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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

ron_ivi Nice that Verison informs people about it. (75 comments)

This way people will be much more aware of the kind of tracking possible (merging of locations from the phone ; with interestests from what websites you browser; with associates that you call).

I can see a new service coming up similar to a Taxi for your phone..... have someone drive your phone to where you're supposed to be, while you go to where you want to be. And perhaps they can loan you a loaner phone and forward the calls to it.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

ron_ivi Re:Getting good use out of commercial launch tests (49 comments)

middle manager

I imagine it's hardest on the accountants.

  • Is the cost of those experiments passed on to customers? Overhead? Do the customers get discounts for the dual purpose mission? Would they want discounts but didn't think to ask because they weren't even aware?
  • How is the risk / insurance handled? It the added experiments' components caused a failure, who's insurance pays for it? Is the cost of that insurance passed on to customers?

etc.

4 days ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

ron_ivi Why should Lenovo support their main competitor? (125 comments)

With Surface, it seems Microsoft is a bigger threat to Lenovo than Dell, HP, IBM, etc.

With that in mind, I can't imagine why they'd support any Windows platforms.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

ron_ivi AT&T too? (311 comments)

They supplied the wires for some of that data, didn't they?

about three weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

ron_ivi Re:Stop throwing good money after bad. (364 comments)

Lots of states will lose jobs?

They don't even lose jobs.

The money their taxpayers save can be spent locally creating the same amount (measured in dollars) of jobs that it would have if the money makes a round trip through the federal government along the way.

about three weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

ron_ivi Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

The existing energy grid is already excellent for energy storage and arbitrage. Energy companies even do stuff like pump water up hydroelectric dams at night when they have a surplus ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P... ) - so it's win-win for everyone if you give them your solar energy during the day, and take their surplus ( from hydro, nuke, wind, etc) at night.

about three weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

ron_ivi Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

As rooftop solar gets cheaper every year, electricity won't be the biggest environmental impact of lighting.

I already have a number of friends who's rooftop solar panels generate more electricity than they use. Once people reach that point, the biggest impact to the environment will be manufacturing --- either with poisons like mercury in CFL bulbs or with dirty semiconductor fabs and lead on circuit boards for LEDs.

Hard to beat a plain glass globe with a metal wire for clean recyclable environmentally friendly materials.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

ron_ivi Re:...two killed off, (174 comments)

the ones that are great

Their mice and keyboards are.

Somethings I think they missed their calling and should have focused on that strength.

about three weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

ron_ivi Re:Americans don't care (201 comments)

make the technology disappear

It's not a matter of making the technology disappear.

It's about using appropriate technologies to keep sensitive data private.

I would hope that every foreign business in the world is now researching encrypted email, VPNs, etc for their corporate communication just to protect their industrial secrets and corporate IP.

And I would hope that US companies now assume that China and Russia are doing similar spying to the NSA -- and therefore are also researching encrypted email, VPNs, etc.

Once such companies do that (and they will - because money), the appropriate technogies will become widespread enough that reasonably encrypted email will trickle down to consumer tools like gmail/hotmal/etc.

And that's what'll re-enstate privacy for the common person.

about three weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

ron_ivi Re:What haven't they lied about? (201 comments)

Gen. Keith Alexander denied that Snowden could have passed FISA content to journalists

Does that mean that Alexander's kinda a witness to Snowden's innocence in this leak?

If it goes to trial, a NSA director saying it couldn't have been Snowden who leaked this stuff is probably a pretty good alibi.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

ron_ivi Re:Better analogy: (113 comments)

people will connect to any open public access point and do all sorts of unencrypted business on it. Just name it "free wifi" or something

Somewhat surprisingly, they didn't (to the best of my knowledge).

That's exactly what I did, covering a reaonsably busy intersection in SF. Maybe back then people were more careful what they did online - but all I ever noticed was light casual use like bring up maps of the area.

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

ron_ivi Re: One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

The trick for me was to switch to LOffice. More compatible with the old WIndows office than the new one is.

I think that'll be my answer for the OS too -- Ubuntu+Wine is probably closer to Windows 7 than Windows 8+ are.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

ron_ivi Better analogy: (113 comments)

For a better analogy, instead of Ham Radio -- consider that this "using unencrypted wifi == wiretapping" logic makes it really hard to run an open WiFi hotspot.

Back when in lived in SF, I provided free wifi to the coffee shop at the end of my block just for fun. QOS routing meant it didn't interfere with my traffic, and the only thing protecting it was a "please don't abuse this" welcome page.

Now people would be afraid to connect to it, on the grounds that even seeing if an access point welcomes the public could be seen as wiretapping.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

ron_ivi Re:$_ to that? (283 comments)

Perl 6 ...

Anyone else miss Perl 3 & 4?

Personally, I think Perl jumped the shark at Perl5.

As a better awk/sed/bash, I think I've never seen a tool as good as Perl4. But then Larry decided it had to one-up C++ in some sort of "what's the worst possible way to glom on some confusing fake-OO-wrapper around a language that's main strenght was being not-OO" contest.

about a month ago
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Nokia Extorted For Millions Over Stolen Encryption Keys

ron_ivi Feature or bug? (89 comments)

Nokia would not have been able to ensure that the phones accept only applications approved by the company.

Sounds more like a feature than a bug. Do device "owners" really want phones that "accept only applications approved by the company".

about a month ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

ron_ivi Re:Windows Tax (218 comments)

My suspicion is MS, likewise, must get into the hardware business & become vertical.

Suspicion?

That's been pretty obvious for a while.

There's even a word in the tech community coined from how Microsoft resorts to competing with its hardware partners: http://gigaom.com/2006/07/22/z... "Microsoft Partners, You Been Zunked".

For handheld devices, they've been doing since at least 2003: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2... .

And Surface is obviously a sign that Microsoft sees laptop vendors like HP and Dell as their direct competitors now.

about 1 month ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

ron_ivi What is the Plain Text option suggesting? (248 comments)

Is it suggesting making things easier to mine since no-one needs to do OCR on images? Or that plain text tools are antiquated enough to be non-networked and therefore safer?

about 2 months ago
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The Big Biz of Spying On Little Kids

ron_ivi Re:Is this a big deal? Don't we want it? (111 comments)

and not sold to Coke.

Wouldn't education be even better if Coke subsidized it and passed the savings on to me?

about 2 months ago

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ron_ivi ron_ivi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ron_ivi writes "I see that Wine (who just had their 0.9.37"> release last week) and related products like CodeWeavers CrossOver and Transgaming Cedega (who also each had releases in the past month) keep improving. Meanwhile, more and more reports are coming out about Vista compatibility issues with both software and hardware.

Is Wine or Vista more Windows-XP/2000 compatible?

At first glance it seems that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with Win2K-era hardware which is unlikely to have Vista drivers. And also that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with WinXP-era hardware which surprisingly is also unlikely to have Vista compatibility. Software compatibility seems more mixed — with Wine probably supporting more Win2K-era software and Vista supporting more WinXP-era software? Of course in many cases (like Oracle) we'd obviously just get a native Linux or Vista port from the Vendor.

So, AskSlashdot, we're looking to upgrade legacy Windows 2000 and XP systems — does Wine or Vista look more promising."

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