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Comment: So full of nope: Bruce Schneier on this (Score 5, Informative) 197

by Scareduck (#46325147) Attached to: US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Right here:

... given what we now know, do we trust that the government wouldn't abuse this system and kill phones for other reasons? Do we trust that media companies won't kill phones it decided were sharing copyrighted materials? Do we trust that phone companies won't kill phones from delinquent customers? What might have been a straightforward security system becomes a dangerous tool of control, when you don't trust those in power.

And this, ultimately, is the problem with those who keep repeating that we should just trust the government. It implies we should also disengage our brains.

Comment: One of the most obvious and false tropes (Score -1, Troll) 671

by Scareduck (#44997119) Attached to: Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

One of the constants about startups is their youthful employee base -- young people have less economic baggage and less experience, and so can be had cheaper. Obamacare makes it much more expensive to hire such individuals by forcing companies to provide increasingly expensive health care, if even one employee ends up in the individual plan! Obamacare is not liable to make entrepreneurial activity more likely, but less.

Comment: An explicit return to the failed timesharing model (Score 5, Insightful) 180

by Scareduck (#43311021) Attached to: The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers

People pitched the timesharing computing model for a lot of reasons, lack of control of the hardware and the software rental treadmill being two of the largest. Every time I hear someone gushing over The Cloud and Software As A Service, it's history repeating itself.

Contemptuous lights flashed flashed across the computer's console. -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy