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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

MidnightBrewer Re: Yay :D (312 comments)

Thank you. It's true, although we don't like to brag.

The information sent is anonymous, using an ephemeral session ID, which resets every 15 minutes. The data is sent over HTTPS, meaning it can't be intercepted. No personal data. The only purpose of all this is to improve search suggestions. Nothing to see here.

2 days ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

MidnightBrewer Re:Not really (192 comments)

How do you propose removing an island, and to where?

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

MidnightBrewer Re: Progenitors? (686 comments)

"Unlikely" isn't impossible, and you can't prove a negative.

about 4 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

MidnightBrewer Not a fan, but... (405 comments)

Golf is about getting your balls into the hole in as few strokes as possible. It's as simple as that.

I'm not a golf guy, but I can appreciate that the original game is fine the way it is. Seriously, 15-inch holes aren't going to magically enable you to get a hole-in-one. The challenge of hitting the traditional hole is something I respect; making it feel like I have training wheels on to pander to me is just going to alienate me further. I think most prefer things tight, not loose. You have to feel like you've succeeded.

about 6 months ago
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Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

MidnightBrewer Re: WTF (179 comments)

No, their iMessage app will resort to traditional SMS to send the message. No lock-in. This is a non-story, and only serves Samsung for the plug.

about 8 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

MidnightBrewer Re:Illogical (401 comments)

Except that he says he developed lung disease even after he quit smoking 30 years ago. RTFA and don't try to be too clever.

about 8 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

MidnightBrewer While in Japan... (479 comments)

I have sustained, symmetrical throughput of 50Mbp/s, no data cap, and pay about $60 per month. Half the population of the US, so it would seem that numbers aren't the problem. Hmm.

about 9 months ago
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Translating President Obama's NSA Reform Promises Into Plain English

MidnightBrewer Re: If you like it (171 comments)

You blame him for the health insurance providers taking the opportunity to use him as a whipping boy and take out their aggravation that their golden goose isn't looking too healthy?

In other news, Reagan said that trickle-down economics would work, and George W. showed up on an aircraft carrier claiming victory over a war that wasn't over yet, which we started because of falsified intel. Clinton said he didn't have sex with that woman, either.

about 9 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

MidnightBrewer Re: Forbidden Knowledge (459 comments)

Hispanics represent the biggest slice of the poor class nowadays. Also, you suggested that blacks are more likely to be extremely rich or extremely poor, which I don't see much proof of (the former).

about 9 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

MidnightBrewer Re: Isn't just the keyboards (459 comments)

I'm an animator and video editor and need the wider aspect ratio to get my work done. And if I'm writing or programming, the extra space is good for reference material windows.

about 9 months ago
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Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

MidnightBrewer Re: And That, Ladies and Gentlemen ... (194 comments)

Your theory flies in the face of history. Spam now represents the majority of email sent and they only need a fraction of a percent in return in order to reap a significant reward to justify their efforts. This particular clever exploit has been around how long undetected? And all they have to do is take the same code and inject it into the next extension they buy, or roll out. This is even better than spam.

Google's main reason for getting involved in this one is that it's leeching off of their core business. I guarantee that's not something they'll let slide.

about 9 months ago
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Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

MidnightBrewer Re: And That, Ladies and Gentlemen ... (194 comments)

They aren't malcontents, they're clever programmers who've figured out how to make a lot of money quickly.

about 9 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

MidnightBrewer Re: RSA sold you out (464 comments)

It would only work if they got the keys that only the designers at the NSA would know. However, this does show how back doors are self-defeating.

about 10 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

MidnightBrewer Re: RSA sold you out (464 comments)

If my entropy is real then knowing the algorithm doesn't help. The problem with the dual elliptical approach used by the spec was that the "randomness" was baked in, and then made to be the default used by RSA. The spec actually allowed for users to change the baked-in numbers; this hack by the NSA relied on success through the ignorance of customers rather than real cryptography. More social engineering than computer engineering.

about 10 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

MidnightBrewer Re: RSA sold you out (464 comments)

You can actually get a lot more useful pseudo-random data by asking the user to move their mouse around for a few seconds or access their web can (as you mentioned). No need to leave the house.

about 10 months ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

MidnightBrewer Re: Nobility (653 comments)

Americans have historically held the attitude that ousting people out of their land is their God-given right, using that justification to murder millions of people. Why shouldn't we start doing it to each other? The irony is delicious.

Meanwhile the percentage of poor people in the United States is about to become the majority, and in a democracy, the majority rules, whether by ballot or by baseball bat. Saying "let them eat cake" is usually not a good sign of where things are going.

about 10 months ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

MidnightBrewer Re: Hmm. (653 comments)

I'm assuming your comment was meant ironically? You know the whole point of this was that people who have always lived in San Francisco are getting driven out by Johnny-come-lately techies, right?

about 10 months ago
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Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

MidnightBrewer Re:ironic idiocy (366 comments)

I think they're pretty deserving of scorn. Especially when the corrected their findings after using the non-obtrusive method, which they could have done the first time around except that "it would have been hard".

about a year ago
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Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

MidnightBrewer Apple Developing != Apple Selling (243 comments)

Apple develops many things that never go to market. Inside sources usually give up this information for a chance at being important.

about a year ago
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Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

MidnightBrewer Re:These would likely win customers back (243 comments)

The majority of the large-screen demographic in Asia is women, not men. They want a single device and have bags to carry them in regardless of size. Men are more likely to have a smaller smartphone and a tablet to go with it.

about a year ago

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