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Comment Many reasons (Score 1) 130

Bloatware, privacy, support, all send you to something other than stock.

T-Mobile stopped supporting my Relay at JB. At least with CM I've got KK, and there are words indicating that CM's successor is going to bring out Nougat for it. (Didn't know that could happen, thought the graphics was too primitive, but I'll take it.)

Comment What happened to slashdot? (Score 2) 304

Virtually every top comment is a victim-blaming shitfest.

"Ooooh CRIME he's a hacker! Arrest the victim!"

"Every security expert encrypts every piece of technology they own regardless of circumstances! It's his own fault!"

".. and they ALWAYS take every possession with them everywhere they go, and never lock anything in their vehicle, because they're infallible! Clearly he's not an expert!"

"That poor thief. ;("


Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 5, Insightful) 166

This isn't so much about modeling thought processes as it is about illustrating how even in a simplified model one of our debugging approaches fails.

The logic that they're arguing appears to be:

"If we can't even properly reverse engineer an extremely simple deterministic computer chip using fault modeling, it's extremely unlikely that we can infer the mechanisms of an extremely complex non-deterministic processor like the brain."

Comment Re:Retards (Score 1) 59

When your power grid management interfaces are directly connected to the Internet you must suffer. There's no excuse for that.

There are plenty good reasons. You're being extreme.

The grid management has to be connected to *some* network. That's so you can monitor the health of the grid from a central location, and coordinate a distributed response to events. (Heck, it's also useful if you can connect to control it even when weather conditions make it too hazardous to travel on-site).

[1] You could do that with suitable VPNing over the public internet. That way you benefit from its extensive reach, its cheap price, its resilience, the rapid repair time that ISPs offer. All you need to build is a network connection from each of your grid nodes to the nearest internet.

[2] Or you could do it with dedicated leased lines that aren't part of the internet. You'll pay a heck of a lot more, and loads of grid nodes won't have convenient connection.

[3] Or you could put up your own network. (You're a power-grid so you're used to putting up networks!) But this isn't your core competence, will suffer from longer outages, and will be most expensive.

Bear in mind that every subcontractor who prepares a bid using the public internet will produce a *LOWER* bid with *INCREASED* functionality. The only way that a higher-priced bid will ever win is if they someone demonstrate that the downside costs (in terms of expected cost of future hacks) will be significantly larger than the higher upfront bid. And any such attempted demonstration would be instantly met by the answer "why not use just a secure VPN to get best robustness at the cheapest price?"

So I think that infrastructure like this *can* and *should* be connected to the internet.

Comment Re:corporations may not collectively bargain (Score 1) 119

Your analogy fails because union members are analogous to shareholders, not the corporations they form. Personally I'd be fine with individuals opting out of a closed shop as long as they also opted out of any wage rises or benefits the union wins on behalf of its members.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 494

Yep. And if anything, it's getting worse.

At least modern PCs truly are better; they're almost always faster, cooler, quieter, consuming less energy, etc.

Whereas, I'm still using a Note 3 with CM13. While I am quite happy with the performance, I would like a better camera with manual controls and more RAM. But there's nothing I can upgrade to without sacrificing something.

As far as I can tell, the Note 3 was the last device made with a removable battery, MicroSD slot, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure sensors, AMOLED screen, 10,000mAH battery compatibility (ZeroLemon), GPS and a full 9dof IMU package. Some new phones came close (the v20 tempted me) but lacked a few of these features I use every day.

I fear that once this phone dies, I'll just have to find a used one on eBay to replace it with. The frustrating part is that I have no budget on this one; I'd pay $2000 to get a state of the art replacement that "does it all" and upgrades the CPU, camera, storage, etc.

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