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Comment Re:Are people really dumb enough to fall for this? (Score 1) 32

I understand why people do it; I just think the costs outweigh the relatively minor benefits. (And yes, I realize other people weigh things differently) Having a mailreader on your desktop(s) isn't a big deal. The only time it matters much, is when it's someone else's desktop, since a lot of mail clients make the initial setup somewhat of a pain in the ass. (And I get how a layman might not remember whether their server uses starttls vs ssl; I'll admit there are barriers to fast setup, where you want to ask your friend, "Hey, can I use your machine to check my email real quick?") But while maybe some people were having to borrow other peoples' PCs a lot more around the turn of the century, nowdays nearly everyone carries one in their pocket.

And across from the relatively minor benefit of webmail, is the cost: it means you can't do encryption sanely, for example. And since it doesn't have a standard interface, now Google is proposing a proprietary one, to try to do some of the things that you could do with IMAP. That's just going to lock people into gmail specifically. I get why they are doing that, but from a user's PoV, this is wastful and harmful.

Just Say No. Now that you have a smartphone, perhaps webmail is obsolete and it's time to start phasing it out. Whereever you go, there you are.

Comment Re:Non-negotiable items (Score 1) 244

I have an HDHomeRun with a cable card, and VLC talks to it just great on Linux.

When did this happen?! (I fear I'm probably misinterpreting your comment.)

I have one of the older non-CableCard HDHomeRuns and it worked great for a while.. but ClearQAM gradually phased out so that CableCard was the only option that could receive everything you pay for. At the time the CableCard version of HDHomeRun came out, it was not interoperable with whatever software you wanted; you had to use Microsoft's whatever-it's-called or else "fuck you, fucking customer, we don't want your fucking money, you fucking fuckity fuckfuck." (I paraphrase the lack of API.)

Did they really later open it up so that it works? (You're not going to tell me this is really a VLC-specific proprietary blob thing, I hope.)

Comment Re:Newsflash (Score 1, Insightful) 519

Any claims based on the assertion that they behave lawfully is flawed and not to be considered credible.

Cars crash. We all know that. But if you say a car crashed at a certain place at a certain time -- but all the people who were at the intersection at that time say they didn't see anything, and the alleged cars aren't showing signs of damage (or repair) -- then the subject matter is your dishonesty, not whether or not sometimes cars crash.

Trump lied again, and got caught again. Think back to whoever you thought was probably the most dishonest president, before Trump came along and broke all the records so quickly. How often did that president get caught lying?

Pretty much the only way this motherfucker might ever get credibility with Americans at this point, is if he announced that he's getting psychiatric sessions.

Comment Re:Ain't just "rap", either... (Score 1) 167

You sound like someone who lost their intell sources. (I remember going through that, as a metalhead in the 1990s when metal didn't die even slightly, but nevertheless disappeared from radio, neighborhood brick'n'mortar stores, etc. I went through some dismal years before I learned to research, and then started to discover a portion of what had been happening under my nose.)

All that stuff about autotune, Disney, focus-group-tested lyrics represents a virtually non-existent share of music. You are flaming obscure things, while the other 99.99% of music is going un-noticed. Find your people. They're almost certain still around, somewhere.

And while I certainly don't want to discourage you from researching music from the far reaches of the globe, you might also want to check the bars in your own city. (But FFS you have the Internet now, too!)

BTW, I'm not saying 98% of everything isn't crap. But it was true in 1970 too. For every Stone the Crows or Jethro Tull, there were a hundred bands trying to be be a sonic and financial clone of The Beatles.

Comment Re:infrastructure (Score 1) 58

I'm sure it will make sense to plenty of non-google engineers.

Unless those non-Google engineers have already heard of ftp, scp, rsync, etc.

The only real problem with sharing on home connections involves NAT, ISP ToS, etc: being findable and connectable. Rent a VPS and install OpenVPN on it, have your home fileserver connect to it, and it's solved.

Comment Re:Can Uber really make money at this? (Score 1) 122

Does it really make sense economically for Uber to get 100% of the cost of a ride this way but having to spend money to buy main, maintain and insure cars?

If you hypothesize that robot drivers can really do the job sufficiently well, the conclusion is an extremely strong and obvious yes. Taxis, limo services, etc are already viable business models even when you have all those same expenses plus a driver to pay. Remove the driver expense and it only gets more viable.

Or is this another sign of a company that doesn't know what it is doing, perhaps most recently suggested by the recent charges of sexism and sexual harassment?

It's possible they don't know what they're doing, but this certainly isn't a sign. It all comes down to whether or not you think robots perform as well as humans, and this story merely works from the conclusion that they can; it doesn't show any strengths or weaknesses of the premise itself.

Comment Re:Tools and movements (Score 1) 216

There is a pretty easy middle ground: multiple signatures per identity. You could then have authority(s) vouching for your identity, plus other people too. This makes it much easier to catch a defector. "Hey, how come the Turkish intelligence service (a CA that almost everyone trusts on the web) just signed this guy's brand new key, but Verisign hasn't?" (or better: "how come the federal CA and this guy's state CA disagree?")

Comment Re:Tools and movements (Score 1) 216

You simply can't have people not do "anything extra" while also being resistance to MitM. Part of HTTPS' success story is that it's easy enough to set up, but at the cost of being extremely vulnerable (by PGP standards) to MitM. So to anyone who knows how it works, it's "insecure" but people actually bother to use it, so it's about a trillion times more secure against totally passive attacks, than plaintext is. Thus, on average for all persons, the web is more secure than email.

PGP email needs some kind of "lame" mode (where people have keys but they're not carefully certified, maybe just signed by a robot CA), but easy enough that passive attacks are defeated. And it needs to be compatible with doing things right, so that people-who-care and people-who-don't-care get combined into the same network-effect.

The only problem with that, should be webmail. People would have to do something that compromises the secret key (either upload it to server, or make it available to javascript) and that would make it harder for anyone to ever transition from don't-care to care. We really need to wipe webmail off the planet; it offers nothing and costs a lot. And that's not going to happen, is it? :(

Comment Re:Floppy disks drilling & punching holes (Score 1) 615

For us cash strapped kids, cutting holes into single sided floppy disks was the only option, shortsighted or not.

No, there was one other, though it did require spending a little money. You go to Radio Shack and buy a switch/button/whatever. (Many to choose from.) Open up your 1541 (which is probably permanently semi-open anyway, from all the times you need to re-align the head), cut the wirse to the optical sensor which detects the hole, drill a hole in the front of the 1541's case, mount the switch into there, connect the sensor's wires to the switch....

BTW, whole discussion is Slashdot trolling old people into admitting they're old people.

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