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Comment Re:Bottom line... (Score 4, Insightful) 177

If valuable information wasn't being stored in plain-text or otherwise easily accessible it wouldn't matter. The ideal solution is to avoid storing sensitive user information that isn't needed whenever possible and encrypt if you absolutely must store something sensitive (medical records, etc.) because the reality is that no matter how much you spend on defense, it only takes one successful attack to render it all pointless. Further, even with exceptionally secure software, it's often a weakness in the humans maintaining it or overseeing it that leads to a successful attack.

It's safest to assume that no matter how good your security, someone will eventually break through. As such, any sensitive user data should be encrypted so that it's not feasible for it to be exploited or used nefariously by the hackers who broke in. Everything else is just mitigating risk or delaying attackers. A locked door or alarm system won't stop a truly dedicated burglar, but it will make most look for another target or make it easier for them to slip up during the process in some way that leads to finding them.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 2) 406

I always find it amusing when some of the biggest opponents of second amendment rights complain about the government infringing on their fourth amendment rights. I don't know what moral ground they claim to stand on, but even if they had one, what the fuck are they going to do about it.

3D printers make gun control legislation pointless. Unless you also ban 3D printers, you can't stop anyone from getting a gun. Rather than trying to fight the inevitable we should work to create a society where no one has cause or need to harm another with a gun or any other weapon. Of course the people who tend to be in favor of gun ownership are usually the same that think any government policies towards such a goal are evil.

The Drake equation vastly underestimated the propensity for civilizations to destroy themselves.

Comment Re:Transformation (Score 4, Insightful) 185

I think to a certain extent this is a response to existing TV networks or content creators souring on giving streaming deals to Netflix in preference of trying to build their own platforms or outright shunning the internet to keep their existing business model in place.

If the movie studios or television networks aren't willing to license their content to Netflix either because they don't want people to stop watching TV or because they want to sell ads through their own streaming platform, what choice does Netflix have at that point beyond only being able to provide older less popular TV shows and B movies that don't appear to most of their audience?

This leaves Netflix with the only real choice to start producing their own content so that they can sell subscriptions. In that way they're not that much different than HBO that started out as a movie channel and then got into making their own television series and a few original movies, only Netflix didn't start as a cable channel first. Now that HBO has done more to embrace internet streaming without requiring a cable subscription, they're almost in the same business.

If you thought Netflix was going to ever become a one stop shop for all shows and movies you're out of your mind. The film industry saw exactly what happened when iTunes became the far and away dominant platform and how it meant an end to DRM in order to break Apple's hold.

Comment Sounds like a design patent (Score 1) 201

Sounds like a design patent, which as the name suggests is pretty much about the look and feel of a common item. I doubt the "8-stitch circular-knit pattern" or the 6.5mm handle gain any particular utility beyond anything else, but it's basically just a way of Apple saying if you make a bag that looks too much like theirs, they can successfully sue you. Similarly, having been granted a patent would be a good defense against anyone trying to sue them over their shopping bags.

Comment Re:Kindergarten ? (Score 2) 227

Neglect for music and art has more to do with funding than any desire to cram more stuff in. There are schools where they can't even afford basic supplies like paper. How are they going to have instruments that students can use (as most can't afford a personal instrument) or art supplies such as canvas and paint if they can't afford even more basic supplies?

The educational system is fucked for a variety of reasons (far-off bureaucrats as you've alluded to) and it seems like no one is really interested in fixing it, more so just applying their own solutions that are at best unproven or just a way of selling something to be picked up at the expense of the tax payers.

Comment Re:Stick a fork in.... (Score 3, Insightful) 610

Let's just get rid of both the Republican and Democrat candidates this year. The Green and Libertarian parties are a good enough substitute for both and as much as you might disagree with some of their stances, their candidates aren't morally bankrupt idiots. Otherwise I think I'm just going to write in Caligula's horse this year.

Comment Re:Manning? Really? (Score 1) 374

I doubt they do anything to Manning at all. Isolation and deprivation of human contact is quite enough to drive a person absolutely mad on its own. I wouldn't be surprised if the guards are under strict orders not to talk to her at all. That she tried to commit suicide earlier this year doesn't surprise me at all. One of the former wardens of the United State's supermax prison which has similar isolation for all inmates described it as something like hell. About the only thing worse than that without physically assaulting a person is sleep deprivation for extended periods, which will get you to own-shit-as-crayon levels of crazy in under a week.

Comment Re:Win/Win (Score 2) 113

I imagine that some of them understand it perfectly, but that's going to be someone else's problem in the future. Meanwhile they get to act like they were tough on corporations to advance their own political career. It's the same kind of shortsighted thinking we see all too often from CEOs who want to hit performance numbers in order to get a payout before they get another payout from the golden parachute when the card house they've built comes toppling down.

The bill isn't going to come due for six years so anyone who can't get out a position of responsibility for dealing with the fallout before that hand grenade goes off isn't paying attention.

Comment Re:Watches are about style, not function (Score 1) 117

Because Android Wear watches tend to look like actual watches people would wear

You should probably tell that to consumers then, because they don't seem to be buying and wearing very many of them, hence this article.

The OP was right, most consumers wanted a fashion accessory that could do some smart things.

Comment Re:Not a problem with credit unions (Score 3, Insightful) 110

To state that they are not attempting to make a profit is incorrect, it's just that the profit they do make goes to their members (who are considered owners of the credit union) rather than some smaller group of individuals. You could conceivably get the same kind of employee misbehavior if a credit union were to implement that kind of incentive system for its employees, but they're unlikely to since there's no impetus from shareholders to drive up the stock price for the next quarter.

Credit unions are typically organized as a non-profit or treated as such for tax purposes, but to imply that they're against making a profit doesn't make any sense as it would suggest they don't care about how they manage their members money or would just give out a loan to anyone for no interest at all. If my credit union weren't making a profit, it wouldn't be able to pay interest on the money I have on deposit with them.

Comment Re:False Idol. (Score 1) 283

Maybe it's because they're a simulation as well. If the argument is that we might be in a simulation because we're sufficiently advanced, then clearly any civilization that could create the simulation containing our existence would also be sufficiently advanced so as to be in a simulation itself. It's just simulations all the way up.

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