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by cphite
Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13614
Views: 1608554

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Google's home assistant is designed to be triggered by the phrase "OK Google", which it did. That's like saying if I happen to come across the key to your home, I'm allowed to walk right in and do what I want. If neither the owners of the device nor the creators of the device meant for th...
by cphite
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13614
Views: 1608554

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

They exploited is the intended operation of the device. Disagree. Pop-up ads are intended to activate when you're using your web browser, which they do. Google's home assistant is not designed to be triggered by TV commercials, it's definitely not the intended use. Google's home assistant is design...
by cphite
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13614
Views: 1608554

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I really don't understand why Burger King isn't facing criminal charges over this. This is a very clear cut case of hacking. They willfully exploited security vulnerabilities in Android devices to take over control of them, without consent of the owners, and all that purely for their own financial ...
by cphite
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?

Most political discussion is predicated on two fallacies. The first is that people actually think through their positions and choose the one they think is correct, or just, or what have you. THIS IS SIMPLY NEVER TRUE. A lot of people have deluded themselves into thinking they have, but their ration...
by cphite
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 1938

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

No. It wouldn't be enough to have standard plumbing. It isn't just a matter of the robot knowing what parts are involved and how to fix them; it has to be able to actually find the parts and get to them. It has to know, for example, how to move all of the cleaning supplies you have under the sink. ...
by cphite
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 1938

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

It's one thing to create a robot that can put some standard pieces of something together in a standard way. We've had that for decades in the auto industry for example. We even have robots who can identify what's broken in a standard setup and decide how to fix. So what you're saying is that we cou...
by cphite
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 1938

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Not having robots repair your sink is a matter of economics, not technology. Robots are expensive, plumbers less so. The only reason to make a robot plumber is because you need more plumbers than you have the capacity to produce through existing methods. Not a problem currently, or so I believe. Ho...
by cphite
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

The NYT article cited a poll that only 3% of the voters they talked to would change their vote if they could, and only 1% would change it to Hilldawg. It does make things seem difficult. There's a lot of room between Trump and the-worst-possible-president-you-could-possibly-imagine. Maybe I lack th...
by cphite
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 3468

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It absolutely does, and there is a real world example that demonstrates it: Corrective eye surgery. For two decades the cost for the consumer has trended downward even while average costs in the market have trended upward, in large part because such procedures were not typically covered by insuranc...
by cphite
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 3468

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The real problem is that we have a system that's trying to be "market based" but is almost completely prevented from acting like one. These ridiculous prices are due in very large part to a complete lack of market forces. These companies charge thousands of dollars for a pill because they...
by cphite
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 3468

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

TL,DR: The evidence seems to suggest to me that laissez-faire capitalism really isn't the best way to provide medical care. Agreed. The real problem is that we have a system that's trying to be "market based" but is almost completely prevented from acting like one. These ridiculous prices...
by cphite
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 18
Views: 767

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

We should swap the orbits of Mars and Venus, and siphon gas from Venus to Mars. Mars would heat up, Venus would cool down. People who ask for details are just nay-saying.

We're going to do this, and it's going to be great. Really fantastic.
by cphite
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 2186

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

I guess what I'm saying is that I can live with the first option. I don't necessarily think it needs to be the CIA's job to give me safe-building advice if they realize I built a crappy safe. Maybe it should be somebody's job, but that's a different matter. Oh it definitely should be someone's job....
by cphite
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mal-Ware named MacKeeper?
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Re: Mal-Ware named MacKeeper?

Glad to hear you got it cleared up! :) If could make a suggestion, download a copy of MalwareBytes free version and install it, and also keep the install file on a USB stick; it's a wonderful program for dealing with this sort of thing. I don't recommend the paid version... not that it's bad or anyt...
by cphite
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 52
Views: 3142

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Czechoslovakia consisted of two distinct peoples; Sweden and Norway were two distinct kingdoms. The Soviet Republics, as well, were distinct peoples. Those were distinct countries that were separated from the British Empire. In each instance, you had a distinct culture and history and - the key - a...
by cphite
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 52
Views: 3142

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Hence my preference for "Red America" and "Blue America". Pointing at the states is a helpful shorthand, but it's only correlated with the underlying population. Similarly in a country like Lebanon, Belgium, the UK, etc. you're likely to see large enclaves corresponding to parti...
by cphite
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 52
Views: 3142

Re: Breaking Up the United States

I've read a handful of articles recently that have discussed the problem in the United States that the division between "Red America"* and "Blue America"* has become so severe that the two sides may be irreconcilable. The argument goes that, in essence, the United States is a co...
by cphite
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 2186

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

Is there anything particularly surprising about the CIA's capabilities in the leaked documents? Wifi and auto-fill vulns are pretty commonplace. I don't find it particularly alarming or surprising that they have software to exploit that kind of thing. Not really... I suppose some people are surpris...
by cphite
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Once again, there's exactly zero reason to believe there was ever any intention to send or receive any classified information on the private email server. Sure there is. There is the fact that classified networks are physically separated from the public networks; which means that you have to take d...
by cphite
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Ho hum. I'm sure that 'but that's different!' for some reason though. Well, the main difference is that it's legal in Indiana for a state employee to use a private email account for public business. How is that a difference? One was a federal department head handling classified information, and the...
by cphite
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

elasto wrote:Ho hum. I'm sure that 'but that's different!' for some reason though.


Well, the main difference is that it's legal in Indiana for a state employee to use a private email account for public business.
by cphite
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Both the IC and the DOJ have stated publicly that Flynn didn't break the law. Without seeing the actual transcripts, you and I will probably never know for certain if he did or not. But the persons who leaked the SIGINT absolutely did break the law , irregardless of what Flynn did or did not do, or...
by cphite
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

And second... even if it makes sense to release selected SIGINT for the purposes of investigation, there are proper channels for doing that. Anonymous leaks to the f'king media by random people isn't anything close to the proper channels. Again, the entire problem is that the "proper channels&...
by cphite
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

And second... even if it makes sense to release selected SIGINT for the purposes of investigation, there are proper channels for doing that. Anonymous leaks to the f'king media by random people isn't anything close to the proper channels. Again, the entire problem is that the "proper channels&...
by cphite
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Quick note, even if he didn't break the Logan act, he may have lied to the FBI about it. And that IS a felony, even is the original offense is not. So is releasing classified intelligence data to the public. If the intelligence community suspects Flynn is being blackmailed by Moscow, they might be ...
by cphite
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Considering the Russians could have used the fact Flynn broke the law to blackmail him, bringing the whole thing out into the open made the US more secure, not less. First off, we don't know that Flynn broke the law. We know that he discussed sanctions with his Russian counterpart; but that could m...
by cphite
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Meanwhile, Trump is aiming a gun at the messenger: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/831853862281699331 He isn't wrong. The fact that Flynn was talking about sanctions with Russia is obviously messed up, as it not only undermines the (then) sitting President but gives the appearance of col...
by cphite
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

But uhh Dubya was a threat to many institutional norms in America. Like how we vote, remember how we voted and then didn't get to actually have a President Gore? We didn't have a President Gore because Al Gore didn't win the election. He lost Florida by a slim margin, demanded a recount - and the r...
by cphite
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Android: Disable fingerprint unlock for phone, but keep fingerprints on record
Replies: 3
Views: 1495

Re: Android: Disable fingerprint unlock for phone, but keep fingerprints on record

Not sure if that's possible... it looks like the Nexus automatically grants unlock to any prints that you store, which seems dumb... Dunno... maybe there are some third party locking apps that require the PIN independent of any fingerprint scan? If so, you might be able to use one to force a PIN eve...
by cphite
Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

White Catholics were immigrants, typically Irish Immigrants, with exception of one or two specific states which were established explicitly as a Catholic colony in the 1600s. There was a lot of anti-Catholic sentiment thrown when the Irish arrived, as well as when Kennedy was elected in the 1960s. ...
by cphite
Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Impeachment for what? Like it or not, impeachment is only an option for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors; you can't just impeach a president because you don't like him, or because you think his policies are really stupid, or even because he does a terrible job. It doesn't wor...
by cphite
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Impeachment is "just" the House bringing charges against the President, it's not removing him from office. Bill Clinton was impeached. The Senate then votes whether or not to remove him from office. Yes, but when people talk about impeaching Trump, the implied desired result is removing h...
by cphite
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

Executive order for the wall... The impeachment needs to be sped up. Over $10bn tax dollars ordered by a professional tax evader. An egregiously bloated and ineffective set piece to placate the distorted public minority perception of the problems of immigration, the very thing he rallied against (b...
by cphite
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1252
Views: 54556

Re: Trump presidency

If you have a president that sees reports nobody else knows anything about, that's pretty disturbing. I think there should be a way to remove a paranoid schizophreniac from office. As mentioned section 4 of the 25th amendment allows removing a president. It's not impeachment though. And let's be fa...
by cphite
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 22229

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

Google has the right idea... if a car is going to be auto driving, it needs to be so completely capable as to never need driver intervention at all. I think Mercedes, Subaru, and other luxury companies also are taking the right approach. They call the technology "Lane Assist", "Adapt...
by cphite
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 22229

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

I'm not a pilot, but i'm pretty sure that, cruising along over the atlantic at 30000ft, the pilot doesn't have to be on split-second watch all the time. If the autopilot has a problem, it'll emit some noise, the pilot puts their coffee away and starts to look for what's up. Pretty much... most peop...
by cphite
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Enabling/finding router wifi
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Enabling/finding router wifi

So... what specific pain are you having? Are you not seeing the SSID on your devices? Are you seeing it but failing to connect? Connecting but not getting data? Or is it working but you're just worried that something isn't right? If it's the last one, you should be fine as long as the password is st...
by cphite
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russian Hacks: is Alisa Shevchenko the culprit, a scape-goat or a little of both?
Replies: 9
Views: 1217

Re: Russian Hacks: is Alisa Shevchenko the culprit, a scape-goat or a little of both?

The evidence points more towards a spearphishing attack... basically Podesta was sent an email asking him to change his credentials and the link took him to a fake website - presumably on a machine owned by Russian intelligence. Which really doesn't require much in terms of sophistication; it's a f...
by cphite
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russian Hacks: is Alisa Shevchenko the culprit, a scape-goat or a little of both?
Replies: 9
Views: 1217

Re: Russian Hacks: is Alisa Shevchenko the culprit, a scape-goat or a little of both?

It sounds to me like she wasn't personally mentioned, just her company included in the sanctions. That she finds zero days means that it's entirely possible that the Russian government, directly or through another company, bought zero days from them that were specifically for the DNC hack, without ...
by cphite
Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 488190

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If we're expected to believe that a foreign power actually influenced a national election, we need more than a "trust us" statement from the government. What do you think could exist that would convince you? However Obama has made his play straight out of the cold war cookbook. A public t...

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