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Comment Re:Sure, it's good today (Score 1) 415

> IIRC, the Apple magnetic connectors are under patent.

Go figure. Not that it's not a great idea worthy of a patent, but IIRC there were deep fryers with similar magnetic breakaway power cables that predated the apple connector by decades, yet somehow Apple gets a patent for basically the same thing "on a computer".

Lament the hobbling of innovation by an incompetent patent office.

Comment Re:Philosophy of selfishness = anything goes. (Score 1) 131

Uhhh, what is it that Rand is advocating and railing against?

I'm guessing she isn't railing against anything at the moment since she's been dead for over 30 years.

I can't really sum up Objectivism in a /. post but a few current events that I'm sure have her rolling over in her grave:

  1. Government supporting and propping up corrupt inefficient corporate entities (e.g. various banking corporations, auto manufacturers).
  2. Innovative productive entities having there innovation disrupted or stolen by non-productive entities through far overreaching "Intellectual Property" rights. And before anyone brings it up, yes in Atlas Shrugs patents play an important part and that she advocates patents. But the patent system today is far different then what it was when she wrote that and is doing the opposite of what she was advocating the patent system for. Patents are no longer used to help innovative entities improve productivity. They are used by non-productive entities to basically steal the fruits of an productive entities innovations.
  3. Government supporting and passing laws to exclusively support and prop up outdated industries (e.g. RIAA, MPAA).
  4. The movement of capital from productive individuals and entities to an increasingly exclusive elitist group that is non-productive and in many cases destroys productive entities to their own financial gain.
  5. The increasing militarization of the police force to exercise absolute control over any dissent.

Although the mechanisms by which things are happening are very different then how she portrayed them in Atlas Shrugged the underlying cause and effects pretty closely match it. This becomes much more clear if one reads her writings beyond that one book.

Comment Re:Philosophy of selfishness = anything goes. (Score 2) 131

First of all selfishness, especially in the way Rand describe it, is not good. It is a means to escape repercussions for the persons action.

You need to reread the GP post. You are a perfect example of the reference to "writers either cluelessly or maliciously misrepresenting her position".

Actually what Rand wrote and the philosophy she advocated means exactly the opposite of what you state here. It truly amazes at the number of people who misrepresent Rand's beliefs and philosophy as being pretty much the exact opposite of what it is. You can't possible have actually read her works and draw the above conclusion. What Rand advocated is total responsibility for one's actions.

You see this also in people claiming that what is happening in the US today is what Rand was advocating for when it is in reality exactly what she was railing against.

Comment Re:MShafted (Score 1) 54

Even the summary states they hand over very little. Much less than I had anticipated.


The count does not include requests made using "National Security Letters" issued by the FBI or other U.S. federal agencies that have the force of a warrant or subpoena, albeit without the oversight or control provided by the courts that issue those sorts of orders.

So the report is on a subset of the requests they receive and the most regulated subset at that. The request that bypass the judicial system (and arguable the US Constitution) aren't included.

Comment Re:But at least their EPA estimates are right. (Score 1) 364

Certainly they would - *IF* Tesla were letting them take a nice cut of the profits instead of marketing direct to consumers and cutting them out of the picture. Bad precedent my friend. Bad precedent. Just thing of the horrors that could be unleashed if other manufacturers started following suite and cut the mostly-useless parasitic dealerships out of the loop.

Comment Re:Not a shock (Score 1) 124

Perhaps so - I never paid any attention to the Move because:
1) it felt like an also-ran, I already had a Wii that was doing all sorts of interesting things
2) The Playstation line seemed to have become primarily dedicated to FPSes, for which the PC is far better suited. (I like a mouse, keyboard, and mods)
3) Sony is evil and I'm boycotting them until they develop a track record of not retroactively screwing over their customers.

Comment Re:Also it stands to reason (Score 1) 303

Except that they've already confirmed that they're not storing your actual fingerprint. They're storing hashes of the fingerprints that they use to verify your fingerprint when you attempt to login

Guessing you're not a software type? Whether they store it on a form of permanent storage or not in order to calculate the hash they HAVE TO feed in the raw data to the hash function. If the hash is of your digitized fingerprint then the digitized fingerprint data is there. You can't just magically create a hash value. While it's there it is vulnerable. The malicious software simple has to intercept the raw data before it's fed into the hash function. The most likely place to do this is to read the raw data feed from the sensor.

Comment Re:Also it stands to reason (Score 4, Insightful) 303

But because of that the privacy concerns raised are pointless. Casual use is exactly where biometrics are useful, they are very convenient but don't provide any real security.

Yeah, because having your fingerprint physically on something is exactly the same as having it digitally stored where it can be transmitted in seconds to any anywhere in the world. It's just as easy follow someone around until you can physically steal their phone and pull the fingerprints off as it is to plant some malware on it and have it transmit the info.

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