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Comment Trust the major players, not bargains. (Score 0) 50

Being heavily invested in home automation including Phillips Hue, it's been my experience that you can trust only the major IoT players when it comes to pushing frequent security updates, something Hue does well. So does Ring.

I wish non-techie people knew about routers that can isolate the IoT stuff to its own network, or that buying cheap IoT stuff is no bargain in the long term.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Submission + - A Piece of Internet History Lost: Sold (

An anonymous reader writes: The former Illuminati Online domain,, has been sold, and all existing customers will lose all services associated with the domain. A 1990 Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games, then owner of the Illuminati Online BBS and later the domain led to the creation of the EFF and was an important milestone in the fight for online rights. While the domain has been sold in the past, the services offered to customers always remained unchanged. However, this most recent sale, to an unnamed party, will result in all services being dropped on July 1, and people will lose email addresses, web pages, and shell accounts that many have had for 15+ years.

Comment The smart phone got him off? (Score 5, Insightful) 254

Guy gets a ticket, goes to court dressed respectfully, treats the judge with deference, geeks out to a clueless judge about his nifty new GPS toy, asks the cop something he heard a previous defendant's lawyer ask about lack of evidence that worked, and is found not guilty. The judge goes out of his way to note the GPS evidence played no part in the decision. How is this a story about a smart phone getting someone out of a ticket?

User Journal

Journal Journal: Who shot Cowboy Neal?

Call it nostalgia, but I miss Cowboy Neal. It's been ages since he's showed up in a poll and I feel like there is a lack of options beyond the usual lack of options. Because of this I have deducted that Cowboy Neal was shot and is now being held cryogenically frozen somewhere in Illinois, perhaps next to The Duke. IF he was shot, I presume it must have been someone who wanted revenge, and perhaps this was a bully back when Cowboy Neal was known as Little Neal. Perhaps this bully saw just how

Comment Re:Dear Mozilla (Score 1) 284

If so, please type in 'yes, I'd like to be inundated with ads and malware please' in the box bellow."

It wouldn't make any difference. My sister would still just as blindly type YES as she does click OK. I love her dearly, but I've stopped trying to change her habits because this way I wind up with a fairly new free laptop about once a year.

Comment Re:Thieves (Score 1) 845

If the disk/screen/battery/whatever was part of the original purchase, and if they won't give it back to me after I pay for a new one, then yes, I would technically consider it theft. In reality I probably wouldn't want it back, so it's not an issue.

Comment Re:I wonder how long this will last. (Score 1) 265

Around here the broadcast stations don't seem all that concerned. They recently started charging the cable company to carry them. At least that's what the cable company claims.

I wouldn't bother with cable if I had to pay for it myself, but I'm forced to get it since it's mandated by my condo association and my bill is included in my monthly maintenance fee.

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