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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

TheGratefulNet Re:Arrest increase because they're looking for it? (430 comments)

it was all over the evening news

oh! so it must be true, then.

the evening news would not lie to us. they don't have an agenda. they don't keep 'in good' with the politicians and cops and judges and jailers and (and and and...). no, they report honestly and without fear. they expose bad actions of our government.

(wakes up).

wow, what a dream I just had.

8 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

TheGratefulNet Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (430 comments)

all of your post assumes that cops play fair and by the rules.

so, lets stop right here and call a spade a spade. cops break laws AT WILL. there's a famous meme, "I'm going to kick your ass... and get away with it!" and its more true than false, these days.

even if you are innocent, they can 'drop' whatever they want on you and make it stick. they can claim 'you went for a gun and I feared for my life' and kill you. a dead man makes no lawsuits.

they can steal your money and say 'we THINK it may have been used for drug deals' and now its up to you to prove a negative. GLWT.

8 hours ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

TheGratefulNet Re:12 hour factory shifts? (183 comments)

AFTER unions got torn apart, in the US, perhaps.

but in my grandfather's day (turn of the 1900's), they fought for better working conditions and this is where the 5-day work week came from, time and a half (or more!) for overtime and I remember my GF telling me that 'every 4 hours, they are required to let us eat'. even today, at my 'cushy IT job' I don't get a food break every 4 hours. not that I need it, but its a thing that we once had and lost due to 'those evil unions' (sigh).

so, conditions were horrible in the US, we fought to make them more human-like and we won.

then, we lost them ALL. pretty much all of it.

cops and other groups have unions and no one says a word about it. but if IT guys or factory guys want to have a union, its 'hey, why do you hate america' and shit like that.

if my GF was still alive, he'd be furious for the things he and his peers fought for and yet we let drift away over the years.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

TheGratefulNet Re:The joke could be on them (574 comments)

it would KILL the uber capitalism company known as sony to give ANYTHING away for free.

they'd go out of business first.

(well, lets all hope...)

but waiting for sony to do anything good for anyone BUT sony is like waiting for the 2nd coming of jesus. neither is gonna happen.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

TheGratefulNet Re:black DNS? (376 comments)

ipv6 is not going to take over any time soon. adoption has taken 20 yrs now and its still 'not there' for many places.

IoT will use ipv6. but websites that are more than your personal site will always have access to ipv4.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

TheGratefulNet Re:black DNS? (376 comments)

uhm, regular old dotted quads (ip addrs) work fine and cannot be 'taken down' since they are not lookup based but topology based.

and even with ip alias and redirects, a dotted quad can be just about as good as a dns name. better, in some ways, since it cant' be faked like a name can, and does not require another fetch for the name->ipaddr lookup.

2 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

TheGratefulNet Re:Time to mourn another passing... (155 comments)

agreed on needing micropayments. I hate ads and I block them. but I'd happily pay in uPmts for sites I like.

it has just not happened. and not due to tech issues; its not a tech thing that stops this from being implemented.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

TheGratefulNet Re:If you point the camera on a politician.. (437 comments)

if you point a camera or mic at any of us, sooner or later we'll all be guilty of some crime on the books.

its by-design, too. have so many laws that, if 'the man' wants to come after you, there is always a reason he can find.

THIS is why it should not be allowed. plus, well, its NOT the kind of world we would want to live in. we get the world we want, and do we (as a people, human beings) want to live in a world where this is allowed to happen?

we better stop this invasive spying shit. its already gone on more than it should. will we, as a people, have the wisdom and forsight to stop this before we truly become an orwellian society, in every literal sense of the word?

3 days ago
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Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide To Protect Their Data

TheGratefulNet Re:If "Steps" are Facebook Privacy Controls... (53 comments)

there's a lot more to 'the internet' than port 80 and 443, my friend.

most of us don't care so much about port 80.

we DO care about email and voip, though. there used to be the concept of privacy and security there (more or less) but now, the cat is out of the bag and all data is now sniffable and loggable.

(I wonder if you are done with your childish laughing attack?)

3 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

TheGratefulNet Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

other shoe: the 'content' owners think that they should get a forever return on the sale/rental of the content.

the duration started out reasonable but they decided to BREAK THE COVENANT and since they feel they can break rules at-will and pay to have custom laws made for them, I concluded they are acting in bad faith and any contract where the other party is in bad faith is nullified.

