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Comment Re:Mission Critical? (Score 1) 89

You mean this review?

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/03/nintendo-switch-review/

Check the closing words:

"Time to make the Switch?

At this point, it looks like buying the Switch as your only game console means missing out on everything from Mass Effect and Call of Duty to The Witcher and Assassin's Creed to Tomb Raider and Destiny. That list can go on and on. Maybe those major franchises will eventually be forced to pay attention to a Switch that absolutely flies off the shelves. For now, though, relying on the Switch for all of your gaming means risking that you'll miss out on a huge array of the most popular and well-received current franchises. That's a big price to pay for access to fully portable Zelda and Mario games.

Even as a secondary system, though, it's hard for me to recommend you go out and buy the Switch immediately unless you have a burning desire to play the latest Zelda literally anywhere. The system as it exists now feels a little like it was rushed to make it to store shelves before the end of Nintendo's fiscal year. After all, at launch there are some lingering hardware issues and extremely limited initial software support."

Not really seeing how that's a review saying how great the Switch is. It is written by Kyle Orland though, so that tone was expected.

Comment Re:Give the consumers a refund on what they paid (Score 1) 48

TLS is not yet required for traffic and while it's made great strides in adoption, that is a very recent development. As of two years ago, Google themselves claimed half of received SMTP traffic was in plaintext, and only in January of this year did traffic cross the 80% threshold. When Gmail was created almost all of it was plaintext.

2014
https://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2014/06/transparency-report-protecting-emails.html

Now
https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/saferemail/

>Second, snooping on Internet backbones is actually pretty hard to do.

Unless you work for an alphabet agency. Or one of their contractors. Or one of the people who has the jewels of the backdoors the alphabet agencies put into backbone equipment surreptitiously:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/12/glenn-greenwald-nsa-tampers-us-internet-routers-snowden
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/photos-of-an-nsa-upgrade-factory-show-cisco-router-getting-implant/

> Third, the target ISP is harvesting _their_ messages without ever getting _their_ consent, and that happens to be illegal.

The target 'ISP' can also easily be corporations when you send mail to them - as many run their own IT operations - and they can and will do whatever they like with them. Plus, do link to the law that makes this illegal, I'd be very interested to see such transnational legislation.

Comment Re:Give the consumers a refund on what they paid (Score 1) 48

Oh, you mean the message they transmitted across a public network in plaintext that might cross multiple countries' boundaries before arriving at the Gmail MX server farm? I can see how security minded they are.

When you send an email you have no control over what the recipient will do with it, arguing that you didn't accept the TOS of the recipient's mail system is asinine. What about sending mail to people at corporations, do you "accept" their mail retention and scanning policies before sending as well?

Comment Re:Give the consumers a refund on what they paid (Score 1) 48

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6603?hl=en

"With features like Priority Inbox, we automatically process your messages to help you sort through the unimportant messages that get in your way. We use a similar approach with ads. For example, if you’ve recently received a lot of messages about photography or cameras, a deal from a local camera store might be interesting. On the other hand, if you’ve reported these messages as spam, you probably don’t want to see such a deal.... The process by which ads are shown in Gmail is fully automated. Nobody reads your emails in order to show you ads."

Seems pretty clear to me.

> emails sent by non-Gmail users

So, people sign up for Gmail and never expect to get email from anyone outside of other Gmail accounts? What exactly do they think an email account is for?

Comment Give the consumers a refund on what they paid (Score 2, Insightful) 48

Oh, GMail is free? Hmmm...

This is a horseshit waste of money and legal resources to enrich lawyers. Even before I signed up for GMail in beta (yes that long ago) it was well known that GMail was using the contents of mail to display targeted ads. That's why it was being offered as a service. It's in the TOS.

Sorry to hear "consumers" who got a service for free are too damn stupid to realize how it's being paid for. Just wait till someone tells them how Facebook pays for itself...

Comment Re:The Discrimination is about wages, not age (Score 2, Insightful) 207

Go piss up a rope. I'm "older" and of course I want more money. I have decades of experience and proven performance so I'm worth it. But the rest of your argument falls apart immediately. I have no family in the city I live, where I am currently employed I am on call for troubleshooting 24/7 - and I answer the call a hell of a lot better than some younger members of our group who seem to think work is an inconvenience to the Millennial lifestyle I might add - and am absolutely up for whatever "team building" is on offer. And again I notice the Millennials tend to bug out well before the team building is in full swing.

Comment Re:Conundrum (Score 4, Insightful) 159

Because they were probably compelled by some sort of behind the scenes bullshit to do this on behalf of the CIA and now that the cat's out of the bag they (the CIA) figure it's probably better to be able to poison the ability for the exploit to work than to let the bad guys (different groups depending on who you are) have a go unhindered.

And they're right. They're utter bastards but they're right.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 193

> And ARM servers were supposed to be huge every year since iPhone made it big,

Thing is without Microsoft along for the ride that wasn't really a possibility, at least to start. Now it is. Run it all on an ARM with x86 emulation so no porting. As long as the emulation performance hit isn't terrible the cost savings for cloud farms will be tempting.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 4, Informative) 193

Intel's low power foray into mobile SoC with the Atom platform has been about as successful as Windows Mobile was. So much so they're bailing:

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1329580

"As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. The discontinued products include those code-named SoFIA, Broxton and Cherry Trail."

Atom chipsets have been anemic compared to the ARM processors, and now ARM is going to move into the low end blade space for Windows/Linux servers where Intel was positioning Atoms for cloud clusters.

Comment Re:Second Korean war lololo (Score 3, Insightful) 233

America won't invade, if anything they'd strike with Tomahawks and airstrikes. And if you mean literally China will try nuking American forces, then that's pretty unlikely as I am sure the leaders in Beijing understand quite well that if they ever did do that, they'd have approximately 30 minutes left to enjoy breathing. Probably more like 10 though, as I'm sure if things were hot enough in the Korean Peninsula to warrant airstrikes and Tomahawks, the US Navy would have a couple of SLBMs in the area to pop out short quick nuke strikes if things go to hell.

In other words, no. They won't. Not a lot of people are fans of the US's military industrial complex, but few people with any sense would deny that same military is absolutely capable of country/world ending retaliation if it goes that far.

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