos that somehow never need to buffer and play at higher quality than the actual video. Given that most people access their internet content on smartphones with limited data plans, pushing content that is not requested by the user (ie ads) is actually theft of bandwidth and data quota.

If I take a site like this one and in addition to entering text into fields and hitting the submit button, inject code to affect the database, I have committed a felony via unauthorized computer access. However, if I click a link to this website and it injects code to insert data into my client, they have done nothing wrong?

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Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

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Re: Really?

Former Apple employees could not digitally sign software with a legitimate Apple signature. You don't know what you're talking about here.

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Re: Apple has access to the information, they are just refusing access..

> The key point is "legislation". The elected representatives of the people enacted a law.

Said law would be unconstitutional. The Constitution would need to be amended, and then a law passed.

Also, interesting that the primary defender of rights in the US political system died under suspicious circumstances just prior to this whole event.

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Bullseyed

Re: keylogger

> Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information

Is this the part where we expect to be able to use voice commands but object to the processing of voice data necessary to parse voice commands?

Siri has to listen to every word you ever say, send it to Apple and to the third party who actually does the processing for Siri, so she can tell if you said "hey Siri".

This data could be potentially aggregated or spied on, prior to being discarded after processing. Or you can just go without voice commands. Predictive keyboards and spell check work the same way, but with keystrokes.

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Bullseyed

> ...and when the government are the bad guys?

Gates is a liberal. The concept of a government bad guy does not compute.

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Microsoft patent filing confirms existence of 3D Jedi gesture phone

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Samsung has had hover options on their phones for what, 4 years?

When the Samsung Galaxy S4 was released last year, Samsung included a feature called Air Gesture. This feature allows you to navigate your smartphone like moving between pictures and images, scrolling through email, accepting incoming calls, or checking for notifications without physically touching your Android device screen.

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

Bullseyed

Re: "For Your Protection", yadda yadda.

> At least someone significant is standing up for our privacy.

Yeah, Scalia mysteriously died the week this issue comes up. He would have been the swing vote in the Supreme Court to side with the people against the FBI.

Odd how that timing worked, eh?

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Re: To be clear

> So even though the flash memory could be cloned, that is useless without the key, which stays buried in the CPU at all times. So you need both the memory and that particular CPU running valid code to be able to get at the data.

But the issue is the wiping of the memory after 10 attempts. If the memory were backed up, the CPU could be bruteforced, no?

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Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

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Not only that, but women often have more locked down social media profiles than men do, so chances are a greater % of the unidentified accounts are women.

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In most of my engineering/database/programming classes, I was in an extreme minority of white males, while the class was predominantly a 75/25 split of male and female people from India. I was in a class where a professor once commented that he only taught the class in English because I was there, as the only white person.

To pretend this is only a white female issue is biased.

Also in those classes for projects, it seems the Indian females were desired as teammates. Unlike white females, they didn't seem to form cliques with each other. They often had better organizational skills than the Indian males in terms of setting meetings, keeping deadlines in mind, etc. They were typically very quiet and unassertive, unless they were close friends with one of the males in the group.

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Bullseyed

Re: @Pascal

> It would be reasonable to expect code from women where gender is not known would be roughly as good or as bad as code from those where gender is known.

False.

I expect people who go around advertising they are vegans to be worse people than those who are vegan without lecturing others, for example. If you're running around online saying LOOK AT ME I HAVE BOOBIES then chances are you're going to have much worse code than people who don't care to expose their profile information.

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Re: Transparency doesn't matter

> Code is code. It doesn't matter whose fingers typed it, or whether or not they were perfumed. What matters is that it works.

Where in the study did they analyze whether or not the code that was rejected even worked? You have no basis for making this statement.

Let's do a line by line teardown of the code accepted and rejected and see if the best code was what was accepted.

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> The study, Gender bias in open source: Pull request acceptance of women versus men was written by Josh Terrell, Andrew Kofink, Justin Middleton, Clarissa Rainear, Emerson Murphy-Hill​, and Chris Parnin.

As you can tell from the title of the study, the 'researchers' found the outcome they wanted.

The conclusion actually supported by the data here is that coders who choose to include their gender are weaker coders with less skill, whether male or female, and therefore are accepted less often. It is kind of like how people with bumper stickers, even ones about peace and love, are far more likely to engage in road rage than the general population.

