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Comment "the choice to turn off the software or pay" (Score 1) 219

Nah, I'd go with option 3 - find a different site.

Maybe the next generation of ad blockers will download the ad content, let the site think the ad was shown, and then just not display it.

Plain text ads like google uses would be fine.

Popovers? Animated ads? Anything that covers or obscures other content? No thanks.

Comment Time to encrypt ALL traffic then (Score 1) 161

and start deprecating ALL unencrypted protocols.

Establish a new connection dispatch service that all all other services would use. All interconnections would first establish a connection to the dispatch, which would establish a TLS or PGP type of encrypted session, and THEN transit information about which service to connect to.

Comment Re:Bandwidth? (Score 1) 64

Yes, I see this as far more useful for fixed installations rather than mobile.

Think neighborhoods banding together to set up their own Internet Co-op ISP's, installing bulk bandwidth in one central location and sharing it among a few dozen homes. The telecoms are going to HATE it, which means its something to celebrate.

Comment Re:Ditch the godamn phone (Score 1) 193

Expensive? My google voice is free.

I pay for mobile mainly for Internet access. Voice calling is just a side effect. And Its around 50 bucks a month. Pretty cheap.

And when you want to reach a business, many have no real-time want to contact them except phone. I doubt your local mom&pop hardware store has skype. ANd even if they have facebook, its unlikely they sit there monitoring it.

Comment Re:Know who to blame? (Score 2) 193

The issue is, if you're a big company with 50 phone lines, you want your "main" number to appear regardless of which line you call on.

If you're a small phone(VoIP/etc) company, that uses wholesale services from multiple providers, if your customer places a call and it is handled by one provider, but their number might be provided by a different provider. The providers have to let you specify what their CID is, for it to NOT be a false CID. And they have to trust you to set it appropriately.

And yes, callerID is not and will not be 100% trustworthy. Consider it an "advisory" only.

Comment Re:asterisk, if you are up for it. (Score 1) 193

I use google voice to a similar effect, but even more strict.

I only give out my google voice number.
Only calls from a select list of close family and very close friends (less than a dozen numbers total) ring through to my actual phone(s).
A few direct family members have my direct cell number in the extremely rare case where GV has an outage they need to reach me urgently.
EVERYTHING else, gets voicemail. If its important, they'll leave a message.
If they refuse to leave a message, I don't want to talk to them.
Occasionally I'll research the callerID of hangups, mostly just to humor myself.

Comment Re:Anti-robo call service (Score 1) 116

Even when I do give a phone number out, its a google voice number, and its set to only ring through for calls from direct family and a couple close friends.. Everyone else gets voicemail without it bothering me. Legitimate callers will leave a legitimate message and I can call them back. scammers and telemarketers just hang up.

Comment I only ever use paypal where (Score 1) 116

there is literally no other choice, and even then I "pay as a guest" (deleting cookies to get around their attempt to only let me do so once) and I NEVER give them any bank account numbers or my real phone number. And I use temporary "one time use" credit card number my credit card providers offer, as well as a unique email address each time at a domain that I run my own email service on.

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