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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

dkman Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

My TWC reception is sometimes sketchy even though I pay over $100 a month for TV and internet. When "Under the Dome" and "The 100" decide that their respective channels are going to not come in during the broadcast so the DVR chokes on it then I go to TPB the next day and pull it down.

When the USB drive that I ripped my CD collection to decided to kick the bucket I went to TPB and downloaded the ones I cared about rather than repeating a long drawn out process.

Rather than ripping my wife's Little Mermaid DVD I went to TPB and downloaded it.

Did anybody get financially butt-hurt by my use of TPB, NO!

Have I ever downloaded something that I didn't have rights to - yes, but not enough for anybody to care. The equivalent of a kid sneaking into a movie theater to watch a movie once or twice.

Have I ever later bought something that I downloaded, absolutely.

Raiding and shutting down a site because there are a few bad apples is equivalent to taking away the 1st amendment. You need to fight for people's right to say stupid things or you will lose your right to say what you want.

about a week ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

dkman Re:Unless it has support for Bitcoin... (156 comments)

It takes all of ten seconds, and there's no fee involved.

Ahh. There's the reason it's not in the US.
Seriously though, our ability to screw up security is the other reason. It has led to distrust, which leads to low or slow adoption rates.

about a week ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

dkman Re:Profit? (133 comments)

What phone OS and what do you use to police which apps get to use cellular data?

about three weeks ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

dkman Re:Profit? (133 comments)

Not free as in "without ANY cost", you're being too idealistic.

The realist definition (if I can say that) is "free to download and use". That allows for ads.
In-app purchases are certainly not free, but are add-ons or unlock functionality not in the free version.

However I do sort of agree, when I hear or see that an app is free I always check to see if it has in-app purchases before I bother to download it. Because I don't have an unlimited data plan I also check screenshots for ads, because data isn't "free".

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

dkman Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

No, but it's pointless to suggest an eight topping pizza - a waste of my time. That's all I'm saying. Though I'd be willing to let it make a suggestion one time just for the novelty.

about three weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

dkman Re:Doesn't apply to Google (73 comments)

At least you're free to downgrade back to a prior version of android. That's my biggest pet peeve with iOS.

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

dkman Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

Yea, I was thinking I most often get the Pepperoni because I'm not willing to pay the extra for the multiple toppings I really want. So while it may give me a tasty pie I'm not willing to pay for it.

about three weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

dkman Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

Definition of AD HOMINEM
1: appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect
2: marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made

Origin of AD HOMINEM
New Latin, literally, to the person
First Known Use: 1598

So while it wouldn't meet the original definition. I do believe the definition has evolved enough that it works.
"Attacking the character of 60 minutes (the entity) rather than the story" is what the post was saying, which fits #2 above.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

dkman Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (525 comments)

I'm an East-coaster and I generally stick with a speed limit +5 rule. On interstates when other drivers are going faster I'm fine with a 10+ rule.
It certainly is a state-by-state thing though. Watch out for Georgia and their 20 miles stretches of construction zone (mostly because of the enhanced penalty). Slow down in Virginia (they like the ticket income). Other than that I haven't noticed any trouble with the i95 stretch.
If there's enough traffic at 15+ on the interstate and I'm familiar with the road then I might bump it up, but I'm not usually in that much of a hurry. I'm not willing to go it alone at 15+ and risk the ticket.

about three weeks ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

dkman Re:First rule of computer security!!! (114 comments)

The rear view mirror has a small section that can display the rear view camera (it just acts as a mirror when an image isn't being displayed). They do it this way in cars that don't have an LCD display, for cars with a standard stereo face.

I do feel that the backup camera is just fine being on the infotainment network. If side camera go away I feel the same about them. Engine, steering, breaking - things where one might lose control of the vehicle if they don't function correctly belong on their own secure network.

about a month ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

dkman Re:First rule of computer security!!! (114 comments)

At the very least:
Separate the networks. Have essential processes (engine, breaking, steering) on a secure network
Have infotainment, radio, bluetooth phone, gps, wipers, rain sensor, etc on a separate network
Have anything wifi (door unlock) heavily vetted before you allow it into one of your other networks.

