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  • Feb 7th, 2019 @ 4:54pm

    Florida won't be happy

    While it's important to talk about Latinos, there's another major segment that won't respond well if they have to do something online, or even just print something from the internet. That's the older generation.

    My grandmother doesn't own a computer, and I suspect that is the case for many of her neighbors as well. Areas with higher retirement age populations would be under represented by a shift to digital. Which should have some interesting consequences.

  • Jul 5th, 2018 @ 10:42pm


    How much of that evidence is admissible. Much of it was obtained without a warrant, and in an illegal manner.

    The problem is that every step of the way the NZ and US governments have done so many shady and illegal things to obtain a guilty verdict. Most of the reason this trail has gone on so long has purely been because it seems like the governments assumed that they would never be called out.

  • Jan 30th, 2018 @ 5:39pm

    Re: Killswitch

    My current phone (Moto G5 Plus) requires a password every 72? hours. That's pretty secure. Also, simply being able to lower that number to say 24 hours would help tremendously.

    It also has the (now standard) 10 bad tries and wipes the phone feature.

    A consequence of all these actions are that phone manufacturers are actively working on ways of making the devices more secure against coercion.

    Here's another good idea. I have a smart watch, what if every time the phone looses connection to it for a few minutes it requires a password. That's something that's easily doable, and would mean that any time I'm separated from my phone it goes into a more secure state.

  • Jan 17th, 2018 @ 2:12pm

    Against Trade Deals?

    Serious question. Is this legal? I mean the US has trade deals with China.

    It's pretty normal to say anything the government buys has to be made in America. It's not normal to say if you use any Chinese products the US government refuses to do business with you.

    Even the threat letters sent by congresspeople sound like an easy win for China at the WTO.

  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 6:09pm

    Declaratory Judgement

    Hmm, I wonder if they can file for declaratory judgement. Sure, they wouldn't get any money, but it could be a way to say, "go through discovery or be legally barred from suing us over this."

  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 12:20am


    Have the fact that you're collection a whole bunch of sensitive information, like GPS logs, without telling anyone. Priceless.

    Seriously, this might be one of those privacy violations the EU only seems to care about when it's Facebook or some other US company.

  • Nov 19th, 2017 @ 8:09pm


    Usage: "Americans wanted to "drain the swamp" so they appled Trump and his Wall Street and oil industry friends into the White House."

    This kills me. If only because after a day of coding I see:

    "Americans wanted to " <value error> <value error> <value error> " so they appled Trump and his Wall Street and oil industry friends into the White House."

  • Nov 8th, 2017 @ 7:48pm

    Re: Re:

    Who broke it? Certainly not the media. There are a few specific limits on free speech in the US. Showing a picture of people fired for being racist doesn't come near to violating any of them.

  • Nov 8th, 2017 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re:

    The hardest part about writing rangeCheck is deciding what to do when an error occurs. It's the try/catch block that's tricky, not the function itself.

    Side note, but most modern languages do this sort of check all the time. Python arrays, C++ std::vectors, and plenty more do the check on every access.

  • Oct 30th, 2017 @ 4:30am

    Breaking the internet

    including, but not limited to, cookies. Consent to tracking "must be freely given and unambiguous" -- it cannot be assumed by default or hidden away on a Web page that no one ever reads. Cookie walls, which only grant access to a site if the visitor agrees to be tracked online, will be forbidden under the new ePrivacy rules.

    I actually have a problem with this part. the last time the EU did something like this we got all those useless, "This site uses cookies" banners everywhere. Now they're saying that sites must be able to operate without cookies.

    First, every site that does any sort of sign on will now require a new warning banner on that page. It's useless, since the site must use cookies to make sure logged in users are who they say they are.

    Second, goodbye any sort of site that does things based on sessions. Since it must work without cookies, it must work without sessions. Since that's not possible, they can't comply with the EU regulation. Things like shopping carts that don't require login run into the same issues as sing ons. They don't work without at least a session cookie.

    Third, is the annoyance factor. Some sites tried doing this when the banner requirement was first introduced. The problem is since it didn't store a cookie, it assumed the user was a new visitor on every page, and constantly popped up. Sure, that can be mitigated by looking at the referrer, but every new visit will be greeted with a banner.

    In theory tracking protection is a good idea. I can get behind things like banning browser fingerprinting or supercookies. Heck, I even agree with trying to regulate tracking pixels. However, the EUs track record with cookies is bad at best. I'm concerned that in their attempt to regulate the internet, they're just going to break it.

  • Sep 28th, 2017 @ 9:19pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    All american. How convenient.

    Are you really surprised? Consider the EU's stance seems to be that Spain's News Tax is a great idea. Consider the number of EU countries which have considered a Link Tax. Or how Germany has issues with most of Youtube.

