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Comment Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (Score 1) 76

I sympathize with that somewhat and have some misgivings about them myself but for me, they haven't actually crossed the line yet. I'd be most happy for someone else to come along and kick their arse, however.

We draw the line in very different places. I do not place trust in an organization that has already in my eyes violated the trust of their other users several times and even when admitting it was in err not addressing the issue completely (refunding donations to a charity but keeping all the fees it earned on those donations, for example).

Comment Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (Score 1) 76

Paypal rarely, if ever, screws over the people who spend money with them. All the horror stories are about how paypal screws over the merchants by freezing the money in their accounts or forcing refunds for bogus claims of the product not being delivered.

I'm no fan of paypal but it doesn't help to blur their problems together.

We will never know if the claims are bogus or not, or why accounts are frozen because PayPal does not tell us. They act with whimsy and we have no legal recourse.

Comment Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (Score 1) 76

Yeah, but at least Paypal is a meth-head who is well known to you and, for many of us, not actually ever done us any harm.

They have not harmed me, that is true because I refuse to use them. They have lost my trust by showing that they have no interest in honoring a payment. For example, when they withheld donations to charities several times, admitted being wrong, apologized, returned the money, but kept the fees they charged. Just the fact that their policies give me no legal recourse against their whims (and they've shown they are whimsical many times) means I will not do business with them until they allow legal recourse or become regulated as a bank.

Comment Re:Too dangerous to keep digitally now? (Score 1) 378

Does anyone else think that its getting too dangerous to keep some information in a digital form? Is some information destined to forever be kept in a printed form?

Both digital and analogue information cannot be secured perfectly; because some banks know not to change the default administrator from the well-known one is not a statement on how best to store a particular piece of information.

Comment Re:Yeah. Right. (Score 1) 243

ABS is dangerous to people who learned to drive without it.

Only if the driver does not adapt to the new circumstance. Left-hand drive cars are dangerous in the hands of a driver who learned to drive a right-hand drive car for a similar reason: muscle memory not in-line with reality. The same can be said of transmission type, presence of power steering, torque, drive train, etc.

The only time I have ever slid though a stop sign in the snow was in an ABS vehicle.

That's one data point and says nothing about the safety of ABS versus not-ABS. It speaks only that your expectations and the actual performance of the cars systems differed and caused a dangerous situation. Thankfully muscle-memory is re-trainable.

Comment Re:So getting less sleep I can become more popular (Score 1) 85

So getting less sleep I can become more popular? Because, seriously, from my interactions in this world it seems that intelligent and helpful thoughts are actively discouraged. Maybe it's better to be dumb and happy.

If your goal is popularity, then go ahead and pander. If your goal is the betterment of yourself then find friends that don't discourage your growth and value the quality over quantity.

Comment Re:Same-O: Encrypt or Else (Score 1) 73

You can vote in government elections, you can vote with your wallet by supporting business that better support privacy, you can vote with your wallet form opting out from business models that make privacy impossible and you can communicate your views to others.

Democracy has always fared better when the public discourse was contributing. Businesses have always looked at their bottom lines first.

For example, I have three options for an ISP: Comcast, the local Telco and an old-school ISP. I go with the old-school ISP despite that I can only get 3MB DSL on my line and it costs more than Comcast. I do this because 3MB is enough for my needs. They don't filter any ports, they give me a static IP address and let me run any server I damn well please, they let me max out the line 24/7, they answer their phone in minutes with a competent tech when I call and I don't support a business who's hostile towards me. Three Mb/s is enough to stream SD, download HD for offline viewing, patch giant computer games overnight and send my backup data offsite. Yes, it's not as fast as 30 MB/s that Comcast offers me, but the more money they have to advance an agenda that harms most of the people in this country.

I'm just one persona and I am sure my $100 a month Comcast doesn't see does little, but if there were 100 million of me? That would send a message. Same goes for voting. Same goes for expressing what I do and why I do it.

Comment Re:"Physically restricted"? Get real. (Score 2) 272

Putting the Green or Libertarian parties in charge of the presidency and both houses of congress, with an overwhelming mandate to fix these issues, would be much, much easier and more successful than waging a successful war of violence on the federal government

How do you know what the Green or Libertarians will do when they have that kind of power?

Comment Re:The Real Story Should Be... (Score 1) 286

This OP meant "allowed to turn when traffic signal shows red and directional arrow", like this:


If that's the case, it's still unusual. I've never been to a place where there was a sign required. Here in Seattle if there's a left turn green arrow, one may enter the intersection. In fact, signs are pretty rare. (Turn lane markings are not but we're talking about permission to turn not which lane one can turn from). It's the same, from what I recall in PA, NY, MA, FL and CA.

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