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Samsung trolls Google, adds adblockers to phones

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Re: Not the most urgent job

Shipping an updated browser app is not shipping updates in your definition? Wut?

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Re: Adverts are not the essence of the problem ...

Perhaps the goal of advertising should be redefined to not include being noticed. Like a crying baby at a play, the best ads do not stand out.

How is it that we can spend all this time redoing apps and icons to be flat and basic and declare it the greatest design and art and then have these ads that are so... opposite. I have never intentionally clicked, tapped or otherwise selected an ad in my life. I have had stuff jump around on a page, redirect or pop up to try to make me accidentally click it. This should be treated as unathorized access to a computer and be a felony, if 'social engineering' can be considered a crime.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

Bullseyed

Re: To all of you with older phones...

> since they basically just follow some descriptions on some forum to do so, throw the security out of the window.

You completed missed the point.

But yes, following steps on a forum is equally as big of a security issue as heartbleed or stagefright, I guess.

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Agreed. I'd like to root, but haven't since my old Galaxy S2. I'd be likely going to stock Android or to TouchWiz Android minus carrier bloat. I use the Google Now Launcher, so TouchWiz doesn't bother me much.

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Bullseyed

Re: This is not...

> And Google Pay deems the security risk due to malware on a rooted phone too high.

1.) Wouldn't this be the opposite? I would think the modding community would be the least likely of all to have this issue. I'm sure they patch issues faster than the slow OTA updates.

2.) What threat would this pose to the ecosystem at large? If this is a 'protecting the user from the user' exercise, than leave that bullshit to Apple please.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

Bullseyed

JJ Abrams's extended saga-plotting expertise

Uh... what? The plot was terrible (non-existent) in the last film. Eventually his impact on the series may be viewed as worse than the prequels.

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

Bullseyed

Re: "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

Because school classes aren't for entertainment, they're for education.

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Bullseyed

Microsoft monopoly on education? What country are you from? In the states everything was those horrible neon colored iMacs. Apple handed them out to a generation of schools for free, which is why they got a sudden resurgence in the 2000s.

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Re: Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

> not sure what lapis is good for apart from being a nice shade of blue

Can tell you haven't played in a while. All enchants take Lapis now. Biggest endgame problem seems to be redstone is way more common than can be realistically consumed.

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Bullseyed

Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

Gotta get kids hooked while they're young and all, LOL.

One of the things Apple did do that was worth being copied by Microsoft.

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Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

Windows 10... that came free with any Windows 7 machine? On top of the usual school tier pricing?

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a move that will be sure to put kids off the hugely popular game.

Because kids really hated other educational games like Oregon Trail, right?

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

Bullseyed

Re: So what are we supposed to think?

Completely agree. Most amusing for me is the clash of conservationism and evolution. Preventing things from going extinct is BAD if evolution is GOOD. So we need to make up our minds and take our pick. Species go extinct if climate goes up, down or stays the same. Death is a universal constant.

Only thing I want to call out in your post is the headline. Any time anyone is telling you what you're "supposed to think" you can safely assume that person is a moron and move on.

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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

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Re: Anyone remember Frontpage?

By definition skilled developers are not 'a dime a dozen' because skilled refers to the upper tier of developers, which is by definition less than 50% of developers.

Additionally, a developer who gets promoted to manager isn't leaving the field.

And I refuse to believe developers have left to go into marketing. Completely different skill set that is diametrically opposed to programming. Developers are the ones who spend time removing ads and spam from their daily lives, not people who gleefully generate it.

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Re: Anyone remember Frontpage?

> The new developers brought in to replace them aren't as experienced. They are willing to work for peanuts at first, but realize quickly that living with 12 room mates in a 3 bedroom that's 400sq ft is asstastic and they go do something more profitable.

Simple: don't live on the west coast. Plenty of programming jobs elsewhere without the stupidity of California.

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BOFH: How long does it take to complete Friday's lager-related tasks?

Bullseyed

Re: BOFH getting soft in his later years ?

At the end they had already killed the boss and disposed of the body. They were about to do the same for the director.

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HP Inc shares rocket 13% on Wall Street debut after split

Bullseyed

So the HPI stock was priced lower and the HPE stock priced higher, and the market decided to bring them to equilibrium.

Makes sense, that is how the market deals with uncertainty. From here on out, the prices will deviate based on performance. The projected performance for HPE is better, from a Wall Street perspective.

