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Comment Re: I am very skeptical. (Score 1) 91

Just the fact that you use those silly google names to indicate android version shows how far up the posterior of google you are. So sad. Just refer to android versions by number so we can understand.

You're crazy, basically no one knows the numbers. Look at all the discussions in the press, ask around to people (among people who even know that there are different versions of Android). Everyone who knows anything about Android releases knows the dessert names. The numbers are enthusiast-only trivia.

Comment Re:I am very skeptical. (Score 3, Interesting) 91

I highly doubt that 29% of Androids are up to date.

Keep in mind that the security patch level field was added in Android Marshmallow (IIRC), and I expect that's what they're using to determine patch date. If so, KitKat and Lollipop devices aren't counted, and this really says that 29% of Android devices that are new enough to have Marshmallow or Nougat are up to date. That's not surprising, though it's obviously still far too low.

Unless, of course, the report assumes that anything running Lollipop or older is not recently patched, which seems like a reasonable assumption.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 152

Of course I want completely private, self paid health care. That is the only way to ensure that it is affordable and of good quality, with people competing to provide it to you.

Health *insurance* should *not* be used to pay for most health concerns and care, it should be a high deductible thing, something that kicks in when a person is in trouble that is too expensive to pay out of pocket.

Comment Re:Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proo (Score 1) 246

Seems that the fix for that would be to ban intent as a criteria to set damages. I.e make all infringements attract the same penalty which should fall between the two extremes.

No, that wouldn't be good. Normal damages for unintentional infringement shouldn't be much higher than licensing fees, otherwise you impose an additional cost on innovation -- requiring people to scour the database searching for any patent that might possibly apply. Equally, it's important that intentional infringement receive higher damages, else there's no reason ever to bother with licensing.

What we really need is fewer, better patents, written in a more useable way. What gums up the works is all of the patents on obvious inventions that are highly likely to be independently reinvented by anyone competent who looks at the a given problem.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 0) 152

Obviously you do not *understand* history, understanding goes beyond what you are doing with it. If you *understood* history you would have learned that every empire ended up diluting the value of its currency, with the inevitable failure of that currency and with the inevitable loss of the empire status. The status of the empire shifted from the former to some previously backwater place that had just enough economic freedom that for sometime the government there wouldn't be meddling with the economy and with the actual money. Eventually that backward place would grow and become the dominant economy and its growing government would then stifle and inevitably destroy the economy by taxes, laws but most importantly by declaring fiat and devaluing its currency.

The money of whatever the current economic empire is always desirable because the rest of the world can either exchange it for whatever the empire produces or store it because it is intrinsically valuable in itself (gold for example). However as the economy of the empire becomes more and more regulated by the growing government, the production leaves, so there is less to exchange for with the empire. The growing government needs more and more funding, eventually starts clipping the coins, diluting gold with less valuable metals, declaring the coins to have face value that is meaningless, not a weight of a precious and intrinsically valuable metal. Switching to paper and ultimately to an electronic fiat not backed by anything, gold nor production is the ultimate nail in the coffin of that empire. Thinking you understand and understanding are quite different things.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 152

Wait, you are comparing a situation with some government wanting to steal from a company to a situation involving 2 private sides (employees and the employer)? I guess you don't see any difference but it does exist. It is not 'US workers', it is AT&T employees and it is a private contract issue, not a case of racketeering.

Submission + - SPAM: Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.
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Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 152

Wrong. The main reason for the trade deficits is not that the USA 'controls' the reserve currency but the inability of the USA manufacturing to produce enough either to cover USA consumption or to pay for it with a balanced trade. USA is in enormous debt because the world subsidises its consumption. Reserve currency does not prevent the need to pay for consumption, that is just a silly excuse that will cost USA its entire economy.

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