NULLIFIED.

so, they get what they wanted. a content 'war'. one that they can't possibly win.

fuck, THEY started it. they escalated it. we're just trying to give them a bit of their own medicine. maybe next time they'll respect the rule of law and not mickeymouse around with the protected duration (see what I did there?)

to have a law respected, both sides have to respect it. since that doesn't happen, well, we have what we have today.

aka "what goes around, comes around'.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

TheGratefulNet Re:"safe" (280 comments)

"you either die a hero, or live long enough to turn into one of the bad guys"

yet another Dent quote that is quite fitting for this subject.

google is not going to die a hero.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

TheGratefulNet Re:For sure. (280 comments)

google: "we're upping our doublethink. so, up yours!"

this is a 'trust me, the sky is green' moment for google. they have had lots of those, lately, too.

4 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

TheGratefulNet Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

yes, requiring a company WHO IS IN THE HEALTH-CARE BUSINESS to continue saving lives and not taking profits as the first thing.

yes, makes sense to me. but then again, I'm a human being, not a pycho CEO or politician.

there should be a law: if you are in the healthcare business (which is your choice) then you MUST put patients first above all else.

doctors have to swear this. why not the makers of drugs and such? it would fix a LOT of what is broken with the western world, if we did that. think of how much GOOD would be done to humanity, as a whole!

5 days ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

TheGratefulNet Re:Bypassing the H1B visa requirement. (122 comments)

interesting - I've been saying the same about americans in the US - they are 'too uppity' and know their rights, so therefore, they can't be bullied as much as indi^H^H^H^Hforeign workers holding h1b's.

that's yet another elephant in the room; its not so much about huge difference in wages (in the US, the h1b's get pretty close to what the USians make; not 50% and not 30%, but close to 80 or 90%) but its more about 'getting more hours out of them' with less complaining. fear of being shipped back home is enough to keep them 'in line'. you can't ship a USian home since he's already home.

all this is bubbling and brewing into a revolution that WILL come. it WILL come - no doubt at all. there is no sign that things are slowing down in this bad direction and politicians and business owners are still grinning from all the union-busting they have done in the last 50 or so yrs. all the progress our grandfathers made - its ALL been lost. hell, we don't even have our weekends off anymore; ask any IT person and he does not usually have the right to say 'no' if the boss tells him that he has to work longer hours or weekends.

and look at the term 'exempt' (in the US, at least) when it comes to IT workers. they are 'exempt' in that they don't get time and a half or double or triple time for overtime. hell, they don't get 1x time for overtime! my grandfather definitely did! and he was able to buy a house and have it paid for before he died. me: I doubt I'll ever be able to afford a house in the bay area on a single income; and even a dual income means you will still be paying for that house 30 yrs down the line.

I'm not hungry for a nasty shake-up or revolution, but it sure seems like its bubbling up, year by year, with the crap that comes each year from the 'job creators' ;(

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

TheGratefulNet Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

easily fixed with autotune...

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

TheGratefulNet Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

you are better off with generation-1 than generation-current.

never trust the very leading edge. and, we're talking seagate, here; their enterprise drives are ok but I wouldn't touch them, these days, for consumer drives. no way!

no way I'm trusting helium, either; since it escapes and makes the drive useless a few years down the line.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

TheGratefulNet Re:Other mirrors? (113 comments)

.cr is brand new.

its not a 'known fake'.

thanks for trying to scare people away. yet another riaa/mpaa bitch trying to manipulate the conversation with FUD.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

TheGratefulNet Re:Other mirrors? (113 comments)

bullshit!

just run a vpn. have been doing that for a long time and have not yet gotton 'a call' from a single soul who could do me harm.

btw, thanks for ID'ing yourself an an riaa bitch. we have noted this.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

TheGratefulNet Re:Meanwhile Congress just passed SOPA in secret (176 comments)

relax.

get yourself a VPN (I do and I have comcast) and they cannot spy on me. simply cannot - while my vpn is active.

now,they do what they can to stop my connection. several times a day I get a reset from them and even more times, I have to reboot my docsis modem since I get no more pings from my default router. not sure what they are trying to pull, but I easily work around that.

so, find a vpn provider (privateinternetaccess is one that is cheap and not too shabby) and use it!

use it on your phone, too. there's an app for that, I think ;)

about a week ago

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Alternatives to Gmail (web and IMAP, paid)

TheGratefulNet TheGratefulNet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheGratefulNet (143330) writes "I want to cut the cord with google and the first step is to find a good email/ISP provider. With all the snooping going on (by governments and the data center raids that happen in the US), I'd like to find an *offshore* (maybe Europe?) provider who emphasizes 'freedom' aspects, such as end to end security, data encryption on local disks, keeping absolute minimal logs/purging them frequently; as well as having a decent enough set of spam filters that they actively maintain. I *want* to pay for the sevice since I don't want ads or to have to spend time blocking stuff. I'd like to support a right-thinking ISP; are there any left, out there? Help me find a trusted offshore ISP that will likely be around and who does not do DPI and other evil things. Any recommendations for well-behaved ISPs out there?"

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