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Comment: You don't (Score 1) 200

by MerlynDavis (#45321311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Encrypted Cloud Storage Provider?
Anytime the data is out of your physical control, it's compromised...

If you want truly secure backups, then you need to control both ends of the backup, as well as everything in between. If there's one thing Edward Snowden has showed us, it's that someone is watching *everything* online...and encrypted data is just begging to be examined, stored & hacked.

Media

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment: Re:Any person getting a government education... (Score 1) 250

by MerlynDavis (#43071117) Attached to: $100 Million Student Database Worries Parents

As far as I'm concerned, as soon as someone gets on the government dole, either because they're employed by the government, or are being supported by the government using taxpayer money, *every* taxpayer has a right to inspect the data. The person paying the bills has a right to know what they're paying for.

I want a copy of your criminal record, as well as your financial records...

You get police protection in your city, yes? You also have money in a bank with FDIC insurance?

That's all paid for by the government.

Also, I want access to your travel records....you drive on public roads...also, you are protected by the US Military....

Where do we stop?

Studying individual student records, including hobbies, likes/dislikes, etc. won't help judge school progress...

Comment: Happens to me (Score 1) 239

by MerlynDavis (#43020791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Identity Theft Attempt In Progress; How To Respond?
I've been dealing with this for a couple of years now...

I send back replies to people who are emailing me explaining they have the wrong person, and either mark the junk accounts as spam, or contact their customer service and ask for them to remove my email from their account.

Sometimes, the companies will actually comply, especially if it's for some children's website... (COPPA is a big deal).

For the ones who don't listen, or can't remove me, I just keep tossing them into the bit bucket.

Comment: Their choices of scientists was interesting (Score 1) 147

by MerlynDavis (#42966743) Attached to: Tech Leaders Create Most Lucrative Science Prize In History
Listening to NPR last night about this, they mentioned that the majority of the recipients already work for very large, well-funded institutions...and the money is going directly to the scientists, not being specified for actual research. So...how is this helping science? If they wanted to help scientists, they should make the money available as grants and give them to scientists who need funding.
Cloud

+ - Amazon debuts cloud-based music storage->

Submitted by MerlynDavis
MerlynDavis (637066) writes "Amazon announced their new "Cloud Drive" storage, which gives you 5GB of storage for free, and up to 1TB if you pay for it. They also have a Cloud Player JavaScript application for streaming music stored in your Cloud Drive from either a PC/Mac or an Android powered device. (No support for iOS or Blackberry at this time)."
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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 389

by MerlynDavis (#32760756) Attached to: EU Plans To Make Apple, Adobe and Others Open Up
So...my iPhone should connect to any cellular service? Or....I can plug in my iPod into a linux box and the linux box has to recognize it and work with it without any additional software? Or....I can stick a DVD for a Windows game into my OSX system and play the game? Or, must Apple make every mobile application run on an iPhone (or even every application, period). That statement is so vague, it's ridiculous.

Comment: I wonder about "Free" (Score 2, Interesting) 135

by MerlynDavis (#31463608) Attached to: PA Laptop Spying Inspires FSF Crowdsourcing Effort
FTA: "any proprietary software is a computer that you don't control". How many people know half of what's going on with "Free" software? How many people not "into" tech know why free software is any different? And, how much free software is actually so thoroughly audited that everyone knows everything it does?

At some point, you have to take someone's word that the software you are loading on your computer is "trustworthy", unless you're going to write it all yourself. And even then, how much of that code is going to be your own, and how much will be copied from elsewhere?

Free software isn't inherently more trustworthy, it simply moves the trust relationship around.

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