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Comment I doubt that it is encrypted at rest even (Score 1) 333

Unless they use the same key for every subscriber. Try this - grab a file off of Bit Torrent, most any file will do, but make sure it is at least a few hundred megs. Now, upload it to your Dropbox account. Notice how the sync process was near instant? Thats because DB has that file already - someone else already uploaded it and DB was able to match it by checksum, skipping the need to actually upload it. Now, take a file that is unique to you - maybe a zip containing your vacation photos. Make sure it is at least a few hundred megs in size. Now, upload that to Dropbox. Note that it takes quite a bit longer, more in line with what you would expect uploading a file from your computer to a remote server over the Internet. If your files on Dropbox were encrypted with a unique key, every file you uploaded would be unique, so from this it is obvious that Dropbox not only has the capability to decrypt your data, but it does so regularly, if it encrypts it at all. Their data de-duplication would not work optimally if they couldn't.

Comment Re:Countersuit: (Score 1) 367

That, and the fact that by simply spamming the courts and the news channels with reports of their litigation, they have made far more people aware that tools actually exist for obtaining free music than would have otherwise been aware (i.e. Streisand Effect). I submit that while some of these newly informed might side with RIAA in condemning the users of these tools, the vast majority likely had a Eureka moment and began stocking up on their favorite tunes (or used the knowledge to better target their existing activities). Definitely a case of Pot v. Kettle.

Comment Re:NO.. really? (Score 2, Interesting) 484

Let me impart a little lesson on reading between the lines. You read that sentence and see "family values." Why shouldn't taking care of your home and raising your children be more important than taking an interest and participating in your government?

I read that sentence and I see the destruction of the nuclear family. Why is the parent picking up a child from daycare rather than caring for it at home? The reason, of course, is that most families are now dual income, with both parents working, which means that they do not have time to stay home and raise children. This was not true 50 years ago. It seems obvious to me that this is not progress - twice as much work must be done to achieve the same standard of living, though granted, with more cool gadgets. How did this come to pass? Politics. So, it seems obvious to me that taking an active interest in politics might be easily as important as many of the mundane things we do as part of our regular schedule.

It is less immediate, sure, but not less important.

Comment Re:Smart Sound (Score 1) 625

Let me get this straight: I pay a cable bill sufficient to provide me access to every show I enjoy, and I have not been offered the opportunity to be a Nielson household, yet somehow my watching or not watching a TV show that I have paid for in a format of my choosing is both freeloading and magically detectable to the great and glorious content providers? It seems to me that if I'm not a Nielson household, my vote doesn't count to save the TV shows I like, but likewise I am not bound to watch the commercials I don't like, since my eyes aren't counted there either. In fact, by torrenting my favorite shows, my viewing habits can at least be counted

I will grant that if EVERYONE did it, or even just the Nielson households, then yes, we could end up in the Stygian world you imply. Or maybe, just maybe, the content distributors would wake up to the fact that we dislike loud commercials and like time-shifting. They might also be forced to place heavier consideration on online viewing numbers, and then start providing TV shows in the way the customer desires, while still generating revenue either by charging per episode, or by providing less obtrusive (or at least less numerous/obnoxiously loud) ads, perhaps by using TASTEFUL product placement rather than stand-alone ads.

Right now, we can be ignored, because we can't vote with our wallets. No one knows if we are watching their ads because we aren't in the magical .02% of US households that are measured. If EVERYBODY did it, then the industry would actually have to consider their customer's desires for once, and then we would have a voice. So you'll excuse me if I'm not exactly crying over your ideals.

Comment Re:Obligatory Penn&Teller (Score 1) 594

How old does a child need to be before they can get all of their vaccinations? Because to me, all of this anti-vax nonsense seems like a boon in disguise. Since only the stupid will be un-vaccinated, then when the epidemic caused by their failure to vaccinate comes about, they will be the only ones affected. It's like an epidemic that only affects stupid people - a win for society if you ask me. Except for that small window when newborns are too young to be properly vaccinated.

Comment Re:Previous condition (Score 1) 594

Actually, this means that fevers cause autism, in certain rare circumstances. Fevers, however, are fairly common and are practically guaranteed to happen sooner or later to a child (and certainly sooner when parents refuse vaccines and reduce herd immunity). As such, the vaccine simply had the misfortune to have caused it first (assuming that it was indeed a fever - or even a vaccine caused symptom - that triggered it). It's kind of like the parable of the man who was shot as he fell past a 10th story window. You could claim that it was the bullet that killed him and be technically correct, but the simple fact was that the sudden stop 10 stories below would have killed him in short order anyway. Either way, his death (or severe injury) was a certainty IN THE VERY NEAR TERM (for all those "everybody dies eventually" folks). Blaming the accidental shooter and holding them wholly responsible is ludicrous. This is in the same category as people suing McDonald's for making them fat.

