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Comment: Re:Yeah yeah (Score 4, Insightful) 110

As a bonus, putting these criminals in jail will also most likely stop all this complaining about a prisoner shortage.

I have a better idea. Why don't we put police who routinely break the law by conducting warrantless searches in the vacant jail cells. Two birds, one stone.

Comment: Re:Public safety is not the issue (Score 4, Insightful) 280

by dcollins117 (#48163463) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

The issue is the balance between public safety and personal privacy.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches is not just a nice idea, it is codified by the founding fathers as a fundamental principle differentiating this country from others..

The only "issue" is whether you agree with this principle, or not.

Comment: Re:Competition urgently needed (Score 1) 149

by dcollins117 (#48143035) Attached to: ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

As long as the ISPs retain monopoly positions, they will be able to do as they please (or as the NSA pleases to make them do).

I'm hopeful that wireless speeds will continue to increase and become more reliable. If I can connect with my neighbors, and they can connect with their neighbors and so on, we have the beginnings of a decentralised network. The sooner the companies relying on monopolistic control of wired internet access become irrelevant, the better.

Comment: Re:Nice article (Score 2) 97

by dcollins117 (#48123559) Attached to: More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

I'm currious if anyone is being exploited in the sense of exploiting children if they take their own pics and you end up seeing them.

Not in my view.

I'm just under the impression that the exploitation comes from children being forced or enticed into the photos and the viewer while not participating in the actual act, it enabling it by creating demand.

It's funny how Hollywood claims that downloading music and movies is destroying the entertainment industries, while the think-of-the-children crowd says downloading photos somehow "creates demand". I suspect both sides are just making shit up to bolster their particular agendas.

Comment: Re:American Exceptionalism (Score 1) 335

by dcollins117 (#48091379) Attached to: US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

1) It is not a violation of US law to hack into Chinese computers.

I'm not so sure of that. There have been a a number of amendments over the years to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. One in particular broadens "the definition of "protected computer" in 18 U.S.C.1030(e)(2) to the full extent of Congress's commerce power by including those computers used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication."

That's a pretty wide net, and could be interpreted to include whatever the prosecutor wants it to.

Comment: Re:Hardly surprising (Score 1) 249

by dcollins117 (#48085941) Attached to: Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Because a site like that would drive down prices, thus merchants have no interest in listing their stuff on such a site.

Vendors providing the best product at the lowest price, friendliest service, and best support certainly would have an interest - they would make a lot of money The vendors trying to maximize profit at the expense of customers would not do so well. I don't see a problem with that.

Comment: Re:Hardly surprising (Score 1) 249

by dcollins117 (#48085185) Attached to: Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Predicting what you want is hard.

If not impossible. Why not create a reverse-ebay web site where users tell you what they want to buy and sellers bid to sell it to them?

I'm sure I'm not a genius so it seems likely such a site exists already and I'm just not aware of it . If not, you can have the idea for free. Live long and prosper!

Comment: Re:We are not hearing the full story. (Score 1) 742

by dcollins117 (#48084895) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Look, we all hate Comcast, but something is fishy here about this guy. I will go as far as saying that the write-up is one-sided.

The last anti-Comcast Slashdot article I remember seeing was the one about them terminating Tor users. That turned out to be total bullshit, so I'm skeptical as well.

I'm no fan of Comcast but I do use them - if they give one iota of a reason to switch providers I would be delighted with DSL. Hell, I could use dialup or wireless and be happy as a clam. So far they haven't pissed me off enough to do so .

Comment: Re:Hardly surprising (Score 1) 249

by dcollins117 (#48084575) Attached to: Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Funny, I use search engines and read review sites.

Search results and reviews are ads, Einstein. Ones you solicit and are interested in.

In fact, ads want me to let arbitrary web sites run scripts and other crap which makes things less secure.

Yes, that is a problem. Those are the unsolicited ads I was referring to. I don't allow them either.

Comment: Re:Hardly surprising (Score 2) 249

by dcollins117 (#48083633) Attached to: Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

I don't think that there's any such thing as an advert that I actually want to see.

Ads are helpful when it comes time to make a purchasing decision. You aren't going to buy something if you don't know it exists.

When deciding what to buy I seek ads out. What I do not condone is unsolicited ads. Those add nothing of value.

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern