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Comment Re:Doesn't the CEO's recent comments counter this? (Score 1) 92

Well, not to say anything about the nature of Blackberry's security, but certainly a CEO who's largest clients are government and law enforcement are going to cow tow to his client's position.

Oh hi , you're a fascist dictators who make the world less secure, now piss off.

Comment Re:If you can't attack the message... (Score 1) 669

Who needs to defend anything? In all likelihood they're genuine. If so, either 1. Who cares, they broke no laws, or 2. People broke laws and they should be held accountable for them.

Seriously, from an outsider's view of the US, you're in so much trouble. Slashdot has become a petty bitch-fest flaming uninformed drivel until people just stop paying attention. Its making me want to drop the site entirely. Non-US news affiliates only, which is depressing. If Slashdot is even a tiny Petri dish of the greater population, I fear for your country. /ducks

Comment Re:The problem with twitter (Score 1) 106

Well, you could describe LHC to common Joes as well to the same effect. Just because laymen don't understand, it doesn't mean it isn't important.

If I was twitter, I'd convert the core product to entirely Wikipedia-style funding to avoid the almost certain collapse when deemed fiscally inflated. For firehoses, charge a good chunk of money for the 'raw feed', but allow anyone to use it as long as the data's being aggregated as per fair reproduction terms. Add speciality feeds that cost even more per message for people that want more specialized control over data flow. Hell, there's a ton of companies doing that today. If Twitter wants to make amazing add-on services that make the value of the data more relevant, they should write sister-sites that focus on taking that great content and exposing it better than the other aggregations in the market.

Comment The problem with twitter (Score 4, Informative) 106

Its a massively disruptive company that is only relevant for few to actually interact with. Their problem is that their market is quite small, but their importance is so high.

What is Twitter? A news / information filter bubble generator which rapidly bubbles discrete information into relevance quite quickly using the network effect as well as social bonds. This is essentially what Google news and anything on Facebook is desperately trying to do algorithmically by scanning through how people interact with the incoming information. I'd personally say they are failing badly in producing relevant content in themselves.

Twitter gets it for free. Why can't most people 'get' twitter? One, as described above, its a information dissemination engine. Most people can't know or even care about being a part of the information, so they're almost entirely consumers. The consumers of twitter then take relevant information already rung through the twitter world to refine them into a narrative for their already captive audience. The audience doesn't care which hashtag that's trending or why (largely), but rather information relating to their already established interests, like stories that make political candidate X look like an idiot, or a crook, or paid shill, etc.. So the tip of the filter bubble are those sites / tv / etc.. extracting from the engine to disseminate further.

So why don't these taste makers / king makers use other platforms? I suppose its largely about being established as 'the' place to disseminate information. It helps immensely that Twitter doesn't fuck around with curation and 'hot' lists nearly as much as the others. For better or worse, when people talk about Twitter, its 'a platform' aka infrastructure (a very valuable one), whereas the other services are 'services' to consume at least from a broad audience perspective.

There's no confusion in Twitter in terms of what they're good at. They know what their platform is good for. They just can't find a way to sell the platform to the outside world, because they have no interest in being involved in the narrative (which is probably for the best anyway).

Comment Re:Think of the children! (Score 2) 37

Well, Gambling is almost universally illegal for minors... sooo yes? If they wanted to go legit, they could require mandatory CC authorization for all users. Some minors will have parents shower them with cards, but the majority won't. Problem solved. Next problem, tons of CC's leaked based on DISREPUTABLE gambling sites stealing CC info / CVC's for crime, etc..

Comment Re:Hypocrisy at its best (Score 1) 30

"People on here" didn't write the article.

IP addresses released have many uses.
Some blocks are almost certainly traceable bevcause they're allocated based on ISP pools for geographic areas. Often, the traceroute of the IP's upstream internet gateway will at least give a city for the individual(s), though even that's a best guess. They are entirely locatable for the ISP/upstream provider assuming you can legally compel them to provide it.

What I assume you mean is that twe say that an individual's IP isn't strictly the legal bar to arrest someone. Because a single IP address can service many people, any of those individuals could've perpertrated the crime. The crime occurs FROM my IP address, but I could have been hacked, exploited, etc.. There's a reason why you don't hear of hackers uploading child porn then calling the police. The bar's too low to presecute without further evidence. Now if they were sex offenders, that's a different story.

And that isn't even getting into the area of illegal tresspass and 'open door' liability that I don't believe have really been solidified in the courts. If a hacker or some random person commits a crime through my insecure or no secuity internet access, am I somehow complicit in the act if I was in fact unknowing it was occurring (TOR for instance)? Where should the bar be set between neglegance and intent?

Comment Re:Not a good track record (Score 1) 415

People unhappy with their lifes who've escaped their misery in drugs aren't going to find comfort off them, and they're not going to find comfort in a somewhat nicer-for-the-body replacement for them, because drugs aren't the problem to begin with IMHO, their unhappiness with their living conditions / life circumstances / real mental/physical problems. If we can't properly fix the reason they went to drugs to begin with, what's the point?

Comment Re:YOU HAVE TO GO BACK (Score 1) 278

Oil from North American sources are significantly more expensive to extract and process. Forgetting the environmentalism concern entirely, are you willing to accept potentially 50% gas price hikes to stop doing business with undesirable nations? If so, great on you(?) but I don't see the market at large taking your stance.

Comment Re:Amazon has a good thing going (Score 1) 129

You know, most of those games just sync against Steam mandatory anyway right? You're paying for plastic. Sometimes they're bold enough to ship with steam only... I'm pretty sure Fallout 4 is steam mandatory for play / mods, but I think primal might function through Uplay, which is yet another online download service from Ubisoft. Its hard to find any AAA games these days without phone-home/updates built intro the platform. Its not my concern, but it does mean you're getting very little from a retail boxed game besides the collectables which I personally find an utter waste.

Comment Didn't shop (Score 1) 129

Amazon Strikes:
1. Paid premium tier that is still garbage in Canada unless you use the service A LOT
2. Filter bubbles throughout promoting crap I already own (the self-curation feature just makes things worse)
3. Prices that are not nearly as attractive as they were in years past -- many of my local retails are actually competing on price (reasonably)

I haven't hit Amazon in months, and though I'll probably hit the site during the holidays, there's just little interest from me in visiting until then...

Comment Youtube (Score 2) 153

They're fighting hard to make content owners look good by not pissing off their audience (and hence content cabal's customers), but over and over, they find a way to spit on YouTube's services.

Remember when basically everyone pirated music and didn't give a dime to the artists? Well, at least with Youtube, they're getting some compensation. What do they want? More hand jobs and blow?

Comment Re:You would think. . . (Score 2) 118

The Stingray becomes a man in the middle. There's nothing passive about it. Imagine the real case of a plugging in a twisted pair tap on a phone line and you'll have a relatively accurate analogy.

Why the heck aren't there apps that warn you when a new cell tower pops up in an area? It seams like a relatively simple system to beat, or does it act entirely like an existing tower ID's and all?

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