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Comment Re:Traffic is up? (Score 1) 144

Wait, what? Since when are retailers supposed to ask for your identity when using a credit card? My understanding was that they were actively discouraged from doing so by credit card companies. In fact, I remember they used to have a toll free number you could call to report a retailer if they refused to accept your VISA without giving them ID.

Comment Re:Traffic is up? (Score 1) 144

That's what I thought had happened. I remember TPB selling themselves to a software company for like ten million bucks with plans to turn into a "legitimate tracker of licensed/contracted content". Everyone went nuts over it. Then they all switched to private trackers.

I've actually always been highly suspect of TPB. Not because of those behind it, but because it is such a high value target, compared to other trackers that you could use (especially private, obviously -- though then there are situations like Demonoid and others that become really iffy due to certain events).

Comment Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 185

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) 185

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) 185

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) 226

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.

Find a new model or find a new job, nutsacks.

Comment Re:Assault? (Score 1) 221

Yeah, it's not like Americans spent some $15,000,000,000.00 during Bush's second term to help fight AIDs in Africa, dropping the death rate by some ten percent and saving millions of lives or anything with the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (although, it seems like the funding may have been cut by the following presidency).

Or... any of the countless foundations that spend billions of dollars conducting charitable work in Africa, such as some of those sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Comment Re:Grim (Score 1) 221

Burundi, Lesotho, and Malawi, Togo
The Spanish Sahara is gone,
Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Liberia
Egypt, Benin, and Gabon.
Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, and Mali
Sierra Leone, and Algiers,
Dahomey, Namibia, Senegal, Libya
Cameroon, Congo, Zaire.
Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar
Rwanda, Mahore, and Cayman,
Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Yugoslavia...
Crete, Mauritania
Then Transylvania,
Monaco, Liechtenstein
Malta, and Palestine,
Fiji, Australia, Sudan

Comment Is it me? Or is it you? (Score 1) 545

I can't figure out if I'm just too old and grumpy or if operating systems are just desperately uninspired. I remember how exciting a new OS used to be. Couldn't wait to learn about it. To get your hands on it. To install it. To customize it. To get things just right. It has been a good decade since an OS -- OSX, Windows, Linux, etc -- made me do much more than groan and think "maybe I can skip this one and the next one will be interesting". The most thought I find myself giving any of them, now, is to wonder just how much stuff they're going to fuck up that I'm going to have to learn to deal with.

I think the last thing I ever got excited about, OS-wise, was when I gave up on everything and said "I'm sticking with XFCE as much as possible" -- and that was less glee than exasperation.

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