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Comment Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270 270

who pose no threat but we do NOT fix the threat

They're doing their best to fix the threat ... they're making life difficult for this guy and anyone else perceived, rightly or wrongly, as a bad actor.

What nobody seems to be doing is fix apparent security problems with onboard communication networks.

Comment Re:Realistic (Score 1) 374 374

This is exactly the problem with consumer subsidies. We're willing to spend $3k on solar panels or whatever, so that's what companies charge. A $2k subsidy simply lets companies raise their prices to $5k (or more due the "Hey, I got $2k back!" effect) so people will still end up spending $3k, the government gets to feel good for spending our money and the vendors can afford early retirement. The exact thing happened here in Alaska ... new oil fired boilers for central heat used to cost $7k. The State wanted to incentivize people to upgrade old, inefficient boilers to new, more efficient models with a $3k subsidy. It took about 2 weeks for new boilers to jump in price to $10k. Boiler work paid very well during that program's lifetime. Prices did not drop substantially after the program expired because it's hard to knock the bar down once it's been set for a few years.

Comment Re:It's tinfoil time! (Score 1) 232 232

Our government doesn't yet have enough political power to safely brutalize its general population (though it's doing an increasingly good job on minorities), but it can control most of us never-the-less. Their current interest is in ensuring we don't upset the current balance of power. Thorough surveillance is critical to knowing who, when and in which direction to nudge or blast opposition leaders to the sidelines. Subtle manipulation of current and potential opposition leadership is likely far more successful to entrenched interests' goals than more direct, physical options.

Comment Re:Well, I've got a suggestion for next time at le (Score 1) 123 123

As someone towards the beginning of the comments said, sometimes stuff happens. Maybe there was and maybe there wasn't corner cutting and/or poor engineering in this tragic situation. The take-away here for me is that we simply should not put these big mines in ecologically sensitive areas. Stuff will happen without regard to the best laid plans and intentions of mine developers. The Fraser river salmon may take a terrible hit from this pond breach. The proposed Pebble Mine is threatening the Bristol Bay area of Alaska, home to the worlds largest red salmon run, with a 700+ foot tall earthen dam upstream from major rivers, holding back a 4 mile long tailings and leach pond.

Comment Re:Municipal elections are *more* important (Score 1) 190 190

This! Most of our voices are lost in the noise of state-wide and federal elections. Local elected representatives are likely to listen to and act upon your input regarding fire, police, sewer, water, garbage collection, schools, zoning and platting, property assessing and taxation, sales tax, libraries, swimming pools, parks, street lamps, road maintenance and a host of other items that directly affect you and your daily life. Added bonus: they can amplify your message to elected/appointed/employed people in "higher" levels of government.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 4, Informative) 179 179

No, you won't get those messages. As an former iPhone user who recently switched to Android I will attest to the fact messages from your friends who use iOS go into a black iMessage hole. The messages are not forwarded out of iMessage to a traditional text message. The iPhone must be reconfigured to opt out of iMessage before text messages will be delivered to a non-iOS phone.

iMessage fails over to text ONLY if you're using an iOS device. It doesn't fail over, as you might expect, if your mobile number moves to a non-iOS platform. It's a total pain in the ass. I can only believe it's designed this way to promote vendor lock-in.

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