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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.

Comment Re:Surrogate (Score 1) 37

That's a crazy idea: that you could be a puppeteer of a "vegetable".

Presumably a fully-able human could do this through VR on some sort of omnidirectional treadmill. (The "puppet" would walk around and do things, but possibly controlled by someone far away.)

Yes, it's way easier to do this with a robot, but consider the creepy factor. Or perhaps even control someone that is drugged in the right way...

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