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  • Oct 7th, 2014 @ 11:30am

    Re: Re: Two lessons here

    Adobe is probably tracking reading speed, bookmarks etc. just like AMZN did. I used Adobe Digital Editions, the free e-reader using EPUB (?) format. It was good, but not better than any others. This sounds like the best option to me:
    buy the printed version that's usually cheaper and more pleasant to read at home.
    I don't like messing with DRM.
  • Aug 29th, 2014 @ 5:46pm

    Re: We need to get into a borrowing society...We do?

    There isn't anything wrong with "stockpiling" cereal. As long as you eat it, it is a discounted bulk purchase, and nothing to feel guilty over. Well, if there aren't food shortages! As for renting power tools, great idea! I think Home Depot and small non-chain hardware stores used to offer that.

    Most of the sharing economy so far seems to enrich a tiny number of middle men who own the distribution platform, with inconsistent or questionable benefit to users/customers. I do NOT see Google in that role though.
  • Apr 26th, 2014 @ 1:43am

    Secret negotiations

    This is really awful:
    The Obama administration has revealed so few details about the negotiations, even to members of Congress and their staffs, that it is impossible to fully analyze the Pacific partnership. Negotiators have argued that itís impossible to conduct trade talks in public because opponents to the deal would try to derail them.
    That isn't how U.S. government works. There are always opponents to legislation by some members of Congress. Hiding the details from them, and the public, is wrong, and very ominous.
  • Apr 22nd, 2014 @ 12:46pm

    Thank you etc for ottonomy

    I visited your website from your profile here, after reading that URL to the MoveOn news.

    Wow! You are so kind and introspective, based on what I read. You seem like a very good person, emotionally and ethically. Keep up the great work, and don't doubt yourself!
    * No one here is allowed to poke fun at me for this, okay?
  • Apr 22nd, 2014 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Re: MoveOn for Louisiana GOP

    Speaking of LA education, I think they may have seen the light, scales falling from eyes. (Sorry, that was for dramatic effect. I am not a Christian, but love their way with words sometimes).
    I say that with respect to the highly STATIST Common Core, which Gov. Jindal is finally turning away from.
  • Apr 18th, 2014 @ 12:32pm

    Re: Here's the image:

    Thank you!

    Waging war on Medicaid... ugh, that isn't good.
  • Apr 18th, 2014 @ 4:49am

    MoveOn for Louisiana GOP

    I haven't seen the billboard or read the text. Two thoughts:
    1. This is bad precedent by MoveOn. It will open the floodgates for more mudracking political crud, from all parties. I'm tired of that, don't need more. I doubt I'm the only person who is sick of politicized discourse about every little thing.

    2. It doesn't imply any deficiency in voter intelligence to assume that a state's trademarked slogan is used exclusively by that state, or in support of the elected officials (and policies) of that state. The Lt Governor should have taken a "wait and see" attitude, rather than sue. Depending on how the billboard is worded, it might lead viewers to believe that MoveOn is organizing on behalf of the Louisiana GOP. Now wouldn't THAT be ironic!
  • Apr 18th, 2014 @ 4:23am

    Judge Shelly

    That was the first thought I had too.

    It is a remarkably unfortunate surname. Bad anglicization maybe? Middle initial "D" doesn't help either...
  • Feb 7th, 2014 @ 8:44am

    SEC OMG!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, TechDirt and Mike Masnick for sharing this with us! And thank you for so kindly posting the full text of the document.

    I knew about the NRC having no reporting procedure to track breaches pertaining to accidental release of sensitive information, because I noticed an entry in the Federal Register (or somewhere similar) saying that they needed to draft and instate one, in October or November last year. I wasn't aware of the pervasive carelessness in so many other U.S. government departments though.

    The SEC is my primary interest. Lax security increases exchange infrastructure vulnerability. There is another concern, namely, the always-tempting opportunity to exploit and profit from unauthorized access to material non-public information.
  • Feb 7th, 2014 @ 7:45am

    Re: Say what Christopher Best?

