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Comment: Re:Ads (Score 2) 266

by TheGratefulNet (#48434591) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

I like the idea of micropayments.

however, I don't trust google to manage this. they ONLY do evil, these days, disguised as good.

if google is part of it, I want no part of it. sorry. but I already block anything that has a G domain in it. this would require me to unblock them and that is just 100% unacceptable to me.

we need a truly good company to help make this happen. google is not the way forward. google is PART OF THE PROBLEM!

Comment: Re:This is a huge first step! (Score 1) 202

I'm with you; I have given up believing that our government is good and is trying to do the Right Thing(tm).

they are now more concerned with covering their asses and collecting all info they can 'just in case' they need it. more CYA, really.

parallel reconstruction is a horrible thing, but they use it and so they don't care about laws anymore.

what this has done is make us, the citizens, ALSO not care about the laws. I dont' think they realized this would be the effect, but I see it, in modern attitudes. especially in the young. they don't believe our government is good or trustable anymore and that our laws are corporate self-interest based.

what goes around, comes around. and that's what bothers me the most. the 'arms race' between the gov and the citizens is growing and not de-escalating.

each generation has said 'the world is going to hell in a handbasket' but this time, they really are right.

sadly, I don't see a reversal. ;(

Comment: Re:So how much power will this use? (Score 2, Informative) 202

according to google, essentially NO extra cpu (in real terms) is needed anymore.



If there's one point that we want to communicate to the world, it's that SSL/TLS is not computationally expensive any more. Ten years ago it might have been true, but it's just not the case any more. You too can afford to enable HTTPS for your users.

Comment: Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (Score 2) 257

by TheGratefulNet (#48391865) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

Anyone who believes that buying private links into a providers network is the same as your traffic getting paid priority knows jack shit about network ops.

ever hear of TE (traffic engineering)? I call bullshit on your statement. even inside large isp networks they will give qos to some data more than others. it can be by traffic type or endpoint identity or a combination of many things. my day job is at a major router company and I can (or can't, uhm, ...) tell you many things about how you can prioritize traffic with modern core and edge routers and switches.

to say that traffic is not engineered is to lie to us.

we are not stupid, you know....

Comment: Re:Google's Paypal (Score 1) 105

your reply addresses nothing that I posted about.

they are not a tiny company and so, they have LESS excuses to kill off launched apps and services. 10 or 50 man company, sure, fine. but the mamoth that they are? inexcusable!

do I sense fanboi'ism at YOUR end, mate? I don't have sour grapes; I stopped supporting google and their products years ago. they fooled me once but they are never getting a 2nd chance from me.

Comment: Re:Google's Paypal (Score 3, Insightful) 105

so-called 'free applications' or services are bullshit since they can and will be pulled at any time google so chooses.

they are THEY 'short attention span' company of the decade. I can't think of anyone else who abandons their own work so frequently and after its actually launched on the public, too. abandoning things in internal field-test is fine. but once its launched, it should not be killed off without a damned good reason.

with all the brainpower (?) google has, with all their money and employee base, its amazing how much abandonware they have produced over the years.

google makes me laugh. a bunch of children who think they can engineer products. lol. it takes a lot more than just writing code and throwing it on a website to truly be a respectable product engineer. I don't know if google has ANY such people, form what I can see on the outside.

Comment: Re:Without their permission (Score 2) 98

by TheGratefulNet (#48378053) Attached to: Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

speaking of gps maps, I had a discussion with a guy at work about buying a gps that came with the car vs installing an aftermarket one.

my point to him was that car companies cannot be trusted with your data, your driving locations are WAY too much info to hand over to them, their gps systems are almost always worse than even just your phone's gps and they are expensive as hell. the only upside is that they 'look good' on your dash since it was designed in from the factory.

no, I want no bluetooth from a car company or any other networking thing. no radio uplinks, no beacons, no data logging (hard to avoid the blackboxes that are now built into every car sold to the US folks) but what stuff I am able to stop them from using, I certainly will.

this kind of thing makes buying 10+ yr old used cars look a lot better. it also makes me want to hang onto my old car for as long as I possibly can.

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 2) 339

by TheGratefulNet (#48250637) Attached to: LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

I know you were being funny, but take australia as an example. its often said that everything that moves around down there with more than 2 legs is ready to kill you. all kinds of dangerous venemous creatures in oz; and yet, they are just as afraid of their shadows as we yanks are. they are being terorized by their own people just like we are (ie, the 'authorities').

we have little to fear about the big bad foreigner. we have much more to fear by our own lawmakers and those who carry guns under color of law.

but terror 'sells' and every country has pretty much realized that by controlling people via fear, they can pass any restrictive law they want, spy on anyone they want and get huge 'toys' budgets passed. this never would have happened a few decades ago, but now, we are all pussies - the whole world, pretty much. cowering over shadows in the night.

this is not at all a funny matter.

Comment: Re:This was no AP. (Score 4, Insightful) 339

by TheGratefulNet (#48250591) Attached to: LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

actually, we need more of this.


we are being desensitized to sensibility. the 'zero tolerance' world we now have - the so-called 'new normal' is BULLSHIT and needs to end.

the more we call attention to stupidity (no, not the wifi name but the airlines, in this case!) the better. we need to have more and more of these incidents to make us re-realize that stupid things are not going to hurt us. jumping at every bump-in-the-night is a failwhale.

we need to grow some balls. if it means that more 'authorities' have to start THINKING on their own instead of covering their asses, so be it. but zero-tol is not working and needs to end asap.

some kid takes a PBJ sandwich and eats part of it so that a shape of a gun is made; and he's sent home or expelled. this is just more of the same zero-tol CYA bullshit that also has to end immediately. if we don't come to our senses, we will be ruined (we're long on our way to ruin, as it is; due ENTIRELY to our own fear level).

Comment: Re:HTTPS Everywhere (Score 3, Interesting) 206

by TheGratefulNet (#48227033) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

quite a valid point!

just like you can NEVER trust a windows (or mac or even linux box) that was not setup by you, especially if its a corporate box that was given to you pre-installed.

almost every company of mid-size or larger preinstalled MitM certs for their spying firewalls. they don't tell employees that, but netadmins and sysadmins pretty much all know this.

I work at a large networking company and they didn't tell me WHAT they do or HOW they'd spy on me, but I found out via a friend (in germany) exactly what they are doing. in .de, you have to disclose to the employees a lot more than the US requires you to do, and he relayed the info to me about how our corp laptops come preinstalled with corp spyware. ability to active mic, camera, screen caps, all that bullshit in addition to traffic logging.

I'm a network mgmt guy and when I was out interviewing for jobs (the last few years) almost all of them involved DPI and MitM attacks, even though they tried to explain it away as 'troubleshooting information' and 'for the users benefit'. quite bullshitty but they said it with a straight face, like they believe their own BS.

you guys have to start realizing that corp america is all about privacy invasion; of customers and employees, alike. if you have a corp laptop, do NOT login to your home email systems and keep your work laptops entirely clean of anything personal and home related. yeah, even if you see the lock icon on the browser, it means nothing anymore, in a corp LAN.

Comment: Re: Is there a way to prevent this? (Score 1) 206

by TheGratefulNet (#48226995) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

I don't think you could modify packets that are in an ssl stream and not have ssl detect it and reject the 'broken' packets.

https is mostly secure (other than MitM attacks on certs) and vpn's are also very secure.

I have a vpn and while I use it mostly at home, there is an android client (even for my ancient 2.x android o/s) for the vpn provider I have and so I could get as complete privacy as possible on my phone, while doing inet things.

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