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Comment This is not a feature... (Score 1) 138

"5G is viewed as a technology that can support the developing Internet of Things (IOT) market, which refers to millions -- or potentially billions -- of internet-connected devices that are expected soon to come on to the market. "

This is not a feature. It's more likely a slow-moving, relentless catastrophe.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

"What about if you have legal adult naked videos/pictures of yourself having sex with your wife? Do you want the teenage geek squad employee to look through those videos/pictures too? After all, he would need to look inside those videos/pictures if he wants to ascertain what they contain."

If your wife is cute, maybe he'll earn himself some extra money by uploading your private pics and videos to some porn sites. Won't that be fun!

Or, maybe you're young, and you have some racy pics of your wife or girlfriend from a couple of years ago. Was she underage when that pic was taken? No? Can you prove it? I'm sure you'll enjoy being investigated by the FBI, just because some Geek Squad member wanted to get his $500 bonus...

Comment Non-problem? (Score 1) 207

I wonder, though: how many people surf with their sound on? Most people I see (granted, not a representative sample) either have headphones or have the sound off, so as not to disturb everyone around them. If I were surfing something via Tor, i.e., sensitive, then I'd be double sure not to have publicly audible sound.

Comment Applies to all financial information (Score 1) 101

The thing is: These arguments apply equally well to any and all financial information that the IRS receives. Why should your employer be forced to tell the IRS what they pay you? Why should your bank be forced to supply the IRS with account information? All of this is only because the IRS doesn't trust you, the individual taxpayer, to properly file your taxes. It is *all* in violation of the 4th amendment, as far as I can see.

Comment Too big to fail... (Score 1) 232

It's clear that no one has learned anything from the 2008 financial crisis. There was all this talk of "too big to fail". In the end, that hasn't even been applied to the banking sector, but frankly, it applies to any company. Beyond a certain size, the existence of a huge company becomes arguably detrimental to society as a whole. Too much power, too much influence, too many subsidiaries that appear independent, but actually aren't, and can work together to influence markets.

Any organization* above size "X" should be forced to split or divest. We can discuss what size "X" is, but it is certainly far, far below $1 Trillion. Note that the largest banks in the world (which are certainly "too big") are only a quarter of that size.

* As a small-"L" libertarian: I think this limit should apply to governments as well. No government should be allowed revenue above a certain level - this would limit the scope of national governments and force power down to the local level.

Comment Legal reference (Score 4, Informative) 163

Since most commenters have not read the legal reference, here is what it says:

"...the following are not infringements of copyright: (11) the making imperceptible, by or at the direction of a member of a private household, of limited portions of audio or video content of a motion picture, during a performance in or transmitted to that household for private home viewing, from an authorized copy of the motion picture, or the creation or provision of a computer program or other technology that enables such making imperceptible and that is designed and marketed to be used, at the direction of a member of a private household, for such making imperceptible, if no fixed copy of the altered version of the motion picture is created by such computer program or other technology."

That's pretty clear. They are allowed to make temporary changes to audio or video content during transmission for private home viewing, provided only that they are modifying an authorized copy.

It sounds to me (IANAL) like they have a very strong case.

Of course, their record keeping needs to be spotless, guaranteeing that they never sell more copies than they have in stock, and that any specific streaming instance can be traced to a specific authorized copy.

Comment Not a social safety net, please... (Score 3, Interesting) 635

Let's not have more people on the dole, please. We need a better answer than that.

I remember, years ago, some African ambassador was touring government housing in the UK. I suppose he was supposed to be impressed that unemployed people got houses for free from the oh-so-generous government. His comment at the end of the tour was something like "How soul deadening, these people have no purpose in life. I'd rather be poor.". Coming from an African who knew what poverty was, it was a powerful indictment of social safety nets.

People need a purpose in life. If we are going to be displaced from our jobs, then we need a different purpose. Being freed from repetitive, menial labor should allow us to do something more meaningful. Just putting ever more listless people into a lifelong holding pattern is not the right answer.

Comment Re:what to do (Score 1) 455

I have seen this. Some of it has to do with CIOs wanting to make their mark. At one company that shall remain nameless, the new CIO outsourced all of the IT first-level support. I'm sure he saved money on paper, and got a nice bonus. He then quickly moved on, before the flood of user complaints. I mean, it's kind of hard to fix a loose network cable, when you are thousands of kilometers away. So the next CIO comes in and earns his bonus by improving user support - cancelling the remote support contract and hiring local people again.

It's not about being sensible, or even saving money. It's about ticking checkboxes and advancing CxO careers.

Comment Fixing the term would fix many problems (Score 5, Insightful) 88

Fixing the copyright term would eliminate many problems: "...a term of 14 years, with the right to renew for one additional 14 year term should the copyright holder still be alive".

Currently, there is so little music in the public domain that it's laughable. Copyright was enacted to protect and incentivize the people who produce artistic works, not to enrich the publishers, heirs and other non-productive entities. This is true all the way back to the original statute in England from 1710.

Imagine if all of the music, books, films, etc. through 1988 were in the public domain, along with and many of the works through 2002. What a different world it would be!

Comment Another tech journalist, riiiiight... (Score 2) 255

Ok, I just answered my own question. This guy's article is so ignorant that I looked up his qualifications as a "technology correspondent". Here they are:

- News assistant at CNBC for 2 years

- Reporter for CNBC for 1 year

- Has a BA in English Literature, and as MA in Journalism

Yep, he's qualified to write about technology issues. Well, as well qualified as most journalists who do so, anyway... He clearly has deep qualification to prognosticate about financial issues as well. /sarc

Comment Seriously? (Score 1) 255

What kindergarden did this journalist fail out of. There is so much factually wrong in TFA that it's hard to know where to start. Just off the top of my head:

- Massive spending binge = inflation = a decrease in the value of the dollar, not a "surge"

- "triple the current budget deficit from approximately $600 billion"...um, the current deficit is $1.4 trillion. The other figure comes from accounting tricks that would be illegal for anyone other than the government

- If the federal reserve dramatically raises interest rates, the interest on the massive national debt will skyrocket. The government will meet payments by issuing more debt (how else?). This will lead to more inflation, not to the dollar "hitting the moon"

- Anyway, if the dollar were to hit the moon, then BitCoin would be worth less in terms of dollars, not more. So the whole premise of the article is nonsense

How does an utterly ignorant article like this get published anywhere other than The Onion?????

Comment Flaws? That's one way of putting it... (Score 3, Interesting) 38

"The team reverse-engineered the proprietary wireless signalling systems used by the implants which revealed flaws in the way data was broadcast."

From this sentence alone, it is entirely obvious: The signals are not encrypted; there is no security to hack. These aren't flaws at all - they are design decisions. The manufacturers have some command protocol that they developed and use; while this may not be publicly documented, it is hardly secret: monitor the signals used, and you can figure it out. This doesn't take a "security researcher", all it takes is a kid with the right radio kit.

People then rush to ask: Why do these devices not secure their signals? It may be that they never thought about it. However, the answer may also be that they want an open interface. Consider: you have a pacemaker and suddenly have a heart problem, and you are taken to the nearest hospital. With a secure interface, how does that hospital get the private key required to talk to your pacemaker? Which is the lesser risk to the patient's health: leaving the interface open, or securing it?

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