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Comment: Standalone devices still have a purpose! (Score 1) 39

by DutchUncle (#48280511) Attached to: Signed-In Maps Mean More Location Data For Google
Anything networked has this problem (as multiple posters have pointed out) (cue Battlestar Galactica quotes about the dangers of networking). The only way to get "convenience" - which I conflate with "functionality" for this discussion - while retaining privacy is to use standalone devices. My GPS doesn't tell anyone where I go, because it's never connected to anything else (and because of that design, I'm betting it doesn't even bother trying to store anything for later retrieval). Of course, that means that a device needs all of its information locally, and updating has to be strictly controlled.

Google is offering a service. You're not paying them. As often said, if you're not the seller or the purchaser in a transaction, then you are the thing being sold. Just like broadcast radio & TV, the "entertainment"/"information" is the lure to bring you to view advertising, and in the networked era to encourage you to allow yourself to be followed.

Comment: Shows only exist to bring eyeballs to the ads (Score 2) 80

by DutchUncle (#48272037) Attached to: A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming
The television industry isn't about ads being inserted into shows; it's about shows being put on to draw people to the ads. Since there are other ways to watch shows, especially if one is willing to wait, sports has become the only "must-watch-live" item, which is why the networks are willing to pay so much for the rights to broadcast sports.

That goes for Facebook and Youtube and all of the other services, too. They just stumbled on cheaper ways to produce their "shows", namely provide the infrastructure for viewers to entertain each other.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 284

by DutchUncle (#48270803) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...
Would you have gone into that bowling alley and used the same bowling ball that the NY doctor used? Probably sweated on? Would you use the same glass that he drank from (if he got a drink), especially if the bar just washes the glasses by hand rather than in a sterilizing dishwasher? And yes, I realize that in the same crowd there was probably someone with a cold or influenza. You can consider the same questions for that person's bowling ball and glass.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 3, Insightful) 284

by DutchUncle (#48270727) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...
Sure, if they aren't symptomatic they aren't contagious, but how can one be sure in the period when someone is sort of starting to feel a little warm, not feverish, I'll be fine after a good night's sleep, no, I don't need to take a day off . . . . You know, the sort of person who can cripple a whole office with a cold or flu? Sure, it's easier to catch the flu, but a lot less likely to die horribly of it.

Covering someone's salary and ensuring their job security - even if that means paying both the quarantinee and a replacement worker for three weeks - is a lot cheaper than cleaning up afterwards if someone *does* turn out to be harboring infection without symptoms *yet*. Especially in densely populated areas where the likelihood of cross-contact is higher. The nurse in Maine can certainly go sit out on her deck, do some yard work, etc.; it's a different story for the doctor in New York City who may have left sweat on the subway handgrip or pole that someone else wound up holding mere minutes afterwards.

The soldiers coming back from Africa who will be quarantined will be paid for that time, which will count towards their enlistment, and will probably be doing PT and other activities during that time. Anyone being quarantined should be treated as being "drafted" for the time. It would be a lot tougher to make that case if the incubation were, say, two or three *months*; but three weeks is an extended business trip. If someone has an event to attend, they just have to plan travel accordingly.

Comment: Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (Score 1) 173

No, you can't. In fact, this is related to one of the strange places where government crosses religion. If you label something as complying with religious standards - like food being kosher or halal - then *civil* law says that you must have, and display, certification from a *religious* authority that you actually comply. The civil law does not set the standard, nor does it verify that the religious authority is valid; it just says that if you claim something you have to be able to verify it.

Comment: Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (Score 2) 173

If they are going out of their way to throttle the bandwidth as a function of the quantity of data, then they're lying. Yes, available bandwidth and throughput vary as a function of system load, so if the whole neighborhood is watching youtube things get slower for everyone; but when they list a "cap" and throttle above it, they're contradicting the original promise of "unlimited".

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 571

by DutchUncle (#48220325) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips
Not recognizing a clone, or rather recognizing it and not allowing it to work on the system, would be one thing. Breaking people's devices so they never work anywhere is another. They're not hurting the cloners; they're hurting the downstream accidental or incidental purchasers who were, themselves, defrauded by the device manufacturer or the parts supplier.

Comment: Re:About CVS Only! Not SVN! (Score 1) 244

by DutchUncle (#48208917) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
Sorry, I realize that could have sounded patronizing, but I didn't mean it that way. I really think that it's a question of the tool fitting the purpose. *All* of the archive systems I've ever worked with have been designed to *prevent* deletion, accidental or intentional, because they were designed to work with text and documents. (And since you brought up the word, I feel compelled to point out that I did not suggest that you're "stupid" for having different needs, just that maybe it's the wrong tool for your purpose.) Heck, if CVS is doing the job you need done, and you are careful not to destroy the wrong things, then by all means keep using it.

How easy would it be to create different repositories? Then you could save a day's shooting in a short-term repository until you had at least reviewed them, at some point copy over the ones you want to keep to a more permanent repository, and delete the whole short-term repository - admittedly crude, but much less work than rebuilding.

Comment: Re:About CVS Only! Not SVN! (Score 1) 244

by DutchUncle (#48192447) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

(2) permanently delete those files that I know I will no longer need.

I'm confused. The entire purpose of an archive database is to KEEP things, forever, so you can go back to them when you need to. If you have files that you expect to delete, maybe they shouldn't be going into the database.

Comment: They're not autonomous. Who talks to ATC? (Score 2) 77

by DutchUncle (#48168041) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones
My apologies if it seems I'm duplicating the post "Name" saying "Drone or RPV?". These things are not autonomous drones; they are actively controlled by people. There is no ATC of the things in the air; it's all about the various people wherever they happen to be on the ground.

There's a park near us where people fly RC planes. Fun to watch, and people keep them over the park, and there's no question they're controlled. The first time someone put up a multi-rotor, though, someone asked, "Is that a drone? Can it go by itself?" No. It's an RC plane just like everything else. And if you keep it over the open land in the park, and stay away from people's windows, you'll be fine.

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