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Comment Re:Liability (Score 1) 93

This is problematic. Often, a website signs on to an ad network, by placing a link to a rotating ad image. Then the ad agency screws them over by placing inappropriate content on that link. The site owner never intended to put anything nasty on their site, but the ad agency was negligent. You can say this will flow through to the ad agency through complaints, but they tend to have lock-in contracts, and similar stupidity. In the end, the website owner loses.

This is why I prefer to contribute money via a site's store, or maybe Patreon, rather an allow ads on a site.

Comment Re:Liability (Score 1) 93

This makes a lot of sense. They have complete control over how the device leaves their factory, and the ability to easily (and cheaply) offer upgrades. There's no good excuse for not supporting their gear. It does cost money to support existing sales, but that's part of being a responsible manufacturer. This translates directly to sales. Irresponsible ones get trashed in reviews.

Comment Re: If the NSA wasn't evil (Score 2) 186

Banning crypto software and hardware exports was tried before, and didn't work (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Export_of_cryptography_from_the_United_States). It's far to easy to illegally export the code, or an algorithm, on a micro-sd card. It's easy to find loopholes in the law, by printing the code on a t-shirt or in book.

Much of the code was developed outside the US. For example, AES was developed in Belgium (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard).

Limiting hardware exports is also long obsolete, China now has the top two (publicly announced) supercomputers in the world (https://www.top500.org/lists/2016/11/). We don't knows what secret computers any government has, but that's irrelevant for export laws.

Comment Re: I work for a medical billing software... (Score 2) 186

I've seen the "to get real work done you use windows" argument used rationally for jobs that require using windows-only desktop software like AutoCad. However, it's growing less and less true for any other desktop task. It's blatantly false for servers. Linux now massively dominates the server market, especially in supercomputing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Windows was a cheap, low-end desktop OS, that has grown up enough for some people to try to use as a server. Commercial Unix is an expensive server OS, that has an add-on gui desktop interface since 1984 (long before windows existed). Linux is somewhere in between.

Comment Re:Heathkit H89 (Score 1) 857

My first was also an H89. I had a lot of fun putting it together as a kit. It had a 2MHz Z-80 cpu (later upgraded to 4MHz), 64k of ram, and one hard-sectored 5 1/4 floppy drive (later upgraded to soft sectored). I wrote a lot of assembly on it. I still have it in a box somewhere, though I havn't turned it on in at least a decade.

Comment unplug the antenna (Score 2) 140

Most PCs with built in wifi have a couple antennas in the top of the case, connected by wires to a wireless card in a pci-e slot. That's so the antennas get better signal than they could deep inside on the card. It's usually on a card, because wifi standards vary across countries, so it's easier to put in the right card, than to make a new motherboard per region. Open it up, unplug the antenna, and remove the card. If the wireless is actually built in to the motherboard, then unplug the antennas, and wrap insulated tin foil around the card.

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