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[#] Sun Mar 25 2012 16:03:41 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Found this one, too -- I have some Staples reward dollars which would brin the price down to $450 -- I think I'm goin with this -- it's worth it for the extra 2GB RAM ...

Dell Inspiron 15RN-3647 15.6" Laptop - $499.99

[#] Sun Mar 25 2012 19:49:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm still a fan of Toshiba; we have two of them here and they're well built.
But as I mentioned elsewhere, I think my next laptop will probably something more like the Asus Transformer than a traditional laptop (once the prices come down of course).

[#] Thu May 17 2012 22:56:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Check this out.


New $74 Android mini computer is slightly larger than a thumb drive

This little Linux box packs a 1.5GHz ARM CPU and 512MB of RAM. ]


I'm so excited about devices like this starting to become available at super-low prices.  Eventually the SoC's will become so commoditized that they'll simply build them into every new monitor and television.  The specs on this one are quite reasonable for running Android, which would make it perfect if you wanted to combine it with a monitor and make a nice little Internet terminal, or if you wanted to plug it into your TV and use it to watch YouTube etc.

I was going to buy a Raspberry Pi when they became available, but now I might change my mind.

[#] Fri May 18 2012 20:50:46 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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I'm waiting for the Army to wise up and build a Linux distro for something like this (or heck, even just a regular bootable USB distro) for our use so everyone could have a common operating environment, the tools they need no matter where they are, etc. Instead, we have a portal straight out of 1998 and a bunch of Windows-only apps and IE-only web pages necessary for our admin.

[#] Sun May 20 2012 08:21:58 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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"Army to wise up"...

*stifles urge to laugh*

[#] Tue May 22 2012 16:55:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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And here's another one.

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This one will sell for USD $49. It only runs at 720 resolution instead of 1080, but it has a lower price, includes both HDMI and VGA outputs, and if you look at the photos it is obviously designed for you to "build a computer out of it."

Network Computing was touted in the 1990's as the future. The future is here.

[#] Tue May 22 2012 21:40:08 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Storing all your data on someone else's servers scares the hell out of me. We are headed that way, but it
scares me.

[#] Wed May 23 2012 10:50:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Who ever said the server has to belong to someone else? I think the real opportunity here is for computing environments where all of the brains and data are on *your* servers.

(As appropriate, "your servers" can mean your personal server, or your organization's own servers, or even servers run by a provider you trust, as opposed to in a gooplesoftzon data center somewhere.)

[#] Wed May 23 2012 11:20:06 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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That is the problem, most people don't have their own server. Probably most of those people don't care if their data is stored on
someone else's server but not everone has access to that as you do. I have found that my home IP address seems to be pretty static,
even after replacing the modem but the up stream on this line is horrible. I can not afford a business line or a new server at this
time. Most people are not as lucky as you and have access to a trusted service.

[#] Wed May 30 2012 20:12:43 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Long live the 3270! :)

[#] Thu May 31 2012 03:24:21 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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You have to question what the risks are if someone has access to all of your files. I realize that anything I write in a GMAIL could theoretically be read by any Google employee... They'd be seriously bored if they did though. I'm just not worried.

For a business, it's a different story - you might have trade secrets and such.

Privacy isn't something that really exists, unless you're under the covers with the curtains drawn.

What's more, it NEVER really existed. Any time you have a society, people want to know other people's secrets. 

The internet's made it easier to do on a mass scale. In some ways, that's better, because chances are, the people snooping on you will never meet you. 

Yes, I sound a bit tinfoil-hat here... 

The other side is - don't let your fear of intrusion control you. Control data that needs controlling, and accept that everything else *could* be seen by someone somewhere.

(btw, I use credit cards online and have never had one stolen, though I do choose PayPal whenever possible, because I think it's slightly more secure.)

[#] Thu May 31 2012 06:11:55 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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At my old job (small business) we used "Google for your domain" for email, but there were a few of us worried about private information.
We had our own server for everything else but we reached a point where we couldn't keep up once the spam started to hit.

[#] Thu May 31 2012 11:05:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Scott McNealy was widely panned for saying "You have zero privacy anyway; get over it" back in 1999, but it is unfortunately quite true, especially on the Internet.

[#] Thu May 31 2012 13:10:30 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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And don't be so sure that closing the curtains and hiding under the covers will give you privacy, either. Cameras with fiber-optic leads can slip underneath a door to see inside a room. Infra-red cameras and low-intensity x-rays can penetrate clothing and, therefore, bedsheets. Plus, I read an article recently about a new technology that uses x-rays to "see" through walls.
Spy Binder

[#] Thu May 31 2012 17:28:44 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I had to summarize this video today. The last 3-4 minutes really make me want to disconnect myself from the internet, the telephone system... perhaps go live on a mountain...

Better user experience is spooky.

but it's either accept it or disconnect from the world. I feel like so much of my social interaction occurs around what's happening on Facebook. There are a lot of get-togethers, information sharing, etc. When my dog got sick last week, a friend immediately volunteered to take me to the vet (my husband was out of the country, and I don't have a car and I was really scared that they'd have to put the dog down... but apparently Poof has nine lives...)

So I kind of embrace the idea that privacy is an illusion, leave my tinfoil hat in the drawer, and realize that yeah, it's possible that my calls are being monitored, Google can see my emails, and what protects my privacy is the fact that I'm a basically boring person so nobody's interested in me.

[#] Thu May 31 2012 17:30:45 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Sure, they could spy on me, but why would they? And honestly, it's not a big secret that my husband and I have sex. We did get those kids somehow.

Thu May 31 2012 13:10:30 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored
And don't be so sure that closing the curtains and hiding under the covers will give you privacy, either. Cameras with fiber-optic leads can slip underneath a door to see inside a room. Infra-red cameras and low-intensity x-rays can penetrate clothing and, therefore, bedsheets. Plus, I read an article recently about a new technology that uses x-rays to "see" through walls.
Spy Binder


[#] Sat Jun 02 2012 08:03:05 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I like the attitude "I have nothing to hide so I don't care." We have fallen that far. If you are not doing anything wrong, you have
everything to fear.

[#] Mon Jun 04 2012 10:23:37 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Again the whole "If you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to fear" mentality. People no longer mind cameras on every
intersection, or being tracked where ever they go. The government is finally able to do what they want. Alex Jones might be a wacko,
but he might have something right.

[#] Sat Jun 02 2012 14:56:20 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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You have 3 choices:

You can hide from it all - live in a cave in the desert somewhere. 

You can fight it.  You can disconnect from Facebook and Google, and only use things on your own servers and never send anything by email that you wouldn't want posted on Facebook (because it *will be*) And you can have your phone lines checked for bugs, and you can keep at it all the time. (btw, in America, theoretically you shouldn't be bugged. Here, no such guarantees.) 

You can ignore it, and live with the fact that if you send a co-worker an email that you and your kids have the plague, somewhere it's getting flagged and read, even though you just mean that you're barfing. 

The question is which choice gives you the best life?

Personally, I know it's happening. I just don't see any way to fight it.

Google, the government, facebook, everyone's watching. Some for money, some for security theater...a tiny bit for actual security.

whatever. You can't fight 'em all. 


[#] Sun Jun 03 2012 21:59:08 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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There is a theory out there (with alarmingly complete documentation) which suggests that Facebook was deliberately built for the purpose of destroying privacy and encouraging people to *willingly* expose their private lives to the government.

Ah, here it is:

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