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  • DOJ Claims Apple Should Be Forced To Decrypt iPhones Because Apple, Not Customers, 'Own' iOS

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 26 Oct, 2015 @ 08:41am

    Re: Insecure By Design

    "Homes should be designed to be easy for government snoops to enter without leaving a trace."

    I hear the TSA has this great universal key...should be easy enough to require all doors to use this lock too right?

  • CISA Moves Forward: These 83 Senators Just Voted To Expand Surveillance

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 22 Oct, 2015 @ 10:44am

    Re:

    Fascism will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible. ~ Sinclair Lewis

    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. ~ James Madison

  • CIA Director's Personal Email Account Breached By Hackers… Who Find Official Documents Stored In It

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 20 Oct, 2015 @ 09:44am

    *His* SF-86

    This is not a security violation. It's his personal info in his personal email account. Granted it has info on people he's offering up to interview for his clearance, but they gave it to him willingly. Little different than an app asking for access to your contacts on your phone.

    Stupid to have it just sitting there, but as a fellow cleared person, it is sometimes handy to have reference to that data. A thumb drive would be a better choice, but then I suppose that would be against policy too; bringing in personal thumb drives...

  • Larry Lessig Dumps His Promise To Resign The Presidency In An Attempt To Get People To Take His Campaign Seriously

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 19 Oct, 2015 @ 03:01pm

    Re:

    His interview on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC was pretty disastrous.

    In what was basically a completely friendly environment he was eviscerated as to his 'plan'. He said he was a single issue candidate, to which Lawrence got him to change to at least a dual issue, of both finance AND gerrymandering. Certainly not bad things, but when you come in as a 'single issue' candidate it's best not to start creeping within 2 minutes of questioning.

    All that aside, his point that the other Dems' proposals are basically just fantasy until you fix the two issues he's pushing is still entirely correct.

  • Reports: Department Of Transportation To Require All Drones Be Registered

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 16 Oct, 2015 @ 09:08pm

    Re:

    Cars do NOT need to be registered. They need to be registered to use them on public rights of way, but not on your own private property.

  • You Can Now Turn Off Ads On Techdirt

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 29 Sep, 2015 @ 10:31am

    Re: Already Have

    Whitelisted in Ghostery and Ad-Block (Firefox) and still don't see any ads.

    I draw the line at whitelisting any script you decide to slap on your site.

    If you want me to see your ads, make them static (non-scripted) or host the scripts yourself.

  • Senate Intelligence Committee Forced To Drop 'Terrorist-Activity' Reporting Requirements For Social Media Platforms

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 23 Sep, 2015 @ 02:06pm

    who knew

    “Social media companies aren't qualified to judge which posts amount to ‘terrorist activity"

    Didn't realize the TSA was a Social Media Company...

  • DailyDirt: Listening To Muzak On A Long Space Elevator Ride…

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 11 Sep, 2015 @ 08:29am

    Re: Re: Let's see your super thin carbon nanotube rope cut right through a thunderhead without frying.

    It's always talked about the force needed to hold the weight of itself. What is rarely mentioned is the stresses from upper atmospheric super fast winds. Or hey, hurricanes, or a jet liner hitting it.

    I love the idea of a space elevator and perhaps the hurricanes could be resolved by moving the elevator if it's tied to an ocean located point but not sure how you get around the last part.

    Someone intent on destroying it is going to be able to get an aircraft and hit the thing. Militarizing it to the point of completely empty airspace seems unlikely at best, especially at higher and higher altitudes.

  • Should Police Have The Right To Take Control Of Self-Driving Cars?

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 09 Sep, 2015 @ 04:48pm

    Re:

    OnStar. They already have the ability to turn off the engine of a car with this technology and have I believe.

  • Appeals Court Strikes Down Ruling Finding NSA Phone Records Collection Unconstitutional

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 28 Aug, 2015 @ 12:01pm

    Key Question

    Does SCOTUS believe it made a mistake in the Clapper decision? If they don't seems doubtful they would bring up a new challenge to it....

  • How The Heavy Hand Of Government Stifles The On Demand Economy

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 25 Aug, 2015 @ 01:34pm

    Re: Re: On Demand infrastructure?

    As an example in DC, a single cab company is given the contract for Dulles airport - but this also requires them to provide a set level of service with x number of cabs available at the airport even during very slow late night hours.

    Uber would just surge price you to $100 or more during those late night hours and still not guarantee anyone would be there providing service.

