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Comment: Region? (Score 4, Informative) 202

by jythie (#48947637) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults
I wonder if anyone has looked into which region this might be happening in.

Comcast has undergone some significant growing pains since, while in theory they are one big company, in reality they have a maze of poorly connected systems left over from the hundreds of smaller ISPs and cable providers they bought up over the last decade or two. Some of these systems have better controls (and auditing) on them than others, and each absorbed company has its own corporate culture and oversight.

Comment: Re:Painted target (Score 1) 123

by jythie (#48940981) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks
That can be a bit of a toss up. It could be argued that small businesses are even more vulnerable to stuff like this since they tend to not be diversified enough to lose significant chunks of their customer base. Any effect on them is either going to be negligible or disastrous, with much less room for a graceful decline in sales.

Comment: Re:Does It Matter? (Score 5, Insightful) 269

by jythie (#48940885) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill
There is something to be said for 'fine as is'. Changes can cause bugs, changes can cause incompatibilities, changes can require updating skills to understand their impact or how configuration has been altered. When all you need is a tool for completing a task without heavy requirements, stable and predictable can be a real selling point.

One of the reasons I like VirtualBox is it changes so little. I have to worry very little about having to look up new things when all I need is a quick drop in solution for something small. Every time I go back to KVM I feel like I have to go find out 'ok, so how does it work NOW?' and then make sure I find documentation and forums talking about the KVM version in relation to the distribution and its version I am using.

Comment: Re:poor cops have it so hard (Score 4, Insightful) 423

by jythie (#48924431) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'
It is kinda sad how it has, in many ways, crossed that bridge,.. and the only thing that seems to stop it from going down a really dark path is the amount of infighting between the various institutions who want to be the winner in such a situation. Our government's own self destructiveness partisanship might be the only thing preventing a dictatorship at this point.

Comment: Lawful access is uneffected. (Score 4, Insightful) 423

by jythie (#48924411) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'
Encryption does not prevent lawful access to data. If law enforcement gets a court order they can always go the person and require them to decrypt something for search. What it does prevent is LEO going to 3rd parties and secretly getting unencrypted data, which is only 'lawful' because they have twisted things to do so. But search where the subject is aware and can examine the order? No change there.

All common encryption does is prevent law enforcement from creating all sorts of new abilities and powers it did not have before, which is a very different thing.

Comment: For certain values of 'you'. (Score 1) 298

by jythie (#48924097) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One
I know people who have an iPad but not an smart phone or laptop.

I have been seeing a lot of pieces over the last few days interpreting the plateau as some sort of failure, which I find rather perplexing since what it probably represents is simple saturation and a good device lifespan.

There seems to be this almost pathological obsession with constant rapid growth and if something is not on the way to dominating it is somehow failing, usually based off people looking around at others like themselves and considering that the only 'market that matters'.

But in the real world there is more than one type of consumer, more than one use case, and as long as there is enough of a user base to keep production costs reasonable then the segment that is best served by tablets is served by them and the device succeeds. The only time this really breaks down is when the market is small enough that it pushes production prices up like we see with, say, monochrome cameras. The people they work well for love them, but there are not enough such people to keep costs reasonable, so they are commercial failures. On the other hand, DSLRs in general have not 'failed' even though they sit between cheap but goodish smartphone cameras and pricy but awesome MF backs, yet sales have more or less plateaued since they are not exactly 'replace every year' devices.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen