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Comment Re:Post the 8 words Slashdot! (Score 2) 26

No, I doubt it. These people aren't necessarily suicidal, and often have perfect eyesight and hearing, but no motor control. This man just got hope for the first time since whatever happened to him, leaving him in this state.

This is a truly beautiful, and humane use for computing. Please don't be so negative, this is an outstanding achievement, on a par with the fact that ancient humans would pre-chew food for members of the tribe with no teeth. It shows we naturally care about each other, and support each other.

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The ACLU is selling T-Shirts with their logo that says "Dissent is Patriotic".

That's adorable.

Comment Re:What makes this special? (Score 1) 214

Hey, just because you think it's a long walk to the grocery store, doesn't make that any more of a absolute yardstick.

Tell that to a quadriplegic. The back yard may be closer than the grocery store but that still doesn't mean he's gonna get there any time soon. Without the wheelchair and a motor or someone to push, all distances greater than zero are out of reach.

Comment Re:Doing more with less.. (Score 1) 115

OK, so you have written such scripts to notify you. Now the company decides they do not need you any more. Are you going to rewrite those scripts to notify someone else? Or even bother to mention to someone that they should do so?

Or the other scenario where you get another job midway between renewals (when you have not had a notification in several months). Will you remember to change who gets notified? Will you remember to tell someone? When you remember 3-6 months later that you would be getting notifications about now, will you call your old employer to let someone know the notifications were never changed?

In a lot of companies, certificate renewal becomes someone's job because they are in the right place at the right time to handle it and everyone else forgets that it even happens until something goes wrong. If nothing goes wrong for several years, no one, except the guy who handles it, remembers that it even happens. This happens with a lot of tasks, and is my biggest fear whenever someone leaves our IT Department: what minor tasks were they doing that they were doing so well we all forgot about them?

It has been great at my current job, only one of the people in our IT Department who was here long enough to do anything everyone would forget about who subsequently left was good enough at it for people to forget...that one person only left because they became suddenly ill and died. Dealing with their absence has been a mess.

Comment Re: lack of foresight (Score 1) 179

No, but they did have private documents.

Can you imagine what would have happened if James Madison was crossing the boarder and someone said to him "Pass over all your documents, my scribe is going to take a copy of them"

There is nothing new here, it is just a document search and seizure.

But its not the same. In those days, when you travelled and crossed borders you had to more or less consciously give some attention to the documents you brought with you. Reams of paper get pretty heavy; and so it wasn't customary to have every document, photo, and piece of correspondence, you ever produced or received *on your person*.

Now you cross the border... and your phone or laptop; especially if its also linked to additional cloud storage accounts and social media etc... it literally has the potential to be a every document, photo, and piece of correspondence you have ever received; and we don't give it a 2nd thought ... we need our phones to make a few calls or receive emails and look at maps while travelling, and we don't think about just how much data we're carrying around with us until some belligerent TSA goon is demanding we hand over our phone and laptop passwords.

We're not deliberately carrying all our photos and email history and bank records and tax documents through customs because we want to transport them to another country... its just incidental to how we use the devices.

If James Madison was reentering the country with a suitcase of documents, it would still be egregious to demand they be turned over for copying before allowing passage. "Ah, but what if it's his entire personal library, packed in boxes. He might be smuggling contraband. Customs should be allowed to inspect!" Too true, but what invasive species, sickened animals, blood diamonds, ivory, or tiger penis might be in the ones and zeroes of James Madison VIII's phone?

Comment Re:There are less than 30 decent games... (Score 1) 138

Yeah, you look at current articles recommending VR games, the same 15-20 always come up. Other than those 15-20, most of the stuff on steam for VR is crap. Actually quite a lot of the stuff on steam is absolute crap anyway. There are a ton of games on there that appear to be written by some teenager who is in the process of teaching themselves how to program on unity, with stock purchased assets or stolen ones, and which will barely run at all. Valve doesn't seem to care about the quality of the product on their service, so it's up to you to develop a crap filter. So it should really come as no surprise at all that our crap filters filter out most of the VR offerings. We all own the good titles at the moment, and will no doubt buy new ones that prove to be good, as we learn about them.

Comment Re:PKI? (Score 1) 27

Worse than that; in all likelihood.

While adoption has been patchy; the 'trusted computing'/TPM guys definitely have what it takes to deliver a cryptographically locked bootloader and a variety of other powerful-and-somewhat-creepy capabilities; so anyone who gets onboard with this will presumably move from shipping hardware with shitty firmware that doesn't get patches to shipping hardware with shitty firmware that doesn't get patches and cannot be fixed or replaced even if you have the requisite expertise with that platform. The sort of 'support' that bootloader locked android devices get now. Far too insecure to be remotely safe; far too secure for mere mortals to reflash the firmware with something else without a particularly elegant 'trustzone' compromise or hardware attacks.

I hardly mean to suggest that OpenWRT will save IoT or anything(IoT needs a lot more saving than is probably possible for anyone; and vendors are spitting out unsupported hardware far faster than 3rd parties and mainline kernel support can catch up); but if you think shoddy firmware is bad; it's hard to get excited about shoddy firmware that is effectively impossible to replace even for devices based on well supported hardware.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 892

Only a few years before Bill Clinton did this, the DEMOCRATS has weaponized the same sort of misdeed to remove Senator Packwood from office. Actually that is not true, they had weaponized it before that and had used it against numerous public officials. Then when the Republicans tried to hold Bill Clinton to the standard the Democrats had established they started making the argument you are making. Of course, as soon as they believed that people had forgotten they attempted to go back to the weapon which had worked so well for them in the past.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 892

So you do not remember the people saying that it was "just sex"? The same people who only a few years earlier drive Senator Bob Packwood from office for much the same thing. Only when Senator Packwood had done what Bill Clinton did they said that it was always coercive when a man of his position had sex with an intern.

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