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Pure next in line to put boot into Dell

Bullseyed

> It's worth noting that all of the companies to critique the deal have a competitive interest in drawing attention to the lack of wisdom of the move ... so, a really large pinch (or pinches) of salt is (are) required.

You say lack of wisdom here as if it is assumed the deal is unwise and we should only doubt the reasons offered by competitors.

It seems like this deal is really smart and Dell was doomed to fail without it. That is kind of what the CEO of Pure here is saying, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. Not only does Dell now have a stronger storage offering (which will hurt Pure greatly) but they acquire control of VMware, making them one of the biggest names in software (which HP and IBM have struggled to do with any success).

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TRANSISTOR-GATE-GATE: Apple admits some iPhone 6Ses crappier than others

Bullseyed

But I thought the point of Apple was the hardware was all the same so the software would run the same on everything. Then they go and split a phone model across two different architectures? Boneheaded exTesla employees.

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

Bullseyed

I'm 28 and I spent 2-3 years of my high school life playing MUDs. You may be surprised, some of us young folk get this kind of thing.

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

Bullseyed

150k signers?

Always amusing when small numbers are thrown around as big numbers because they sound big to uneducated people.

150k users is not even in the top 200 subs on Reddit (currently 219). All the top subs have 5M-8M subs. So, if this petition gets to 3M, let us know. Might be a relevant section of the population.

Meanwhile, these mods caused irreparable harm to the site (and ergo its chance at profit, thus, existence) by diverting the unregistered lurkers to other pages. Every mod for every sub that went dark should be banned permanently, just like any of us would be if we tried to harm a business for which we work.

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Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

Bullseyed

Catch up to HTC? Aren't they nearly out of business?

Samsung has at least 3x the marketshare of HTC. There is nothing to catch up to. Samsung has been the market leader for quite some time.

The only people who care about 'high quality materials' for device build are people who review phones. Everyone else uses a case and knows that the build of the device is irrelevant.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

Bullseyed

Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

> I don't understand why you would make the light saber more primitive for films that take place AFTER all other events.

Well, I'd chalk that up as an acceptable deviation. A "reboot" if you will. Don't the old movies mention that lightsabers are an old weapon from a more civilized age? I mean, they seem to work much better than blasters in combat, right? Why would they have moved on from them?

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Microsoft: Oh, go on, Xbox Live user. Show us your spammer

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>“Security options for console owners are fairly comprehensive, and also include choices specific to both

> the 360 and Xbox One platforms. Anybody worried about the spam should set their ‘Communicate with

> Voice & Text’ option to ‘friends’ or block entirely until Microsoft apply an update in March designed to

> make flagging spam easier,” Boyd explained.

This is laughable. One, the security options are terrible. Two, changing messages to friends only is akin to saying if you don't like spam email, stop using email.

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

Bullseyed

Not this again

Samsung releases updates to the Galaxy S line between March and May each year, roughly. Their sales are down in the late fall/early winter because their flagship is 'old' by then. The Galaxy Note release in September keeps their supply chain rolling at a hibernation pace in the meantime. It is part of their strategy. It is going to happen every. single. year.

It is not news, it is not cause for alarm. It does not mean Samsung is in trouble.

Additionally, since Android devices last longer, most people do not feel the need to upgrade every year like Apple users do. Therefore, every other Galaxy S device sees significantly higher sales. The S5 was lower, so the S6 will be higher due to pent up demand.

I myself will be looking to upgrade around June/July, 2 years after my S4. The frontrunner will be whatever Samsung phone comes out in the spring, although Moto has been doing good things lately and will be worth a look.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

Bullseyed

Except it isn't dead. They graduated the product from labs into production. The official launch of the product is coming, instead of as a prototype program.

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Dead Steve Jobs to give iPod MP3 evidence from beyond the grave

Bullseyed

Why not just pay the $350M instead of being douchebags about it?

Apple's actions in music, ebooks and mp3 players were very clearly antitrust actions, and far worse than anything Microsoft ever did.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Bullseyed

Re: Apart from the inbuilt creepiness

"It took Apple some time to get Siri right."

Apple bought Siri already formed. All they did was make the app unable to be uninstalled.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

Bullseyed

Re: WTF?

BB survived as long as it did BECAUSE of its encryption. It was used by many government agencies, boosting their revenue.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Someday

Someday we will no longer have hateful bigots using slurs like "homophobe" but today is not that day.

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