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Comment: Bring back SMS/Chat (Score 1) 218

by flogger (#46974821) Attached to: Google Testing Gmail Redesign
Just over a month ago, Google dropped the SMS chat feature that has been present in Google labs for years. it has worked great and was the main reason I switched to gmail. Discussing it with other tech folks we can only conjecture that Google has ditched it because it was one of the ways people have found to sens SMS messages from a source that the NSA can;t track. (Create throw away email through some random VPN.) Contemplating going back to my own email server again. This new beta look might just be what pushes me over the edge.

Comment: Harrison Ford (Score 1) 325

by flogger (#46871229) Attached to: <em>Star Wars: Episode VII</em> Cast Officially Announced
With Ford's last two movies, a cardboard cutout of him in his 40's would have done a better job than he did. His performance in Ender's Game was horrendous (don;t blame the script Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis did great with what they were given.) Hopefully Harrison Ford's reprisal will be Han Solo sitting in a Laser-Rocker in the old folks asteroid telling stories of who shot first to you bantha fodderlings.

Comment: Without a public hearing? (Score 2, Interesting) 256

Welcome to modern politics. Politicians do whatever they want and don;t need to consult the public at all. And when motivated enough, these politicians can pass all sorts of legislation in a day. In the recent past Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill requiring teachers to teach until they are 67; passed the bill in both house and senate; had the bill signed by the governor. All of this in one single day. Teachers union, was shocked and has been fighting this ever since, but since it is "the law" they don;t have a lot to go on. Everyone else in Illinois has been on pins and needles knowing that the government can in a day vote your career into misery.

Comment: Re:Stop the Hate Child!!! (Score 1) 723

by flogger (#46109847) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Yes, I still feel that purchasing this type of equipment is a waste of taxpayer money to prepare for an event that happens maybe for one day every 5 years at the most.

5,10,15,20,25,30,35 -- seven times in 36 years. Check.

I can count the times it's snowed like this on one hand in my 36 years here.

Says the seven fingered driver.

Comment: Store all media (Score 1) 187

by flogger (#45722551) Attached to: How much of your media do you store locally?
I store some of my media on the hard drive.., ripped DVDs, CDs, and yes, records...
I store some of my media in the TV cabinet... DVDs, and VHS
I store some of my media near the stereo ... CD and Cassettes and Records
I store some of my media in the closet ... 8 track tapes, floppy discs
I store some of my media on the wall ... Digital Art I've created.
I store some of my media on a linux box for streaming music at my workplace.... no pandora ads.
I store exactly one "album" in the cloud. which is about .09% of my media.

Comment: I teach... (Score 2) 250

by flogger (#45394925) Attached to: MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students
I dare the administration to tell me I have to teach this curriculum to my students. I'll give my own slant on it and end up teaching anonymous proxy, torrents, ripping, you name it...

Actually as common core, students have to work more with media. As a result we are ripping DVDs and cds and editing these to meet some educational goals... I am sure that is against their curricula.
bastards. (*IAA, not the students, this time.)

Comment: Re:overrated, anyway (Score 5, Insightful) 732

by flogger (#45348365) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>
So you were the type of student in school that "read" the assignment but failed to "understand" what he read. Never once did Ender seek "revenge." Never did Ender want to make them "Sorry" for beating him up. He wanted them to stop, and he was willing to hurt them enough so they would never hurt him again. This is very different than revenge.

I really don't understand where you come from in thinking that this is a revenge novel. In the Ender makes sacrifices because he is going through is for the betterment of humanity.

Survival is a large theme in this novel. not revenge. There is a huge difference.

I'm glad I was not your teacher for a literature class.

Comment: Ease of Access (Score 0) 569

by flogger (#45263023) Attached to: Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?
When all of the internet is being filtered through five or six main providers, it is easier for the NSA to funnel all of the information into its data analysis machines. Can you image the headaches the NSA would have if all the little mom and pop companies (if they were still around to do internet), would not provide for a free backdoor to the operations...

So now there are just a few providers. They get to charge whatever they want and the government will let the monopoly continue so the executives and share holders can smile all the way to and from the bank.

Fuck 'em. I'm done paying for interne@#$@#!43,

Comment: What about on the "Web" itself... (Score 1) 223

by flogger (#44774689) Attached to: Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser
I can decript my data, use browsers to erase cookies, but without spoofing IP addresses, the websites know where I am accessing from and when I access the site. If I would then use a major email (instead of my own email server), then the NSA has their hands on my emails and any cloud stuff I save. Everything in the internet needs to be reworked for privacy, not just the browser...

Of course the The United Surveilla^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H States Government is not going to let that happen.

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