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Comment My opinion: it's a big hit on new tech (Score 1) 353

Just like Mt. Gox, I believe the problem with the AM breach is people stepping back a lot on their online practices. Some might say its use induces moral/ethical practices, and in AM specifically propagating such practices to IRL/AFK. But I believe keeping human flaws hidden in thought is much worse for individuals and society in general.

One of the most relevant things the Internet has brought us, through stuff like social web (influencing our real life friendships) or article comments (showing how critical our nature really is, oftentimes offensive, but broadening our knowledge with third-party insight), is the ability to express our inner feelings and will openly, creating stronger bonds between individuals both online and offline or, at the very least, solidifying existing bonds through true empathy. If we have a means to speak, produce, or simply act more for self-improvement, we will also undoubtedly have more output "humanity" thus creating a stronger sense of knowledge of our current nature and how it evolves, and grow larger in our goals.

To that effect, AM's breach will have consequences much like an online shop being hacked, or more specifically what China's or North Korea's internet censorship: it will create social stigmas reducing the will to and shield the effective usage of the affected topics. And keeping people from doing what they do, if it is socially acceptable to some level, is an indirect form of oppression.

In the end though, we will have a lot more unhappy couples that could be using AM to have a decent life but won't out of fear, and we will have a lot of companies not wanting to create such types of ideas out of the sheer market threats that all this ordeal has brought back. Simple as that.

Comment Answer for "why all answers here seem a bit off" (Score 2) 158

There is a very specific reason that you can't find any decent sugestion on these comments getting 5+. To put it simply, there's no silver bullet.

(for brevity I'll summarize my sugestion here, just combine the following: Control the PC with Remote Desktop for Android; Stream Audio+Video with Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter or a cheap Miracast Dongle; Have a PC that enables flawless screen casting over wifi, preferably using Intel WIDI on Win8+ and an Intel GPU; Have some very good domestic WIFI network; Forget long cables exist: they won't give you control over the PC, they are more expensive than a good enough router and they are cumbersome when you don't need their lenght anymore)

Everyone has very specific needs (marked with * are yours):
- some already have a gigantic library, so they need fast/reliable access to it wherever it is (also varies)
- most (of the afforementioned) formats are picky: lossless/lossy/weird audio formats and won't play everywhere nicely
- ...and they may also need subtitle support
- some just want to stream popcorntime (or youtube, or hulu, or [insert your brand of constantly updated content])
- others just want to cast their PC screen *
- then they realize they also want to control it from afar...*

But then, everyone has very specific, sometimes catch-all habits:
- some want to use the thing everyday, so they want swift performance, intuitive UI control and quick pinpoint of programing, even some form of "zapping"
- some watch sporadically and can take the hit on performance, usability, and even availability
- some want to use it once a year, but they want it to be flawless that once

Everyone has a certain flavour of a crucial part of the "system":
- no decent internet uplink from the ISP
- no decent WIFI for streaming HD content (remote or local)
- no chance to wire the place around for solving previous issue
- Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, HDMI (and its versions), DVI (and its versions), DisplayPort (you knwo how it goes), D-SUB..... USB (...Micro; Type-C lel)...

And then there's the real nitpicky shyte: low power usage, low noise, below 50$, must use https/proxy/VPN yada yada. Seriously I think there isn't two people in the world that, whatever solution they attempt, both of them will never be completely happy with that solution. But there's certainly one for your needs and I have a sugestion that just might be it:

Since you want video, audio, and control over two separate floors, you surely need to use that WIFI network. No way around it: and HDMI cable won't totally control your PC from afar. So you want at the very least 802.11n everywhere (router, tv-side, pc-side, smartphone-side). If you are thinking of streaming to pc from the interwebs, you might even need either wired connection router->PC, or alternatively dual band "ab" stuff so local throughput doesn't get chopped by the big mesh dynamics going on. Since we got the "medium" out of the way, now we need your "control device". Three words: Android Remote Mouse (google it). Now the most important part: how to get your display+audio out of that PC and into that HDMI? Unfortunately there's only one decent choice in my humble opinion (it has many names though...) Miracast/Widi/screencasting. And that narrows your choices a lot: PC side you need an intel CPU and Windows 8+ as they are the (to my knowledge) the most viable way to share desktops SEAMLESSLY; TV side, I will say you want a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter or any decent Miracast dongle that suits your pocket. People say chromecast will also allow it but I wouldn't trust 2yo product on a constantly feature-changing (sometimes without warning) software platform.

