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Comment Re:"[I]f we do nothing to resist" (Score 1) 508

I'm not sure that leaving your phone at home counts as "resistance" - it sounds more like surrendering.

When at the border you have pretty much no power at all, and if you're not a US citizen then you definitely have no power at all. It's no use calling it "surrendering", but then offering no alternative action. What are we to do instead?

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 1) 508

Simpler way: just don't visit the United States.
As a bonus, you will miss all the other airport humiliations: mass-fingerprinting, world's worst security theatre (you want my shoes off?), and risk of arbitrary refusal of entry without right of appeal or even explanation.

Yeah great, unless of course your job requires it, in which case you kindof have to. But you can just get another job that doesn't, right? Right. Unless you have family and friends there, in which case you have to. But you can just get other family, right?

Your simple solutions do not help people in the real world.

Comment Re:No, you don't get it (Score 1) 142

I think the better rhetorical question is: why are some people so amazingly stupid, that they are incapable of telling the difference between these two scenarios? What is causing this stupidity? Is there anything we can do about it, and if there is, should we do it?

When Facebook purports to give you control over your data, privacy settings, then yes it is absolutely reasonable to expect that stuff to be private to the people you choose. Yes, we know that their impenetrable contracts give them loads of rights, but the site does not communicate that in how it works. Despite your colourful analogy, very little about how Facebook works would make a normal person believe that they are in a fully public place.

I know it's superfun to call people stupid, and it makes you feel really great about your level of intelligence, but I would put real money on you believing stuff about other fields (law for example) that you're not personally involved in that are simply wrong. People do not have time to understand everything and they have to live their lives using reasonable expectation. The reasonable expectation of Facebook posts is that they are private to your group of friends.

Comment Re:What is the problem?.. (Score 1) 341

What's so outrageous or even particularly newsworthy about this?

The news is that Facebook rats you out. So don't use Facebook if you don't want its database wielded against you.

Before you get too smug, think how far this can go - your phone, without Facebook, collects your location constantly, should that be available to any policeman that wants to look? What about all your email history? All the calls you've made? We've already placed limits on what's reasonable to be used by law enforcement, Facebook is just another thing that we will have to make decisions about because it's *not just Facebook*, it's every piece of technology that you interact with that stores personal information.

Comment Re:So now under Trump... (Score 3, Interesting) 341

They don't listen.

Seriously? Listen to what? You have a press secretary that doesn't respond to questioning, that spouts obvious bullshit about trivia, making anything he says about anything extremely untrustworthy. You want people to not assume the worst, you need to command trust.

Comment Re:Before you think about this, answer me that: (Score 1) 460

They're in shit plans with shit companies that cost way too much, and way WAY too much for what they get. Doesn't sound like much of a loss, to me.

But still costs less that their alternatives? It might not be very good, but if the alternative is... no insurance...?

I hear lots of criticism, but no better plans that avoid the dreaded 'socialism' label that Americans hate. And certainly no better plan from the current Administration.

Comment Re:Before you think about this, answer me that: (Score 2) 460

Yikes. OK, how about healthcare. Are 20 million people who could well be without healthcare shortly an insignificant detail? Is not having healthcare insignificant? It is until you're ill, then there is nothing more significant in the world. Same with gay marriage or abortion - insignificant, until it really really isn't.

You're looking for a different economic system that isn't on offer, and that sucks. But the things you mention as "insignificant bullshit" is a colossally dismissive attitude to take. You don't care about those things, but then I'm guessing you're not gay or female.

Comment Re:Before you think about this, answer me that: (Score 1) 460

I get that First-Past-The-Post is not the best system and has lead to a disconnected 2-party hegemony, but to say that they're both the same is kindof mental. Some people are going to lose out big because of the new administration's changes, and to hand-wave that away as "oh they're all the same" is a level of dismissal that is hardly going to help. There are certainly good and bad choices to be made between the 2 parties that you have.

Comment Re:Shocking! (Score 1) 210

Do you mean to tell me that gimmicks have no longevity?


Of course, determining what's the gimmick and what is the Next Big Thing (TM) is the real problem. There were Apple engineers working on the first iPhone that thought the big touchscreen was a gimmick. It's not always clear...

Comment Re:Misused access rights (Score 1) 50

All the apps require all the rights. If I do not give them the permissions they won't run. So I have no choice, I have no security then and I cannot store any valuable data on the phone.

Why the apps are lying they need global files access to only store their own data? I have found in some Android SDK doc they can store their own data even without global files access.

Other apps could provide functionality without that specific feature but they refuse to run at all unless they get all the permissions they ask for.

Even opening local files could be done safely by an Android-provided dialog box, without giving uncontrolled permissions to the whole disk.

Apps used to need full access to the sd card to write any files there, and it's relatively recent that they don't have to. Mostly it is lazy /ignorant developers. You should probably not use apps that require this.

And you really shouldn't use the accusation "lying" unless you're pretty sure it's deliberate and malicious.

Comment Re:Store-and-forward spyware (Score 1) 35

I'm surprised it took Google this long to admit doing something like this.

Sounds like you don't know how searching on the web works. You agreed to give them your search term when you made the search in the first place, the fact that the device is clever enough to hold on to it until you have signal makes no difference to your privacy.

Comment Re:You are doing it wrong (Score 1) 296

It's a payment network. It wasn't designed as a replacement to the dollar but rather as a replacement to Paypal. As such it shouldn't be too surprising that it doesn't make a good currency; it's just not designed for that.

It's a shame that it's not that good at that either, transaction confirmation times often are faaar to long.

Comment Re:You are doing it wrong (Score 2) 296

I understand that BC is not a "widely accepted" currency and odds are that you have to cash-in eventually, but the point of Bitcoin is to become an alternate way to ease the trade of goods and services, and it should be used like that. Trying to convert it into "real" money misses the point completely. I think that if people have bitcoins, they should use them only to replace conventional currency in their transactions, not to try to convert them.

It's not a usable currency because one of the points of currency is a value store - a way of 'keeping score'. To do that it must have a relatively stable value, which is demonstrably doesn't. Bitcoin is a gambling mechanism, and a way of hiding transactions, but it is not a usable currency.

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