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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

inject_hotmail.com Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

...But services aren't taxed (I'm not saying they should or shouldn't, i'm just stating a fact)...

Clearly, you aren't from Canada. Here, we tax the snot out of everything. Services aren't taxed? HAH! 13%. On everything. Electricity, gasoline, the mechanic's labour. Everything. 13%

Even new houses and used (!) cars.

about 2 months ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

inject_hotmail.com Re:NYC Resident Here (149 comments)

So you have these options:

1. Do nothing,
2. Ask them to stop again (politely, with or without warning about going to authorities),
3. Ask them to stop again (not politely, with or without warning about going to authorities), and
4. Go straight to the authorities.

My recommendation? Go straight to the authorities. You've been polite, and you do not deserve to suffer as they benefit. Make no mistake, the only reason they are doing AirBNB is to profit. You have every right not to suffer a 'diminished quality of life' (as you, very succinctly I must say, put it) just so they can put an extra, what...$30 a day(?) in their pocket.

Strictly speaking, anyone operating an AirBNB rental is operating a business. They are providing a service/resource to those who are willing to pay. Is an expense to that business paying the people around him to allow him to do so? Maybe (we as a society seem to endorse the idea of a 'money to QoL' ratio). So, my next question is this: is Mr. Ignorant claiming that income on his income tax? I imagine not. That might be more legal leverage you have in this case. (Side note: little do most people know that if you legitimize a business, a huge array of tax incentives start rolling in (proportionally expense your Internet, heating, electricity, computers, vehicle, etc).

I wish you the best of luck in your quest.

about 3 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

inject_hotmail.com Re:I wish people would just stop... (69 comments)

Indeed, we do have to deal with the consequences. Which, to date, has been nothing. I have not seen one -actual- piece of evidence that shows CO2 causes the earth to warm. It is -all- conjecture/opinion.

Oh, and you're so afraid of pollution, why aren't you railing against the 4 -very- unclean (due to no regulation) power plants being built in China/Inda every week? No, -WE- have to make our lives turn upside down (bullshit cars, bullshit products, bullshit taxes, bullshit prices) to have a very minimal effect when China/India get to sponsor our carbon neutrality, multiplied by god knows how much.

Do you even know where the money you spend on carbon neutrality goes? I bet you don't even care. I bet you don't even care that "our" industrial society has moved to China.

about 10 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

inject_hotmail.com Re:I wish people would just stop... (69 comments)

Pretty much my understanding is that any major study is biased by whomever funds it. Seriously, who is going to fund a multi-hundred thousand dollar study that hurts one's own cause? Who is going to fund a study where there is no (financial/political) interest? Automatic conflict of interest before anyone does anything!

It's hard for me to take statistics seriously when one side of the equation is a dollar sign.

about 10 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

inject_hotmail.com Re:I wish people would just stop... (69 comments)

You're not missing anything, the carbon we are releasing right now was liberated before it was sequestered...so...the earth was obviously a bad place then.

We'll survive, whatever happens.

about 10 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

inject_hotmail.com Re:I wish people would just stop... (69 comments)

How do you know I'm not a dragon?! You insensitive clod!

Ok, well, don't believe everything you see on TV. The dinosaurs roamed when the earth was hospitable. I've never heard of proof that the period of which you speak was caused by liberated carbon dioxide...if I'm wrong, cite your source.

about 10 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

inject_hotmail.com Re:I wish people would just stop... (69 comments)

Ok, so what were the carbon deposits before they were deposits? And how about before that?

about 10 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

inject_hotmail.com Re:I wish people would just stop... (69 comments)

Ok, so 'they' said that an increase in CO2 would equal an increase in global temperature, called global warming (Al Gore's famous and patently false hockey stick diagram). Now that we haven't observed an increase in global temperature (we've seen a cooling), 'they' can't now call it 'global cooling' because that would be painfully obvious that they are a bunch of ass-hats. Instead, they call it climate change. So which is it, does CO2 warm or cool? It's agendized propaganda, plain and simple.

How about before the coal and oil was coal and oil? Where was the carbon then? And how about just before then? Keep in mind, there's no proof that oil is dinosaurs.

Liberated CO2 is not a pollutant, or detrimental to our planet. The god damned SUN is the driver of weather on this planet, not CO2.

about 10 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

inject_hotmail.com I wish people would just stop... (69 comments)

I wish people would just stop this bullshit about carbon dioxide induced climate change being something we have to rally against. CO2 is natural, it has existed at much higher quantities, and there's nothing we can do about it. Anyone who thinks that "carbon" is detrimental is a straight up ignorant fool. ALL ANIMALS EXHALE IT ALL DAY LONG. So, -you- are polluting the earth just by living? So is every other animal. Let's go kill every human and animal to save the planet from climate change...which has and will never be proven to be caused by carbon dioxide.

