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Comment You wanted privacy? (Score 3, Interesting) 243

This is news, in the sense that Dropbox now actively crawls your files (DMCA still went about for publicly listed files anyway).

But my question is why are there people in the tech industry still surprised by the fact that Dropbox does not encrypt it's users's files and can read them outright...
That's how they do sharing between users, as well as file deduplication (Which probably works best for larger copyrighted files, funnily enough!)

I still use Dropbox, and promote it slightly: with the stern advise to use it simply as a convenient way of sharing crap, but treat it as a "public USB drive"!

Just never, ever, store sensitive data, like your business or evil masterplans, or your personal/bank/etc account details on it. But if you're sharing that MP3 you recorded on yesterday's block party, go right ahead!

Comment This reminds me of Seinfeld's "The Wallet" sketch (Score 1) 535

"I mean, the whole reason you watch a TV show is because it ends. If I want a long, boring story with no point to it, I have my life."

So this means I won't be able to replay the game and try to do it better?

So what if I want to sell it? Shouldn't I be able to?
I mean, if I wanted some unsellable thing I am stuck with, cant "replay" or "re-do" a second time _maybe_ even better, I have my life!

Comment Re:RFC1149 (Score 1) 82

Who'd look twice at some pigeons?

As silly as this RFC1149 reference might be; it is actually a pertinent view.

In this modern age, we like to think any access to information is always high tech and all.
But there are less technical but nevertheless worthy ways to exchange information, talking about transmitting packets through amateur radio actually bypasses the very important thinking of using the amateur radio itself as the information exchange.

A lot of revolutions in the past were started with radio (both by taking official broadcasting stations or using amateur transmissions) as well as even less technical fliers and good old word-of-mouth.

Granted, few things are as powerful as the plethora of multimedia accounts, the videos and pictures especially; and first hand accounts are always different from the editorial media. But there's nothing so unique about using YouTube or Vimeo, Twitter or Identi.ca as well as your social network and blogs, etc that can't be accomplished using other communication methods. Sometimes it's just a matter of the need forcing ingenuity.

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