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Comment Re:Make gas stations obsolete? (Score 2) 460

Those differences are usually tax-related. Once you drive across the border into the higher-cost jurisdiction, you're going to be responsible for collecting the appropriate taxes from the end user (and selling the fuel without collecting the taxes is probably going to land you in a wee bit of trouble, because few things irritate the government more than failing to provide the piece of the pie you are mandated to).

Comment Quality engineering... (Score 1) 216

...we have electric radiant heat.

In the ceiling.

In Vermont.

All is well and dandy when the first-floor tenants are open for business, but one of the first-floor shops is a hair salon that isn't open on Mondays...and in the winter, it's noticeably cooler on Mondays.

Comment Re:Can we fix mobile app sandboxes now? (Score 1) 71

Rubbish. You could add a "This app may send your credit card info to third parties randomly or may turn on the camera when specific grunting or fapping sounds are detected on the microphone (which is always on)" permission to Android and 80% of the people who installed the app would click "OK".

That's part of my point—there's no incentive for app or OS developers to be more sensible as long as 80% (and that may be optimistically low) will click "OK, do it" for any permission requested. If people in general suddenly became more aware of the security risks, maybe that number would drop to 50% and there would be some incentive to do things right...

Comment Can we fix mobile app sandboxes now? (Score 1) 71

Any chance this means that mobile OS and mobile app developers might actually start setting up permissions structures that allow apps to function with the minimum necessary privileges?

The permissions framework on Android (and iOS) seems like a reasonable start, but when the norm for a flashlight app is to have full network access and full camera access, it becomes painfully obvious that we as users are not leveraging the frameworks to protect ourselves. If more people cared about Facebook asking for write access to your first-born's soul, they (and other app developers) might have some incentive to build apps that work within the narrowest ruleset possible.

Instead, we have the current disaster, where my stopwatch app requires full network access, Flood-It has full network access *and* access to the contents of the phone's USB storage, etc. Set up an API to allow ads to get pulled in without granting full network access, limit the access the apps have, and it won't matter if the NSA can access your Angry Birds game.

Comment Re: Get a real mail account (Score 1) 388

That doesn't always solve it. My personal address is on my personal domain, which is my name (dot com). My name is not particularly common, but not terribly uncommon, either, and on several occasions I've gotten misdirected email because someone got the domain wrong. My personal favorite was the Verizon FIOS signup info, because clearly the person who signed up screwed up his *own* email address.

I've given up on dealing with them, I just hit the GMail archive button.

(and yes, I could reduce the volume by turning off the catchall inbox feature, but I prefer to leave it on so that I can sign up for websites with unique email addresses and then know which jackasses sold (or lost) my info to a spammer down the road.)

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