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Comment: Re:32MB vs 10KB (Score 1) 213

by DocHoncho (#49765993) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things

China doesn't need to control things on the device level, they control the entirety of the Chinese internet. So I guess you could say that China is more efficient at controlling free speech, while the US struggles to keep pace. I'm sure the NSA would love to have the absolute power that the Chinese government has over the Chinese internet, it would make catching "terrorists" so much easier, especially if they didn't have to deal with Congress trying to take away their toys every now and again.

Comment: Re:32MB (Score 1) 213

by DocHoncho (#49765987) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things

But your zx81 wasn't a "modern self-hosting ad platform" which "delivers relevant ads to consumers based on their consumption patterns, derived from the shit loads of data we gobbled up from our other shitty platforms"

The Internet of Things is nothing more than an obvious ploy to stick more ads onto more eyeballs. If Google has taught us anything, it's that they will stop at nothing to embiggen their capacity to deliver advertisements while shutting down services that fail to deliver the appropriate number of users. Consumer benefit is an afterthought, eyeballs are paramount.

Let's not forget that so far the existing IoT-type devices have considered security an afterthought, and we can easily imagine a future where your son pisses off some shithead on Call of Duty 54 who then hacks your oven to catch on fire. I look forward to the glorious future where we have to worry each and every day whether some far away hacker is going to make our lives miserable because our appliance vendor considered security a useless afterthought.

I can't fucking wait.

Comment: Re:32MB? (Score 1) 213

by DocHoncho (#49765723) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things

The biggest problem with the "Internet of Things" is that it doesn't have any real use cases other than collecting more data to feed the voracious apatite of advertisement companies. Add to that the ever decreasing cost of display technology and you've got a wide open space of possible ad sales. Get your foot in the door on this IoT thing and you can sell advertisers on how many ad impressions they'll get on refrigerators, coffee makers, toasters, and any other common kitchen appliance they feel like slapping a SoC and LCD display on.

I'm sure there are legitimate use cases for these network connected household devices, but don't fool yourself: Silicon Valley is full of fly-by-night scumbags who would jump at the opportunity to sell ad space and intrude on consumers personal space in every way possible.

Comment: Re: WSJ is owned by NewsCorp now, right? (Score 1) 230

by DocHoncho (#49761513) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

If one side is lying and the other side is telling the truth, then the truth is not somewhere in the middle.

While that may be true in general, you seem to be making the unwarranted assumption that MSNBC is necessarily telling the truth. It's far more likely that both Fox and MSNBC are telling the truth about some bits, and lies about others and so "splitting the difference," or trying to take the most true(ish?) bits from each source would lead one closer to a balanced understanding of the topic at hand.

Don't fool yourself, both sides are full of shit, it's just different colors of shit.

Comment: Re:Political hit job (Score 2) 99

by DocHoncho (#49739781) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Sure, the Clintons should just slink off into anonymity and let the Bush family take over the US, because the gop is saying mean things about them

You say that as if Hillary is the only possible Democratic candidate who could beat Jeb Bush. If anything, she's got less of a chance than some other candidate with less baggage and skeletons in the closet.

It's only mid-2016 and I'm already sick of this idea that Hillary is the inevitable candidate, let alone a shoe in for victory.

Comment: Re:So, when has this not been true? (Score 1) 607

by DocHoncho (#49731031) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

So you're saying (to paraphrase Dazed and Confused):

That's the thing I hate about niggers, man. I get older and they stay the same.

Gee, I wonder if you didn't start out a racist douche bag even before your glorious fiscally conservative transformation, because your dog-whistle bullshit (rioters, muggers, rapists, murders, ratchets) isn't fooling anybody.

Comment: Re:One Assumption (Score 1) 607

by DocHoncho (#49730765) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

Well he's not wrong, he just papered over the "wealth and family connections" with "etc." It makes more sense if you expand that out:

That would be supply and demand. Few people have the talent, drive, courage, wealth, and family connections to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, but anyone with a pulse can push a broom.

Much better.

Comment: Re: "If you have nothing to hide..." (Score 1) 203

It was also, incontrovertibly, a terrorist act. Does the the intent of that particular bit of civil disobedience out weigh the illegality of the act? If so, at what point to we draw the line between legitimate civil disobedience and outright terrorism? In that vein, what exactly, does this particular CVS have to do with race relations and the actions of the local Police? Is there some collusion between the Police and CVS that is causing Baltimore police to unfairly target specific racial groups?

Since the likely answer is "No", what then is the political benefit of looting CVS, given that we've already established that CVS had nothing whatsoever to do with the events that lead to the death of Mr. Gray.

I'm all for sticking it to the man, but the Men that run CVS are almost certainly not the same ones that have engendered an environment where Police abuse alleged perpetrators with impunity. Barring any involvement by the management of CVS in the culture of the local police, I can't see any logical reason why looting their stores is anything but opportunistic criminality that is trying to wield current events as a shield against obvious wrong doing.

Comment: Re:They did this with Occupy Wall Street (Score 1) 203

And it appears lieing and misconstruing facts to someone's advantage is still in practice.

Because the Trail of Tears and other atrocities against "Native Americans" never happened.

Wrong or right, there were atrocities committed by the American government against Native peoples. Perhaps those acts were supported by a majority of the population. Doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Comment: Re:They did this with Occupy Wall Street (Score 0) 203

You silly, misguided plebe. Those brave Corporate execs are the Job Creators that give your miserable existence and modicum of meaning. The malfeasance of the banking industry created some jobs, and therefore was right. The calculus is simple, Jobs Created > Public Harm. That's all Real Americans care about anyway, none of this prattle about Rights or Justice or any other Liberal twaddle.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 494

by DocHoncho (#49556707) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

The best part about the so-called Rapture is that it isn't even biblical. It's just wishful thinking on the part of a particular strain of Baptist Christianity who thought it'd be awfully nice of God to let his most true followers (i.e., them) to skip out on all that nasty business of the Tribulation and Satan running amok. Guess those faithful transcribers of God's inerrant word, A.K.A, the Bible, just forgot to add that part in or something. I'm sure it was an oversight.

Remember, UNIX spelled backwards is XINU. -- Mt.