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Comment I think you misused the term Bricking (Score 2) 421

Screw up a firmware update resulting in a device that can not be recovered (short of using jtag or something similar), that is a bricked device.

Removing access to a critical part of a service for a product you own, just results in a useless product, but it is not bricked.

Comment Re:TFA is worded horribly... which is it?.. both? (Score 2) 174

The article itself notes that anyone under active investigation. The summation of the /. post seems to leave that out, making it sound like anyone using TOR or similar would be a potential target of FBI hacking as it would be assumed they would be criminals. That is how I read the summation.

The article says no such thing, rather it says that for people under investigation, when a warrant would have been issued under normal circumstances, if they are using anonymity software, then the FBI can still apply for a warrant, but the jurisdiction issue would be less of an issue.

I am okay with this. However, it is a double edged sword, while the FBI as a whole probably has good intentions, it is the individuals within who tend to abuse their powers, and I see this entire process ripe for abuse.

Comment Re:I hate invasions of privacy, but... (Score 1) 174

A firewall is irrelevant. Most of the malware used is not pushed remotely through a backdoor, rather by tricking the user into installing it, phishing, or through web sites that exploit holes in the machine being used. Your firewall will not do anything to stop this. Unless you are running some sort of proxy that scans for malware (assuming it is not a zero day or undisclosed and unpatched vulnerability). Most are not.

Comment Re:that is not always true (Score 1) 228

I disagree.. I have a Dyson vacuum cleaner.. I also have 2 dogs (Great Dane and Dalmatian), and at 1 point 4 cats (although down to 1 now). In that time, I have gone through 4 Vacuums, the Dyson was the last I purchased, and has been flawless ever since. It is not even the Animal version of the Dyson. Couple of small parts have broken here and there, but were easily replaceable.

Maybe your sister just had bad luck. Mine has lasted almost 10 years now.

As for the hairdryer.. I am a guy who used to have ass length hair.. and even I would not purchase the Dyson hairdryer... As others have said, that is a solution looking for a problem.

Comment Re:A famous book of literary criticism once said.. (Score 1) 288

Actually, $50 is perfectly reasonable. Just because you do not like movies, does not mean many others do not find them entertaining.

A typical family will easily spend over $50 to see a movie in the theater, when you take into account concessions and ticket cost, parking. Double that if you need a baby sitter so that you and your spouse could go out to dinner and a movie. Quadruple that if it is a family movie and you want to take your kids.

So no, $50 is not unreasonable, especially you split the cost with friends.

This is also geared towards people who many not have gone to the movies to begin with and would have waited for the DVD or download to be released.

Me, I actually enjoy the theater experience, maybe I am just weird, who knows, but the last movie I took my toddler too (Deadpool.. just kidding), Minions Movie, and lets just say it was not a pleasant experience (at least it was for a birthday party and the theater was rented out for the group, so it was a ton of toddlers and everyone was understanding)

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 4, Informative) 254

This is incorrect. The phone does not store the key anywhere. The key is made up of the phones unique identifier value, and your pin, combined to make the key. What they can do is use acid, high powered visual equipment and lasers to try to determine the unique identifier from the iPhones CPU, and then try to brute force that with various pin numbers.

Comment Re:Shouldn't this be an FTC issue, not an FCC issu (Score 1) 176

I would agree here. However, I think it requires a multi pronged attach approach. If my memory serves me, a few years back ATT Wireless was being sued by both the FTC and the FCC for the same thing (related to their unlimited data plans). They went to court and tried to have the suits dismissed playing each group against each other.
FTC vs ATT - ATT Claimed they were being investigated and sued by the FCC and requested a dismissal.
FCC vs ATT - ATT claimed they were being investigated and sued by the FTC, and requested a dismissal.

They will lie cheat and steal, and do whatever they want, as long as the money keeps flowing into politicians pockets, nothing will ever change.

Comment Re:$6000 (Score 2) 176

I cannot believe you seriously posted that. Not everyone has such a short commute. Not everyone has such a short commute on roads that are safe enough to cycle on. Not everyone has such a short commute at times of days when it is light out (brings back to safety point, and lights help a little, but not enough).

It must be nice to live in that world of yours where everything turns out just peachy for you. For the rest of us, we have to own a car. (well not everyone, but many of us).

FYI, I have no issues cycling 10 miles, in fact, I have no issues cycling 100 miles at a time... as I am a cyclist (both road and mountain), so if I could cycle to work, I would.

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