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Comment Re:Plain stupid reasoning (Score 1) 187

We're moving into a situation where the climate changes will force people from coastal areas, both poor and rich alike. We're still polluting and depleting the Earth at an alarming rate. Furthermore, the income gap between the rich and poor is widening. There seems to very little control, and where it does exist it's often more evil than where it doesn't exist. Besides all that we're still living in between nukes and nuclear power plants and those *are* going to blowup once in a while, if history has thought us anything. All these facts will lead almost certainly to renewed war and social instability.

Sure it feels cozy living at the current time (I say when 30% in NL, one of the richest countries in the world, has problems balancing their checkbooks). But I don't assume that's universal, and I surely don't think it will last.

One of the more likely scenarios for never having had any contact with a alien civilization is that they blew themselves up just a few thousand years after the first big scientific breakthroughs. One of the issues with globalization is that extinction will be global as well.

Then again, I'm going to ponder this over further behind a freshly made capucino.

Comment Re:Pretty much everything (Score 1) 262

I was looking in vain for my ethernet port for my Lenovo Yoga 3 laptop lately. Very nice price for a good IPS touch display, WiFi AC, backlit keyboard, Samsung SSD, i7 and 8.6 GB of RAM. But when my cable internet provider asked me to test the connection I was searching in vain for my ethernet port. I never even imagined that such a machine comes without ethernet support. Fortunately the USB 3 ethernet connector of Lenovo is pretty cheap and works amazingly well. As you still need the ethernet cable I'm not sure that USB-3 has replaced it, but it certainly replaced the port on the laptop.

Comment Re:It is hip to be square (Score 1) 128

Yes, but that's not what this seems to be about:

We have used a number of patches on top of OpenSSL for many years. Some of them have been accepted into the main OpenSSL repository, but many of them don’t mesh with OpenSSL’s guarantee of API and ABI stability and many of them are a little too experimental.

For something that includes experimental patches, *boring* would be an extremely stupid part of the name.

Comment Re:POTS... (Score 1) 582

Maybe so, but I've still got one of those plain old telephones that do work on a POTS line lying around. And I would not be surprised if many people still have one of those lying around as well. Of course, I've long given up on the POTS subscriber line, so it won't make much of a difference.

No internet means no television, no radio, nothing. I've however got 3 internet connections; one DSL, one mobile backup provided by my internet provider and a telephone. This telephone is will also receive an SMS if anything catastrophic happens in the neighbourhood.

I'm hoping on quick restoration of mobile lines if something does happen. In the Netherlands that's probably a storm, an industrial accident or flooding, we are happily void of earthquakes, tornadoes, tropical storms...

Comment Re:They pop up and notify me they are running. (Score 2) 243

OK, I can understand this one, but there are so many ways of hiding information in a channel that you simply need to have a blanket permission. Otherwise you are promising something that you cannot enforce.

What I could see is permissions for specific ad services, or access to specific servers. Even then the last one is of limited use; it could only help against sharing information with a *third party*. If you don't trust the developer, then just connecting with the server of the developer is enough to share any information with anybody. Sometimes however you *don't* connect to a server of a developer, it would be helpful if an IMDB app could just connect to IMDB and not to the developer of the app.

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog. -- Cartoon caption