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Comment wrong tree (Score 1) 341

When a product is being rejected by the market as clearly as this one has been, price is rarely the issue, so trying to solve the problem by lowering the price is like checking your tire pressure when you run out of gas.

Comment current war (Score 2) 327

One part of many. Whether it's tobacco companies, the sugar industry, the media moguls - if you haven't realized that we live in the middle of a war between capitalism and humanity, you're living under a rock.

Corporations intentionally damage us, for profit. We are sold products known to damage our health because it's profitable. We have patent and copyright laws that are batshit crazy, because corporations think this will save their monopoly rents. In the US, corporations are fighting local governments who want to provide their citizen with services that the corporations fail to offer (like broadband in the hinterlands). All over Europe, we sold the public companies that our parents and in some cases grandparents had built up and paid for with tax money to private companies, and in most cases the results were rising prices and dropping quality. There are a number of movements to buy it back - that alone should tell you how successful the whole thing was for the public.

William Gibbson said in an interview that he stopped writing cyberpunk stories because if he had written what is reality today as fiction back then, people would've called him insane.

These are the final days of mankind. Not in an apocalyptic sense but in the sense of the end of our reign as the supreme creatures on this planet. Our overlords will be creatures we created, but it won't be robots or Skynet, it'll be virtual entities like corporations, governments and other faceless entities that you can't kill with a shotgun. The fringe-liberals are misguided, stockpiling food and ammo won't do you any good in this war, because it's not fought that way.

Comment Shame (Score 1) 438

Which idiot wrote this poll? Most of these features do NOT increase security. No DHCP??? In which kind of strange parallel universe does that give you security? Poll writer has no clue at all. I just hope nobody considers these options as "hints".

Use strong encryption (if you aren't using WPA2, you are a fool), don't do anything on your network that assumes it is secure (i.e. still protect your shares, etc. with passwords and use encryption internally) and if you are really paranoid, change your password every few months or so in case your neighbors are running a cracker on your network to get free Internet.

If you're into kiddie porn, or have other, real reasons to really need a really secure home network, ditching the WiFi and using good old cat5 is your only choice.

Comment missing points (Score 1) 438

Two, actually.

First, most of the posters here didn't RTFA (not that I'm surprised). To save you all the shame: They know this creates tons of g. They don't plan to launch astronauts with it, it's for bulk materials like water, construction materials or hardened satellites.

Second, the video also misses the point. Even after watching it, I still have no clue how this thing actually works. Something about centripedal force and some kind of locking. This is a geek project, stupid! Do explain the physics in some more detail!

Anyone know more about the techniques involved? "Slingatron" doesn't exactly turn up many search results aside from this project.

Comment Re:scale (Score 2) 327

The problem is growth on growth.

Investors do not just expect to get a return on their investment, they expect that this return continuously increases. The reverse is true of the shadow of growth - the news in my country barely ever report how much debt the government is taking again, the number everyone focusses on is not only new debt, but whether or not that increases or decreases ("yeay! the government has reduced the additional debt this year!" - translation: We are not paying back our debt. We are increasing our debt. We are just increasing it a little less then last year.)

Same with investment, just a bit less obvious. If I invest $100 in your company today, and I get $10 in dividends a year, I break even after 10 years and after that, my profit grows every year. So this whining isn't about decreasing profits, but about a decrease in the increase of profit. The company is still making money and so are its investors. It's just less then before.

The stock market, of course, is a 2nd and 3rd (options) derivative game, so growth of growth is considered vital because that's how the system works. That doesn't mean it has any meaning outside of it.

The culture I referred to was that we've allowed the casino to dominate the real economy.

Comment Re:not even until fix, until a full hearing (Score 1) 168

You seem to think the world freezes in place while the court goes through the full hearing. That isn't the case and courts know that. Before issuing a temporary injunction, they will consider a) if the plaintiff has a chance to prevail and b) if he will take irreparable harm if he doesn't get the injunction. Those are the legal standards for a temporary injunction. And yes, they include an opinion. That is why many plaintiffs who get a temporary injunction rejected will also drop the full case.

Comment Re:not even until fix, until a full hearing (Score 2) 168

A temporary injunction is common in many types of cases and in no way indicates the court's opinion on the substantive issues.

Wrong. I was deeply involved in corporate legal stuff for a couple years and I have been in court cases like this. A temporary injunction does not mean the court will decide the same way in the full hearing, true. However, a temporary injunction is only granted if the court believes that the party seeking it has at least a reasonable chance to persist in the full hearing. As such, it does indicate the courts opinion, to some extent. If the court thought you're full of shit, it wouldn't grant the temporary injunction.

Comment Re:How long have they known? (Score 1) 168

If the car industry is anything like the IT industry, it will be a ton of work to even reach someone who understands what the problem is.

These days, IT has finally learnt, but I still remember times where researchers had a hard time getting their 0-days to the attention of the manufacturer because corporations have a strong tendency to make it very, very hard to identify and contact anyone on the inside who's not in sales.

Comment stupidity won again (Score 4, Insightful) 168

Yepp, the court fell for the oldest and most blatantely false argument of the full disclosure opponent.

The court assumes that bad guys don't already have this knowledge. From decades of experience in IT security we can conclude with near certainty that they do. What this provides is limited, short-term protection against those would-be thieves who don't, yet. Also, a false sense of security.

What would've happened if this had been published: The public would know, car manufacturers would (have to) scramble for a fix.

What will happen now: Nothing. The next model will be fixed, your current one will maybe get an update at the next maintainance cycle, but don't count on it.

The next years will be a great time to be a car thief.

Comment scale (Score 0) 327

Help! The sky is falling! A companies revenue in one country now only dwarves 62 countries!

They should be worried, shouldn't they? With that sharp decline, their revenue in China is now "only" equal to the yearly income of 870 thousand chinese (or 92 thousand americans).

I will readily admit I'm an Apple fan. But wtf is this article? A piece of whining, like a super-rich complaining that this years champagne doesn't taste as nice as last years'. I don't think the author has a grasp for the numbers he posted.

Comment I don't (Score 1) 200

If I were to celebrate every day that has been nominated by someone as some special something, I wouldn't be getting anything done.

Sysadmin day is the same bullshit as mothers day or valentines day: If you need a day marked in the calendar to remind you of something, you're not appreciating it, and your show of appreciation (or your celebration) is fake.

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