Comment Re:No confirmation from Cassini (Score 1) 408

Not really. The thesis in the article from the summary is that the rotation of the sun causes the fluctuations - in other words, the side of the sun's core facing you impacts decay rate. The article cited in the GPP concerning measurements from Cassini ends indicating that orbital distance has no measurable effect, but suggests other options, one of which is orbital location, which I presume means which side of the sun you are on. In short, one of the possible explanations from the Cassini measurements has been given more support from the later research discussed in the summary.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 237

And by "former member of the Chinese Communist Party" you mean that she was born in China, and has since become an American citizen, and is only a communist by right of birth, and not by any conscious political affiliation. The far right could learn a thing or two about sensationalizing the facts from you. I suppose I should start disclosing that I was once an honored guest of the Chinese Communist Party because I had a layover in Hong Kong once.

Comment Re:Wrong (Score 1) 1268

That is a good question. It seems logical that if one can't read, they also can't write, and so it stands to reason that one can graduate high school without learning how to write (if you take the statement you quoted as truth), which you seem to be implying is the case with the GPP. Of course, the statement allows that at least some high school graduates can read, and presumably write, so their ability to do (or not do) either tells us little about their graduation status. Without a knowledge of the educational distribution of Slashdot posters, any sort of educated guess would be unlikely. However, considering his familiarity and interest in the subject, I would imagine that the GPP is posting from a position of at least some experience with the subject, and therefore either has already graduated from high school, or is quite close to graduating.

My only source of confusion in the matter is why the answer to your question is important enough to undo your previous moderations, unless you had mis-modded and needed to post anyway to undue them.

Comment Re:What is the Community Reinvestment Act? (Score 1) 571

Compliance is voluntary. Not complying will not bring penalties to existing bank business.

I'm not disagreeing (or agreeing) with your main point, but I simply wanted to point out the fallacy of this statement. Complying with CRA, from what I understand, provided huge competitive advantage in the form of increased license to merge, acquire, and otherwise grow as a business. This is like saying that adding a rule to soccer that allowed all team members to use their hands when handling the ball if they agreed to wear a Nike jersey is fair because it doesn't bring any penalties to those members who decline. While technically true in that they can continue to play exactly as they have before, they will inevitably be crushed as the competition gains immense advantage.

Now, if the CRA did assist in causing the crunch (and I'm not arguing either way as I don't know the full details), you could argue that those that suffered the disadvantage by not adopting it would win in the end, but the simple fact is that all of the banks knew full well that the government would save them, and so they could have their cake and eat it to by complying. Only the taxpayers lose.

Comment Car analogy (Score 1) 490

You go to get your car washed. You spot some attractive, scantily clad young ladies (or men, depending on your preference) offering car washes on the side of the road. You pull in and they wash your car. They charge you more than you would pay at a regular car wash, and they do a terrible job, but you were given a complimentary soft drink and a view of them for 15 minutes as they gyrated all around your car. How would you rate your car washing experience?

Comment Re:Come on, parent is not a troll. (Score 2, Interesting) 490

From the article, it is extremely likely that the main reason that the iPhone users rate AT&T so highly is because (*drum roll*) it has the iPhone. In short, they are fans of the iPhone, not really AT&T, but since AT&T is the exclusive carrier of the iPhone... The article links it to the supposed "Reality Distortion Field" that supposedly affects all users of Apple products (or at least the Apple Fanboys), but quite simply I think that it is that many of the iPhone users are extremely tolerant of network issues so long as they can have their iPhone and it works the majority of the time. When Verizon starts carrying the iPhone, you'll see the satisfaction level with AT&T drop like a stone.

Now, as for why the majority of these people *must* have an iPhone so badly, I refuse to speculate as it would probably result in some unfavorable comments about the Apple faithful.

As for why the Android repeat number is so low, I posit that if they limited the survey group to Android users that bought an Android phone that was equivalently priced with the iPhone, you'd see a dramatically higher percentage. Android's early (and still ongoing) market fragmentation resulted in many poor custom UIs and underpowered low-end devices, which negatively impacted its image. Not to mention, all Android users having to face iPhone envy because it was the "in" thing, and constantly making headlines thanks to Apple's image machine. Ask the Droid X or Evo or Nexus One users whether they'd buy another Android device, and I'd wager you'd see closer to a 75% (and quite probably higher) affirmative response.

Comment Re:Before everybody gets their shorts all twisted (Score 1, Offtopic) 418

Really? Then why is it they consider my password and answering a personal question two-factor authentication? It's possible you work at one of the few banks that actually do authentication properly, but to generalize about the whole banking industry taking security seriously when they pull crap like that, and all but encourage identity theft is a little disingenuous.

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