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Why Apple's Next Revolution Should Be In Your Car

tilandal Mirror your phone (293 comments)

Mirror the display, mic, speakers and touch screen of your smartphone. Done. Was that so hard? If you want to show off you can even make it so you enable voice commands by default and integrate with steering wheel stereo controls.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard

tilandal Re:Que the "Can you hear me now" jokes (300 comments)

911 Calls are toll free. You don't need to pay for local service to use 911. As long as your house is wired for phone service you can plug in a phone and dial 911. Just make sure you use a old dumb phone. Its great when your cordless phone doesn't work if the power is out :P

more than 2 years ago
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The Death of BCC

tilandal Re:BCC still existed? (366 comments)

BCC is simply a tool to keep the privacy of e-mail addresses. There is no inherent expectation of confidential knowledge. If you want something to be confidential you should explicitly say so which means forwarding the e-mail with an explanation. It seems to me like the author of that article is just complaining because people do not use e-mail the way he wants them too.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case Against Net Neutrality

tilandal Re:Personally? (702 comments)

Last time I went to the DMV I walked in, picked up a number, waited about 5 mins, talked to a teller and was out the door all on my lunch break.

Last time I tried to buy high speed internet it took 2 hours on the phone, 3 customer service reps, and 2 canceled installer appointments (I got the self install kit) to get my cable modem registered. After all of that they didn't even remember to bill me for it. When they did remember to bill me for it several months later they sent some installers to put filters on the line. They didn't do it right and disconnected me instead. They sent another 2 installers over to fix it but those two forgot to put the filters on the line so it was all for nothing anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Officials Use Google Earth To Find Unlicensed Pools

tilandal Re:This is an appropriate use. (650 comments)

Google was not the first one to publish aerial imagery. It has been around since before WW2. In this case Google isn't even the one who takes the photographs. They simply pay for a license and then make money from ads/selling the software.

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

tilandal Re:right to both access and anonymity? (432 comments)

Perhaps for the same reason people who don't like Obama don't all pack up and move to some other country. Customers a have right to have their voice heard.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Selling Faulty PCs

tilandal Re:This is BS (484 comments)

At the moment being the key word. My company built 6 computers a few years ago that had this cap problem. One of them failed at 2 years all of the rest failed by 4 years with 3 all failing in the same month. Looking at the motherboards the vented cap was easily visible. You might get lucky but chances are if you have a defective cap it will fail within a few years if you use the computer regularly.

more than 4 years ago
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SCOTUS Rules Petiton Signatures Are Public Record

tilandal Re:Well then, (780 comments)

Actually there is no Constitutional Requirement for a secret ballot but there is no requirement for a public ballot either. Up until 1880 most US elections were by public ballot. The decision to use a secret or public ballot is left up to each individual state. Most states now use a secret ballot that is specifically designed to be untraceable to a specific voter but that is not a requirement. All other records are generally public information including your voter registration records and whether you voted or not. Since a petition only supports one view point it is not possible to have a secret petition that is in any way verifiable.

more than 4 years ago
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Supreme Court Says Gov't Employee Texts Not Private

tilandal Re:I wonder... (263 comments)

Common sense would say no as you own the device and your employer is compensating you for using your equipment but common sense isn't as common as it sounds so I suspect it would take a Supreme Court decision to answer!

more than 4 years ago
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The Race To Beer With 50% Alcohol By Volume

tilandal Re:US Govt. Restrictions (297 comments)

Somehow I don't see that many teens buying a $60 beer.

more than 4 years ago
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WD, Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Plextor SSDs Collide

tilandal Re:Can we really trust reviews of SSDs? (56 comments)

SSD's are not commodity products where one manufacturer simply slaps a label on an OEM product. There is actually a large amount of complexity in these drives with different storage controllers, caches and memory playing a large roll in performance and reliability.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Sues Neighbor Claiming Wi-Fi Made Him Sick

tilandal Re:Picture in the summary has it right (574 comments)

You get put in a black prison and disappear. The government erases all public records of you.

No I'm not joking.

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Sued For Privacy Invasion

tilandal Re:Ridiculous privacy revealed. We should say NO (262 comments)

How about if it were illegal to publish my personal information without my express consent? Oh wait, it is. Do you know why? Because unless you live in a tent, keep all your money in cash, get payed in cash, and don't file your taxes there is no way to keep your personal information hidden. Privacy laws exist because it is not reasonable to expect a person to live like that.

about 5 years ago
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Netflix Sued For Privacy Invasion

tilandal Re:Ridiculous privacy revealed. We should say NO (262 comments)

I am sure you would love to have all your personal information published. Where you shop, what you eat, what you buy, who you call, what you read, what you watch on TV, what websites you browse. After all your ISP knows your entire online history, they should be able to act freely with that information. You phone company should be able to do whatever they want with your phone records. Your credit card company, perfectly fine for them to sell your shopping history. Its their information after all. Hey, even Uncle Sam can get into the act and sell your tax returns to advertisers. That would raise billions of dollars. Budget deficit solved! You are so smart.

about 5 years ago
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Netflix Sued For Privacy Invasion

tilandal Re:Ridiculous privacy revealed. We should say NO (262 comments)

Somehow I don't find that protecting the rights of corporations to do whatever they want with your purchase history to be a noble and just cause.

about 5 years ago
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Netflix Sued For Privacy Invasion

tilandal Re:Ridiculous privacy revealed. We should say NO (262 comments)

Video rental records are protected information under existing federal law. Netflix released rental information to the public. Therefore they are liable for damages if the information was personally identifiable. End of story.

about 5 years ago
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Amazon Scores Gift-Delivery Patent

tilandal Psychic Postmen (91 comments)

"obtaining delivery information for a gift from one or more information sources other than the gift giver and recipient"

Hey, if they have truly figured out a way to determine who I am sending a gift to without asking me or the person receiving the gift I would say that is worthy of a patent. All other retailers will be stuck actually asking you where you want your stuff mailed and who has the time to enter all that info?

about 5 years ago

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