Oh, by the way, as we all learned in grade 4 environmental class: plants consume CO2 and then emit clean oxygen...and they need it to survive, by the way.

about 10 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

inject_hotmail.com Re-wilding elephants and lions... (214 comments)

Re-wilding elephants and lions in North America...seriously? Oh, and it was anthropogenic climate -change-, too, I suppose. I know, the problem back then was that Al Gore wasn't around yet to pay carbon taxes to (jeezus christ, they didn't even have money yet, that too was a big problem), so, they all died. At least now we can save the planet from...uh...nature.

Someone paid those ass-hats to come up with that? Oh, I think they're going to say we should re-wild the dinosaurs while we're at it...I mean, it was an unnatural event that extincted those guys, too, right?

If they died out because of NATURAL GOD DAMNED CHANGES in the environment, then, they deserve to be extinct on this on this continent.

These scientists, or whomever they are, are like the tooth fairy. If everyone stops believing in them, they'll stop terrorizing the children (even the 40-year-old children).

about 10 months ago
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Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS

inject_hotmail.com Re:They are right. (409 comments)

Let me ask you this:

Why would -any- copy demand a citizen turn off his or her video/audio recording device if they "have nothing to hide"? It's because they don't want their asinine behaviour to be broadcasted on Youtube and entered as evidence in their/your trial. -They- want control of the evidence to ensure your conviction/their exoneration. How many times have we heard "oh, the cameras weren't working" when it benefited law enforcement?
Check out the case of this man convicted and sent to jail for recording police. He was convicted by a jury (idiots, that disgusts me), but the judge stated "In our Republic, the actions of public officials taken in their public capacities are not protected from exposure. Citizens have a particularly important role to play when the official conduct at issue is that of the police."

All officials of all branches of all government must be scrutinized at all times. Without scrutiny we most certainly will fall into tyranny (assuming we already haven't).

1 year,5 days
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Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS

inject_hotmail.com MOD PARENT UP (409 comments)

Mod parent up. Theaetetus has the right idea. When a cop is performing his or her duty, they are enacting the will of their superiors (-all- the way up the chain)...not their own. They must be held to account when they step outside the law.

1 year,5 days
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Silent Circle, Lavabit Unite For 'Dark Mail' Encrypted Email Project

inject_hotmail.com Re:right from the white paper (195 comments)

I do. 99% of all people have a seriously misguided concept of trust. Companies and citizens alike cannot maintain an allegiance to any person because they must bend to the will of law enforcement (notice I did not say 'law') and judicial commands (yes, it actually says "commands" in a subpoena).

If law enforcement officers successfully beg a judge, they can order any person or company to do anything they want (like spying on you, becoming an agent of the state). It's as simple as that. Do -not- trust anyone. If they have been subverted, you will not know until it is too late...Ladar Levison wanted nothing but to maintain Lavabit -- his own business predicated on security/secrecy (when it came out that he handed over SSL keys to authorities, no matter the reason, his business would crumble). The (federal) state compelled its demise under threat of -perpetual- imprisonment and fine, and so it fell.

Having said all that, even a non-NIST entity cannot be trusted. If a non-NIST crypto protocol contains any weaknesses, whether intentional or not, assuredly the NSA will obtain or discover it.

1 year,24 days
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Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

inject_hotmail.com Re:news for nerds... (262 comments)

Taiwan cares a fuck about what is going on inside of mainland china.

What does that even mean? Maybe you meant "doesn't give" instead of "cares", or maybe "cares a fuck load"?

Anyway, try reading your crap before posting so at least one other person can understand what you are trying to say.

1 year,25 days
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Google's Scanning of Gmail To Deliver Ads May Violate Federal Wiretap Laws

inject_hotmail.com Re:Oh for crying out loud (325 comments)

The law says that contracts can't permit unlawful acts -- no matter what, under any circumstance...I'm not sure why we all accept this behaviour. That being said, and if this spying is now legal because a) it's not a human doing it, and b) it's "agreed upon" by two of the parties involved (ignoring third parties of course!), why not use computers/robots to everything corporations want to do but aren't permitted to do by law?

People have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their electronic communication. It's -called- "mail" for crying out loud...mail is one of the most protected forms of communication! The programmers who programmed the scanning engine, and all the way up the chain, should be charged with wiretapping. Just because they use a proxy to conduct their dirty work doesn't mean it's now magically legal.

about a year ago
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Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required

inject_hotmail.com Re:Horrible, horrible memories... (210 comments)

I used 7 a little bit, 9 Advanced, and 10. I developed on 9 Advanced...variable watches and script debugging helped a LOT...so I could at least nail a problem down when FMP interpreted the code improperly.

