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Comment: Think business, not technology (Score 4, Insightful) 77 77

Companies that make these devices are driven by business interests, not technology concerns. Which is what their shareholders expect and require. So the question isn't "Can someone hack this?" the question is "Given 0.001% of these get hacked, and our recourse is to return the $50 in a refund which is our highest liability exposure due to terms & conditions, that equates to five cents cost per unit. So if we are selling 10 million of these per year, we should not spend more than $500,000 on security engineering. That pays the full run rate for two full-time engineers. Hire them and see what they can do". We sometimes forget the economics side of things in technology arguments...

Comment: Require licenses for commercial driving or not? (Score 5, Insightful) 177 177

At the heart of the matter, it comes down to being fair. If you want to require people that drive customers commercially to go through additional training, insurance, licensing, inspections, etc. then you should require Uber drivers to do that as well. If you don't want to require that, then taxi drivers should not be required to do any licensing either. But you can't enforce licensing on taxis and ignore it with Uber drivers.

Comment: Re:So, Ma Bell, Let's Talk... (Score 1) 193 193

The problem you can run into is with the network neutrality / common carrier issue. I can see the value of blocking spam calls, but once you open the door to the phone company filtering calls, it can cause more problems. Just something to consider.

Comment: We know what Baidu is, thankyouverymuch. (Score 4, Informative) 94 94

Baidu isn't just "a computer research and services organization", they're the Chinese version of Google. They're a massive company with eight billion USD in revenue last year. The headline is either misleading or completely clueless.

Comment: Re:Energy Conservation (Score 2) 557 557

Depends a lot on where you are located. Natural gas is the standard in my area, it's abundant, cheap (about 1/10 electricity), and everyone knows how to service it. Geothermal is an interesting investment and something to consider, but when it's the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and your heating system goes down and it's near zero outside (actually happened to me once), it's nice to have a standard system that every technician in the area knows how to service.

Comment: Least common denominator (Score 4, Insightful) 161 161

The problem with frameworks is that they lower the end product to the common denominator. Instead of having an app for each platform that exploits the strengths of that platform, you end up with whatever you can manage to get to work on every platform. That works for simple apps like news websites maybe, but not when you want to integrate tightly with device hardware and how the established user base is used to interacting with their chosen platform.

Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 1) 267 267

A way to get "halfway there" and increase your security without having a separate password for every single site is to have passwords by security level. For all the crapware websites you have one password, for work use one password, then use frequently changed high security pass phrases for certain specific sites, like one for each major bank you use and one for each major email account, etc. You don't need a hundred passwords just because you have been forced to create useless profiles on low security sites.

Comment: One-time bond (Score 1) 68 68

This is easily solved with a one-time bond. Insurance companies work with secondary insurance all the time. If you're buying a $250,000 ticket, it's easy to throw on a $3000 one-time bond for space-travel related issues. People do the same type of thing all the time for international travel.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.

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