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Comment Re:Crowdsourced Security (Score 4, Insightful) 134

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:Onwards to victory. (Score 1) 349

I went to the supermarket today. According to the National Enquirer, Hillary Clinton has already been indicted for a whole bunch of illegal things she did. It was on the front page.

I'm still a little leery of jumping on the "OMG FAKE NEWS!!" bandwagon given there seems to be absolutely nothing new about the phenomenon. I'm inclined to blame a combination of an awful Democratic candidate (well, she was. And no, I don't think Bernie would have won either. Democrats had a dreadful choice at the primaries this year) and the seductive nature of Fascism, which has proven itself over and over again to be a message people respond to as long as they don't recognize it for what it is.

The supermarket tabloids have been peddling this crap for decades. TV news, especially local news, also has its own version of "reality", frequently mixing syndicated spots of dubious accuracy with genuine news. (And this is ignoring justified, if over stated, criticism of mainstream serious print media, which is a different category of misleading content.)

Comment Re:Great (Score 2) 94

a) there are still hundreds of sites out there that use Flash and have no way to change this easily (homestarrunner.com, 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:Hi , this is some random website called (Score 1) 569

The Intercept is a legitimate site co-founded by Glenn Greenwald. It has essentially the same reputation as Greenwald, it's truthful and focuses on certain issues to the point of obsession, but for fairly good reasons.

As far as not answering the question, the correct response to "Will you ever sell your services to make a registry for Muslims?" is the same one as "Would you build baby mulching machines in Toddler sizes?" or even just "If Trump asked you to make your workers wear militaristic uniforms with jackboots, would you do that?" - the answer is always going to be "Fuck no", not "At this time we'd prefer not to answer" or no answer at all. That's regardless of whether the questioner is from the New York Times or Breitbart.

Comment Re:DUH! (Score 1) 66

It's actually an article of faith among some here that having your content available to download for free doesn't in any way affect your sales negatively, an argument frequently used as a justification for mass copyright infringement.

The presumption people who make the argument usually have is that people download what they want to test it, and then buy the stuff they think is good. I'm not convinced, but there you have it.

Comment Re:"a European cloud provider" (Score 1) 103

VPS providers usually have reasonable reasons to customize the distros they run somewhat to fit within the framework they're using to virtualize each server - which are vary rarely simple "VMWare on a Xeon" type environments due to cost/scalability issues.

My guess is that certain providers are crappier than others.

Comment Re:But will it run (Score 1) 128

Nokia had a range of operating systems that were, in every sense, fully functional computer operating systems, but were far more efficient. I'm not sure the choice between No Linux and Linux is what you claim.

At this point the market has decided everyone wants devices that, if you're lucky, might be able to last a day and a half on a single battery life (and that require battery technologies that have proven to be somewhat unstable to provide that amount of life.) So I'm not sure how much the "efficient operating system" thing counts right now, but I wish it did.

Comment Some examples of smeared time (Score 5, Funny) 179

At 4.37 it'll report that 4.38 molests goats. 4.38 will retaliate by claiming 4.37 killed a man and lied about it. 4.39 will accuse 4.38 of secretly having two wives who know nothing about one another. 4.40 will claim 4.38 and 4.37 are having a secret affair and are making up allegations about one another to hide the fact. 4.41 will claim 4.40 is a multiple felon. 4.42 will accuse 4.41 of cheating on his taxes...

Comment A symbolic gesture (Score 1) 228

Reddit has one of the most open membership processes there is, with no email address or similar required. Throwaway accounts are extremely common. The posting history of an account doesn't reflect the visibility of its comments - while there's "karma", it doesn't work the same way as with Slashdot where postings from high karma users are given more visibility.

So banning users, however toxic, is going to be relatively pointless. At best, it means someone can't prove they're the same person as, say, the originator of a thread. But in all reality, if all you're known for is shitposting, will anyone want to?

Comment Re:Bigger worries then Unsolicited Junk Texts (Score 1) 554

Resist.

Make it politically possible for others to resist.

Make it politically impossible for him to win again.

You know, Republicans managed to completely neuter the relatively harmless Obama within two years of his election, simply by putting up every roadblock they could. I think blocking the political agenda of someone running as a Fascist is considerably more worthy.

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