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Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 105

Although I agree with you in the case of snap chat, normal people just don't think things through like that. I for one didn't know its not pushed to your phone until you read it.

The other thing is its not just police search warrants you have to look out for.

In many states a lawyer involved in a lawsuit (for example a divorce or child custody hearing) can issue their own subpoena for electronic records *without* law enforcement or the courts reviewing it. In this case its not evidence of a crime... but your ex wife might subpoena snap chat for all images sent to you and suddenly that secret picture your new girlfriend sent isn't so secret, and is being used in court against you. Its not illegal, but its not something you want to share.

Comment Re:Cryptographically signed elections? (Score 1) 266

That assumes all votes are made equal, which they are not. Because of gerrymandering in the US something like 80 or 90% of political offices are not competitive votes, which means that incumbents are always reelected and if you live in one of those districts, your vote basically doesn't count. What it means is that only votes in the primaries count, so you end up loosing the center since the only competitive vote is within your own party.

Comment Re:Totally Unworkable (Score 1) 103

is there really a major need to know the details on individual employees anyway?

Yes or course there is. Lets say I have a customer in the US who has a colleague in the UK that also wants to buy my product, how can I put him in touch with someone in our London office without knowing their phone number? What if I want to grow my business in China and want to look at who the top sales guys are all over the world? Those examples are trivial but there are thousands more.

Yes, there would be some additional overhead from doubling up on personnel management rather than centralizing it all in one location, but it would just be an additional cost for doing business in that country, and one that I wouldn't mind seeing them pay (and I'm even an American, but I don't wish this surveillance state stuff on anyone else, so kudos to them for trying to discourage the export of their citizen's personal data).

That sounds lovely until you realize that the EU classes everything as personal information. Its a mess as it is having to get permission from every employee in an EU country to be able to share basic stuff like phone numbers and office locations outside the EU. I can't imagine how complex it would get if you then had a tax liability on top of it.

What will end up happening is one of two things, people will only ever host data in the EU (since it costs money to take it out and the EU is a big market so screw it, lets just leave it there), or companies will never store information there.

Actually thinking about it this could be a genius plan, effectively forcing companies to manage their operations in the EU by applying an export tariff (which is what this tax would be) that is so complex to manage its just cheaper to move operations there

Comment Re:great point. regulate currency traders or not? (Score 2) 259

If you seriously believe its worth the banks time bothering to get the information, or you think that bitcoin in some way even registers as a competitor to the banks you are sorely mistaken. The *total* size of the bitcoin economy is something like 1.2b at current count - and the total *traded* amount by the exchanges is less than half that. The banks, even the smaller ones, shift more money around than that every few minutes, hell goldman make more *profit* than that in a month. The fed prints more US dollars than that every week! Yes, Bitcoin is an interesting thing for normal people to look at, and its ripe for small time day traders and startups to play with, and not to say that maybe in 5 or 10 years time it might be a huge success. But for now, no, its not a 'wet dream' for banks, and is certainly not enough of a market to make it worth them taking any kind of risk. The kind of money they could make would barely offset the cost of the lawyers, and would in no way come close to making it worth them risking their main business.

Comment Re:Is she? (Score 1) 366

On the other hand, when I want a restaurant review, I want Yelp or something like Yelp. And when I ask Siri for restaurants, it gives me Yelp reviews. Google for some reason doesn't do this

When I ask Google for restaurant reviews, the top results are Zagat, Urbanspoon, and then local restuarants with Google reviews. And then Yelp.

Google owns Zagat which might have something to do with that order.... that and the fact that Yelp said no to google buying them because they got a better offer from Yahoo.... probably just vengeance :)

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What's the Best Way To Get Web Content To My TV? 304

An anonymous reader writes "It seems like there are a lot of options for getting web content onto our TVs, but which one is the best way to go? Being able to stream videos (especially through sites like Hulu), check out social networking sites, and read news would be awesome to do from my couch. Currently, I hook up my laptop to the TV, which works, but it's annoying, especially if I want to use my laptop while I am watching some videos. Some things that are important to me are: connecting to my HDTV, allowing me view anything I could in a web browser as if I were on my computer, and being easily controlled from the couch. What setups do you guys use, or what would you like to use?"

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