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Comment Re:Slashdotters are 2%ers, don't pay. DRM don't wo (Score 1) 99

Well the amounts are arbitrary as everyone has different resources available to them...

At least when i was a kid, i could afford a half decent computer and some pirated games *or* an older computer and a bunch of old games to play on it. Many people are worse off than i was, and ended up with old hardware and a selection of used (often being thrown out) or pirated games.

Comment Threatens security (Score 1) 25

If publishing source threatens the security of a system, then that system likely has some pretty big security holes waiting to be found, and having the source just makes it a little easier to find them.

Most network firewalls and other security appliances are built on open code, and it doesn't result in them getting mass owned.

Comment Re:Translated to American English? (Score 1) 269

A lot of companies are multinational, and/or dealing with clients and suppliers all around the world... I've often found myself doing something late because that's just when i got the information i needed in order to do it. If i worked 9-5 in an office it would have waited until the following morning.

Comment Re:The government to save us? (Score 1) 164

The law under which they were requesting the takedown didn't apply, but their actions were still illegal in their home country under other existing laws there.

In most countries a DMCA request is meaningless and you have no obligation to comply with it, you are only required to comply with a court order issued by a local court. Especially when you are a hosting provider, as you're not responsible for the content in question anyway - your customer is.

For the things i host (none of which is hosted in the US), i ignore DMCA complaints as the vast majority are just automated anyway. If i get a polite personal request from someone i'l usually look into it and may in turn make a polite request to the user who uploaded the content, but a templated DMCA demand just gets junked.
The users i'm hosting are free to act on or ignore such requests as they see fit, but i won't be deleting their files or handing over their personal details unless a court order compels me to.

Comment Re:The only way this will get fixed (Score 1) 164

I agree, i want devices that work in exactly the way you describe... I would put them on their own VLAN, access them via VPN and there would be relatively little risk even if the devices themselves are horrendously insecure.

Unfortunately the vast majority of potential customers are not up to that, most have no idea how to punch holes in their firewall or aren't even able to (carrier NAT for instance) so you have devices that connect out to a server somewhere that the end user has no control over. You end up with automated ways to punch holes through firewalls (UPNP etc) which defeats the whole point.

If devices are directly reachable over the internet they will get mass owned, there won't be many configuration differences because most users never change the defaults. Most if not all of the devices exploited recently were obtained through default passwords and these make up the minority of users who have such devices directly reachable. Many more such devices will live on internal networks waiting to be found.

Comment Re:Not entirely true (Score 1) 314

Depending on how widespread and long lasting a power outage is, it could knock out POTS service too...
An outage in your area could cause power to be lost to the exchange, and while it's likely to have some form of power backup nothing is infallible.
Similarly an outage which damages power lines could just as easily affect the data/voice lines.

Being usable during a power outage is actually a valid use case for cellular, you could be within range of multiple cell towers which may be on different power sources and therefore a higher chance of one being online, and most cellular handsets contain batteries.

Comment Re:Making it official, but... (Score 1) 314

Wireless is much cheaper to deploy and maintain, the base stations are in predictable locations and one can serve many customers in a decent radius without having to run cable down every street...

The problem is that wireless spectrum is finite, the more users you have the more thinly it is spread while you could always add more bundles of cable.

Comment Re:Sigh not more of this bullshit (Score 2) 446

Upgrading the stereo in a lot of cars is painful, the stock systems often integrate with various other features of the car and you'll lose this integration if you replace the system.
A lot of older car audio systems, especially the higher end ones have very good sound quality but just lack modern playback sources. Connecting a phone, or other audio source to the stock system is generally the easiest, most effective and most future proof thing to do.

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