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Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 265 265

Apple would never, ever, want to lock everyone in to their services. They seek to sell to the richest 20% of the people. Look at their product line: they never make anything at a price even close to the average for that classification of device type.

Their whole marketing scheme involves letting people feel elite for buying their products. That's how cult deals work.

So it's not that Apple's stuff is easier to use and the top 20% can afford more, it's about feelings...

Comment Re:eSports commentary is already superior (Score 1) 72 72

No, I've watched national sports coverage of major games.

Compare them to what you get out of esports and you'll see esports for MAJOR games is already better.

As to dumb fucks... your inability to think rationally and instead descend into emotionalism is not helping you. It is ironic that people that make such insults tend to have to have them be more applicable to themselves than anything. ...Watch this:

Now... you show me a clip of a sports game that gives better coverage of a game.

You lose. Don't be stubborn. Just surrender. You're idiotically wrong.

That was terrible, I just watched two kids play a video game for ten minutes and one of them cried.

Comment Re:too late (Score 2) 131 131

My little village has had ALR's on police cars parked in the village, outside the PD, for years.

The problem is not the reading, but the recording. If the ALR is on the police car, and it immediately beeps when a car drives by that is registered to someone wanted by the police, that is one thing. But recording and indefinitely storing a photo of every passing car is something else entirely.

Anyone could do this, if not now, certainly in ten years. There is really nothing preventing a smartphone in a GPS mount from doing this, though I can't think of any benefit to someone doing it.

I don't understand the problem. Maybe I will someday, because there doesn't seem to be a practical way to avoid this. It's like taking pictures or video in public. Is the answer to have maximum data retention laws? That apply to every level of government... only?

Comment Re:In other news (Score 2) 255 255

Sorry, gotta disagree there. The "you typed it, you meant it" structure ADDS to the discussion. On "every comment other site" you see responses to comments that are NO LONGER as they were posted.

We have that here, the moderation system hides what you were replying to so you have to quote it.

Comment Re:And I wish... (Score 4, Interesting) 95 95

Would you like to discuss all the vulnerabilities in Windows various versions, that has led to MILLIONS of different Malware??? Why doesn't Mickey$oft fix most of these??? They simply refuse!!!

I will take Linux, Open Source and Free Software any day of the week, and will deal with any flaws that come up. They are usually corrected quite quickly, and in this case, I am sure they spent a lot of time testing to inure all is fixed.

I sleep very well at night using Linux, and NOT using Windows software as much as humanly possible.

Who, the hell, said anything about Windows OR Linux besides you? OpenSSL runs on everything.
Do you really think we shouldn't hold OpenSSL, or any open source software to a higher standard, "because Microsoft"?

. ... are your parents OK with you using the Internet all by yourself?

Comment Re:boring (Score 1) 126 126

I recently had someone explain it to me as "Well, when I was growing up I'd watch my friend play video games but I didn't really like playing them so much myself"... I still don't get it.

Most people should grow out of that at what, eight years old when they learn how to play most games themselves?

I understand why people would rather watch things than participate because of the risk, expense, or physical exertion, but why are we making video games that intimidate wider and wider ranges of people?

By all means, please invent a sport involving motorcycles on ice with chainsaws, but not another real time strategy game that people are afraid to play. Computers shouldn't harbor exclusivity.

Comment Re:I can agree to that... (Score 1) 176 176

would have rivaled the old East German Stasi in scope and reach

First, I think Germans under the Stasi would have traded us all their national security/law enforcement & intelligence folks for all ours today in a heartbeat, and if you think otherwise you are stark raving mad. Intelligence isn't evil, getting arrested for dissent is, regardless how you're found out.

Sure, recent congressional actions (Thank you, Sen. Paul!) have put an end to at least one program...

What the hell are you talking about, his goal was to amend the Freedom Act. The Senate passed the unmodified House version days later. This is right out of Senator Paul's mouth days ago. http://www.paul.senate.gov/new...

"Tonight begins the process of ending bulk collection. The bill will ultimately pass but we always look for silver linings. I think the bill may be replacing one form of bulk collection with another, but the government after this bill passes will no longer collect your phone records. My concern is that the phone companies still may do the same thing.

Currently, my understanding is the N.S.A. Is at the phone company sucking up the phone records and sending them to Utah. My concern is under the new program, that the records will still be sucked up into N.S.A. Computers but the computers will be at the phone company, not in Utah. "

So there is some big concern about the NSA having your datas, but nobody gives a shit about the phone/email/whatever company not having any restrictions on use or distribution of "your" data in the first place. What is wrong here.

Comment Re:People are claiming a victory where there is no (Score 1) 176 176

Yeah, phone meta data collection is bad and unconstitutional


"We went to the court, the Second Court of Appeals, the highest court in the land just below the Supreme Court, said that what they are doing is illegal, but we don't yet have a ruling on whether it's Constitutional. One of my fears about the bill that we're going to pass, the sort of in-between step that some think it may be better, is that it will moot the case. "

Privacy laws related to electronic communications and data storage need to be updated

Update... besides HIPAA there's... what?

At least you're on the right track because the constitutional angle is just crap.

My biggest problem with all this is when people throw around words like freedom, liberty, constitution because they are too mentally lazy to admit we don't really have much in the way of privacy protection laws and the Constitution doesn't actually go there. So each and every time I hear "fourth amendment" instead of "privacy" I tune out a little more from this spying debate.

Comment Re:but reporting about it is just as bad... (Score 1) 286 286

Well, it can't be hypothesis number 2, because this is the team that is fighting against terrorism. So that narrows down the possibilities a bit. HTH.

Terrorism is defined by the US military roughly as violence or threats of violence driven by religious, ideological or political reasons.

An attack on a strategic building like a command and control center doesn't fit any more than your average serial killing spree does.

It does't have anything to do with who is involved, and it's not simply "scaring people". Terrorism is a label we use to describe a type of conflict that we didn't have another a good word for. Not everything ISIS does is "terrorism", but that shouldn't change how anyone regards them. Don't get hung up on labels...

Comment Re:Nations fear it, but they fear each other more. (Score 1) 221 221

"bad guys" will continue to use home made encryption and not give a fuck what governments say.

Heh Heh.

"You SHOULD roll your own encryption, and you can't be too careful so don't forget to make your own PRNG too." -- Well Funded Intelligence Agency

I made that up. But you know it's true.

Comment Re:An aid or a barrier? (Score 1) 110 110

I don't view IT as an epithet I view it as a specific skillset that we don't need full time in house. IT is about being an expert at OS, Network and Database management. If we want to deploy openstack, we call our contract IT company. If our fileserver goes down, we call IT. If we are seeing a performance bottleneck in our network we call IT.

Everybody else though is focused on a completely different task, making great visual effects. To do that we write tools to assist artists, streamline workflow and automate time consuming tasks.

Are you even aware that there are businesses outside of hi-tech industries, or business functions that are not obviously hi-tech?
No, you're not classic IT, but you're not far from it either.

Who deals with ediscovery software, your legal or generic OS/networking IT?
Payroll software, is that your HR or OS/networking IT?
ERP, accounting, marketing, sales, business intelligence, customer support, etc.

Are all those teams equally equipped with tech-ninjas or has every facet of the company that doesn't deal with making visual effects been outsourced too?
How is your company NOT full of technical consultants and contractors?
What about other businesses, logistics, fraud, risk, billing, patient records, photography, blah blah blah blah... these are not all on the same page in the technical spectrum.

Fucking developers, I swear. The fact you even know what Linux is makes you such an outlier and you don't even know it.
Technology benefits more than just companies that "make great visual effects" ... I should have just said that and saved a lot of typing.
The problem is even if more business leaders understood technology, the solutions are just awful.

Comment Re:I got it! (Score 1) 110 110

We need Executives to be replaced with H1-B workers. The shareholders will be pleased. Capitalism demands it!

Yeah, but it appears that Capitalism is really demanding that executives be more highly compensated.


Pay for the top 200 executives has gone up 21%. The average in 2014 was $17.6 million.

To hell with STEM, lets start pushing business, economics, and leadership training for everyone, there's clearly a supply problem here...

Comment Re:I have a solution - H1B (Score 1) 110 110

This is also typical:

[T]he survey of 436 global business leaders finds that only 23% are confident their organizations have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital aspects of their business.

The organisation as a whole probably has enough knowledge present to adequately cope with digital demands, but this knowledge is never tapped, because most of it isn't formalised in a certificate or diploma, so it doesn't officially exist. Therefore the employees are digital peasants and the company is doomed.

What's tapping, paying someone outside the IT department market rates to administer the highly specialized, complex software different parts of the business need that the IT department typically doesn't want to give up headcount for because they have a broader mission?

The software regular IT people deal with is, as a rule, more complex than it needs to be, and specialized business software that can really make a difference to the bottom line requires knowledge of the respective business function and is LUDICROUSLY more complex than it needs to be.

These digital demands, we're talking about stuff your brightest guys in IT don't even want to touch. So sure, if you think you all can pool your collective PC skills to supplant some overpaid contractors, nobody from your CIO down is stopping you, it just does't work.

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