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Comment Re:does this really help (Score 2) 103

Believe it or not, Yes! It's a feature no less. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Not that I believe it's really being used in that way, but it's possible. The thing is, many of us don't have a problem with targeted surveillance, if you have a nice court approved warrant beforehand for an individual I don't even have a problem with surveillance of US citizens. This sort of tech isn't really useful for bulk surveillance, which is what many people have a problem with.

Comment Re: I hope it is almost time (Score 1) 149

I mean, pcsx2 might not be the best example when saying 'wine sucks' for regular programs. If you're using it in DirectX mode then you're essentially comparing a high end game for modern systems that also has a built in re-compiler that's constantly running. While I'll grant Adobe support isn't great either, both your examples of programs which will max modern systems out, or from companies who are known to write shit code. I'd like both of them to work, but I recognize that both of them are probably the hardest problems for the Wine team.

Summary: Both examples are the hardest pieces of software for Wine to work with. Try a non-Adobe product that also isn't a game. You'll be surprised.

Comment Re:Why not port them to HTML5 to target mobile use (Score 2) 131

I've seen how Digital Media is taught at universities. Many times the flash games are written using a design tool that allows higher levels of abstraction, and/or zero actual knowledge of programming. These "visual coding" tools typically allow for html5 export at the push of a button, but it's 2016 and the professors still expect flash! This also means if they learn any coding it's going to be flash.

Basically, it's like how universities took forever to switch languages in introduction to coding courses. Modern digital media is sort of a conglomeration of coding, web development, marketing, art, 3d design, and animation. The problem is, when they want a student to learn art, they have them take an art class. When they want them to do 3d printing or coding they DO NOT have them take the appropriate 'introduction to programming' or 3d engineering class. They make their own! The department doesn't consider knowledge of basic programming logic to be important, just like knowledge of material science and tooling doesn't seem to be important when working with physical objects...

Comment Re:My company doesn't hire people... (Score 1) 256

Given that most universities have 4 year graduation rates lower than 50% you've significantly reduced your hiring pool. Now here's the fun bit, you're discriminating against military veterans who take advantage of the GI bill. Actually, this discriminates against quite a few protected classes, and lawsuits have shown that all you have to do is prove discrimination is occurring, NOT intentional discrimination.

Please tell us your company name so I can blacklist it. I'm sure the feds will get around to you eventually, and I don't want to be anywhere near the fallout.

Comment Re:There are benefits (Score 1) 256

Meh, mod points are over rated.

I want to share a story that impacted me when it took longer than planned to graduate. Here in the US, if you go to a school outside of your state you pay "out of state tuition," that's roughly double what in state students pay. Now here's the thing, to get in state tuition you must have lived in the state for a year, without going to university. My scholarship made up for the difference, but for anyone without one of those it's definitely cheaper to take a gap year and live in the state of the school you're applying to. I mean at least $10,000 per year of school cheaper tuition. Multiply that by 4 or 5 years and it's obvious why people do this.

Comment Re:BGP (Score 2) 123

Sure, you can broadcast bad routes. It's happened (on accident) in the past before. Typically backbone providers just filter the network sending those bad routes, and have everything fixed within a day. Worst case scenario is the US ends up being separated from the rest of the internet because nobody trusts us. A much more likely scenario is US free interconnects go away, and we end up having to pay for traffic to take whatever path the other networks deem best when going to the US.

If the US injects bad routing packets through other means, for example by injecting them into foreign satellite providers, then that's straight hacking. Sure the US does hack foreign systems, but this is slap in the face type stuff and would result in political retaliation.

tldr: Sending bad routing updates is not an option. It would backfire spectacularly.

Comment Re: History never changes (Score 1) 140

Thing is while 999 out of 1000 business ideas may be crap or only moderately successful, if that last 0.1% of businesses makes enough money to pay for all the rest, plus some profit on top.

It's somewhat like gambling, but in a way where you know that over the long run you'll make money.

Comment Not an Ethics Issue (Score 4, Insightful) 143

This might be part of their ethics policy, but that's not where it belongs. As much as people have wined and complained about it being unfair for companies, like Google, to advertise their own products there's nothing unethical about it.

It's a competition issue. NPR gets a significant chunk of its money from radio stations. That's why not all NPR broadcasts are available as podcasts. This whole thing is merely about appeasing those radio stations who are worried about competition from podcasts that are more convenient and available.

Comment Re:The hell is a proxy fight? (Score 2) 136

This is the way it works for many companies:

In theory every shareholder gets a vote. One vote per share. Now here's the trick. In order to vote you have to come to a shareholder meeting, which is often deliberately scheduled on a Wednesday somewhere that's expensive to get to or stay at. This is done deliberately to make it a pain for those people who only own a few shares to vote for things.

Now what shareholders can do is let someone vote for them. That person is their "proxy" or representative. Almost always these proxies don't just represent one person, but rather an entire faction. So, you have each of the factions competing to get shareholders allow them to act on their behalf. Now it sounds like a representative democracy, but what really happens is the big players game the system. That's why shareholder meetings are made as annoying to attend as possible, and there's nothing like a mail in ballot.

TLDR:
Theory is shareholders (vote on) -> board members (select)-> company CEO/President
Reality is shareholders (give power to)-> proxies (vote on) -> board members (select)-> company CEO/President

Knowing this a proxy fight is merely trying to sway shareholders and proxies to your way of thinking.

Comment Re:Microsoft's "me too!" (Score 4, Informative) 98

After betraying their customers for years by doing stupid shit like uploading their encryption keys to OneDrive by default, Microsoft wants to jump in on the fame and honor that Apple is getting for refusing to make malware in order to unlock a terrorist's iPhone. Hurray, off-shore data lodging! Ultimately though this'll mean nothing but a teeny bit more latency for PRISM, which Microsoft has oh-so-willingly cooperated with the NSA to power for years.

Not quite. This thing is a response to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Basically, Microsoft has been fighting this case for years now. If the US wins, then it can mandate that Microsoft must turn over data anywhere in the world with just a warrant. That doesn't pass muster with EU laws. So, if the US wins, then all of a sudden it becomes illegal for an EU business to use any Microsoft cloud service, or at least extremely risky for them to do so.

This new service is something where they can tell the US government, "We phisically can't do that." Just like how Apple will probably push out an IOS upgrade that prevents flashing new firmware to a phone while locked without wiping the device.

Comment Re:So the vulnerability is the updating mechanism? (Score 2) 401

Ehh, who needs mod points.

Take a look at this link: https://www.techdirt.com/artic...

The gist is that iPhone's "Secure credential storage" firmware is part of the regular firmware, and can be updated without authentication. It just has to be signed by Apple. I will agree that a much better model would be a fully seperate chip that requires authentication, or a wipe to update the firmware. Unfortunately, it looks like Apple didn't want to do things properly.

I'm not sure what you're talking about for the second part. The changes the FBI is asking for are pretty simple. Disable the auto wipe after 10 bad attempts, and remove the delay between password retries. With both of those removed brute forcing the password is easy. The truth is those changes are trivial. Since they have the source code, all Apple hase to do is comment out two lines. The BIG IMPORTANT PART is the new firmware requires Apple to sign it to run.

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