Personally I feel that windows even belong on the infotainment network, as they aren't vital to the safety of the vehicle.
Keep chatter between networks to a minimum. I figure secure (engine) would need to talk to wifi (keyfob) when you hit the start button, although I'm not even sure if that qualifies as wifi - it's more like a proximity sensor.

That way maybe you can open the doors. Some fobs let you open the windows too. But once inside the car you'd still have to do some serious hacking to go anywhere. And nobody's messing with your essential functions while in motion. I know that some fobs do let you start the car, and I don't trust that functionality since it certainly could be exploited - if not now, in the future.

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

dkman Re:Argument (110 comments)

Yet even that didn't work because our government isn't for the people anymore.

about a month ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

dkman Re:What? 64-bit? (56 comments)

Yes. Every time I see 2 GB of RAM in what otherwise should be a capable system I feel that they are artificially limiting the usefulness and longevity of that device.
a) By starving it of memory for larger tasks or multitasking (as has been pointed out above)
b) By making it too weak to handle OS upgrades in the future

about a month ago
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Earth's Oxygen History Could Explain "Darwin's Dilemma" In Evolution

dkman Re:A matter of perspective (78 comments)

If the hot air wind-bags go first I'm all for hitting that reset button. You know who I'm talking about slashdot.

Alright, maybe reset is extreme, but...

about a month ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

dkman Re:Fear (58 comments)

or do we at some point wonder if there isn't a concerted effort to keep everyone ignorant and fearful?

No need to wonder, there is. But don't try to tell that to anyone, they don't want to listen.
Those who do know/care are too few to matter. It is akin to the 2 party political system - no one can break in because the party members don't want to split the vote and let the "other" party win. Even if 10 new party people did break in, they're still drowned out by the rest of the fools in Congress.
So do I think it's kind of pointless, sure, but is it worth fighting and trying to do some good - you bet your ass! Even slow progress is some progress.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

dkman Re:Hi-res Displays Look Better with Flatter Design (178 comments)

From reading the article...
I hate the Playstation buttons. Triangle, Circle, Square do not clearly translate to back, home, open windows/app list. If I were a rabbit a circle might be a decent representation of "home".
I like guest mode, I like fast and smooth, but I don't like "flat". A button should "look" like a button. I don't mean skeuomorphics, but a button UI element should not look like a label or a plain embedded image - it should look like something I can interact with, and that's what shading did.
At 6 inches you're in the phablet space. My phone is 4.7 inches, which was big when it came out, and I think that's just right for a phone.

As far as slipper, I have my phone is a gel sleeve (grabs the back and sides) that makes it grippy. Of course that adds $35 to the price tag, but you do get color options. If I did happen to drop it the sleeve would probably protect it, at least from the scuffs 2 other devices got from even touching the pavement.

On topic: As far as Andorid vs iOS many other posts here have already touched on It's a personal preference, and I'm happy to have the option. I personally prefer Android. My wife was fine with Android but has an iPhone right now. There are lots of things to like, and there are nuisances in both camps.

about a month ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

dkman Re:Contradiction (65 comments)

I absolutely get what you're saying. I'm not sure why I didn't read it that way to begin with. I think it was early and I wasn't really awake yet.

After your post I had to go back and look at the original because I was convinced that it conflicted, but you are right that it does not.

about a month and a half ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

dkman Contradiction (65 comments)

The title says increases chance of larger quake yet the summary says does not necessarily mean a big one will come. So which is it? Don't you dare think I'll read the article to see what it says.

about a month and a half ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

dkman Make default passwords hard (321 comments)

why are strong passwords not required for these cameras?

Maybe that is what they need to do. Make the default password something gibberish like df73j5hdfg/5rtdf88GG so that users will change it when they set it up. Even if they change it to FluffyBunny22 at least it won't be the default.

about a month and a half ago

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