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Comment DMCA Safe Harbor certified (Score 1) 209

I offer some perspective on how DMCA Safe Harbor is used outside of the ISP realm.

The organization that I work for maintains DMCA Safe Harbor status. We are a legal technology service provider, which in English means that we collect data involved in litigation and process it so that it can be entered into evidence as part of a legal proceeding. We have Safe Harbor protection in case we happen to collect copyrighted media during the course of doing forensics collections on systems that we do not own. In order to maintain our status, we have to take reasonable measures to ensure that we are not facilitating copyright infringement. What that means in practice is the security team monitors the network to make sure that people are not running bitTorrent, hosting FTP sites or otherwise actively sharing copyrighted content.

We have never once been served with a take down notice or had to remove content from our systems.

Regarding the article and the DMCA, it seems to me that all Cox has to do is provide subscriber information. It is up to the content holders to go after the individual infringers and make them remove the content from their systems, one lawsuit at a time. Cox and the ISPs are simply providing transit services. They are not actually hosting the content and do not own the systems hosting the content. While I applaud Cox for trying to shield their customers from frivolous lawsuits, I think they are being stupid here. We all know that the large majority of bitTorrent traffic is piracy. If the pirates are too cheap / stupid to spend $10 a month on a VPN or proxy service to obfuscate their connections, they deserve to go down.

Comment Re:Why? why now? (Score 1) 158

despite eclipse being right there

Having a root canal in all my teeth with no sedation would be FAR more comfortable than switching back to using Eclipse as my main development environment. Seriously. Visual Studio is that much better. The reality is that VS is what Eclipse could have been if Eclipse developers knew anything about usability. C# is what Java could have been if it wasn't (both now and before) managed by a moronic committee. The fact that I can now deploy on Linux is a huge plus, but I would not give up Visual Studio as my dev environment. Nothing comes close.

Comment Too Little, Too Late? (Score 1) 318

It is interesting that Anonymous is taking this on at the same time that the group is moving their operations to the dark net.

It all seems all too convenient to the larger narrative that is shaping up around the need to crack down on encryption, Tor and other privacy measures. Here we have Anonymous serving as a tool of the powers that be, driving the "bad guys" to encryption through their vigilantism.

In an effort to do something good, they are inadvertently making things worse.

The fact that anyone serious about their trade craft has already been using encryption and stenography and other means for concealing their communications is not going to affect the narrative fed to the masses by the mainstream media. All they are going to hear is "Terrorists are going dark via encryption." and "If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't need to be using encryption."

Comment Re:How's Irvine, CA? (Score 1) 464

FWIW - I am leaving Irvine and moving to the Pacific Northwest after having grown up in southern California. I recently started a family and have no interest in raising my kids around here.

If you are okay with being house poor, you can probably afford to buy a house in Orange County. If schools are important, you better be willing to spend nearly a million dollars for a track home somewhere in Irvine, or set aside a significant chunk of money for private school tuition. Just took a look at Redfin or Zillow to get some idea of what you are going to have to spend. Where I am looking to move, I can get ~2000 sq/ft (3 bed, 2 bath) on a 5000+ sq/ft lot with good schools for $300-400K. The same in Orange County is going to cost close to $1 million.

The food here is pretty amazing and I am going to miss it. Southern California is an ethnic melting pot and you can get cuisine from all over the world here.

I am also going to miss the car culture. With so much disposable income in the area, and no moisture to destroy them, there are awesome cars all over the

The weather sucks. The temperate climate that I grew up with as a kid is gone. Blame it global warming or whatever, but now it is just hot.. getting hotter, and the humidity is increasing. Plan on having to run the air conditioning for a good portion of the year, even close to the beach. The much hyped "ocean breeze" is non-existent if you are more than half a mile inland. The change in weather is the primary reason that I am leaving. Southern California is a DESERT. There are major drought problems and they are only getting worse. Maybe climate change is going to prove to be a load of crap and I will be wrong, but I cannot imagine anyone with any sort of long term vision making a conscious decision to settle down in a desert that has to import its water to survive.

Ignoring the above, there is a good tech scene here. There are a wide variety of industries represented from straight tech like Google, to health care, to manufacturing, legal, literally any industry that you can think of has some sort of representation in southern California in general, and Orange County specifically.

If I was in my twenties and wanted to live in a house with a couple of guys and just ball out, this is a decent place to do it. There is always something going on. Or if I was still single and could spend half a million dollars on a condo, it might be worth sticking around here. But there are better cities to be single in, like Chicago.

Comment This is Apple speak for... (Score 1) 478

"Shit, those guys came up with some cool stuff we didn't think of. Give us a couple of years to look at it, then we'll create the exact same product, have it specced at half the specs and priced at twice.

I have and use and like my Mac Book Pro. I have Windows 10 on my home PC. In fact, I love my Mac Book Pro. It's Unix the way nobody else was able to do it. It's the "Year of Linux on the Desktop", just that it's not Linux. On the other hand, I am more productive on my Win10 desktop. There are more tools. There is more speed per dollar. There are more options. Very importantly - my Windows 10 PC runs Visual Studio, and there simply isn't anything out there, written by anyone ever, that can touch Visual Studio as a development environment. The competition doesn't even reach the knee level of VS. I can develop Android apps on VS2013 and 2015 better than is possible on anything else anywhere. Running the Microsoft Android emulator is like driving a Porche Carrera to the 1969 VM Bug from Google.

I could of course run Linux on my desktop, but the apps simply are no there. Oh, and the UI is, still, after all these years, a horrible monstrosity so bad that everybody involved in designing it should be "taken out back and shot".

Comment Re: He's got his talking points (Score 1) 478

Tes, 99% of Windows 10 users are being spied upon. 100% of Gmail users are being spied upon. 100% of Apple users are... Mitigating being spied upon entails moving into a cave somewhere and never coming out. I am not happy about MS spying, but you can't metigate being spied upon by not being a MS customer. In this regard MS is neither worse not better than basically all realistic alternatives. Oh and if you even attempt to claim Linux is an alternative, you are a moron. Linux is FAR less an alternate be than fixing your router is.

Comment Got Skills? Consult. (Score 1) 177

It seems to me like finding qualified, full time IT talent is next to impossible. There are too many tech jobs that need to be done and not enough people with the skills to do them. Therefore the people who have the skills that companies need turn into consultants and earn considerably more than they would if they were to work in house.

On the other side of the equation, companies do not seem to want to invest in training employees when they can simply outsource the work (and the risk). They hang on their hat on skill / knowledge transfer activities that nearly always fail, to at least come up short. I believe that the best way to truly understand a technology is research, plan and implement it. That way you develop knowledge of the technology and how to overcome the hurdles. When something breaks, you have a better than average chance of knowing where to look and focus troubleshooting efforts first.

What ends up happening is a widening skill gap between consultants and in house talent. The consultants get experience deploying the same technology multiple times, and hopefully get better at it every time around. The in house talent gets stuck supporting something that someone else built, that they do not really understand, and that they only see once in their own environment. That dynamic is often further compounded by the consultants who always get to work with the latest version, versus the in house techs who often times might not even be allowed to perform upgrades out of fear that they will break it. "Too risky, we better get consultants to do that."

Comment Re: No China? Well, then, enjoy your BS session. (Score 1) 173

Well, actually, higher taxes is probably the only viable solution right now, but not the way most enviro its think, at the consumer end. Here's the rub. Burning coal is bad. Stopping that alone would mostly get us where we want to go. Probelm is, once it is dug up it'll burn and we're toast. Right? Now, we can build out renewables to decrease demand for coal, right? Yeah, but that'll have no effect. Prices on coal go down and it becomes more attractive somewhere else. So it's burned and we're toast. In theory we could put enough downward pressure on coal prices to make mining not a viable business, but given the demand for energy that isn't likely to ever happen. So, what to do? Make coal more expensive. LOTS more expensive. Tax the bejeezuz out of it's production. Import and export taxes up the wazoo. Slam the production hard. The US, Europe etc. That'll work. Nothing else will.

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