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Comment Re: Relevant xkcd (Score 1) 159

What if you live in an apartment or townhouse?

Then you must comply with whatever rules your landlord sets down. Actually renters have way to many rights, most places. Private property is the cornerstone of freedom and it should be nearly absolute.

Would you want your neighbors making that choice for you as well?

No I would expect my landlord to have rules regarding fire safety and that people would either be following them or be evicted.

And flipping that around if you live in an apartment or townhouse complex and your Note 7 did catch the place on fire, your neighbors would be well within their rights to sue you into a financial hole so deep you'd never get out of it.

Honestly I doubt very much they would. Statistically the Note 7 probably isn't nearly as great a fire risk as your average candle, or any of those cheap Chinese vape devices, to say nothing of your typical hot plate, rice cooker etc. All things that are generally permitted in residential buildings.

Why? Because the Note 7 is a proven fire risk that the manufacturer is doing everything it can to ensure that people return and you're ignoring that. I bet your insurance would decline coverage in that case as well.

I would actually be pretty surprised if they could skate on that one. Its possible, but there would be law suits.

Comment Time to spine up (Score 1) 45

I am all for Trump's get tough on China stance but 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union we should be applying the same model, rather than exporting our wealth to them via a trade deficit.

The Chinese economy is radically unbalanced right now much more so than our own in fact. If we suddenly deprived them of the sink for all the consumer goods the produces we could probably turn the PRC into failed state! What we ought to do is trigger that and simultaneously lay the ground work for installing a friendly government over their that by simply say "You bet we have a one China policy, the lawful government is the ROC and the capital is Taipei"

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 3, Insightful) 431

If your doctor says you need this 300k$ surgery to survive, and then you need to take this $500 a pill medication every day for the rest of your life, or you will die...
you're not going to shop around. you're not going to say wait, hold on. you're gonna say "OK".

Yes if someone else is writing the check you certainly will. If you had to pay out of pocket lots of people would say "I can't." At which point the medical providers are going to have to find a way to deliver for a lower cost if they want the work at all. They charge enough to basically wipe out the majority of their potential patients but no more. The problem is right now there is essentially no upper limit on what they can charge.

I would also argue that a lot of people might choose alternatives like 'make me comfortable as long as possible' at those prices. $300k I might find away to come up with but at say half a million I might decide it would be better to not bankrupt my family leave my wife and children with some of our aquired wealth and a hefty life insurance payout. I think a lot of people would

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 431

I don't think there is any denying that Obamacare has helped a certain segment of society. There exists a group that got access to care they did not have before. There is a much much larger group that now pays a great deal more for the care they already had access to and is being gradually priced out of consuming as much care as they once did due to the rise in deductibles and premiums they are paying. I know for example I am paying a little more than 3 times what I paid before 2010 in premiums and my deductible as doubled. If I were on a tighter budget the added cost of the premiums would lesson my ability to shoulder the higher out of pocket costs due to the rise in deductible.

There are a lot of families and individuals who are now choosing not to treat minor ailments because they can't fit the out of pocket costs into their budgets. There probably is a cumulative effect of living with these conditions. Although its a bit soon for that show up in life expediency I would think. Still its not at all hard to see how Obamacare has materially hurt far more people than it has helped. The issue is for a small group of people it has help a lot.

Comment Re:Microsoft Bash to the rescue (Score 1) 113

That isn't really the whole truth though is it. PS makes doing things to the system very easy. How do you change a registry entry from cmd? You probably have to write a reg file and invoke reg.exe. Same is true of Bash etc on linux. How do alter my desktop session to auto load your malware everytime I log in? Home bash isn't going to provide you a friendly interface to do that. You probably are going to be pushing sed scripts etc, it will be kludgy and unreliable. How do you exfil data with bash? /dev/tcp/? Sure I guess but its not going to look like any known protocol, isn't going to give you encryption etc; you'll probably end up invoking curl. With PS just create an XMLHTTP request object and go, heck if they use has a proxy configured you'll even get that for free!

I would say an attacker having access to PS on Windows is more like an attacker have access to Ruby or Python on Linux with every ruby/python library under the sun installed!

While the situation PS / Bash might theoretically be comparable in practice its really not.

Comment Re:So lame (Score 1) 84

They are prefectly capable, and have done so. Actually windows is pretty (NT train on which everything current is based) is pretty cross platform.

What Microsoft can't do is get every other vendor in the world to port all their x86 code, and rebuild all their x86 binaries, where the source is otherwise free of x86 assumptions about pointer size, etc.

Comment Re:headline resummarized: Tor!=Panacea (Score 1) 55

I am sorry I can't agree. There are going to be ALOT more people running a stock Windows 8.1 or stock Ubuntu than any of the 'privacy' distributions, all of which almost certainly can be finger printed. If you want to blend into the heard I would certainly pick on of those two platforms.

I like the idea of running tor an a separate VM from the one you do your browsing on.

Comment Re:headline resummarized: Tor!=Panacea (Score 1) 55

Right, at the very least you need to install a perfectly clean VM taking all the default install options on the OS so you don't do anything that might be identifiable or make it more unique. Make sure you do not enable any of the host integration stuff, no copy paste, don't install the VMware tools, ensure all the host isolation stuff is on, don't even allow the power status or system clock to the VM. Only then do you install tor. After that take a snapshot. Be sure to revert to that snapshot each and ever time you use the VM before you do any tor browsing! Start over and make a fresh build every few months as you can't trust upgrade processes won't leave something finger-printable and using a browser even a few months old might separate you from the masses somewhat now that most of the world auto updates.

If you do those things you *might* have a fighting chance of actually remaining anonymous.

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