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Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 165

by Seumas (#47958697) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

This requires a great number of assumptions or an tremendous amount of work to prove them out and there are too many variables to make this viable in more than a few very specific edge cases.

Even if we somehow know that the account belongs to the person it appears to, that the account is active, that it doesn't just appear active due to automatic sign-ins, browser extensions, mobile apps, malware, that someone else doesn't have access to the account (any form of significant other, roommate, family member, etc), that the person actually ever reads their messages (I have an account just so nobody else can use the identity; I sign in maybe twice a year; I can count the number of times I have read my inbox there on one hand), that they read *that* message, etc.

If it were simply enough to say "we know this account really belongs to this person and that they actively login and use the account", then we wouldn't need certified mail or people to serve a summons in person. It would be enough to say "we have a mail address for this person and we'll just send a regular first class mail notification to them". But that *isn't* enough. And neither is saying "well, shit, we sent a facebook message".

And facebook can be more reliable than physical mail? We're going to bank all of this on the reliability of a single third party entity? Didn't we just go through like six months of "gosh, we lost every single email for all these important IRS people of the last five years, because email's supes unreliable, guys!"?

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 165

by Seumas (#47958673) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

You need to sign for certified mail to verify that you at least received it, after which the onus is on you to consider it important and actually read it. If someone else signs for it or it is never signed for, then there is no verification that *you* received it and that can be proven with a simple signature comparison.

There is no way to verify that this has been done with any sort of online delivery. Saying that "well, it went to his inbox" (or worse, "it went to his fucking facebook messages") or even "his inbox or facebook messages show that they have been read" do not in any way confirm that the message has reached the point upon which the onus is now upon you. There is no way to verify that a human processed the message. Or that a human actually saw and read it. Or that the correct human did. Especially in a world of cracked accounts, handing over your credentials to your bosses, idiots "sharing facebook logins to confirm their love", userscripts, browser extensions, malware, fake accounts, and any number of things.

I mean, relying on facebook or twitter or any other service as some sort of delivery verification is even less reliable than banking on an SMTP DSN, which is itself practically meaningless.

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 165

by Seumas (#47957961) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Proof that it has been viewed is more important than delivered. Who cares if it has been delivered to a Facebook account that I don't actually use? And, unfortunately, there is no more proof that someone viewed a document online than there is that someone actually viewed a EULA (skipping it, looking the other way, getting a toddler to click-through for you, etc).

Comment: Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 218

by Seumas (#47951533) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

I block ads because I don't need to have every second of my life consumed with being fed advertisements (my adblocker on just one machine has blocked nearly one million ads in just 2014, so far). That it also prevents certain tracking and infection from nefarious advertisements and payloads is just a bonus.

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SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video) 48

Posted by Roblimo
from the software-and-beer-are-a-natural-partnership dept.
"With iKeg's Technology We Guarantee You Will Never Run Out of Beer," boasts the SteadyServ website. As you listen to interviewee Mike Flockenhaus, though, you'll realize almost immediately that SteadyServ isn't making equipment for home use, but for bars and taverns that serve draft beer. Here's another good line from their site: "With the new iKeg® system, we aim to ensure that you get your beer, in the right place, at the right time. We also want to simplify the lives of all the hard-working people in the beer industry. After all, wanting and having your beer are not the same thing." Even better, it looks like they're hiring. Wouldn't it be wonderful to help keep America from running out of draft beer? (Alternate Video Link)

Comment: Re:Apple's new streaming service? (Score 1) 343

I do, but I have it in the contract that I won't accommodate such requests, nor will I play a CD/DVD/other media that someone brings me during the gig because you never know when it's going to be scratched in just the wrong place, or a copy of a 24kbps flange-a-thon.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 950

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47945061) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I was going to respond only to your first paragraph, but your last paragraph proves what I'm about to say.

Abstinence education can work, when you encourage critical thinking along with it and do not try to use ignorance to protect innocence. I took what I learned after I was married in Catholic NFP classes, and am using it to teach my special needs son about sex. Being well aware that his body will outpace his mind and critical thinking skills on this issue, I started early with my form of abstinence education- about age 5. Now at 11, he is both protective of his own eyes (hiding during certain scenes in Big Bang Theory, a show he otherwise enjoys) and protective of other people's modesty (necessary, since mommy runs a daycare) . He's already run into homosexuality at school, and handled it by coming to adults with the issue rather than attempting to dissuade a rather aggressive same-age predator on his own.

I have no doubt whatsoever that by high school, he'll be a leader, not a follower, when it comes to sex, and will be armed with the ability to make the correct decision when it comes to abstinence before marriage.

But only because we've talked about it, and because I've been honest.

Comment: Re:Apple's new streaming service? (Score 2) 343

I am a DJ who frequently plays gigs in places aptly described as "out in the middle of nowhere". As a reference, the last two gigs both involved a client telling me, "If you need more power, let me know. I'll go get the generator". I sent an SMS to my wife at the start of my most recent gig, and it got to her when I got back in range, an hour an a half after I left. Connectivity is zero. If I need connectivity to play it, I can't play it. I will be happy to tell anyone at the gig why I can't play it.

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