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Comment Re:Block on the phone. (Score 2) 76

I like the idea of moving as much decision making as possible to the phone, but I don't want a whitelist. That would require me to make the effort to whitelist people, plus having the prescient power of anticipating which strangers I want to hear from (e.g. whoever found my dog and called the number on her collar). I'm ok with getting a call from a stranger, as long as their "return address" isn't forged. If the return address is correct, and they are annoying, I can blacklist 'em. Allowing strangers to call me is the best default. Not perfect (it's easy to imagine some failure scenarios), but best.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 396

This just removes the fig leaf. .. Anyone who's serious about security wouldn't rely on the ISP being on their side-- one would already be using strong encryption etc. for all communication if one were actually concerned about security.

This really is the best way to look at things.

If people want "privacy laws" then those laws shouldn't be about what's not allowed to happen; the laws need to be about what is required to happen (the goal being to encourage common sense practices, because nobody can protect your privacy for you.). Make it so that businesses and people can't access government's network services without going through a darknet, for example. Do not allow any plaintext email communication with the government. Put into "REAL ID" that the issuing authority also has to sign the identified person's key and include the fingerprint on the ID card. Don't allow government money to be spent on computers containing any software which can't be audited and maintained. And so on.

Don't make anyone protect their privacy overall, but do make it so that they have to pay lip service to common sense in any interaction with government (and then let convenience and economy of scale take it from there; lazy people will then do the right thing). Or, just don't have privacy laws since, obviously, we don't really care. Pick one or the other.

Comment Re:Are people really dumb enough to fall for this? (Score 1) 32

I understand why people do it; I just think the costs outweigh the relatively minor benefits. (And yes, I realize other people weigh things differently) Having a mailreader on your desktop(s) isn't a big deal. The only time it matters much, is when it's someone else's desktop, since a lot of mail clients make the initial setup somewhat of a pain in the ass. (And I get how a layman might not remember whether their server uses starttls vs ssl; I'll admit there are barriers to fast setup, where you want to ask your friend, "Hey, can I use your machine to check my email real quick?") But while maybe some people were having to borrow other peoples' PCs a lot more around the turn of the century, nowdays nearly everyone carries one in their pocket.

And across from the relatively minor benefit of webmail, is the cost: it means you can't do encryption sanely, for example. And since it doesn't have a standard interface, now Google is proposing a proprietary one, to try to do some of the things that you could do with IMAP. That's just going to lock people into gmail specifically. I get why they are doing that, but from a user's PoV, this is wastful and harmful.

Just Say No. Now that you have a smartphone, perhaps webmail is obsolete and it's time to start phasing it out. Whereever you go, there you are.

Comment Re:Non-negotiable items (Score 1) 244

I have an HDHomeRun with a cable card, and VLC talks to it just great on Linux.

When did this happen?! (I fear I'm probably misinterpreting your comment.)

I have one of the older non-CableCard HDHomeRuns and it worked great for a while.. but ClearQAM gradually phased out so that CableCard was the only option that could receive everything you pay for. At the time the CableCard version of HDHomeRun came out, it was not interoperable with whatever software you wanted; you had to use Microsoft's whatever-it's-called or else "fuck you, fucking customer, we don't want your fucking money, you fucking fuckity fuckfuck." (I paraphrase the lack of API.)

Did they really later open it up so that it works? (You're not going to tell me this is really a VLC-specific proprietary blob thing, I hope.)

Comment Re:Newsflash (Score 1, Insightful) 519

Any claims based on the assertion that they behave lawfully is flawed and not to be considered credible.

Cars crash. We all know that. But if you say a car crashed at a certain place at a certain time -- but all the people who were at the intersection at that time say they didn't see anything, and the alleged cars aren't showing signs of damage (or repair) -- then the subject matter is your dishonesty, not whether or not sometimes cars crash.

Trump lied again, and got caught again. Think back to whoever you thought was probably the most dishonest president, before Trump came along and broke all the records so quickly. How often did that president get caught lying?

Pretty much the only way this motherfucker might ever get credibility with Americans at this point, is if he announced that he's getting psychiatric sessions.

Comment Re:Ain't just "rap", either... (Score 1) 167

You sound like someone who lost their intell sources. (I remember going through that, as a metalhead in the 1990s when metal didn't die even slightly, but nevertheless disappeared from radio, neighborhood brick'n'mortar stores, etc. I went through some dismal years before I learned to research, and then started to discover a portion of what had been happening under my nose.)

All that stuff about autotune, Disney, focus-group-tested lyrics represents a virtually non-existent share of music. You are flaming obscure things, while the other 99.99% of music is going un-noticed. Find your people. They're almost certain still around, somewhere.

And while I certainly don't want to discourage you from researching music from the far reaches of the globe, you might also want to check the bars in your own city. (But FFS you have the Internet now, too!)

BTW, I'm not saying 98% of everything isn't crap. But it was true in 1970 too. For every Stone the Crows or Jethro Tull, there were a hundred bands trying to be be a sonic and financial clone of The Beatles.

Comment Re:infrastructure (Score 1) 58

I'm sure it will make sense to plenty of non-google engineers.

Unless those non-Google engineers have already heard of ftp, scp, rsync, etc.

The only real problem with sharing on home connections involves NAT, ISP ToS, etc: being findable and connectable. Rent a VPS and install OpenVPN on it, have your home fileserver connect to it, and it's solved.

Comment Re:Can Uber really make money at this? (Score 1) 122

Does it really make sense economically for Uber to get 100% of the cost of a ride this way but having to spend money to buy main, maintain and insure cars?

If you hypothesize that robot drivers can really do the job sufficiently well, the conclusion is an extremely strong and obvious yes. Taxis, limo services, etc are already viable business models even when you have all those same expenses plus a driver to pay. Remove the driver expense and it only gets more viable.

Or is this another sign of a company that doesn't know what it is doing, perhaps most recently suggested by the recent charges of sexism and sexual harassment?

It's possible they don't know what they're doing, but this certainly isn't a sign. It all comes down to whether or not you think robots perform as well as humans, and this story merely works from the conclusion that they can; it doesn't show any strengths or weaknesses of the premise itself.

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