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Comment Information == Value (Score 1) 155

As long as something you have (your personal information, your CPU cycles, your clicks, etc.) has value, it will be under attack. Blocking ads & javascript helps a lot, but there are still invisible tracking images, and perma-cookies, and white-listed code (adblock, I'm looking at you).

The war will continue, and the majority of people who don't have the time/inclination/skills to learn all the tricks of the trade will continue to be caught in the middle. SWATting, DOXing, etc. all prove that.

As long as there are governments willing to do whatever it takes to control their citizens, the war will continue. The DDoS of GitHub proves that.

As long as there is money to be made, hackers will still go after your information (SSN's, bank accounts, etc.) In the end, you just need to get used to the war, and try and survive the crossfire.

Comment Re:depends (Score 1) 155

Really? "much less SPAM" on Facebook?

My feed is a nightmare, and I keep my friends list pretty well pruned. However, some of my friends friend anyone and get tagged by spammers in their feed, or their accounts get hacked, etc.

And don't even get me started on the ads, or the facebook links on every bloody website.

Comment Re:Angry mob is a no show (Score 2) 1262

Damn I feel foolish now I've RTFA, she's complaining about YT trolls, there's no actual violence. One person posted a death threat with her address attached. Everyone from climate scientists to Exxon executives get that sort of shit continuously, it's (sadly) part of being a public figure.

This shouldn't be part of being a "public figure" lessens us as humans, and as a society....It's depressing, horrifying, and wrong, in any way, shape or form. There should be zero tolerance for threatening to abuse a person, sexually, or emotionally, or otherwise, even if the comments are made as "trolling". The fact that anyone sees this as acceptable for anyone to receive is scary to me...

Why would you think it's acceptable? Whether in jest or not?

Comment You don't (Score 1) 200

Anytime the data is out of your physical control, it's compromised...

If you want truly secure backups, then you need to control both ends of the backup, as well as everything in between. If there's one thing Edward Snowden has showed us, it's that someone is watching *everything* online...and encrypted data is just begging to be examined, stored & hacked.


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment Re:Any person getting a government education... (Score 1) 250

As far as I'm concerned, as soon as someone gets on the government dole, either because they're employed by the government, or are being supported by the government using taxpayer money, *every* taxpayer has a right to inspect the data. The person paying the bills has a right to know what they're paying for.

I want a copy of your criminal record, as well as your financial records...

You get police protection in your city, yes? You also have money in a bank with FDIC insurance?

That's all paid for by the government.

Also, I want access to your travel drive on public roads...also, you are protected by the US Military....

Where do we stop?

Studying individual student records, including hobbies, likes/dislikes, etc. won't help judge school progress...

Comment Happens to me (Score 1) 239

I've been dealing with this for a couple of years now...

I send back replies to people who are emailing me explaining they have the wrong person, and either mark the junk accounts as spam, or contact their customer service and ask for them to remove my email from their account.

Sometimes, the companies will actually comply, especially if it's for some children's website... (COPPA is a big deal).

For the ones who don't listen, or can't remove me, I just keep tossing them into the bit bucket.

Comment Their choices of scientists was interesting (Score 1) 147

Listening to NPR last night about this, they mentioned that the majority of the recipients already work for very large, well-funded institutions...and the money is going directly to the scientists, not being specified for actual research. is this helping science? If they wanted to help scientists, they should make the money available as grants and give them to scientists who need funding.

Submission + - Amazon debuts cloud-based music storage (

MerlynDavis writes: Amazon announced their new "Cloud Drive" storage, which gives you 5GB of storage for free, and up to 1TB if you pay for it. They also have a Cloud Player JavaScript application for streaming music stored in your Cloud Drive from either a PC/Mac or an Android powered device. (No support for iOS or Blackberry at this time).

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 389 iPhone should connect to any cellular service? Or....I can plug in my iPod into a linux box and the linux box has to recognize it and work with it without any additional software? Or....I can stick a DVD for a Windows game into my OSX system and play the game? Or, must Apple make every mobile application run on an iPhone (or even every application, period). That statement is so vague, it's ridiculous.

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