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Comment: Where does the money come from? (Score 3, Interesting) 223

by kullnd (#44774829) Attached to: Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser
From their page::

Epic like most browsers earns a commission on searches we drive. So the more you use Epic’s default search engine, the more you support Epic and our continued privacy efforts : - ) And best of all your searches always remain exceptionally private since they’re routed via a secure, encrypted connection over a proxy – so private by design when you use EpicSearch.me that we literally can’t know what you’re searching for nor anyone else. Ads and search results never include any personalized results or tracking of any sort and are only based on your search term and general geographical location.

So ... They get paid for searches they drive but those searches don't have any ads or tracking? Again, where does the money come from?

Comment: Re:Stop Theft Plates (Score 1) 253

by kullnd (#44216969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?
Nothing is perfect - I feel that these, combined with a very clear label that states the system drive is fully encrypted (which it is), dramatically decrease the value of the system to a would-be thief whether they are looking to make a quick buck at the pawn shop or mine the system for information. They also allow for return of your equipment if you leave it somewhere or loose it outside of theft. The idea is simply that my systems are a less desirable target than most others.

Never had a system stolen, but if the worst case scenario takes place I have insurance and due to the encryption and backups, I have ZERO concern about the data on the system which is where the real value lies..

Comment: Run your own servers and use encryption (Score 5, Informative) 622

by kullnd (#43986349) Attached to: Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)
Only way you can keep your data yours while sitting at rest is to have it on your own servers and utilize proper encryption and security on those servers. That means don't use "cloud" anything unless it's on equipment you own, run your own email servers, etc. Remember that even doing this, emails that you send to other people can be accessed through whatever servers they use.

Comment: Re:Work for a local IT company (Score 4, Insightful) 293

by kullnd (#43930487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

Considering I was being paid $20 an hour and when the company I was working for charged $95 an hour. I do believe that there is a problem.

$95/hr is split into:

Your $20/hr + (Plus any benefits, Federal taxes, blah, blah)
Plus the time that someone spent getting that client you just did $95 worth of work for
Plus the money that was spent marketing to get that client you just did $95 worth of work for
Plus the admin time that will be spent billing that client
Plus dealing with the clients that don't pay
Plus office rent, utilities, other office overhead that you probably have no clue about
Plus tools used to perform the work (ticketing system, remote access tools?) . Again, you probably have no clue how much that actually costs
Plus you were paid to drive to that client, and if using your own vehicle should have gotten mileage
In addition to the drive, you are likely not billing 100% of your time anyway - Company still pays you when you are not billable right?

Believe it or not, the Margin on those accounts is not that much. Does it make money? Well I hope so or your company will no longer exist - Does it make someone filthy rich? Probably not.

Comment: Re:Work for a local IT company (Score 4, Insightful) 293

by kullnd (#43929441) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?
That's a bit extreme of an example - but yes - you are failing to take into account everything that goes into running these types of operations such as Software Licensing (Which is crazy expensive for their ticketing systems and remote management tools), tools, rent, utilities, insurance (General liability and Errors / Omissions, Bonding (really good idea if you have employees in this type of business), your benefits, your payroll taxes, marketing, the cost of doing sales (i.e. not making money to get money) ... the list goes on. If you think it's such a great deal for the owner, why don't you try it yourself - It's a lot harder to get by than you think.

Comment: Work for a local IT company (Score 2) 293

by kullnd (#43928923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?
Work for a small IT company that provides services to small / medium businesses. Prove yourself there and get involved on as many projects as you can - You will get a ton of experience and learn more than you ever will sitting in corporate IT. It's not easy work if you are doing it right, but if experience is what you want - that is a good place to find it.

Comment: Re:Legalize Bombs (Score 1) 211

by kullnd (#43463221) Attached to: Boston Officials Did Not Shut Down Cell Network After Marathon Bombing

Because it's the same argument from the NRA regarding the 2nd Amendment. It doesn't stipulate "small" arms, just arms, which includes bombs. In fact, this bombing shows that it's more difficult to kill a lot of people with a bomb than with an AR-15. So, by the numbers, we should legalize bombs and outlaw the AR-15. Of course, the NRA doesn't care about numbers and I'm not sure what they care about. It's clearly not the 2nd Amendment as-written.

Really? Harder to kill lots of people with a bomb? Your a special kind of stupid aren't ya?. Oklahoma City Bombing

Comment: Re:Legalize Bombs (Score 1) 211

by kullnd (#43461263) Attached to: Boston Officials Did Not Shut Down Cell Network After Marathon Bombing
Why would they need to? Bombs are illegal, they are going to likely stay that way - But that didn't stop the criminal did it, apparently the person who did this didn't care that a law prevented him/her from having a bomb. I doubt that a sign on the street saying "bomb free zone" would have helped either, just saying.

Comment: Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 101

by kullnd (#42717561) Attached to: UK Apple Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking
Maybe Google should start charging us for their services that we get for free... They have to make their money from something, if you don't like it don't use it. Also, anyone who honestly believes that a toggle in their browser is going to prevent them from being tracked on the open internet needs an education on how things really work in the real digital world.

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