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Comment Re:Had to restart because there (Score 1) 129

I've been trying to stay out of politics lately, but my ethics and concern for my country require me to reply to your posts.

In the last decade or so (after 9/11, not coincidentally) there has been a rash of cult-like right-wing nationalism and tribal "us versus them". It existed prior to this millennium, but it's been getting worse, and more concerning. The rhetoric is, in my opinion, becoming dangerous and increasingly ridiculous, and if not checked, may lead to severe consequences for our nation and the world.

You can't reason with a cult member, and likewise, with an ultra-nationalist or conspiracy theorist. The best you can hope for is that a method of cult recovery "deprogramming" comes along, or that a significant shift in the dialog marginalizes the cult.

Still, even though you won't, I encourage you (and anyone reading this who thinks as you do) to step back, get a look at the big picture, and try making friends with some people outside your echo chamber, before your rantings move any further from merely extreme into the "bat-guano insane" category. Sorry for being so blunt, but this is what conservatives would call "tough love".

For the record:

Obama is not a socialist communist fascist Muslim Brotherhood member of the Trilateral U.N. Knights Templar.

Progressives/Liberals are not your enemy, nor are they the enemy of the state. They merely favor a different approach than you do for government's role in society. They do NOT believe any less than you do in freedom or democracy. Deal with it.

When teachers make as much as military contractors or wall street traders, you can talk to me about teacher's unions. Until then, no dice.

Despite your signature's attempt to demean the concept, some ideas ARE so good they need to be mandatory. I'm sure you've heard that absolute freedom destroys freedom (it's true). Your freedom to pollute the air must knuckle to my freedom to breathe clean air, and so on.

Really, my friend, come down out of the trees. And ask some of your friends to turn off the hate mongers on the TV and radio, and come down out of the trees with you. Please do it soon, so we can avoid the less pleasant consequences that are coming if this radical polarization and crazy fear mongering continues. You don't need lots of guns and ammo. You need balance.

Comment What could go wrong? (Score 1) 150

Architecture that facilities a man in the middle attack (which is essentially what this does) is just asking for trouble. Skype used to have a pretty impressive peer to peer encryption design. No longer, I guess.

This is bad if law enforcement uses it illicitly. It's worse if some Skype/Microsoft employees go rogue, or if a hacker breaks into the infrastructure. I mean, you're baking insecurity right into the design of the frickin' product. What could go wrong?

I wonder sometimes if big brother is going to knock on the door tomorrow and stick a monitoring device right up my backside.

Comment Re:Now see, it's hyperbole like this (Score 5, Informative) 462

The 13 years are those for which we have records. When the Earth was covered with lava, I don't think anyone had a thermometer, smarty pants.

The vast majority of scientists in the applicable field believe the Earth is warming. If you don't believe it, that's your problem.

The vast majority of those scientists believe that the warming is being significantly accelerated by human processes, and that the trend line is far sharper than standard climatic cycles would ordinary produce. If you don't believe it, that's your problem.

Most outcome predictions based on the rate of change we're seeing include massive effects on humanity. If you don't believe it, that's your problem.

But sadly, you are our problem. People who, despite growing evidence, fail to grasp the urgency of the matter will be our collective downfall. Even though I tend to get very frustrated at the ignorance, I've pretty much just come to accept it. The thing that really ticks me off is that my children will suffer because of people like you, spreading the "it's not that bad" schtick.

And by the way, industry can mean a lot of things. A clean energy industry would be awesome.

Comment I object, your honor (Score 4, Interesting) 94

It's unbelievable. I object to this crap on so many different levels:

First, nations have little control over the laws in other nations. The UK, for instance, has scant control over the insane copyright laws in the US. But they are considering extraditing one of their citizens to the US for allegedly breaking those laws. What if some other country makes it illegal to look at an image of a woman with an uncovered face? Will the US extradite me to that nation for breaking their "laws"? Where does it end?

Second, it's old news that copyright and patent laws in the US have long strayed past their constitutional purpose. In fact, at this point, it's well established that the laws actually act counter to, rather than in support of, the intent of Article 1, section 8. How much longer will we blindly assent to this?

Lastly, we are in a bad economy, and the government is flailing for resources. Especially in that situation, I don't want them spending my tax dollars to extradite and prosecute someone for breaking stupid laws on behalf of tainted, greedy and evil corporations. There are much better ways to use our Justice Dept. monies.

Really, stop the madness. It's gotten so bad I don't even know where to begin working to make it better. I suppose a donation to the EFF is a good start.

Comment Re:I would hope apple will defend. (Score 1) 123

"PS: Even worst-case, this would be a chilling effect only if your iPhone app included an in-app payment system."

While I agree with most of your post, I don't agree with this last point. I've been warming up to be an indie dev on mobile devices, and this chills my enthusiasm in a very general way. I don't know when some butt-munch is going to pull a bogus patent out of their pocket and sue me over something that should never even have been granted a patent, let alone cost me legal fees to defend against. It's like a minefield now, and it is really going to be a serious impediment to innovation. We need to collectively tell the government to knock this stuff off, and fast, lest we find ourselves in the technology wastebasket soon.

Comment What shall the next two years bring? (Score 1) 763

The next couple of years are going to be very interesting in the U.S., with the Republicans controlling the House, but the Democrats retaining the Senate and Presidency. It seems that the only thing both parties agree on is the dismantling of the middle class - so perhaps policies that help the super rich and powerful secure more of our middle class wealth will not be gridlocked.

Offshoring technology jobs is bad for our economy in many ways, both short and long term. Anyone who tells you otherwise has something to sell. It doesn't take an advanced degree in economics to have some common sense.

Comment If not this, then what? (Score 5, Interesting) 273

There is a lot of criticism in the comments - for instance:

Hardware mfgs won't go for this
Consumers won't care
There aren't enough people who _do_ care to make a difference

Some of this may be true, stark reality. But if that's the case, then I ask, what do we do instead?

A lot of us feel strongly that the rise of constrained, "walled garden" computing, especially in mobile devices (phones, iPad, etc.) is a Bad Thing(tm). These mobile devices, along with increasingly complex embedded systems, may well be the future of computing. These days, computing = access to information. Do you really, really want your information device to be nothing more than a puppet for someone else to control? We've all read the books and seen the movies - we know where this road ends. I don't want to go there.

Already, the corporate-owned and operated consolidated media is doing its best to spoon-feed everybody the daily ration of irrelevant crap or pre-digested "here's what to think" news stories. And due to the trend we're discussing, soon the only place we'll be able to get any information at all is with our fully-controlled, censored, happy happy joy joy goodcitizendevices.

But this gets worse, because once the corporations control everything, it's only one small step away from government abuse. Been paying attention to the trends lately? Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-law enforcement, but there must be balance. When all tech is locked down and we have no choices, it will be too late to wonder if we should have just allowed it to happen.

So, honestly, if this FSF effort isn't the answer, what is? Because as long as we want to remain a free people, we can't just stand by and watch, if not facilitate, as a select few take full control of the systems we rely on for our information.

Comment Re:Good for them! (Score 2, Insightful) 86

"July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind."

If Mankind can return during my lifetime, I'll be delighted. I don't particularly care which section of Mankind leads the way - I'll rejoice with them when we venture out again.

Think what we could accomplish if we all worked together? Maybe someday we could get out of our own back yard.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 164

You had interesting information in your post, but when I saw the word "Obamacare", my Glenn Beck automated filter kicked in. Try to keep the useless talking points phrases out of it next time, and perhaps your information won't be lost in the noise.

Comment Re:Stupid prices (Score 1) 827

I don't think this is it. I think we have been conditioned by the corporate overlords to accept the market prices without question. Our cell phone market, while not an explicit cartel, certainly has the feel of one. There is no meaningful competition and there are significant infrastructure barriers to entry. Also, there is certainly no meaningful regulation. So, the players can charge what they want, and we've just become used to it.

The whole "get the phone cheap and get locked in for 2 years" trick also works. However, to the layperson, buying an unlocked phone of the right technology and getting it activated is a pretty big barrier here, while it may not be that way elsewhere. Again, the quasi-cartel effect.

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