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Comment Re:You don't get it, do you? (Score 1) 161 161

All of this is reminding me of this guy. I cannot help ROFL when I see these videos. The are so hilarious and I consider them to be among the best works of art of our time.

If I ever happen to see this guy in public filming me I will simply say "I love you! You are awesome! I'm so glad you are filming me!"

With regard to the stores tracking people: I know its a serious issue, but it is also a potentially hilarious one. I can imagine the myriad ways that you could completely fuck with their analytics by engaging in various activities.

Comment Re:Streisand effect ... (Score 1) 125 125

Now every action News Corp take against The Intercept only draws more attention to The Intercept's article and makes The Times look worse and worse. All Greenwald has to do is sit back and keep saying "No" and allow it to happen and everyone gets to see a wonderful spectacle.

Its also really sad that major news outlets like BBC ran the story on the Time Article but are not covering The Intercept's response.

Comment Re:Not fear but precaution (Score 1) 419 419

My dying in a car accident will not release highly toxic radionucleotides which last tens of thousands of years into the environment.

Also, you are assuming that I am arguing against RTG's. My initial post was to say that I think weighing the safety decisions of engineers against "7 months of data" is BS. Making it seem like its either "7 months of data" vs. what engineers deemed to be safe is a retarded way of thinking.

Also, equating the launching and possible catastrophic release of highly harmful radionucleotides with the risk of death from a motor vehicle is just as retarded.

Comment Re:And now for the bad news... (Score 1) 168 168

I don't see why anyone would *not* remember something as potentially conspicuous as someone or ones with equipment digging into the ground somewhere. I'm guessing that the cables are not just sitting up in the air, but under the ground and probably in some type of conduit which would need to be accessed.

Then again, they dug my street up something like 5 separate times over the past couple years for various water and electric upgrades, so people can become inured to such work going on also.

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 3, Insightful) 206 206

I know that a company like Lastpass has paid professionals to maintain infrastructure with strict security, vs. whatever I would be able to muster on my own. I could use Keepass and perhaps sync with my Owncloud server, but then is my security going to be better than theirs? Probably not even close.

I like the idea of Keepass and have it installed, but their plugins are not as good as Lastpass and using it is kind of cludgy. I have no special allegiance to Lastpass in particular, although I personally think they are probably the best at what they do and have been around the longest and the annual fee - something I'm more than happy to pay knowing they are professionals - it totally reasonable and worth far more than the amount of resources I would have to expend to produce duplicate functionality on my own.

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 1) 206 206

And by the way, what are you going to do when your smartphone or laptop is stolen, with all those hundreds of passwords you have saved in your web browser, or else what? put them in a text file? or else used the same passwords for multiple sites? ... as opposed to if you have Lastpass and all you need to do is change your master password and forget about it!

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 1) 206 206

Everything is a prime target for infiltration. So are my online banks. But we all use online banks because we believe that we can and should be able to. Are we just going to give up doing everything because everything is vulnerable and a target? Or do we just do what we do and do it with the most care and attention to security that we can?

I'm sure that Lastpass security is going to be a lot more intense than an average website. And how else are you going to manage the hundreds of dozen-character long, unique, and complex passwords you want to use with each site?

What Lastpass are doing is simply amazing and is enabling a vast improvement in security (and convenience).

Comment Re:Independent News Wins!! (Score 1) 66 66

I agree that its nice to see another option becoming available, as it is so alarmingly clear that the existing sources of news are highly controlled, bias, and frequently inaccurate. And especially at the community level we need to enable new processes for news to be gathered and made available because everything begins at the community level.

If anyone out there has the good fortune to have access to one of the newer generation of online, local niche news reporting for their community, and the often active and informational forums that are integrated with them, you will know exactly what I mean by this. These sites and these forums are provided much needed places for community voices to be heard and opinions to be ascertained.

As a true devotee of freedom I would like to see such systems be as open and free as possible, hopefully inspired by and utilizing Open Source ideals to the greatest extent possible.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams