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Comment: An entrenched mindset (Score 2) 67

by Dega704 (#49516975) Attached to: How Security Companies Peddle Snake Oil
So many users (and a lot of IT departments, unfortunately) viewed their anti-virus products as a magic forcefield to protect them from threats. That's how they were marketed always will be. It's not just security vendors; salespeople from any vendor will tell you that it dishes out soft-serve ice cream if that's what it takes to get you to buy it. What amazes me is how so many companies still buy into it and turn to new security products looking for that same non-existent magic force-field. I had hoped the mindset would get better in the current threat landscape, but I'm not so sure it is. I still hear customers asking "Why didn't product X protect me?" in situations where they should have already known full well that it wouldn't do jack sh*t against the particular threat that was encountered, and they didn't have other crucial pieces of the security puzzle in place. (Social engineering, anyone?).

Comment: Show them no mercy, for you shall receive none (Score 4, Interesting) 62

The only possible way to counter these bastards is with an absolute avalanche of public backlash. It worked in turning Wheeler around; now we need to turn up the heat on our so-called 'representatives'. To hell with big cable and telecom. Burn their crops and salt their fields. Rip their monopolistic power from their hands and savour the sound of them kicking and screaming the entire way.

Comment: THANK YOU (Score 3, Interesting) 221

by Dega704 (#48713793) Attached to: Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life
I have mixed feelings about Google Fiber (I strongly believe that open-access municipal fiber networks are the better option) but I consider this a tremendous New Year's present that utterly decimates the misguided viewpoint that common carrier rules will impede such projects. Every free-market preaching tool that has said "The next Google FIber won't happen with Title II!" Can now procede to eat crow.

Comment: Go Mini ITX (Score 1) 720

by Dega704 (#48487355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?
SFF systems used to be rather limited, but they have evolved to the point that there is really no need to build a massive, cumbersome system; unless you are doing really hardcore things such as SLI and overclocking. Take a look at the Silverstone Sugo enclosures or something similar. The SG08B-LITE will still allow you to use any beefy GPU you want as long as it has the right style of cooler.

Comment: Cursive is virtually dead already (Score 4, Insightful) 523

by Dega704 (#48486251) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
I remember learning cursive all throughout middle school. It never served any functional purpose afterward. Almost nobody used it and the few people who still insisted on it were the ones whose handwriting nobody wanted to have to read because it was so difficult to make out. In college, many professors will not accept a paper written in cursive for that same reason. I still think handwriting is important, but to hell with cursive. Why waste time teaching it when the vast majority will never use it?

Comment: Contradictions (Score 1) 134

by Dega704 (#48474701) Attached to: Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality
Maybe I'm not understanding the full picture, but data caps seems like a farce to me; at least in the U.S. They put the data caps in place, claiming their networks cannot handle the load, then make some of the most data-hogging apps such as streaming music exempt from them? What am I missing here?

Comment: I completely agree (Score 2) 135

by Dega704 (#48396953) Attached to: Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?
I honestly think everyone should be putting more time and energy toward this rather than having the FCC enforce net neutrality. It will be much trickier for conservatives to preach their free market line against something that is so obiously designed to open up competition. What gets me every time is when people say "Deregulate broadband and it will increase competition!". I have never once seen someone spout this line and offer a single detail about how this is supposed to work. Do they seriously expect every house and building to have multiple fiber connections built out to them? Google Fiber has also been a double-edged sword in that it has made these same people say "Google did it so that means others will!". I don't even need to point out everything that is wrong with that idea.

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