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Comment: What a massive ass (Score 2) 338

by Rigel47 (#47724767) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

"It’s not hard, then, to imagine a future FCC concluding that taxpayer-funded, municipal broadband projects themselves are barriers to infrastructure investment.

Right, because we've all done so well under the monopoly of Comcast et al. If the private sector can't compete (*cough*strong arm a monopoly*cough*) versus a municipal project then golly-gee maybe there's a lesson to be learned. Not that I expect an evidently corrupt bureaucrat to fathom said lesson.

Comment: Re:Pray BlackBerry sticks around (Score 1) 72

by Rigel47 (#47670699) Attached to: The Biggest iPhone Security Risk Could Be Connecting One To a Computer
That's an issue with carrier code, not bberry.

And as to this line

Dependent upon device and carrier, when exploited the vulnerabilities in this control software may enable attackers to install malicious software; access data; add, delete and run applications; wipe a device; and remotely change the PIN for the screen lock, among other items.

I'm highly skeptical they could alter the OS. BlackBerry devices will not run firmware code that is not signed by BlackBerry itself.

Comment: And forget patches (Score 1) 141

by Rigel47 (#47658005) Attached to: Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors
Your typical "internet of things" plastic garbage will have firmware updates released by the manufacturer for three to four years after which you're on your own. Which, to the point of the article, is not to say you have a secure device at the outset.

You'd think by now some consortium would self-assemble to devise best practices and certifications. In all likelihood it will have to be non-industry parties that do so as the last thing Samsung, et al, want is another hassle to eat into their razor-thin margins.

Comment: Re:Hardly surprising.. (Score 1) 291

by Rigel47 (#47492161) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Social Security? No, but that doesn't take away from my children anyways except that the money is being stolen now so that my children will end up paying my benefits... but I have no chance to affect the theft.

Huh? No politician out there would dream of touching social security or medicare with a ten foot pole. Heck, we don't even have the most basic means testing. The senior voting bloc is too powerful. And yet.. everyone knows that these entitlements will not.. CAN not exist in their current form for the next generation. So, in short, the seniors are voting themselves some pork taken off the plates of the working generation.

If you need another example look at unions. They bribe / strong-arm / do whatever it takes to get preposterous sweetheart deals made with politicians that are based on pie-in-the-sky investment strategies. Just look at CALPERS and others.

When someone tries to point out that these agreements will bankrupt the municipality they fight tooth and nail to keep their loot even when it means cutting back on schools and everything else that benefits the upcoming generation.

Comment: The White House isn't stupid.. (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by Rigel47 (#47492111) Attached to: White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration
They know that above all the oil must flow. Without the oil that came from the fracking boom oil would probably be at $150/barrel or higher. Without flowing oil the economy suffers (many past recessions were precipitated by high oil prices), the common man starts to get irritated at higher food prices, less disposable income.. for those that had disposable income to start with. The house of cards starts to sway even more.

Cheap oil is the real bread and circus that keeps the masses subdued. Some dead whales and dolphins isn't even a consideration.

Comment: Hardly surprising.. (Score 4, Insightful) 291

by Rigel47 (#47479735) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
People will vote themselves entitlements at the expense of future generations. It's the fatal flaw of democracy.

I'm not sure it matters much anyways. Barring a total miracle like Rossi's unicorn reactor it seems we've already passed the point of no return. If you haven't had kids -- don't. As painful as that sounds.

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