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  • Feb 16th, 2018 @ 10:45pm

    Re: Re: if you're going to be one of those people

    Most of the estimates I've read put that number around 10-12 billion and the UN predictions I've read have the human population plateauing at around 10 billion later this century. We should be fine.

  • Jan 30th, 2018 @ 9:53pm

    Re: Re: What surprised me....

    I thought that the TWRP recovery had fixed the issue that didn't allow it to access encrypted partitions by now. Have they not? I've been considering rooting my Essential PH-1 after the Oreo update and if I can't perform a full Nandroid backup because of the encryption, that makes it a bit more dangerous to play around with ROM's.

  • Dec 26th, 2017 @ 6:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: People as hard

    You can...if you send it to Apple and pay about $100.

  • Dec 19th, 2017 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Slightly Misunderstood

    In the case of the safe, they wouldn't be able to compel me to come up with a key or combination but, they could compel me to provide access to a locksmith and deputies to crack the safe. The situation is the same here, if they want in, they can break in. Otherwise, why should I be required to assist the prosecution in acquiring evidence against myself if I've already given them all the physical things they requested via warrant?

  • Dec 16th, 2017 @ 6:26am

    Re: Why would there be a statute of limitations on prosecuting crimes?

    In addition to the things pointed out by other commenters, the statute of limitations was implemented in American law to avoid allowing the government to selectively choose not to prosecute someone for a crime until it was profitable to do so. For example, back when the original 13 states were colonies of your Crown, occasionally the Crown would choose not to prosecute certain crimes until an individual decided to try and assert their rights in a way that made the government look bad then, all of a sudden, a prosecution would pop up out of nowhere. We wanted to avoid that possibility but, clearly, there are issues with that.

    Also, as stated below, most forms of homicide/manslaughter have no statute of limitations in most states so I have no idea what this DA is saying.

  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 3:18pm

    Re: so, the order's changed?

    The comment period for this one was earlier this year and ended in September. The one where there were all the false entries and downtime caused by, as yet, unproven attacks.

  • Dec 11th, 2017 @ 2:46pm


    The article (tangentially) covers this, a couple of ISP's are also being subpoenaed. I'm guessing that they expect to get an IP address from Google and an address from the ISP. Then they'll run into the classic MPAA/RIAA issues.

  • Nov 14th, 2017 @ 9:31am


    Fortunately, those charges were recently dropped.

  • Nov 7th, 2017 @ 7:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Common Law

    They aren't enforceable outside of the courts jurisdiction. This site is run by a person who is not from or in the United States and the site is well mirrored such that, if the US-based registrars stop resolving its domain name, it'll pop up under another in hours, if not minutes.

    I don't know what Cdaragorn meant by "unenforceable" but, this is what I think when I read that word.

  • Oct 27th, 2017 @ 12:51pm

    Re: Good TV isn't rocket science

    Honestly, even writing good add-ons for Kodi is a good place to start. I know grandparents who use Kodi on a regular basis now and that would have surprised me even two years ago.

    Design a set-top box with Kodi installed and put add-ons for your cable provider, Netflix, Hulu, etc on it. Set up a repository for trusted add-ons and, just like the current versions of Kodi do, make installing from outside the included repos require clicking through a warning stating that installing unknown add-ons could break things.

    I've seen well-designed program guides in Kodi, in fact, I'm using one now. If you put some professional coders on the case to add a bit of UI and UX polish, they'd easily beat what's on the market now for set-top boxes.

    It's too bad the FCC didn't manage to get set-top box reform through. If they had, we might have seen something like I just described this decade.

  • Oct 26th, 2017 @ 8:08pm

    Re: Hand-recountable OCR cards are best approach

    That's Michigan. We use paper ballots that are read by an optical scanner at the poll and, normally, just the data from the scanner is used. In November 2016 some of the Wayne County (Detroit) precincts had failing scanners so, those votes were hand countable and also, due to how close the Presidential election was, nearly all the votes ended up being hand counted.

    There are better ways to set up a voting system (cryptographic verification methods come to mind here) but, I like my state's voting method.

