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Comment Re:Why is Amazon/Alexa even saving recordings? (Score 5, Informative) 115

My concern is that they aren't just saying that they don't have anything to hand over because nothing exists. Since they're not saying this, I'll assume that they do have something that could be handed over. Alexa? No thanks, I'll pass.

From TFA:

The heart of Amazon’s claim is that Alexa devices could provide insights into a person’s entire life, and having two days worth of audio would be an unreasonable invasion of that privacy. Knowing that law enforcement has the ability to request data from these devices and peruse them at will would have a chilling effect on people using the services—which clearly would be bad news for Amazon’s business.

Comment Re:Cert expiration == not a surprising cause (Score 1) 133

I'm seriously considering writing a "PKI for non-dummies" series of blog posts or something because the amount of misinformation out there is scary!

Please do. I'm going to have to start learning about this pretty soon for a project I'm working on. I've avoided it up to this point by Googling and clicking boxes and trying and knowing JUST ENOUGH to scrape by and expand existing infrastructure...

Comment Re:Enablers shift expectations (Score 1) 129

...the _expectation_ that everyone has a cell phone with then and can be contacted at any moment.

Let's say you live in a large city and you tell your boss "I will check with you when I get to a public phone". Will your boss tell you "OK, check with me when you get to a public phone", or "Get a cell phone" ?

Anecdotal, but I find that I actually garner _more_ respect when I tell people that I won't likely answer their call later, because I don't keep my phone with me. I get home, take my phone out of my pocket, and put it on my desk in my den. Often, I even forget to turn the ringer back on. I'm not easy to get hold of but I will always return a call. I just don't know when.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 236

Simple: user option.

I do like your point, though, and understand your reasoning. I've never had huge issues with manufacturer-supplied drivers (actually, I probably HAVE...) and typically default to them over MS/Windows drivers.

One instance, I installed Server 2012 on my old desktop, and Windows Server didn't have any good drivers for the video card (GeForce 560) so I had to install NVidia's...

But now you've got me wondering...how often have those quirky problems I've lived with been the result of third-party drivers that could be fixed by a rollback to MS drivers...?

Comment Movies? (Score 4, Interesting) 74

From TFA:

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: "E-commerce should give consumers a wider choice of goods and services, as well as the opportunity to make purchases across borders. The three investigations we have opened today focus on practices where we suspect companies are trying to deny these benefits for consumers."

So the MPAA, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, et al. can geoblock, but video game publishers/distributors can't?

I suppose that makes sense. Or something.

Comment Re:Also redefines Ultra-Fast... (Score 1) 147

I always wonder about the use of the term "Ultra"

You aren't leaving yourself any room for expansion in the future.... what is the next speed increase going to be marketed as? super ultra? ultimate ultra?

Plus Ultra.

Then Double Plus Ultra

Or maybe Good Ultra, then Plus Good Ultra...Double Plus Good Ultra...

Comment Re:Pretend this is slashdot (Score 1) 183

Though the new study wasn't designed to address racial disparities, experts speculate that the large difference reflects unequal access to preventative medicine and quality healthcare.

But, but, everyone is supposed to have affordable, quality health insurance! It's required!

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