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Comment Re:"... only if we're married or similarly situate (Score 1) 132

If you don't trust your wife with access to your accounts, just do what the OP said and put the password on a piece of paper in a tamper-evident envelope in a safe place that only you and her have access to. She can then get to it whenever she needs to, but it will be obvious to you if it is ever accessed.

I subscribed to the idea of choosing a mate that I can completely trust. This world is a hell of a lot easier to get through when you know that someone has your back.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 75

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.

Be careful with this, though. If you need to put trust in other people, then you should limit the amount of damage that any single untrustworthy actor can do.

Using a solution where a single company provides the hosting and the encryption software (especially if it's provided as a precompiled binary and/or autoupdates at the provider's desire) should command no more trust than a company that hosts your files and claims to encrypt them server-side. If they want access to your files or are acting on behalf of somebody who does, then they will get access and you will not necessarily even know.

  You're better off using separate providers for the hosting and the encryption software. Or just hosting it yourself.

Comment Re:Coca Cola (Score 1) 497

HFCS stands for High Fructose Corn Syrup, as even the most cursory search will reveal. Talk about failing reading comprehension. Wow.

"Sugar", while being a generic term for any sweet carbohydrate (like "salt" refers to any ionic compound, but usually means NaCl), generally refers to "table sugar" or sucrose (which HFCS doesn't contain). The disaccharide sucrose is biochemically different from the monosaccharides that it is made from. Claiming otherwise is almost as ignorant as claiming that table salt is dangerous because it is made of explosive sodium and corrosive chlorine.

Comment Re:There's some big philosophical differences. (Score 1) 230

There's some very important meaning in 'don't be evil' that I always liked.

I've always through that the need to specifically remind yourself to not be evil was a little damning in itself. It seemed a bit like the guy wandering the subway muttering to himself, "don't murder anybody." It's not exactly reassuring.

Comment Re:Not just MS Office (Score 1) 130

The fact that it has been in public beta for 3 months and now all of a sudden they realize there might be an issue is just negligence on their part.

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of for-pay app developers (on any platform) who find out that their programs don't work on a new OS version at the same time as their customers. Nearly every platform offers API documentation and betas of their new OS versions well in advance of the actual release.

Comment well (Score 1) 158

At least, they have a sense of humor about it. "But no credit card numbers were stolen"? Who would need that after they have your SSN, full name, address, birthday, driver's license and PASSPORT NUMBER? That's enough to have any credit card you want. Wait, they don't have a sense of humor, do they? They are not kidding, are they? They really do think this cloud has a silver lining? Oh, what the hell. If the Secretary of State can send emails through an unsecured server, and the IRS has a 6-month's data retention policy and can get away with claiming 6 simultaneous employees' harddrives crashed right after receiving subpoenas, maybe Experian does get to get away with "but no credit card numbers were stolen" bull shit.

Comment Re:VR is going to land with a thud (Score 1) 170

Yeah it could be used for first person shooters (for example) but then the game has to somehow reconcile a person running, spinning, jumping, aiming, shooting, standing, crouching and throwing stuff to someone in real life sat on a couch. It's likely that it will be extremely disorientating and puke inducing.

I agree that it may be better suited for cockpit-style games, but why would the FPS mechanics necessarily make anybody sick? When playing an FPS on a flat screen, you're still "running, spinning, jumping, aiming, shooting, standing, crouching and throwing stuff" in game, while really just sitting on a couch. Even worse, turning your head in real life has no effect on the game viewport, which is instead turned with buttons while your head remains stationary. If that doesn't make people sick, I don't see why improving the player-avatar feedback would make it worse.

Comment Re: aha (Score 1) 109

Personal bankruptcy is still legal. So debt is forgivable. Obviously, the it's not an easy procedure nor is it painless. If it were, credit would not exist because it would be meaningless. We don't have debtor jails. And it's illegal for smaller administrative entities (towns and counties) to pass laws which would result in imprisonment as a result of debt.

College is only a nominal barrier to employment at this point because most majors do not prepare students for work-related skills so even student debt is not something that needs to become a burden for anyone with a good personal aptitude for learning and a good work ethic.

No one can restrict a person's normal functioning in the society as a result of foolishly assumed debt. H1B visas, however, do restrict people's rights down to effectively nothing. So there is a de facto indentured servitude (you must work for X number of years before your company agrees to petition to make you a bona fide "resident" of the US rather than a "visiting" worker). But this cedes immigration decisions to employers of IT, and often higher technical skills, workers.

Immigration decisions are an effective cudgel to keep workers inline and to restrict their movement. As much as I am against unions, as long as they do exist, humor me this hypothetical question: what is more likely to stop workers from organizing in a union? A large amount of debt or the fact that they are on H1B visas? It's not about salaries or other fringe benefits. It's about work conditions.

It also reduces the pace of innovation because workers have much less opportunities to leave their employers and start their own companies to solve problems which they know exist in the market place. Then you get the argument that a lot of the innovation comes from college graduates coming up with new ideas. But that's not true. An indentured servant has no reason to innovate. He only risks innovating himself out of a job. If he could leave his employer and take a risk (the way a resident alien could), he would be able to take a chance on his idea succeeding in a mark place. Capitalism itself is being undermined by a poorly conceived immigration policy which only exists to perpetuate status quo, but which, in fact, exacerbates many of the problem which its proponents claim to try to solve.

Comment Re:Agreed: It's WHY I coded this... apk (Score 1) 109

Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to ask for a feature: Could we make it so that we don't just browse at -/+ depending on poster but that we could also add keywords of posts we don't want to see? Like, just to pull a random example, I could set posts that contain "start64" at -5 so I would not have to see them?

That would really be awesome!

Comment Re: aha (Score 1) 109

Jesus H Christ! You are both so full of shit! Debt is hardly indentured servitude. You are sooooooo very much deflecting from the the actual slave class -- the H1B visa holders. If they were given Green Cards instead of H1B visas it would solve the tech gap, the lack of STEM education and all the rest.

"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson