The sad thing is they don't particularly like lawyers on juries either. As an engineer, I am usually the first person off the jury. even though I usually can render a fair and impartial judgment. But in at least two jury selections I sat near a lawyer who was removed before I was. I told one of the lawyers that I was surprised he was removed before I was, and he told me he was always the first off the jury.
So I think it is more "The system is built by lawyers, for stupid people."
1 USPS is faster delivery on mail and most packages...3 days.
USPS's tracking system, though improved, is still a joke. Unless you pay for the tracking number, good luck with tracking a package. With packages from the other two systems, I can go online and request a hold on the package, and for a couple bucks a year I can ask them to hold all my packages for that year. With USPS, the package ends up on my doorstep, and then soon after in the trunk of the local thief's car. If I didn't have cameras to catch the delivery and the theft, I'd never know it had been delivered. Fortunately, the police have the pictures, but unfortunately, they can't seem to nab the guy. I called USPS and asked if they could hold packages, and was told that I had to ask the sender to work with USPS to hold the package.
2. CHEAPER then UPS.. you can send 6lbs for around $8.
And here, you certainly get what you pay for. When UPS loses a package in the mail, they make every effort to find it, usually without your involvement. When USPS loses a package, if you purchased insurance, you make a claim with the insurance company. If no insurance, good luck. You have to go to the post office and file paperwork so they can place a trace on the package, and if you are lucky, they may find it. Having lost (and had packages stolen,) it is usually cheaper to pay more for UPS/FedEx and know that the package will get to its destination.
I am not against the USPS, as they try hard, but some times trying hard just isn't enough.
3. USPS was NOT designed as a FOR PROFIT, business..
I kinda wish they were. Might make them better at dealing with the competitive pressures of doing business. Of course, doing so would result in loss of some of the less successful programs.
Actaully, if all your home computers are connected to your home's WIFI access point, most probably you're encrypting it already.
Doubtful, especially if you aren't using 802.1x and wireless separation mode. Everyone on the network has the session key and can decrypt everyone else's traffic. Only outsiders can't decrypt the traffic (unless you are using a short key, WPS, WPA 1 or WEP, in which case, they probably can.) And it isn't going to stop the NSA, who just hires your provider to give the unencrypted traffic from the backbone or compromises your switch/router to grab the traffic which is unencrypted on the wired LAN.
I hate 99.9999% of the ads on Hulu. They are always the same ads, way-over-played, and the fact that I pay to watch ads pisses me off more than the ads themselves. I know Hulu has capabilities of training the ad chooser what ads you don't wish to see, but that never seems to help anything.
However, one ad that was growing on me was the VPI commercial with the dog driving at the end. It is over-played, and annoying, but I chuckled every time I watched it. So one evening, I joined friends at a restaurant for dinner, and the discussion came up about funny ads. I jumped on youtube, found the ad, and played it for everyone, who chuckled when they saw it and complained about never seeing that ad on television.
I was really surprised the ad was on youtube, but was happy to find it. For those ads that I do find funny, I often share them with others just to get a check on my own humor settings.
Honestly, encrypting internal network traffic is pretty extreme. I doubt you do it at home yourself. Yes, we can say that they should have done it in the first place, but there honestly was no reason to believe that content was at risk, since it was all internal and not directly connected to the internet.
Not to mention it adds considerable overhead. Keeping the back-channels unencrypted reduces the bandwidth and speeds the traffic considerably. Adding encryption to anything slows it down (though that can be managed.) For most websites using back-channel connections to databases, if encryption is turned on, they run the risk of DoS if there are a high number of queries against the database, and most will turn off the encryption, especially if using local sockets/pipes, even if someone sitting on the machine can compromise these, just to keep everything smooth.
I'd go even further on your statement that it wasn't considered a hole...Until the NSA was found to have a backdoor in their network, anyone who would have suggested that they would encrypt all their out-of-bound/back-channel comms would likely (and quite reasonably) have been fired.
Of course, I also won't be buying anything from them ever.
There is one flaw in this plan. How will you ever know they are a service not to be trusted if you don't hear about it from someone else and haven't had any experience with it yourself?
I have complained before about vendors, mainly because I too wasn't receiving the help I needed from the vendors themselves to rectify the problem I was having. I am tired of buying stuff that a vendor promised would meet my needs, only to find out that they lied or misstated their selling points. Usually I'd contact the vendor first, but in some cases, I couldn't contact the vendor because they didn't publish any way to get in touch with them.
In most cases, vendors will go out of their way to help, even when it is obvious that I am the problem in the equation, but I've run into vendors who don't care; they have my money and even though their product never worked as advertised or has serious flaws which require much more effort on my part to fix, they aren't interested in me any more. Putting poor reviews online which explain the problem, my steps to try to fix it, and how unresponsive the vendor is helps me air my problems and in some cases gets the right people to help me out, but it also helps the community to know what problems may exist with the product and/or vendor.
