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Comment Re:Light on details (Score 2) 330 330

She is a huge google SHILL, I don't generally like accusing anyone of shilling as it is massively overused, especially on this forum. But FFS look at her blog history and work history, she constantly blogs defending googles evil practises while condemning the same from anyone else. Of course she trusts google, they are a constant source of income for her.

Comment Re:really bad title (Score 1) 80 80

most places that require airgap's also have strict rules around what is allowed through the door let alone near a computer. e.g. one of the places I work at you must check ALL electronic devices into a locker before even getting past the front desk. USB ports on terminals are disabled and they don't have optical drives, all data enters and leaves through a controlled point. The USB in the parking lot trick is really only effective in lower security areas, not places with air gaps, air gaps have a lot higher vigilance (not perfect) and the USB in the parking lot is a well known trick that is in standard training for any place that cares the least bit about security let alone a place going to the extent of air gapping. It is interesting from a technical standpoint, but completely implausible.

Comment really bad title (Score 4, Insightful) 80 80

NO, the air gap computer wasn't hacked. If you require them to install malware on it then it wasn't actually hacked, the air gapping is to prevent any malware from getting in. This is like a heap of other sensational articles from security researchers that claim how weak somethings security is as long as they had physical access or admin access, yeah no shit Sherlock, if you can install software on a computer you can do all sorts of nifty shit.

Comment Re:When killer robots are outlawed (Score 1) 294 294

b) While drones might allow for lower collateral damage (because the drone won't be afraid of death), a drone also will not object to illegal or immoral orders.

Neither do most humans. soldiers are generally drilled by most countries to obey orders and respect the chain of command, it goes against everything they are taught to make moral judgements of orders.

Comment Re:Can I sue? (Score 1) 365 365

I mean, can I sue a site for forcing me to use an easy password, which then gets hacked?

Can they sue you if you expose your account details? something like 1 in 3 machines have some sort of malware on them (yet if you ask people nearly everyone will say there machine is clean, 1 in 3 of them are wrong), I can't really blame any site for being unwilling to let any additional software apart from your browser interact with credential fields on their site if the site holds anything of value.

Comment Re:Pff. (Score 1) 75 75

oops, replied to wrong post originally. this belongs here

It's hothardware, what do you expect. plenty of quality hardware sites out there to get decent reviews if your interested. As it is hothardware you can guarantee that they are at least a month behind the more reputable sites.

Comment Re:How about this... (Score 1) 184 184

surely there must be a 3rd option? being screwed by H.265 patents or getting a subpar VP9 codec controlled by google that is less efficient and MUCH slower to encode with seems to be asking which would you like to be stabbed with the rusted razor blade or the filleting knife. Either way you lose.

Comment Re:Why this again? (Score 3, Interesting) 245 245

Taxi drivers are upset that they finally have competition and for once they have to compete in a fair market place. If I need to get from point A to point B and my choices are a Taxi, or Uber, I'll always pick Uber because it's a better car, a better car ride, driven by someone who is actually qualified to drive me and someone who cares about more then earning a dollar. Taxi drivers are unsafe, unstable, wreckless, road navigators that ignore safety and rules all to make a dollar, It's time they learn that the public shouldn't have to put up with it.

I don't like the taxi industry, but the whole point is that Uber AREN'T competing in a fair marketplace, they are intentionally avoiding competing fairly by claiming they don't have to pay the same fees or abide by the same regulations as Taxi's and hence are able to undercut them.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 3, Insightful) 245 245

Uber is not a black person. A company should NEVER get to determine what is a good law and what is a bad law. Civil Disobedience is for individuals not companies, the last thing this world needs is companies getting to decide which laws are good and which are bad, especially when the execs making such decisions can be internationally based and out of reach of the consequences.

Comment Re:GPL is good but flawed (Score 1) 250 250

I've long believed the GPL has a major flaw that excludes it from wide adoption: there are too few ways to monetize GPL code. Now I'm sure some people are thinking "good, that's what the GPL is about", but they'd be wrong. The GPL is about freedom, and it's flaws force those interested in being paid for their work to often reinvent GPL code to monetize the software; closing it up entirely. This problem is especially prelevant in industries like computer games, and hardware drivers; coincidentally two of the areas GPL code has constantly lagged behind. To fix this I would propose a provision, or perhaps a sub license that would allow a person or organisation to keep secret their source modifications for a period of time. Perhaps something like 1 or 2 years. This would give incentive to enterprise to build their products upon current GPL code as they could save money by not "reinventing the wheel", while also ensuring that their modifications would have a monetization period.

Your provision doesn't actually solve the problem. some of those drivers lag not just because a company doesn't want to reveal secrets but because they have 3rd party licensed implementations within their codebase that they simply are not legally permitted to reveal without breaking other licenses or contracts.

Comment Re:Yea- we need the GPL or we won't get sources (Score 1) 250 250

companies are there to make a profit, if they see profit in making the drivers they will make a better effort. If the user base for your personal choice in OS is too small then you are shit out of luck. This isn't spite on their part, it is business reality, most hardware manufacturers are churning out so much stuff every year that resources simply have to be pushed where they get best ROI.

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