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Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 310

They said that was grounds to kill the sale, even though I said "well then send it to my regular address"

My response to them would be that it is not acceptable, and I expect them to complete the sale through my validated address.

Again, if they refused, I would immediately leave negative seller feedback on the listing and submit the Non-Performing Seller complaint form to eBay.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 310

Would you think it normal or necessary to contact your ISP ahead of time should you choose to start surfing secure websites outside of your country?

Well, your ISP doesn't look at what websites you are visiting (or shouldn't). Unless your ISP is a Cell provider or Dialup account, there's no way you left the country and still use your ISP's services.

Let's try another one: Would you think it's necessary to inform your ISP you will be accessing your e-mail account from outside the country?

(HINT: Many ISPs use geoblocking. On an ISP provided e-mail account, many times overseas IP addresses will be blocked by firewall from contacting the ISP's servers over POP3 or SMTP)

Let's try another one.... would you think it's normal or necessary to contact your Cell phone carrier, before leaving the country and thus using international data roaming service?

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 310

My BoA Visa card has constantly hit their "fraud detection". I don't use the card terribly often anymore; it seems every other time I did use it for an online purchase of any sort, it triggers the fraud detection: even one time I was using it in a local shop; I think the local shop had some kind of issue with their CC machine as they needed to run the card through twice.

It was very annoying that every 4 weeks or so, they were calling me up with a "fraud alert".

I have been much happier in my experience with Amex and Citi.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 2) 310

they say that they are refusing the sale because they thing something about my account may trigger Paypal's fraud protection.

File a complaint with eBay. Report them as a Non-Performing seller which is an eBay Terms of Service Violation.

A completed sale is contractual, the seller must go through with the transaction, otherwise they are violating the contract and can even be sued by you.

Comment Re:My program whitelists vs. those (Score 1) 305

You seem to have let trying to block advertising define your life a hell of a lot more than dealing with a few ads might have. Frankly, a loony for a loony cause. But hey, I guess if it helps you feel like you're contributing to something important ..

Comment Encryption (Score 4, Informative) 105

Which country has the best on-line personal privacy laws that would made it patently illegal for any actor, state, or otherwise, to access my information?

NONE. Zip. Zero. Nada.

If you wish to secure what you host, then use a solution that encrypts it on the client side.

I believe BitTorrent Sync is an example of that.

Some hosting and online backup providers also offer solutions where every file is encrypted on the client side, and the hosting provider never gains access to the plaintext files.... this is what you need.

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1) 1141

What I am claiming is that the difference between fatal and non-fatal injuries in a mass attack comes down to the same lottery luck as the election analogy. The (relative) skill of the attacker and defenders is more critical when determining the total number of victims, and less so when determining the extent of any particular injury.

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1) 1141

Let me give you a second example.

Rather than taking the effort to tally all the votes cast in an election, let's throw all the ballots into a giant pile, mix them about (maybe in a cement mixer) so they're completely random, and pull one out. Whoever is on that ballot wins the election. If you fully believe that randomness is not bad for public policy, then you must conclude that there is no drawback to this voting system, and the lower work required to determine the winner makes it superior to the systems in use today.

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1) 1141

What's wrong with your maths?

I could ask the same question of you—because from my perspective, the only difference between victims being injured or killed is a matter of luck. I consider it an error of the highest order to include that sort of randomness in the factors which drive public policy.

Comment Re:You don't own the sky (Score 1) 183

Or have you been calling commercial airliners to demand they stop flying above your house, as well?

Commercial airliners don't, and they don't have the right to: hover over your property and zoom in on your wife sunbathing in the secluded and fenced-off backyard or go fly over other random properties outside their flight plan, and flyover your property in order to scan it or take detailed photography of your property in particular.

Commercial airliners are not a threat to the secrecy or safety of items or structures you have placed behind a 10ft fenced off area, and if they are: their aircraft are identifiable, and you can be certain there is an entity behind that aircraft to hold responsible for damage who will have an ability to pay.

Commercial airliners have licensed pilots, great safety records, flights determined in advance, and the only thing they're allowed is expeditious passage through the air space. They don't have the kind of rights to the usage of private property that drone owners are trying to utilize.

You still own the property, the commercial airliners are authorized nothing other than expeditious passage from point A to point B public or private airports authorized for use by the aircraft, even though your property happens to be under that path, But otherwise: it wold not be possible for them to make that trip.

Comment Re:Why should the FAA allow drones without COAs? (Score 1) 183

A Certificate of Authorization for an unmanned aircraft used for commercial purposes. Is your six-inch quad going to be used for commercial purposes?

For Many people, the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES, by the FAA's definition of commercial which includes the publication of video or photography on Youtube, and the advancement of any public or political benefit (Such as use by a non-profit for search and rescue work --- considered commercial use), or if there happens to later be any revenue from photography derived from a drone flight.

Comment Re:Congressionally mandated penalty (Score 1) 183

See 49 U.S. Code 40103. The airspace is outside of the jurisdiction of any state; the states are considered to only control what goes on at the ground. By act of congress, the US federal government has exclusive sovereignty over the airspace of the United States.

Can they explain where the FAA gets any Constitutional authority to regulate drones?

Drones are flying, so they are encroaching upon airspace which is used by aircraft crossing the country and multiple states to carry cargo, passengers, and conduct other interstate commerce.

Comment Re:What the hell is wrong with people? (Score 1) 1141

A person with issues made what might have been a final plea for help the night before and everyone just blew it off.

"Online" is such a vague description. Was this somewhere like Facebook or G+, where tying your activity to your offline location is simple, or was it on 4chan or Xbox Live where the "identity protections" in place may have prevented properly contacting the police department in the correct local area?

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1) 1141

...do you think someone can commit mass murder on this scale with knives and baseball bats?

It does not matter what I think, I happen to know it has happened. While typically these events are "less fatal" I don't think a 0-deaths attack should be considered better if victim counts remain high. Personally, I wonder why you prioritize guns, when nearly every previous mass shooting perpetrator has shown poor mental health? (It's still a little early in the reporting cycle for a solid analysis in this latest attack.) Since this is such a universal factor, even past the availability of firearms, I would say improving our treatment of mental health issues should take a higher priority in responding to mass attacks.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 70

... every case I've heard of where some individual was trying to elicit large amounts from a company/organization by sitting on a domain, the companies, without too much difficulty, took possession of a domain that related significantly to their company/organization.

Ah, but there are likely many cases we did not hear of, because the squatter was successful, and confidentiality might have been a condition of the settlement.

Someone could buy up a name like Google because they liked how it sounded, or they wanted to do a website about big numbers, they could then monetize the site thanks to the high level of organic traffic.

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