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  1. Comment on As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye in ~news

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    I have trouble understanding why higher ups in companies dont seem to care. It's as if they only look to the next quarter, rather than thinking about the implications in a year, or even five...

    I have trouble understanding why higher ups in companies dont seem to care. It's as if they only look to the next quarter, rather than thinking about the implications in a year, or even five years, when cheaper, quality alternatives start coming out of china. Is there something I'm missing? I'll admit I don't know much about economics and world trade, but it just seems so short-sighted.

  2. Comment on Up to twelve months of Nintendo Switch Online free for Amazon Prime members in ~games

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    Just got three months, thanks for the link. Just a heads up for others, it looks like after 60 days you have to still prove you are an Amazon prime member and you get the remaining nine months...

    Just got three months, thanks for the link.

    Just a heads up for others, it looks like after 60 days you have to still prove you are an Amazon prime member and you get the remaining nine months after that period. I will have to set a reminder on my phone.

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  3. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    I'm really glad to see Insurgency included in this list. I haven't picked up Sandstorm yet, but I played the crap out of the first one. The first one was great as far as teamplay went, and had one...

    I'm really glad to see Insurgency included in this list. I haven't picked up Sandstorm yet, but I played the crap out of the first one. The first one was great as far as teamplay went, and had one of the better online communities when I was playing (I put it down for a few years). Almost everyone was strategizing and working together, and for the most part pretty supportive. Anytime there was a conflict it was a result of people continually not playing the objective. And as you mentioned, the devs are great and quick to patch bugs and exploits. New maps and features were always free, and the support of the steam workshop was great. The game was also frequently on sale. To the point where once every two or three months I would be averaging a lot more kills per game; curious, I would check the Steam store page and it would be on sale for a couple dollars.

    Would you say that Sandstorm still has enough online players?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    I picked up Octopath Traveler for the switch last week. Work has kept me pretty busy, so I only have a few hours on it so far, but I am really looking forward to having some downtime in the coming...

    I picked up Octopath Traveler for the switch last week. Work has kept me pretty busy, so I only have a few hours on it so far, but I am really looking forward to having some downtime in the coming days to dive in. I've been looking for a good RPG for a few months now, and I really hope this game scratches that itch.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Are Selling Customers' Real-Time Location Data, And It's Falling Into the Wrong Hands in ~tech

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    Honestly, we need a population that values their online privacy and understands the importance to elect politicians who represent the best interest of the people. Short of another major scandal...

    Honestly, we need a population that values their online privacy and understands the importance to elect politicians who represent the best interest of the people. Short of another major scandal like cambridge Analytica, I dont see people beginning to care in the coming years.

    Perhaps, with all of the data breaches, more personalized scamming attempts will begin to freak people out? I thought things would change after the Equifax breach, but it didn't.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Are Selling Customers' Real-Time Location Data, And It's Falling Into the Wrong Hands in ~tech

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    I just hopped on to see if this had been posted. I think this was the part I found most upsetting. I totally get the use for location data for companies like AAA and banking institutions, but if I...

    I just hopped on to see if this had been posted.

    There’s a complex supply chain that shares some of American cell phone users’ most sensitive data, with the telcos potentially being unaware of how the data is being used by the eventual end user, or even whose hands it lands in. Financial companies use phone location data to detect fraud; roadside assistance firms use it to locate stuck customers. But AT&T, for example, told Motherboard the use of its customers’ data by bounty hunters goes explicitly against the company’s policies, raising questions about how AT&T allowed the sale for this purpose in the first place.

    I think this was the part I found most upsetting. I totally get the use for location data for companies like AAA and banking institutions, but if I want to utilize their location services and protections I'll just download their app and allow location permissions. Allowing ISPs to sell this data indiscriminately because it can come in handy for those who utilize specific services, is bullshit. It's obvious it's just another case of prioritizing profits over loyalty to their customers.

    Microbilt buys access to location data from an aggregator called Zumigo and then sells it to a dizzying number of sectors, including landlords to scope out potential renters; motor vehicle salesmen, and others who are conducting credit checks. Armed with just a phone number, Microbilt’s “Mobile Device Verify” product can return a target’s full name and address, geolocate a phone in an individual instance, or operate as a continuous tracking service.

    The lack of oversight and regulation is so astoundingly careless its laughable. This shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has been paying attention.

    11 votes
  7. Comment on Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business last year in ~news

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    Why do you say this?

    Ivanka should be investigated and face a higher standard of justice than Clinton did.

    Why do you say this?

    3 votes
  8. Comment on 11,000 votes may be missing in Florida Congressional race in ~news

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    I found this article which gave a bit more details on the state of the recounts. I could be mistaken but it seems that the Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, would have put those deadlines in place...

    I found this article which gave a bit more details on the state of the recounts. I could be mistaken but it seems that the Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, would have put those deadlines in place when he ordered the recounts. It didn't say for sure in the article, other than the state finalizes elections on Nov 20th.

    EDIT: This article actually goes into quite a bit more details about the state deadlines. Doesn't indicate when the laws were put into place, though.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on 11,000 votes may be missing in Florida Congressional race in ~news

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    What is the rush for getting these votes counted? These candidates aren't filling the seats until January, I don't get why it's not in bipartisan interest to allow enough time for all votes to be...

    According to a schedule provided to Truthout by the Florida Fair Elections Coalition (FFEC), the deadline for finishing machine recounts and submitting those second unofficial results is Thursday, November 15, at 3 pm. Races that are close enough to require what is being described as a “manual” recount — where a limited number of ballots are counted by hand — must submit official returns Friday, November 16, by noon. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has already stated that her county will be unable to meet the deadline, calling it “impossible.” The statewide races where recounts are required are for governor, agricultural commissioner and Senate, where current Gov. Rick Scott maintains a razor-thin lead of 12,562 votes in his attempt to take a Senate seat away from his rival Democrat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

    What is the rush for getting these votes counted? These candidates aren't filling the seats until January, I don't get why it's not in bipartisan interest to allow enough time for all votes to be counted appropriately. They have already thrown out the machine recounts in three florida counties because they were late, one of those counties being Broward, which was two minutes late. What a joke.

    As someone living in florida, it really doesn't give me a lot of confidence in future elections. We could really benefit from having the UN come in and sort this out, because we are clearly incapable of coming to any agreement.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on DeepMind’s move to transfer health unit to Google stirs data fears in ~tech

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    It looks like I was mistaken about this. I was confusing this with a decision in the United States that allowed ISPs to collect and sell data about your online browsing habits.

    It looks like I was mistaken about this. I was confusing this with a decision in the United States that allowed ISPs to collect and sell data about your online browsing habits.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I haven't listened to their new album yet, thanks I'll have to check that out.

    I haven't listened to their new album yet, thanks I'll have to check that out.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Japan cybersecurity minister admits he has never used a computer in ~tech

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    I can only imagine trying to explain security vulnerabilities to someone who doesn't even know what a USB drive is, or how it works. Sure, he's impossible to hack. But his job is much more...

    I can only imagine trying to explain security vulnerabilities to someone who doesn't even know what a USB drive is, or how it works. Sure, he's impossible to hack. But his job is much more important than just to ensure that he, himself, isn't vulnerable.

    To get a better understanding of what his office does, check this PDF from 2015 I found on their website and go to page 8 (section 4). Someone with zero understanding of computers and their networks is not going to be able to effectively lead this department in the goals that this agency was put in place for.

    16 votes
  13. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I'm a metal fan and two of my favorite artists just dropped new albums. Silent Planet - when the end began: Like their other albums, I think they are best when you have the time to listen to the...

    I'm a metal fan and two of my favorite artists just dropped new albums.

    Silent Planet - when the end began: Like their other albums, I think they are best when you have the time to listen to the entire album. Some of their standout songs for me are The New Eternity, Share the body, and Depths III. The vocalist who writes their lyrics is a psychologist and has a way of embodying different mental illnesses in a beautifully poetic way. He is easily my all time favorite lyricist.

    Architects - Holy Hell: I only just listened to this album today while I was studying, so it definitely did not have my full attention but I enjoyed it. The song Damnation was really catchy and I got a bit distracted from what I was doing. There were definitely other parts of the album that distracted me, but overall I don't think I'm going to like this one as much as their previous album, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. I wasnt sure what to expect from this album because their guitarist who wrote a lot of their stuff died from cancer just after AOGHAU was released. What made that album so amazing was he wrote it knowing he was going to die, and you can really see that he was disgusted with the greed and selfishness of humanity. But their new album still has that architects sound that I love.

    I have a road trip coming up next week, so I plan to give both of these albums another thorough listen then. I've also been going through some 90s grunge and alt rock that I haven't listened to in a while, which has been a nice change of pace.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Delay, deny and deflect: How Facebook’s leaders fought through crisis in ~tech

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    This really highlighted Zuckerbergs pettiness for me. Im not sure how many people are on his management team, but it just seems so childish because that's obviously not going to have any effect on...

    “We’re not going to traffic in your personal life,” Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said in an MSNBC interview. “Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty.” (Mr. Cook’s criticisms infuriated Mr. Zuckerberg, who later ordered his management team to use only Android phones, since the operating system has far more users than Apple’s.)

    This really highlighted Zuckerbergs pettiness for me. Im not sure how many people are on his management team, but it just seems so childish because that's obviously not going to have any effect on Apple.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Card skimming malware removed from Infowars online store in ~tech

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    You're right. Somehow I'm still surprised by the sheer idiocy of it all sometimes.

