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  • Dec 1st, 2017 @ 5:51pm

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    Not that I think this is ok but she is a person and was in training.. from the trainings I've been in (not NSA training, just normal people training) the pace is way, way slow and I prefer to learn on my own anyways so I usually zone out once I can actually get into the system and learn on my own. The example numbers that the training text (hopefully) probably provided were going to be given out later and she just used the first number that came to mind.
    On the positive side: the system did flash red warnings presumably bc the number was either that of a US citizen and/or not on a 'watch list' or both. It is good to know that privacy invasion is not ok for just anyone to do at the NSA. You have to at least pass the privacy invasion training first. Safeguards.
    But seriously, this is more safeguards than I expected given what I've been reading about for years. And Trump.

  • Jul 25th, 2017 @ 6:06pm

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    Just dont buy the single irobot model that has internet connectivity and you're fine... Mine has no mapping tech or internet connection (880) so im not worried. And since there are now dozens of competing brands at a fraction of the price point of irobot, i wasnt considering buying another anyways. This guy just pulled the release on his own golden parachute.

  • Jul 24th, 2017 @ 7:25pm

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    So using a single data point is the equivalent of 'Surveillance' (as the buzzword is used here)? I honestly read the headline and thought i was still on the gawker portion of my feeds...
    Yes, this is 'ok'. For reference, You walk into any major department store in the whole USA and you are being legally surveiled by more than one 'data point' aka camera w/ image recognition software stalking you throughout your entire visit. Is that ok? Thats not even gubment surveylense but the law says it's ok.

    Personally i worked for a university that monitored students' federal work study stipends and awarded more money to those who used it all (when there was a surplus) and met the grading criteria to continue in the program. That's at least 3 'survelliance' data points monitored by a 'state' school. This was also done w/o a facebook post listing each student so it was 'china style' discreet i guess.

    SHUT IT DOWN!? No. Just make sure there is oversight so the program isn't being abused.

    Also, universities that are eligilbe to award work study grants are required to monitor the 'award status' (gpa and hours worked each week) of each recipient. It's a great program and China's sounds similar if not even more discreet.

  • Jul 15th, 2017 @ 10:48am

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    I recently called the police b/c an AT&T worker parked his truck on my property despite the clear no parking signs posted. i asked him to leave, he told me to call the police, so I (e.g. my wife) did. The police arrived and told me I had to get a court order or a letter from the city prosecutor before they would do anything, including ASKING the guy to move his truck off my property. They immediately sided with the AT&T worker despite our city code saying the opposite of what he told them. The cops then blamed us for calling 911 and told us to call the non-emergency # the next time, despite the fact that we had already explained that we called the non-emergency number first and we were told by the operator there to call 911. The officer matter-of-factly said 'No. Our people wouldn't tell you to call 911 for this.' My wife was on the phone with the non-emergency person for 10 minutes trying to get them to send an officer out b/c we didn't want to call 911. A few minutes after the police left, the AT&T guy left - he was done with his work about 20 minutes before the police arrived and told me he was waiting for the police to arrive.

    Moral of the story: don't call the police ever. If they don't get to use their fancy, read: deadly, toys, they don't want to do the work.

  • May 16th, 2017 @ 7:46pm

    Re: Missing the Point I Believe

    Its not like the play store shows you the warning but if you tap install twice t lets you install it anyways... that would be the 'wink and the nod' you referenced.

    This move is more equivalent to laser eyes......... that restrict thousands of users who were not previously restricted from accessing a service they already pay for.

  • May 16th, 2017 @ 4:41pm

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    I'm pissed about this and I can't even root my phone anymore. I am one of the users mentioned in the article, i have previously rooted all my devices simply b/c i like the enhanced settings doing so provided. I am not able to root now b/c the app i use for work does not function on rooted devices. That also annoyed me initially but there are enough apps now that i can get the settings i want w/o rooting so its not an issue (other than the knowledge that i *can't* root my phone, irk). I figured netflix would stop being worth it once they get their in house content production % up to what they promised, something like 50% i think. Most of what they have put out since publishing their goal is crap, proving that they just want to meet the goal rather than produce a thousand hours of 'house of cards' quality television. I was gonna drop out at that point but i might do so out of principle sooner.

    However, I think i'll wait until trump is impeached.

  • Nov 10th, 2016 @ 8:16am

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    Perhaps he is trying to stop the reporters' automata counterparts from attending in their places?

  • Nov 9th, 2016 @ 3:17pm

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    All of this is especially hilarious considering the financial impact deregulation of ISPs and telecoms will have on the uneducated whites that elected Trump. "My internets is now only $35/month but them websites is sure expensive. Wait, porn ain't free no more?! That damn Hilary!?"

