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Comment Re:gmail bug (Score 2) 113

Yeah, I ran into that eariler this week. The only thing that solved it was to delete all of my cache and cookies. Hasn't happened again.

Clear the browser's cache and cookies. It's the web 2.0 version of "Have you tried rebooting it?". If you haven't tried it yet, don't even call me.

Comment Re:It's a trap! (Score 5, Interesting) 84

If people who disagreed with the NSA were arrested, or lost their jobs, or were audited, or were deported, or disappeared in the middle of the night, we would know about it. Those things can't be kept secret.

The root post warns of the unstated repercussions of attending this "honeypot" conference. I want to know what those repercussions are.

You mean like when people who develop encrypted messaging systems or encrypted phone applications get added to watch lists and get harassed every time they enter the country even though they are citizens?

Comment Re:is that the play? (Score 1) 195

they get energy companies and local installers to push these things and that's how they make a return on their investment?

No. Google did not spend $3.2 billion on a company that makes thermostats. They paid $3.2 billion for a company that makes data acquisition devices that pose as thermostats. The amount of data that they can acquire is staggering. Wait until they offer enhancements like plugging in your current electric rate and provider so it can display the dollar savings.

Comment EDR (Score 1) 69

It's an Event Data Recorder, not an Electronic Data Recorder..

WASHINGTON â" Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today introduced their Driver Privacy Act, legislation that protects a driverâ(TM)s personal privacy by making it clear that the owner of a vehicle is also the owner of any information collected by an Event Data Recorder (EDR).

Comment Re:Choice of providers? (Score 1) 383

As it is, we have an agreement where I get X MBps for Y $/mo, so unless I exceed that (shouldn't be possible), leave me alone.

No, you have an agreement that they will provide you with up to X Mbps. If you want guaranteed throughput and a contractual up time, you are talking a business class connection and likely 10x or more in price.

Comment Re:Stupid People (Score 1) 118

What do you expect from a guy who says the following:

Cybercriminals often advertise the kind of data they've captured from the card's magnetic stripe, which has three so-called "tracks," each containing data.

News flash. They are called tracks because they are tracks on a magnetic recording tape. Nothing "so called" about it.

Submission + - Nation's most notorious "troll" sues federal government (arstechnica.com)

Fnord666 writes: MPHJ Technology Investments quickly became one of the best-known "patent trolls" of all time by sending out thousands of letters to small businesses—16,465 of them, we now know—saying that if the business did not pay a licensing fee of $1,000 or more per worker, it would be sued for patent infringement. MPHJ claimed to have patents that cover any networked "scan-to-email" function.

As the debate over so-called "patent trolls" has flared up in Congress, MPHJ became the go-to example for politicians and attorneys general trying to show that patent abuse has spun out of control. "We're talking about bottom feeders," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in one Senate hearing focused on patent demand letters.

We now know that MPHJ has also become the first patent troll targeted by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC's interest in MPHJ was revealed in an audacious "preemptive strike" lawsuit that MPHJ actually filed against the FTC on Monday. The suit, which names the four sitting FTC commissioners personally, says that the agency has overstepped its bounds and trampled on MPHJ's constitutional rights.

Submission + - Court Strikes Down FCC Open Internet Order (freepress.net)

Fnord666 writes: WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. In its decision, the court said that the FCC lacked the authority to implement and enforce its rules under the legal framework the agency put forth.

The FCC’s 2010 order was intended to prevent broadband Internet access providers from blocking or interfering with traffic on the Web. Instead of reversing a Bush-era FCC decision that weakened the FCC’s authority over broadband, and establishing solid legal footing for its rules, former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pushed for rules under the complicated legal framework the court rejected today.

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