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Comment Monsanto has to label their GMO foods in Europe (Score 1) 446 446

and should also be mandated to label their GMO food in the US, so that consumers can choose.

The truth is that GMO foods have already so penetrated our foods and particularly processed foods that the food makers expect to lose customers if they are required to label.

Monsanto, ADM, etc are not trustworthy nor are the US food agencies that are suffering from regulatory capture. Label GMOs and let the consumer choose.

If the plant was not created by nature hybridization via crossbreeding and instead has genes that could not naturally occur in the plant genome. Label it as GMO.

Comment Flash will die when MS Windows does (Score 1) 199 199

After all the platform with the largest rich soft underbelly of easily exploitable code is Microsoft Windows. So do not hold your breath waiting for Flash to disappear. Like Windows there is way too much code built on top of it for it simply die a quick death and disappear.

Comment Re:Shows where the heart is (Score 1) 139 139

Well, then let's just give the credit for making the FOIA request. And the journalist and/or organization that makes the most useful FOIA requests per year as voted on by their peers, wins all their costs times 100.

Otherwise, this a brilliant way to slow FOIA requests by profit making enterprises.

Comment Re:Uber doesn't own the vehicles, correct? (Score 2) 346 346

So if an employee is required to purchase equipment or furnishings to perform a company mandated job they are a contractor?

It doesn't work that way. And the IRS would like to have an expensive discussion with you about that.

Comment Re:Common sense prevails! (Only Partially!) (Score -1, Flamebait) 545 545

So vaccines approved by boards and other parties inside the US Food and Drug Administration with undisclosed economic interests in the vaccine companies bottom-line doesn't bother you?

Allowing individual lawsuits where the prevailing party pays will not bankrupt the vaccine makers UNLESS they've done something proveably wrong. And it will filter out the "nutters" who will end up paying the companies for bogus lawsuits. Only those parties who can prove harm with good science should prevail.

If the vaccine makers are doing their jobs right they have nothing to fear with reasonable legal protection. They only need to smash down a few suits and collect from those that could not prove their case.

This is not specifically about Autism and whether it is caused by vaccinations. It is about holding companies accountable for products that EVERYONE must use by government mandate.

The vaccine companies always talk about the "nutters." That's to keep any sensible discussion about holding the vaccine makers accountable from gaining any traction. But like the "nutters" were right about mass government surveillance and they are also likely somewhat right about government mandated injections. Those who profit from mandatory injections and vaccine manufacture and control need to held to a very high standard. Since the mid-80s vaccine companies have successfully avoided that responsibility. That must end.

Comment Re:Common sense prevails! (Only Partially!) (Score 0, Troll) 545 545

The federal laws passed in the mid-80s that insulate the responsibility of vaccine creating companies to flaws in their products needs to rescinded or heavily revised.

It is the fact that the companies creating these vaccines are largely not culpable for their products that has driven the anti-VAX movement. FIX THAT or this law will be ignored.

As it is California legislators basically gave a free pass to all current parents whose children have already aged passed the ages they were supposed to get vaccinated. Those children do not have to be vaccinated.

The legislators did that to defuse the daily protests by parents.

Comment If an IOT device phones home DO NOT BUY IT (Score 5, Interesting) 131 131

if you cannot completely turn that intrusive privacy robbing feature OFF permanently. Devices that phone home to their real corporate master are not owned or controlled by YOU.

It is really that simple. That means don't buy Dropcam or a Nest or any of the other "easy to use" everything is stored "in the cloud" IOT devices that are out there and are the most heavily promoted.

There are nwtwork security cameras you can secure easily and control the recordings of. There are also "home automation" devices that only talk to each other within a defined area using reasonable encryption. You just have to be very careful and research what you are buying.

I note that in my last visit to BestBuy every IOT and home automation device promoted was more useful to the company who manufactured it that was collecting all the customers data than to the customer.

You can program your home router to block all outgoing traffic except from devices you select and you will find that many IOT devices will no longer work if you block their ability to "phone home."

Comment Since Repubs cannot descredit 'climate change' (Score 2) 347 347

they now want to discredit the messenger: Science and Scientists. With 97% of scientists seeing climate change as real. It's really the only way to keep the current system going as is.

Why? Because with climate change deemed as "real" there will be a public demand that all externalities be paid for by the parties that created the harmful externalities. Global Free market capitalism cannot survive such a change as it never pays the true costs of the damage it creates. It's purpose is to socialize externalities costs while privatizing profit. So the reality of 'climate change' will be fought via virtually all means.

Here is what monied capitalists most fear: If climate change is real, either free market capitalism dies or a sizable of chunk of humanity does.

With a 97% consensus of scientists global free market capitalism must be altered significantly so that 100 years from now the Earth is at least as livable as it is for us.

Comment Dericam IP Video cameras do this (Score 1) 263 263

Available at Amazon, eBay, etc. starting around $70. These IP cameras will email or ftp still images at 640x480 or you can "pull ftp" motion sensed videos at 720p. Dericam cameras are Linux based and "hackable" because the administrator password let you overwrite flash memory. They are also easy to unbrick *if* you mess up.

This example is a indoor Pan-Tilt camera:

They do have some bugs, like all these Asian made IP Cameras seem to regardless of price, but unlike almost all the others you can work or hack around them.

Comment SUPER SLOW unless a faster than light system (Score 1) 105 105

that does not exist is hidden within the system somewhere.

I guess it could be a backhaul for slow low priority internet traffic, but no customer in the 1st world would put up with the latency and lag given the current "centralized service" architecture of all internet services from Google, Facebook, WebMail, YouTube, "The Cloud" etc.

It could be great for bandwidth expansion with a more distributed network model than what we have now for Internet services. Email and file transfers that don't need instantaneous speed compared to interactive web pages would be natural uses for such a high latency service that would also need to be cheaper than faster terrestrial options.

Comment Re:TOR (Score 1) 145 145

So I guess you've given up on all the web sites that require logins and/or use cookies and JavaScript that don't work if you use TOR in the proper way that prevents tracking. Because TOR is doesn't work on many sites if you set it up to properly actually protect your identity. Add-ons like Disconnect, Privacy Badger, Self-Destructing Cookies, Adblock, and Flashblock provide reasonable mis-direction to tracking with an added VPN that randomizes your visible IP address.

And NoScript is fantastic except for all the care and feeding necessary to keep up with all the tricks the sites impose. And many sites now make it impossible to view their sites if you use NoScript.

HTML5 was developed advertising industry input built-in, so its even harder to avoid being tracked.

So now the choice is becoming be tracked or do not use the web.

Comment XPosed and XPrivacy will lie for you! (Score 1) 234 234

But you need to "Root" your phone.

See: for info on installing the Xposed framework which basically places a hook into the main event loop of Android where Xposed modules like XPrivacy can watch, block or "lie" to most of the rest of the Apps running within Android.

XPrivacy is available here:

And BTW, iPhone Apps are not any better about this stuff like phoning home and spying on you unless they are rooted and modified. It is just that the greater openness of Android platform ersus iOS makes it easier to spot. But that also means that there are more and better countermeasures.

If you want to be shocked take your phone place it in WiFi only mode and then use network packet sniffer on all the data flying by like tcpdump or wireshark while using apps on it. You will then realize that you the purchaser of the device does not "truly own" that device as it is delivered.

You can also replace the stock Android OS with Cyanogenmod:

to gain better control of your device.

Comment Re: Seattle Times looking for first hand reports (Score 5, Interesting) 85 85

This is easy to defeat with a simple 2.4ghz jammer in the protest area. Both Bluetooth and most WiFi would be disabled. So the devices cannot mesh. Turn off the cell networks and ability of protesters to coordinate is gone.

So it could be useful when Government is not the adversary such as in a disaster, but is easily disabled by Government if that is it's intention during protests.

Comment A WiFi router re-flashed with OpenWRT or DD-WRT (Score 1) 238 238

The classic router for this purpose was the Linksys WRT54G, but that is getting very long in the tooth and does not support 802.11n or 802.11ac.

The current reasonably priced (about $100) pick that supports everything and is a *working* 2.4ghz and 5ghz 802.11ac router with OpenWRT or DD-WRT is:

TP-Link Archer C7 V2 AC1750

Manufacturer Info is here ->

It can be re-flashed with either OpenWRT or DD-WRT to provide firewall and a variety of VPN types. It also has enough flash to add other features and given that it includes 2 USB 2.0 ports can also used as a low power (compared to a full hardware PC) internet server.

The disadvantage on this router is that it only supports 1750AC and not 1900AC and that the USB ports are only 2.0. There are routers that cost a lot more that provide both 1900AC and USB 3.0, but they also do not currently FULLY support OpenWRT and DD-WRT.

My personal experience is that OpenWRT is more module than DD-WRT. This makes is easier to pick and choose "packages" in any configuration you'd like. For instance, I added the stunnel package to protect a IP video camera that did not provide HTTPS for remote home monitoring. Now the router provides necessary HTTPS for that use case.

If you are looking to use either DD-WRT or OpenWRT check their home pages BEFORE purchasing a router so you know that it is fully supported by each.

The router to AVOID at the moment appears to be the Linksys 1900AC which the manufacturer FALSELY claimed in their sales literature at launch supported. It still does not.

You can view info on the OpenWRT project here ->

And the DD-WRT project here ->

Comment If Electric Imp dies so do all "the cloud" goodies (Score 2) 32 32

Electric Imp would be interesting if open source. Alas, it's not. It's proprietary and everything is in "the cloud," so if the company dies so do all the projects and products that work with it as you lose access to the Imps that are deployed.

What I find amazing is that product's like Lockitron are totally dependent on this may not be there tomorrow proprietary cloud platform.

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