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Their reviews can be good, but they have a tendency to bitch about something on an Android phone and then ignore the similar issue on an Apple one, for example.

It's also a case of finding other sites I like better: I much prefer Techdirt and The Register at this point.

I think it's a combination of the two, but carriers definitely deserve a lot of the blame.

As for Ars, they'd been getting increasingly snooty (reviewing increasingly expensive stuff, taking a more business-friendly slant), and they've always been Apple snobs. Basically snobs generally -- their focus is increasingly on stuff that I don't care about and certainly couldn't afford. But they really lost me when they uncritically reported that "solution" to the Voynich Manuscript when 2 minutes of digging showed that it was a press release for an upcoming book and that the author had no idea what he was talking about. It took them 2 days to post a follow-up, and longer than that to update the original article. I get that mistakes happen, but this wasn't that -- they never even looked to see if the piece was legit. (This is made even worse by the fact that one of the founders of Ars has a background in...wait for it...medieval Latin.)

I think this is a different usage of the word "surprise" than I'm used to.

    HTTPS protocols are their own layer on encryption, so accessing e-mail and bank accounts should still be relatively safe.

Emphasis on "relatively." The folks who found this vulnerability to WPA2 note in their explanation that plenty of vulnerabilities in the implementation have been found in HTTPS, too. So it's a case of a single point of failure rather than redundancy.

Was just about to post this myself (the paper directly, as Ars Technica is on my shit list).

The only good news in the whole thing is that a client patch will fix it, so there's no need to rely on ISPs to fix their shit (which they may or may not actually do). Of course, the bad news is that we have to wait and hope our cell carriers let any Android patches through in something resembling a timely manner.

If you really want to go hardcore on the privacy front, check out CopperheadOS. You can get it for free on the Nexus 5X or 6P, or buy a (wildly overpriced) Pixel or Pixel XL from them with it pre-installed (overpriced 'cause that's how they fund development). There's also Lineage, which is the successor to Cyanogen after the latter's business manager ran the company into the ground.

Yeah it's ugly, and I'm super glad that my family has access to insurance as government employees. Interestingly enough, my wife's plan through the state is literally half the cost of what we'd pay for my insurance as a federal employee, despite offering the same coverage (mainly because the state kicks in more towards the premiums than the federals do).

To this day I don't understand the hatred of Obamacare, although Republican marketing efforts have gone a long way to explain it (given that 1/3 of Americans didn't know that the ACA and Obamacare are the same thing).

Well, it's nothing if not thorough.

I don't have a hard time believing this one -- it's pretty clear that he doesn't understand to this day why he can't just do whatever he wants.

Corporation: allows people to avoid liability for the bad stuff they do, while simultaneously allowing them to apply their personal religious beliefs. Win win!

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