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Comment: Schmidt is scary (Score 2) 225

by JohnFen (#48888253) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

I am continually amazed that every time Schmidt talks about the internet, he says something that is simultaneously very creepy and very scary.

Sorry, Schmidt, there is literally no way in hell that I'm going to allow all these devices in my home to talk to the internet. The risks are simply far too high, from corporate and governmental surveillance all the way through the risk of being hacked, and there is almost no benefit in exchange.

Comment: Re:its nothing new really. (Score 1) 792

by JohnFen (#48879901) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I guess I'll never know, either. I've never understood why there are so many trucks on the road. If you need a truck to do truck-things, I can understand that. But most of the ones I see aren't hauling a damned thing. Those trucks are obnoxious and dangerous to everyone else on the road, I'd love to see most of them gone.

Comment: Intentionally annoying? (Score 1) 792

by JohnFen (#48879613) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

So the auto manufacturers have been intentionally making their cars annoying to the people who don't own those cars? Screw them. I want cars and trucks to be as close to silent as possible. Cars already create far too much noise pollution. Perhaps auto manufacturers to just pipe the sounds inside the car for those owners who desire that, while leaving the rest of us in a more peaceful world?

Comment: Re:Wow... Just "no". (Score 1) 203

by JohnFen (#48876547) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

I saying that it is technically feasible for a competent engineer. I'm not commenting on the contractor's ability to do it.

The ultimate blame falls on governmental policy, not the contractors, though. It is the government who decides what the acceptance criteria are, not the people the government hires. It is the government who approves or disallows the use of third party services, not the people the government hires.

Comment: Re:Wait, what PII? (Score 1) 203

by JohnFen (#48876483) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Yes, I understand. I'm just saying that definition of PII is a worthless definition, so it doesn't matter at all. When a company says things like they don't store or share any PII, they're saying nothing that is of any actual value to me. because the definition of PII is too narrow to be meaningful in a privacy or security sense.

Comment: Re:How is this not a HIPPA violation? (Score 1) 203

by JohnFen (#48867383) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

IANAL, but I am generally familiar with HIPPA. This is probably not a HIPPA violation because the HIPPA rules only apply to specific sorts of businesses, and the healthcare.gov site is not one of them. For instance, I could share any medical details I had on you as much as I want without violating HIPPA laws.

Comment: Re:Wow... Just "no". (Score 1) 203

by JohnFen (#48867315) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

There is zero evidence that this data is being used for advertising purposes - the article makes a lot of speculation. For example:

I disagree. The evidence is that the data is being sent to them. Nothing more needs to be proven. There is no -- as in zero -- legitimate reason for the site to be doing this. All performance analysis they need can be done in-house.

For example, IBM does both - but they also do pretty good data analysis. Would you rather it goes to some 3rd-world country for analysis (because you can be pretty sure it will be sold)?

I honestly don't see any difference between the two scenarios. I have no reason to think that domestic ad companies are any more trustworthy than 3rd world country companies (and I have several reasons to think that they're not). I'm pretty sure it will be sold either way.

Comment: Re:Only iOS? (Score 3, Interesting) 70

by JohnFen (#48824967) Attached to: Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

There are only three possible explanations for this: the two phones were using different carriers, or they were being tested in different geographical locations, or the cell carrier itself is making the distinction for some weird reason. The header injection itself is totally unrelated to the phone, the operating system, or what the software on the phone does.

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