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Comment Re:rsync? (Score 4, Interesting) 25

I see your problem...

Most of us use rsync over SSH with key auth

Far too often, it is easy to turn off/on other features of a product which make it less secure, all in the effort to just make it work. Once that's all done, there isn't always a careful examination of what the other implications of their other fiddling is.

I'd be very curious to which which other companies/contractors were involved in this setup, as they and their other customers should probably be thinking about a PCI security audit.

Comment Re: Filed under: Nobody needs this! (Score 1) 207

Thrift stores, goodwill, ebay, etc. Plenty of ways to get rid of things already purchased... in order to make room for new things.

One of these months I should measure exactly how much of the closet is mine and how much is hers. It's a good thing I don't have many shirts (because I don't need many), because I am left with very little.

Comment Re:Nope ^ 1000! (Score 1) 207

camera that's designed to go somewhere in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the hell you get dressed

and

All photos and video captured with your Echo Look are securely stored in the AWS cloud

What. Could. Possibly. Go. Wrong.

Unlike say... a Nest/Dropcam which (with a cloud dvr plan) is more or less watching & streaming to the cloud 24/7... I would bet good money these things are built not unlike the Echo products... to only listen for a wake word locally, then transmit what it hears afterwards to the cloud for recognition and then act.

Sure, if you get your hands on the hardware you could probably drop a custom FW load which would turn it evil, or if you had enough access at Amazon you could do the same, but if they are smart (ie their lawyers sufficiently paranoid), they took steps to make random remote access a good bit more difficult than you think.

Comment Re:God no (Score 1) 207

Why? Be it a Xbox Kinect, a Samsung Smart TV, a Nest/Dropcam or any number of other cheap cameras... they are becoming pretty common in more or more homes.

Unlike those geared towards 'security' or convenience, I do (unfortunately) see plenty of these selling for those who are looking to up their style.

I've no desire for one, but I'm afraid my wife will.

Comment Re:Filed under: Nobody needs this! (Score 2, Insightful) 207

You must not be married.

While I am happy to grab whatever t-shirt is next in the closet (sometimes the wife tries to arrange them based on the next pair of pants/shorts in the dresser)... my wife is a fair bit more concerned about her look, even though she will often deny it.

It took me a while to realize, but Amazon's target market for quite a few things isn't geeks like us who want some random PC part or book delivered the next day... it's our wives/girlfriends who this is geared towards. Just watch the product video, all women, all into fashion. Sure, not all women are, but if you see enough of them in the wild you see how/why this is a smart move to target them.

Go a bit further, ask married couples around you: Who orders more on Amazon? Who has a higher income in the household? More often than not (doubly so in households with children), the wife spends more on Amazon while the husband is the one paying for most of it.

Note: I'm not saying any of this is good or bad (wrt who spends and who pays), simply that it is a smart move by Amazon to further exploit an area they've targeted for quite some time.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 344

Ahh, then no, not that specific, you are still allowed the use of a "Hands-free accessory" which they define as "an attachment or built-in feature for or an addition to a mobile communication device, whether or not permanently installed in a motor vehicle, that when used allows a person to maintain both hands on the steering wheel."... which at least allows for say... a bluetooth connection to your car, which at first I thought you are prevented from, it not being a 'head set'.

Granted, you still aren't trusted to pump your own gas, so there are stranger things.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 344

Calls are permitted with a headset only.

Is the law actually written that specific? Here in WA, the wording prohibits holding the phone to your ear... which means you putting it on speaker phone and holding it in front of your face is perfectly legal. Just be careful hiding it down on your lap, because if the cop sees you looking down there too much you are going to get pulled over for texting.

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