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Comment: Re:Aggregated intelligence (Score 1) 78

by geekmux (#49540211) Attached to: Traffic App Waze To Alert L.A. Drivers of Kidnappings and Hit-and-Runs

Indeed, but this isn't anything new.

Waze already knows where you are whenever you're using it. It's a critical part of the functionality that allows it to work.

Furthermore, there's an excellent chance that Google also knows where you are, whether you think they do or not.

Personally, I'm OK with this at this time. Waze has saved me hours of waiting in traffic on the freeway, and Google's Location History helps me generate accurate invoices without wasting time on note-taking.

Your opinion may (and perhaps should) vary.

Curious if you were aware of how your GPS statistics might be affecting your automobile insurance rates year after year.

Oh, you have factual proof they are not manipulated by aggregating data from various sources?

Curious if you were aware of how your medical insurance rates might be affected based on where you travel. Or what food you buy.

Oh, you have factual proof they are not manipulated by aggregating data from various sources?

I could go on here, but hopefully you see my point. The reality is you have no damn idea just how much your life is actually affected by corporations aggregating and sharing data like this.

None of us do.

Comment: Re:Bah ... (Score 5, Insightful) 99

by geekmux (#49540157) Attached to: Bloomberg Report Suggests Comcast & Time Warner Merger Dead

They just need to regroup, figure out who to buy off, and do it again.

I'm sure someone is up for re-election, or wants a cushy job in the private sector, who can be "convinced of the merits of the case" with a suitcase full of cash.

Corporations don't stop doing crap like this just because the outcome would be bad for consumers.

Absolutely correct. The only way you would get those involved to back off completely is if you threatened them with incarceration.

Not even fines would deter them, since fines are usually so laughingly small they're worth paying basically every time.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 676

by geekmux (#49537945) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

"House Committee on UnAmerican Activities" of John McCarthy

McCarthy was a Senator and had nothing to do with that Committee in the House, but thank you for false mud slinging there.

Also, could you please inform me what Nixon did that was wrong? I've been trying to figure it out but haven't been able to yet. The articles of impeachment said he talked about using the IRS to target opponent, Obama has actually done it. Nixon also deleted 18 minutes of audio that was incriminating, Obama's team has deleted 3 years of Learner's emails and 30,000 of Clinton's emails that may be incriminating and has refused to turn over documents on Fast and Furious gun running. So I basically am trying to figure out what Nixon actually did that was wrong because none of it seems to be even questionable today. I guess its more lies like you had about McCarthy, who was looking for Russian spies in the State Department and from recently released documents he was 100% correct.

What is wrong about your comparisons to Nixon is the fact that you think Obama is suddenly right.

He's not. It's just that the American People don't give a shit anymore.

And I mean that.

And as a result, you have a government that gets more and more arrogant and in-your-face with every passing day, as if to say "Yeah, we broke the law. What the fuck are you gonna do about it? You're just a voter, until we decide to label you a terrorist for speaking out."

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 2) 676

by geekmux (#49537311) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

The generation who doesn't vote is busy building technology which renders the politicians' mandates increasingly-impossible to enforce.

By the time that generation is done, it won't matter what the politicians say anymore because math will trump force.

That's the possibility that should really terrify the Boomers and make them clamour for increased surveillance - the possibility that their grandchildren might have both the means and the desire to avoid paying the payroll taxes which keep the Boomers' monthly checks flowing.

It's funny we sit here and talk about the environment and what are we doing to secure the planet and natural resources for future generations as you spitball about future generations literally being sabotaged by the younger generation.

I only have one thing to say to that. Better fucking hope the youth of today discovers immortality.. Funny how they've have forgotten they will get old one day too, and get screwed over by their own policies.

I'm certainly not saying the current system is perfect, but shortsightedness and greedy thinking like this will likely make it worse.

Comment: Re:Aggregated intelligence (Score 4, Informative) 78

by geekmux (#49537135) Attached to: Traffic App Waze To Alert L.A. Drivers of Kidnappings and Hit-and-Runs

He assured that the data provided to the city by Waze would be "aggregated" and completely anonymous

It'd be way too easy to combine this "aggregated" intelligence with what "smart" traffic sensors already know to de-anonymize pretty much every piece of data.

Sorry, but with ALL of the ties to an individual (billing, address, Google, Apple, etc.) that your personal cell phone has (also known as the exclusive device Waze runs on), you're not going to convince me for one second that any data streaming from my cell phone is "anonymous".

No fucking way.

If more people realized this, we would call out these "aggregated" and "metadata" justifications for what they are; complete and total bullshit.

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 4, Insightful) 676

by geekmux (#49535559) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

That's because the elderly suffered much more stringent brainwashing as children that leads them to say that they "support those who fight for our freedom" while also promoting a police state worse than Orwells worst nightmare. The younger crowd grew up with much more access to information and see the police state for what it is and do not have the blind worship of government that the elderly do.

I wonder how those elderly will feel as their Social Security and Medicare programs are stripped clean in order to pay for that police state they champion so much...

This isn't just about information. Cost is a huge factor too, and perhaps felt a hell of a lot more with the younger generation who is still paying the full brunt of those "terror" taxes.

Comment: Re:Dubious (Score 1) 676

by geekmux (#49535523) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I am well beyond millennial status and I approve of what Snowden did so I am not sure I believe the survey results. While I do approve, I also wrestle with the fact that he broke the law and put Americans in jeopardy. That makes me wonder how the questions were asked. I mean I can certainly dislike someone but approve of what they did.

