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Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

iPhone 6 plus design defects

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 7. 2 Replies

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 PlusesThe phones apparently malfunction from "molding themselves to the shape of your rump if left too…Continue

Tags: Touch Disease, iPhone 6

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 16. 59 Replies

http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_be_your_nerd_typeTake the test and see what you get.This is what I am -Science/Math nerd and Gamer/Computer Nerd…Continue

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Published on Oct 19, 2015 Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.I can't wait to see this movieContinue

Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25, 2015. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

Unsustainable Bitcoin

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3, 2015. 2 Replies

... Bitcoin about 5,033 times more energy intensive, per transaction, than VISA... Bitcoin’s power usage per transaction isn’t remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system.... According to my calculation, a…Continue

Tags: transaction costs, sustainability, Bitcoin

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Comment by Joseph P on June 26, 2016 at 9:39pm

Yeah, there's a hard shutoff switch in the sound settings somewhere.  I don't know where it in is Mac OS, since I only use Windows and Linux, but it should be somewhere obvious, in with the main volume sliders.  There's usually a mute button at the bottom of all of the sliders, in most interfaces.

I always keep it turned off, there, when I'm not using it.  Plus, my gaming mic has a hardware mute button, in the volume-control unit that's built into the cord.

Same with the camera.  There's always a way to turn it off, somewhere in the system settings, although that varies from interface to interface.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2016 at 7:15am

Shortly after I started using my latest computer, I discovered it had sent my image (in my underwear) in at least one email I sent.  I now have several layers of black tape over the camera, and have the microphone plugged.  The mic still picks up some sound, so I'll put a switch on it if I ever figure out how to open this iMac.

From what I've learned, it appears Verizon, my phone company, is one of the few that allows the government to access its data on its customers, and listen to the sounds the phone picks up.  I like to keep my phone on all the time for emergencies, but lately I've taken to turning it off when I don't want anyone listening.  I'm not even sure that's enough.  I may want to put a switch on it that can switch the battery out.

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:59pm

But as for the actual content of the article ...

That's why we should live in an anarcho-capitalist utopia.  The corporations will be held to account and be forced to be ethical by the buying public ... because the buying public clearly notices this sort of stuff.

The bit about phones is also a fun thing.  At least I'm good on that front.  I haven't used the phone in forever, except to make calls to contractors, my dentist, and similar people.  All of my personal stuff is handled through other apps, for which I can (and do) read the privacy statements.

My cell phone is almost completely a mobile computer.  I have ... three calls in my call log this month.  One is an appointment reminder from my dentist, and the other two are a call from my doctor to reschedule (which went to voicemail) and me calling his office back.

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:50pm

I don't worry about it.  I just have normal screens, since I just use my living room TV as a monitor for my desktop PC and my consoles.  No way I'd pay extra for a smart TV.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 25, 2016 at 8:17pm

A warning about "smart TVs", with cameras and microphones for the convenience of face recognition, gesture recognition, and voice recognition:

I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on - and you’d be, too

(Daily Kos, reporting and commenting on a Salon article)

"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening....
The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself."

"Wall Street, not the government, is creating the surveillance state Orwell never dreamed of."

(image source)

Comment by Joseph P on June 11, 2016 at 10:01pm

Yeah, I first saw that first trailer last year.  The game looks awesome, and we need more female protagonists out there who aren't a walking ass and pair of boobs.

We'll buy a PS4 for it, assuming that the reviews don't completely can it.

"Please don't fuck this up.  Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up."

Comment by Steph S. on June 11, 2016 at 9:50pm

That game looks fun Joseph.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2016 at 9:41pm

Strong correlation is not a sufficient condition for assuming a causal relationship.

 Understanding Correlation

"There is an extremely tight correlation between the amount of US spending on science and suicides by hanging… r-squared of 0.997…"

"Spending more money on science (please let's spend more!) will not result in more suicides. Though the two are as tightly correlated as any two things can be."

A Great Analyst's Best Friends: Skepticism & Wisdom!

Comment by Joseph P on June 11, 2016 at 8:44pm

Speaking of new games, have the rest of you seen the trailers for Horizon Zero Dawn?  Looks like it should be awesome, assuming that the developers don't manage to completely screw up the game engine.

Full-screen those, of course, or you'll miss almost everything.

Comment by Joseph P on June 5, 2016 at 2:11am

... or just click the full-screen button in the bottom-right, I suppose, to get the full resolution, assuming your monitor does at least 1080p.

 

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