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Comment Re:Idiots. (Score 2) 263

Hulu will never be a contender because they are a content owner. Netflix is a service organization. The viewer is the customer. For Hulu, the content owners are the customers, the revenue stream is unrelated to their primary customers. Hulu will never be able to think in a way that will make them relevant.

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 709 A quick glance of the Wikipedia page on it disagrees with you, not that Afghanistan is related to Germany. But nice distraction? Are or are not the applicable clauses in Germany changeable?

But the Wiki entry on that doesn't say what you assert either. Try reality. I know it'd be a long trip for you, but the rest of us operate. there.

Comment Re:Internet of Hackable Things (Score 1) 145

As for something like parking meters.....presumably they are all wired to a central server on their own private wires? But physical access is root, so they're probably attackable, too.

Yes, it's like a new SCADA. In fact, most of the IoT objects I've actually worked with were explicitly SCADA compatible. Most of the same issues, including security.

Comment Re:Internet of Hackable Things (Score 1) 145

How do you hack them? Every IoT I've actually seen deployed is on a private network with no direct access to the Internet at all. The only ones actually selling and using I've seen are selling "private cloud" services and calling them "public cloud" They don't even touch the issue of security. They let the IT of the buying company figure out how to get in on the Internet.

Comment Re:No governments doing IoT, just infrastructure (Score 1) 145

IoT has no definition. Some people put the WiFi infrastructure down as IoT. Others call a hard-wired non-Internet-connected traffic sensor grid IoT.

IoT is a scam, but it's also real. So it's impossible to determine the use, until we shut down the scammers and get the real uses in the forefront.

The city is terrible at things like R&D.

So someone comes in and says "give me $10B and I'll save you $100B." The city says "giving you $10B is too much, how about $5M for a proof of concept?" The guy takes the $10M does just enough to prevent being hunted for fraud for the rest of his life, and lets it all fail. Then blames the city, and moves on to the next.

These scams have been around for years. Whether with musical instruments or monorails. IoT is just the newest version of scamming the ignorant.

Comment Re:ummmm (Score 1) 378

Many things so names were not named with names of meaning. Also, the forced naming of the already-named mountain didn't stick because there were still enough natives in the area to use the old name. In most cases, the feds take the state's name for something and run with it. They didn't in this case because Alaska wasn't a state for a while after the naming. Also note, the "inconsequential" names aren't being fought over. Note the Pribilofs are not using their native names, nor does anyone care. They are named for the Russian "explorer" who found the inhabited (and named) islands. There are many more such examples.

Is the real issue that if you let "those people" win, then you have to admit an error? And The Great White Race is never wrong?

Why must you use such force to hold back the natives? Why does it harm you so that the name of a mountain has changed on the federal records to match what the locals have been calling it since before the records were kept?

Comment LISP (Score 4, Interesting) 415

LISP is probably the most powerful language every discovered. I say "discovered" here and not "created" deliberately. There is a quality about it that makes it feel more like an extension of mathematics rather than a language.

It might have conquered the world if only Eich had been allowed to build Scheme in the browser, as he was hired to do.

Instead, it languishes for some reason I can't really understand. I still wish for a day it becomes a mainstream language but I think it'll just remain a wish.

Comment Re:Brought about by the internet? (Score 1) 709

The intent of the Nazi was the deport them,

So nobody was killed? They were holding camps for deportation?

It's a shame the US didn't enter WWI on the side of the Germans. The world would be a very different place. We almost did. but our shared language with the English was the swaying factor. The Immigrant English in the US forced English on everyone as the only language, while the Dutch, Irish,Germans and many others didn't force their language on everyone else.

Comment Everything in your life will be a governance gizmo (Score 4, Insightful) 145

I've been trying to keep my job skills fresh so I can keep up with the "next big thing". But I'll be damned if I can figure out what the hell IoT really is and why it's taking off. Yes, I know it's connecting things to the internet. But to what end?

It will allow Apple, Microsoft, Google, the US Government, and others to turn every device in your home into a governance/surveillance device. It won't just be your TV watching you a la 1984, it will be your thermostat, your keyboard, your couch, your bedside lamp, hell, not just your bed but your baby's crib and the baby's rattle.

That is why they are so keen on the "Internet of Things." What? You thought it was to benefit you? Really? Then I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth. -- R. Stallman