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Comment: Windows Phone (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by KlomDark (#49291353) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

Strangely, in my little world, I'm seeing a surprising uptake in WIndows Phones lately. Never thought I'd see it coming. It seems people who have been happy with Android are wanting a little more, and are horribly confused by the iPhone's single button interface, and see that Windows Phone 8.1 is easier to figure out than the latest/greatest version of Android.

Just my little ecosystem, correlation does not equal causation, but I'm finding it fascinating. Microsoft might still have some life in it. (Helps that Cricket is now giving away a couple different free Windows phones)

Comment: Failure mode? (Score 3, Insightful) 73

by KlomDark (#49049641) Attached to: EU Preparing Vast Air Passenger Database

Perhaps we are entering another species failure mode that we will have to solve for. Computers and the internet are great gifts to humanity, but it seems lately to have taken a bad turn. Instead of uplifting the human race, it's starting to look more like a trap.

I've spent my whole life involved with computers and networking. Now at times I wonder if I will eventually regret my contributions to building this better mouse trap.

I personally find that the risk of a dark totalitarian period that lasts for hundreds or thousands of years to be more threatening than any terrorist threat these dark systems purport to protect us from.

Humanity needs to figure out how we want to use these new tools. All this surveillance mode machinery is not good. It just takes one evil dictator to get control of this to trap us in ten thousand years of darkness.

It's a sad fearful reality we are marching towards these days.

Comment: Yah right (Score 1) 305

by KlomDark (#49029949) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

Sounds like a bunch of teatotaller biased bullshit.

Don't even drink any more, but this is stupid. Thinning your blood minorly once per day has got to be good for your heart rather than it pounding full strength all the time.

Whatever, this is nonsense. Next they'll say vaccines are bad for you...

This world is turning stupider by the second.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 239

by cadeon (#49025453) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?

Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered with "No."

Mass surveillance won't end. We have a new era of existence now, and that era includes easy access to anything you've ever communicated.

The thing we'll need to keep in check is how the information collected is used, which is part of the reason why personal right and acceptance of others is so important.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.