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Comment Depends on the radio (Score 1) 203

Where I live there's a public radio station that plays a wide catalogue of new and old rock/alternative, a public radio station that plays a narrow, rotating catalog of current dance/pop from around the world and a public radio station that plays a very wide catalog of classical music. What matters is where the money comes from. If listeners chip in then they get a station that has human DJs that select tracks based on their tastes rather than marketeers monies.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 652

If you travel to the US from Europe, the US requests your police, financial, and surveillance records from your home country. In that case, they don't need your social media accounts, because that contains everything from your political affiliations to the terms of endearment you use with your Swedish mistress.

Do you have a citation for this?

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 101

Let us say I want to travel to Europe for two weeks. That's $140 just for them to not charge me insane rates. On top of that I pay their usual $8 per gigabyte. Let's say I just want to use navigation and download a couple of PDFs. Say 2GB total. Their price: $156 for that trip! With something like Google Fi I will pay an extra $20 for that trip.

It's overpriced.

Comment Re: Stick a fork in it (Score 1) 157

Can you find a Windows Phone app that has contexts, deferred items, and weekly review features? I couldn't.

The no true Scotsman fallacy doesn't really make sense here. I'm not generalizing from that one specific example. avandesande asked for an example app that was not available on Windows Phone. I gave an example. I didn't say that there are no apps for Windows Phone, only that one particular style of todo list app with a specific workflow is not available.

Comment Re: Stick a fork in it (Score 1) 157

Like what? I am curious to see what you can come up with. Also I like the interface but despise windows 8... the interface is fine for a phone.

OmniFocus is not available for Windows Phone. I am also not aware of any app for the Windows Phone that has feature-parity with it.

Comment Re: Prime Eligible? (Score 1) 59

I'm pretty sure you could have gotten a better deal than you negotiated then. If they agreed to those terms, you can be sure they would have sold you the car for 3% less if they didn't have to pay that transaction fee. I would not call that out-thinking them. They most certainly didn't sell you a car at a loss.

Comment Re:very interesting indeed (Score 1) 124

So, Timmy, is privacy worth being protected or not? How is this 'protecting privacy'? Just because you can obtain these logs, why are you doing it?

I'm not Tim, but I'll wager an answer.

Apple offers a service where it can route calls from your phone to your other Apple devices as part of iCloud syncing. They store you call history as part of your iCloud data as call history is useful to have synced on all your devices and computers able to make and take calls. If you turn off iCloud, they don't store this data, as there's no point to do so.

I would argue that they could do a better job though, by having more granular controls over this feature and allow other parts of iCloud to be turned on with call routing and call-history syncing turned off.

Comment Re:We probably should have a law for this (Score 1) 243

If Microsoft was crushingly strict about privacy and data protection then:
1) The default would be no telemetry done.
2) The user could choose to opt-in to telemetry if they wanted.
3) If the user wanted to opt-in telemetry they could choose to give blanket permission to send anything or could instead give permission to send only with approval for each payload after being able to inspect the data.
4) Offer an interface for a user to delete all data Microsoft has collected about that user anytime they want, in perpetuity.

As far as I am aware, they don't do any of those four. You have a pretty weak definition of "crushingly strict" where Microsoft collects information about all users with no opt-out, let alone do the real privacy-conscious thing of offering only opt-in. Maybe they do protect users' information with crushingly strict rules, but when they have such disregard for the four points above, which are really important if they want to convince their users they actually care about their users' privacy, then it's really hard to have faith that do care deep down inside once they have all that data.

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