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Comment: Re:Dumbest trend ever (Score 3, Funny) 55

by datapharmer (#46788897) Attached to: The Internet of Things and Humans
No, you don't understand. All the little internet connected things in your life like your thermostat with infrared sensor and tv with camera and xbox with 3d imager and phone with gps and toilet with butt activated hemorrhoid sensor all send their little bits of data back to the big intelligence in the cloud. This way the great data architects of Fort Meade know you need some anal cream, a diet, and some new pants. They might also recognize that you are a danger to yourself if you continue to play WoW. But if you stop playing you might be upset about your surroundings and be a danger to others, so you get a new online friend to help you play even more hours each day. I think the Internet of Things is quite Intelligently Designed. In fact, I think everyone else who supports it should all spread the word by using a hashtag for intelligently designed internet of things #IDIoT

Comment: Re:At least they're being more honest about it now (Score 1) 385

by datapharmer (#46161737) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
Clearly your experience with xerox is different than mine (I've found them nothing but unreliable garbage and their "technicians" are not very well trained to say the least), but then again I had to threaten Dell with legal action to get them to replace motherboards that had known bad nvidia chips that were dying (they kept trying to blame an operating system issue until it eventually escalated to someone in Round Rock), so it might simply be a matter of who is acting shitty at the moment. I concur that HP has their own problems though. We applied the latest SPP to a gen 8 server at the end of last year which promptly made the raid arrays impossible to configure and the workaround from their techs didn't work. We were eventually able to downgrade the firmware but that reintroduced several other bugs the firmware upgrade was intended to fix. Hopefully HP will get it all straightened out before I have to pay for the patches, but only time will tell! Yay for shortsighted profits!

Comment: let it slide... (Score 1) 559

by datapharmer (#46020969) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?
Wait until apple offers a buyout. They have clearly been interested in gaming for years and have the cash to allow developers to keep working while the total fail that is wii u fades into memory. Nintendo just completely missed the mark. They had college students on the internet working on controller-less games that used the wii and instead of embracing the idea they let Microsoft hire these students to create the kinect and wasted their energy on a fat ugly tablet that is limited in function. If they were smart they would go after a kinect type controller-less system and offer a free app for iphone to act as a supplemental controller. The phones would make a great controller as they already have accelerometers, speakers, mic, etc in them and allow the full "family gaming experience" nintendo was shooting for originally.

Comment: Re:Americans (Score 1) 324

by datapharmer (#45966111) Attached to: NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs
No, I'm not saying that at all. In fact that is also against the NSA's mandate. They should be (according to their mandate) using this technology to detect and prevent military threats against the U.S. Whether that mandate is acceptable to the EU is a geopolitical question but falls within the construct of U.S. laws (protect your citizens from outside forces, don't go digging through their stuff unless there is a darn good and very specific reason) and thus if we are upsetting our neighbors in the EU we can "easily" change our laws and update their mandate to be something else like "help harden all electronic defenses to protect from foreign attack" but if they are ignoring the laws of their own country that means that there is no way to change their mandate as they just ignore it which undermines our system governing internally in the United States.

Comment: Re:wait a second.... (Score 2) 324

by datapharmer (#45965937) Attached to: NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs
Well that is their mandate, whether or not I am ok with spying on others is irrelevant. Theoretically if a majority of Americans determine that this isn't ok we can disband the NSA altogether, but the problem with Spying on Americans is that spying on Americans in direct contradiction to their mandate and therefore there is no working check or balance on their power thus circumventing the Republican Democracy (under the argument that "we the people" empowered elected representatives to establish the NSA but demand that their powers are limited to external entities to insure they follow the rules of the Constitution). In this case it is being reported that they are doing their job, which is totally different as it is currently an acceptable behavior within the confines of the U.S. culture's social contract (which could be changed in theory through the constructs of the nation's laws and systems of governance).

Comment: wait a second.... (Score 5, Insightful) 324

by datapharmer (#45964331) Attached to: NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs
Ok, so I get the whole whistle blower thing but isn't this what the NSA is supposed to be doing? Spying on Americans is ok to get fussy about but why was this leaked and why doesn't the NYT realize that this actually does set back U.S. intelligence? Are they also going to release a story detailing what the Chinese are doing to spy on US from leaked Chinese intelligence?

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