  • Aug 8th, 2016 @ 1:53pm

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    Maybe its just me but I don't really care for the ceremonies at all. After an event ends, if NBC doesn't cut to another event immediately, I usually change the channel or turn off the TV rather than watch the exact same medal ceremony AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. Once i know who won, why do i need to see them being given a medal? the after event interview is really all i need to hear and for events like swimming, their reaction in the pool is enough for me. One medal ceremony is just like the next so they are a waste of precious event time to me. In my opinion the medal ceremonies are the perfect thing to put on the website.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016 @ 3:07pm

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    I get they wanted to make a fan game but when blizard first shot them down they shouldve parted from the starcraft story and gone kickstarter independently then released the game separately for sale. I'm not buying Starcraft 2 for this mod even though i want to. That said, i'll keep an eye out for other titles by the company. I would recommend they tackle some star wars games from the good old days if they insist on building off existing works. Those were my fav and would love the nastalgia coupled with some new content. Knights of the Old Republic port is currently on my phone for same reason.

  • Feb 8th, 2016 @ 7:24am

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    By his own logic, the detective should be charged with collecting and distributing child pornography (despite that fact that doing so was his job).

  • Jan 22nd, 2016 @ 10:25am

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    i am ok with this b/c it will give the US some time to catch up with the rest of the school systems in the world. I hope China and Japan adopt similarly inept policies.

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  • Jul 1st, 2015 @ 12:31pm

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    So wait, the person lost their money for good or once the 'investigation' is over, they will get it back? I realize that's probably not what will happen but is that what is supposed to happen?

  • Sep 30th, 2014 @ 7:15am

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    Is Instagram in the right on this? I thought registering a domain was fair game and it's the company's responsibility to register any domains associated with their company name first...

    If the guy had made a site of actual pictures taken from Instagram, i could see how they have cause for the C&D but simply registering a domain..?

  • Sep 15th, 2014 @ 8:29am

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    maybe they just finished watching season 1 of Fargo during TSA recess and wanted to see if this guy was related to Lester Nygard.

  • Sep 9th, 2014 @ 6:57am

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    Steamboat Willy will be so relieved. I'm sure he's gathering his pennies for the impending auction.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 @ 2:09pm

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    HuffPo has had maybe 5 articles i've found both original and interesting. But more than that, I cannot stand 98% of the comments posted there. That site has a terribly daft reader base and i cringe just thinking about some of the 'comment fights' i've read there based on completely irrelevant or false claims by one or more of the posters. Its a perfect example of why some news sites don't have commenting with every article.

  • Aug 28th, 2014 @ 10:03am

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    a big part of why i go to one site over another is comments. Comments on this site or another site like Ars Technica tend to have at least a few threads of legitimate discussion and opinions i find new and/or interesting.
    Reporting is obviously the other big part, even when Ars Technica gets a story i still look forward to reading about it on TechDirt b/c the articles tend to have more insight and depth in addition to the superior comment quality.

  • Jul 7th, 2014 @ 11:45am

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    i think this argument is skewed by the fact that we already know the identity of the troll and that he is a public official. Remove that aspect of the situation and the answer becomes clear: the anonymity of the author should be protected.

    If the site says its comment system allows for anonymous comments, why was the real identity of the poster even sought? i know site moderators must get tired of ppl trolling their forums but exposing, or even looking for, the identity of said trolls violates the site's stated terms. Block them, mute them, ban them or even re-troll them but don't try to find out who it is unless they are issuing threats/attacks against the site and/or it's users.

    Once the IP address was traced back to a public office address, the question sifts to one of 'public official, public comments?' vs the supposed anonymity of the site's users. 'supposed anonymity' b/c once the ip address was traced, actual anonymity went out the window and revealing the user's identity to the public was just another step, albeit an egregious step, down the path already taken.

    Now say the forum moderator noticed the troll seemed to have limited support on his/her viewpoints that always appeared suspiciously after the trolls own comments and from hardly active accounts otherwise. the moderator, on a hunch, pulls the IPs of the suspect accounts and compares against that of the troll account and find a match. This is digital proof that the person is fabricating identities to support his/her own opinion and this voids some of the anonymity protection promised by the site's terms. Some being the key word in that the duplicate accounts have voided their right to remain anonymous and it is within the moderator's purview to out the false accounts as belonging to said troll. However, this still doesn't justify the tracing of the IP back to its source and revealing the identity of the public official most likely to be behind the troll account. That level of anonymity should always be protected short of threats of violence against others or mention of involvement in prior criminal acts. IMHO anyways.

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