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Comment Citations? (Score 4, Interesting) 286

At the very least, they admit that they:

- Uniquely identify you, your device, and your location/network.
- Record what you navigate and search on the internet.
- Record what you watch, listen to, and read.
- Record your purchase history.

Any citations for these (like field names in that huge list) that you could provide? I searched for some keywords to find anything related what you mentioned (ex: web, browse, history, internet, purchase, etc) and could not find anything as nefarious sounding as your summary. Perhaps I'm not looking closely enough and it's a huge list, so citations would be appreciated. I really would like to know if they are collecting the info you listed. Thanks.

Comment Re:Isn't this like (Score 1) 185

I would hesitate to read to much into that search statistic. It could be that people were just trying to learn more about the EU once it became huge news the next day. It could be that most of the people searching were people who did not vote either way. It could be that just as many people who voted to remain in the EU also did that search the next day.

I understand the feeling, but still believe that we need to remove barriers to voting, not add more.

Comment Re:Isn't this like (Score 1) 185

I figure you were probably joking, but this concept gets way more credit than it deserves and needs more push back. Why should illiterate or otherwise uneducated people not be allowed to vote? They were already left behind by society, and then we want to punish them on top of that? I get that people like that may be more easily manipulated, but the solution it to try much harder to not let anyone go without a good education, instead of restricting the rights of those who fell through the cracks of society.

Comment Anti-technology riots? (Score 1) 388

This story (or more accurately the trend that it is addressing) kinda worries me. Reading this, reading about the Luddites (, then thinking about political incompetence and societal inertia, I wonder what are the chances of general anti-technology riots if unemployment rapidly rose to, say, 30%-50% because of automation? Would they target only robots, or, more likely, anything and anyone related to automation? How about destruction of internet infrastructure and data centers? What else? Death to all programmers and IT people?

Comment Re:Its Open Season on the Little Guy (Score 2) 197

I'm far from a Trump defender as I lean left, but this executive order was really not as obviously bad as some of his other ones. To start with, it's not jacking up anyone's rates. The order stopped a rate cut from going into effect, meaning that people are just going to keep paying what they were paying before. Second, there has been a long debate over whether this insurance fund was properly funded. An improperly funded insurance fund would be a recipe for disaster if another wave of defaults were to happen. Third, Obama signed this a week before leaving office. Why?

Comment Re:Seriously? WTF??? (Score 1) 168

I imagine that you're right about the cost/benefit analysis, but the problem for them is that for every user that posts, there are probably 50 that only read the message boards. I'm one of these users, having only posted about 4 or 5 times in over 10 years there while on the other hand reading them relatively frequently. I agree completely with the GP poster.

Comment Re:Forums are dying (Score 1) 168

I think you were using it the wrong way. The way I used the imdb forums was to discuss details and questions about a movie after I had already watched the movie. I think it was excellent for this, especially for smaller movies for which you were unlikely to find any discussion anywhere else.

Comment Yes, custom ROMs are still necessary (Score 4, Insightful) 215

Unfortunately, custom ROMs are still necessary because phone manufacturers, carriers, and even Google itself washes their hands of any phone that is older than about 2 years. Often they stop offering system updates even sooner than 2 years. This forces people to install custom ROMs to keep their phone operating systems up to date.

I don't care what anyone claims -- a smartphone's useful life is way longer than 2 years, so it's unconscionable that these Android companies do this. Compare to iPhones, which are supported for up to 5 years. I have been using Android phones (Google Nexus models) for several years now, but I have seriously considered going back to iPhones because of this and because of app availability.

Comment This is great, but what about their video content? (Score 1) 33

A lot of people would pay money for a "netflix" of all the BBC-owned video content. There were rumors a few years ago about them making their iPlayer available in other countries for a fee, but it never happened. As it is, many people *cough* have to pirate some of their video content, because it's literally (the real literally, not the misused literally) not available to legally buy, rent, or watch.

I'm not even talking about some rare episode of some obscure show that ran for 7 weeks back in the 70s not being available in some small country. I'm talking about current shows, being produced and broadcast by the BBC now on an ongoing basis that are not available in the US. It's a pretty frustrating situation.

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