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Comment Re: Yet another case for VPN tunnels (Score 2) 78

The ISP manages their own devices from the WAN side, how else could they do it?

Another poster mentioned SNMP; I did not know that, I thought it was some non TCP/IP protocol unique to cable modems. But either way they bear at least some responsibility for deploying these things in a way that allows these attacks to succeed so widely.

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 103

Better that IoT toys should display a message from BrickerBot to the effect that "The manufacturer of this device compromised your security. It has been disabled to protect you. Contact the manufacturer for further details."

This dumps the burden back on the creator of the garbage so they either move security up the priority list or go out of business. OK, so maybe it fibs a little, but only a little.

Comment Mahhketing, mahhketing (Score 1) 171

We don't really need more than that, what we need is a way to flag up fake news and opinion marketed as news.

Or even more prevalent: thinly veiled advertisements and product announcements masquerading as "news".

As long as maximizing revenue is top priority at a "news" organization, journalism will suffer.

Comment Office programs Office365 (Score 2) 216

Outlook e-mail in the Office365 "cloud" is horrid and featureless. Click to Flag a message? It dutifully flags it with NO OPTIONS for setting a reminder popup or anything. Useless! I'm sticking with real Outlook running on my computer under my control.

I'm glad all these nitrogen-cooled 53 terahertz PCs are becoming little more than dumb terminals for whatever crap a web programmer sees fit to jam down our browser's throat.

Comment Does it make calls?? (Score 1) 31

They claim it has HD voice, but I wonder if it's usable on any of the major carriers.

How is the radio in it? Does it drop calls frequently?

Is the touch screen responsive? Does it false? Does it take a particular gesture to get it to work properly?

Basically, they're worried to death over a red tint on the display, but you never see discussion of whether it performs its basic function as, you know, a phone.

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