    In many ways the EU is much more protectionist than the US. They just tend to be protectionist of entire industries full of small players rather than one or two big companies.

    In practice, this means that it's nearly impossible to create an internet startup in the EU.

  • Sep 27th, 2017 @ 11:02pm

    Will the UK pay out?

    Consider what's happened in the past when the US was found to be in breach. We basically said, "No," and that was the end. It's actually one reason I'm amazed countries constantly want ISDS agreements with the United States.

    The UK is moving along with an isolationist platform. All the politicians know that explicitly punishing them for this move will only encourage them. Theses lawsuits sure as heck look like punishment.

    I could easily see the UK either saying that those ISDS treaties are EU specific matters, and since they're no longer a member don't apply. For non EU treaties, I could easily see the UK following the US approach and just dare the companies to follow through.

    In the worst case, structuring a company to be based in the UK would be a horrid idea, since they could end up seizing it.

  • Sep 20th, 2017 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Meanwhile, in Japan...

    Neat article. Thanks for linking it.

    These micro grids are explicitly designed to deal with situations where the main grid is down. Situations exactly like those caused by Hurricanes.

    Of course, if you're a power company, the idea of losing 25% of revenue because of local production is terrifying. Which is why Florida Light and Power would never let that happen.

  • Aug 3rd, 2017 @ 12:33am

    Re: Re:

    the person with 51% can tell the minority owners to pound sand.

    That's not how it works at all. On one level it does, but on another minority shareholders do have legal rights. If the 51% does something too horrendous, they can sue and win.

  • Aug 3rd, 2017 @ 12:14am

    Re: And lost his scholarship

    So... Lawsuit incoming. Actually there could be one regardless, but anything where speech affects his education from anywhere that takes government money is asking for it.

  • Jul 31st, 2017 @ 10:21pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I don't know about that. Security guards are able to remove hecklers, even from public events, city council meetings, etc.

    Actually they can't legally make content-based removals of people. Doing so anyway is a criminal act

    Yet this does happen. Even in congress, cheering observers are significantly less likely to be thrown out than those shouting vulgarities. That's not a bad thing, but it's a known and accepted part of the first amendment.

    I wonder if the defendant would have had better luck by phrasing her ban as an action to ensure the space is available to all audiences. That by temporarily curtailing his speech she was allowing others to speak that would otherwise be intimidated.

    In general, the answer to these things is clear community guidelines, and have the moderators follow them. While allowing some flexibility is important,* it's also important for moderators to be as impartial and consistent as possible. Regardless of the topic and speaker.

    * Zero tolerance policies end badly.

  • Jul 13th, 2017 @ 12:17pm

    Re: A Better Mousetrap

    Not really, because the ratings aren't all bad. Nightly News probably has reasonable ratings, but they wanted it just a bit higher. So, they used the intentional misspelling to not have a weekend that they knew would have bad ratings counted.

    Of course, as has been mentioned this screws anyone with a DVR, since the show doesn't get recorded. It's also relatively easy for Nielsen to fix. Just add a step where the data is cleaned up. Possibly have someone set up a mapping by hand to re-name the shows.

  • Jul 13th, 2017 @ 7:09am

    Re: Re: Re:

    There's one major problem with that sort of government propaganda. It may work internally, but it alienates everyone else.

    That's not a good thing when everyone else has the power to take their ball and go home. From the EU perspective, having several million people suddenly unemployed won't be fun. Just like the financial chaos would suck. They're trying to avoid it, but as long as they give advanced notice, they can at least soften the impact.

    On the UK side, a hard brexit without any new trading treaties would wreck their economy. As in prices for any good going to or from the UK could almost double due to tariffs and additional customs restrictions. At least they use their own currency, so that problem has been avoided for now.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 11:32pm

    Re: Who is paying for the credit card refund fees?

    Probably the developer.

    With that said, it's a cost of doing business. You can think of it in two ways:

    First, the fees are less than a marketing campaign. The safety net factor means more people will try the game.

    Second, a refund policy means if something horrible goes wrong there's less likely to be a public backlash. People can still be unhappy with the game, but if they get there money back, they're less likely to cause as large of a firestorm. Think about No Man's Sky. While it would still have been a horrid game, if players could have gotten refunds they wouldn't have been nearly as upset.

  • Jun 28th, 2017 @ 12:29pm

    EU Problems

    The fun comes the moment that Google is sued in the EU for de-listing a website because of something like this. It's going to turn into a catch 22, where the EU says Google can't de-list something, and Canada says they must.

    Given that the company that's being de-listed has French assets it's not as far fetched as you think. The EU has a massive anti-Google crusade going right now, and don't seem to be thinking about long term consequences.

    At this point, it looks like Google's best option is to pull out of Canada entirely, and get a US court to rule that the Canadian ruling is overly broad.

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