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Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 246 246

Social networking is actually a good idea I think, but not with the proprietary platforms we've had until now. Something like Diaspora, a decentralized platform, is what we really need; that way people can control what they share, with whom, and they control the platform itself (since you run it on your own webserver, or one you sign up for to have an account on, but your data is your own and is easily moved to a competing service).

Having everything all centralized on one site with no democratization is making it usable because there's no real consumer choice or control.

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 246 246

Because you have a choice whether you want to use Facebook or something else or nothing. No one is forcing you to use Facebook. Your dumb relatives posting stupid pictures of themselves is not a compelling reason to use Facebook; it's not like trying to be a computer professional and refuse to use email (which would prevent you from getting a job in the field) or normal job posting sites.

Comment Re:Good move Nokia (Score 1) 53 53

I use both; Google on my phone and HERE on my car's built-in nav unit. Being able to use the car's system where there's no or poor cell coverage is definitely a big plus. However, the HERE data is old and incomplete as far as businesses. If you know the street address of where you want to go, it's great. However, if you just want to look up all the Walmarts nearby and pick one to go to, it tries to direct me to one that's an hour away for some odd reason. And forget about finding some small restaurant; if it's been there for decades, it's probably on HERE, but if it's fairly new, forget it.

Google Maps' biggest strength is that it combines navigation with an up-to-date business directory. I can search for "Italian restaurant" within a certain area, see all the businesses that match that description, then look at them and immediately see peoples' Google and Yelp reviews, so I can avoid places that suck. Then I can just tap one button and have it navigate me to that place, without having to mess around with street addresses.

I wish my car's system could integrate the business-directory stuff from my phone (assuming I have coverage at that moment), and then switch me over to the car's navigation after it gets a street address.

Comment Re:Bad engineering choices (Score 2) 53 53

GM engineers are famous for their complete incompetence. Just look at the ignition-key fiasco. There's no way in hell I'd buy a GM. I even thought about it once; I thought that a few decades was enough to forgive them for their past atrocities in automobiles, and that their new cars were worth taking a look at again, and then the ignition-key fiasco came up in the news. That was the end of that idea.

Comment Re:"there was no acknowledgment that ..." (Score 1) 246 246

couldn't Microsoft reasonably anticipate that it would turn into a giant write-down?

I think people at our level have a hard time imagining just how much hubris these top-level corporate execs have. You don't usually get to that level without being some kind of egomaniac, sociopath, or both.

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 246 246

Ultimately FB primarily has turned into a conglomerate of a desperate small-business owners way to try to push their bad ideas on their friends, a place to post pictures of your children and a news aggregator. I don't think it has much of a future on its present vector either. It will simply last longer because it is slightly less dangerous.

I disagree. What makes you think that people won't always want a place to post pictures of their brats and other shameless self promotion ("look at the meal I ate tonight! we just watched [movie]! I'm listening to [song] now!")? Or that people won't want a news aggregator? Or that small-business owners won't want a forum to push their bad ideas on friends? FB can continue indefinitely just providing a place for all this.

Another thing I've seen on FB is political chit-chat: a lot of wackos use it as a de-facto blog to post all their dumb conspiracy theories and anti-Obama nuttery (not that Obama is great, but these people contend that FEMA is setting up concentration camps and similar nuttery), presumably because it's cheaper and easier than simply setting up a Wordpress blog. I guess if you're dumb enough to believe in FEMA concentration camps, then setting up your own website with Wordpress is simply too much to ask. Plus FB makes it really easy to share and get the word out with their "likes".

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 4, Informative) 246 246

Facebook is still a slow cooker, so the frogs don't notice.

This is wrong, and insulting to frogs. Contrary to popular opinion, a frog will not allow itself to be boiled alive, and when the water temperature gets too hot, will simply jump out of the pot. It's an old wives' tale that frogs will allow themselves to be boiled if you turn the temperature up slow enough.

It's only humans that are so stupid that they'll accept horrendous conditions if you make the change slow enough.

Comment Re:$4.3 billion == guaranteed failure. (Score 1) 177 177

Just make the specs vague, self-contradictory, and long. Very, very, long.

When you get to software on this scale just writing the specs is an insanely difficult problem. Most big systems fail due to poor requirements, and I think that is because good requirements are a LOT harder to get right than people appreciate, especially for waterfall-style projects that are always the favorites of big RFP projects like these.

Comment Re:Slashdot crying wolf again... (Score 1) 210 210

You really shouldn't be using NAT with IPv6. The idea is one machine, one address. Given DNS I'm not sure why you would want fixed fully external IPs.

Ok, so how do I set up my internal DNS server so that everything works fine when my ISP gives me a new prefix every 24 hours, or every time the router is rebooted, or every time they feel like changing my prefix?

The advantage of private addresses is that they're handed out by a DHCP server that you can control, not by your ISP.

Again, I think IPv6 users today are spoiled by tunnel brokers and the like who are giving out static prefixes. I don't think that the likes of Comcast are going to be going that route when they finally embrace IPv6 fully. If nothing else a static prefix is something they can sell, and you could also argue that not having static prefixes makes life easier for them if they want to change their internal network topology.

Comment Re:Slashdot crying wolf again... (Score 1) 210 210

For residential users who like to know where their devices are... that one is a bit tougher. Really DNS is your friend. How often do you change ISPs anyway?

How exactly do you set up internal DNS when all your IPs are subject to change?

You don't have to change ISPs to have your IPv6 prefix change. Your ISP need only assign you a new one. It is in their interest to do so often so that you have an incentive to pay more for a non-residential connection, and also because it gives them more flexibility in renumbering.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 0) 472 472

Exactly. This is why personally-owned automobiles never really took off. It was just too confusing for people to have to choose between at least a dozen different manufacturers, with each of those having a dozen different models, so everyone just stuck to horses.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 497 497

How come nobody sues these drone-holes?

Um, that's pretty simple.

You see a drone flying in your back yard, spying at you through your open windows. You call the police, or get your shotgun, either way when you get out there to deal with the problem, it's flown away.

Who do you sue?

I don't know about you, but I do not have god-like abilities to magically know who owns any particular drone that I happen to see flying.

Courts don't allow you to sue people if you can't identify them. You can sue a "John Doe" initially, but you have to have some realistic way of figuring out the identity of that person, usually by issuing a subpoena to someone who does know that person's identity (like the ISP of someone accused of copyright infringement; they can look it up with their logs). "The person who flew a drone in my back yard on Saturday night" is not sufficient to carry a lawsuit forward.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 2) 497 497

The neighborly thing to do would have been to tell the neighbor not to fly over his property before shooting it out of the sky or anything like that.

Exactly how would he have done that? It's not like he knew the drone owners and recognized their drone. Also, according to the shooter, he did wave it off initially, but they came back a little while later. That seems perfectly "neighborly" to me.

Finally, according to the initial report, when the shooter shot down the drone, four men drove up in a vehicle and jumped out, looking for a fight (with a man with a shotgun--smart move). How exactly are these people "neighbors" if they have to drive to his residence? It wasn't the guy's next-door neighbors who owned the drone.

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