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Comment Re:"It's not that hard"? (Score 1) 99

There's tons of existing audit tracking file storage options.

Storage? Amazon or google are easy places to start - you can host the entire thing there. Heck, google can probably provide a youtube type interface for compressing footage etc. If they can handle umpteen billion hours of video then i'm sure they can handle police cameras.

Comment Re:Cheap (Score 1) 99

Sure, until they point to the contract they signed with Taser, etc. with some random stipulations which make it impossible (or at least very difficult/costly) to disclose. Just like the cell tower spoofing which someone was contractually secret even though that should have been overriden by existing laws.

"Ok, let's write this agreement so when things disappear it's no ones fault, no one can request open access, no one can get files they want without lots of hoops and lawsuits, oh, and anything potentially harmful to the IT company is off limits...and *wink wink* we know that you providing footage of a cop committing murder would be harmful."

Comment Re:Old enough doesn't matter (Score 1) 229

Phone contracts are 1 or 2 years typically (though now they're going out of vogue) ...

People 'grandfathered' in to various perks are left alone for PR reasons I assume...that or because many old plans are probably more profitable and it's easier to leave them all alone. There's no reason a cell carrier can't tell someone 'we no longer offer your xyz 'grandfathered' plan; you will need to pick a new one from our current choices.'

Comment Re:Limited unlimited (Score 1) 229

On the surface, I agree but when you dig a bit deeper it's not entirely true.

Individual uplinks aren't the issue here, neither is (to a larger degree) neighborhood level traffic. It's your ISP's connection(s) into the backbone and thus to netflix itself. This is why netflix offers ISPs cache boxes to reduce traffic going out of their network.

So Ch. 4 might "cost" more locally to stream but it's not using any actual internet bandwidth (except maybe a single stream inwards on a dedicated line which feeds all their customers).

Then again, assuming there's a netflix cache your netflix stream isn't 'costing' the ISP either. Then again again all the lawsuits about equal priority for internet traffic.

In the end I think it's ridiculous that ISPs are now trying to impose caps on wired bandwidth. They see all the big $ that the wireless carriers are getting out of the same scam and cry big crocodile tears.

Comment Re:Diversity gap is irrelevant (Score 1) 176

Newsflash: Not everyone has the same everything. That's communism.

Discrimination is one thing...and it's wrong.

At the same time this amounts to reverse discrimination. Any random minority* is automatically given assistance in any of a number of ways which give them advantages not available to many others. Of course, it's only if you fit in the right group that's crying about how they're wronged and oppressed. I'd love to see how well a white male scholarship fund does.

*Minority has a star since what's considered minorities these days outnumber the "majority". Protip: the world is pretty racially diverse in first world countries.

Comment Re:Wrong. This isn't enough. (Score 1) 176

TBH, the link is more in the social norms of the group. The stereotype exists because, unfortunately, it's common.

Working poor? Yes, dual income + assistance barely puts food on the table.

Public assistance poor? They don't typically work. Have full access to medical programs, food, free education, etc. Heck, non-working parents on welfare apparently get an allowance for *daycare* as I understand it. In theory those parents have all the time in the world to spend raising their kids. They could learn right along with them if they're uneducated from all the take-home work and books if they were so motivated.

Sad but true.

Comment Re:ah (Score 1) 176

Nah. Tech giants are interested in programing...erm grooming...erm educating future drones.

It's somewhat tongue in cheek but also I have to look at both sides. Yes, these companies want STEM grads ... heck they need them. And I think the H1-B thing is finally catching up enough with companies that they see the twilight coming.

The answer? Take poor kids and give them enough education (and, of course, propaganda about how great these companies are) to meet the same requirements.

Then you remember they're poor. So if you take a welfare-income family and pay their 20yo kid engineer/programmer 40K our of school they'll think they're rich. It's H1-B, plan B.

Or maybe I'm just in a pessimistic mood today and corporate greed evaporated overnight.

Comment Re:Don't worry! (Score 2) 319

Or rather...let me buy my *content* in a convenient way.

Netflix streaming was great until they started removing lots of movies.

Now the providers are fracturing the content between multiple services ... so you do kind of get the ala carte except you have to buy from a half dozen places. Oh, and fight with wonky interfaces that differ between them all. And you generally can't watch offline. And...so on.

Or just torrent whatever you want for free of course. I killed off cable TV ~5 years ago and still don't miss it.

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 1) 446

AM would pay. They would (and probably are) offering that themselves.

Think about it. Someone says "I'm going to kill you and steal your wallet" ... typically someone hands over the wallet freely and asks what else they can do to not be killed.

Plus they way they're doing it will earn them a lot less negativity (especially among the "conservative" folks who "abhor" those kind of websites ... and secretly use them of course) than an actual blackmail threat.

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 267

Sure, in a perfect world.

We live in a very imperfect world though. Your suggestion makes multiple assumptions, requires a fair bit of additional infrastructure (can't RDP without jumphost, can't video conference internally without a host, backups need to be daily and quick to restore), and still leaves the door wide open to information *loss*. Oh, and it requires a monitoring system to watch all file access in realtime and compare to some arbitrary standard...either in passive mode which means you're screwed already or active mode which means you have to deal with blocking people from accessing internal files.

Or I can just block blog content, gmail, and so on. It sucks but it sucks more to leave the door wide open.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang