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Comment: Re: uhuh sure (Score 1) 179

by tidepool (#44737979) Attached to: Apple Now Relaying All FaceTime Calls Due To Lost Patent Dispute

This is the same 'US intel' which missed the collapse of the USSR, 9/11, the Boston Bombers, and were totally sure Saddam Hussein had WMDs, right, not another 'US intel' that's actually competent?

As for original comment, intercepting calls is vastly easier when they go to a central server and they have direct access to the decrypted data than when they go peer to peer with encryption.

Perhaps they used existing plans and (lack of) action to further an agenda that we're seeing swing into blatent in-your-face action right now? Ever think of that?

Piracy

+ - Russian eBookseller LitRes Gets Competing eBook Apps Booted from Google Play->

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "The developer of the popular Android app Moon+ Reader was surprised to discover this weekend that he is a filthy stinking pirate. Google informed him via an automated email that Moon+ Reader had been removed from Google Play because the app had switched to using pirate sites as the main sources of ebooks. Or at least, that's what LitRes claims, but when they complained to Google LitRes didn't tell the whole truth. What was really happening is that users of the app are enabling piracy, not the app itself. Thanks to the way Moon+ Reader is designed to let users share links to ebook sources some of the sources are indeed pirate sites (less than your average Google Search). In reality the app was no more a source of pirated content than your average web browser. What do you say when an ebook distributor's anti-piracy plan involves going after app developers rather than pirate sites? Something printable, IMO."
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Comment: Re:I actually tried, but I can't RTFA (Score 1) 165

by tidepool (#42669633) Attached to: Mega Defends Its Security Practices

Nexus 7 at my side does the same thing.
Back to that article about designing for mobile vs. just designing in general.

Some shitty formatted information on a smaller screen is better than a nice ornate pile of ... 'nothing' because you happen to be using a mobile device at the time you go to an address...

Keep this in mind!

Comment: Re:Just Think (Score 1) 342

by tidepool (#41649413) Attached to: As Gas Prices Soar So Does City Biking

If you had the same fuel prices as we do in the UK, your "obesity epidemic" would be over,

($8.50 to $9 per US gallon depending on where you live)

And if you had the same LAND MASS TO COVER, with the (understandable in many many many areas of the country) lack of public transportation as we generally do in the good ole' USA, you'd have a bunch of absolutely broke Europeans paying the $9/ a gallon because , in fact, there WAS NO OTHER WAY to get to work.

Why do many Europeans never take the area to cover into consideration when it comes to the gas price / travel another way debate? I WELCOME you to come to any rural part of the US and support yourself/rent/mortgage/general life by any means possible, as long as you do not use or own a private vehicle. You will NOT be able to make ends meet in many places in the country. Period. Now factor $9 a gallon gasoline into the equation vs our ~ $4 a gallon average, and you'd find yourself.... Paying another $5 a gallon, to put in the car that you literally HAD to obtain, in order to survive in the modern world, in such 'rural' areas.

The sad point is, having a car in many rural parts of the USA is necessary to live.

Comment: $20k, wow (Score 1) 137

by tidepool (#41199101) Attached to: 4K UHDTV Hardware On Display in Berlin, And On Sale In Korea

With the right person doing it, $20k can 'buy you' a lot of life experiences that you'll never forget. Or it can buy you a 'super high def' television set.

I always thought I was a technology fan, but as I find myself becoming older, I keep thinking: "This is insane.".

Who would honestly consider spending $20k on a television?

Comment: Re:Or he could... you know... (Score 1) 234

by tidepool (#41185465) Attached to: Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

There is a large difference that I am seeing:

A website is a GET request.
An App allows for PUSH'ed content.

GETTING the information at your whim, if you even remember that you HAVE the website 'bookmarked'/'shortcutted' is a COMPLETELY different mental stimulus than having the updated drone attack (who are we kidding,(?) I am using attack because it absolutely fits the bill) pop-up on screen when you're looking at weather.com or on the phone with your Mom.

99% of the impact is LOST if it were to be all handled via GET; The PUSH is what makes it politically notable.

Comment: app vs act(uality ) (Score 5, Insightful) 234

by tidepool (#41183939) Attached to: Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

If the 'app' is rated as objectionable and 'crude'', what does that make the actions themselves? Are we all so content as a society to hide our heads under our pillows, all the while chanting 'freedom in the USA!'?

I think the guy had a valid point -- If the app exists or doesn't exist, it doesn't change the data points that are being created (Monthly/Weekly/Daily?) nor the map itself.

Correlation is not causation - Apple should know this.

Comment: Re:Actually, it's now been passed with amendments (Score 1) 182

by tidepool (#39444713) Attached to: Entrepreneurs Watch As Crowdvesting Bill Stalls In Senate

Shit, left the quote on:

Two points:

Just curious your thoughts on all the state lotteries, both 'instant win scratch tickets' and those drawn via numbers. There is NO cap on how many tickets people buy, and we've all seen people in the gas stations dropping $60 on tickets and $10 of gas for their truck. If you talk to the workers, some of them are regulars on intervals as frequent as every morning, some just once a week, and some, well, just once. To me, having someone invest in (this company, whatever it is) in order to hopefully create a profit for themselves is a) more rewarding for society as a whole (perhaps not the state budgets...) b) More rewarding to the person doing the 'investing' (the prior scratch ticket winner), as it requires thought and far more interest than pure monetarily expectations.

