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Comment: Without their permission (Score 5, Interesting) 98

by RandomFactor (#48377975) Attached to: Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

customer ... Information ... wont be ... all kinds of stuff ... without their permission.

I'm told I gave permission for things that I in no way gave permission for (consciously) far to often to buy that one.

They'll just add permissions to the shrink wrap license on your smart ignition key (or your XM radio, live maps, emergency service, or some other needed/desirable function). Pesky 'privacy' problem solved!

Comment: Re:I know! (Score 1) 545

by RandomFactor (#47925929) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
I have Windows and Mint also. (Primarily windows, though that's a practicality thing for me, not a preference.) - Windows doesn't stay running months on end unless you don't patch. That's not an indictment of Windows, it is just the reality of maintaining a system well in that environment. - Why do people assume that if they don't experience a problem that the person that does is simply wrong/crazy/imagining/stupid. - If you don't run Windows routinely and keep it updated (which sounds like the case in the GP), then when you do boot it, EVERYTHING wants to update* and your experience is horrible until it all completes. Also not an indictment of Windows, just reality. * (unless you convince yourself that you can do it better and smarter than various manufacturers and lock down all automatic updates, which I posit is a bad idea generally for non corporate systems...and particularly those where someone boots into the OS out of protest once in a blue moon...)

Comment: Re:Bubbles (Score 1) 130

by bonehead (#47610093) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Well, yeah, if you can maintain complete control over the information a person has access to, then, yes, over a period of time you could mold the way they think.

Nobody has that ability. Not the US govt, not the Iranian govt, and certainly not Facebook. "Reasonable and intelligent people" are able to recognize when they're being fed propaganda, and take it with the appropriate dosage of salt.

It's the idiots and morons that swallow it hook, line, and sinker. Obviously, that makes these people a very valuable target audience if you're running for political office.

Comment: Re:Bullshit. (Score 1) 140

by bonehead (#47605271) Attached to: Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

That's why I said earlier in this thread that I have reinforced my belief that my next car will be a late 60's or early 70's muscle car.

Might not be as "green" as some would like. But it was built without any spy tech, and I could spot any suspicious crap that has been added on after the fact.

Not like today's models, which are basically just computers on wheels. Take out the factory radio to install a superior aftermarket model, and suddenly your heater doesn't work.

You can't tell me there's not a 3 letter agency behind that sort of retarded engineering.

Comment: Re:Sponsors (Score 1) 138

by bonehead (#47604999) Attached to: Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

Given our success in the "War on ...",

Given our success in the "War on Drugs", we should declare war on prosperity.

Given our success in the "War on Terror", we should declare war on freedom.

Seems like the only thing we accomplish when we declare "War on" something is to ensure that it will propagate and grow. /me declares "War on Giant Piles of Cash in my Bank Account".

(Oh, wait, I already won that war decisively. It was a scorched earth sort of thing. Recovery won't be possible within 10 lifetimes....)

Comment: Re:Sponsors (Score 1) 138

by bonehead (#47604829) Attached to: Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

If it is reflecting RF, it is in effect, transmitting.

Well, no. I see what you're trying to say, but... No.

Pretty much by definition transmitting and reflecting are different and separate things.

I suppose it's possible to reflect a signal that you also transmitted, but it would be pointless, since the reflected signal will always be weaker than the transmitted signal.

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