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Comment Re:Breaking News (Score 1) 295

First of all, a deregulated telecommunications means you have choices in which ISP to use. Second it creates competition between them to provide superior services for lower costs.

Complete rubbish.

A lack of regulation gave us Standard Oil.
A lack of regulation gave us US Steel.
A lack of regulation gave us the Bell Telephone Company.

No regulation in an industry with a high barrier to entry leads to less competition, an uneven playing field, and monopolies. AT&T, Charter, and Time-Warner are all pursuing mergers even as we speak.

Do you know how much money these companies spend marketing bigger, better, faster and cheaper messages to you as a consumer?

And do you know how many tax payer dollars they've received via government subsidy to install that infrastructure?

You're business means everything to them. These aren't heartless big business entities that have a monopoly on your money.

Poe's Law strikes again.

Comment Re:Payouts are garbage, though (Score 1) 58

This is an interesting question. We don't really know what will happen long term. One possibility, as you point out, is that black markets will always outpay any other market. Another possibility is that the ethical hacker community will become so large and strong that they will find all those same vulnerabilities and deliver them to the system owners before the black market gets to build exploits and use them for nefarious purposes. It takes just one ethical hacker who finds a critical 0day to deliver it to a service like HackerOne, and the market for that vuln is over. Although asymmetry is usually in the favor of the criminal actor, in this case it is in the favor of ethical behavior. One ethical hacker can put an end to the sale of a 0day on the black market.

Comment Take it easy there (Score 1) 388

Rather than "immediately post suggestions", perhaps a slower & more deliberate approach would be better?

Or maybe you're convinced you really do know best, perhaps even reject this comment as merely the uninformed suggestion of someone not fully familiar with the specifics of your suggestions made to open source software projects?

Comment One up side (Score 5, Funny) 327

There is one real up side to this. Microsoft as you know only puts out small, efficient updates in the minimal needed package sizes. This should be great comfort to users on metered connections, they are only being lovingly graced with the minimum needed amount of bytes. Can you imagine if Microsoft was one of those companies that pushed out near-daily 100+MB behemoths to update a spelling error in notepad's FAQ? Luckily they don't do this, and we all win!


Note: Yes this is sarcasm. If you didn't get that by the 19th word, go play with some tiles.

Comment Re:Umm, yes, it is an ad. (Score 1) 124

Like how NPR doesn't have ads, they have 30 second messages from "contributors".

I used to tolerate NPR's ads because they were short, all read by the same woman (with a nice soft radio voice), and infrequent. However I'd swear that in the last year they've increased the frequency and duration of them by at least 50% and changed voices to an unpleasant man's voice. I now mute the audio or switch stations when they come on.

I abhor advertising and refuse to partake in it, so I usually pay for services. However if something like NPR is going to run ads anyway, why should I continue to donate to them? If Google is going to shove ads at us, why should I pay for their Home device?

It used to be "free" or "ad-supported". Now companies want to double dip and make you pay to hear ads. Fuck that noise.

Comment Re:Good or not? (Score 1) 301

Without having commercials to teach you that companies consider you a never-ending open wallet, and that they WILL lie to you to get your money, will these Netflix-only kids grow up to be or more less naive about the honesty of other people and companies?

This may be true, but the flipside is that without growing up inundated with asinine commercials, they may also tend to be less tolerant of them overall. One could hope this would lead to trending away from commercials as a valid way of paying for entertainment. I've avoided TV and radio commercials for a decade and now find them utterly abhorrent.

Personally, I'd love it if we moved away from all advertising subsidization. It would lead to fair market prices for entertainment and services, as well as bringing back some sanity in the salaries for actors. With some luck we might even end up back where the user the customer instead of the product.

Comment Or... (Score 1) 421

How about we start by getting countries to stop forcing women to get "circumcised", forcing them to cover their faces, denied the right to an education, and while we are at it, destroy the caste systems of countries. Seriously.

Women are still brutalized in a lot of places and lack the most basic of rights, and we first worlders focus on paychecks.

Comment Re:Microsoft is good once again (Score 1) 195

I don't see what people find interesting or exciting about .NET Core -- it's just a rebranding of the compact framework with some additional supported platforms. Honestly, the entire point of it seems to be to try and entice people to use Azure for hosted stuff and only use small parts of the framework for desktop apps (pushing them towards the "Universal" appy-store apps and away from full Win32 style desktop).

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