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Comment Re:whose fraud??? (Score 1) 188

without copyright we would not be able to have professional actors or musicians or authors among others.

So, do you believe that without copyright Shakespeare wouldn't have written his plays, and there wouldn't have been professional actors to play them for him? Or that Mozart wouldn't have written his music, and there wouldn't have been professional musicians to play it for him?

Comment Re:Location locks (Score 1) 508

Set your lockout zone to 1 km around the airport (or may be even a 5 km radius around airports or other ports of entry) and GPS is more than accurate enough. Typical error of GPS on a phone is a few meters. However GPS only works outdoors (most of the time not inside buildings) so you'd have to add something like "lock based on last known location" or a "lockout button" where the device locks until it has a clear GPS signal confirming it's a safe place to unlock.

Comment Re:It's all about the merger (Score 1) 100

this may be a case of keeping the active user count artificially high in order to keep the merger on track.

I should also still have a Yahoo account. It's been a few years since I logged in; way longer since I checked my e-mail there. Created 15+ years ago, never actively used. If this "delayed delete" is a way of keeping the "active" user count up (i.e. number of registered and not-deleted accounts), it's a total fraud from Yahoo's side, as it'll for sure also add inactive accounts like mine, in that case.

Comment Re:Sooo (Score 1) 79

People ride "driverless" elevators everyday without shitting or pissing in them. Why would horizontal movement be so different from vertical movement?

Elevators: usually the rider is not alone but there are strangers present; even if alone at any one time the door may open with other people wanting to get on. That's even before considering the CCTV cameras and the fact that rides are normally really short (less than a minute).

In short: there is no (expectation of) privacy in lifts. When it comes to cars, even when on the road, that's a whole different story.

Comment Re:Why "new employment"? (Score 1) 387

Not that everyone will want a life like that. People will always want more than just the basics.

Not stopping people from trying to get more than "just the basics". That's also the philosophy behind things like a basic income for all. The basics are covered - food, shelter, clothing, a little extra for entertainment - but for more you have to put some effort in it. That more, however, can be different for many people. Some want to go for more hikes which is basically free, others may want to collect vintage cars and will need to find a way to get the money for that, yet others like to start writing books or engage in painting. That can also very well be that "more than just the basics", it is something we can not do now, but when robots take over our jobs, maybe we can. But only if we're not going to look for other forms of employment to occupy our lives with, just to fulfil those basics, which is what Bill Gates is suggesting we do.

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 142

Doesn't the same thing happen to YouTube videos already?

I've never posted anything there I don't want the world to see, so if they use one of my videos I'd be flattered instead.

However what does bother me is that I often see videos linked on other web sites, and then it's (C) YouTube. Or photos from Facebook, and it says (C) Facebook. Now I understand the part where YouTube and Facebook will have the right to re-use your videos/photos in any way they see fit, but how come they even can claim copyright on it? Or is that simply the news media not understanding copyright (which would be about as worrying but then for other reasons)?

Comment Re:It's the right choice (Score 1) 152

You got one thing terribly wrong in your argumentation. Ad blockers are NOT the fault of YouTube per se.

I don't see ads on YouTube because of my ABP, but I didn't install it to block ads on YouTube, that was just a nice side effect or collateral damage or however you want to call it. I installed it to block ads on other sites that were irritating me, the risk of drive-by malware infections, and the general lack of interest in whatever they were trying to sell. It is the whole of the Internet that made me install an ad blocker.

Maybe a few people installed ABP or equivalent specifically because of YouTube, for most I think it's not like that. By now I install ABP on a new system as a matter of course. Even if the Internet at large would do away with ads suddenly, I wouldn't notice the difference, and I would still keep ABP running. Same for the pop-up blocker of Firefox. For years I haven't seen pop-ups or pop-unders (except that really persistent one from TripAdvisor), I don't know if they're still being used, and I'm not about to try it out either as the blocker doesn't seem to be getting in the way of anything.

Now only if there were a proper ad blocker for Android phones (haven't found one)... I rarely use my phone for browsing but there are some really really annoying ads going around apps (black/white flashing and so). It's those that drive me into spending the time and effort of installing blockers.

Comment Why "new employment"? (Score 1) 387

With all those robots taking over our jobs, why should we have to do any jobs in the first place? Shouldn't ongoing automation give us more free time instead?

It is a quite fundamental question no-one seems to ask. Why do we have such thing as employment? Is it to produce things for other people to use (which robots can do for us), or is it for other reasons entirely?

Jobs and employment for a way of distributing money - and with it, the goods and services produced by those people. Now robots may come in and can take care of some or most of that production.

Comment Re:Needs better mobile (Score 1) 216

What's the problem with that for gmail and other web mail services? In order to present the e-mail in a web page to the user, they have to be able to decrypt it, it's not like that can be done so easily at the user's end in the browser (how to deal with keys etc, when the user switches computers?).

Comment Re:It's a pain because recovery has to be an optio (Score 1) 216

Why storing it in encrypted form? It only has to be encrypted while in transmission to be secure.

You receive an e-mail, your client automatically decrypts it (of course at some point in time you unlocked the key with a password or so), and then stores it in your local storage unencrypted. You may of course in turn encrypt your hard disk if you want. Same for sent e-mail: the moment you press Send, the client encrypts the mail before delivering it to the SMTP server, and at the same time stores an unencrypted copy in your Sent folder.

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