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Comment Re: oh no (Score 1) 423

A few years ago I came across my old BBS number during a Google search and decided to call it and see who answered.

It rings once and then...a modem sound.

Freaked me out until I discovered it was just a fax machine that actually blasted that noise on answering.

Comment Re: Bullshit (Score 2) 174

Of course they can.
Most of the dissidents in this country are well known and tracked as closely as if they had implanted GPS transmitters.

The same people show up at every protest, get arrested and let go by every city they visit by liberal judges. A phone call from Washington, a hint of a under cover arrangement, and a get out of jail free card.

Dozens if not hundreds of arrests, and they just walk.

Why? The Feds get more information from them running around loose than they would if they were in jail.

Comment Re:Not Client Side? (Score 2) 19

Google would be the first with a cloud offering, encryption integration points, and an enterprise encrypted document play that could be federated. The fear is, as some other posters noted, will Google commit to this or just do it for 2 years and then dump the whole thing?

If it has a revenue stream, (paying customers - not advertising) they probably won't dump it.

Comment Re:Ugandans should set up wish lists (Score 1) 102

Look, every small town in the US has a Friends of the Library that collects and recycles used book. We could relieve them of their unsold inventory, load them into C5 Cargo planes and air drop them into every little village. When the book sellers complain, back a dump truck up and bury them in free books to sell.

The price would drop. Our land fills would thank us.

Comment Re:Sad reporte' on my country's lack of balls (Score 2) 120

Bitching about it in the press us hardly something to praise. To paraphrase Stalin, "how many divisions does the press have?"

You get beat, you go back and clean up your act, plug the holes, and thank your lucky stars you didn't have to learn that lesson in wartime.

Comment Re:wtf is this article (Score 2) 264

Apparently it's some apologism for Windows 10, but an unbelievably poor one.

Look, anything from Ed Bott will always be along those lines. Ed Bott doesn't actually exist. His computer is has a direct link from Microsoft's PR department which submits all his stories. Oh, sure there is this guy who shows up at the office once in a while. But his salary is mysteriously paid via an obscure credit to ZDNet bank account, he's long ago forgotten his real name, he plays Microsoft Solitaire all day, then drives home to an empty house, watches MSNBC all evening and gets up and does it all again tomorrow. One of these days he will be reprogrammed, but today is not that day, and so the story remains the same from Ed, decade after fawning decade.

Comment Re:Why not capture with wireshark and analyze? (Score 0) 264

Sure, traffic is probably encrypted, but since your system is encrypting it, surely there's a way to discover the keys and find out exactly what data is being sent.

I personally don't have either the time nor the kernel hacking skills to pull it off, but I'm sure somebody could.

Son, take a few minutes to learn how encryption actually works so you don't embarrass yourself on the internet, mkay?

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