Comment It's just a bit.ly for emails (Score 1) 204

Apparently it's only "your email replaced by a link to the content". Somebody really knows how to pimp up a news article so it reaches front page huh.

I found this from the reviews on the chrome extension site as I didn't bother installing it, WHICH IS STILL MORE THAN THE ARTICLE AUTHOR MANAGED TO DO.

Comment True Unsung Heroes (Score 0) 129

How come this has been written like there's someone stealing from somebody else? I'll try and be crystal clear about something advertisers and their supporters fail to grasp every single time it matters: ADS STEAL PEOPLE'S VALUABLE TIME IN EXCHANGE FOR THINGS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED, but ultimately aren't because of your models. Nobody that is an honest-to-goodness COMMON USER reads ad-based use policies, and most of them would rather NOT have ads, but abides to them anyway, because well, it's either pay up for that non-free version or live in the stone age. There are successful business models that do not rely on paid apps OR ad-based revenue. Paid models I can just ignore their existence, as I don't pay for things "lightly". Ad models are outright forced on everyone. Whoever keeps forcing them to users is, to me, the real thief and worse, a progress-encumbering entity, as there is nothing good from a ad-cluttered UI, usage of my data plan for you timely needs or even my phone electricity for displaying such aberrations. Somebody who makes money by trolling who is already trolling my attention, carrot on a stick-like, really deserves some sort of award. As a mobile software developer, I congratulate you, unsung warriors of this capitalist world that has lost it's sense of meritocracy.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157

I'm not American, but this sounds like a quote from one of your most relevant presidents (which I hear a lot in your movies) that goes like this:

government of the people, by the people, for the people

The real problem is current governments wants everyone to believe everything they do is eccentric and not egocentric. Like: "hey we gon' take this info so u can be protected from yo'self man. Trust"

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157

I mean the Patriot Act obviously. But some notes on the 4th:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects

I highly doubt any part of the 4th was written taking into account the characteristics of digital data. Even "effects" is not enough a concept to include the complex digital data concept. Some data has no effect at all. Some data is test data. Some data is not even created by the user. NO DATA CAN BE PROVEN TO BE CREATED BY THE USER, only its PC, account, IP Address, etc. It would be much like adding "...effects... and thoughts" to the original list. Big no-no.

supported by oath or affirmation

Maybe it would be nice to also note that, in this particular case, the defendants are only informed of such warrants when enough evidence has been gathered to solidify all prosecution vectors possible, even if such vectors were deduced from information obtained by the aforementioned, non-disclosed-to-defendant-thus-incontestable warrant. Seems like some pretty heavy abuse of power to me. Or is the state supposed to use loopholes to spy on its own citizens?

and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

These warrants are obviously generic. They can't "particularly describe" anything besides what they are supposed to see in publicly available information. Unless the government has access to the private keys of root certificate authorities and KNOWS BEFOREHAND what is going on in the private communication between client computers and Facebook servers. Oh wait, THEY DO... And even knowing it beforehand, they fail to describe such "things" with the minimum detail in these warrants... They are so admittedly sloppy with these investigations, they prefer to keep them generic - just like a bad detective with an ego the size of the moon likes them.

Comment Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 4, Informative) 157

You reap what you sow, they say. The real problem was the conjuncture alignment that induced public interest letting pass such laws, and the lack of action, after its consequences are visible. I believe most tech companies are simply protecting their users to the best of their ability by attempting to stall such warrants. It's the only thing they can do, they can't be expected to win legal battles against solid, yet nonsensical legislation put in place that gives omnipotence for state supervision of private data. I can't even blame judges for this: a decent state lawyer only needs know the legislation which umbrellas the warrant, and provide proof all was done within its procedures.

