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Comment: Re: thanks (Score 1) 211

by Jawnn (#49154011) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data
Yes, I have noticed that bad drugs reach the market. I've also noticed why - a steady erosion of the effectiveness of the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry. That erosion is paid for by that industry.
I have noticed the food recalls, too. Who do you think issued the recalls, you moron? That's right - government regulatory agencies. Without them fare more people would sickened or killed every year.

Comment: Re:Welcome to reality (Score 1) 114

by Jawnn (#49139729) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

We'll never solve these security problems as long as we're our own worst enemy.

We'll never solve these security problems. FTFY

Welcome to the real world, where the only way for three people to keep a secret is if two of them are dead. And even that's not a 100% guarantee. Not much has changed over the centuries.

Sorry, Barbara, but that's a useless oversimplification of the issues here. There are things that a person or an organization can do the make things more secure and/or more private (the two are not really the same thing). Technical ignorance is certainly a reason that many take your view and just throw up their hands, but the fact is that there are solutions for those willing to expend the effort to understand what's going on.

Comment: Re:The lesson here (Score 1) 266

by Jawnn (#49099375) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs
To be clear, because it appears I was not, I don't consider it a corporate responsibility to be truthful, or in any way moral at all. I expect them to pursue profit. Period. Call it whatever you like, I'll use the word "trust" to describe my expectation that no corporation would be so fucking brain-dead stupid to do something like this because, as we have seen, it's going to hurt their profits, a lot.

Comment: Re:News (Score 0) 211

by Jawnn (#49096145) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

I just don't understand how Slashdot can be flooded with stories of US government incompetence and malfeasance at every level, and at everything, and yet people swear up and down they can be trusted with healthcare. No, they cannot. Our government is filled with bad and/or stupid people. CYA. The US government does not have your back. Ever.

Right, because the private sector is all about looking out for the consumer. The free market will take care of everything. Do you have any fucking idea how stupid that sounds?

Comment: Re:thanks (Score 2, Insightful) 211

by Jawnn (#49096121) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data
You are clearly no student of history (like most of the Rand fanboys here on /.) . You have not a clue as to how much better your lot is because of the many things "the government" regulates. No longer can someone sell you "medicine" that is not only ineffective but would stand good chance of hurting or killing you. No longer do a large number of our fellow citizens suffer from food-borne diseases because of shoddy processing and storage practices. And if you think you can negotiate on your own for effective health care coverage, you are clearly ignorant of the realities of that marketplace.

Comment: Re:The lesson here (Score 4, Insightful) 266

by Jawnn (#49095427) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

They're taking steps to fix the situation, after having been busted putting spyware on them. That doesn't exactly make them sound honorable.

Worse than just spyware, far worse. They installed a trivially easy-to-exploit vulnerability which affects the security of every web app their customers might ever use.

Comment: Re:The lesson here (Score 4, Insightful) 266

by Jawnn (#49095419) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

There is a lot of truth to that statement. It was the cheaper consumer models that were affected. Retail profit margins are so thin that manufacturers and retailers make up for it with preloaded crapware.

Lenovo's business products were not affected by this as these aren't usually preloaded with crap.

So you say, and I am inclined to believe it is so. Nevertheless, Lenovo has demonstrated, in clear and undeniable terms, that profit outweighs the needs of their customers, including the need to have a secure and trustworthy computing platform. The have violated that trust.
"And for that reason, I'm out."

Comment: Re:Revenge (Score 1) 247

by Jawnn (#49088409) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

There are some really harsh laws concerning hacking and cracking. If Lenovo knew or caused this breach perhaps they could be prosecuted and actually jailed for this behavior.

Oh please. Laws are for little people. You know, the ones who aren't corporations. No one is going to jail for "just doing what it takes to 'compete' in a free market". What did you think we meant when we had our Spokesman In Chief tell you that "government is the problem"?

Comment: Re:What if... (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by Jawnn (#49067895) Attached to: Inside the Mind of a Schizophrenic Through Virtual Reality

What if schizophrenic people weren't "hallucinating", so to speak, but were able to actually "perceive" these energies or beings?

More often than not, the "messages" are coming from God/Jesus or Satan, according to the patient. Mind you, my sample population is almost completely Judeo-Christian in orientation. It should be completely unsurprising that such perceptions are often ascribed to powerful supernatural entities from the patient's own psyche. If you want to argue that it's really Jesus calling, you're going to have to explain why He never calls the Muslim or Hindu schizophrenics.

Mind you, I'm not trying to discount the possibility of the paranormal in general, but when it comes to the sensory experiences of those who suffer from certain disorders, this is well plowed ground. Peddle it someplace else.

Comment: Re:Why not indefinitely? (Score 1) 65

by Jawnn (#49059851) Attached to: California Floats Conditional Approval For Comcast/TWC Merger

I don't understand why they can't be happy with the annuity-like return on providing a utility service.

Yes, you do. We all do. Some of us call it greed, and in a less nuanced way, that's what it is. Comcast is a corporation. It's single overriding mission is to generate profit for it's shareholders. Anything that detracts from that mission is to be avoided. Indeed, shareholders would have legal cause to seek action against a board that failed to pursue profit with due vigor.
Now, with that in mind, would someone kindly explain why a public that has been demonstrably ill-served by such a corporation should not regulate it just as vigorously?

Innovation is hard to schedule. -- Dan Fylstra