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Comment Good luck with that. (Score 1) 309

"I want a program that shows what our competitors' pricing will be tomorrow. Sort it so both name and price are always in ascending order. Email the output as plain text to the following 27 people, but only Joe and I should have the ability to edit it. Make the keyboard give a mild electric shock to managers in stores more than 10% more expensive than their regional competitors. And it should run exclusively in The Cloud, but not require internet access for any of its functionality."

I wish I was joking.
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GlobalSign Supports Billions of Device Identities In an Effort To Secure the IoT (globalsign.com) 27

Reader broknstrngz writes: GlobalSign, a WebTrust certified CA and identity services provider, has released its high volume managed PKI platform, taking a stab at the current authentication and security weaknesses in the IoT. The new service aims to commodify large scale rapid enrollment and identity management for large federated swarms of devices such as IP cameras, smart home appliances and consumer electronics, core and customer premises network equipment in an attempt to reduce the attack surface exploitable by IoT DDoS botnets such as Mirai.

Strong device identity models are developed in partnership with TPM and hardware cryptographic providers such as Infineon and Intrinsic ID, as well as other Trusted Computing Group members.

Comment Re:stay warm and safe in your bubble (Score 4, Interesting) 359

Which is why they want kids to "learn computers" in Kindergarten.

...And keep failing miserably.

No doubt, the earlier we expose kids to real programming (as opposed to the drag-and-drop programming equivalent of the old Radio Shack "hundred-in-one electronics projects" kits that Code.org keeps touting as some sort of mythical progress), the higher quality programmers we'll eventually turn out; but that doesn't mean you'll see a substantial increase in the number of people who can, and can stand to, code.

Early exposure might mean a few more people realize they have what it takes to code, but programming is hard, despite all the rose-scented farts Google, Microsoft et al keep encouraging us to sniff. The vast majority or people have neither the aptitude nor the patience to ever master the relevant skills.

Comment Censor all white-nationalist hate speech now (Score -1) 899

As has been widely repeated by good, left-thinking SJWs, Milo Yiannopoulos is a white nationalist alt-righter.

Here is a sample of his Nazi-inspired hate speech that must be banned with heroic acts of social-justice violence from all college campuses and internet forums:

"âoeAnd you shouldnâ(TM)t give a sh*t about skin color, you shouldnâ(TM)t give a shit about sexuality, you shouldnâ(TM)t give a sh*t about gender, and you should be deeply suspicious of the people who do,â he concluded."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re:The figure is meaningless. (Score 1) 114

How can he be absolutely correct that the figure is meaningless if you found a meaning to the figure?

Well, I know this is Slashdot, but some of us can read beyond the subject line... He said, "45 years spread over a bunch of drives without a failure doesn't mean that we can expect any individual drive to last 45 years". That statement is entirely true.

Going further, most people will, charitably, choose to infer a context that makes sense when reading something that could otherwise seem untrue. If you're in a theater that has "Cool Hand Luke" playing, and yell that title to your friend across the room at the ticket counter - Only a "special" few would choose to interpret that as complimenting the fingers of some guy named Luke.

Comment Re:The figure is meaningless. (Score 2) 114

You are absolutely correct. The trivial counterexample is a device that contains a semi-consumable substance, such bearings with an oil that slowly dries out; 100% might last a year, even if 0% will last two (not saying that is the case here, but just as a possibility).

These numbers do, however, suggest that you can expect a very low failure rate of those drives within the first year (less than 2.2%). And realistically, you'll probably get far more than that under similar conditions.

Comment Apple has ONE PRODUCT (Score 1, Insightful) 406

If you actually read what Apple reported rationally you find this:
1. The iPhone is successful.
2. The Mac segment is stagnating and frankly it's probably a healthy dose of RDF + iPhone tie-in as to why it's not in freefall considering how poorly Apple has treated it.
3. The iPads are actually in freefall and the RDF ain't working.
4. iWatch? There's a word for that: rounding error. And not a hugely profitable one.

Comment Re:Yeah, Apple is so happy that Ireland didn't IRE (Score 1) 174

All fair points - But if the EU hadn't gone off in a huff about the UK leaving, all the things you describe could be tidily wrapped up into a single trade deal that says little more than "we'll comply with all applicable EU standards on goods and services"; and with the exception of some minor quibbles about trivialities such as who can make Feta, Cheddar, and Champagne, I think the UK would find that compromise entirely palatable (no pun intended).

That has nothing to do with taxes and nothing to do with immigration; and if the EU hadn't tried to force those issues on the UK, the UK almost certainly wouldn't have voted to take their ball and go home in the first place.

IMO, the UK made the right choice, and Ireland would do well to follow suit. Trade deals shouldn't affect their respective partners' self-sovereignty.

Comment Re:Yeah, Apple is so happy that Ireland didn't IRE (Score 2) 174

It would seem a bit odd to say "We're leaving the EU, but we still need you to give us free trade

I keep hearing variations on that line with regards to Brexit (though the same would apply for any EU country sick of the EU's games, Ireland included), and just don't "get" it...

The US has free trade agreements with plenty of countries, despite not having given those countries the slightest hint of power to dictate what US law can or cannot do domestically. Why would a (former) EU country not have the ability to negotiate similar trade deals, totally in isolation from the immigration bullshit the EU seems intent to ram down its members' unwilling throats?

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 5, Insightful) 834

Slashdot has been screaming for exactly this for literally decades now. So, I fully expect this particular conversation to get ugly

That said - So far, Trump has done exactly what he said he would do. The first two or three days, okay, I'll admit it took us by surprise that a politician (new to it or not) didn't lie. At this point, anyone not expecting exactly this either wasn't paying attention during the election, or is just plain delusional.

"May you live in exciting times"...

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