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Comment Who? What? (Score 0, Flamebait) 43

1. Similar domain names have been a scam vector for so many years, if Bleep Whatever is so popular as to attract the ire of these assholes, maybe they should have been proactive years ago and bought up those domains? It's not a huge cost.

2. To be honest, I've never heard of either of these to groups, though the Scam Wear folks seem to be on a suicide mission. On the other hand, when Bleep Whatever vanquishes them, they will just show up under a different brand.

Comment Re:Emergency service call costs (Score 1) 213

In the worst case, they could just unscrew the wires from the thermostat and clip the bare ends together with a clothespin to turn on the furnace. That would at least keep the pipes from freezing and cost $0.

"Smart" thermostats ofter communicate with the furnace / cooling via a cat-6 or some other type of communications cable, they are rarly just a switch. On the other hand, you can often buy them at Home Depot / Lowes, and just install a new one yourself and then maybe reset the old one to factory.

Comment Re: Wow (Score 1, Troll) 343

Seriously true. Of course we have become a pansy "politically correct" society that is afraid of offending anyone and everything. Poor trans-this and LBGTQXYZ thats that can't live outside the bubble without getting butt hurt. Buy the way, I'm gay and have been out for 30 years, so get fucked with your "Oh, another hater" bullshit.

Comment Re:First cool site was 'the liquid oxygen barbecue (Score 1) 136

Besides the LOX demo and his invention of Refrigerant R-406A "AutoFrost", George was an Alpha Hardware Hacker at Purdue who presented at Usenix conferences. He got a grant to work on multiprocessing, and so he took two VAX 780's, and connected them by the backplane, creating a multiprocessor VAX. Digital Equipment liked it so much that they made a product of it, called the VAX/782. The CPU clock was 5 MHz and there were a lot of DIP-package digital logic ICs in there, with lots of space between them on the PCBs.

Comment Classic Steve Jobs and the Nascent Web (Score 5, Interesting) 136

Steve Jobs and some folks from Pixar were going out to lunch one day. While walking out of the building, Steve said "we have to find the killer app for the Internet". Steve and I both had NeXT workstations on our desks, and they had the first Mosaic web browser for NeXTStep on them. I'm not sure I even tried that browser, but we both completely missed that this was the killer app for the Internet.

Comment Re:so once again... (Score 4, Insightful) 102

"Run javascript, get pwned". If you care AT ALL about security, you need to block javascript by default and white-list a few sites you care about, like your bank.

I understand, really I do. But for most people this approach is not practical because 99.999 percent of the web sites out there that most people visit use JavaScript for functionality.

Comment Re:Funny, my modern TV doesn't do that crap (Score 1) 234

Of course, I wasn't stupid enough to spend 10,000 of my own money to give other people the right to spy on me.

That's got to be a "mighty" TV for 10 grand.

HOWEVER, I predict that eventually *all* TVs will be "smart" TVs, even the cheap ones. So, we'll have to have a plan on midigating the "spying" thing.

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