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Comment The killer bees are already out of the jar (Score 3, Insightful) 109

Phil Zimmermann's PGP already put crypto in the hands of the masses. It was a little cumbersome to use, even back in the '90s, but it's there. Anybody who wants good crypto, even on their phone, can probably find it and set it up. That group especially includes what I will call dedicated professional terrorists. FBI tapping into vanilla off-the-shelf iPhones will not catch them. This bill is about the common tech carried by the common man.

Comment I've been writing a lot of 6502 assembler lately (Score 1) 306

... for the Commodore PET. But now my code is better than it was in 1979, and by now I have used dozens of other languages and operating systems. Am I "expert"? No. I take the approach of learning the minimum I need to accomplish the mission (usually delivering maintainable code) plus whatever else I become curious about along the way. What usually works best is to combine a new project with a new set of tools, so I'm learning the new tool while trying to finish the project. I describe the approach as "You are here and you want to get there." or "Lewis and Clark" approach. If you started with Perl, learning Ruby. Consider learning something old school, like Forth. Install Linux on your desktop. Force yourself to live in it by deleting Windows first. In short, become uncomfortable. The best learning occurs in that space.

Comment Re:Another key disclosure case (Score 1, Interesting) 236

It's pretty damn obvious.
Nature gave me this body which includes my mouth. I may use that body in any fashion I choose. That includes, among other things, the right to speak. AND the right to not speak (hence Arizona v. Miranda rights). No government may overrule the bodily rights that Nature has given me.

Comment TRS-80 was the #1 computer of late 70s (Score -1, Informative) 111

I'm not surprised he used a TRS-80 as his "first". It was the best-selling computer of 1978, 79 and 80*.

"If you went back to that time and told yourself, âoeIn thirty years, weâ(TM)re going to be distributing all of our music through this device,â what would you think?" - John Linnell says he would not be surprised. At the time, people were already recording songs on their Ataris, Commodores, and Amigas and distributing them via the BBS and Usenet.

>>>John Linnell's first PC, the Macintosh Plus (1986).

IMHO he would have been better-off buying an Atari ST or Amiga. Like Andy Warhol and Disney Animation did. The Mac Plus wasn't very strong for video or sound.

*1981-82 was Atari 400/800
*1983-86 was Commodore 64
*1987 onward was IBM PC and clones

Comment Hello tyranny (Score -1) 75

"Internet filtering across the public estate is essential. We want to ensure that users in schools, libraries, colleges and Immigration Removal Centres are unable to access unlawful material." - Yeah but if I WANT to access unlawful material, like nude women, orgies, how-to-build-a-home-riffle, and other shit the government disapproves of? It's called FREEDOM jackasses in parliament.

Comment Re:Wonderful. (Score 0) 228

>>>It was never the "land of the free to use other people's property the way I want."

Except these ISPs were granted (1) use of government-owned roads and right-of-ways plus (2) monopolies. Examples: Comcast, cox, verizon. The government can regulate these ISPs for either of those 2 reasons:

1 - Because government regulates everything that runs on, or under the roads.
2 - Because government regulates monopolies like the Power company, phone company, natural gas company, and water/sewer company. The internet monopoly is no different.

Comment Goodbye Red Flag law (Score -1) 199

Does==John Does

- It is my sincere hope that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes to the same hellhole as the "red flag laws" that required drivers of horseless carriages (cars) to be led by a pedestrian, waving a red flag or carrying a lantern.

Hopefully the repeal won't take 30 years again. Hopefully enough citizens will get pissed-off about receiving $5000 extortion letters (or million-dollar lawsuits) and demand the DMCA get nullified.

Comment Go Get 'Em! (Score -1, Offtopic) 190

Nail the Verizon Monopoly* to the wall. I'm tired of being forced to choose between Verizon and Verizon for my plain-old telephone service. Then go after Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, and time-warner while you're at it, Mr. FCC.

* The monopoly is not in wireless, but wired services, but
I still think the FCC should tear-apart this company like they did with ATT back in the 70s.

Comment And the geeks cheer! (Score -1) 104


It's amazing though how many still cling to Internet Explorer, even after you tell them, "But websites can see everything you do. Explorer, especially versions 6 and 7, has no privacy." One forum poster at AVscience replied, "I don't care I'll keep using IE anyway and _____ your firefox recommendation." Ummm... oookay. Just trying to help you secure your PC there, buddy.

I see Opera rose from approximately 1% to 3%. Yay.
Netscape(!) still holds a 3/4% share.
And Mozilla/Seamonkey is only 1/50 of a percent. Not so great. :-|

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