Perhaps what you should be struggling more with is the fact that Snowden revelations haven't done a damn thing to hinder the abuses of our own government.

It's practically funny how you struggle with the fact that Snowden broke the law, and yet you find exactly ZERO laws broken on the government side.

Comment: A question for ALL demographics. (Score 1) 676

by geekmux (#49535501) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Perhaps the standing question for every demographic as we try and paint a "Like" button on Snowden himself is, what if Snowden never happened?

Seems no one wants to think about how much worse this could have gotten. Unfortunately, apathy will ensure the inevitable, since I'm surprised the pollsters found enough people who still give a shit about this at all to form any opinion.

Comment: Re:Ugh (Score 1) 194

by geekmux (#49531409) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Don't present a corporate restructuring (including layoffs) like a kick starter campaign.

You sure we shouldn't be suggesting that companies use Kickstarter in order to avoid layoffs?

We've seen some pretty insane shut-up-and-take-my-money ventures, like the one where man is hungry and needs 10 bucks to make potato salad. What does Kickstarter net him for potato salad? $55,000.

Comment: And the vendor response will be... (Score 2) 279

by geekmux (#49526877) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal change the definition of "own".

If you the consumer currently control your screen today, then tomorrow you won't own the screen.

They will, and they'll advertise what they damn well please.

And you will accept this behavior with a smile on your face because you paid only $99 instead of $999 for that screen.

Comment: Re:A short, speculative cautionary tale... (Score 1) 391

by geekmux (#49526239) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

Curious if you had written that last part some years ago, and if you still feel you're going down that road today.

Thanks for sharing that. Interesting and scary.

And for the skeptics here, rewind 75 years ago to all of your beloved sports fields. They were once covered with players that did NOT enhance themselves.

It's not so impossible to see that same mentality take over the workplace. And sadly for the same damn reason. To "win".

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 391

by geekmux (#49526139) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

If there are few to no negative side effects, what does it matter if people lean on these drugs to work?

When the Adderal-ehanced cubemate of yours gets promoted and becomes your supervisor, you might care. That's the problem with this kind of bullshit becoming valued into the workplace.

I've not used them myself, but I don't care if others do.

When that Adderal-enhanced worker who's been up awake 27 hours straight working on that huge project finally tries to drive home and falls asleep behind the wheel, killing 3 people in a head-on collision...well, you know where I'm going with this...

Comment: Re:Expected lifetime 3 years. (Score 1) 129

by geekmux (#49526097) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

So now even my television set has an expected lifetime of less then 3 years?

Yes. Along with your car that came with all those fancy in-dash electronic systems standard that are now obsolete.

Along with your DVD and Blu-Ray players. They're all so "smart" these days too.

Never rely on google anymore.

Yes, because they're the only vendor in the game...Riiiight.

Good luck narrowing down the manufacturer to blame when IoT takes over. You think obsolescence is bad now..

Comment: Re:Stripped down version (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by geekmux (#49526063) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

So offer people with older devices a version without those features.

Do you recall the last time you saw a "dumb" DVD or Blu-Ray player for sale that did not have "those" features?

Yeah, me neither. Seems they outlawed them.

TVs aren't far behind either, and soon neither will cars. What was a $20,000 base model that had these things called "options" has now become the $30,000 "base" model with all this in-dash/online crap standard.

After all, shouldn't everyone need to upgrade their new car/TV/appliance as often as your smartphone due to obsolescence?

Vendors think so.

Comment: Re:Our customers won't know (Score 1) 107

by geekmux (#49513701) Attached to: D-Link Apologizes For Router Security

The majority of our customers have no idea how routers work, let alone that they can update its firmware. When we explain that a router is a mini-computer that offers a high level of control to them, some of their eyes glaze over as they think a port is what you plug a cable into. When told that firmware can be updated using DD-WRT or the latest OEM version to patch vulnerabilities, only a few understand how to do this, even when we explain it to them. We do offer to perform the work for them, but most don't care unless their router is acting wonky. Unless D-Link sends letters, not an email that would likely be perceived as spam, to registered owners with simple instructions on how to update firmware. very few of their routers will be patched in the real world.

Yes, this is absolutely true.

But, more importantly, consumers SHOULDN'T HAVE TO patch the firmware in their routers. No software is perfect, but this is just getting ridiculous. It's not just D-Link, even though they may be among the worst of the worst, there is now a complete disregard, industry wide, for even the most basic standards of quality.

And yet one quality standard of mine is the old mantra that if it is not broken, don't fix it, which runs in direct conflict against the idea of vendors pushing automated updates, especially to devices that can and will destroy the LAN and WAN connections.

I'm wondering where this conversation would be if TFA was titled "D-Link new automated update service pushes out patch, bricks 100,000 routers at once."

Basic standards of quality would be assuming the vendor is more than willing to support that 2-year old router you "just bought" by keeping people on staff to monitor it for hardware or software know, instead of saying Fuck you Very Much by simply telling you to go buy more of their product by getting a newer (supported) version.

For the average $99 consumer router, which support path do YOU think vendors are more likely to take? Or more to the point, how much are you willing to spend on a new (well-supported) router/firewall? $300? Is $400 too much to ask for the device that protects ALL of your other computing devices? Oddly enough, almost every single consumer thinks so. Even the ones standing in line to pre-order a $500 smartwatch.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.