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Comment Re:Encryption (Score 4, Interesting) 247

At the UK border they can demand you power on your electronics. In theory it's to prove that they are real. It's not clear how far they can demand you go... Full boot up or just to the encryption key prompt.

I've taken to simply wiping the whole machine, installing a dummy OS and then restoring from an image when I get to my destination. The image is stored encrypted on a server and I don't have access to the password. Ditto with my phone.

Comment Re:View and click fraud (Score 1) 113

The view tracking needs to be on the back end, with some kind of trusted server (virtual machine) appliance or something. Or just accept that this form of tracking is unacceptable and they will have to rely on click-through rates and audits.

To be clear, if you want my browser to display your content, you play by my rules even if it's inconvenient. The alternative is your ads get blocked, so take your pick.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 457

I'd quickly get bored without any "work" to do. Okay, that work might be writing some useful open source software, or developing some open source hardware, but it's valuable output none the less. Ever noticed how some people take up voluntary work when they retire, like gardening? Or how millionaires with enough money to retire and live comfortably for the rest of their lives carry on slaving away every day anyway?

The main problem is getting the undesirable jobs done.

Comment Re:You can load them even faster... (Score 3, Insightful) 113

My worry is that it becomes an arms race. Advertisers looking for ever more intrusive and annoying ways to bypass ad-blocking. We have already seen attempts to detect ad blockers, and then ad blockers blocking the ad blocker blockers in response.

In that sense maybe a standard API for adverts, that is extremely limiting and enforces good behaviour in exchange for not getting blocked, might be a good solution. Static images, maximum file size, no javascript, no ping backs, no cookies, maximum 10% of the page, served from the same domain as the rest of the content. That removes most of the scope for malware and the stuff that slows down loading and wastes battery.

I'd have to give it a trial run, but I'd consider lowering my ad-blocking shields enough to allow that through.

Comment Re:I haven't used my headphone jack in 3 years (Score 1) 463

The major problem with Bluetooth is battery life. When I take a long (12 hour) flight, the battery in my Bluetooth headphones isn't going to make it all the way through an audio book. When I'm travelling on the train for an hour or two a day, I need to charge them up every day. It's just one more hassle I could live without.

There are other problems with Bluetooth. It drains your phone's battery more than just headphones. It's less predictable than headphones too - you know if you just shove a jack into your phone it will shut up and redirect all audio to the cans, but with Bluetooth all you have is a little icon that is invisible with the screen off. More than once I wasn't paying attention and my phone started reading an audiobook out loud because it wasn't paired to the headphones.

Comment Re:as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 245

Two points.

First, do what everyone does and tailor your CV to different jobs. If they don't like people with C experience, just don't mention it. Limit work experience to the last few jobs so you look younger.

The age discrimination is much harder to get past. Your generation screwed everyone by making the cost of living so high that older people need huge wages to maintain their lifestyle and have a reasonable pension and healthcare cover. The only solution for you is to move somewhere cheaper and take a lower wage, which sucks but is still better than the situation for young people.

Comment Re:All this collecting and hacking (Score 1) 30

This seems to be a hard problem to solve. On the one hand we want our favourite user names, on the other as much anonymity as possible. We want to avoid compromising one site to allow compromising other sites, but we also want to stop trolls and spammers creating new accounts too easily. We want people to remember their login details so they can use the site, but also use unique and hard to crack passwords.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy at its best (Score 1) 30

Those are interesting things for you to group together.

The GP didn't group them, the world did. The two most common cases of IP addresses being falsely equated with an individual identity are overzealous law enforcement going after suspected paedophiles and overzealous lawyers going after alleged copyright infringement.

It's interesting that both groups use the same lie to get what they want.

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