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Comment I thought Hawking said we should avoid aliens... (Score 4, Interesting) 208 208

previous article...
'I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach. ... If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans.' Personally, I've always thought that the indigenous people of the world really had no chance to avoid contact here on such a small planet, but is hiding under our collective bed an option for humanity in the wider galaxy?" - Stephen Hawking

Comment Re:password recovery to defeat reverse identity th (Score 1) 213 213

An "honest mistake" is very different from willful ignorance and vitriol though. The literal University professor in question continues to give out my wife's email address. Calling the power company and telling them that they have the wrong person does not work. Logging in to the web page to change your email address does not work (it gets changed back). Contacting the husband, loan officer, and texting said University professor does not work. Telling her university students to PLEASE TELL YOUR TEACHER she is giving out the wrong email address, the correct one is ........ does not work either. The only thing that works is directly punishing her for signing up for things with the incorrect email address.

Comment password recovery to defeat reverse identity theft (Score 5, Interesting) 213 213

My wife has a common first and last name... her email address is her first name and last name @gmail... She gets everything from electric bills to HOME MORTGAGE CLOSING PAPERS for other people. When she emails back and explains that this is not that person's email address... the idiots become hostile and accuse her of being a hacker.
Now any time she gets a bill for any service, her first step is to recover the password, then schedule service disconnect. Seems harsh, but it is the only way. She has dealt with this for years... Hell if she were malicious, she has the account balance, social security number, bank account numbers, credit history, and/or University staff login credentials for half a dozen people who have targeted her for "reverse identity theft." No matter how much she begs them to stop.

Oh by the way... other woman who lives in NYC, 5 guys burgers emailed and said your order is ready for pick-up.... Maybe eating burgers and fries 6 times a week isn't the best for you though.

Comment Re:Statism vs. Libertarianism again (Score 4, Interesting) 123 123

Why should an ideological stance on the regulation of guns and computers be the same? They clearly are different tools with much different uses.

I think you are wrong about that. The ideological stance on gun ownership in the bill of rights had a lot to do with empowering people to overthrow their corrupt government. Guns no longer have that power for the most part. Computers do. When was the last time a Deer Rifle toppled a world power? When was the last time twitter did? The answer is 2011 Or maybe even 2014

Computers aren't the same thing as guns, in fact they are a lot more powerful.

Comment It doesn't matter when (Score 4, Informative) 297 297

If you need to ask yourself WHEN it will fail, that is the wrong question. The right question is "are you ready for imminent hard drive failure?"

If you are not running under the assumption that your hard drives will randomly fail, you have already lost. I have 20 year old drives still spinning, and 2 month old drives turned paper-weights.

Comment Re:Damnit, AdBlock (Score 1) 127 127

websites *will* find another way to serve ads, whether it's through an EULA or randomizing/obfuscating the references to ads, or even serving the pages as images.

I would be happy about an ad strategy that doesn't break the pages I want to browse. If they come up with an alternative to current ad strategies that doesn't result in accidental malware attacks and autoplay videos and flash animations, I will be too lazy to block it.

Adblock plus is pretty much the most effective antivirus on the market, even though that isn't even their intent, and that is the primary reason I use it.

Comment Peak robocall? (Score 1) 193 193

I wonder what percentage of voice communication is currently robots talking to robots. I mean, personally 99% of voice traffic attributed to accounts I pay for is simply robocalls hitting my VoIP mailbox, being transcribed into text, then emailed to my inbox.

Eventually it will be an unprofitable model right? right?

The only possible explanation is such a small percentage of voice calls need to actually be heard in order for scammers to get enough money to be worth it. God, how do stupid people have so much money to lose?

Comment Re:Piracy claims just a ruse to remove competition (Score 3, Interesting) 122 122

I run xbmc/kodi on my Fire Stick currently. It is a huge annoying pain in the ass that Amazon won't let me have a shortcut to it on my Fire main page... You have to go to settings -> Applications -> Manage installed applications -> XBMC -> Launch Application... But when I get there it works exactly how I want it.

Lets face it, Kodi on the app store vs Kodi sideloaded is no big difference... A user sophisticated enough to actually run something through XBMC is sophisticated enough to run ADB to sideload apps over the network.

I am just glad the fire stick isn't more locked down than it is. Since I got it for 14 dollars, it is the cheapest possible way to run XBMC on my TV.

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