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Comment Re:User Serviceable Everything (Score 1) 491

Gosh, your battery is dead, you have to buy a whole new device.

I don't know where you live, but within 10 miles of me there is literally a dozen places, not related to the device manufacturer, where they'll gladly replace my non-user-serviceable battery for me, for a reasonable price. Or I can just get a kit from iFixIt or whatnot.

The video card on your lap top is flakey? What a shame, time to buy an entirely new machine.

Laptops with video cards are like one in a million on a good day. For the rest of us, there's no such thing as a "video card" in a laptop. It's called the main board or logic board, and sure as heck is replaceable!. No need for an "entirely new machine".

Comment Re:No LEDS (Score 1) 491

...or at least make the freaking things not blink like crazy when I'm trying to sleep. Say what you wish about Apple, but at least they have figured it out and use light intensity ramps instead of ON/OFF patterns. I can put the macbook on the night table and be able to fall asleep without having to cover its LED. The HP printer, OTOH, had me look for an old floppy disk erase-disable tab sticker. The perfectly opaque sticker was a necessity given the absurd amount of light the indicator was giving off.

Comment Re:I Bet This Article Will Do As Much Damage... (Score 3, Insightful) 108

I'm almost certain that the article is in fact a set up piece that is there only to plant a seed of doubt in the hive mind of public opinion. I'm sure that if we do the due diligence it'll turn out that the article has been, very indirectly of course, made to be by the people who will later reap the benefits of extortion schemes that center on those with implanted medical devices. I'm not implying that the author is necessarily knowingly involved in this in any way, but merely has been artfully played by those who see the big picture. You don't need to actually do anything to the devices themselves, just steal a patient list or two from a poorly secured system somewhere, and send a bulk extortion email with a link to the fine article (and others like that) to bolster the legitimacy of the threat. If the author hasn't been played in any way, then the damage is still done: the scammers just got a great idea they'll no doubt literally capitalize on.

Comment Re:ignoramus question here... (Score 3, Insightful) 108

Why in hell is a pacemaker something accessible in any way to a random malware distributor?

Because it's a programmable electronic device and they are all accessible to sufficiently sophisticated malware by definition. There's no way around that unless everything that ever accessed the device was completely air-gapped, self-contained and hardened. Note that this would also preclude any sort of data I/O with PCs etc., making the whole thing almost useless.

have never had the ability or need to talk to the internet

They still don't. Read the original article carefully, and be able to rationally separate wheat from chaff, or, as it is here, sensationalist bullshit.

Comment Re:DJ Kardio and the Beatskippers (Score 4, Interesting) 108

How about we don't put a network chip on a pacemaker, dumbasses.

How about you don't take stupid fear-mongering from an inept "journalist" at face value? Pacemakers don't have a "network" chip or anything like that. They have a near-field communications system that can communicate with dedicated programming/data capture terminal. It makes little sense for any kind of ransomware on what amounts to a mostly offline device, where the owner doesn't have any means of accessing the data link or exposing it as an on-line node.

Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 351

Inkscape and GIMP are similar here in that you don't need to port all of glib to Qt. Only the UI. The core, at least in case of Inkscape, uses glib heavily and GObject isn't really QObject. The two had different design goals and are used differently. The biggest problem in both gimp and Inkscape is the fact that they are written in C or C-compiled-with-C++, pretty much. We have these comparatively big desktop apps written as if it was 1995 and compilers were stupid...

Comment Re:Cue the flood... (Score 1, Insightful) 193

With majority of cars being self-driving, existing road infrastructure will become so efficient that there'll be little incentive for anyone to desire an off-road vehicle - whether one that flies, goes on water, underground, on rails, etc. Road-based transportation systems only get congested because of human drivers. The same ones that argue that driving is a pleasure to them and that they'll give up manual driving over their dead bodies. As far as I'm concerned - good riddance. They want to make my life miserable for their please so fuck them.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead