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Comment Re:Teensy 3.1 (Score 1) 57

You just put the whole teensy on your breadboard, just like the way you would normally get an Arduino on a breadboard; you get an Arduino Nano. You can get them from China for less than $4, if you don't mind getting a knockoff.

Comment looking for snakes (Score 1) 104

Reading the linked list of "company policies", I found a few snakes in the grass. Before anyone jumps and yells "You can't draw conclusions just because they're being vauge!"... YES I can, yes I will, and yes I should. These are major company policy announcements and an opportunity to add significant value to a company's products. If they're being vague here, they're hiding something or they are profoundly stupid. BOTH are good reasons not to do business with them.

Adobe has not built 'backdoors' for any governmentâ"foreign or domesticâ"into our products or services.

And thank you very much for that. Although you really don't have that much data on me or any of my information...

we oppose legislation mandating or prohibiting security or encryption technologies that would have the effect of weakening the security of products, systems, or services our customers use, whether they be individual consumers or business customers.

Um.... why didn't you have anything to say about whether or not you have back doors? Oh, probably something to do with that gag order. ok then.

We also refuse to add a backdoor into any of our products because that undermines the protections weâ(TM)ve built in. And we can't unlock your device for anyone because you hold the key â" your unique password. We're committed to using powerful encryption because you should know the data on your device and the information you share with others is protected.

YEAH! That's how you do it. The article author loved that response.

Well said, just what I wanted to hear from you. You're only doing what you legally have to, and aren't just forking my data over to anyone that flashes a badge.

Governments should never install backdoors into online services or compromise infrastructure to obtain user data. We'll continue to work to protect our systems and to change laws to make it clear that this type of activity is illegal.

In other words, we've already given in to the government and have installed back doors, but we're trying to find a legal way to get rid of them.

As we have said before, there are times when law enforcement authorities need to access data to protect the public. However, that access should be governed by the rule of law, and not by mandating backdoors or weakening the security of our products and services used by millions of law-abiding customers. This should concern all of us.

Ditto. We're already doing it to you, but trust us, we don't like doing it, and neither should you.

Pinterest opposes compelled back doors and supports reforms to limit bulk surveillance requests.

Are we seeing a trend yet?

Slack opposes government-mandated âoeback-doorsâ of any kind but particularly a government-mandated requirement that would compromise data security.

Yes we've heard that from several of you now. I'd really rather hear about your actions than your words.

Privacy and security are core values here at Snapchat and we strongly oppose any initiative that would deliberately weaken the security of our systems.

So do we. Which is why we don't want to do business with you either.

Finally, we are stating for the record our position regarding compelled inclusion of back doors, deliberate security weaknesses or disclosure of encryption keys. Sonic does not support these practices.

Um, the government doesn't care WHAT you do or don't support. They tell you do to it and you either take them to court or you say "yes, massa, right away, massa". Looks like another silver-tongued cop-out.

OK this is getting repetative. Here's the rest:


We'll fight the laws that allow them to do so,
We ... urge the U.S. government to adopt strong encryption standards to ensure the integrity of information of individuals,
We disagree with these suggestions

Yeah, we disagree, we don't like, you deserve better, yadda yadda yadda. We're getting so much lip service here Aavon is knocking on my door.

Put up or shut up. Unless they say they don't, I'm going to assume they DO. And I suggest you do the same.

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 140

I had a 4 processor ARM workstastion with NT. it was the most unstable piece of shit ever made. Windows NT for ARM was so half assed it barely ran, but it had an advantage, it was mostly hacker proof and served as a gateway to our SCADA system back then. Virus proof, hacker proof for the most part as the only break in we had they kept trying to run X86 executables on it. after that we used a single direction ethernet cable to make it completely hacker proof. Yes, 100% hacker proof. the best hackers on the planet can not defeat the security of a unidirectional ethernet cable. (RX wires snipped, TX only and all data sent to the office systems was UDB broadcast.)

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 140

And nobody will buy them. There is a buttload of cheap china windows 8 surface tablet clone out there that are cheap, and they run linux very well and easily. so nobody in their right mind would buy a arm based android tablet. you want to stick with something that is far morepower and power sippy like what all the current android tablets use.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 0) 193

Someone has to set the educational standards for the entire country. ..and you're willing to leave that up to the whims of politicians?

We can't have 50 states marching to a different drummer, especially when we have a political culture that values ignorance over intelligence.

I think it's hilarious that you believe central authority is a remedy to this problem.


Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 2) 193

I remember the push back in the late '70s and early '80s when the educrats were tossing around the term "computer literacy" to try to scare the politicians into giving them more money. A lot of kids who didn't give a shit about coding were forced to waste time writing BASIC programs to shit out multiplication tables and biorhythms.

Rahm Emmanuel should STFU about things he doesn't know shit about. Shame on anyone in Chicago who ever voted for that asshole.


Comment Re:hmm... (Score 2) 163

You have two options.
1) Agree with what they do and pay more
2) Say it is a breach of contract and drop out

With 1) the company gets what they want
However with 2) the company gets what they want.

I used to work for a company that was in a similar situation. We had contracts with customers. However our cost increased in such a way that there was no way we would be able to make a profit. However the contract was in such a way that a cancel from our side would take 3 months to do the cancel (legally) so that was not an option.

The same would be for the customers. Their cancel would be three months as well. However when they contacted us and told they wanted to cancel due to the price increase, we would 'allow' the customer not to follow the letter of the law and cancel the accounts ASAP.

The intend of the increase was so customers would cancel. This so we would not loose any more money. So instead of loosing money over a 3 month period (even with the price increase), we lost money only over a 2 week (on average) period.Those who did want to follow us received a cancel letter a bit later and we had to respect the 3 months cancel.

Obviously I have no idea if they are actually loosing money or if the profit just is not high enough.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.