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Comment: Apple should expect lawsuits for this (Score 1) 239

by 109 97 116 116 (#43703307) Attached to: Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

For Apple to get into this I'd expect lawsuits against them--government entities might very well be able to get search warrants for this information but I doubt anyone involved can make a judge write up a warrant that allows Apple itself to have and reveal the data and not just the law enforcement entity involved.

There is no reasonable way to prove that there hasn't been tampering of evidence while the phone is in either nobody's or Apples control.

And if any party involved is shown to or can't prove they didn't hook this item up to an internet connected device to decrypt it there is no way to prove it hasn't been the target of malware that could plant erroneous data as well.

This is pretty creepy stuff.

Comment: Materials cost, materials cost, materials cost (Score 1) 348

by 109 97 116 116 (#43571905) Attached to: What's Holding Back 3-D Printing

The cost of materials is the real barrier to entry for total cost of ownership for the best technologies like SLM/SLS (Selective Laser Melting or Selective Laser Sintering) Even though many of the raw materials base products are low cost like glass filled nylons, steels, etc, the powder mesh requirements are so small that production methods to make these raw materials into proper powder mesh dimensions is the real issue.

Materials cost and specialty status is also the barrier to other technologies like polyjet and SLA where the polymer materials are UV cured and require high tech chemical production plants to make the raw materials. Polyjet also has a high amount of waste materials used in a catch can to keep it's print heads clear throughout it's build process and so far this resin is not reusable.

Another factor is cost to operate. Some have calculated that to start up a large SLS machine filled with metallic powder including the energy to start up etc, it requires quite a large amount of capital to justify it. Upwards of $2500-$5000 depending on the material. Not to mention the machine itself that can cost upwards of $500,000 for a large SLM/SLA

Comment: Polaroid is not much a company, but a brand. (Score 1) 149

by 109 97 116 116 (#42500413) Attached to: Can Fotobar Make Polaroid Relevant Again?

Interesting how so many thing brand names are still individually synonymous with being a corporation.

Almost all of the oldest brand names we know and loved have been bought by larger corporate holding companies and other entities that now own them as intellectual property.

Comment: Maybe this will provoke more thought before print. (Score 1) 1435

by 109 97 116 116 (#42458051) Attached to: Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

I'm quite sick of reading and otherwise hearing about journalists publishing hit pieces and other types of pointed articles on products and individuals and businesses that lack the proper levels of thought out scenarios or if-then's.

Nobody wishes harm to anyone of course but quite literally there are consequences to some speech and I would think a newspaper would be bright enough to know this.

The potential for setting up owners for thefts and break in's should have been thought provoking enough to make a writer and an editor think twice.

Comment: Tech is no longer IT, IT has always been overhead (Score 1) 660

by 109 97 116 116 (#42199965) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Tech is now i phones, i pads, BlackBerry, touchscreens, etc. and it's getting easier to offload IT tasks to managers and individuals instead of having in house helpdesk employees in high numbers.

At least where I work, individuals are better at keeping their systems clean, avoiding the virii, worms, etc. than in the past. They can map their drives and printers themselves, and all in all are less of a pain than say five years ago.

Most of our corporate IT is actually cross functional, doing CAD and CNC programming as well as IT work in our engineering department, or data entry and database administration along with network administration and system installs.

IT has and always will be seen as overhead. Because it is.

Comment: MS Sec. Ess. fails to detect 2009 era trojans... (Score 2) 185

by 109 97 116 116 (#42138947) Attached to: Microsoft Security Essentials Loses AV-Test Certificate

I've had a few customers with trojans, from like 2009 and MS Sec. Essentials doesn't detect them with a quick scan. Only after a full scan did it see them.
These machines always had MSE running and up to date.

It's unfortunate that so many software companies write software such that it requires admin access or we could avoid so much of these infections.

Comment: Cringley is right IF the labor statistics are too. (Score 1) 795

by 109 97 116 116 (#41781723) Attached to: Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs

If the labor statistics on unemployment are to be believed, and I'm rather sure we have worse unemployment than the labor statistics show, Cringley is correct in his assertions. I know so many slashdotters get all emotional about national borders being irrelevant in a perfect world, and fairness in employment across the world being a great thing in their logical minds, and I agree for the most part, logically at least, but as of now we are working in a system where we still have national borders. Central governments still DO take care of their populations currently, (some better than others) and there is no current world fixture in place to assure society functions properly across these borders. So within these known constraints we still must do right by our own nation's citizens currently first. Unfortunately we are not, and I would like to see foreign programs like this cut back and eliminated based upon employment statistics.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.