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Comment Re:this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 1) 99

you should read what someone writes

then form a response

rather than regurgitating canned crap that has nothing to do with what someone said

if you just want to have arguments with boogeymen that only exist in your head, you don't even need the internet for that

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 3, Insightful) 90

Because there simply is no answer. It's literally people trying to get other people to pay for the development costs to find out what it is and what it's good for.

There is no consistent definition, no standards, not even any really good use cases.

It's something people have latched onto, and decided that, even if they have no idea what it means, they want to cash in on it.

People have come up with some things around it, but they've not addressed any real world issues like privacy, security, or what the hell to do with it. It's like in the late 90's, where the frenzy happened around "teh dot com" -- if you had a frickin' website, you had VCs throwing you enough money to make some people rich, and ensure there would be a healthy resale market for Herman Miller Aeron chairs.

You didn't need a business plan, a product, or any actual skills in running a business. It was simply a feeding frenzy of stupidity.

IoT is a bunch of people trying to capitalize on a buzzword nobody can define, with technology nobody has yet built, and trying to find other people to help pay for it. It's a though experiment by people who have read far too much science fiction.

Nobody can answer any of these questions because they're still making it up. It's a gold rush to build vapor ware.

It's breathless futurists telling us this is the future without being able to tell us why or how or what we'd do with it. As I said, it's snake oil, nothing more.

It's literally years away from anybody even being able to give plausible use cases, and several years further away from anybody giving a damn about it.

Comment Re:this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 1) 99

i have found another way. work within the parameters of a fallible human nature

your "way" is to insist we all become saints first

you're a moron. socially retarded. not a baseless insult, an objective description of the quality of your "thinking" on this topic

Comment This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 4, Insightful) 90

Internet of Things isn't even a thing, it's wishful thinking, and a bunch of random crap "visionaries" with no business plan are all pushing as the Next Big Thing.

It's marketing hype by people trying to cash in, but who otherwise have no idea what it's good for.

It's snake oil, nothing more. Getting fast talked into spending money on pilot projects to help some company achieve their goal of "monetizing your synergies while holistically marketing the awesomeness of IoT to allow you to improve your "'Smart City Rating' means you've been hoodwinked.

If it's so awesome and revolutionary, you should be paying the city to promote your product.

Instead it's just a bunch of bullshit and lies about how unfinished tech with no actual value is going to revolutionize the world.

Every idiot who says "Yarg, teh internet of things" should get swiftly smacked in the head. Because other than they want a piece of the action, not a single one of them can tell you what it is and why you actually want it.

Getting suckered into spending public money to allow some idiot to let you help him figure out what this crap is for is a sure sign you're not doing enough due diligence.

I'm glad to see people like this starting to say "go away and leave us alone". Because there's nothing there yet, just some speculative crap.

It's a solution in search of a problem, and a bunch of people trying to get other people help them figure out the business plan and what this stuff is for.

Comment It's a hard problem ... (Score 3, Insightful) 488

Suddenly everybody wants a piece of you and you have to distrust their motivations. Because the amount of people looking to sink in their teeth isn't going to be small.

Conversely, how do you expect to have a normal relationship with a non-wealthy person? Suddenly they're trying to keep up with a zillionaire and haven't got the means ... which means they're living on the charity of rich people and whatever their mood does. That tends to be present no matter how much you want it to not be. Get into a fight in some faraway location you can't afford to be in on your own, and you're a nobody.

Get rich over time, and you can build up some friends in the same situation. Get rick quickly and you can't. In which case you better hope your family and your existing friends can cope with it.

I've seen TV shows with some lottery winners ... and they constantly get letters from random people looking to get handouts, or people trying to scam them. Because people are greedy bastards. Oh, and the other rich people want nothing to do with you because you're new money.

I've always said I have no interest in being rich and famous ... I want to be rich and anonymous, precisely because I don't want to deal with this bullshit.

The real question is ... as tragic as this is, how much sympathy do recent billionaires expect from the rest of us? The whole "I'm a billionaire, now what?" is one of those questions which you can't expect a serious or helpful answer from anybody who hasn't done it.

Comment Re:this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 0) 99

you're not arguing against a system, you're arguing against the reality of human nature

your thoughts are invalid because you imagine the solution to our problems is to just make people behave in a new way. a way humans never did behave, and never will

you need to make peace with certain ugly aspects of reality you currently reject or unaware of. then put forth solutions that work within those confines. currently you criticize me. that's called shooting the messenger. i'm not supporting the ugly status quo you dislike. i dislike the status quo too. but i realize there is no changing certain ugly aspects of human reality, while you imagine i'm some fool who supports the ugliness

you think that you're some brave soul fighting a nefarious system, when in reality you're just a social retard who doesn't understand basic human nature

you don't matter to what you care about. because you don't understand the topic you inject your ignorance into

Comment Re:this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 0) 99

ah yes, the problem is human nature itself

if only human beings didn't behave like human beings always have and always will, the world would be a better place

thanks for the dumbfucking obvious observation

but, at some point, perhaps you would actually like to try solve the actual fucking problem, *working within the actual fucking parameters of reality*: the human condition

then the crap you spew might be worth something

Comment Re:this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 2, Informative) 99

if you have money to spend you influence media, which influences' people's attitudes. people don't derive attitudes in a free will vacuum. they hear positive things about candidates, paid for by the candidates, and they gravitate to those candidates. or they hear negative things about the actually better candidate, because the attacks are paid for, and they gravitate to the plutocrat's stooge. so the tendency to have a lot of money results in the tendency to win elections

welcome to reality

now try to form an actually valid and intelligent opinion, rather than your know-nothing purposeful intellectual dishonesty, or outright low intelligence ignorance

Comment this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 5, Interesting) 99

the donations of a few rich plutocrats who siphon their cash from technology companies does not represent the tech industry's views or opinions, not in aggregate, not even a significant minority bloc of opinions

larry ellison? really? shouldn't we say he represents yacht buyer's political donations? that's much more accurate

Comment When we say "tech industry" ... (Score 5, Insightful) 99

We should be very clear this means "the (m|b)illionaire CEOs of tech corporations who are using company money to advance their own agendas".

This is all about corporations doing what serves the interests of the rich people in charge ... which means it's really a measure of how influential CEOs are, and is in no way representative of the thousands of people who work for those companies.

Comment Re:Headline leaves out one very important detail (Score 1) 161

It's not a tweet, it's a story submission ... if headlines read like "Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS Malware but only if you jailbroke your phone and installed from a separate source but then that's your damned problem because you did it to yourself but it's Monday so who cares anyway because I need more coffee" it would be annoying and would get truncated.

Honestly, this is you complaining about your lack of attention to read TFS.

The story submission is fine. It's demanding you not have to read a couple of sentences which is the problem.

Comment Re:Headline leaves out one very important detail (Score 1) 161

So, read the entire summary ... and you too, can knowing at a glance, that this doesn't affect you.

Just like the rest of us knowinged it.

The knowing is available for anybody willing to read as many as four sentences.

The glancing and the knowing are free. The lack of glancing at the knowing isn't a limitation of the story or the submission.

Comment Re:Headline leaves out one very important detail (Score 2, Insightful) 161

Would this be any different with Android or Microsoft?

Root your device, and install software from unknown places ... and guess what ... it doesn't matter whose damned platform you're running.

Hell, you can get malware from using, cnet and other places too.

News flash ... installing software from unknown sources can be a security risk no matter what your damned platform.

Apple (or any other vendor) can't do a damned thing to protect your security when you go to great lengths to install software from sources you can't trust.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst