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Comment: Re:Stomp Feet (Score 5, Insightful) 389

And it's the idiot bully's trick at that; the clever ones don't provoke the playground monitors.

And now, I would like to sincerely and heartily thank Verizon for the initial lawsuit provoking the playground monitor that made net neutrality a reality. I strongly encourage additional attention and noise to the issue for full on public utility regulation. Here's to moving the US into a First World nation with First World utilities like power, water, and real broadband - wired and wireless.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 222

by Defenestrar (#49147807) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel
This is the problem inherent with a small sample size. For years everyone thought Temple of Doom was the outlier and when another in that vein came out they also called it an outlier - but that makes two outliers out of four. However, the larger the sample size the more representative an average will be of the series. So as much a fan of the series that I am, I must objectively conclude that the series is of less quality than I'd previously thought. I don't have a problem with that. While I appreciate gourmet desserts, I'm not so stuck on the purity of culinary art that I can't enjoy fast food milkshakes. I think the same applies to Dr. Jones and to Decker as well. That said, I'm hoping for sprinkles and a cherry.

Comment: Re:Semantic games (Score 4, Insightful) 89

by Defenestrar (#49142989) Attached to: OPSEC For Activists, Because Encryption Is No Guarantee

You've got a good point, but the implementation of said conditions have a different intrinsic suspicion. Discussions on encryption will only get you put on the NSA watchlist along with everyone else. Conversations about OPSEC may get you a little bit more. For example - getting revealed as someone who sends encrypted messages to your friends is either in that category of nerdy or slightly suspicious. Getting revealed as someone who passes parcels to others via dead drops will probably get your door kicked in by the DEA shortly followed by a long line of other three letter groups.

PS - I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to use the word "intrinsic" without thinking of eating leprechauns or quantum mechanics. Does anyone else have this problem?

Comment: Re:Time for men's liberation (Score 2) 369

by Defenestrar (#49068907) Attached to: Two New Male Birth Control Chemicals In Advanced Stages

You've got a lot of good points about the limitations of a male pill - especially about the danger associated with unprovable accusations. Where I think this may really help is that men can be responsible for taking risks again. I don't mean with the risk of pregnancy or any of the other unwanted consequences of sex - but the risk associated with birth control.

There's plenty of down sides to the pill - emotional effects, cancer risks, permanently altered sex drive, etc... But with a male version, the man can risk the associated side effects (perhaps they'll even be more mild than the pill). This could be a boon to committed couples who want to have a couple of years between children. The permanent solution will still be a vasectomy*, but for the settling into the marriage phase, or the wait between kids phase, this could be great for people.

*Based on the relative risks, it's a cowards choice to let the woman go through her version of that surgery unless the doctors are already in there for something (I'll allow rare medical conditions to be excepted from the cowardice charge - just because I'm not aware of any doesn't mean they don't exist).

Comment: Re:Is This a Pump And Dump Press Release? (Score 2) 73

by Defenestrar (#49068363) Attached to: Cellphone Start-Ups Handle Calls With Wi-Fi

Was in Berlin recently and saw that they had figured out a solution to the modern pay-phone dilemma. Pretty much every pay phone I saw was also a wi-fi hotspot. For example the T-mobile pay phones were also free hotspots for T-mobile subscribers but also sold bandwidth to anyone without a T-mobile SIM. I don't doubt that the telecoms used these strategically to extend coverage and also compete for customers.

Of course comparing internet/mobile between the US and anywhere else is... well about as stupid as the way mobile networks work in the US.

Comment: Re:Nothing. (Score 1) 209

by Defenestrar (#48318293) Attached to: What People Want From Smart Homes
I'm thinking of when the kids are just old enough to start being latch-key. Myself, I'd set it up for passive data while only sending an alert if the difference is something like three to five standard deviations off the average. I specifically moved to a place where I feel comfortable about my kids (eventual) ability to run around until dinner time, but at least for quite some time yet, they'll be young enough that missing a bus transfer on the way home could be a time when my early intervention would really be appreciated.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?