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Comment Re:Ban the side effects (Score 4, Insightful) 305

I'm a conservative libertarian but this is still ridiculous. Why allow drug companies to spend millions (and pass that on to consumers) advertising something that consumers cannot get directly.

There are alot of things that need to change about our healthcare system but this is one. The only case where consumers should be allowed to override their doctors concerns about drugs and treatments is in cases where there is substantial loss of quality of life involved. When doctors invoke the "do no harm" clause to keep someone from accessing experimental treatments or drugs when that person is terminal or in severely degraded quality of life, its ridiculous. The doctor should be required to pass on knowledge of the risk involved, but should not be allowed to deny access.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 220

Wrong question. Which one has many more failure points and more potential admins to go rogue. Inside jobs account many more security issues than outside hacks. With my stuff in my rack I can use open source and be relatively sure that it isn't pre-compromised from the day I install it like most hosted platforms and most big name software. I can encrypt using the encryption of my choice BEFORE it leaves my premises or touches any corporate client software that claims to encrypt it for me but still allows them to see it.

Comment Re:"TV series" (Score 2) 438

Yes, this. As much as I love Star Trek, I'll be forced to either pirate or unintentionally boycott. I don't live in an area with fast enough internet to stream and I also use linux, not Windows or Mac. So all the "controlled and approved" streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu etc that don't give you a "download in advance and watch in the app of your choice" option will never be able to get my business. Nevermind, I'll just download the torrent.

Comment because ebonics (Score 2) 281

Not mine, copied from a forum...

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    fibo be fibo widout 2 bitch
    slongas (fibo bepimpin 0)
        c be a an b bitch
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Comment Re:The concept is not that difficult (Score 1) 223

You are fundamentally missing what I'm saying. If I own the PC or the device, I should have a window to all communications coming to or leaving that device as its owner before encryption is applied to the communication. That should be a "right" of anyone owning a device. As the owner of a private network and the devices on a network, I as administrator of that network or some delegate of my choosing should have the ability to use technology such as SSL inspection using a man in the middle device to inspect and filter what is going on our network. I agree that breaks in the SSL chain should only be possible when both of two pre-requisites are met... the "snooper" must own the private network, and the snooper must own at least 1 of the 2 parties in a communication stream such as is needed to load an SSL inspection certificate.

As for my Volkswagen comment, I have to say you are absolutely wrong on that one. If the protocol and the computer code were transparently viewable by the OWNERS of the car, someone would have picked up on the misdirection long before now... in fact it would have never happened to begin with because they KNEW they would have been caught. THINGS and code really need to be protected by a consumer bill of rights. Everyday normal people, not just a watchdog organization or government need to be able to see and review all computer code. I'm not saying it needs to be free as in beer, but if the everyday person actually knew how many lines of code were in common software to, at the best make their life harder, or at the worst actively work against them by divulging information or worse, there would riots in the streets.

Comment Re:The concept is not that difficult (Score 1) 223

You do own the machine and that is exactly what I was talking about. There should be consumer protections in place that enforce that software creators cannot use your devices against you. The owner of the device SHOULD be able to see all communications from that device whether it is phones, PC's tablets, cars, radios etc.

Comment The concept is not that difficult (Score 4, Interesting) 223

I work in network security, but I'm also highly sensitive to snooping and privacy issues. If you own it, you should be able to see the traffic. If you own the home or business network and home or business computer, then you should be able to see what is going on within that network and computer regardless of who is using it. I do need to draw a huge distinction between a privately owned systems and networks versus systems that qualify as service or carrier networks. If you sell or re-sell bandwidth then you should NOT have ability to view that traffic. On a similar note, encryption should be able to be used against the owner of devices. All encrypted traffic generated from apps/services on a device should be viewable clear-text by the owner of the device. Too often nowadays, encryption is used to the detriment of owners. Same goes for computer code. i.e. the Volkswagen scandel. Owners should have the option to see and review everything that occurs in their devices. That (transparency) is the *** ONLY *** way that companies will ever stop doing what they do.

Comment Re:For now... bite me (Score 2, Insightful) 110

Exactly. I love how they make it sound like they are OK'ing us to encrypt. Fuck you... thats like them OK'ing me to paint my living room a certain color. I'll encrypt (or paint) however the fuck I want to in my business or my personal dealings. If I have even the remotest reason to suspect I'm using backdoored software, I'll change the shit. They can't "allow" something they constitutionally don't have access to.. and they try to amend the laws they need to be fucking tried for treason.

Comment All software/firmware should be exposed for review (Score 4, Insightful) 166

All of it is doing things that would make us riot in the street if we had insight into its behavior. People need access to every piece of code for every thing they own and should have the right to change it if they deem it necessary. Hardware and Things do not = software and we should have the right to buy the thing but decline or change the software if we don't agree with what it does and how it does it. Change nothing about how we pay for it, people deserve to get paid if they so choose, but they don't deserve to force their backdoors, cheats, anti-consumer behaviors etc on us if we don't want to use their crap.

Comment Re:Lemme let you in on the secret... (Score 1) 494

This does have everything to do with open vs closed source. You can't blame big business for doing anything they can get away with to make more money. The only reason they do shit like this is because they can. The only TRUE way to combat it is transparency. Even laws don't stop it as evidenced by VW and emissions requirements. If the code they put in their car was 100% transparent, you can be damned sure they wouldn't have done it.

Comment Re:Lemme let you in on the secret... (Score 0) 494

Firmware and Software does not equal hardware. Everyone should have the right to modify software after they pay for it. Or they should not have to use it at all. If they want to buy a device for the devices sake and put whatever software they choose on it, there should be no restrictions to them doing so.

Comment Lemme let you in on the secret... (Score 4, Insightful) 494

Its not just VW. Its not just the auto industry. It's all over the corporate world and our governments. Everywhere there is closed source software, your stuff that uses that software is being used in anti-consumer ways. I wish people would wise up and say enough is enough. If 99% of the source code for the stuff we use every day were suddenly made public, there would be nothing short of riots in the streets. I'm not advocating that people and companies who write firmware or software should not be compensated, but I am absolutely advocating that the public be allowed to see and change the software for the stuff we purchase.

Comment Re:Move and die (Score 1) 351

They can't have it both ways. They want to give me unlimited bandwidth that is limited and has a surcharge when I go over my unlimited limit. They want to shove malware at me through ads. They track me despite me saying they can't. They want me to trust anyone that they trust. No thanks. I'll use my adblocker and keep my internet to displaying only explicitly what I have asked it to display.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.