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The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports

jargonburn Does it matter? (18 comments)

Yes; however, until the problem of the DoJ getting all this data is resolved, I'm not going to separately quibble over the opportunists riding the coattails.

3 days ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

jargonburn Re:This is bad (238 comments)

having to use real names has made it far less.

FTFY. Full stop. Emphasis mine.

about two weeks ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Re:Damn cars (106 comments)

What saddens me is that I reloaded the page to check and see whether my comment had actually submitted (I thought I'd accidentally pushed it through before being truly ready), but I guess I didn't wait long enough before checking. *sigh*

about two weeks ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Damn cars! (106 comments)

They can pry control of the steering wheel out of my cold, dead han---wait. That would actually be a good thing! ;)

about two weeks ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Damn cars (106 comments)

They pry control of the steering wheel out of my cold, dead han-------wait. That would actually be a good thing. ;)

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

jargonburn Ask Snowden! (231 comments)

Perhaps they should try and contact Edward Snowden and see if he has copies of those email messages that'd he'd care to release.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

jargonburn Do I want a smart watch? (381 comments)

No, not really.
I'm inundated with tech. It's what I do for a living (not uncommon, on this site). If anything, I'd prefer easier ways to disconnect rather than add an additional stream of information.
Until they're ready to override my optic nerve or provide (nearly) seamless Augmented Reality, I am perfectly happy to live without. I still enjoy seeing the progression, but I just think I'm still happier not using most such things.

about two weeks ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

jargonburn "Good faith" (349 comments)

It's too bad that there's not a higher bar for "good faith." It'd be nice if it could be more readily disproven, in some cases.

"I did a Google search for [term] and have a good faith belief that there's no possible way any of the results could be non-infringing. Because I can't believe that any of the results could possibly be non-infringing, I'm not going to examine any of the results more closely. I require you to remove all these results I came up with or be subject to liability under ridiculous laws if it turns out my head isn't *completely* up my ass. In addition, unless you can *prove* that I'm not acting in good faith, through a time-consuming and expensive process, there's absolutely nothing you can do about it! Have a nice day! ---Jackass-in-a-suit"

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

jargonburn Turncoat (33 comments)

Personally, I welcome our flexible new overlords!

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

jargonburn Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (130 comments)

True! On the other hand, by posting on Slashdot I can try to engage the community!
It's all about teamwork!

Also, knowingly responding to an obvious troll can itself be a subtle form of trolling ;)

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

jargonburn Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (130 comments)

I should know better than to feed the trolls....but I just don't get this "Happy Monday from The Golden Girls" thing.
I've seen it a few times on various articles (maybe not always "Happy Monday"). I guess I could Google it, but that seems like a lot of work for something as unimportant as this.
*shrug*

about three weeks ago
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California Legalizes Bitcoin

jargonburn Next step... (162 comments)

BitCoins will be declared as NOT known to the state of California to cause cancer!

about three weeks ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

jargonburn A taste of things to come? (138 comments)

I like my privacy.
In many ways, I would like to say "shoot the damn thing!" but depending on local laws that could get ugly. This camp was private property and closed to the public, right?

Still, there must be some way to deter such drones. Capture, and release after disabling the camera? If the drone gets damaged during the capture...well...C'est la vie!

Of course, if it's not private property, my level of sympathy would decrease greatly.

about a month ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

jargonburn Re:I prefer (337 comments)

I thought the point wasn't that some bits should/shouldn't be prioritized, but rather that SOURCES shouldn't be prioritized. I'm fine with VoIP traffic being prioritized.
I would take issue with, say, my ISP's VoIP application working fine while delays are introduced to Skype traffic. Prioritizing certain types of traffic make sense and can be provider-agnostic; prioritizing specific companies/sources, however, is chock-full of problems.

about a month and a half ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

jargonburn Re:Precedent (108 comments)

Then figure out another way. Don't give into fear!

you can't have 100% security and 100% liberty yet that is what the American public expects.

I don't. I mean, I really don't expect the security. Of course, maybe I'll turn into a clingy, half-crazed lunatic begging for Big Brother to protect me when trouble actually strikes.
Right now, though, all I see is liberty/freedom/privacy draining away for what would *seem* to be marginal (or at least unproven) gains in security.

Hell, what do I know. I kinda like where I live, in the good ol' U.S. of A. Everything's great viewed from the sofa or my desk!
Move around much, though, and the place starts to feel like a cage...

about 2 months ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

jargonburn Re:Precedent (108 comments)

And, yes, I realize that LAPD claims they will only be for "narrow and prescribed uses".
Ha! Funny how such things change over time; I don't believe a word of it.

about 2 months ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

jargonburn Precedent (108 comments)

Great! Just what the law enforcement groups needed, really.
If they can find a jurisdiction that will tolerate or embrace this activity, they can hold it up as an example in other places to justify the adoption.
Once the movement reaches a critical threshold, it will be easy to force the "upgrade" even on comparatively hostile populations.

Our freedoms fall like dominoes.

about 2 months ago
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US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

jargonburn Re:Good luck with that. (225 comments)

No, 2016 will change something.
It could easily be for the worse, and most likely won't be any better, but it will change.

about 2 months ago

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