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Comment Set up a dummy account (Score 1) 348

If push came to shove I'd set up dummy Facebook and Twitter accounts and let CBP see them. No good way to tell which of the several hundred Laura Hallidays on Facebook is me. Post some pictures of cats, a few likes, done.

I already engage in some self-censorship. There are a few CDs (mainly Russian and Israeli acts) I leave at home when I cross the border.


Comment Re: Sounds ok (Score 1) 82

The program starts in 2017 and it is to refurbish highend phones returned by users who signed up for a one year upgrade program. So it's fair to say these will mostly be recent phones like the S6, S7, note 5 (there was no note 6) and note 7 phones. None of these have user replaceable batteries and they are sealed and glued down inside the case. Your knowledge of Samsungs flagship phones is out of date.

Comment Sounds ok (Score 2) 82

Sounds ok if the price is right and they replace the batteries since the battery is both sealed and glued down tight inside the chassis. There is no hard case around the battery so if you try to wedge it up, it is very easy to snap it apart releasing the gel inside. They also have to disinfect the phone with UV light or something since people hold the phone close to their face coughing and spitting into the handset and taking it to the toilet with them.

Comment Facebook is for old people (Score 1) 534

I accept that advertising is what supports platforms like Facebook (indeed, just about everything on the internet), but please remember the user in all of this. My computer is mine. My browser is mine. Monopolizing it while you play an irrelevant auto-play video is just not cool.

Facebook is relatively tame in this respect. I've seen worse.


Comment if your bitlocker drive is unlocked.... (Score 1) 29

If your bitlocker drive is unlocked, wouldn't anything be able to read the drive anyway?

If it can still read your bitlocker drive when you haven't unlocked it yet then can it still read pre-win8 bitlocker drives before microsoft dumbed it down?

Comment Re:Theyre not trying very hard to make people pay (Score 1) 91

Of those the only hardware company there is apple and I doubt IOS and OSX are paid off by the hardware. It would be the app stores that come with the OS that generate them more money. microsoft is the odd one out here where they should be pushing the app store out to as many windows users as possible but they still put up that barrier with a OS that officially still costs money.

Comment Theyre not trying very hard to make people pay for (Score 2) 91

They're not trying very hard to make people pay for windows 10. From the free versions for OEMs making tablets to the insider program open to the public to the arrrrr me matey win 7 keys flipping into valid installs to this. When you think about it windows is still the only mainstream OS that costs money. OSX, *nix, Android, IOS are all free to the owners of the hardware. It's almost like microsoft wants to make windows free but the shareholders or someone higher up (bill gates maybe?) is against it happening across the board.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

I remember a few years ago seeing that my Amex was about to expire, and wondering when my new card was going to arrive.

Then I got a phone call from American Express. Had my new card arrived? No. Did I live alone? Yes. Did I know any men with Russian accents? Uh, no...

Yup: somebody had stolen my card and had gone on a shopping spree with it, triggering security alerts. My bill that month was about 50 pages, interesting charges (all local, curiously), then pages of Credit for Fraudulent Charge. I asked what my liability in the matter was and they said zero: unlike most other credit cards, American Express cards may only be used by the cardholder ("non-transferrable"), and if the merchants hadn't verified the identity of somebody who was really unlikely to be named "Laura", that was their problem, not mine.


Comment Re:As a UNIX head and former MS-hater . . . (Score 1) 369

Microsoft pretty much insists on their right to make every licensed MS OS instance reasonably uniform. That way, both security and reliability can theoretically be maximized for the entire user base.

I don't think it makes my system any more secure or reliable with cortana on there. As far as I'm concerned cortana is bloatware and should be uninstallable in a similar fashion using powershell.

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