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Comment Re:Crowdsourced Security (Score 1) 56

You got it. After Microsoft fired all their QA testers, the SDLC concept for Windows 10 seems to be:

  • * Insiders are the alpha testers, but at least they volunteered for that.
  • * The general public are unwitting surveillance subjects and beta testers. Microsoft will Do The Needful to your computer whether you want it done or not. These mandatory patches can make your computer stop working, blue screen, lose data, or somehow fuck up previously perfectly working peripherals at any time. You can't decline a patch even if you know in advance it's going to fuck you up!
  • * Only Enterprise users get the finished product and they have to pay through the teeth for that privilege. Whatever patches didn't fuck up millions of consumer PCs may eventually make their way here.

Add in the telemetry/spying and the only winning move is not to play.

Comment Re:Great (Score 2) 92

a) there are still hundreds of sites out there that use Flash and have no way to change this easily (, for example)

Yeah, this sucks. Most weather radar sites (including a lot of NOAA products) require Flash. It's getting a little better, but very slowly.

b) there are things that you can't even DO with HTML5, but are readily available in flash. Notably, filesystem access.

Thank goodness for that. A widget in a web browser has no business autonomously accessing my filesystem. If I want to intentionally upload or download a file, every browser can do that without a plugin.

Comment Re:Let a new age of trolling begin. (Score 1) 99

So let me get this straight, she licenses the photos for free public use, then a company (rightly) uses those images but (wrongly) "sells" them to people despite not having the right to do so and its OK?

That part is actually OK. It's legal to take something in the public domain and sell it, if you can find someone willing to buy it. I could put NASA's Astronomy Pictures of the Day up at and charge people $20/month to access it. I probably wouldn't get many takers, but it's legal. Since they're created by the federal government, (most of) those images are public domain, and I can do whatever the heck I want with them, including selling them.

What isn't legal is to demand payment from someone for something in the public domain. I can't send threatening letters to every other website that posts the Astronomy Pictures of the Day, because they aren't doing anything wrong, I don't hold copyright to the images, and they aren't required to license anything from me. That's where Getty was in the wrong; they have no more rights to the images than anyone else, they definitely have no right to make licensing demands, and they misrepresented themselves in both ways.

It's a shame they got away with it without even a slap on the wrist, but I can't say I'm surprised. Corporatocracy is only going to get worse for the next 4 years.

Comment Re:Wrong (Score 1) 333

"More" regulation will not improve the broken system.

Consider this regulation:

Any product marketed for human consumption, or for application to the human body i) shall clearly and plainly list all constituent ingredients contained therein, and ii) shall be submitted for testing to not fewer than three independent assay laboratories for verification of such constituent ingredients prior to being sold to the public, and iii) shall undergo random quarterly testing by not fewer than three independent assay laboratories for ongoing verification of such constituent ingredients, iv) the sequential failure of any two random tests to verify the constituent ingredients are as advertised shall result in the product being recalled and really big motherfuckin' fines to the manufacturer [...]

You're saying if that was a law, it wouldn't help anything?

Comment Re:government regulations (Score 5, Insightful) 333

Sans regulation, the fraud was discovered.

Yes, but after how long? How many consumers have spent how many millions of dollars buying something that was not what it claimed to be, because "proving our product contains the ingredients we say it does is burdensome and anti-American?"

Comment Re:very interesting indeed (Score 1) 124

Apple has apparently been up-front about the collection ever since it was added, having disclosed it in their security white papers over the last few years.

And of course the average iPhone user spends lots of time reading security white papers, in between the hours they devote to keeping up with all the Technical Service Bulletins for their car...

Comment Re:Broken Extensions? (Score 1) 127

Sadly I think this will be another nail in the coffin. People are saying, oh, that's just Electrolysis, but maybe not, because Mozilla is only releasing that to a few % of users per release, and besides, the developers should all convert their add-ons to WebExtensions, blah blah. Look, I don't know or care what any of that shit is. What I know is I upgraded the browser from 47 to 50, and instead of things getting better, things quit working. Developers who have volunteered many man-hours creating Firefox extensions aren't all going to spend the time to port or rewrite or re-package or whatever the hell the procedure is. It's annoying to me as a user, I imagine it would be even more frustrating as an extension developer.

Between work and play, I spend 8 or 10 hours a day sitting in front of a computer. Browser choice is therefore a very intimate and personal decision that affects a substantial chunk of my life. If Firefox stops working the way I want it to, I'm going to (reluctantly) find a browser that does.

Comment Re:$15-$18 million of real money or FIFA money? (Score 1) 149

But is deceiving a computer fraud?

Someone is facing 30 years in prison for deceiving High Frequency Trading algorithms. These guys allegedly sold $15-$18 million worth of FIFA coins they obtained by deceiving EA's algorithms. If they'd just harvested a few hundred dollars worth of FIFA coins for their own use, probably nobody would have noticed or cared, but when you do it for profit and millions of dollars are involved, you can bet it's going to be considered a crime.

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