FMP needs to eliminate the need for a mouse driven script manager. Maybe they could provide an option for beginners to use it...but let use real devs use a text editor.

about a year ago
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Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required

inject_hotmail.com Re:Horrible, horrible memories... (210 comments)

From 2000 to present (thankfully, not so much in the present). My client isn't really interested in paying for a long development cycle, so the only way I could get away from FMP was to introduce them to the idea of VB6 (this was a while ago, now) with SQL Express...It worked, and now I have to look forward to the day when I get to port the code to VS2008 or 2012...joy. (I still don't know why MS would get rid of control arrays, and itemdata on combo boxes)

about a year ago

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Rogers/Fido cellular service out nation-wide

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  about a year ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "Cellular carriers Rogers, Fido, and Chatr are currently experiencing a nation-wide outage, which began at approximately 6:00pm EDT (22:00UTC) 09-Oct-2013. All cellular voice services are inoperable, however, the company claims that data and text services are not affected. Some customers are reporting brief periods of service. Attempts to reach Fido's customer service line (1-888-481-3236) failed during their normal business hours; however, once their automated system came back online, it reports that some customer phone number are not recognized by their system."
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Bell Canada to end throttle

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "I just caught wind of a story over at the Huff. Bell Canada has written a letter to the CRTC indicating that it will end traffic shaping on March 1, 2012. Although Bell says that this is due to "increasing popularity of streamed video and other traffic" and "P2P file-sharing, as a proportion of total traffic, has been diminishing", it's far more likely that they are interested in higher revenue. In all likelihood, the change of heart is based on the fact that Bell has moved most of their customer base to, and offer no alternative to, low-usage-cap UBB packages, which would ultimately generate more income or deter full usage of their service (and thus require less infrastructure investment)."
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Seagate Leaking Customer Data

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "I just discovered that Seagate Recovery Services online submission form is leaking customer data. If you've ever submitted contact information to them, or any of their subsidiaries, anyone else on the Internet can find out your name, address, phone number (and a little bit more) by entering your Email address in the "Email Address" field.

I submitted data 5 years ago to a company that Seagate acquired 3 years ago (a different Email address), and my information is available for all to see.

Here's how it works: Once you enter the Email address, click off of the input field and wait for 3 seconds to see if the rest of the fields become populated. If not, the Email address is not in their system. If so, you are presented with the person's data. Furthermore, if data is present, the fields are disabled, so it's not possible to edit/remove it.

Check it out: https://services.seagate.com/online_request_form.aspx — enter test@test.com and you'll see some guy's information from Texas."

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B.C. (Canada) court of appeals decides website lin

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 5 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "I found this promising news over on Michael Geist's website: In an amazing display of wisdom and understanding, British Columbia (Canada) court of appeals (in a split decision) decided that it is not libelous to link to defamatory content.
The judge stated that "there is, in my view, no substantial difference between providing a web address and a mere hyperlink. Whether the hyperlink is a web address, as is often the case, or a more specific reference, both require a decision on the part of the reader to access another website, and both require the reader to take a distinct action, in the one case typing in a web address and in the other case clicking on the hyperlink. In other words, there is a barrier between the accessed article and the hyperlinked site that must be bridged, not by the publisher, but by the reader. The essence of following a hyperlink is to leave the website one was at to enter a different and independent website."
The case was brought about by B.C. businessman Wayne Crookes who claimed that p2pnet had damages his character by linking to websites with which he did not agree.
n.b. Presumedly, the websites with the actual content in question is outside of the purview of the canadian courts, however, p2pnet is not."

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Pigeon vs. S. African 'Net: Pigeon Wins, by a lot

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 5 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "Hi, I'm a pigeon, and I'm faster than South Africa, at doing the Internet.
The results are in: it's faster to send your data via an airborne carrier than it is through the pipes.
As discussed yesterday, I just read over on Yahoo news that a company in South Africa called Unlimited IT, frustrated by terribly slow Internet speeds, decided to prove their point by sending an actual homing pigeon with a "data card" strapped to its leg from one of their offices to another while at the same time uploading the same amount of data to the same destination via their ISPs data lines. The media outlet reporting this triumph said that it took the pigeon just over 1 hour to make the 80km/50mile flight, whereas it took over 2 hours to transfer just 4% of that data."

