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Comment Re:Another browser (Score 3, Insightful) 226 226

It's great when you can get away with that, but all too many companies (like where I work) have to deal with our customers as they are, not how we would wish them to be.

It's all the people like you who are the problem. If "use something standards-compliant or have a bad experience" were the universal norm, we wouldn't have these problems.

You say that like you think it's my decision to do this. I assure you, it is not.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 545 545

No, this is like bringing up abortion in an economics discussion. It's intentionally inflammatory and only tangentially related at best. Maybe we should be discussing animal rights too, I just have to put it behind a bullet point and a well reasoned argument and it's ok to derail the whole discussion to advance my agenda, right? No. That's stupid. Let him start a newsletter about his issues and people can subscribe to it if they want, there's no reason to drag that topic in here today.

Comment Re:No surprises there... (Score 1) 578 578

I never really followed politics much when I was younger, but has it always been like this?

You will occasionally find people who get very, very offended when you point out that Democrats and Republicans differ only in name. These people, sadly, really do believe that the next Obama will change things, and then grow all the more bitter when he ends up just like the rest of the worthless fucks in DC.

But yes, it has pretty much always gone like this. Every charismatic young buck looks like the next Prez Rickard, right up until he turns into the next Tricky Dick.

Townshend was wrong. It's seems like you can just keep fooling us over and over again.

Meet the new boss - Same as the old boss.

Comment Kickstarter to buy out slashdot? (Score 1) 545 545

What would it cost to buy out slashdot, presuming it was running at a profit with a skeleton crew before it was sold to dice? Form a non profit, buy the site, rights, etc etc. $2 million? Is slashdot even worth that much? Would they take $300,000 in return for perpetual banner ads or something? Their tax lawyers would be able to write it off as a loss/capital gain and shareholders could swallow it due to the perpetual advertising presence. We could keep the existing staff and just turn it back in to the independent walled garden it was at one point.
If, an IT jobs site, could not turn a profit with this, and weren't able to monetize slashdot without destroying what little value it had, I doubt the market value is much more than 95% of the current ad revenue they're getting. These sorts of sites aren't really geared towards being sold to the highest bidder, as the community is ready to walk at any point so you're kind of stuck with the revenue it's already generating via banner ads.
Maybe they could just gift it to the community with the advertising condition? We all knew the buyout was a terrible idea, maybe it's time to just give back the site.

Comment We have this awesome new tech... (Score 2) 147 147

They call it a "lock and key". Totally uncrackable over the internet or via USB, and although exploits do exist, for higher quality setups they take considerable time with physical access to the device.

The "IoT" is not our friend, folks - It turns solid, reliable old-school products into yet another vector for malware in your house. And if you think reinstalling Windows sucks, how about having your oven go into self-cleaning mode during your vacation without the safety latch closed? How about having your blender "playfully" get your cat's attention with brief pulses before going full puree? How about overriding your on-demand hot water heater to its "steam clean" setting with you in the shower?

I love toys, including electronics. But the fewer things in my house vulnerable to remote exploits, the better. My toaster should have one dial and one lever and zero computers, period.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 3, Insightful) 298 298

Their permit said that they would not have this wanted fugitive perform. They violated the terms of their permit, so were shut down. This is pretty straightforward and they had to know this would happen - they probably wanted the publicity.

Would the police also have shut them down if they started playing clips of Roman Polanski (wanted in the US for raping a 13 year old girl) movies?

Sure, they can ban him from appearing. But "straightfoward", for effectively playing a movie by someone with an opinion they don't want heard? Yeah, I would call that straightforward - A straightforward violation of the first amendment.

Comment Key detail: Security experts have IT skills (Score 4, Insightful) 112 112

Although the password keeper point struck me as interesting, I take issue with the "experts" stance on updates.

People don't shun (non-OS) updates because they "might" install malware - They shun them because they do install unwanted tag-alongs (if not outright malware). Flash tries to install its partner-of-the-week every time you update it. Chrome just added push notifications. Java... Let's not even go there. And let's not overlook the fact that most users can't tell a legit update prompt from a drive-by installer.

Security experts have a bias here because they:
1) can usually tell the legit updates from the bogus ones (and know enough to get the bloat-free version of the update); and
2) can themselves remove or repair the occasional spyware that slips through, without needing to pay BestBuy $150 for five minutes' work on a machine only worth $300 in the first place.

The moon is made of green cheese. -- John Heywood