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Comment: Understandable... I don't see a problem (Score 1) 179

by sirwired (#48941649) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

The Snowden revelations about constitutionally-questionable domestic spying have been with the full co-operation of telecom and internet companies, hence no super-smart mathematicians necessary, just a bunch of IT guys and CompSci specialists to deal with the large amount of data.

NSA's "traditional" activities, which involve espionage and codebreaking applied against foreign powers (requiring the aid of mathematicians for codebreaking) is an accepted and normal part of international relations, in a tradition going back millenia. Yes, when spies or espionage projects are caught there's usually a stern press release, but nothing ever comes of it.

Comment: Give up the source? Ain't gonna happen (Score 4, Insightful) 126

by sirwired (#48940435) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

China can ask for the source, but I don't see any US firm agreeing. They certainly wouldn't care about China-only builds having back-doors; that I'm sure they'd agree to. But giving up the source? No way. If they do that, they know that the code will quickly be incorporated into products from Chinese companies and their sales will drop soon afterwards as the thieves sell their own versions for far less.

Comment: A solution in search of a problem. (Score 1) 255

If service call costs for one or two disks are prohibited, simply put in enough spares so you only have to roll a tech for, say, 10 drives.

Alternatively, make them user-swappable. If all the customer has to do is ask their tech to yank drives with a Blinky Amber Light of Doom, even the most untrained monkey could figure that out.

Comment: $30/mo is a terrible price (Score 4, Insightful) 43

by sirwired (#48903177) Attached to: For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

$30/mo is a terrible price. If all you want is talk/text, you can get that, on an ACTUAL cellular network (Cricket/AT&T, and I'm sure other providers) for $25/mo. And, to top it off, they'll only charge you $25 for that Moto G, instead of $100.

As a $5 add-on to your cable plan, it's pretty nice... but not at the "rack" rate.

Comment: Fix the mouse you have. (Score 1) 429

by sirwired (#48897473) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

The most common mouse failure is the microswitches. Most mice use the exact same switch... Ten minutes, a cheap pencil iron, desolder wick, and some solder, and you are good to go for another few years.

I've been nursing along an original Trackman Marble for twenty years this way.

Comment: Customized yes, cheap, no. (Score 1) 128

The only part of the automaking process that they changed was body/chassis assembly. That part is already highly automated, with robots doing most of the work. Yay, so you get all the automation, with the addition of greater customization. However, the vast majority of the labor is in assembly of the rest of the car. And if every car off the line is different, a lot of the efficiencies you get with the moving assembly line go completely out the window.

Comment: Can they attract developers? (Score 1) 241

by sirwired (#48855157) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

The big question is: Can they attract developers? If not, they'll need to be able to run Android apps natively. Once you are doing that, why not just run Android, an OS where somebody else bears most of the development cost?

I can see Samsung being more successful at this than Amazon was, but Samsung also doesn't have the motivations Amazon had/has for doing so.

Comment: Hans Reiser tried this defense (Score 2) 119

by sirwired (#48824491) Attached to: Silk Road Trial Defense: Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts

Hans Reiser tried the "somebody else did it" defense. He suggested it was somebody else, but presented no more than vague hints in that general direction suggesting that somebody else had motive. (And, of course, it was all silly hand-waving, since he later confessed and led police to the body.) For Ulbrict's sake, let's hope he has something more substantive.

The police have no obligation to investigate alternate suspects once they've decided on one to charge. If you, defendant, want to blame the crime on somebody else, you need to perform your own investigation rather than merely pointing out the police didn't chase after whomever the defendant thinks would be a more worthy suspect.

I don't know if Ulbrict has some real evidence; if he did, you'd think he would have released it by now.

Comment: Per usual, the headline is bogus (Score 1) 303

How do we have any freaking clue whether or not the jury understands the internet? If they are doing their jobs, they aren't saying a damn thing about what they do or don't understand.

The judge on the other hand, certainly is requesting things be simplified on her (and the juror's) behalf.

Really, this isn't any different from ANY other trial. Any trial involves the jury deciding on things that they do not have a great deal (or any) experience with. The whole job of the Forensic evidence, insider trading, patents, whatever.

If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are real good, you will get out of it.