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Comment What's that? (Score 4, Insightful) 34

What's that? The companies who make consumer electronics do a terrible job of security and routinely deliver products with little or no security?

Well, golly gee, I'm totally shocked.

No, wait, the other one ... where I think it should be self evident that probably 95% or more of all devices which want to connect to the internet should be presumed to be utterly insecure and not used.

It's pretty clear that without some penalties and liability, the companies who are trying to bring us the connected world are either incompetent at, or indifferent to, any form of security.

If it isn't a computer, I pretty much don't trust it with any form of network connection.

Comment Re:Wut? (Score 1) 88

"I drive a black cab in London, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies."
Cool. I use black cabs in London - the same for the replies.

"Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't."
I do, in fact, know exactly what it's like to use a black cab in London. Because I do, and have been doing so for more than eighteen years. You will be right in that I don't know the ins and outs of the industry, but I don't need to - I only need to say what it's like as a user. Most of the time I'm happy, but the card thing is definitely my experience and is truly irritating. I always ask up front, and the vast majority of the time I'm told the card reader is broken and that they'll drive to a cash point.

"I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you don't know what you are talking about. This is how bad info gets passed around. If you dont know about the topic....Don't make yourself sound like you do."
I read the article. It said "...come into force from April of 2016 and by October all black cab drivers will need to have complied with the directive, which mandates the new payment methods.". Hence the comment "The difference seems to be making it mandatory". Still seems reasonably grounded as a suggestion to me, and you've not made a different one.

This is primarily a discussion board. If you know more, now's the time to post it and then your point of view is added to the discussion. Would be good to get that point of view in fact. Meanwhile, since it hasn't been added, what I have to go on is the article itself and my years of experience using cabs of all types in London.

Comment Re:Uh? How does the DMCA apply to an ISP? (Score 3, Interesting) 100

Assertions of violation should come with a cost when they are wrong.

Ahhh, but the DMCA has been carefully crafted to prevent that.

See, as much as they are supposed to be making a sworn statement subject to perjury, all they have to do is "ooops, we though this but we were wrong".

The DMCA was bought and paid for by the copyright cartel to ensure they can bully and bluster all they want, everyone else has to jump and say "yes sir", and they bear absolutely NO penalty or cost with being wrong, and the ISPs have to do this shit at their own expense.

What the copyright cartel did when they bought the DMCA was to ensure it was such a lop-sided law that they can misuse it all they want and nothing will ever happen to them.

The entire DMCA is defective by design. Because that's what the people who paid for it wanted it to be.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 75

You laugh ... but years ago at a different job, the marketing people decided to rename/re-brand a product.

We literally had to stop everything, and build an entire release which had the name changed; which ended up having to finalize other things or roll them back to add later.

Never underestimate how much marketing can screw up a dev schedule.

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 1) 88

I'm not sure how uber gets around the disabled access regulations

The exact same way they get around regulations everywhere they operate: by pretending the regulations don't apply to them.

My city has mandatory cameras in cabs -- because cab drivers have committed sexual assaults, and because cab drivers get robbed. The fought it tooth and nail until one of their own was violently robbed and the camera would have helped with the conviction.

Uber, like with insurance and proper licensing, doesn't adhere to this. Uber's entire business model is being an bootleg cab dispatch company which ignores the rules and regulations. That's kind of that they do.

When you ride with Uber, you're just getting into a stranger's car. And that doesn't always work so well.

Everyone whinges about Uber undermining the taxi monopoly ... the reality is, Uber is pretty much ignoring laws around proper licensing, insurance, background checks, and anything else.

So you really have no idea of what the hell you'll get.

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 3, Insightful) 88

Ever had a cab driver who had no idea of where they were going but relied on a GPS?

They end up taking the stupidest possible routes because they have no idea of where they're going. I once had a cab driver who ended up taking what seemed like the most ass-backwards route because he knew less about the city than I did.

Sometimes, GPS routes are utterly ridiculous.

I don't want to pay some clown a bunch of extra money because he got stuck in traffic or took a longer route because he had no idea where he was going.

Some bumbling idiot with no idea of where he's going and hopes the GPS will get him there ... sorry, I'm not paying for that experience. I've seen how that can turn out.

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 1) 88

Let me preface this by saying: I've never been to London.

But, as I understand it, the London cabbies have to take a test they call "The Knowledge" which ensures they know a lot of the details of the layout and how to find your way around in a complicated city like London.

Apparently this test requires so much actual knowledge and spatial awareness, the cab drivers end up with measurably larger hippocampus afterwards.

So, my completely unfounded (except for what I've seen on TV) 'understanding' is the amount of studying and training required to be a London cabbie is really extensive, resulting in people who can navigate around an apparently very confusing city.

Comment Re:Following a ruling from a Virginia federal cour (Score 1) 100

Because the copyright cartel have bought laws from lawmakers which effectively give them the ability to decide who can use technology and how.

The DHS is now responsible for copyright enforcement, and the US foreign policy on copyright is now being directed by corporate interests.

All of these things have combined to mean that the accusations of corporations are being interpreted (by them, and by the idiot judge in this case) as meaning that they get to decide if a person should be removed from the internet due to being suspected of piracy.

Have you not been paying attention at all? Between the DMCA, the horrible extension of copyright, and the increasing extent to which protecting the profits of multinational corporations has driven US foreign policy ... it's not the media corporations who make such decisions.

Oh, and did we mention they do this with a reduced standard of evidence, no requirement of proof, and little or no recourse for lying? (They can just call it incompetence and suddenly there is no penalty.)

What the copyright people want is a full veto over how all technology is used, and the ability to deny people the ability to use the internet because they say so.

The person paying for the internet service? He has no rights. He has the right to use the internet as long as the media companies haven't accused him of piracy ... in which case, the media companies feel that accusation is sufficient to block further access.

You now live in a world in which probably 25% of all global treaty talks are specifically geared to entrenching into law that copyright owners have increasing powers.

The US has sold out to corporate interests, and then have subsequently championed them globally and foisted them on everyone else, and then used that to strengthen domestic controls.

Honestly, have you slept through all this?

Comment Re:Not too hard (Score 2) 66

If one guy and a sample size of 40 cards can do this with 100% accuracy ... then I assume a better funded and more malicious entity could do it on a FAR larger scale.

I think the fact that it IS so trivial is kind of the point.

You would hope it wouldn't be even possible to predict the next card and that the numbers come from a big pool and should be unrelated. But apparently that's not true.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga