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Comment Complacency Broken (Score 3, Interesting) 154

This is enough to break my complacency of using Google products. I already just finished uploading my files to a cloud server that I'm hosting as an alternative to Google Drive. Does anyone have any recommendations for Chromium-based browsers with optimized privacy and security such as SRWare Iron or Comodo Dragon? How about privacy-based secure e-mail services such as ProtonMail? My last steps will be to switch over to DuckDuckGo for default search and find a custom Android ROM that is frequently updated and allows lots of visual customization.

Comment Re:No authority (Score 2) 72

If they want, they can write a law and grant that authority to an agency.

As much as I like some of the senators imposing these questions, let's be honest: no new legislation will be proposed, let alone voted down. Like all of the other congressional inquisitions and hearings that have occurred recently, the senators will jump up and down and screech like a gang of wild monkeys but in the end absolutely nothing will change.

Comment Re:Mostly... (Score 1) 178

This is exactly the mindset that leads to waste, inefficiency and bloat. If you can save even 5% on bandwidth, which is a limited resource, WHY NOT DO IT? And this is way more than 5%.

Because h.265 requires hardware decoding to be even moderately watchable and the vast majority of devices that people currently own are not capable of decoding the latest h.265 videos. Netflix could force people to upgrade which would cause them to buy new decoding hardware and the waste you mention would shift from wasted bits on a network connection to wasted hardware in landfills. Unless, of course, there is a standardized way of querying hardware to determine which codecs and maximum resolutions/bitrates are supported by hardware decoders but I'm not aware of such a feature.

Comment Re:An interest dichotomy (Score 2) 152

Even if you don't buy Apple products, you're still effected by their business decisions. For instance, many laptop manufacturers stopped making a 17" laptop after Apple discontinued the 17" Macbook Pro. Worse yet, many phone manufacturers released phones without headphone jacks simply based on the rumor that the new iPhone wasn't going to have one. Therefore, even though you may not buy Apple products, your choice of features becomes more limited as companies blindly follow Apple's lead.

Comment Re:There is no "removing" of anything... (Score 1) 385

The reason why people are worried is that you will need to get a new phone at some point. The 6S won't work forever and it certainly won't be supported forever, so that means that at some point within the next few years Apple fans may have to decide between getting an iPhone without a headphone jack or switching to Android to get a phone with one. Worse yet, a number of manufacturers of Android phones are shipping phones without headphone jacks because, for some reason, they insist on following everything Apple does or is rumored to do - even on the most boneheaded decisions.

Comment Not Surprised (Score 4, Insightful) 179

Security vulnerabilities are discovered and patched all of the time. It doesn't make sense to spend a lot of time writing extremely meticulous code for an exploit that could be patched by the time you're done writing the exploit code. Combine that with the fact that there's probably a ton of vulnerabilities in a lot of different applications, drivers, and firmware and it probably makes more sense to focus on quantity of exploits rather than quality.

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