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Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 259

I had a VT320 and it had a poor CRT. Which is kind of surprising, because the VT100 I used in high school had a really good display, smooth yet sharp, and I would have expected the 320, with newer parts, would have been better. But the 100 was probably a more premium product when new than the 320 was. And the 100 I used was brand new, bought for a friends dad to telecommute, and my 320 came off EBay in 1997.

Comment Re:Good news for the founders, I liked the site (Score 1) 33

They sure weren't objective in the Sanders/Clinton primary race. The cheerleading for Clinton was palpable.

I think a columnist somewhere should have taken up the Trump mantle and said "Ok, he's incoherent, but this is what he's trying to advocate if you get past the insults and bravado", with the idea that he was attracting support because people were more or less decoding what he had to say, and that somewhere there were some ideas.

What I wonder, though, is if someone more reasonable acting could have run with the same kind of right wing populism of Trump and gotten as far, or if it actually took a nut job to make it happen.

Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 1) 101

A political party is typically an organization whose members share a common political view, or ideology.

I think you're looking at "being political" as meaning some kind of malleability or flexibility on issues, like a politician who reads polls and takes the more popular stand on the issue vs. the one that aligns with their party.

Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 3, Insightful) 101

I think there's more than chance at work.

I think Trump's populism and Sanders' populism differ by the solutions they advocate, not by the problems they diagnose.

In many ways, Trump seems to have the kind of everyman "common sense" mindset shared by ordinary people who don't really know and/or care about high-level ideological alignment and coherence. I think this is what frustrates a lot of people when it comes to politics and why so many Americans identify as "independent" -- in their minds, solutions should be practical and effective first. They're not bothered by the fact that $solution_1 and $solution_2 are ideologically inconsistent.

More than many Democrats, Sanders seemed to be more pragmatic focused, or at least he seemed that way by focusing closely on more everyday economic concerns.

The more "political" a politician or voter is, the more they seem to demand ideological consistency, purity and cohesion.

Comment Re:Ineffective (Score 3, Insightful) 321

That's exactly what my router has. But we can take it a step farther and perhaps even simpler;

Disable the device's full functionality until a new password is set. This is a firmware change and doesn't add a single cent to the manufacturing costs. No labels, no special programming for each device.

Lost your password? Use the hardware reset button. Device is disabled again until a new password is set.

Comment Re:Ineffective (Score 5, Insightful) 321

I guess it depends on what qualifies as a "technical measure" then?

From what I understand, a very large portion of the devices were compromised because they used default passwords that were never changed. I would consider having a device disabled/crippled out of the box until a new password was set to be a technical measure.

Comment Re:And what about Wi-Fi (Score 2) 230

My money is on wifi not working right.

Wifi is a crapshoot in crowds that size, especially when you consider that > 90% of the fans in the stands have smartphones, all of which at least have wifi on and most of which probably have some setting that automatically connects them to open networks. At a minimum there's a bunch of RF noise from this alone.

It's worse if you consider the number of stadiums that install wifi -- I've never been to one where it worked well and in many it doesn't work at all. And stadiums themselves are often a clusterfuck of management, "operated" by the team in terms of cash revenue but managed by some stadium commission as a physical facility so that the local taxpayer can pick up the tab for annoying facility costs that aren't related to making the team owner richer.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if older stadiums retrofitted with wifi were done so on the local sports facility commission/taxpayer's dime and had all the usual corners cut as one might expect with such a project. The expectation (and effort) was probably decent coverage in luxury boxes, locker rooms and press areas. Fan seating areas get "covered" with a visible 2+ bar SSID, but nobody was willing to pay for RF engineering a workable solution for 70,000 people to actually use it.

So at best they're operating in RF soup with proper APs nearby, hoping that between signal proximity and operating on the 5 Ghz band they will get useful coverage. At worst they're working in RF soup off a crap solution.

Ideally, their software would be designed to be as network-independent as possible so that as much useful work as possible could be done without any network signal. But what do you bet it's a bunch of BS cloud based bullshit, dependent on appy Azure apps that Microsoft is hoping NFL teams and their corporate leaders will buy into even further.

Comment Re:Useless for any occasion (Score 1) 417

<blockquote>- wasn't there a sniper at the University of Texas Austin campus back in the 60s? Everyone raced home and got their rifles, and the end result is there were more deaths from friendly fire than deaths caused by the sniper. In fact, a police officer who took down the sniper was nearly taken down himself from one such equipped student.</blockquote>

Nope. Charles Whitman shot and killed 14 people from the tower that day. There were 18 casualties total including Whitman himself, an unborn baby inside his first shooting victim, and Whitman's wife and mother who he murdered before the shooting spree. I have never heard any reports of civilian fire resulting in casualties.

When you say that a "police officer who took down the sniper was nearly taken down himself one such equipped student" -- you're probably getting the events wrong. When they entered the tower three police officers and one regular civilian (Allen Crum, age 40) went in. Crum negligently fired his rifle when they got to the top observation deck. The police provided the weapon to Crum.

Comment Re:Extra mechanics are rejected (Score 1) 417

If you mean the manual safety you flip on and off, yes, there were and are objections to them. You'll be hard pressed to find a police force in the US issuing a gun with a manual safety. Instead they use guns which have a double-action pull (at least on the first shot) or something kinda like that in the case of Glock which is not quite double-action but somewhat close.

Time and research has found that when under stress people forget to flick the safety off.

Comment Smartphone with VMs? (Score 1) 420

It'd be nice if we could run a phone VM on our phones.

The security uncaring could run everything in the "native" phone session, just like any smartphone now.

The security conscious could run a phone VM which would would contain all their sensitive data. Access to the phone VM could have more complex authentication methods.

Comment Re:If we're following protocol (Score 1) 350

I think the media hasn't been all that fair to Trump. It strikes me that Trump is quoted without context and they take things he says so literally without reading between the lines or really reporting what he says in anything like the manner his audiences understand what he's saying.

To be fair to the media, Trump doesn't have a traditional ideology and I think the media struggle to report on him because they don't find any of the traditional ideological interfaces to connect with. And Trump says some pretty bizarre and stupid stuff, quite often.

Comment Re:If we're following protocol (Score 1) 350

I think they already do and I think the major media outlets have been soft-pedaling leaked Clinton campaign documents. They've been reporting on them but it sure feels like selective and soft reporting designed to minimize perceptual damage to Clinton.

If they took leaked emails related to Clinton and really ran with them, it could conceivably damage her campaign, so they aren't.

Personally, I think they underestimate just what Clinton backers will tolerate and are miscalculating by soft-peddling the information, because in the long run it destroys their credibility. If they would really light her up it wouldn't make Trump look any better AND the media would regain some of their credibility.

Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 417

There's two problems. One is the arbitrary labeling of gun control measures as "common sense", two is that gun control advocates never bring anything to the table -- it's their "common sense" gun control policies only, they refuse to compromise anything to get what they want. They are willing to give NOTHING in return.

I always wonder what would happen if both sides would bargain freely on the topic what either side would give away in exchange for some kind of restriction.

Would gun control advocates agree to exempting suppressors from the NFA in exchange for closing the "gun show" loophole? A carry permit valid nationwide in exchange for deeper background checks? Re-opening the machine gun registry in exchange for a national registry of all guns?

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