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Comment: Re:Do what you can to support this (Score 4, Informative) 186

by mikehilly (#49336023) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act
Here is the text of the email I used - please write your representative today!

I strongly urge you to support the Surveillance State Repeal Act that is being proposed by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.). We need smarter protections in place on both sides of this issue and this Act is a step in the right direction. Protecting our country is important, but we can't sacrifice our freedom to achieve our goals. Please take a stand for the freedom our nation was founded on and work with other representatives to achieve a safe and free nation we can all be proud to call home.

Comment: Re:multiple levels of scaryness (Score 1) 111

by mikehilly (#46387049) Attached to: The Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed To See
While I agree with most of your post, I will point out what the difference could be. Intention makes up a very large portion of how the law interprets actions. In your examples when a company or person manually targets it is clear that their intention is "not good" however when automation is involved it could be the case that the intention was different. This can obviously get into a gray area and is easier for the company to claim ignorance, but that is the general idea around intention.

Comment: Ain't no body got time for that (Score 5, Insightful) 606

by mikehilly (#46334625) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official
I would rather the campus be located away from urban area. Less traffic, less driving, cheap/free parking, cheaper food, less chance of crime happening to me or my properly while at or traveling to work and for most people closer to home. This is double so if locally aimed marketing and walk in customers are not very frequent.

Comment: Re:Two can play at this game (Score 1) 638

by mikehilly (#40971955) Attached to: White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

In addition to the contribution limits you and others propose, I think we should make a condition of certain high level politicians that all their conversations are public record. EVERYthing that isn't classified is availble right away, and the rest is on some kind of accelerated release schedule a few months after the action or information has been done/used. At that level only the details of when/where/who/what are discussed so we wouldn't need to worry about technical details being released anyways.

If people knew what their representative said at all times (especially behind closed doors) I think it would do two things. 1. Open people's eyes to their beloved representative's true character. 2. Hopefully start to change the way they (voters and politicians) make decisions, especially in light of the new contribution limit proposed above.

Simple, effective changes are the way to make big things happen over time.

Comment: Error Rate (Score 1) 134

by mikehilly (#39070291) Attached to: Optimizing Your Caffeine Intake With an App
Careful, it might keep you up all night until they work out the bugs!

Medium Coffee at 7am


Medium Coffee at 8am


Medium Coffee at 9am


Large Coffee at 10am


Take HUGE Piss

Giant Coffee at 11am


Giant Coffee at 12pm


Another HUGE Piss, skip lunch

Full pot of Coffee at 1pm


Go into coffee induced mild coma at 2pm

Comment: Re:Related: Businesses loosing more customer data (Score 1) 232

by mikehilly (#38425242) Attached to: Businesses Now Driving "Bring Your Own Device" Trend
I think the main reason that those industries are interested is that a lot of the tools/apps the user base works on is through a secure web portal. Any data access behind the portal is limited so that it can not come down to the local device. If you think about it a good example is employees who use a "thin" computer like a Wyse terminal. If they can access the same apps/session behind a secure web portal from a DMZ based wifi network on their personal equipment who cares? The data that matters (financial or medical records) is still secure and only available inside the company data center and it never really leaves the secure environment. Obvious downsides are any local keylogger program and/or spyware that takes screenshots but there can be additional checks/scripts run from the web portal to minimize the threat of those attacks.

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke