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Comment Re:More junk? (Score 1) 75

This should be simple to add even to a cubesat (having designed one myself), might require at most an additional U, there seems to be an interesting business / social opportunity to design a cheap one-shot module (maybe 1/4 U form factor) to deploy.

Comment Like all Legal issues, play the game or lose... (Score 1) 99

Trademarks may stink, but they're the law. If you come up with an app you want to protect in a business segment, the ONLY way to protect your use of that app name in stores and (if you managed to acquire it) the domain name is to get yourself a REGISTERED trademark on it for that market segment. You can do it yourself for a few hundred dollars (US only). Without it, others can make a [poor] copy of your work, legally take your domain name away, have your app removed from stores, and cause all sorts of problems. You may be better off renaming your app to something you obtain a trademark for and telling your customers why you renamed, then pay a laywer to beat someone else's REGISTERED trademark of a mark you were using, as that could easily cost tens of thousands or more. Remember, the "legal" system, like the "justice" system, is a massively rigged game for people with money and influence to use as a club. Nothing about them is fair or just in anything but name. There are billion dollar companies for whom playing this game is their basic business plan, and you having your own registered trademark at least blocks your easy removal from the most common search surfaces of the web...

Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 3, Insightful) 419

Are you sure its radiation hasn't killed anyone? I've seen several "news" articles that claim a death toll of over 10,000 spread across the pacific, including thousands in California.

Sarcasm aside (and the above is true, in that those "articles" are floating out among fringe "environmentalist" sites), a HUGE part of the problem is in domestic nuclear industry that isn't replacing plants far past their operational lifetime with the newer and MUCH safer designs, since that would cost real money and the stockholders want that to be reexamined next quarter, after they sell. And short. Greed and stupidity on both sides...

Comment Re:How long (Score 5, Interesting) 72

DMLS printing uses metal powders sintered by high power lasers. The metals not only include Titanium and Inconel (rocket engine superalloy), but can include gradient transitions between them in the same piece. While some surface work may be required for some applications, the crystalline structure of the metal itself is of finer quality that that produced by machining + annealing used for high grade parts the old fashioned way.

These are not your homebrew melted plastic filament printers, and they are changing manufacturing.

Comment Re:bad but creating false evidence trails is worse (Score 3, Insightful) 46

"Parallel Construction" is a fundamental part of police work now. When Federal law enforcement orders local law enforcement to lie to judges and prosecutors (Stingrays, etc.), whats really left? The last few generations of law enforcement, and the continuing example from the top of the executive branch on down, makes it clear that it is now perfectly acceptable and even expected if not required behavior to lie to everyone, including other branches of government. The historical checks and balances are almost all gone now...

Comment Re:Are the CAs that do this revoked? (Score 2) 139

Agreed. The ONLY effective punishment for a CA that breaches trust or competence this poorly is to mark its roots as permanently untrusted. In a world that has set aside morals and ethics (or redefined them into doublespeak meaninglessness), the only punishment that will actually make corporations change their behavior are penalties that significantly exceed the full gains of breaking the rule or law. The related challenge is raising the certification bar, so this doesn't become a "whack a mole" with CCNIC2, CCNIC3, TOTALLY_NOT_CCNIC, etc...

Comment Re:Brother HL-4040 Printers (Score 1) 190

Also Brother MFC-8480DN, prints PDF fine from USB drives that originate from many different programs. Only print I ever had fail used Adobe DRM to protect one of the layers, had to print that from Windows, because the bits needed to remain secret before being reproduced on a piece of paper. (sigh)

Comment DOA due to Liability shift to consumer... (Score 5, Insightful) 558

It appears that CurrentC moves liability exposure almost entirely onto the consumer, whereas Visa limits consumer exposure to $50 that most banks waive in actual fraud. Add full access to your bank account to make the worst-case liability exposure whatever you have in your account, and privacy terms that allow them to use health related data that could have been protected under HIPPA. Tell me again why I would want to use this?

Comment Snowden leaks: NSA data now used by DEA, others. (Score 5, Insightful) 191

Great link:

NSA programs PINWALE, MARINA, NUCLEON are now used to share their collected data (that isn't actually "collected" under new legal redefinition.) with DOD and who knows how many other agencies.

"Parallel Construction" is used to hide sources.

This is what happens when checks and balances decay in a system that has no honor or respect for what once made it great.

Comment Stockholders come first, security isn't important. (Score 1) 205

Working in this industry at several giant companies, the view is simple - the company works for the stockholders, the stockholders demand ever higher returns, and NOTHING the company does is nearly as important as increasing the short term stock price. So what money is spent on R&D will be spent chasing new "shiny" features and the absolute bare minimum level of security and bug fixes required to "continue leveraging the brand". In the mean time, the business will focus on increasing the productivity of its remaining workforce, and continue to look for new ways to innovate through outsourcing, off-shoring, right sizing, acquisitions, virtual workforces, and anything else that looks good on paper for short term gains while not requiring hiring new FTE (Full Time Engineers), at least domestically.

Comment They haven't changed, read your licenses.... (Score 1) 742

Few examples:

MSDN lets you download software to develop and test against. I need to test some Microsoft software on various cloud providers. But before I do, I think I'll take a peek at my license agreements:
    "Qualified MSDN Cloud Partners. To run software on third party shared servers you must:" ... "Deploy your licenses only with Windows Azure Platform Services or Qualified MSDN Cloud Partners."

Does your company / marketing dept. want to put a Windows Logo on your product? Check your license, you might have to dumb down your Android or iOS version to get it approved.

It goes on, and on... Yes, most companies ignore these, but they are still in the agreements. At its heart, Microsoft hasn't changed yet.

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