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Comment Time to use scare tactics to promote encryption (Score 1) 495

The government is always using scare tactics against the people saying we need to be protected. There's super bad people out there and they can't find them without seeing all our private data. What if we started telling people how bad it really would be without encryption?

Without encryption, your own neighbors would be able to see your emails as you transmit them, your banking details, etc. Anyone at the coffee shop could get this information from you. The government will be spying on you without your knowledge all the time. They'll know about everything you buy online, every web site you visit. Criminals will sit on the street outside of your home and watch your WiFi traffic to find things to blackmail you with.

Those are extreme's of course but there's probably lots of things we can think of to get the word out. Maybe even spin it to tell people how strong encryption is helping protect them every day. We just have to use examples they'll understand. Things like, "Your bank uses strong encryption to protect your bank information but Jeb Bush wants the government to see what your doing".

Comment Re: .NET is NOT “Open Source” .. (Score 1) 253

Okay, it's MIT licensed, and there's a patent promise - which i personally don't trust, but you're welcome to.

I don't understand this fear that people have over this patent promise. Are there that many people out there who intend to write their own version of the .NET core components? The only group that may be affected by Microsoft changing their mind is the Mono project team. It wouldn't affect anyone who just wrote their own applications using the .NET framework.

This is basically like Oracle suing Google because they created their own Java runtime engine for their Android phones, Dalvik. Microsoft has promised to not to be as stupid as Oracle.

Comment Re:Great Start.... (Score 2) 253

Now make the whole Visual Studio suite available for free to home users.

They did... The 2013 Community Edition was released a couple months ago and includes all the languages and even supports the Visual Studio plugins. It's not Ultimate, but can do pretty much everything a home user would need. The older express versions have been free for years too but didn't support plugins.

Comment Re:DVD (Score 1) 251

There's usually a 2 or 3 year period between media type transitions where both are available on the same PC. That should be plenty of time to migrate to the new types of storage hardware. For example, I moved all my backed up data from IDE drives to SATA drives with an easy robocopy one day.

This question of storing something for 5 or 10 years or more never made sense to me as we're always collecting more and more data to store. We're not going to stick the data on a hard drive and then hide from computers for 10 years. We're always going to be upgrading to the new hard drive types or optical disc mediums and will be pulling our older data along.

Comment Re:Is this not a red herring? (Score 3, Informative) 172

The ISP's are not monitoring us here in the case of this law. The copyright holders are obtaining IP addresses from Torrent sites, etc like they do in the U.S.. They then create the letters and tell the ISP to forward them to the customers at those IP addresses. The ISP cannot provide any customer detail to the copyright owner due to Canadian privacy laws unless instructed to by a court order. Even the police and RCMP are still fighting to get access to simple customer information without warrants.

That said, I'm sure the ISP's here do have some sort of traffic monitoring for their own purposes. Rogers was found to be doing that in order to slow down p2p networks and gaming.

Comment Re: Why wouldn't it be? (Score 1) 209

Both. Falsely assuming the identity of a living person is identity theft (criminal,) and violating a contract is breach of contract (civil.)

They can probably get around the criminal part by just creating a fictional person. It's only criminal if they steal a real persons identity. I doubt the cops care anything about civil law.

Comment Re:I.D. Please (Score 1) 209

I think the judge's ruling simply makes it legal for the police to use the evidence created from the account during the prosecution. It has no binding over you to keep the account on your system if it violates your terms of service. If they want to request your help to keep the account active, they can ask you, but they shouldn't have any power to compel you to help.

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