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Comment So What. (Score 5, Insightful) 178

I'm unimpressed to be quite honest. If an app is any good, a user will use it until something better comes along. Google can't understand that and they force users into their versions of whatever popular app exists. Google+ was an example of this kind of shakedown. It's terrible. Facebook is no better but Google+ was simply awful.

If something is good people will use it. Youtube is good so people use it all the time... but Youtube administrative causes a lot of users big trouble. Look at people who lose their revenue because some professional squatting company comes along and files bogus DCMAs against legitimate Youtube users who were merely applying the fair-use rules appropriately in the first place.

Google doesn't really care about you. They don't care about your audience or your beliefs or values. They just want to force their own profit margins and grow their garden of trust until the next big harvest.

Comment Re:"living" Minimum wage (Score 2) 632

But if you oppose a living minimum wage, then you support slavery
Do you not know what a slave is? If I volunteer at the local soup kitchen, does that make me a slave? By YOUR definition, it does. However, slaves are considered property and have no choices. I can throw down my apron and walk out of the soup kitchen. A slave does not have that choice.
In the context of this discussion, if a "slave" doesn't like his wages, he's free to quit, making him not really slave. If he wants to make better wages, he needs to make himself worth more to employers. That's how freedom works.

Comment Re: Let me guess.. (Score 2) 632

Add to that the fact that vendors will hoard the money rather than reinvest them
How exactly do vendors "hoard" their money? Do they:
1) Expand to make even more money
2) Cash it out and put in their own pockets
3) Invest it using other means such as bonds or stock market
4) Stick in the bank
5) Buy a giant Scrooge McDuck style safe to store stacks of $100 bills and gold coins.

In the case of 1 and 3, the money goes back into the economy. The business expands, creating more jobs by the expansion itself or running the now larger business.
In the case of Number 2, you need to ask the question again, "How exactly do the stock holders 'hoard' their money?" The answers don't really change. Even if they build mansions, someone has to gather the materials, construct the home, fill it with furniture, and then maintain the house by keeping it clean and repaired. Even this keeps people employed.
Number 4 is an option some use, but it's temporary. Even then, the bank will load the money back out to other businesses or individuals who will also spend the money, expanding the economy.
Number 5, of course, is what you think happens, but that's simply not reality.

Either way, you are missing a basic economic fact, ALL MONEY IS SPENT, and by spending that money, the economy expands. The more money being made, the more the economy grows. Profit is what happens when you increase the value of resources. Profit, by definition, makes the economy larger, meaning more money for everyone.

So you can stop with your rich-envy.

Comment Once again (Score 3, Insightful) 100

A Trend Micro analysis of the Nayana systems reveals endemic problems. It is no surprise that the hosting provider fell victim to this infection.

Once again, a company is managed by sales guys not tech guys. What could possibly go wrong?

IT Guy: "We need to upgrade our servers."

Business guy: "That costs too much. Don't bring suggestions like that to a meeting again!"

IT Guy: {{okay.png}}

The version of Apache NAYANA used is run as a user of nobody(uid=99), which indicates that a local exploit may have also been used in the attack.

Oh wait. Maybe it was an inside job?

The gnuplot thickens!

Comment Strange Policy (Score 5, Insightful) 50

I find it utterly strange that the same profiles that a moderator would use in their official duties would be somehow linked to their own Facebook profile. That seems to me like a huge security oversight. Paid mods should ALWAYS have separate credentials from their own personal stuff. What happens when FB fires someone? They just change their FB acct to non-admin? Seems like a huge problem if there are any rollbacks.

No. You gotta keep shit separated. I get that most forums around typically associate user accts with privs... but that's bad policy if your system is going to be targeted. Better to have secret hidden mod accts that can be audited internally but do not show up externally... and can't be accessed remotely. Remote mod accts should have extra layers of auditing and security as well.

I'm probably preaching to the choir, but FB never seemed like a very talented company, or at best their amoral practices will always be to their disadvantage, as we see here.

Comment Re:Great news! (Score 1) 76

Now, they can shift the blame to people who don't patch.

Depends on why someone is running XP. If it's for business and software relies on that os for some reason, that's one major case. Another is the case of older folks who don't know much about computers so they are running the same thing they have ran since they bought the machine. Maybe they never ran an update?

True story. I got a call from my ex about her father's computer and I'm a nice person so I head over to his place because he "can't get the interenet". Show up and he has 1200+ unknown processes running and the mouse is lagging horribly due to the lack of RAM available.

I tried not to laugh but he had some malware and this malware was in a battle against some other malware. A malware battle royal was taking place on his system. Worms were strangling one another.

He was running Vista. I said plainly that the computer was salvageable but unless he had the original disks it would probably be more expensive to get a new OS installed than to buy a new computer at that point.

So I told him I had a couple hours to burn and would gladly help him buy a new one.

By the time I was done he was on a rocketship compared to that boat-anchor system. I patched his system, got him all the software and ran ccleaner for him plus installed malwarebytes. He was overjoyed.

A WEEK LATER, I get a call that he can't get on the internet. I show up and he had his old system connected to the router. I guess he thought it was needed to go in THAT port and not his new computer??? IDK but these older users always give me a good chuckle but I def try to help whenever possible. :)

Comment Re:Huge Mess for Control (Score 1) 165

I have no idea how adding any amount of tech will ever be able to beat a good coffee, coarse ground, in a stainless steel french press.

Hence the microfilter. I fine-grind my coffee using a Vitamix and store a week's worth of ground in a lock2lock tupperware container. I measure out 30g or slightly more in the french press. Once the water is boiled I let it sit a little then pour it into the french press. Ten minutes of steeping, then I press and pour into a pitcher. I dump the grounds and rinse out the french press completely empty. Then I pour the coffee into the microfilter and let it sift out the remaining sediment. Every so often I rinse out the microfilter to get rid of the extra sediment.

The result is a perfectly filtered coffee that keeps in a pump thermos for hours. This whole process takes 20min from start to finish but it's not 20min of concentrated time. Most of the time I'm just letting gravity do the work. I can do the rest of my morning routine while this coffee is getting brewed and filtered.

Would using a k-cup or tassimo be easier? Not overall. Overall once you consider the expense of paying something like 50x the cost of coffee beans for one-cup convenience and factor in the lower quality per cup flavor and all the time waiting around for one cup to brew at a time, my method is indeed superior for time savings and also for quality -- and it's cheaper!

Comment Huge Mess for Control (Score 4, Insightful) 165

The internet of things is a mess. I really dislike that catchphrase too. I believe the idea of a physical connection to the internet being unavoidable is very much a logical fallacy.

I prefer things that do not loop in because I can control them better. When I buy them I own those products and that means I get to decide how to use them.

The moment I realized I would have to install an app to make my coffee maker work, was the same moment I bought a stainless microfilter and a french press and took that thing back to the store.

Throw out anything that loops in -- you don't need it! The ONLY reason they want to do that is to get you hooked. Either so you don't use someone else's coffee or so you don't use refilled ink. Whatever. Just put your money on good quality gear that is more analog and you'll be MUCH happier.

And the last place one should look for any kind of scientific discovery is through non-scientific canvassing. The opinions of the unwashed masses are popular ones, but that does in no means make them correct.

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