  • Oct 20th, 2017 @ 6:24pm


    Michigan has term limits (three terms) for state politicians. The person introducing this bill is a freshman Representative who, due in part to these limits, is the chair of a committee. How, exactly, should a Michigan voter deal with this situation? We have a full turnover of the entire House every 6 years so there aren't any career politicians anymore.

    Sometimes, simply choosing someone different doesn't fix the problem.

  • Oct 18th, 2017 @ 9:25am

    Re: Re: slightly more than 8

    Traditional satellite internet uses Geostationary satellites. Since they're thousands of miles high, you get latency issues but, LEO is less than 5 milliseconds away at light speed so those issues start to disappear.

  • Oct 18th, 2017 @ 9:12am


    Don't be too worried about the timing. Due to the nature of FCC rule changes, this change may end up "going live" around the same time as the GAO investigation is tying up. That will keep them both in the same news cycle. If the truth about the system came out now, months before the rules were finalized, the public might forget about it before the final push to keep the FCC from doing something stupid.

  • Sep 25th, 2017 @ 8:03pm

    Re: Re: Don't forget Grocery Stores!

    I learned about the horrors of the ammonia & bleach reaction in school and managed to hold in my curiosity to actually see it in action until I was about 20 and helping my mother clean out a big trash can in her backyard one day. I grabbed a respirator and put about a quart of each in that can...I can still remember the burning 12 years later. I should have worn chemistry goggles instead of standard shop goggles. Fortunately, I was prepared with a hose to dilute the solution immediately, I just had to do it once to get rid of the curiosity.

  • Sep 20th, 2017 @ 8:11pm


    There are some people who refused to be identified for a Gizmodo story on this topic because they were worried that their setups would get them condemned. If you run your home without connecting to the power grid, your local municipality can declare your home "unfit for habitation" and condemn it until you connect to the grid, even if you generate (and store, in batteries for cloudy days) enough power to fully run your home.

  • Sep 20th, 2017 @ 8:03pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Most states that allow (or require) renewable generated power to be sold back to the local grid simply require this disconnect rather than the setup that Florida requires which effectively has the panels on the grid side of the disconnect with a second relay keeping them from harming lineworkers.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 8:03pm

    Re: Funny

    They set a date limit so that third-parties (or end-users) can't just refill genuine cartridges indefinitely. The problem becomes what to do with backlogged ink inventory. I guess HP just decided to sell it anyway and hope that their customers just bought more instead of trying to get a replacement or refund.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 7:59pm


    As long as he writes in the opinion section, he's clean. Journalistic integrity should keep editors from publishing him but, legally, there's nothing to be done.

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 7:07pm

    Re: Re: My MAIN lengthy comment is not yet through.

    I'm going to break my personal rules and reply to you here. I can't see any of the comments that you claim to have submitted that aren't on the page. However, here are some ideas.

    In general, spam blockers look at the number of posts over a period of time per-IP address. So, if you constantly try to post after a comment gets held for moderation, the system will assume that there's a bot at your IP address and start null-routing your posts.

    Second, posts that are heavy on links and light on non-linked text will be thought to be phishing or spam posts. Remember, anti-spam bots aren't very intelligent, they don't read your content they just look for huge links and try to block them. As an aside to this, don't forget that TechDirt has moved to markdown from HTML, if you're coding a huge number of links in HTML, the bot will probably block you.

    Thirdly, all of the posting you've done so far probably hasn't helped you at all with this. A semi-intelligent anti-spam bot will prevent your IP address from posting anything complex now because of what you've done thus far. If it's built like that, there's no fix for it except for an administrator override.

    Lastly, it's possible that your computer or something else from your IP is infected and trying to spam TechDirt. If so, that's why your complex posts aren't getting through. There've been actual spam-bots that got through before, that's why they use anti-spam tech now.

    These are just a few basics about anti-spam tech, I don't know what solution TechDirt uses specifically and, this is one of the few cases where security through obscurity is a good thing. If you reveal exactly what your anti-spam filters block, the spammers will just build a better bot that much faster.

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