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Cell phone cost calculator killed in Canada

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 5 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "Internet and law genius Michael Geist writes about some shinanigans by the cell phone carriers and the Canadian government in his column in The Star. Canadian tax payers funded a "Cell Phone Cost Calculator" so that the average person could theoretically wade through the disjointed and incongruent package offerings just to have to yanked a couple weeks before launch. Michael Geist suggests that the major cell carriers lobbied the appropriate public officials to have the program nixed because it would bite into their profit if the general people could make sense out of pricing and fees. Geist continues "Sensing that [Tony] Clement (Industry Minister) was facing pressure to block the calculator, Canadian consumer groups wrote to the minister, urging him to stick with it.". Moving forward Michael makes a novel suggestion, one that would show an immense level of understanding by the government — "With public dollars having funded the mothballed project, the government should now consider releasing the calculator's source code and enable other groups to pick up where the OCA (Office of Consumer Affairs) left off.""
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Bell starts hijacking NX domain queries

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 5 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "Bell Canada started hijacking non-existent domains (in the same manner as Rogers), redirecting NX-response queries to themselves, of course. Before opting-out, you get their wonderfully self-promoting and self-serving search page. When you "opt-out", your browser receives a cookie (isn't that nice) that tells them that you don't want the search page. It will still use their broken DNS server's non-NX response, but it will show a "Domain Not Found" mock-up page that they (I surmise) tailor to your browser-agent string. During the opt-out process they claim to be interested in feedback, but provide no method on that page (or any other page within the 'domainnotfound.ca' site) to contact them with complaints. They note that opting-in is "recommended" (!), and that "In order for opt-out to work properly, you need to accept a "cookie" indicating that you have opted out of this service. If you use a program that removes cookies, you will have to repeat this opt-out process when the cookie is deleted. The cookie placed on your computer will contain the site name: "www.domainnotfound.ca". Unfortunately most Bell Internet users won't understand the difference between their true NX domain response, and Bell's injected NX response.

My questions: Do they get paid per click? To whom shall I complain at Bell?"
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Pirate Bay wants to encrypt the whole Internet

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 6 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "I just read a story over at newteevee.com. The Pirate Bay wants to develop a new Operating System level protocol called "Transparent end-to-end encryption for the Internets, or IPETEE for short" for Windows, and Linux, that would permit the ability to encrypt all traffic over the Internet, regardless if the app you are running has ever heard the word 'cypher'. This could be executed at a hardware level, which could potentially don a huge set of opaque goggles over the eyes of your ISP, and any other guy that wants to spy on the content of your private communication.

My question is this: Which countries would consider this technology to be illegal?"
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BestBuy loses laptop, sued for $54million

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 6 years ago

inject_hotmail.com (843637) writes "MSNBC has a story reporting that a woman (Raelyn Campbell) brought her laptop in to a Best Buy store to have the power button fixed under warranty. Best Buy lost it, and wouldn't tell her the truth. After being thrown about in customer service hell, they finally admitted to losing it, and offered $900 to be on her way. Raelyn Campbell refused, and demanded $2100 to replace the unit, software, and to compensate for her time. That request was promptly ignored. After some letter-writing, BB offered $1600 in refunds and store credits. Again it was refused as being too little. Shortly thereafter, the woman decided to consult council, and realized that her life story (in the form of tax returns) could have been set free, and is now subject to ID misrepresentation. Further complaints to Best Buy fell upon deaf ears. To gain enough attention to the matter, she then filed a $54 million law suit. It worked, now everyone is listening to her story. Hundreds of comments have shown up on MSNBC's news article detailing the horror stories that BB has generated. All she really wanted was an explanation, and replacement of her stuff.

Some people have suggested that she should have removed the hard drive before having it serviced. Though it is sound advice, how is a non-technically minded user with no tech-friends able to do this with confidence? Best Buy may also have had an 'anti-tampering' policy in their warranty terms, which would prevent her from such an action. In that case, having the data cloned to another hard drive by another company, and securely wiped would have helped also, but that would introduce huge costs that shouldn't be required for such a simple situation. Surely a high-risk operation to an end-user.

Has this, or something similar, ever happened to you? If so, how did the situation get resolved?"
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Library of Congress exhibits go online w/Microsoft

inject_hotmail.com inject_hotmail.com writes  |  more than 6 years ago

inject (843637) writes "PC World has an article on how Microsoft and the Library of Congress are getting together to create a new online/offline experience. The idea sounds great! The site "will allow visitors to the Myloc.gov" site to view and sometimes interact with items such as a rough draft of the U.S. Declaration of Independence...". You'll be able to pick points of interest from the website, print a barcode, then go to the kiosks in the LOC, which will show you where to go.

To get the seemingly huge project off the ground, Microsoft will be "donating software, funding and training". The article goes on to say "Interactive presentation software for kiosks will run on Windows Vista and its Web equivalent, built using Microsoft Silverlight. The project will also use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web content management software.""

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