I've had equally good experiences with companies, and sadly, they tend to not get the praise because everything works fine or they help resolve the problem quickly. While each experience is unique, sometimes just having a heads-up helps when dealing with a company you've never worked with before.
Somebody needs to tell the geniuses in the intelligence community that if someone removes the battery from their cell phone, there is no way, in Hell, that government intelligence agencies can turn your phone back on, through malware or otherwise.
CMOS? A second, much smaller battery contained in the device which powers vital memory functions, kept topped off by the main battery but which can function when the main battery is removed for a limited period of time.
Just a guess. I have no real way of knowing if this is possible, but I don't think it is so cut and dry and I'd never say never in this case.
I'd make it shut off the next time the car was turned off, so you just wouldn't be able to start it again.
Making it absolutely imperative that you don't make any trips to the wrong side of town.
Would hate to have to leave your car running while you are stopping in the hood for your BBQ fix at the best BBQ in town that just happens to be located in the wrong area. Even worse if you live in a town that closes at 5pm and becomes a really dangerous part of town after everyone shuts down shop.
It would be better to have some sort of GPS to know it is in your front yard before it decides not to start up again. Would be tragic if one of your side trips to the Bronx or South-side of Chicago should happen to result in an error on the part of the vendor and your attempting to escape unharmed without your car.
So when I called him an asshat but supported it was that ad hominem or filed under truth hurts?
I am quite confused as well. An ad hominem attack is to dismiss a message based on the messenger. So if I was to say I don't believe anything that Hansmeier says because he is an asshat would be both an ad hominem attack and a smart move on my part (given his history.)
Hansmeier can't really even claim libel or slander in this case, because neither exist if the statement is true, and based on the statements and the proof determined by other courts, the statements sure seem true.
It's just "we'll be using these so don't be worried." In terms of dealing with Bergeron's multiple experiences with the TSA, it's about as useless as a 404 page.
I'd argue that an error 404 page is far more useful. Error 404 tells you that the page you are looking for doesn't exist on the server. It is straight to the point, and while you are still angry that you can't find the page that was there long enough for Google to find, you know that either the web admin/company deleted the information, moved it to another location, or Google inventoried it wrong.
This would be more like a blank page appearing whenever you looked for information on a web server... You don't know whether the page is gone, the server borked, or the NSA swapped out the information while you weren't looking.
I was just pointing out the logical inconsistency between, one one hand allowing citizens to carry guns and on the other having a zero tolerance policy regarding kids drawing guns.
Actually, there are only a handful of states that allow citizens to carry guns, and that number is sadly, dwindling. Many states require a permit to carry a gun. All states allow a citizen to own a gun (with restrictions,) but concealed carry and even open carry laws exist in quite a few states. A bunch of states outlaw a loaded carry. Like the "old west" stories, the belief that everyone in the US is armed, and can legally be armed all the time is sadly a myth.
The problem is, the criminals don't follow the laws, so they have absolutely no problem carrying loaded firearms, regardless to the laws.
I believe that, in the US at least, people are too casual about guns, which ends up resulting in tragic deaths that could easily be avoided. That is due to poor gun handling education, in my opinion.
I actually believe the exact opposite, but agree with you 100%. People in the US are too uptight about guns. I know people who say they would be happy to live out the rest of their lives never seeing a gun. They don't own them, and never want to own them, and never want to handle them. To me, that is absolutely fine, but everyone should receive education on how guns work, and how they should be treated safely and respectfully. If all people get as an education on how to treat guns is what they see on television or in the movies, that is where we have major problems (since very few movies/television shows accurately depict their safe usage...how many shows are there where the good guy has his finger on the trigger when he has no intention to fire the gun...not safe, you only put your finger on the trigger when you intend to fire a bullet!)
Bullshit! on Gun Control is apropos here. Most people have such a small and distorted understanding on guns that I am far more concerned about my safety around someone who has never shot a gun than someone who spends a couple hours a week, month, or even a year in a gun range.
Anyone care to bet on how long it takes before the NSA and GCHQ start accusing Google of 'enabling and aiding terrorists by interfering with legal* surveillance efforts'?
I'm actually happy all this has happened, as it has gotten me to think about how I do the back-end stuff too. Protecting the front-end left me with an M&M security model...soft chewy center with a hard shell. Even though my back-end was limited to lo0, and never touched the net, I am now working to encrypt all of my lo0 traffic. It increases latency, but in the long run, if the state can do it, it is only a short matter of time before bad-guys figure out how to do the same.