    You're right. Somehow I'm still surprised by the sheer idiocy of it all sometimes.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Card skimming malware removed from Infowars online store in ~tech

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    No, I am quite familiar with Alex Jones. I just thought that since he has been deplatformed, that website is about the only source of income he has left. I would have thought he would want users...

    No, I am quite familiar with Alex Jones. I just thought that since he has been deplatformed, that website is about the only source of income he has left. I would have thought he would want users to feel comfortable buying stuff from his site and he would want to make sure that any vulnerabilities are fixed. I guess he is relying on his users not caring. And he's probably right that they wont.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Card skimming malware removed from Infowars online store in ~tech

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    This part doesn't make any sense to me. If they found no security vulnerabilities, then how did the card skimming software get there? Even if it was a zero-day that's still a security...

    Magento's top security people have done a site-wide scan and found no security vulnerabilities. And we believe security features we will not mention, appear to have blocked them from getting anyone's credit card numbers.

    This part doesn't make any sense to me. If they found no security vulnerabilities, then how did the card skimming software get there? Even if it was a zero-day that's still a security vulnerability that needs to be addressed. Looks like InfoWars is going to use this to rally their supporters against "the leftists" rather than actually address the vulnerability. I won't be surprised to see another hack on the site in the future, and the next one will likely be better executed.

    Hopefully this is just a PR announcement and they are actually working to get to the bottom of what actually happened and they can better protect their users in the future.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on DeepMind’s move to transfer health unit to Google stirs data fears in ~tech

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    This seems like a really common theme that we see from tech companies globally. They make a promise to protect your data and your privacy time and again, but repeatedly get caught doing the exact...

    “They absolutely have to be held to the fact that for two years they’ve made PR statements that promised this wouldn’t happen; that they would never connect people’s health data with Google,” said Julia Powles, a Research Fellow at New York University Law School. “I have consistently made the point . . . that that promise is meaningless without a contractual back-up and now we have proof.”

    This seems like a really common theme that we see from tech companies globally. They make a promise to protect your data and your privacy time and again, but repeatedly get caught doing the exact opposite.

    I haven't heard of this company before, so I wanted to do a little more looking and found this article from The Guardian, and this bit stuck out to me:

    Google says the restructure is necessary to allow DeepMind’s flagship health app, Streams, to scale up globally. The app, which was created to help doctors and nurses monitor patients for AKI, a severe form of kidney injury, has since grown to offer a full digital dashboard for patient records.

    “Our vision is for Streams to now become an AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors everywhere – combining the best algorithms with intuitive design, all backed up by rigorous evidence,” DeepMind said, announcing the transfer. “The team working within Google, alongside brilliant colleagues from across the organisation, will help make this vision a reality.”

    Is there going to be any regulation for this? I mean, Google is literally wanting to make a global database for people's health and medical records. What are the restrictions for accessing this data? Is Google going to sell that data as well?

    This is exactly why people need to have complete control over their data. I should be able to control everything that is collected about me, who is able to access that data, and who that data can be sold to.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Had to say goodbye to a friend today and it stings so bad :( in ~talk

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    No worries at all. I can somewhat relate, in the past when I used to get a crush it became an obsession, and I missed out on chances to get to know some really cool girls because of my...

    No worries at all.

    I just think that I am scared of coming off too strong as has been the case in the past. Because in terms of friendships and other relationships I have always been way too intense for the other part to handle - one even told me so directly

    I can somewhat relate, in the past when I used to get a crush it became an obsession, and I missed out on chances to get to know some really cool girls because of my tunnel-vision. Sounds like I was a bit different from what you describe, but maybe I can share what I've learned the last few years as I have focused on self-improvement.

    I mean, it could very well be seen as completely over-the-top to indeed tell her that I'm gonna miss her, because maybe a new friendship is the last thing on her mind right now, no matter how many/few friends she's actually made here.

    I don't think that letting her know that you don't mind helping out if she needs it is a bad thing at all. Even if she doesn't end up needing it, she will likely remember that you offered to help where you could. It's that small gesture that shows you care, and to follow your 'Spinal Tap' analogy, it's at a good volume. It sounds like you haven't spent much time out of the classroom together, so I would stay away from the "I'll miss you" comments, as it could be taken the wrong way. You could say that you had fun meeting with her and that you would be interested in doing so again when she returns.

    As someone who struggled with crippling anxiety growing up, I used to over-analyze everything also. The thing that helped me the most was absolutely meditation. Meditation taught me to focus on the present and quit worrying all the time over things that were almost always just in my head. I used to think that people wanted nothing to do with me, but when I started paying more attention to them and the present moment instead of myself, I was able to pick up that the opposite was the case. It's a struggle, and the only way I was able to improve was to put myself out there a little more everyday. I have tried my best to push myself out of my comfort zone, and there were times I made an ass of myself, or made things awkward, or just chickened out. But I learned from it. I still have a long ways to go, but I'm better off for every experience as I've made it a point to learn from each one. Take things a day at a time. They'll get better.

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