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Comment Re:A good thing? (Score 1) 160

Android supports monthly updates; it's the carriers that don't give a crap. The Google Nexus devices get monthly Android security updates pushed over the air, so it's possible. However, carriers want a few months to "certify" the devices to run on their own networks, i.e., cram that shit full of their "value-added" software. If you give a shit, buy a Google Nexus device.

Comment Re: Say what you will (Score 4, Informative) 231

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

At least in the United States, the intent of the Founders was specifically to discourage that interpretation. You don't need to be granted the right to unbreakable encryption, it is reserved for you by default.

Comment Re: Why just Gmail? How far do you want to go toda (Score 3, Interesting) 284

The problem is that this is the precise definition of slippery slope. As attractive as it would be to scan for such content legally, this is not the kind of toys we want the government to have. Would the government as with a foreign enemy, we should be discussing capabilities, not intentions. The one inescapable truth is that any capabilities of a bureaucratic entity are going to be abused. If you don't want the abuse, don't give them these capabilities took begin with.

Comment Re: no, just no (Score 1) 353

This is as brilliant as their gun control agendas, which now want to include prohibition on buying enough ammunition to go target shooting for longer than 15 minutes per year. When the legislators are so removed from reality, it's just a symptom of public that is so exquisitely scared that they are willing to support notions that are clearly against their interests, with a far higher probability of causing harm than good.

Comment Re:Signs of evil. (Score 1) 139

Careful there.... There are all sorts of legitimate reasons to bar recording in the work place. You better believe that defense contractors have that sort of rule in place, for example. You can't read too much into this particular reading -- it applies to Whole Foods only and only if it survives an appeal to an actual court.

Comment Re:Let's make some assumptions... (Score 1) 163

I would bet that the second stage would be recovered somewhere else, not near the launch site. By the time the second stage booster completes its burn, it's already very, very far away and going very, very fast. It would make more sense to try to land it in Africa or Europe or the Pacific rather than to make it fly back to the launch site.

Comment Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 190

...which is that some people in the U.S. legitimately believe that the 2nd Amendment is archaic and needs to be restricted a bit more... ...and I respect people who think we should make some changes...

The same polls also show that the majority of the US is willing to be under surveillance for a promise of fighting terrorist, pedophiles, etc...

What I do NOT respect are people who think we should just "reinterpret" the plain text to mean something new and different from the original

You mean like the 2nd amendment? You do realize, that the founding fathers would have thought that the "liberal" interpretation of the 2nd amendment to restrict INDIVIDUAL rights, was the definition of the government overstepping its bounds and exactly what they were TRYING to prevent.

If you're willing to lose one right for the promise of safety, you should be willing (and you will) lose them all.

Comment Doublethink (Score 5, Insightful) 190

And why is it that you yourself, while acting as if you care about constitutional rights, disparage those who support the right to be armed? I don't want a random person deciding which of my rights I should or shouldn't have based on their individual biases. I want them all.

Those who support infringing your right to privacy while supporting the 2nd amendment are making a terrible mistake. But by directing your anger towards them and supporting infringing on the right they hold dear, you are not only making the same mistake, but you are also playing into the hands of those who are perfectly happy taking our rights away a little bit at a time.

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that your ACLU card can't live next to an NRA one, or that the EFF membership depends on you having a specific political allowance as opposed to being committed to preserving as many rights as we can.

It's good to have different opinions and a debate... But once you say that you're okay sacrificing one right for the false hope of security, just because you don't care to exercise it, you don't get to argue for preservation of others against a similar promise of safety.

Comment Re:Your Data is worthless (Score 1) 220

No, you're wrong. Look at Cryptolocker and all the other random ransomware/malware/spyware. Lots of easy money out there going after consumer-grade "security". Heck, Synology had a huge ransomware scandal because of lax security. Do you really think the average guy who clicks on all the attachments to his emails is not going to get rooted and punted?

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