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Comment Re:Crippled crap... (Score 4, Insightful) 232

Yeap, also a nice little monoculture for Apple

The monoculture of the public-school programs set for the entire nation by the federal Department of Education does not bother you, does it? It is only the fact, that one particular city is advancing it using a particular family of devices, that you find troubling...

Comment Re:network ignorance (Score 1) 331

By accessing the material they might accidentally leak further information. If I want to know your IP address and I have your email address, all I do is send you an email with an image in it or some other "click here" net thing. I tag the image or link with a unique ID. As soon as you load the image or click the link I now have your IP address in my server's logs. Or maybe I post a links on my Facebook friends' walls -- again with the unique ID. I might learn a bit about their friends who click on the link. Maybe I seed the pages that the links go to with other types of enticing links, pretty soon I can see that all of so-and-so's friends clicked on the "anal sex" link but ignored the "help starving children" appeal. I might even get some of them to leave comments on articles that reveal even more information, like correcting "mistakes" in the linked article or revealing their own email address to "sign in to comment" or whatever. Before long I know enough to mount a successful social engineering attack on a group of interest to me, possibly netting even better access to more directly useful information.

Comment Re:liability (Score 1) 68

I can only speak to how my local hackerspace handles it, I don't know how others do.

At this one, most power tools are owned by individual members. If someone gets hurt and wants to sue someone, the only person they can sue is the individual owner. On one hand, this sucks because it puts all the burden on individuals' shoulders. On the other hand, it decreases the chance that someone tries to pay legal fees from prospective damage awards, because damages are likely to be very small, so it reduces the chance someone will lawyer up.

Our hackerspace hasn't had any incidents yet, so I don't know how well this plays out in practice.

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