Secondly, Why should one exclude 'the poor' (you're pretty-much referring to myself, but I am NOT calling myself poor... ) from taking action into a company or companies that they feel have great/good/marketable ideas? My of my friends are in the same financial 'boat' as I am, give / take, and they often have smart ideas that could be worth investing in....

Cheers,

Comment: Re:Actually, it's now been passed with amendments (Score 1) 182

by tidepool (#39444701) Attached to: Entrepreneurs Watch As Crowdvesting Bill Stalls In Senate

10% of your annual income shouldn't break you financially unless you are only making $20,000 per year. Then that's three months' rent.

It should probably be more like:

  • For individuals making over $100,000 annually (automatically adjusted for inflation), no maximum.
  • For individuals making between $50,000 (adjusted) and $100,000 (adjusted), a maximum of 10%.
  • For individuals making between the poverty line and $50,000 (adjusted), a maximum of 5%.
  • For individuals making below the poverty line, a maximum of $100 (or possibly zero).

Or you might merge the two middle categories into a single category at 5% or 10%. Either way, such a scheme would prevent unscrupulous businesspeople from taking advantage of people who cannot afford to be taken advantage of. And that should be a cap on total spending for any given year, not a maximum per investment.

Two points:

Just curious your thoughts on all the state lotteries, both 'instant win scratch tickets' and those drawn via numbers. There is NO cap on how many tickets people buy, and we've all seen people in the gas stations dropping $60 on tickets and $10 of gas for their truck. If you talk to the workers, some of them are regulars on intervals as frequent as every morning, some just once a week, and some, well, just once. To me, having someone invest in (this company, whatever it is) in order to hopefully create a profit for themselves is a) more rewarding for society as a whole (perhaps not the state budgets...) b) More rewarding to the person doing the 'investing' (the prior scratch ticket winner), as it requires thought and far more interest than pure monetarily expectations.

Secondly, Why should one exclude 'the poor' (you're pretty-much referring to myself, but I am NOT calling myself poor... ) from taking action into a company or companies that they feel have great/good/marketable ideas? My of my friends are in the same financial 'boat' as I am, give / take, and they often have smart ideas that could be worth investing in....

Cheers,

Comment: Re:We should already have this. (Score 3, Insightful) 182

by tidepool (#38857525) Attached to: Gates Paying Murdoch For System To Track U.S. Kids' School Progress

Not that all are bad; I've known some very good teachers, and we lobbied with the Principal to get our children into their classrooms. But they were the exception.

Honestly, and this is just a general assumption (although, I'm sure there is plenty of truth in it):

They are exceptions because the field pays so LITTLE and seems to be quite hard. (Not the teaching, mind you, but the 'beat down' one gets from Government, Parents, School boards, etc).

Imagine $76 million dollars to fund MORE / 'Better' teachers? Willing to bet it does more to help the overall economy & education (current AND future, in the same price tag) than buying some silly software that's going to show us that we don't truly care anymore.

Comment: We should already have this. (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by tidepool (#38857411) Attached to: Gates Paying Murdoch For System To Track U.S. Kids' School Progress

Is it just me, or shouldn't we already have this by hiring competent, caring, understanding educators in the first place? Computer software to track an individuals 'performance' (Ie; a 'quantitative thing') is yet another step in the ass-backwardness of the modern educational system.

Why do we always forget that while test scores are important, they are FAR from the deterministic quality on which to judge an individuals intelligence or desire to learn?

We have not created successful AI; The human mind stuck inside a quality educator, no matter the level, cannot be boiled down to algorithms and pure statical data-sets.

But oh how we try. *sigh*.

Comment: Re:"company's ability to innovate"? (Score 2) 192

by tidepool (#38856845) Attached to: Facebook Expected To Go Public Next Week

Innovation in social networks will involve the shifting from company held servers to a distrusted social network via IPv6 and router/modem/firewall/web server/mail server/file server in the residential environment

The social network company providing the links between like minded people, backups and redundant services for blackouts.

So greater personal control and privacy, with access to your files from your hardware and shared access that you specifically have control over.

As Facebook aren't into hardware or software they are screwed. This is a battle between Google, Apple and M$. Then new distributed social network portal who gain the lead first.

You know, I agree with this to a massive extent. I would however like to see it on a 'large local' scale, ie. 'City' wide, Town wide, Burrough-wide.

I imagine something like this, but running over a town-wide MESH network, being an absolutely positive force in that of a moderate sized community. Actually bringing people together, that live in a 10 (or whatever) mile radius. A scaled back internet, a scaled back 'social network', where the social aspect is a given, because the people involved are the people you see when you grocery shop; When you get gas; When you walk your dog.

Scale it back; Decentralize it. Make it work for US, the general person.

A man can dream, right?

(Sorry, double post, my first post was completely mis-quoted.

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