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Comment Re:You have to be kidding! (Score 1) 199

U.S. ISPS need to be shot.
I am currently sitting on a couch in LaCygne, Kansas. Looking out the window, I can see the place where the fiber (yeah fiber, in a rural area) terminates if I look out the window.

Now guess what the speed is. Go ahead, guess.

512 KBits/320KBits.
Back home in Texas, my Verizon DLS (non FIOS), is 1.5MBit/384KBit for $30/month. In other words, I can upload from home faster than I can download here in Texas.
Now guess how much the Kansas line costs a month. Go ahead and guess.

Its all a scam, and there is no basis for it. Greed, pure and simple.

Comment Why people like the pirate bay are a good. (Score 3, Insightful) 42

Why the heck would you allow non-hackers to protect you from the people you need to hide from?
I seem to recall that a group like the pirate bay, who made it their business to mask identity from powerful interests created for exactly this purpose.
A misconfigured tor node or vpn stream could expose someone to torture or worse. A group like this needs to step back, and ask someone in the know to do it, and just offer funding.

Comment Re:Not Surprising, but when will MS ditch Windows? (Score 1) 1003

Windows 7 is no better than XP in terms and security - just check the news for the last year or so. Furthermore, many of the last updates applied to XP brought 7's security "features" to XP; things like better canary support, an upgraded (still crap) firewall, and other such things. The notion that 7 is more secure than XP is just bollocks.

Comment Critical Thinking Fail (Score 2, Insightful) 161

Now, I didn't read TFA (who does) but based on the summary, the authors are idiots (water is also wet).
Few buy unlocked phones because the unwashed masses, for the most part, don't know any better.
I have long been of the opinion that it should be unlawful for a cellular company to bundle phones with plans, and tie them to their network.
If people were forced to buy their own cell phone, and have companies forced to service it (I said service, not support) it would solve a lot of problems including:
  • Less cell phone waste. Because a good phone costs > $400, people will take care of them better. Less crap in our landfills, causing cancer etc.
  • Prices on cell phone plans would drop like a rock. No more double dipping on text messages, stupid data rate plans, etc
  • No more stupid kids with a high priced gadget they don't need (you know the ones I'm referring to)
  • Better cell phones, and faster market presence, as manufacturers will suddenly not be beholden to crap telecom companies, that restrict what the phones can actually do, rather than what the telecom wants to allow
  • Because cell phone manufacturers no longer have to deal with stupid restrictions, they can concentrate on innovating new features and better software/hardware

In other words, this article is based on an idea that amounts to ignorant nonsense.

Comment Re:It's shocking how little... (Score 1) 199

The writer understands anything. IT IS GOOD THAT CRIMINALS DO NOT PLACE A HIGH VALUE ON OUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. That basically means that the info is not all that dangerous. It means criminals are afraid of getting caught if they use it, so why spend all that much for it. If the criminals were sure they could get away with it and all they needed was the info, that information would go for a lot higher.

This is not true, and a very silly conclusion.

In reality, credit cards are worth very little, because they are a dime a dozen (pun intended). Furthermore, the amount of profit that can be gained from a credit card number is very small compared to the amount of profit gained, by say...a World Of Warcraft account, or an SSN for actual identity fraud.

Why would you take a $2,000 credit line on a card, when you can take a $100,000 mortgage in someone else name?

In the future, please remember: "A conclusion is the place where you stopped thinking."

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