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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

yayoubetcha Re:We already have a bill... (175 comments)

Damn right. Bush/Cheney would never allow the rampant collection from the NSA!

2 days ago

Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

yayoubetcha Redefining the 4th Amendment (175 comments)

Wow! Really? We need a new law that is already covered, pretty fucking clearly, by the US Constitution's 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

So, let me get this straight... the 4th Amendment needs additional "refinement" to put teeth in its bite; but the 2nd Amendment is in a league of its own.

God Bless Amerifuckingca!

2 days ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

yayoubetcha Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

Please stop using the therm "Downloading Illegally". Downloading is not in violation of US copyright law. Uploading is.

So, if you "share" a bittorrent video from The Pirate Bay, and your upload speed is greater than zero, then you are illegally distributing the video. If your value is zero, and therefore not sharing/uploading, then you are not distributing the material, and not in violation of US Copyright laws.

Take a look at the famous text that is slapped on the start of DVD movies:

"The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment"

Note that the keyword is "distribution". It does not say, "... reproduction, distribution, or the receipt of a copy of this distributed work, ..."

I have paid attention to the many lawsuits the movie and audio industry has filed in the past. All of them, to my recollection, involves distributing the media. Not one case that I have become aware of involves solely the receipt of a copy of the material. Why? Because they would loose the case, and they do not want the public to be aware that "downloading" is not illegal.

about a week ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

yayoubetcha Now complicated? How 'bout all src in 6502 ASM? (368 comments)

Stop complaining! It's easier now then ever! How about modifying the source 6502 Assembly source code to a word-processing editor in the early 80s?

"Damn! What's the instruction to do a string fast string copy? Doh! No problem, I'll just look it up on Oops! That won't be there for about 3 decades!

I guess I'll just have to bitch about my problems on Doh! Again.... decades away.

At least there's USENET! Doh!

about a week ago

Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

yayoubetcha As a Seattle resident... (110 comments)

If I wasn't pissed before, I am now.

about three weeks ago

Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

yayoubetcha JetBoil (204 comments)

I guess he didn't use the JetBoil pot whilst backpacking.

about three weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

yayoubetcha Is a temporal self-destruct key possible? (353 comments)

Like the series "Lost" where somebody had to push a button now and then to prevent a catastrophe, is there a crypto-equivalent?

Let's say I have the pass-phrase '"fat-guy-from-lost". But if I don't enter it every 42 hours, the data will be permanently scrambled (or /dev/zero'd); thus my valid key would no longer work?

Does this tech exist?

about three weeks ago

Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

yayoubetcha Moon a "kid's pick-up game". Mars: Superbowl. (78 comments)

The technological differences between going to the Moon and going to Mars is vast as the distances from the Earth, respectively. Also, would "we" have spent billions going to the moon, if not for cold-war politics?

about three weeks ago

FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

yayoubetcha Free incoming text and talk in many countries (110 comments)

I travel abroad occasionally, and every country I have been to in Europe, the Middle East, etc., has free incoming text and talk. The Countries demand that carriers do that because who can control who contacts you?

Damn, if only we (U.S.) had a Government agency that could be in control of such things here.... Nah, we don't need something like that.

about a month ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

yayoubetcha Google's Turn-by-Turn Voice Instructions (216 comments)

I program my phone with my destination, and I let Google's audio voice turn-by-turn aid me. No visual distractions (phone) while driving.

about a month and a half ago

In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

yayoubetcha Unconnected Linux PC (248 comments)

As an experiment, I have done GnuGPG communications where I only did encryption and decryption on an stand-alone PC with an old version of Linux. I transferred the encrypted text to/from an SD card with "dd" (and validated).

It is a tedious process, but it is probably the best one can have "secure" electronic communications. But for those (not me) on the 'silk road"....

about 2 months ago

4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

yayoubetcha Too much "Tuco" at 1360x768! ... "BLONDIE!!!!!" (207 comments)

I have a "old" 2006 SONY 40 inch TV which maxes out at 1360x768. I watched an 1080p version of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" recently, which, of course, is scaled down to meet my max resolution.

The picture detail is very detailed. Frankly, "The Ugly" is much more detailed than I care to see.

about 2 months ago

The Internet Is Now Part of the Crime Scene

yayoubetcha Gov: Stop Spending $ tapping and logging secretly (145 comments)

When somebody posts to social media, and particularly when the police interviewed a subject, perhaps "subscribe" to their "channels"? When another posting is made with explicit threats, prevention should be much easier.

So, stop wasting time attempting to decipher secret messages and codes, and collecting meta data, when terrorism is spelled out so blatantly.

God! Please tell me I'm not living in a computer simulation designed by a "Terry Gilliam" like person!

about 2 months ago

Ericsson Trial 10Gbps 5G Mobile Broadband Network in Japan

yayoubetcha 1GB datacap (53 comments)

Watch your data cap expire in an instant

about 3 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

yayoubetcha 1 paid app: Backcountry Navigator app $9.99 (240 comments)

This is the only app I have purchased. It allows me to have maps with my GPS with no cell coverage. They have a bunch of in-app purchases of premium maps, but the free ones seem to do everything I need.

This is a very useful app in that it really turns your smartphone into a backcountry GPS like Garmin.

Paid for it once, and it installs on my $25 VirginMobile LG Optimus 5 - which I have never activated as a cell-phone. It really is a $25 GPS with a WIFI Browser, Camera, etc.; It also is installed at no extra fee on my Moto G, and Nexus 7.

about 4 months ago

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

yayoubetcha God Speed John Glenn (307 comments)

One-way missions should be left to the fairy tale concepts like "Mars One". They know they cannot do it. However, there be money to be made on a reality show with the idea of going. Which, I have little doubt, was the main objective in the first place.

about 4 months ago

Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

yayoubetcha If Russia only had access to GPS ... (148 comments)

Too bad US GPS satellites don't travel over Russia and its territories, eh?. It must have been chaos!

about 4 months ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

yayoubetcha Best Episodes explore "consequences", the worst .. (512 comments)

The worst feature Troi, The Doctor, The Kid, Jordi's love life, and where "magic" is involved.

There is an episode in the last season where Jordi and Ro get "cloaked" by a Romulan device and they can pass through walls and tables, but for some reason cannot drop through the floor... wtf?? Here's a couple more:

They breath the same air and can speak to each other, but rest of the crew cannot hear them? WTF?
Jordi pigs out on food at the end of the episode because he hasn't eaten for two days, but they both remained hydrated somehow for that time?

Ultimately, the episodes that are good, are the ones that explore "consequence": Family, Inner Light, Preemptive Strike. Tapestry, Yesterday's Enterprise, etc.

My wife and I watch about 10 minutes of STTNG some late evenings, every few weeks, to help bore us to sleep .. it works! Better than Aunt Audele's warm milk.

about 4 months ago

Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

yayoubetcha Prosecute Clapper first, then Snowden! (289 comments)

Jimmy Carter is right. Snowden should be prosecuted, but right after Clapper is prosecuted. Snowden has to get in line; however, since Clapper will never be prosecuted for lying to Congress, then Snowden shouldn't should be given a pass too.

about 4 months ago

Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

yayoubetcha Chromebooks/Boxes is Google's Linux Initiative (103 comments)

Google has been experiencing great market attention to it's Chromebooks. They had the best selling laptop on Amazon this past Christmas. Why?

1) People are buying them as "safe" easy to maintain platforms for performing "browser" based tasks without the (much) threat of OS attacks.
2) I bought one for my Mom who only uses a browser. She loves it. And there are fewer worries about "infections" of malware and the sort.
3) Google KNOWS many of us buy these cheap laptops (Acer's $199 c720 - very nice for the $$) and others for use with Linux. They encourage it. Some of the instructions on how to put Linux onto it come directly from Google.

Why does Google encourage us Linux-heads to buy their cheap box and put Linux on it? It helps them create credibility in the market by selling more Chromebooks. I'd wager to bet that their Chromebook sales would be at least half (remember 44.7% of stats are made up) if not for us Linux-geeks.

Computer manufacturers don't like Linux in general. They cannot simply download and install Ubuntu and slap a "for sale" sticker on it and go. Nope. There is software engineering from the BIOS (EFI), ACPI, and validation and verification. All very costly aspects. My speculation is that El Goog is tied-in closely to the computer OEM's SW-eng design loop taking up slack with V&V too.

One day, when Google has achieved OS Dark Overload status, they may remove the Linux capability. Until then it's win-win.

about 5 months ago



A White House Petition for fairness with ISP deceptive pricing practices

yayoubetcha yayoubetcha writes  |  about a year ago

yayoubetcha (893774) writes "Another White House petition... This one, I signed. It is a proposal for a simple and prominent table of an ISPs pricing on their website. Too often the prices are designed to get a subscriber signed up for a low price for a few months then it expires and they are paying a high rate. The proposal is for a food-like "Nutritional Information" "label" for an ISPs pricing that clearly shows regular rates, special pricing, and bandwidth limits.

My mother uses email and surfs the web occasionally, and of course updates to her Windows OS. That's about it. She was paying $60 a month for 20Gbps service for two years before I called Century Link to get it reduce to 7Gbps and $40/month — still too much for her needs, but she is saving a little."

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