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Comment: Re:Western companies need to change (Score 1) 233

by rsborg (#46812957) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Right now, most of all the western electronics come from China. As such, it makes it trivial for the CHinese gov. to do whatever they like.

It is long past time for these western companies to bring back production.

At the same time, they need to OSS the firmware so that others will feel comfortable with buying these, knowing that they can get true secured systems.

If you think the NSA (and others -- looking at you, GCHQ) isn't playing by the same game as, you're deluded.

Comment: Re:Pace/2wire all listen on 3479/tcp (Score 2) 233

by rsborg (#46812949) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

The 2wire/pace (3600,3800,etc) all have TCP port 3479 open to the internet.This is what you are forced to use if you have AT&T U-verse. There is no way to block it and AT&T says its for "updates and trouble shooting".

I wonder what great backdoors are in these gateways?

While I find that's pretty infuriating, I do think that if you're forced to have U-Verse (e.g.: alternatives suck speed wise), then it's probably recommended to have another (non-vulnerable) router between you and the 2-wire and to turn off the wifi radio.

Comment: Re:As a developer who uses in-app purchase ... (Score 1) 50

by rsborg (#46810401) Attached to: Apple, Google Vying For Mobile Game Exclusivity

A free but limited version and a full, paid one is completely reasonable. There's several ways to do it too, but I think perhaps the best division is between the casual and the dedicated user. Casual users are unlikely to pay if forced, but they can still be good advocates for the app, so it may be worth it making sure they still have something to use.

I also like the Carcassonne/Ascension model: DLC game expansions within the game as IAP. That's how to do IAP right, not this "buy my virtual coin" bullshit. Whenever I see an awesome looking game, I immediately check to see if anything looks "coin-like" on their IAP list. Any scent of that kind of BS puts the game into "ignore forever" state.

I'm not looking to crop-share on your farmville, developers. It's really a pity that Apple never bothered in reigning in this app business model.

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 1) 332

by rsborg (#46808059) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Sure you could buy $200 shoes for your kid, but they definitely don't need any of that stuff. My kids get plenty of enjoyment from going out for a walk in the woods, which is free, and don't need to go to amusement parks all the time to be entertained.

That's really only a half-truth. Kids cost either A) the net of the salary the parent gave up to stay at home to raise them or B) the price of the daycare so that the parents can continue to work. The presumption that there is a careerless, stay-at-home parent by default is rather quaint, so A is usually a pretty high number. If you live in a particularly populous area, the cost of B will be rather high if you want your kids to be in a well-staffed facility (and who wouldn't want that?) So, there is a specific and considerable cost to having kids, and backend-loading the cost after your earnings have risen is a very attractive proposition, especially for people who are accustomed to a pretty high standard of living, i.e. a roomy house, vacations, driving a "newer" car, etc.

Whlle I agree that CastrTroy's comment was a bit dismissive of the costs of giving up a career for the 2nd parent or the costs of daycare in any developed Metro, there are options to both: 1) Live near family (ie, grandparents) that can care for your kids and assist with transportation 2) Look for in-home daycare or other providers - often nearer, may also work with you on transportation (at one point, our bigger kid got walked back from the bus stop to the provider's daycare).

Trying to get by on one income can be fraught with dangers - losing healtchare (less of an issue now with Obamacare), financial stress of making ends meet, and frustration for the spouse that gave up his/her career. The pernicious fact is that, for larger metros, many families are double income (some with no kids), so real estate and cost of living assumes this. Lower income familes often have 2-4 jobs with one or both parents working 2 jobs to make ends meet.

Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 2) 359

by rsborg (#46783883) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Tesla has made an electric vehicle that doesn't make anyone with a sense of style want to puke, and that's a very good thing, but there's just a handful of things they need to do, IMO, to really knock the ball out of the park for electric cars:

[... list of things that emphasize gas car and petroleum distribution benefits over electrics ...]

If or when Tesla, or any electric vehicle manufacturer, can hit all three of the above points, I'd dare say that the writing will finally be on the wall for the age of gasoline, and I think electric cars could outnumber gasoline vehicles on the road within a decade.

Here's a similar list of things that was "common wisdom" for other disruptive technologies:

1) iPads (and tablets in general) will dominate over PCs once they solve the printing and windows compatibility problem (reality: even the latest tablets suck for these tasks, but PCs are in decline while tablets sales are set to overtake overall PC sales).
2) Apple would dominate if they ever provide a mid-tower customizable Mac. (reality: Apple owns the $1000+ market for PCs and laptops, and their PC business is more profitable than the next three PC manufacturers combined)
3) How can a smartphone without a keyboard succeed? Why would anyone buy one? (reality: 99% of smartphones today have on-screen keyboards)

Common wisdom is myopic. Your points in general are all things that we enjoy today, but many folks would gladly give up one or all three of those current benefits for a car that can be bought without going to a dealer, accelerates like a bat out of hell and is smooth and silent and gets OTA software updates and support. Tesla intended to disrupt the market and looks like they're doing so very well.

Comment: Didn't Obama campaign on this back in 2008? (Score 1) 421

by rsborg (#46758543) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Simplified tax filings (ie, tax authorities tell you what they think you owe, so you don't inadvertently misfile and get penalized for it or worse, get an audit notification on what could have been sorted out before the filing date) - this is what other countries do, and I hear it's really awesome. Found it here:

Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return.

I hope Intuit's lobbying doesn't screw this up. This is one Obama promise I'd like to see implemented.

Comment: Re:Just like food, your food itself is what it eat (Score 1) 116

by rsborg (#46732461) Attached to: CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

It looks like the secret is to feed them vat fed plankton instead of similar or identical species of the wild plankton they normally eat - which was apparently much hard than that sounds. The big deal is it means a more reliable supply.

So is the vat-fed plankton as healthy as the wild stuff? Because if not, then the unhealthy part of that diet will exist in the farmed prawn. Basically take the GPP's argument "Just like food, your food itself is what it eats. " and follow that down the food chain.

Comment: Abstinence (Score 2) 78

by rsborg (#46708997) Attached to: In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

Can't say I blame them. What's the downside for GoGo?

As I work with secured customer data, knowing that I'm possibly getting MITM'd sounds like a likelihood I won't be able to use GoGo (now I have to go and verify if it's ok). So abstinence is always an option, despite me being gogo's captive.

Comment: Apple Migration Assistant: PPC - Intel (Score 1) 641

by rsborg (#46696841) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

The reason it isn't easy is because a lot of old drivers and software do not work on it. Otherwise you could have just reinstalled everything on it again. Or Microsoft could have made a migration tool.

This is a really shitty reason, to be honest. Apple puts a lie to Microsoft's rigidity and inflexibility by showing how (nearly a decade ago) it's possible (using Migration Assistant) to move from a PPC system to Intel - clearly drivers won't work there, but it all happens, and works well (yes it's a migration, but the tooling works and is well supported). If it's a newer version of OSX (i.e., younger than 6 years old), then you can upgrade in place.

I never understood why Microsoft didn't work harder to make this possible - maybe because they don't actually do much of the driver work - that's done by the manufacturer or part


Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading 342

Posted by samzenpus
from the slow-it-down dept.
angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), a government financial watchdog, is reportedly contemplating the idea of implementing a 500 millisecond delay on trades in an effort to put the brakes on high-frequency trading. ASIC last year knocked back the idea and stated that fears about HFT were overblown. However, in a government inquiry today representatives of the organization said the idea of a 'pause' is still on the table."

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 496

by rsborg (#46645473) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

What about ditching the windshield and replacing it with a 4k HD screen? Then you can embed the driver lower-down and deep inside a protective hardened shell. A no-glass car all around.

Might be interesting for fighter pilots. Hell, why stop there? Just make the entire fighter remotely controlled - all that would be left is a "droning" noise.

Comment: Amen - Aint no sharing going on here (Score 1) 353

by rsborg (#46622997) Attached to: If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

Uber/Lyft are purely a play to disrupt the taxi industry by getting around the medallion tax.

Don't get me wrong - the taxi medallion's cost is prohibitive due to very low supply and the only justification I can see is that the city wants to limit the number of taxis to improve air quality. However, with hybrid/electric cars around now that vastly reduce or eliminate any tailpipe emissions, I think cities need to reconsider possibly having "green" medallions that are not as limited in number, and require the car driving it to have AT-PZEV (Prius 2004) emissions profile or better (not difficult; many of these kinds of cars around that still get 50 mpg+).

Comment: Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (Score 1) 455

by rsborg (#46604407) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

I'd add that they also maintain this illusion by sometimes (often?) selling similar-but-inferior products. For instance, a vacuum that is identical to a top-rated cordless vacuum, but with a smaller motor and battery. If you run through there with a bar code scanner on your phone you can see just how many of the products are actually different than the ones available through Amazon and friends.

They are notorious for advertising they will meet any advertised price for the same product. The problem is that many of their products, while similar, are only a model that Walmart sells, at least in electronics.

This isn't limited to Wal-mart either - I've noticed that all retailers do this, and manufacturers have come to support this (except for companies like Apple) by simply having thousands of different serial numbers that share the same specific model - that's what's advertised, but YMMV apparently.

This problem results in a real lack of commoditization and alignment, and prevents customers from shopping around or even getting consistent and reliable support - hell even the support rep may not know your specific video card on your laptop.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234