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Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 2) 33

A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even have control over booting of the device. It's enough to make me want to support another open phone. Mozilla just gave up the ghost on that.

Comment LGPL does not "infect" the same way (Score 1) 34

Needs a stable, standard, unencumbered, free GUI -- windows, menus, toolbars, widgets, mouse, touch, etc. It'd be lovely if it was open source and not a barely-masked invitation to buy a new Porsche for some lawyer, too. IOW, no GPL infection.

Assuming that by "infection" you mean "causing [a larger work] to be distributable only under copyleft terms":

Both GTK+ widgets and Qt widgets are under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). Because LGPL is a weak copyleft, use of an LGPL library in a larger work does not "infect" it. It does, however, require an application's object to be available to a licensed user without digital restrictions management, which rules out a port to iOS or major video game consoles.

Comment Cable already owns Hulu (Score 2) 203

Same boss because once things start shifting the Cable TV companies will acquire Netflix/Hulu/youname it.

Hulu LLC is owned by Disney, Comcast, Fox, and Time Warner. All four companies own broadcast TV networks (ABC, NBC, Fox, and half of CW respectively) as well as mid-tier cable TV networks. Comcast is also a multichannel pay television provider.

Comment Goodwill hunting for legit MP3s (Score 1) 307

Repeated in my own words in case I misunderstood: Your middle-school-age nephew is buying used products at thrift stores in other cities with his dad's transportation and consigning the products to his dad to flip on eBay, and that's how he affords to buy legit music.

If I understood your post correctly, that's little different from his dad giving him an allowance, as his dad is providing free transportation and free use of his eBay seller account. Both the transportation and the eBay seller account require being 18 or older. The only labor the nephew contributes is deciding which products are worth flipping.

How does the nephew determine what to buy to flip? I ask because I'm trying to evaluate how well this sort of business would work for my cousins.

Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 391

While I know your comment was meant to be sarcastic (and I hope you get a funny mod or two for it), I really do wonder what would happen if every white person (regardless of gender or orientation) in the world stopped working for a week. Every male (regardless of race or orientation) for an additional week, then every cisgender (regardless of race, physical gender, or orientation) for another week, and every heterosexual (regardless of the other factors, as well) for yet another week.

That is, for each of those labels (white, cisgender, hetero, male) that applies to you, you take a week off. I wonder how we'd be valued then.

Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 391

It is important to be able to identify people who should be avoided. What better term is there to apply to them than the one they choose for themselves?

I'm not invested in it at all; I'm interested in staying out of it. In order to do so, however, I must know what an SJW is and how to identify them so that I can avoid them.

Comment Re:Admission (Score 1) 128

If CloudFlare would stop providing bulletproof hosting for criminals and spammers, the internet would be a better place.

Eh? CloudFlare provides hosting now? That's news to me.

Oh, wait, they don't.

If CloudFlare were to stop providing hosting to these sites, they would first have to start providing hosting to these sites. This would, arguably, make the internet a worse place, at least temporarily.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 128

More to the point and perhaps something you didn't consider: by simply stopping the packages they would actually be contributing more than by delivering them. They'd be alerting both the distributor and the recipient that they'd been discovered and giving them time to flee. Better is to silently alert the authorities, otherwise carrying on as if you didn't know anything, wait for the warrant, then turn over additional details without hesitation.

If you actually want to see a criminal organization taken down and the people running it successfully prosecuted, don't interfere and don't give police everything you have up front. Leave the situation alone, let police know *what* information you have, give them enough of a taste that they'll be able to get a warrant, and assure them that you'll hand it over the moment they show up with such. This ensures the following:
A) They will seek a warrant
B) They will not raid your house at 3AM to obtain the evidence
C) There will be sufficient proof of how said evidence was obtained that even the best and most expensive lawyers won't be able to have it thrown out

Expanding on point C, without the warrant it is entirely possible that a good lawyer could argue parallel construction, or prove that you collected said evidence via means through which it would have been illegal for police to have done so and argue that, in doing so, you were acting as an agent of the state. Boom, evidence thrown out, case dismissed due to lack of evidence, bad guys know who you are and aren't in prison... have fun with that.

I know you're interested in Global Thermonuclear War, but I implore you: How about a nice game of Chess?

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