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Comment ProtonMail already exists (Score 4, Informative) 54

ProtonMail already exists, has 2 million users, excellent security and architectural design, zero knowledge on the part of the provider, 2 factor authentication, optional two password setup (one for the account, another to decrypt the inbox), is located in Switzerland instead of the US, etc. It's also trivial to use, the importance of which can't be overstated.

In contrast, the new LavaBit is promising end-to-end encryption "later this year", as opposed to PM, which has always had it. It's concerning that a single SSL certificate was the only barrier between the users and total decryption. More competition is always good, but this looks like a significant step down from an existing service.

Comment Let's just get ahead of the curve here: (Score 5, Insightful) 73

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire YOUTUBE COMMUNITY. We know YOUTUBE COMMUNITY has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We're sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of YOUTUBE COMMUNITY has declined, and as a company we're pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

Thank you again for using YOUTUBE COMMUNITY as your COMMUNITY platform.

Comment Re:Man, animation must _really_ be evil then. (Score 1) 304

Further to that topic, CGI lets you create camera moves which are not possible in real life, in the sense that even if there was a fantasy/sci-fi/action/whatever thing going on, there's nowhere that you could physically place a camera which would get that shot. It violates the logic of the universe, which breaks the illusion for many people.

I think you've got it in one, at least a lot of it. Once you start noticing that your viewpoint isn't quite natural, it's really hard to un-see, and it lends this feeling of unreality. I feel like the POV moves too quickly in some all-CGI shots as well, whereas with miniatures you're limited by how fast you can move matter around.

Comment Already cancelled (Score 5, Insightful) 108

Just save yourself some disappointment and assume they've already been cancelled. You'd have to be a blinding idiot to start using any new Google app, especially a chat app. Like always, they'll get about 75% completed, then, like a small toddler, will get bored and wander off in search of the next shiny, while the app bitrots until someone finally notices and kills it.

Comment Re:I don't trust this and simply wonder WHY? (Score 4, Informative) 76

As I'm not a cryptographer, I have to trust what experts tell me (source code doesn't really help with this). Given that the people at Open Whisper Systems, who are fanatical privacy and security researchers and advocates, and who built the protocol that's being used and helped WhatsApp implement it, are giving this their stamp of approval, I'm just going to have to trust them. At some point, you have to pick that trust point, and Open Whisper Systems seems like a good point.

Comment Just keep saying "Google" (Score 4, Insightful) 50

Why do all of their voice-activated prompts require me to repeat the name of the corporation, over and over? I already know I'm using a Google phone, it says so right at the top of every screen, and I have to say their name every time I want to use voice search anyway. It's kind of creepy.

Comment Re:Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 1) 312

Yeah, but how are you going to replace that funding? Increase funding from the state? Not in Wisconsin, zomg taxes. The state government is already doing its damnedest to gut higher education and running a large deficit, again thanks to tax cuts. I agree about patent licensing not really fitting into the vision of a public university system, but it's a reality that needs to be fixed as a unit, and that's really unlikely in many states.

Comment Re:Simon Travaglia would be proud (Score 5, Informative) 303

Yep. Etherkillers have been around since forever. The oldest link I could find in 30 seconds is one one from 1999, but I'm sure I had one before than, and I certainly didn't come up with the concept. It's nice that he re-invented the etherkiller, but man, Google is your friend.

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