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Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 554

Or another alternate headline: "Rich people fight over free lunches"

All the charge stations I've seen are for-fee, mostly ChargePoint (I'm in Socal). After the first few hours, the rates skyrocket, presumably to address the problem in the OP and discourage people from just leaving it there all day.

Comment Re:Investors are parasites (Score 2) 138

Twitter's spending has been rising and it's a good thing they're laying people off to cut costs because god forbid they allow people to make a living, own a house and have a family. I'd rather see profits go up by half a percent than help hundreds of people live a comfortable, happy life with a steady income!

Employing people shouldn't be a sin. It's enough of an insult we have to work like dogs our entire lives just to be able to eat and survive then you get shareholders who want more and more profit and are willing to screw us over to get it.
How many of these people being laid off will lose their home or significant other? How many will end up in a god awful job they'd sometimes rather be dead than go to? How many lives have to be ruined in the constant pursuit of profit?

What profits? There aren't any profits. There never have been. Twitter's operating margin is -30.2%. If they can't reduce expenses, everyone loses their jobs.

Comment Re:That hardly matters (Score 1) 100

Without you giving LastPass your master password and access to your two-factor authentication (you are using two-factor, right?), they couldn't tell you even one of your passwords if their lives depended on it.

That hardly matters. Consider what a password is, it is a way to get into an account. What you really care about is that others can't access your accounts, not that they can't unscramble all of the hashes and find out the perverted strings that you used to create your passwords. So if LastPass can be sold to LogMeIn or to the Chinese or to the N.S.A. then they have bought a way to get into your "protected" accounts. It really doesn't matter if they can retrieve the silly little strings that you think protect you or not.

Can you explain how LastPass would be able to retrieve your passwords to do as you suggest, keeping in mind that they lack the ability to decrypt your data without resorting to brute-force?

Comment Re:Will Use Neither (Score 1) 100

It is funny. Last pass openly stated they dont know the extent of the data that was take, just that they feel it was not much, yet you think that is handled well?

"We want to notify our community that on Friday, our team discovered and blocked suspicious activity on our network. In our investigation, we have found no evidence that encrypted user vault data was taken, nor that LastPass user accounts were accessed. The investigation has shown, however, that LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised."

That looks pretty specific to me.

Comment Re:Will Use Neither (Score 3, Insightful) 100

Meh, I feel they handled that "breach" pretty well...

That being said, I fear LogMeIn is going to destroy LastPass.

They did handle it well. Preaching to the choir a little bit, but LastPass has always responsibly disclosed threats, usually to their own detriment because most of their customers can't be bothered to understand how security is supposed to work (hint: it should be designed to withstand a breech). The breech only provided worthless data to the attackers. Brute-forcing is hard, and assuming we were all smart enough to change our master passwords, the attackers only got old, useless passwords in return for all their efforts.

Meanwhile, everyone ran around saying KeePass on Dropbox is far better, because open source is magically more secure (it can be, but that doesn't mean it is), and Dropbox gets compromised almost annually.

I know I probably sounds like I work there or something, but I'm just a happy user. I hope LogMeIn doesn't fuck it up. I don't really know anything about them.

Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 1) 279

I don't why so many in the Linux community are so hooked on ZFS. BTRFS has a feature set that is rapidly getting there, its becoming more a more mature in terms of code that is already in the upstream.

Why not just put your energy there?

If you eliminate the word "Linux" it changes the context slightly. Is data resiliency is your goal, FreeBSD+ZFS is a better solution than Linux+BTRFS, unless your specific use case makes the OS more important than the filesystem for some reason.

Comment Re:So, How Much? (Score 2) 184

If you have to ask, you can't afford them.

With SolarCity you don't buy the system, you just choose to use them as a service provider and pay them per kw/hr for what they generate. They own the panels and all the other hardware, installation, and maintenance. The upside is you aren't responsible for doing anything other than paying your monthly generation bill. There are two major downsides.

It's a 20-year contractual commitment. If you sign up and then sell your house, you're still on the hook. The best case scenario is the new owner could elect to take over the contract. Alternatively, you could pay them to move the system to your new digs. If none of that works, you have to buy out the remainder of the contract.

Also note you're paying them per kw/hr for what's generated, not for what's used. In theory you size the system so that you sell excess generation during the summer to your standard power generation provider, but the fine print is they typically only buy power back at the lowest-tier rate.

Comment Re:Probably just some fuckery (Score 2) 217

What's more reasonable, that some MS drone fucked up, or that the NSA compromised their update servers to illegally wiretap every system on the planet

Have you not been paying attention for the past decade or what? Both of those scenarios are equally plausible. Or it could be MS's latest attempt to push everyone into Spyware 10.

I'll grant you they're both plausible, but equally plausible? Nope.

Comment Re:Probably just some fuckery (Score 1) 217

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Could be that some Microsoft engineer accidentally published a test update.

What's more reasonable, that some MS drone fucked up, or that the NSA compromised their update servers to illegally wiretap every system on the planet, Batman style, just sort of hoping no one would notice? Where's Morgan Freeman when you need him?

Comment Re:What does the retailer need? (Score 1) 105

They all communicate through NFC. The differences are in the back end payment systems. To the consumer, there is no real difference except in what cards are supported or how their particular device works. Apple made Apple Pay easy to use on their phones because they use biometrics (fingerprints), and easy on the Watch because you have to log in only once, when you put it on; it auto-locks when you take it off. We'll see how easy Samsung made it: do you have to enter a PIN every time, or do they have some other magic?

Samsung's hardware implementation is actually a bit different and arguably better than anything else available at the moment. They support NFC, so in that sense it's similar to all the other offers. However, newer devices (i.e. Galaxy S6) also have LoopPay hardware built in, which means you can use your device on magnetic, non-NFC credit card terminals. The hardware emulates a card swipe by creating a magnetic field. You hold your phone next to the terminal where you would normally swipe a card, and it Just Works. These newer devices also incorporate fingerprint scanners, so in that sense the security is similar to Apple's. It's actually pretty interesting technology.

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