    Hello CBimerrow formerly of IT support! I didn't know any other way to reply to you, about what I read on the TechDirt insider chat thingy. That's where y'all talk to each other and we get read access. You mentioned something that I noticed and winced at (just like you did, when you said, "it burns!") but no one talks about. Same as the reaction on TechDirt Insider chat; no one replied to you, re this
    hxxp://gizmodo.com/sochi-official-our-shower-surveillance-footage-says-ho-1517435247?utm_campaign=so cialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
    I agree, it is unsightly! The UTM's are for Google, or other web analytics "campaign metrics". I strip them away whenever I post or send a URL. They look cheezy. Even if I'm using a URL shortener, I want that crud gone. I was curious why the person you were IM chatting with didn't post this instead,
    Is it considered immoral or rude to excise the crud, because the URL creator can't surveil (track?) as well? That URL was so lengthy that it forced the sidebar chat widget to scroll out to 4 times width!

    For etiquette's sake, I'll return to the current topic. Why don't these comments have any respect for IT? IT departments are NOT always clueless bureaucrats who don't know how to set a password other than to "password". Someone else described how their IT department isolated Macs because of PC viruses (I didn't say that quite right, it's down below). Just maybe, the IT guys know something that the users don't know, about security. The user's job, in this case, is to be a developer. IT doesn't sit around all day doing nothing. Their job, among other things, is to be real-time up to date about viruses. Macs are not immune, regardless of OS used. Even computers running Linux can be vulnerable.

    As for getting in the way of business and customers, I learned the hard way that IT needs to be consulted. I worked on a project using PHI (protected health information). At the beginning, before we bid on the contract, one of our IT guys warned us that there would be problems with using VolP as part oF the dEliverable, that HIPAA didn't allow it, in that context. Client said it would be okay, but didn't check with their own IT guy, nor anyone else. So we did months of work and sure enough, our IT guy was right. We should have spent some time to see if he were correct, before proceeding further. We were still paid, nothing terrible happened. Client had to spend more though, for us to do (lots of tedious) changes.

    IT security can be a huge pain to deal with, like a law enforcement bureaucracy in your midst, e.g. a visit from Tyler in Data Security was much worse than having the Assistant District Attorney stop by to "ask you a few questions"! It is management's job to reign in overzealous IT, or replace any who are incompetent.
  • Jan 29th, 2014 @ 12:51am

    Re: Re: Re: native code execution

    Yes. This is a very convincing argument against DRM in HTML5. Urg... plug-in's.

    I have never used a file sharing site, never illegally downloaded software, music, video or anything else. I'd be happy to give my computer to the MpAA, RIAA, NSA etc. to peruse. I'm very boring! Yet I still don't like the idea of DRM in HTML5. It will cause profound interoperability problems.
  • Jan 29th, 2014 @ 12:35am

    Jimmy Wales gets no salary

    Are you certain about that? I don't see why he wouldn't get any salary. He should. He does work!

    Jimmy Wales has a variety of shortcomings. I could find many examples of his vanity, accepting large cash honorariums for speaking engagements, sailing on Richard Branson's yacht etc. Nevertheless, Wikimedia Foundation should pay Jimmy Wales. Maybe they should pay him more than they do now. Maybe if he were paid better... well, I've said enough. Everyone who works as an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation should be paid a living wage.

    Lots oF people use Wikipedia content, including the U.S. government. Google does too. They link to it for definitions in their help pages, as is their right, under the CC license.
  • Nov 21st, 2013 @ 11:39am

    Everyone is worried about this

    This is all going on at the same time. First there is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). That's what they renamed it! It was originally Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement or TAFTA. It is so complicated and lengthy that it is difficult to understand any of it. I tried to read the document that Wikileaks kindly provided. I am certain that the opacity is by intent though. The CFC folks wrote this about the implications of TAFTA - TTIP in plain language.

    Then I read a super creepy commentary by Vint Cerf via TechCrunch. He met with the head of SANS and two FCC commissioners and lots of other people at an off-the-record "privacy thought leaders" dinner in Washington D.C. a few nights ago. Immediately afterward, he made the creepy announcement about right to privacy being a transitory anomaly, unknown in human civilization until the 1960's, and an inevitable, necessary casualty of the "digital age".

