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  • Jan 21, 2022 @ 12:04pm

    Not the first time this has happened

    If you collect data, somone will want to use that data for a purpose other than what it was intended. Google gets geofence requests for law enforcement for "anyone with a phone in an area between the hours of x and y". Sometimes they get the wrong guy, like the one on a bicycle going by a crime scene on his way home from work. Or the time US Census data was used to round up those with Japanese ancestry in 1941. Or those with Middle-Eastern ancestry in 2001. It's why I only specify "1 person lives here" on a Census form. But I'm wondering about the CA contract tracing app on my phone.

  • Jan 21, 2022 @ 12:04pm

    Not the first time this has happened

    If you collect data, somone will want to use that data for a purpose other than what it was intended. Google gets geofence requests for law enforcement for "anyone with a phone in an area between the hours of x and y". Sometimes they get the wrong guy, like the one on a bicycle going by a crime scene on his way home from work. Or the time US Census data was used to round up those with Japanese ancestry in 1941. Or those with Middle-Eastern ancestry in 2001. It's why I only specify "1 person lives here" on a Census form. But I'm wondering about the CA contract tracing app on my phone.

  • Jul 01, 2020 @ 12:21pm

    How long before Amazon AWS has had enough?

    Parler is running on AWS currently. I don't know what AWS' T&Cs are, but I know they kick users off the platform for hosting SPAMMERS. I've complained to them regularly whenever something lands in my Inbox. It might be they'll ban based on fraud. I don't know who's paying for Parler's AWS fees, but I doubt it's Ted Cruz, a notable fan, along with everyone else. Maybe they're doing ads like FB and Twitter. Who would advertise in such a place? Who screens the ads to make sure they're legit and not some scam? Because sooner or later, someone's gonna commit fraud on the site. And if there's enough, AWS is gonna shut them down. The question is how long will it take?

  • Jul 01, 2020 @ 12:21pm

    How long before Amazon AWS has had enough?

    Parler is running on AWS currently. I don't know what AWS' T&Cs are, but I know they kick users off the platform for hosting SPAMMERS. I've complained to them regularly whenever something lands in my Inbox. It might be they'll ban based on fraud. I don't know who's paying for Parler's AWS fees, but I doubt it's Ted Cruz, a notable fan, along with everyone else. Maybe they're doing ads like FB and Twitter. Who would advertise in such a place? Who screens the ads to make sure they're legit and not some scam? Because sooner or later, someone's gonna commit fraud on the site. And if there's enough, AWS is gonna shut them down. The question is how long will it take?

  • Jun 12, 2020 @ 06:41pm

    Could it be because their dev team is in China?

    Zoom has said previously when they had to consider their security model in light increased free tier use that a lot of their dev team is in China. I wonder if their initial willingness to please the PRC was so their dev team stays in place and isn't arrested, tried, and thrown in prison.
    <p>
    WebEx originally came from a Chinese dev team and they still develop that product, so Cisco has the same problem.

  • Apr 06, 2020 @ 12:37pm

    No mention of MacOS...stay away

    I hope people are noticing that this doesn't mention Mac AT ALL.

    I stopped buying stuff from TechDirt because they have a "no returns" policy and I had to use my credit card company's chargeback mechanism to get my money back on what I felt was falsely advertised merch.

    Classes and books are fine. But I stay away from any merch they sell here.

  • Mar 30, 2020 @ 11:51am

    Min Lin should sue the contracting agency and the hospital

    He's been reporting issues cutting corners with patient care and staff safety for some time before the COVID-19 outbreak. He looks like a whistle blower to me. This is a private company so any sort of litigation would be a tort and take years to resolve.

    Seems like the hospital administrators were using the opportunity to "get rid of the troublemaker". They just chose the height of a pandemic to do it. Seems criminally negligent to me. I wonder if an enterprising DA might indict when all the dust has settled.

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 08:34pm

    Well, iTunes going away and it stopped copying ringtones

    And new version of iTunes on 10.13 doesn't copy other stuff as well.

    And if you want to copy stuff from an iPod to a Mac, $20 is a cheap price to pay.

    My only complaint is that any software you buy from Techdirt is for a single version only. There are no upgrades. After I paid $40 for Codeweaver's Crossover 17, I found I couldn't upgrade it without paying full price on Codewaver's site. Never again.

    The only thing really worth it in their merch site is the on-line classes and certs.

  • Jun 11, 2019 @ 06:32pm

    Re: Re: the video has no time track or other info

    The ring videos have no time-sync info in the frame. It's just video and you have to hand correlate the video with the time it was taken. Not 100% useless, but I doubt it can be used as any sort of evidence in court. More likely it can help ID someone or get proof they did something, as with my former downstairs neighbor. She and slimeball boyfriend slunk away after we put up private video cameras around the complex.

  • Apr 24, 2017 @ 08:27pm

    don't waste your money -- lots of better services out there

    I tried PIA for a year and found that my email didn't work when I was connected to it. My ISP didn't even see a connection. PIA was no help, so I used it less often.

    When it expired, I decided to spend less for another service -- TorGuard -- and it 'just works'.

    I don't know why Lifehacker and Techdirt love this service. I wasted $50 for a year of next to nothing.

  • Mar 22, 2016 @ 07:33pm

    video needs to be more than reading slides

    If you're going to continue with "Mike Masnec 'Splains", you should change the format to take advantage of video vs. just reading the slides.

    Or be more effective at doing the lecture with slide thing. Contact Larry Lessig for some ideas. His content/slide ration is perfect, IMO.

  • Feb 08, 2016 @ 07:48am

    DoJ trying to access MS servers in Ireland

    Another wrinkle, although not directly related, the DoJ has been trying to subpoena records from a MS subsidiary's servers in Ireland, which MS' lawyers say are outside of US jurisdiction. DoJ is contending they should have access to any company's records so long as they have a presence on US soil. This has led some people from using US-based cloud services, opting for EU-based providers because the DoJ doesn't have jurisdiction over them.

    If a EU prosecutor can subpoena records of a US company, what's next.

    Also, EU data retention statues are shorter than the US. That will have to be normalized also.

  • Jul 14, 2015 @ 10:20pm

    Re: Disreputable VPN company

    I saw they only support Windows and that was enough for me.

    When the majority of TechDirt readers are techies and probably use MacOS or even Linux, why offer a shady company that only supports a Windows product.

    Yes, they support Android, but I'll bet it was contract for hire and is also doubtful.

    Thanks for researching their 'happy customers'. Half off crap is still crap.

    Mike, please consider another revenue model.

  • Jul 14, 2015 @ 10:17pm

    Re: Products have been crap

    I bought the referb Nexus 5 for $200 and I figured I got the phone for that price. The Freedom Pop 'service' has been questionable. I had to upgrade the service from the 500MB monthly data to 2GB for $24.95x12.

    So far, I still can't get phone calls from my driveway up to my unit. My phone doesn't even ring. I put that in SPRINT's lap but Freedom Pop can't do much to fix it.

    If I could change carriers to Cricket and get AT&T's network instead of SPRINT, I'd do it.

    But I won't ever by another product through TechDirt again. I hope the find another model.

  • Jun 04, 2015 @ 10:22pm

    I took the Nexus 5 deal

    I took a very similar deal for a Nexus 5 for $200 with a year's worth of their service. I figured that if it was crap, I'd port the phone to Cricket who'd take it without blinking.

    The phone's been live since Wednesday even though my account was active at the start of LAST MONTH. It took them 3 f-ing weeks to get me my phone. And they won't adjust my account.

    I tried to port my # to them but decided on Google Voice in case I switch providers. That's worked so far. But the problems of people calling me from my driveway and it going to Voicemail still persists. That's because Virgin Mobile and Freedom Pop use Sprint's network.

    But I like my Nexus 5. HTC phones, meh.

  • May 20, 2014 @ 10:57pm

    Just wait until they find those router hackers...

    The people depicted opening Cisco Router boxes to modify the equipment with a back door will probably be identified soon enough. The pics are probably in a publisher's safe or files and I doubt they'll be in a maximum security vault. It's just a matter of time before those people are found and "brought to justice" by the Chinese, along with the people they work for.

    What would Clapper do if a Chinese strike team showed up at his door, bagged him, and got him off shore to the Chinese mainland.

    The US has opened the door to all sorts of Tom Clancy styled story lines here. Some may actually happen.

    Time for popcorn.

  • Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:45pm

    Gone in 5 minutes.

    According to Warren Buffet, whatever reputation she may have had is now gone. Yet her site still seems to be plugging away. Guess I should tweet this article to her.

    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/takes-20-years-build-reputation-and-5-minutes-ruin-warren-buffett.html

  • Nov 27, 2013 @ 10:27pm

    Grounds for a class action

    From a contract point of view, United looks like they're in material breech of the terms of care they supposedly offered in their program. She's got documented video of the maltreatment. Either someone in legal is hoping this won't blow up in United's face (way to late for that, thanks Internet) or they'll go to court and ultimately settle.

    I hope this woman goes for class action status. There must be others to had pets who didn't make it or were maltreated by the Airline. Make them pay.

  • Nov 09, 2013 @ 10:53am

    Thanks for posting this

    I just pledged for the FOSS Lavabit Kickstart.

  • Nov 06, 2013 @ 01:37pm

    Why not file a complaint with State Bar?

    It's clear that either Jarrod either doesn't know the difference between copyright and trademark law OR he knows the difference and is filing a frivolous complaint. Either one show he's incompetent or knowing attempting to deceive the court.

    Maybe he should be practicing law. One less scumbag lawyer out of this might send a message.

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