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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

sudon't Everyone is Responsible for their Own Security (176 comments)

People ought to know by now that the internet is not "private." You can't expect privacy from providers. Everyone is responsible for their own security. You can't store something on someone else's server and expect no one will ever look at it, unless you've encrypted it, and encrypted it on your own machine. The only area where we don't have this control is with email, since it takes two to encrypt. But that's not your email provider's fault.

about a week ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

sudon't Re:i'm glad to work for free (394 comments)

Good. Take your ball and go home. The internet could use a few less for-profit entities twisting their content in order to maximize cashflow.

Wish I had mod points, I couldn't agree more. I liked the web better before the commercial gold rush. Of course, I've been blocking ads since they began appearing, so that's not a big problem - but content was better before, IMO. And the whole spying game began with, and continues to be driven by, advertisers.

about two weeks ago

States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

sudon't Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

I wonder what would happen if we opened the border in both directions? Let their workers come up, let our investors go down, (I'm not talking about maquiladoras, I'm talking about changing Mexican law). It might even out after a while.

about two weeks ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

sudon't Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

I don't really understand why this is an issue. Neither Google nor Facebook ask for IDs. I don't use my real name on either service, or anywhere else on the internet. In fact, their insistence on "real names" kinda gives you some cover. If a potential employer ever asked me for my Facebook password, I can plausibly say that I have no Facebook account, which they can verify by searching under my real name.

about two weeks ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

sudon't Re:Bah (280 comments)

If your password manager lives on your own computer, and you don't access it remotely, you have little to worry about. That is, unless you're the kind of person that has to worry about someone willing to break into your home and install a key-logger. This is not a problem for the vast majority of users. Regardless, it's a much better solution than using the same simple password for everything.

Mac OS has come with a very good password manager since at least 2002, (that's how far back my passwords go, anyway), and it's trivial to use it to generate unique passwords, which is what I do for every account I sign up for. I've never had an account compromised in all that time, yet almost everyone else I know has.

about two weeks ago

Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

sudon't Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (162 comments)

I think most doctors believe its beneficial but I also think they somehow see acetaminophen opiate formulations as some kind of bulwark against abuse.

That is, in large part, why it's in there. But, a lot of people are unaware of of acetaminophen's toxicity, and others will use it anyway, out of desperation, making it the "denatured alcohol" of drug prohibition. Instead of Jake leg, you get liver failure.

Myself, I won't take anything except aspirin when I want a simple over-the-counter pain reliever, and always insist on acetaminophen-free opiates.

about three weeks ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

sudon't Re:Or, you know (150 comments)

Soon, you won't be able to. Already, you can't buy a new car without all of that crap, and you can't get Photoshop without connecting yourself to Adobe's servers. TVs are next, and soon enough, everybody selling any kind of appliance will be implementing some kind of so-called "smart" technology, so that shit won't work without an internet connection. Better stock up on appliances now.

about three weeks ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

sudon't Re:How do you defeat dogs? (415 comments)

Right, what he said. Vacuum-sealing doesn't work, nor does trying to hide the odor among more pungent odors. You can't fool a dog's nose. What you can do is encourage a dog to alert, even when it detects no drugs, (or whatever it's been trained to alert for).

about three weeks ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

sudon't This is great news! (567 comments)

This is great news! (at least for Americans). See? We are not the only idiots denying climate change. Take that, rest of the World!

about a month ago

Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

sudon't Re:The REAL value of the transit system (170 comments)

"If its so fucking efficient then why do they keep needing to take other people's money to make it practical?"

It's because too many lazy assholes won't get out of their cars and take the bus. And yeah, government funds are inevitably mismanaged. The truth is, most government funds are intermingled, whatever their intended use was. That's why Social Security is "broke." They spent the money on other shit.

about a month ago

How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

sudon't Re:Where is the Vacuum Tester (183 comments)

Where can I find a vacuum transistor tester. They took all of the tube testers out of the front of my local Radio Shack years ago, will they be replaced?

Yeah, and if you think it's a bitch to replace a burnt-out tube in your amp...

about a month ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

sudon't Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

Yep. This is what happens when metaphors are taken literally. It's a bad precedent for the next "War on [blank]"

about a month ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

sudon't Re:And I want a unicorn that farts butterflies! (365 comments)

How about a taco that craps ice cream?

Yeah! They could call it the Choco Taco, or something. Eh, it would never work....

about a month ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

sudon't Re:Are customer able to evaulate that objectively? (254 comments)

I haven't watched television at home for decades, don't listen to commercial radio, and have used ad blocking almost from the day ads began to appear on the web. I hate advertising. Yet, I see enough advertising in my daily life that I'm aware of brands that I've never used, and probably never will. People like to think they're immune to advertising, (I was one of them), but the fact is, we are all influenced in some degree by advertising.

about a month ago

Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

sudon't Re:You can never trust companies (82 comments)

without mentioning the elastic definitions of "permission" used at times on the Internet.

Exactly. The permission will be buried at the end of a long Terms of Service Agreement the customer has to click on.

You know, I just had the experience last night, of not being able to use my PS3 until I downloaded and installed an update. And to get the update, I of course had to click on the Terms of Service Agreement. It's not like you have much of a choice.

about a month ago

Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

sudon't Re:Easier (106 comments)

Yes, this. I have long thought that the DEA's focus should be turned away from recreational drugs, and towards antibiotics. Antibiotic abuse, (mostly by factory farming operations), is a very real threat to society, unlike recreational drug use, plus, the drug warriors wouldn't have to fight legalization out of fear of losing their jobs.

And yes, we need to reduce our germophobia, as well.

about a month ago

The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

sudon't Re:Uh-oh (186 comments)

Yes, I was going to add that, and 'government and corporate snooping' to divinity's comment. Remember when paranoids used to think their TV was spying on them? Their worse nightmare is coming true. The time is coming when you won't be able to buy anything but a "smart TV." And, we've seen the stuff they're already trying pull with those. It will likely be the same with other appliances.

about a month ago

The FCC Can't Help Cities Trapped By Predatory Internet Deals With Big Telecom

sudon't Re:A Question from a Stupid Foreigner. (93 comments)

A lot of the "teeth" have been removed from many regulators over the years, in order to prevent their "interfering" with Big Business. That also helps explain part of the recent financial crisis, as banking regulators were carefully de-fanged over the last thirty years. Also, what Trepidity said.

about a month ago

Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

sudon't Re: Americans are idiots ! (170 comments)

Yes, there is an obstructionist Congress, but there are many areas where the president could've acted freely and unilaterally, (to keep the campaign promises that got him elected in the first place), but didn't. He could've been light-years better than his predecessor, but in fact, his record is worse in many instances. I hope the examples are glaring enough for even the most ardent supporter not to need them listed here. The sad truth is that, even our team lies about campaign promises.

about a month ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

sudon't Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

I agree with most of what you say, but we at least know that the condition of our early planet was (self-evidently) quite favorable. Still, that tells us almost nothing, since we have no idea how life actually formed, or why. Can't wait till someone figures that out.

about a month and a half ago


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