To me, this has been the worst travesty of the Obama administration. We expected this type of crap from Bush. But Obama promised transparency but has been anything but so. If anything, his administration has doubled-down on secrecy and added draconian punishment of anyone daring to blow the whistle on the blatantly illegal activities of the government. All of Obama's positive accomplishments will be overshadowed by his legacy of tyrant-like actions in this regard.
I have a new (less than 2 months old) Keurig 2.0 machine. I can easily bypass the DRM well enough but I've been using genuine K-cups since buying it. After brewing just 3 cups a day for a month/half, the machine stopped working, acted as if clogged somehow. Called tech support, they talked me through sticking a paper clip up into the side of the "needles" and flushing water through the machine by holding the activation button. After a couple of those flushes, the machine now works as it should. This must be such a known issue, the tech lady said she was mailing me an "official cleaning tool" to help with this process and that I should use it monthly. Maybe those design engineers shouldn't have spent so much time agonizing over imaginary exploding cups and instead made a more reliable device.
Cab companies act as if there was no Uber I'd use their service. No, I would find something else. Their service is that bad here in Atlanta, I'd rather do anything than get in a taxi. I'd walk 10 blocks first.
Isn't this the standard GOP operating procedure? Keep claiming that something you're opposed to is the exact opposite, flood the media with that message. Then the Fox News illiterati repeat it ad nauseam until it becomes "truthiness". We've seen this magic trick too many times, already. This spectacle about the FCC is even more absurd. The rules that are 8 pages, with 292 pages of comments, is repeatedly misrepresented. Repeated derision about the public not being able to read the rules, but the reason we can't read them is the 2 GOP operatives are holding up the release. So, GOP prevents the release of the rules then ridicules the rules because they haven't been released. The rules prohibit ISPs from placing speed barriers on the net, but the GOP spreads FUD about speed barriers because of the rules. The absurdity is simply mind boggling and the GOP proves once again it simply cannot govern beyond the level of childish bullying and playground antics.
It is easy enough to tell if your Android device has hardware or software based encryption available. Go to the Settings > Security and see if the encryption is listed as "hardware" or "software". My HTC One M8 says "Hardware-backed", so the system does have dedicated encryption hardware. My old MyTouch 4G Slide, however, says "software", so that phone did not have the hardware to do it and relied upon the OS for encryption. I don't have the encryption activated on my M8 because I choose to not have a locked phone. I live alone and it is simply unlikely that my phone is ever out of my site or possession, so I'm not worried about it. The convenience of not having to enter an unlock code every time I open the case overrules any benefit I might get from encrypting the phone. But, that's just me. I can understand others might want and need that added security, and it is available to them should they choose it.
Curiously, Apple seems to have two faces, compared with Google. To the US and other Western governments, Apple is stern and steadfast. But to China, they're willing to accept a more submissive role to garner more market favor. Even when it was very clear that the Chinese government was behind a "man-in-the-middle" attack on iCloud, Tim Cook bent over and grabbed his ankles for China.
"Apple, like other Western internet titans that aim to ride China's rise as an economic superpower, is likely under tremendous pressure to tolerate these "organized network attacks" as part of the price of remaining in the Chinese market, he added... The only American internet giant to publicly renounce cooperating with China's censors so far has been Google, which also identified "the Chinese government or its agents" as being the masterminds of a sophisticated attack on Google's central servers."
I do like the convenience of the Keurig machines, and I think that, properly used, they can make a very good cup of coffee. I had one of the older machines (without DRM), and I used the Melita JavaJig cups. They are reusable, take inexpensive Melita paper filters, and my own freshly-ground coffee. I also used the Ekocups, another reusable cup for the Keurig machines but I preferred the Melita. Sadly, my Keurig machine gave up the ghost after 3 years of daily use. I chose not to buy another one, for now.
Isn't it a sad notion that, at this point, I believe statements from North Korea more than I believe the FBI of the United States? The FBI, a part of the DoJ, is trying to sell something to Congress and the American people. It's a con job that is rather despicable and craven.
There are a few places, such as here on Techdirt, where reasonable conversations about the topic exist. I like to think it is because the typical viewer of Techdirt is just a bit more enlightened, perhaps? But sites like Yahoo News, or most standard news sites, actually, bring in the lowest, most vile people who have no tact or even a shred of common decency. From my casual observations, these people tend to be "conservative" or lean "GOP". Why? I don't know. I could posit theories, but it would only be my unscientific opinion.
I learned long ago to only venture down to the comment sections of news sites for entertainment purposes only. There is absolutely NOTHING of value there otherwise. Nothing. If Yahoo or other sites shut the comments down, there would be no loss to society.
Comment sections on news sites are some of the most vile and disgusting displays of inhumanity on the planet. And that's the ones with moderators! Look at Yahoo! News, or Huffington Post, or Washington Post. Total cesspools. Good riddance to them.