    And now... THIS! From what I can tell, Colum Lynch seems like a sensible person. This latest not-privacy scheme at the UN is something to be concerned about.
  • Sep 14th, 2013 @ 10:23am

    Decisions about document release isn't up to us

    Unless circumstances have changed, Glenn Greenwald had all 30,000 to 50,000 of Snowden's documents. Glenn Greenwald is in Brazil, and not likely to be delivering the remaining documents to the NSA in Washington D.C. nor the NSA's Utah data center.

    Whether the documents are destroyed or not isn't up to anyone but Greenwald. The Guardian is his employer, but I'm sure another newspaper would be happy to work with him, if The Guardian weren't.
  • Sep 14th, 2013 @ 9:43am

    Re: School district and The State

    Yes, school districts are agencies of the state. Here, the state is California, which is large and influential. One school district has implemented Geo Tracking. Another, larger district (Burbank) is already considering doing the same..

    These are minors. First, they are protected under the Fourth Amendment. Where does the school district draw the line of in loco parentis, despite the child having one, or two, parents or legal guardians?

    Even if this were limited to school, I wouldn't like it. It would be better for schools not to allow SMS, Twitter and Facebook during school hours, instead of this 24 hour per day/ 7 days per week surveillance. That is so wrong!

    The school is using contractors. If there were a choice, the school district IT department would be required to observe privacy law and be less likely to exploit student information than an outside, private contractor. I'm just saying "what if", as this tracking, 24/7, of all minors is not ethical, whomever does it; with the exception of parents, as a personal family decision that should not be dictated by the school district, nor the state.
  • Aug 13th, 2013 @ 11:08am

    Re: Physicist Rush Holt

    Rush Holt had finished his own education and started teaching when I started school at Swarthmore College. He was either an instructor or associate professor of physics.

    He was well-liked at Swarthmore, He isn't an extremist about anything, despite Swarthmore College's extensive reputation as a bastion of communist-socialists and militant feminist-lesbians. Yes, they have free speech, as is their right. But their are many viewpoints held by students and academic staff at Swarthmore. I didn't realize that until years later. .

    I agree with you, Prashanth. I have followed Rush Holt's career, though not that observantly. He is one of the only members of the current Congress that I respect and trust, unequivocally. I hope I can say that in five years, or ten, and that he remains in public office.
  • Apr 21st, 2013 @ 1:02am

    Re: Congress, insider trading

    Yes, Congress IS still required to disclose financial information. They did NOT exempt themselves from the provisions of the STOCK law.

    This article here, in TechDirt, is being quoted as evidence that the law was rolled back in its entirety. That is not true.
  • Apr 21st, 2013 @ 12:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: There's more to life than economic efficiency.

    You're right. But they'll ruin our physical infrastructure, goods and services supply chains, and society as we wait for them to realize that.
  • Apr 21st, 2013 @ 12:39am

    Re: Ninja, economic efficiency.

    Ninja, don't talk to him like that! What is your problem? You said:

    "why are you so bitter ootb? did someone molest you when you were a kid?"

    Say whatever else you want. Call him a an a-hole, or an idiot, or Communist, or unpatriotic, or stupid. DON'T SAY THAT THOUGH. It is cruel, excessive, unnecessary. It made me cry. And no, I'm not him, I'm Ellie Kesselman. I wasn't "molested when I was a kid", and I wasn't fortunate enough to be able to have children.

    Ad hominem attacks are facile, but, call me a bad and illogical person, I sometimes find them amusing. Trolls can be amusing too. They usually behave, or leave you unscathed, if you recognize and appreciate the genuine aspects of humor, or sorrow/ bitterness in what they say.

    This isn't about being "politically correct", or LBGTQ friendly, or feminist or not being racist, or any of that. It transcends all of it. How dare you toss out remarks about being molested as a child as ridicule in a comment thread. Don't tell me to "lighten up" either. With so many other creative, cruel, clever insults available, you say THAT? You've reached the nadir of worthless.
  • Apr 16th, 2013 @ 3:22pm

    Social issues only, no fiscal or foreign policy

    This is becoming impossible for me to ignore, that
    "gun control, anti-abortion restrictions, immigration, gay marriage / civil union rights, medical marijuana, birth control, or any of the other hot topics [are] meant to distract the public from what's REALLY going on".
    Seems that way to me too. Sadly, it also seems that regulations, which should help, are being used to serve other, quite separate agendas.

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