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Comment: Re:Painted target (Score 1) 119

by gstoddart (#48944031) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

globalization is not a choice. you can't opt out.
with 7,221,305,422 people , jets and the internet what do you think is going to happen
the people that are generating massive wealth simply understand whats going on better.

Or, you look at some of the things of globalization ... free trade, exporting of copyright laws, other things which distort the market and turn it into a farce where the game is rigged ...

And you decide, does this really make any sense?

I think those people "generating massive wealth" who "simply understand whats going on better" have sold us a bill of goods which says "the way to prosperity is this, follow me", when in fact what it says is "fuck you, jack, this stacks the odds in my favor and now I'll rip you off"

I think the economic models championed by the people pushing the shittiest bits of globalization are lies, and I think "globalization", as America has been selling it, it basically a long-con.

I think if countries suddenly said "why aren't we protecting out own jobs, and our own products, and our own economies", instead of operating under the myth that letting those be lost to "globalization" and ruthless corporations. What fucking benefit to society is it if a foreign-owned company maximizes their profits while cutting domestic jobs and leaving an vacuum?

Globalization is predicated on gutting as many smaller companies as possible, in order to get one massive corporation -- all so that shareholder value and executive bonuses can be maximized, while local economies are gutted and left to rot.

The notion that Country A should buy companies in Country B to, only to move jobs to Company C is only good if you're in Country A ... otherwise it's pretty much raping and pillaging Country B.

Globalization is about the eternal quest to find a Country B to fuck over as much as you can.

Globalization is a fucking Ponzi scheme.

Comment: Re:Missing the forest for the trees (Score 1) 59

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48943475) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

IBM, like SAP, Oracle and the rest, are dinosaurs unable to adapt their businesses to changing markets. Why would they be able to do the same for your company?

Well, I'd say that fossil fuels, which are mostly composed of dinosaurs who were unable to adapt(along with plants who were unable to adapt, and various other organisms who were unable to adapt) revolutionized the hell out of our entire civilization...

Maybe if IBM were buried and subjected to a few million years of heat and pressure they too would become a highly coveted resource?

Comment: Re:Windows Phone (Score 2) 90

by gstoddart (#48943081) Attached to: Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

WTF does being anti or pro Microsoft have to do with the fact that the fucking headers are being rewritten by Verizon?

I'm not blindly pro or anti Microsoft -- but let's not fucking pretend a Windows phone is a magic cure-all for something which is happening at the carrier level.

But, hey, don't let common sense or facts stand in the way of being an idiot.

Comment: Re:TERRIBLE (Score 1) 90

by plover (#48942369) Attached to: Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

Verizon is completely nuts if they don't think there will be a backlash!!!!!!!!

From who? Thirteen enraged nerds on Slashdot? Their average customer doesn't understand the difference between their phone and their browser; they certainly won't get up in arms over a "super-cookie".

Verizon could easily afford to piss off every paranoiac on the planet, and they'd still have so much money they'll need to buy another dump truck to haul this month's profit to the bank. They have no real reason to change, so I'd recommend a strategy other than OMGPANIC!

Comment: Re:Is Encase worried yet? (Score 3, Insightful) 33

by plover (#48942249) Attached to: US Army Releases Code For Internal Forensics Framework

Yeah, the more I dig into it, the more it looks like an investigative tool than an evidence analysis tool. That's pretty cool, but as you say, it looks a lot like Wireshark. Still, when you're facing an unknown attacker, it may not hurt to have a couple different views on the problem.

Comment: Re:Windows Phone (Score 4, Informative) 90

by gstoddart (#48942041) Attached to: Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

Are you clueless or something?

Verizon's controversial technology basically involves attaching tracking numbers whenever customers view Web pages. Generally, to visit a Web page, my computer (or phone, tablet, etc.) sends a request message to the website with that page. Think of this like a very (very!) fast version of sending a letter through the mail, requesting some information.

Now imagine if the Postal Service assigned an identification number to me, and every time I sent one of those letters, a postal worker opened up the envelope and stamped the ID number inside. That is more or less what Verizon has been doing: Every time a Verizon Wireless customer requests a Web page, Verizon rewrites the request in transit to include a tracking number identifying the customer.

There is no way to disable this, and certainly not with your damned Windows phone.

Verizon is directly injecting this crap into your request, on their servers, independent of what YOU do.

Basically Verizon are acting like a bunch of greedy assholes, and setting every request you make to be something uniquely identifiable as you.

Comment: Who cares who is paying for fundamental research? (Score 1) 124

by pavon (#48941627) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

From the article most of the spending is on things that are beneficial to society as a whole, not just NSA. These include K-12 funding for science fairs, math clubs, and STEM summer camps. Unless the NSA is influencing these in harmful ways, such as pushing ideology beyond the normal "if you do well in school, you could do cool spy work for us" recruiting I don't see a problem with taking their money. Same for the research grants and conferences, which all result in publicly published fundamental research, that help the entire cryptographic and big data communities as a whole. The only program I would have a problem with are any classified research and the sabbaticals to do classified work at the NSA.

Comment: Re:Majority leaders home district (Score 1) 158

How could Soviet propaganda reach the US, or the Americas (excluding Cuba)?

If you are at all interested in the actual answer, The Sword and the Shield is an absolutely fascinating book that answers your question. It was written by Vasily Mitrokhin, a senior historian for the KGB, who brought over thirty years of KGB mission records to the British after the fall of the Soviet Union. He discusses "active measures", which were propaganda campaigns designed to fracture public opinion and cast the US position in a questionable light. This includes really awful and regrettable things, like AIDS being formulated by the US Army at Ft. Detrick, those kinds of lies. Many of these rumors started by agents were spread to CPUSA members, who had members on college campuses around the country.

For a more entertaining version of how the Soviets influenced America and operated on her soil, I recommend watching 'The Americans' on FX network. Set in the 80's during the height of the cold war, the plotlines in the show are based roughly on actual events documented in the book, and from other sources of KGB history.

Comment: Re:Painted target (Score 5, Insightful) 119

by gstoddart (#48940561) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

Because globalization is the directive, and you can't think this way and be a globalist.

And what evidence do we have the globalization helps anybody except corporations who fuck the rest of us over in the process?

Everybody acts like globalization is a good thing ... and unless you're a multinational corporation, I have yet to be convinced that's true.

H1B visas are just large corporations cheating the system by bringing in cheaper labor from other countries.

I'm of the opinion that globalization is a crock, championed by those who make money from it, and which comes at the expense of everybody else.

Comment: Re:Sure they can (Score 4, Insightful) 119

by gstoddart (#48940393) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

Easy answer: don't trust any of them.

You'll be far less disappointed by assuming all corporations and government are lying, self-serving bastards who don't give a fuck about you, and will happily climb over you to get what they want.

It's probably not far from the truth.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.