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Comment Re:Doesn't really matter who fired the shot (Score 2) 300

The "must accept" clause simply means that the device needs to deal with such interference without aggravating the problem. Not by emitting more noise of its own to try to shout over it. It doesn't mean it has to remain in perpetual BOHICA mode.

A device isn't allowed to shoot back under Part 15 rules. That doesn't mean it has to be the goatse guy.

Comment Re:The old world finally realizes (Score 2) 147

There's little reason for it except that the hotel industry has greased enough palms to get a law passed in their favour.

Housing shortage is one good reason, safety is another. Plus it's a nuisance for the neighbours to have short stay guests partying all night and making a fucking pigsty of the building.

Most of these laws are on the books to make a city a nicer place to live. Sites like AirBnB and Uber are not about sharing but about selfish parasitic behaviour. I hope cities across the world will follow New York's example on this one.

Comment Doesn't really matter who fired the shot (Score 5, Insightful) 300

It doesn't really matter who was firing the shot, so much as all those loaded, pwn3d weapons remaining in the wild that can be pressed into service again and again. This is not the first such event, it's at least the third. It won't be the last either, and the only way I can see to stop it is to permanently dismantle the IoT until it can be rebuilt from the ground up with security in mind. If security is too hard for the poor vendors and end users, then don't rebuild it. The health of the network as a whole is far more important than any single purpose for which it is used -- besides which, the devices can't be trusted to do their jobs anyhow once they've been pwn3d.

Make the vendors take them back in a recall -- could be a service recall in which they are made field-upgradable, or if they're hard-coded then they get the Galaxy Note 7 treatment as the hazards they are. Those who won't take them back should be cited under FCC Part 15 rules and have their certifications revoked and fines levied. It is easily provable that the devices are "causing harmful interference". It's time to get them off the network. Like yesterday.

Comment Make someone care, IoT device owners don't! (Score 1) 259

Time to demand recalls of all affected devices as the hazards that they are. Those who wish to keep them become responsible for what they do -- if your IoT "cloud" shits all over the network again, you get switched off.

If the end users don't care (and may not be able to care if they can't patch the devices), then it has to go a step up the food chain. If the manufacturers won't comply, pull their FCC certifications.

Comment Rewording (Score 1) 125

Happier people buy higher-end smartphones. It's obvious that this is complete BS because the aforementioned or article-mentioned points can be debunked AND proven. Is this is statistical push by Samsung to subconsciously quell those in fear and get their name back out there as a "Happy" product? I thought that "Happy Happy xyz" crap only worked in Japan.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 480

Speaking as an admin, the number of mac users that request elegant peripherals is not trivial. Magic mouse? if one guy on the floor got one, youre dropping $80 a piece to make sure all your mac users get one. wireless headphones? sure hes the only guy in the office with Beats by Dre but pad your budget because everyone will want them at $300. add up all the magic trackpads magic keyboards and magic fuzzy accessories the average user wants and it starts to rival what you paid to buy and image a Dell. and if things ever get too hairy for a dell, your restore process is entirely automated in windows or linux. restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft.

and remember, your fanboi doesnt want a used magic tracpad...he wants a new one.

But but but... You don't have to waste money supporting them! Psh.

Comment Re:"Times Less" Makes No Sense (Score 1) 480

I don't know if it's just me, but I feel like I've seen this construction a lot more in recent weeks, and it really bugs me.

That's usually an indication that it's working in someone's favor. It gets more attention because people don't understand the fallacy of its logic; lack of understanding leads to more use/support of it to try to prove to others that they know what they don't.

I don't know why that condition exists. When I don't know something, I say, "I don't know."

Comment Re: Having a 'bad gene'... (Score 1) 544

This. It's not that (or not only that, at least) more people are dying of cancer, or even of specific cancers in this day and age; it's a combination of things like 'instead of having ten people dying of 'consumption' or 'old age' we now break it out into specific cancers' and 'well, a hundred years ago, they usually died of something else, first.'

And yeah, until very recently, kids were 'shy' or 'withdrawn' and would have undesirable traits beaten out of them; metaphorically or literally.

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