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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

praxis Re:Some really dumb investors. (160 comments)

Seems like you missed out there, but there's more to a business than a codebase.

yesterday
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

praxis Re:Oooh ... formally promised ... (160 comments)

Mr. Slippery did not say he trusted them. I'm not sure why you would think he does. He might for all we know, but he did not indicate so.

yesterday
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

praxis Re:Make it a plugin for local mail clients (167 comments)

You are right, that you retain the privacy of data beyond the message itself, I didn't think of that. When I think of Gmail, I think of Gmail the way I use it: as a server. I almost never use the web-interface because I dislike it (on top of the fact that I can't read my email in the web interface anyhow due to the encryption). I use a client almost exclusively.

I'm not in their demographic for their new product/service and hadn't really thought through other use-cases. That said, many (most) of my correspondents use Gmail so any unencrypted message of mine to or from them is stored and indexed by Google anyhow. That's why I feel local encryption is the best option for privacy.

2 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

praxis Re:A better alternative? (167 comments)

Unless you encrypt all your mail, and your correspondents do so as well, email is basically a post card. It matters not who your provider is, really. If you want to secure your own mail server, you'll need to run your own. It's far easier though, to get an S/MIME certificate and use that for sensitive emails with key correspondents and leave the spam and junk mail as is (plain text and readable). It's just a matter of benefit for effort.

My mindset is basically email is a post card, if I want to have privacy I put my message in an S/MIME envelope sealed with my recipient's public key.

2 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

praxis Re:Make it a plugin for local mail clients (167 comments)

For plain-text email, once it passed through their machine you have lost your privacy. You gain no privacy or right-mindedness by not letting mail "stay" on their servers.

2 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

praxis Re:TL;DR (303 comments)

You can still close windows in Windows by double clicking the left side of the title bar (where the window menu used to be), even in Windows 7 (not sure about Windows 8 or Windows 10 as I have used neither).

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

praxis Re:Confucius say: (354 comments)

Considering that my Black MacBook (2006) lasted eight years, it was a good investment.

My XPS from 2006 is still with me, but the equivalent Macbook would have been far more expensive. What is your point?

Today that price difference is not nearly as much. Looking at (as best I could find, not exactly) comparable systems, a Dell 15" XPS laptop is $0.99 MORE than a MacBook Pro 15". The Dell has a touch-screen but the MacBook Pro has an SSD and other differences. Perhaps if you took more time than I just did to build as close a system as possible the Dell would be cheaper, but I didn't find that.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

praxis Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Never mind this being the stupidest idea on earth, we already have a wealth tax, and it has a name: inflation

How does inflation fund government services to the general populace? Genuinely curious. I like taxes, I get a benefit from them. I don't see much benefit from inflation (that I am aware of but I am ignorant of much macroeconomics).

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (139 comments)

Why would I want Comcast internet service? We're talking about the cheapest way to get HBO today.

From your link:

Comcast’s current monthly service charge for Internet Plus is $69.95, HBO® is $19.99, and Streampix® is $4.99 (pricing subject to change)

Which is $95 a month PLUS:

Equipment, installation, taxes and fees, including Broadcast TV Fee (currently up to $1.50/mo.) extra, such charges and fees subject to change during and after the promotion.

An unknown amount of fees they don't disclose on that page, which might change during your TWO YEAR CONTRACT. No idea what the termination fees are.

So, according to what you linked, I was wrong about the $140/mo + whatever fees cable package and indeed you can get HBO cheaper by having a cable internet connection going into your house that's going to sit there unused for $95/mo + whatever fees.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

If they were increasing their subscriber numbers they'd make more money unless the new subscribers were only giving them a fraction of what they make. I imagine, with ESPN being pretty much the one thing keeping cable subscription fees so high, that they make a LOT more than $10 a month per household that has cable. I might be wrong, but I remember reading that ESPN is the backbone of cable subscriptions.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (139 comments)

In my market for me to subscribe to HBO it costs somewhere north of $130 a month, ....

And out of those 130 USD, HBO makes maybe (maybe) 10 USD, or so... if not less...

I don't know how much HBO makes, I care about my cost and value received. Now that there is an option to not pay $120 for other crap I don't care about, I'll give them money. Until then, my only option was $140 a month.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

Cord cutters don't care about picture quality.

Many do. They don't care about shelling out over a hundred dollars a month for the couple of shows they might watch. Especially if they are not cable shows like Big Bang Theory or Nova or much of what's on the broadcast networks.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (139 comments)

I'm in the Seattle market and my quote was from the Comcast website for the lowest tier (without Internet, cable only) which had an option of adding HBO.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (139 comments)

HBO $20/month tv + straming

In my market for me to subscribe to HBO it costs somewhere north of $130 a month, though they can't actually tell me how much before selling it to me. Of course, I would get all sorts of other channels, but if I only want HBO, that's the cheapest I can get it today. That's why HBO selling directly to me might actually get money out of me. HBO is not worth $130 a month to me.

Comcast’s current monthly service charges for Digital Premier TV, ranges based on area, from $127.99 to $143.49 (pricing subject to change).

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

IF they will give me episodes...
2) Of quality at least as good as cable feeds

That's not a very tall order, considering now much most cable companies compress their feeds. Since I switched to OTA my quality seems an order of magnitude better.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

praxis Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

I imagine they make a lot more than $10 per cable subscriber per month. If what I imagine is true, then they might not want their cable subscribers to leave the cable system and only pay them $10 via Amazon (less after Amazon's cut).

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

praxis Re:So... (247 comments)

I agree that there are many better solutions than the system we have in the US today but there are options if one disagrees with the social norms (birth control is a social norm, for example). One could opt out of employer purchased health insurance and buy ones own from a company that does not cover birth control. Insurance is a shared experience by a group. One has to balance their views with the views of the group. It's silly to insist that the rest of the group follow one's worldview when one could join a different group.

I'm a man and I'm glad that insurance covers birth control for birth control does society a truck load of good.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

praxis Re:No WMD's...Really? (376 comments)

Why would the Mainstream Media say a retraction of the CIA report that said there were no WMD stockpiles?

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

praxis Re:So... (247 comments)

If you want to only pay for the medical expenses YOU use, then what you want is not insurance but just pay out of pocket for everything. Insurance is a *shared* way of distributing costs. Many such costs will NEVER be relevant to you.

about a week ago

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