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Newspapers Face the Prisoner's Dilemma With Google

saintsfan Re:never happen (290 comments)

Hard to say what companies will do when money is on the line, although I'd like to believe they wouldn't also.

I would think Google cares whether an industry is not coming up in their search results. That said, there surely is a way to get standard feeds like you said.

People around here and probably across the US care about local news A LOT. Old saying "all new is local". However, I don't think searching Google is the way for people to get a lot of this local news. I think they go to their city's news website and read the headlines or favorite sections. I think the contradiction is when there is breaking news, and people search key terms. But then again, most breaking news can be found by going directly to the front page of these websites. That said, it seems like a moot point. Besides, Bing can't pay everyone. On a side note, I've seen people search their wesite instead of using the address bar for whatever reason, but the top domain will still come up.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

saintsfan Re:Free market (555 comments)

I like your comment. Free market principals should do exactly that. Unfortunately, the wireless phone industry is one of those situations where there are few competitive options as indicated by their pricing plan. ATT is probably comparable with the iphone and such, and one commenter indicated blackberry was the same. On the other hand, these services are relatively new and a luxury for most, so perhaps it's the cost of bringing them to the market that is reflected in the plan. personally, i'm not totally convinced. it would be nice if a few other large competitors remained like cingular.

more than 4 years ago

Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad.

saintsfan Re:So Where Exactly is this 'Leaked' Document? (775 comments)

i agree, why does the slashdot summary say "you can read the original leaked document or the summary"? thats an error, there is only a summary of information from his sources available.

more than 4 years ago

3 Strikes — Denying Physics Won't Save the Video Stars

saintsfan Re:Alternatives (284 comments)

not from my point of view. your comment indicates if it can be proven then it's ok. i don't think the crime fits the punishment whether you are guilty or not. while i think an ISP should be able to reserve the right to disconnect someone, I don't think there should be a blacklist law. heres my attempt at not laming it up: legitimately caught uploading an infringing mp3, youtube video and too much of another authors text on your personal website. three counts of infringement. outcome- from home, you can no longer work over vpn or run an internet based business, call relatives over skype or chat on facebook including those international and possibly in the military, shop in the largest common marketplaces, use blackboard for school, access phone records outside of the city-issued phone book, etc. seem fair? What if the law is extended to your place of business (you're fired), your school (bye) and public access cafes (now you're totally cut off). There are already services only available over the internet, and I assume that trend will grow. Hell food delivery may go that way some day. The punishment is so harsh because it's meant to be a deterrent, like cutting your hand off you get caught stealing, or fining you a million bucks for uploading a couple cds, or sending you to jail for years because you sold a rock of crack or got caught drinking and driving. In other words, it would fall into the category of areas that already need reform or have been reformed .. ya know, for humanitarian reasons. Some of those aren't corporate interests, but they are still special interest (madd, sheriffs unions). i say if this law passes, copywrited works should instantly lose their copy write status if the holder or through proxy wrongly accuses three times, and it has to be the same standard, so whether proven or by accusation.

more than 3 years ago

New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

saintsfan Re:This isn't a Robin Hood story (345 comments)

"Unfortunately, it's a case of the poor stealing from the poor. " i think using the word steal is a gross exaggeration in this context. loaded language

about 5 years ago

Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship

saintsfan Re:Moot (635 comments)

Agreed. I don't think it is Wikipedia's role to decide whether to protect people from themselves. Instead, I think they should focus on provided fair warning like a plot spoiler to interested readers. They should only seek to prevent accidental disclosure.

about 5 years ago

IronKey Unveils Self-Destructing USB Flash Drive

saintsfan Re:What a bad idea (191 comments)

I partially agree with you, although some people on the go may demand a compromise between usb storage convenience and security. More to your point though- this tool, solution, toy, -pick your reason- is not perfect. I am not an expert at anything, but I've learned over time that as long as there is a unique challenge and the barriers aren't too high, enthusiastic hackers around the world will take it on. The more services, conveniences what-have-yous built into this stick ,; the more touted it is for being secure by the company "the world's most secure flash drive; the only level 3 FIPS 140-2 flash drive"; the more security professionals say they use it and how cool it is; the more likely someone will find a vulnerability with it, one of its dependencies, or one of its features and break it. period.

about 5 years ago

US District Ct. Says Defendant Must Provide Decrypted Data

saintsfan Re:5th Amendment (767 comments)

just generally, doesn't that depend on the type of encryption used? with public-key encryption, if you have the public key and cipher text, you could encrypt the file they gave you and see if it is the same as the cipher text.

more than 5 years ago

Bill Would Require ISPs, Wi-Fi Users To Keep Logs

saintsfan Re:Yeah right (857 comments)

my friends can't do anything besides plug a router in. creating, exporting and archiving logs?? haha ok. i guess they think the average american is really on top of things what with the 20 million computer zombies out there. on a side note
"While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children,"
won't someone please think of the children? gawd! more likely individuals looking to use up your bandwidth watching porn and downloading mp3s

more than 5 years ago

Whistleblower Claims NSA Spied On Everyone, Targeted Media

saintsfan Re:Lame (717 comments)

well, he was right about the NSA wiretapping scandal wasn't he? actually, he wasnt just right, he helped break the damn story. another thing is, if you get a really bright analyst in a situation where things arent adding up, subterfuge if you will, it shouldnt be a surprise when they figure out whats really going on, or at least the jist of it.

