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Comment Re:A sad necessity (Score 2) 83

I think you've hit the nail on the head. Any decent large-scale eavesdropping facility like, oh, I don't know, the one the NSA is building in Utah will be scanning VoIP traffic for audible triggers ("bomb" "whitehouse" "boom") and will certainly notice when the nominal codec doesn't match the payload. Such traffic will certainly be flagged for closer inspection.

Comment Re:Install media? (Score 1) 185

Theo retained copyright of the CD layout, to prevent counterfeits. But even as far back as 1999, way before 3.0 was released, the FAQ included this:

Does OpenBSD provide an ISO image available for download?

You can't. The official OpenBSD CD-ROM layout is copyright Theo de Raadt, as an incentive for people to buy the CD set.
Note that only the layout is copyrighted, OpenBSD itself is free. Nothing precludes someone else to just grab OpenBSD and make their own CD. [emphasis mine]

So I could produce a functionally identical CD and even sell it, but if I stuck the original artwork on it, I'd be in violation.

Comment Re:The final clause in all privacy policies (Score 1) 230

It seems pretty straightforward. "Your continued use of the Websites following the posting of updates to this Privacy Policy will mean you accept those updates." So stop using the site.

IANAL, but if the changes appear to be retroactive and are really objectionable to you, I guess the best thing to do would be to send them a certified letter telling them that your business relationship has ceased and that you expect any prior data they've collected to be handled according to the old policy.

Comment Re:I pay a flat fee for power. (Score 1) 219

There's more to power-hungry devices than the cost of electricity. I live in an area prone to power outages, some of which last for hours. My primary mail server, routers, and Asterisk boxes need to stay up. The longer I can run them on UPS battery, the less likely it is that I'll have to haul out a generator. That's why power consumption matters to me.

Comment I go through this almost every year (Score 1) 147

I've lived in Fla. since '74. Andrew, Wilma, Katrina, and others did enough damage that I make it a point always to keep plenty of MREs and stabilized gas handy. I test my generator twice a year - after Wilma I was 21 days without electricity. I always have plenty of fresh batteries, ammo, and dog food. If there's a hurricane warning, I fill one bathtub with toilet flushing water, the other with drinking water in an Aquapod.

The nice thing about modern batteries and MREs is their long shelf lives, so it's no problem using them up before they expire. 100 lbs. of dog food is devoured way too quickly. The only thing that I hate to use up is the ammunition. Range ammo is cheap, but apocalypse grade is expensive.

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