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Comment: Spot on (Score 5, Insightful) 156

by zerofoo (#47941605) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

I buy damn near everything over the internet. I get exactly what I want from a competitive marketplace. Why can't I buy a car to my exact specifications direct from the manufacturer? If Amazon can deliver almost anything to my front door, why can't GM, Ford and Toyota deliver a car to my door?

Comment: Google Play Music anyone? (Score 1) 609

There is a ton of stuff in my Google Play Music library that Google thinks I might like. It's damn annoying and clutters up my library.

My Pandora channels have suggested channels at the bottom. I don't want them, but they are there.

This bothersome phenomenon is not unique to Apple.

Comment: If you don't want to build your own - Cisco (Score 1) 238

by zerofoo (#47891275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

I bought an ASA-5505 on Amazon for around $500. For that price you get a firewall that is used by many big companies. You can get your feet wet in the Cisco world - which could help if you ever need to look for a job, and it handles VPN nicely.

If you've never worked with Cisco before, it will take you some time to get up to speed on the cisco way though.

The only drawback with this box is that the interfaces are 100 Mbps only.

Comment: They may not know any better (Score 1) 352

by zerofoo (#47888483) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

During my consulting gigs, I found very few windows users that actually knew anything different. They all have windows at work (and someone to fix it when it shits the bed).

So far, every single person that has migrated to Mac OS from windows, tells me that the experience is much better on the Mac side. What people usually notice is how little Mac OS interrupts your workflow. Windows is constantly interrupting with updates, or crashed print queues, or explorer windows that simply stop working.

Windows has been patched together for so many years, that a complete redesign is necessary, yet Microsoft is afraid to cut the old stuff loose. MS can never progress if they aren't willing to let the past go.

Comment: Not late - just low quality (Score 1) 352

by zerofoo (#47888393) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

I had Windows CE and Windows Mobile devices for YEARS before I got my first iOS or Android device. I also had Palm devices before then as well.

They were good for their time, but iOS introduced a touch interface that actually worked with your finger and a real web browser on a mobile device.

Why Microsoft couldn't get that together during the 5 year period before iOS speaks to their incompetence.

Comment: All hostages to the last mile providers (Score 5, Insightful) 85

by zerofoo (#47816253) Attached to: Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

It doesn't matter how much content amazon has, nor how many datacenters they have. Amazon, Apple, Google...etc are all hostages to the last mile providers. Their business models depend on that last mile for delivery of their product.

In the end, the UPS/FedEx model will probably prevail where content providers will pay a delivery company for delivery of their product.

Google seems to be the only company with the foresight to start building their own last mile network. Unfortunately, at the rate they are going my great great grandkids might have Google Fiber available in their area.

Comment: It could help answer some questions (Score 4, Insightful) 643

by zerofoo (#47768351) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Was Michael Brown surrendering with his hands up when he was shot, or was he attacking the police officer? Body cam video would have gone a long way to answering that question.

When investigating complex matters like police shootings, more evidence is better. There is no way you can convince me that less data would make the investigation better.

Comment: Re: Everything hits poor people harder (Score 2) 207

Social security is not a capitalistic system. It even has the word "social" in the name.

Let's just call social security what it is supposed to be...insurance against poverty in old age.

The problem with SS is that people that don't need the insurance benefit are drawing from it. It would be better to treat the entire thing as an insurance policy...not a defined benefit, but one that exists if a set of conditions is met.

Comment: Everything hits poor people harder (Score 3, Insightful) 207

Poor people also pay a disproportionate part of their income on food, clothing, energy, housing and transportation. Should all of those things be cheaper for poor people as well?

Should I have done an income analysis on my neighborhood and if I found that I was on the low-end of the income spectrum, should I have demanded a lower price on my house simply because I make less than my neighbors?

I understand charity for the poor, but demanding that poor people pay less for everything simply because they are poor defeats the point of a market economy. If you are going to do that, why not go all the way to a state planned economy?

I'll tell you why that sucks. Capitalism, even with all its problems, is the best way to distribute limited resources in a world with unlimited demand.

Comment: He's also advocating for tax hikes for the rich (Score 4, Insightful) 207

I get that bashing the rich, while pitying the poor, gives everyone a feeling of moral superiority, the parent post did mention taxing capital gains the same as income.

So if you are a rich guy paying 15% tax on your capital gains investments, taxing that as regular income could push the rate well beyond 25%. That's a tax increase or "broadening the tax base".

Taxes should be flat across the spectrum. You shouldn't get a break because you are extremely rich or poor. Besides, a flat tax is naturally progressive. If you make more, you pay more.

Better still, let's not tax income or property. Since all money in the economy is eventually spent, let's simply tax consumption and fund our society that way. Everyone consumes - those that consume less will pay less tax.

Comment: Synology history of security vulnerabilities (Score 1) 150

by zerofoo (#47606977) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

A while back synology had a problem with unauthorized bitcoin miners running on their devices:

http://www.cvedetails.com/vuln...

There seems to be a culture of fast and loose with regards to software development at Synology.

I love my Synology NAS, but you have to be nuts to put these things on the internet.

Comment: Won't solve many problems in the US (Score 1) 149

by zerofoo (#47418227) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

The last mile of copper in the US is in an abysmal state. Telcos like Verizon are laying their fiber network and abandoning their low-cost copper network.

In Princeton, NJ we can barely make reliable, noise-free, voice calls over copper. T1s over copper are similarly disappointing.

I doubt pushing even higher speed data over this terrible infrastructure will result in a satisfactory experience - and the minute you need to replace a cable, why not lay fiber?

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