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Comment Free is the Problem (Score 3, Insightful) 311

I love the random news sites/aggregators I visit, and I use ad blockers, but we are the problem. I don't pay for any of the sites I visit, I don't donate money to them, and I get annoyed with bad/aggressive ads, and worry about malware, so I use ad blockers. This means that sites I visit are not generating revenue. Most of us here probably do the same thing. So that means they have less money to do _any_ journalism let alone good journalism.

There are the hardcore people who feel everything should be free, but I doubt they go to work and do their job for free. Now, some random person blogging for fun, yes I get annoyed when they have ads all over the place, and the click-bait sites that put every sentence on a different page. Those are their own categories. But nothing is going to change until all we have is complete crap. Then someone will start charging and it will be seen as an innovation. People will say, "amazing! they charge us money and we get quality things!" but we aren't there yet. We have to hit bottom, or someone has to come up with an actual way to allow the give and take that is fair and non-obtrusive.

Comment Is Cold Fusion by definition pseudoscience? (Score 1) 344

Not being familiar with the specifics of this area, is cold fusion by it's nature always pseudoscience, or is it just the fact that all the hucksters and "scientists" keep inventing/discovering it that it's tainted? I understand why perpetual motion machines, for example, would fall into pseudoscience unless prefaced by some amazing breakthrough, so is cold fusion the same?

Comment Security Now (Score 3, Insightful) 318

Listen the last few SecurityNow podcasts. They've been debating tracking, advertising on sites, and content blocking off and on. They've had good talking points from both sides of the issue. Basically it comes down to the good sites who provide service needing ads to help pay the bills, and users not wanting to be tracked and preventing obnoxious, terrible, or even malicious content. It all makes sense, however right now the only way users can safely protect themselves ends up being content blocking.

Comment Too Slowly? (Score 1) 253

They were spinning too slowly? Isn't this why the pilot has a throttle? And if they are supposed to 'correct' and 'adjust' the input from the pilot, as one article explains, then how did it ever take off in the first place? Shouldn't there be a basic check like 'if altitude != 0 { allow_engine_off("NO!") } I'm sure there are all sorts of reasons why it's better this way, but it seems like when the plane is able to just ignore the pilot, then you are simply waiting for a catastrophe to occur.

Comment Ugh. (Score 1) 37

I forgot it was April Fools and this was the first story I read, and I was highly annoyed someone was writing about a game and not including at least some indication of _what_ game it was. Then I saw the next story.. and the next one.. and I forgot that on April 1st it was tough to come around here.

Comment When.. (Score 1) 129

When we actually get to the point where we can define sentience and create it, then we have to worry about those things. And while the Three Laws are really just part of a story, they at least get the ethics discussion going, even if they would not work themselves. However, I know I've seen at least one Star Trek episode where both sides create robots/weapons, that then end up killing all the humanoids and just keep on ticking. I think it just all relates back to the complexity of creating 'life' and the fear of the uncertainty around it.

Comment Not Too Surprised (Score 1) 529

By the event or the comments today. Some interesting news, but nothing too earth shattering.

And the comments seem to break down to one or the either:
1. Apple is dumb, watches are dumb, I have a phone.
2. High end watches (fashion or otherwise) cost money, so the Apple Watches are in the right ballpark.

I stopped wearing a watch a long while back, but have thought about getting a more fashionable watch, to act more like a piece of jewelry. I like Apple and my iPhone, but I don't really see myself choosing to buy this instead of a nice fashion watch instead.

Comment Free Music (Score -1, Troll) 201

I still don't understand why people flipped about this. You got a free album from a real band (your preference for/against U2 will vary). I do like U2, so I'm sure I'm biased towards them, but I can tell you I haven't listened to the album at all. It's nice I got it for free, but I can turn off the sync and no big deal. Not on my phone, not in my custom playlists. If you don't like it, who cares. Stop whining. I don't like Country, but if I got a free country album I'd say 'That's cool' and never listen to it. No one trampled on your rights or raped your ears.

Comment Re:Quadcopter (Score 4, Interesting) 146

Exactly my thought. Until they show it's a 'serious' drone, this is most likely some college prank or some idiot that thought it would be funny to see what happens. _Maybe_ it's someone trying to see if they can detect/find something like that, but most likely it's just someone who is going to find out it's very expensive to make the Secret Service run around early in the morning.

Comment Not a lot to say (Score 1) 114

Technology can be hacked. Cars were 'hackable' when they were just mechanical: shims or tools to unlock doors, bypassing the ignition, random fun things I've seen on TopGear. There was one care where if you pulled out a fuse or something, put it in backwards, it started the car. Now there is more tech in cars, and tech is hackable, so cars are more hackable in 'elegant' ways as opposed to using a rock or screwdriver. Not really breaking news, but good to know and keep an eye on.

Comment Where makes a difference (Score 1) 348

A firewall between you and the outside world, yes, absolutely. If you have to open ports to your network, that is expected, and you should make every effort to minimize those ports and encrypt when possible. If you can establish a DMZ even better.

Internally you should be maintaining a secure environment anyhow, so there is no need. Between users and vulnerabilities, I can understand why people would want to turn on internal server firewalls, but generally no I don't see that happen. And that's from small to very large corporate entities. Mostly what I see is people who don't know how to manage their networks, or don't understand security, saying 'well I'm going to turn on the firewalls and now everything is Secure'. Most applications on internal networks expect wide ranges of ports to be open, and yes that is normal. If you have the time to manage every server at the port level, go ahead and enable them, but most administrators do not have enough time to handle normal day to day activities, let alone micromanaging networks like that.

Comment I have both (Score 2) 364

I have both Verizon FIOS and Netflix. Here is what I, as a user/subscriber, expect. I pay Netflix to stream movies. I pay Verizon to provide me bandwidth and internet/web access. I don't pay either of them to throttle my connection or do what they want to quality. I pay for X amount, and expect to get it. If Verizon cannot hold up their end of the deal to provide me a pipe, then they aren't doing their job.

Comment Are they needed? (Score 2) 626

The question I'd like to see answered with data to back it up is how many time are officers out handing out moving vehicle violations vs. how much money do they bring in? If they weren't out spending time/budget on writing tickets, would additional work get done, or would there be superfluous staff that could be cut? I think it's important to have a well staffed police department should trouble occur, but if they are using tickets to increase their budget I question if they are just trying to support too much overhead.

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