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Comment: Re:Regulation is the enemy of free markets. (Score 2) 53

And example of a free market gone haywire due to lax or no regulation was the housing market.

Which regulations were lax or missing? From what I saw it was a pretty heavily regulated market even on the banking side.

And without the FDA, you'd feel perfectly safe getting your prescriptions from Joe's Medical Stuff and Bait Store, right?

No I wouldn't. Who said they would be? This is a straw man argument. And possibly a false dichotomy.

Or maybe you wish to turn safety entirely over to the airlines so that an acceptable level of crashes that can be insured against would work for you. Your car company would never think to cut corners and get you killed dead because they could save on not installing proper safety equipment in their vehicles.

I don't think the parent suggested that torts and other forms of liability should be abolished.

And so on. There are multiple ways that problems like these can and have been resolved, and centralized federal regulation isn't the only choice.

Comment: Re:If you want me to see ads (Score 1) 279

by jbmartin6 (#49528035) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal
In other words, go back to the way ads used to work in the paper era. Publishers vetted the ads and printed them themselves. If the sites did this the ad blockers probably wouldn't even work. I wonder why they don't pursue that option instead of trying to use the government to force people to do something they do not want?

Comment: Re:Blocking AdBlock (Score 1) 279

by jbmartin6 (#49528015) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal
That is interesting. I wonder how the 'you are using ad blocker' detection works? Our proxy doesn't block ads (i.e. does not return a 403 status) but it replaces the content with a blank HTML document. We did this to avoid any ugly block messages and such. But I have never gotten the 'you are using an ad blocker' message. Maybe there is something in the detection that triggers on the 403 status returns from your proxy and not the 200 status returns from mine. (Assuming your proxy returns 403 which could be wrong).

Comment: Re:Redacting things is hard, I guess. (Score 1) 143

by jbmartin6 (#49492339) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes Hacked Sony Emails, Documents
There is nothing in here about "loads of information" leaked to Chinese press (only one mention of a set of IP addresses), nor is there anything to establish he still had viable copies of these documents when he went to Russia. A few vague mentions of something he might do in the future doesn't prove anything except he thought about it.

Comment: Benefits? (Score 1) 99

Education is probably one of the areas that will benefit the most from 3D printers in the long run.

I don't see the reasoning for this conclusion, it seems to me this program is a colossal waste of money. I did a little searching and these benefits don't seem that great except in the cases of engineering classes. I am sure there are some students who will have their interest piqued, but there's a false assumption in that argument that the students would not have gone on to be engineers without that early exposure to some toy in the classroom.

Comment: Re:More of the same (Score 2) 116

by jbmartin6 (#49447131) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
A CA isn't required at all to encrypt, just accept any self-signed certificate. If we want to introduce CAs or other method of identity verification, that may be fine but it is a different problem from encryption. We are seeing bits of this with the various opportunistic encryption extensions to SMTP and HTTP.

Comment: Re:No kidding ... (Score 2) 88

by jbmartin6 (#49423281) Attached to: Research Finds Shoddy Security On Connected Home Gateways

"if you can open it from your phone who else can?"

And who else can walk up and simply kick the door in? Is the risk of a break-in significantly changed by using the phone app? Why wouldn't anyone who wanted in simply kick in the door or just break a window? Some guy in a different country has no interest in unlocking my front door. My point is, does an app like that REALLY change your risk at all given how easy it already is to get in? Now if you are running a gold repository or something the equation is different, but for the typical wooden house owner I don't see it is any different.

But I generally agree with you, I don't want Internet connected appliances of any sort. Even my 'smart' TV is disconnected.

Comment: Re:No kidding ... (Score 2) 88

by jbmartin6 (#49423135) Attached to: Research Finds Shoddy Security On Connected Home Gateways
A better way to say this might be: the effort the manufacturer puts into security will be equal to the perceived risk. Since my garage door is already easy to open with a crowbar, the manufacturer might perceive that the risk of some wireless vulnerability is no worse than the risk I am already accepting by having a garage door in the first place. The same with vulnerabilities in my thermostat. What is the risk of someone hacking it and goofing with my temperature settings? They might feel this is not a real threat since there is no money involved for the theoretical attacker. And of course, as you point out, the risk to the manufacturer of lawsuits, etc. enters into the picture. As it stands now, they might plan to go into court and argue that since it was already easy to open the standard garage door there is no reason to make the wireless opener any more secure than that.

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