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Comment Re:I thought this died in the wind (Score 5, Insightful) 237

Maybe systemd has won the day, but that's no reason to stop people from working on a systemd-free system if that's what they want to do. Maybe systemd will turn out to be the disaster the naysayers were predicting and we'll all be happy they didn't give up. More likely, it will remain a hobby project for a handful of people who are resisting change for the sake of resisting change.

Ultimately, though, that's their choice. When systemd really started taking over, one of the regular comments was that people who didn't like it were free to fork their own distributions that didn't use it. Nobody who said that back then should complain because somebody took them seriously. As long as they aren't actively interfering with anyone else, they should be free to pursue their interests. Real freedom of choice includes the freedom to make unpopular choices.

Comment Re:Bogus (Score 1) 231

Their objective measurement is only as good as the algorithm they're using and the data they're feeding in. The data quality can vary dramatically- I've seen houses where I know the data is good and others where it's woefully inaccurate. It's also important to realize that inaccurate data for other people's houses can throw off the valuation for your house with accurate data, since it corrupts their whole database. And there's a big worry that their algorithms are pretty lousy.

Comment Re:Bogus (Score 1) 231

The reality is that the entire market is comprised of numbers pulled out of the air.

Not really. Sales prices are based on actual negotiations between real people who have real money on the line, very often for by far the largest purchase of their lifetime. Those sales prices have a strong influence on sellers' asking prices. In places where there's still substantial new home construction, they're also constrained by actual land and construction prices. There's still some arbitrariness to the pricing, but not particularly more than any other market.

Comment Re:Electronic stalking (Score 4, Informative) 100

Retaliation for various kinds of employee whistleblowing, including complaints about sexual harassment, is illegal. If they really were electronically stalking her as retaliation for her sexual harassment complaint, that would be grounds for a lawsuit even if the same actions would otherwise be perfectly legal.

Comment Re:Sledgehammer approach. (Score 5, Insightful) 163

I can break into your house because it's not secure enough. Is that OK too?

If the house has already been taken over by a criminal gang, it's a different matter. That's a better analogy with a lot of these insecure IoT devices. They aren't just sitting there innocently; if they're vulnerable to being shut down by this malware, they're also vulnerable to being taken over by botnets. This is not just a theoretical worry; some of the big recent DDOS attacks have been by IoT device botnets.

Comment Re:Sometimes (Score 3, Insightful) 421

Even if the customer is legitimately throwing a tantrum, there are still better and worse ways of responding. The company in this case could have continued trying to help in the hopes of fixing the problem and getting the guy to change his review. Or it could have been polite about offering a refund, waiving restocking fees, etc. Throwing its own tantrum in response to a customer tantrum is neither productive nor likely to generate good publicity. Instead, it's likely to make people think the customer may have been on to something with his complaints about poor support.

Comment Re:Brave and bold is fine... (Score 1) 240

And maybe expandable. It's neat when they can package everything into a nice tiny case, but the whole elegance factor is ruined when the only way to add stuff is in clunky external boxes. How about making sure there's plenty of free expansion slots and hard drive spaces so people can add stuff inside the original case?

Comment Re:Poor business (Score 3, Insightful) 395

Of course this shows another important point with reviewers: it's important to read the actual review rather than just the star rating. A good reviewer will explain not just whether they like a given movie (or book, album, etc.) but also why they feel that way. Even if your tastes differ from theirs, you can often get a good idea of whether you'll like something if you can see what they like and dislike about it in detail. Sites like Rotten Tomatoes give you the advantage of aggregating multiple reviews, but that comes at the expense of eliminating everything but the bottom line number.

Comment Re:In other words... (Score 3, Insightful) 93

Just make sure that hub isn't plugged into a computer, since the stick could have a malicious data payload. Note, though, that the same company that makes the USB Kill Stick also makes a plug in surge suppressor that protects USB ports against the Kill Stick. I'm sure they're planning on selling them to people like law enforcement who have to worry about malicious hardware.

Just remember, the only people who win in an arms race are arms manufacturers.

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