    There's no doubt existing cab service can be lousy, but scrapping it without providing the same level of service 'all the time' is something the Uber/On Demand simply hasn't been able to articulate yet - except for 'surge pricing' with no guarantees.

  • How The Heavy Hand Of Government Stifles The On Demand Economy

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 25 Aug, 2015 @ 01:03pm

    Re: Re: On Demand infrastructure?

    Because if you allow a business to cherry pick the profitable markets, the existing regulated infrastructure service will become unprofitable quite quickly.

    Then you're left with just Uber/Lyft and surge pricing.

  • How The Heavy Hand Of Government Stifles The On Demand Economy

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 25 Aug, 2015 @ 11:59am

    On Demand infrastructure?

    The problem is when the 'on demand' service is in reality a required infrastructure for a modern society.

    Comparing taxi service in NYC (or any modern city) to ebay and Etsy is just ridiculous.

    If taxi's are removed in favor of Uber, how do you guarantee you'll have sufficient service available? That's called regulation and is required for infrastructure...else you get jacked rates as demand increases for a scarce good. Good economic theory but bad macro planning for a functioning society.

    Uber's response is surge pricing...which prices people out of the market and pricing people out of basic infrastructure isn't generally a good idea for said functioning society.

  • NYC Mayor De Blasio Realizes His Plan To Kneecap Uber Was A Disaster, Backs Down

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 23 Jul, 2015 @ 09:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Economic model for cab medallions

    from the study

    "Would it hold in the small number of very-high-crime neighborhoods we excluded in order to protect our riders? Would it hold after dark?"

    So it doesn't answer the actual question I asked...the edge cases that public infrastructure has to cover.

  • NYC Mayor De Blasio Realizes His Plan To Kneecap Uber Was A Disaster, Backs Down

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 23 Jul, 2015 @ 08:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Economic model for cab medallions

    Never said the current system was great or efficient.

    But...

    "Now, when your flight's coming in to land, you can order a ride on your cellphone"

    At 3AM? What if no Uber drivers feel like working that shift? Maybe they do, but you can't just leave it up to chance. Edge cases matter and you still haven't answered how to handle them except waving your hands saying it will be ok.

    The problem of having no taxis available at all hours was solved via regulations and the medallion systems. Just solve that problem with Uber and it's a non-issue. Problem is nobody seems willing to do so.

  • NYC Mayor De Blasio Realizes His Plan To Kneecap Uber Was A Disaster, Backs Down

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 23 Jul, 2015 @ 07:56am

    Re: Re: How to beat Uber

    Actually no, the City...wanting everyone to served at a reasonable price...instituted regulations to further that goal.

    But nice try to bring unions into this.

  • NYC Mayor De Blasio Realizes His Plan To Kneecap Uber Was A Disaster, Backs Down

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 23 Jul, 2015 @ 07:11am

    Re: Re: Economic model for cab medallions

    'Efficient' means some people don't get served because they aren't a profitable customer.

    Taxis in a major city are effectively a piece of the transportation infrastructure. In DC, a single company is contracted to serve Dulles airport. Why? Because it isn't profitable for a lone taxi to sit at the airport at 3am on the off chance someone might need a ride.

    It's an edge case, but when applying infrastructure to a city you need to serve everyone, subsidizing the expensive with the cheap.

    If Uber is able to cherry pick only the profitable (efficient) customers the existing Taxis end up with only the unprofitable customers and go out of business. Now what? Do you require Uber to have people standing by at the airport at 3am? Hell is there even anyone on call at 3am? At what price?

    These are questions nobody here seems to ever want to answer in the defense of the new and shiny.

  • Huge Loss For Free Speech In Europe: Human Rights Court Says Sites Liable For User Comments

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 16 Jun, 2015 @ 12:02pm

    Clearly

    the judges should be liable for any threats or hate speech uttered in their courts, right?

  • US Government's HR Department Has Been Hacked, Government Employee Data Leaked

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 05 Jun, 2015 @ 10:17am

    Re: If they used that "Dark" encryption ...

    local DC news radio said these current and former employees will get free credit monitoring.

    My question is when the NSA is hacked, are they going to give the entire world free credit monitoring?

  • US Government's HR Department Has Been Hacked, Government Employee Data Leaked

    pixelpusher220 ( profile ), 05 Jun, 2015 @ 10:15am

    Re:

    Denigrating teachers isn't exactly the way to a booming economy...

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