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Comment: Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (Score 4, Interesting) 101

by scottbomb (#48872205) Attached to: Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

Maybe. The devil is in the details, and I'm looking forward to learning more about it. But Google has a shitload of money and they blow way too much on useless crap that no one wants like Google Glass and autonomous cars. They're launching fiber now here in Austin, giving Time Warner and AT&T some much-needed competition. Backing underdogs like Spring and T-Mobile makes me think Google may end up owning both. One thing Google does well is networking.

However, there is one caveat: will Google be sniffing all the traffic it sees on these newly-acquired traffic just to harvest it and sell to advertisers. THAT's where I draw the line. My ISP has only ONE JOB: connect me to the web without getting in the way. That's what I pay for and that's what I currently get.

Comment: Re:the thing i never understood was (Score 1) 129

by scottbomb (#48817081) Attached to: US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

I read in a Tor forum that it was Silkroad that was taken down (not Tor) and it was indeed due to a social slip, the owner logging in to IRC WITHOUT the protection of Tor, that caused him to get busted.

True, hard drugs and kiddie porn are to be dealt with. Fine. Go get 'em Barney Fife!

But what troubles me is that with all the advances in computer science, it's still impossible to create a truly brick-wall secure network where people can be truly anonymous. Is it even possible? It seems so, at least theoretically. Forget AI or self-driving cars. Baby steps. Let's solve some of these problems first.

Comment: 930 MILLION devices vulnerable (Score 4, Insightful) 629

by scottbomb (#48793871) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

It would seem to me that they have a responsibility to support the versions that are in use by the majority of their customers. This whole idea that 2.5-year-old software is "ancient" is a load of BS. Imagine the outcry if Microsoft quit supporting each version of Windows after such a short time.

Comment: Re:Liability? (Score 1) 90

by scottbomb (#48656829) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

The person in the car may own it, but they aren't in control of it. You can't even call them a driver if they can't drive the car. I wouldn't have have much of a problem with self-driving cars so long as I can grab the wheel and gain instant control when needed. But Google's removal of the steering wheel, brakes, and gas pedal made them look ridiculous and places them squarely in the position of complete liability.

What really bothers me is the over-confidence in Google software on this board. I'm I the only one that sees their bugs? Google Maps and Google Drive (last I tried it) are full 'em. Maps crashes, leads me to businesses that are long closed, can't find another business 2 blocks down the street. Tells me to keep driving down Smith St. when I'm nowhere near Smith St. When I tried Google Drive (about a year ago) it couldn't sync without creating a bunch of duplicates. Yeah, I want the people who wrote that garbage to write the software to write the code that drives my car.

Comment: The difference between Ubur and all the others... (Score 1) 190

by scottbomb (#48656741) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

By "others" I mean price-gougers like motels, airlines, etc. is that in these industries, EVERYBODY does it and they've been doing it for years so they get away with it. People expect airfare and lodging to cost more during holidays and special events. But Uber is a taxi company and taxi companies don't do this. It's simply not necessary. They have survived for decades charging whatever rate is posted on their door, which seldom changes due to inflation.

But go ahead, Uber. Do what you want. Once people realize they're paying more than conventional cabs, they'll be gone.

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...