Comment Re:Faulty bullshit detection kit. (Score 1) 273

Oh and sorry for some typos, I usually have trouble translating fast text to english from my mother tongue. As a side note, I noticed I pretty much applied one of the BDK's premises to your own argument: the authority fallacy :D. Making a largely biased "anything" compulsory is authoritarian by design. Oh wait I did it again, any biased decision based on liking Sagan's skeptic points of view are invalid due to his own logic! ARGUMENTCEPTION. I'm taking a comic approach to this argument, don't take it too seriously. I'm not starting any sort of flame war and I deeply respect your opinion. It's why I replied.

Comment Re:Faulty bullshit detection kit. (Score 1) 273

I have to admit I laughed reading your comment (because I emphasized my "bullshit detector persona" with it). But that authoritarian mood gets us nowhere. I like to keep an open mind about everything. For fck sake, I know my sex drive is 100% towards women, yet I often force my mindset to "homo" so that I can understand (and mostly do accept) their point of view. It's a good exercise in humanity and I advise you to do the same (in all areas of human nature, not limited to sexuality or healing methodologies). On the other hand, such open-mindeness can confuse some people's goals in life. I know for a fact assertiveness, constructive criticism, dialogue and so on (keep inserting pacifist bullshit here) are NOT ALWAYS the best answer to questions in life, but in the long run, pondered decisions are usually the ones you don't look behind. You know that meme "The more you know"? It fits like a glove unless you have A.D.D. If you are easily distracted from your goals by taking other ppl's bullshit into account, maybe you should keep doing what you do :D

Comment Re:Theology (Score 1) 273

"Anyone" was a misused generalization. I should have said "Most of those really interested in such courses". There are always the obvious trolls looking for easy credits. But I doubt that well represents student population in serious universities. I, for one, got tired of picking easy courses "just because I want this done" on my late college years, taking my choices more seriously. Some easy ones were actually useful though, and that's my external opinion on homeopathy - it's always nice to know about alternative ways of thinking. It supposedly has worked in Asian countries for millennia, to a higher degree most might think.

Comment Re:From the sublime to the ridiculous ... (Score 1) 273

You make a good point, but at the same time I repeat what I said to james_gnz: if you only have sloppy sources of homeopathy knowledge, you end up targeting a largely biased group of people for such knowledge. These will sell homeopathy like snake oil, and you will have no counter argument with a factual approach against (and for) it. Having serious doctors get some free credits for understanding homeopathy's point of view, and within collegiate standards nonetheless, will provide serious opinions not based on hearsay, educating population about it exponentially.

Comment Re:Theology (Score 1) 273

You're right, but like all things in society, everything must fall in line gently, with universal approval or even consensus. And above all, with time. Some scientific facts are statistically proven to be wrong, yet most people will go against them, well, because they can. It's human nature to contest factual evidence, and it's also the reason much of today's given scientific facts came to be (general relativity anyone?). I much prefer an homeopathy course to be taught within collegiate standards, thus providing real doctors, who undertook such course, to advise consciously rather than based in hearsay. If all "knowledge" of homeopathy originates from really sloppy sources, you can be sure all statements arguing homeopathy effectiveness will come from those only interested in homeopathy's universal adoption. Let me put it like this: why do most American Presidency candidates must have some religious background, a wife, preferably children, so as to be favorable to their own parties and consequentially public opinion? Because: 1. U.S. voter (non-abstainers) pool is largely religious and 2. Because U.S. and party electorate value understanding of nature's uncertainty, spiritual existence, and to some degree, a creationist point of view. It is sad. But it is true. And I can live with that as long as religious views don't start WW3

Comment Theology (Score 1, Interesting) 273

It seems fine to me too.

Anyone undertaking these courses knows what they're signing up for (pseudo-science), and in all honesty, it goes to show how well respected, religion-aligned theology courses have had state approval (and actual educational value) throughout the times. After all, most "original universities" started out from a form of clergy information repository, and its faculty and alumni related one way or the other to religion.

It would be antithetical to not sanction an homeopathy course by denying the very own subjective origin of universities as a whole. Much the same some computer science has management courses because they matter to its target audience, having homeopathy in, say, a Bacteriology major feels much like a course that complements the objectivity in all other courses of such major. It certainly feels a lot more right than distance learning or scientology at least.

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