on the other hand, he worked for the nsa, so hes probably a liar. btw, i am a low-level analyst also, and management underestimates me all time. they usually find out soon or later.

more than 5 years ago

GPUs Used To Crack WiFi Passwords Faster

saintsfan my password is "cat" (189 comments)

"If an access point is set up using a fairly insecure password that is based on dictionary words, there is a higher likelihood that a password can be guessed." ... no shit

more than 5 years ago

Blu-ray Update Sent To User Via Credit Card Records

saintsfan Re:Customer information sharing (526 comments)

"which will decrease the number of companies that know your name, your address, your buying patterns, and in some cases, even your Social Security number." yeah, that doesn't sound right. take that article with a grain, it sounds too extreme. you can sue a company for invation of privacy once we start talking real personally identifiable info like a social.

more than 5 years ago

Blu-ray Update Sent To User Via Credit Card Records

saintsfan Re:Prior use? (526 comments)

was thinking the same thing, that it probably has something to do with previously being a customer online or something where they obtained your address like filling out a warrenty or something. imagine the phone call from bestbuy to the bank- "hi i am trying to obtain the address of one of your customers." "what? why?" "to send them a product update" it just doesnt sound right

more than 5 years ago

How Long Should Companies Make E-Bills Available?

saintsfan the customers responsibility (299 comments)

the customer has the responsibility to maintain their own records. an offer of online statements is not the same thing as an archive solution. the company should make the bills available as an easy to download solution, like a zip of PDFs by year, and leave it at that. it's the same thing as a paper bill. if you lose the files, they may be able to reproduce them for a time. after all, they still get disputes after customers leave.

more than 5 years ago

Home Generators (or How DTE Energy Ruined My Holidays)

saintsfan Re:tips (695 comments)

True, but it depends on how much money you have and what you want. the asker did mention getting off the grid... in which case a permanent natural gas generator is the way to go. However, like you pointed out, this complicated and usually reserved for mission critical things like grocery store inventory and hospitals that much be kept cold. I survived for days after katrina on a standard gas generator. we had TV, frig and I think some AC. However, we burned through gasoline like nobody's business. the poster should keep this in mind, because having access to gasoline is just as important as having the generator. weakest link in the chain. also, don't plug your generator into your house power line feed, could kill someone when they actually find your ticket.

more than 5 years ago

What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting

saintsfan Re:Correlation (570 comments)

your comment is absurd. do many parents foot the bill for their children's phone plans? sure, but that doesn't mean anything.
many adults send text messages (the number of people 18+ vastly outnumber those below), and plenty of the 17 and under crowd work to buy things including phone plans, clothes, cars, booze, school, etc. just like everyone else.
any parent paying for a phone bill is just as responsible to be a good consumer as the child using the service.
your comment was a pointless jab, uninteresting, and certainly not insightful. it might be funny as a one-liner, but only for a half hearted chuckle at a stereotype zing like blonds and the polish without the humor.

more than 5 years ago

What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting

saintsfan Re:Correlation (570 comments)

thats ridiculous.
texting is widely used by people in many age groups including my 50 y/o dad, which means the "youth" you just generalized includes like 100 million people.
it is used by many people (such as my friend) to avoid high-cost voice plans, which makes them thrifty from a certain perspective.
people talk on the phone in public just as they send texts, but I think most find the talking part more rude then the typing. (while driving on the other hand is a different story.)
the youth have always been called "feckless" (usually by other names), but not because they communicate, and the "old and wise" are most feckless when they do not communicate well.
federal tolerance of anti-competitive business practices is the kind of business model companies dream of.
i don't see how that comment is insightful at all. in fact, it sounds like drive-by labeling and a cheap shot

more than 5 years ago

Warner Music Pulls Videos Off YouTube

saintsfan Re:What? Did you get that gem? (237 comments)

hmm, warner was a part of this-
"Every issue that matters to writers, including Internet reuse, original writing for new media, DVDs, and jurisdiction, has been ignored. This is completely unacceptable. --WGA Negotiating Committee"

and may be a part of others-

more than 5 years ago

Using Speed Cameras To Send Tickets To Your Enemies

saintsfan hearsay (898 comments)

IANAL, but my understanding is that hearsay is a major hurdle for admitting evidence to court. often, a person needs to appear in court to say yes- i or they said, signed, was present, etc. "insert details here" before the evidence can be used, even contracts. whether these pranksters realize it or not, evidence of automated traffic enforcement may be found inadmissible to court due to constitutional protections if challenged under the right circumstances (such as this), where there is no one to summons for appearance in court, you know, to confirm "yes, I pulled that person over for speeding".

more than 5 years ago



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