Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy
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.
Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
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.
States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
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.
Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+
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.
Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say
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.
Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body
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.
Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You
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.
Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory
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).
Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change
This is great news! (at least for Americans). See? We are not the only idiots denying climate change. Take that, rest of the World!
Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II
"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.
How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law
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...
Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen
Yep. This is what happens when metaphors are taken literally. It's a bad precedent for the next "War on [blank]"
Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3
How about a taco that craps ice cream?
Yeah! They could call it the Choco Taco, or something. Eh, it would never work....
The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble
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.
Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam
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.
Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria
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.
The Nightmare On Connected Home Street
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.
The FCC Can't Help Cities Trapped By Predatory Internet Deals With Big Telecom
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.
Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality
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.
Aliens and the Fermi Paradox
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.
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