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Comment Re:Class action requirements? (Score 1) 243

Disney can go and get fucked, and I for one (despite have a young family) intend to never give them a cent of my income for the rest of my life.

I'm not saying that it is impossible that you're doing this, but it seems highly improbable.

Their ownership of ESPN means that if you have almost any form of paid TV, you're paying Disney.

On top of that, owning the entire Marvel franchise, and Netflix's Marvel shows, means a Netflix subscription give a cut to Disney.

Hulu, owned by Disney.

Then the whole Star Wars franchise, which isn't just TV. Anything with Star Wars stamped on it, from a video game, toy, t-shirt or a coffee mug, gives some money to Disney.

Do you actually avoid all of these? Bully for you if so.

Comment Re:So at first... (Score 1) 168

Nooo.... it must be some sort of weird, unexplainable conspiracy between Sony and the FAA or some shit.

Never said that. They just didn't give a shit about doing it, and then it became a whole sidebar debate about people on their cell phones during a flight which had nothing to do with the issue.

Or that there might be a slight difference between two tablets in the cockpit and 300 tablets & phones distributed through the entire length of the plane?

If EMI wasn't an issue 1 meter away from all of the avionics, it certainly wouldn't be an issue farther away. Learn about EM radiation and the inverse square law.

Comment Re:So at first... (Score 1) 168

It was a case of the airlines/FCC not knowing whether the cell phones or video games would interfere

Bullshit. Pilots were using tablets with their navigation software for years before the passengers were allowed to.

Either they knew it would be fine and didn't want to mess with it, or they were negligent in allowing pilots to use those tablets. Has to be one or the other.

Comment Re:Will this be the year I can ssh to a phone? (Score 1) 294

Because 99.99% of Verizon Wireless phones that would receive an inbound SSH connection... Try to wrap your mind around doing a port scan of a /64 and then try to wrap your mind around the 2620:0:1600::/41 that Verizon Data Services owns. That was just the first one I could find on ARIN, I'm sure they have more than one large allocation like that.

So, please, let China and Russia start portscanning IPv6 on port 22 and see how far they get. Another security feature of IPv6 to me!

Comment Re:For someone who represents the people (Score 1) 352

If the municipality gets it wrong about population projections etc, it might end up with a radically under or over capacity system and the issues that causes might take a decade to fix.

Two things:
1. My city has yet to fuck up getting clean water to my house, even with rapid growth in some areas and decline in others. It is clean and cheap. I think they can get bits to my house just as well.

2. IF you're right, and the city doesn't innovate, the whole town will be ripe for the free market to return and offer a new, better service at a cheaper price.

Comment Re:I support this. (Score 1) 543

Why shouldn't it be an option? Why shouldn't anyone who can do the job get to compete for it? Why should the fact that you happened to be born here give you an advantage over someone who wasn't?

The issue is that they didn't have to become citizens first.

We're not saying you have to be born here, but you have to be a citizen here to work here.

Allowing H-1B's to skip the immigration line that fruit pickers have to go through is discrimination.

Comment Re:Security (Score 3, Interesting) 71

That had nothing to do with security.

It was simply that Blackberry was using BBM and people were sending data-based text messages to each other.

Everyone else was using classic flip-phones and trying to call each other, and the cell networks were overloaded.

Getting a few bytes of text that would auto-retry in the background was reliable. Getting an open voice slot on a cell tower was not.

Comment Re:Data cap scam (Score 1) 264

Of course the best way is with metered usage (pay per GB you use in a month). But for some reason everyone seems to be totally against that even though that's the method that makes the most sense.

It doesn't make the most sense. It is not a consumable resource that had a one to one cost, like water.

What makes the most sense is classes of service: Dedicated bandwidth that matches what you are paying. A simple example: ISP has 1,000 gb connection and 1,000,000 subscribers. So, every subscriber would have a 1mb dedicated class of service, and would pay for their share of that.

Now, obviously, there will be times where they can download a 1gb, or whatever the size of their pipe is. However, during prime time, they would reduce down to 1mb, but no less.

If they wanted more, then they could pay 5x as much for 5mb dedicated CoS, and they wouldn't slow as much during the prime time.

Comment Re:Why "IoT" security is so critical (Score 1) 148

And the thermostats need to be online because....?

Because some power companies currently and more will soon give you a price break for cutting usage during a surge in demand. Sometimes this can be predicted, sometimes it can't. Hence the need for real-time comms.

Wtf? Perishable food needs to be kept cool regardless of the price of the electricity unless you want to risk food poisoning to save a few pennies.

For a refrigerator, you're likely right. Think about a freezer, though. Maybe you're set to -10C most of the time. However, you're going to be gone all day and your usage patterns don't show you opening the freezer in the morning, maybe it is better to cool everything to -25C overnight, and then NOT run the compressor until you get above -10C again. During the evening, though, DON'T chill it to -25C, because you're just going to open the door again and let out all the cold.

There is absolutely NO reason for ANY kitchen appliances to be online or have any kind of network presense whatsoever unless you such a bone idle sack of fat that you can't even be bothered to open a fridge door to check whats inside but would sooner do it via an app.

Opening the door is what creates energy usage. Having an app to keep inventory can drastically reduce usage as you stand there like a bone idle sack of fat and stare at your inventory, letting all the cool air out that your device will use electricity to replace.

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