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Comment Re:"Facebook users" (Score 2) 47

I see that you have conveniently jumped straight to victim blaming rather than owning up to the bigger failing, which is why ordinary users should even have to worry about becoming owned by benign-looking attachments.

Especially for tech creators like so many of us here, this seems applicable: "When you point a finger at someone else, remember that there are three other fingers pointing back at yourself."

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ATF Puts Up Surveillance Cameras Around Seattle ... To Catch Illegal Grease Dump (muckrock.com) 189

v3rgEz writes: Last summer, Seattleites noticed that utility poles around town were showing some odd growths: A raft of surveillance cameras that, under Seattle's strict surveillance equipment laws, shouldn't have been there without disclosure and monitoring. But Seattle Police said that they weren't theirs, and one enterprising citizen followed up with a series of public records requests, only to discover that they were actually the ATF's cameras — on the watch for grease dumpers. Now the requester is fighting for the full list of federal surveillance watching over Seattle, and answers to how often federal agencies pursue what appear to be purely local crimes.

Comment Instant hysteria (Score 0) 533

Not so long ago, the news was full of fear-based "reporting" on all the evils of the internet. "The predators are online and coming into your child's bedroom." Fear, fear, and more fear.

Nowadays, if you want to inject some instant hysteria into a discussion or a news report, the recipe has been tweaked since the internet has become just an ordinary part of daily life. Just add "with a drone." Instant crazy follows.

Comment Re:Ad Block Plus has been around for ages (Score 3, Insightful) 263

Why has the mass media finally 'discovered' it? Because Apple.

Yep, because Apple.

I think Apple is more friendly to ad blocking because they are already sucking all the profits out of the mobile ecosystem with device sales, while their chief rival makes approximately zero from device sales and is dependent on advertising revenue. They are trying to leverage their high-value platform to deny revenue to their competitor.

Comment Re:Mod parent up. (Score 2) 608

The politicians demanding martyrdom would be just as comfortable working for North Korea's government as they are working for the USofA's government.

And THAT is a very big problem.

<head nods> As the saying goes, when fascism comes to the USA, it'll march down main street wrapped in a flag and carrying a bible.

Comment Re:Risk vs. Reward (Score 1) 227

Currently my employer isn't in control of the wiping of my phone, I am.

Are you sure about that?

You may be right if your employer only has POP/IMAP access. But if your phone is using Active Sync to access your employer's e-mail/collaboration system (and ActiveSync is the de-facto standard for mobile access these days), then the administrator is free to push out new policies to your device at any time. These policies can be things like requiring a PIN to be set or disallowing camera usage in certain geographic areas. The admin can also send out the "wipe" command at any time to disallow access to any company data on your phone, with the serious collateral damage of also taking out all your own personal accounts, e-mail, photos, etc.

So maybe you are in control of wiping your phone. Until you're not.

As an aside, newer Blackberry 10 phones come with built-in perimeters, one for personal, one for work. Connecting the work perimeter allows company to manage data (including wipe) on that side but not touch data in the personal perimeter. On the Android and Apple platforms, there are similar 3rd party solutions available to segregate and manage work partition independently.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581

I'm not misconstruing anything. I think where iyou're going off to the weeds is advancing the false equivalence of a right (free speech, fair housing) with a private sector terms of service. Changing the terms of service != denial of a basic right.

So if Reddit promised you something, and then later takes it away, then yes, it sucks. Arguably not moral. Hypocritical, even. So you win that point...

But file it under "Life In The Big City." Times change, they're growing up, and want to monitize their property, which means making the site "safer" for investors and advertisers.

Yes, they may have promised you all the free speech, but they are under no obligation to keep the status quo.

No rights violations here. Assuming Reddit doesn't go back on their policy, it's time to either accept it or move along.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581

Reddit banning unpopular views one way or the other - Their prerogative. I'm not necessarily ok with it, but their forum, their rules.

Bakery - more of a "right to discriminate as free practice of religion" than free speech issue, but I think the courts are (mostly) going in the right direction where a business cannot necessarily possess religious views (Hobby Lobby decision is an exception).

Apartment - in many places orientation is a protected class, so they can't discriminate based on it.

Other citatations - more issues of discrimination and fair housing than free speech, and separate from the only point that I am making: free speech for you does not create an obligation on the part of another to create a forum for you.

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