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Comment Re:Or they offer too little (Score 5, Interesting) 496

This discussion reminded me of this now nine-year-old video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... "Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers."

Comment Re:false comparison... (Score 1) 771

A 50-pack of 23.2 GiB BD-R discs can be had for about $30. That's 1160 GiB capacity for $30 = $0.026 per GiB. The cheapest (capacity-wise) 7200 RPM 3TB (2.79 GiB) hard drives are $0.030 per GiB, plus you need at least two drives to keep that data safe against drive failure, whereas even a cheap non-M-DISC BD-R stored properly will last for many years. 25GB BD-R media is by far the best storage value at this time, even if you assume that a single hard drive will be just fine. Of course, no BD-R will ever be as convenient, as large, or as fast as a hard drive, so that value comes with some compromises that can be rather inconvenient.

Comment 2.5mm jack (Score 1) 771

If the 3.5mm jack is "too big" then replace it with the smaller standard 2.5mm jack. We can easily get adapters for 2.5mm to 3.5mm. Whining about jack size inside the phone doesn't hold water here. The decision to drop the jack is a money grab plus an ecosystem lock-in attempt, plain and simple. Fuck Apple for pulling this garbage.

Comment Re:Outlook 2016 IMAP support is shit too. (Score 1) 105

CenturyLink's official position (according to a phone rep I spoke to one month ago) on Outlook 2016 is "we don't support using Outlook 2016 for mail." They apparently DO support 2013 and earlier though. Sure enough, the person I moved from 2013 to 2016 couldn't receive new mail anymore with no error messages whatsoever, which is how I ended up on the phone in the first place. I think "normies" ought to be pushed to Thunderbird; the learning curve is shallow, the integration plugins for Google Calendar and Contacts are a godsend for small businesses that need calendar/contact sharing, and the price is right. (The new "Correspondents" column needs to go away though.)

Comment Re:Meanwhile (Score 2) 112

Not really. If someone hands me a newspaper, I am free to cut it, draw on it, tape over it, or anything else I want. The control over the content ends when the HTML with the site content is sent to me. If I want to hand the HTML to someone else to tape over the ads with different ads before I read that content, that is completely within my rights, both in the physical and the digital versions of this analogy. They can paywall the content and they're sure to get paid before I download it, but if they send it to me for no cost then they've chosen to give the content away. Remember: not retrieving advertisement images from a server somewhere is not "theft." Once the content reaches the user's private network, the user has unlimited rights to do with it as they please, excluding any restrictions under copyright law which basically just means they can't redistribute the modifications unless the fair use doctrine applies.

Comment Re:Well, they're not wrong (Score 1) 112

What Brave does is no different than if someone picked up a copy of a newspaper and taped their own ads over the existing ads before handing the paper to you for perusal. A computer user can employ software to manipulate anything the computer downloads for private consumption as they wish. The companies offer up formatted pages (good old HTML and CSS) with advertisements in the content, then send the entire package to my computer. If I wish to then use a program to automatically replace certain portions of the downloaded content with other content, that's entirely my choice and you nor the NAA nor anyone else can do anything at all about it because I own the computer. The newspapers can refuse to give me the content in the first place if that is their wish. They can paywall it if they want to require money to obtain the content. Once they send me the HTML and CSS for the page, they are no longer in control of what I do with it for my own personal purposes. After all, I had to make the choice to install and use Brave on my computer to do this in the first place.

Now if this was a scenario where the newspaper site data streams were being hijacked by an ISP and having ads replaced, all the people complaining about it being some sort of deceptive trade practice or even outright theft would be absolutely correct. That is how the NAA is viewing this situation. That is not what is happening here.

Submission + - "Peeple" App Will Profit From Negative Reviews of People

An anonymous reader writes: Originally showered with media coverage in late 2015 as the "terrifying Yelp for people app," Peeple was supposed to launch in November but fell off the radar and was dismissed as a terrible vaporware idea. It's not vaporware anymore, and we even have a glimpse into one way they would like to make money: charge users for access to negative reviews that people intentionally remove from their profiles.

Comment Users need 100% user-controlled encryption option (Score 2) 86

In all these services, there should be an option that allows you to take 100% control of your data decryption. Gmail, for example, should have a choice where you can lock Gmail sort of like how an iPhone locks. The encryption key for the data is encrypted with your password like how LUKS does it. If you "password reset" you lose everything inside the account and start from scratch. Google can't decrypt the data without your password, so they can't hand it to the government either. I realize this isn't a perfect solution but it needs to happen for all major online services.

Comment Re:Works for me (Score 1) 205

I use NoScript and ABP with EasyList + Adblock Warning Removal List and "Acceptable Ads" disabled. If you block scripts from googleadservices.com but turn off ABP on youtube.com, you'll just get the home page banner ad and the square sidebar ad but no video ads or overlay banners. In the worst case, I have a fancy Greasemonkey script that gives me direct access to the video streams so if they get cocky I can just skip the ads by clicking directly through to the underlying MP4.

Comment Re:YTSpencer didn't make any actual commitments! (Score 1) 95

I would think so, but IANAL either. The problem with monetization theft could easily be solved by Google holding the monetization back from both parties until all copyright dispute windows on YouTube expire, INCLUDING the one that opens immediately after a claim that grabs monetization is issued. Whoever is the "winner" after all dispute time limits are exhausted gets the monetization. Right now, if I were to make a copyright claim with monetization redirection on someone's video, I immediately start getting their money before they have a chance to react. Combined with no penalties for fraudulent claims and it's easy to see that such a system is practically begging for trolling; it's a treasure trove of free money with no consequences.

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