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Comment Basic Income (Score 1) 164

Assuming enough economic zones begin offering Basic Incomes to their citizens, businesses will design and price packages to evenly consume the monthly amount. Great for the businesses to have a constant flow of cash. Great for the payment processors to skim their percent off the top. Great for three letter agencies that can watch these transactions - either financial or data streams - to learn about devices / versions / locations and of course content. Arguably Great for consumers so they don't have to "think" about managing finances - $X coming in, $Y going out, who needs to save?

Not great for those who eschew consolidation of financial or informative power.

Comment Re:clearly they havent heard (Score 1) 81

This doesn't affect registrar-to-registrar transfers. Just makes it easier for any registrar to use someone else's web hosting.

GoDaddy doesn't make much money from domain name fees - they want up-sell to their hosted offerings and this API helps that. They might lose a few customers to other hosting providers (Wix, Squarespace, etc) but it saves them support costs so they can keep the minimal profits from domain registration and renewal fees.

Comment Re:Why Try (Score 1) 30

I only meant what most people classify as personally identifiable, but already shared information: name, address, phone numbers, email, social media handles, SSN, birthdate, stuff like that.

We need some other mechanism than a hidden number that is shared with many institutions to verify identity. And biometric data doesn't work either as it can be cloned (e.g. 3D print a fingerprint from a scan, etc).

Comment Re:Useless - they're probably already filtering. (Score 1) 37

How much is it to set one up? Ideally set a cheap rate so real people could still talk if they wanted to. Would be great on Whois records and other public databases, along with any marketing databases. Any legal users (aka lawyers, real businesses, etc) could still pay the micro fine to talk to you.

Comment Re:But... (Score 2) 83

I think Windows is your problem, and maybe your ISP.

Netflix on Android or Roku is smooth. At worst when a video starts (nearly instantly) it will be in low resolution then eventually (never more than the introduction) switch to higher res once their fancy algorithms figure out the best quality for your available bandwidth.

Offline viewing like Google Play would be amazing for traveling - pre-download the content then watch while you are in the car/bus/train/plane or where there is none or costly internet access.

Comment Re:Who funds updates? (Score 1) 278

A valid point for some users - but I'm happy with the current feature set and would only need security issues or critical bugs fixed, which my one-time $4.99 should get me for a few years.

If they released a new version a few years later with lots of features I wanted, then I could pay to upgrade.

I know why app developers love subscriptions, as it's a steady source of revenue and often much, much more than one-time sales, even at premium pricing. But it sucks for consumers.

Comment Re:Yes, but........ (Score 1) 187

You need to uncheck the following "security" options:

  [ ] Block reported attack sites
  [ ] Block reported web forgeries
  [ ] Whatever telemetry data

Stop the browser then delete the giant sqlite files on disk and set your disk cache to a moderate (not too low, not too high) level. Restart.

Also use the right amount of privacy-minded extensions to limit remote scripts and resources.

Comment Re:Funny enough (Score 1) 187

Also an OSX user, and Firefox, with the right privacy-minded plugs, works wonders with a long-running low footprint. I use tree tabs so I have at least 30+ tabs open regularly. Neither Chrome nor FF will protect you from shitty javascript - you must prohibit that yourself.

What a PITA it was just to stop Chrome from running on startup!

Comment Re:Permissions (Score 1) 278

you can now ask for a permission at runtime and the user can disable it later.

I want it both ways - list all the permissions you ask for up front at installation time so I can decide to allow the app or not, then allow fine-grained control at runtime.

Many apps will now refuse to work without various permissions enabled. So while the user can disable perms at runtime, you wasted your download as the app won't work.

Faking the data asked for would be much better - want GPS? here is the north pole. Want my contacts? here is Eric Schmidt. Want my calendar or SD card? here is an empty calendar and a temporary directory in chroot.

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