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Comment The company that rootkitted Windows from audio CDs (Score 4, Insightful) 55

So the company that put Windows rootkits on Redbook audio CDs puts backdoors in other products? Stunning!

The company that sold the PSP 1000 to early adopters at $250+ per unit based on all the things it would be able to do with expansions, then released expansions that only worked with later models doesn't take their customers' needs seriously? Shocking!

The company that advertised Linux on the PlayStation 3 then made it impossible to use Linux if you installed most of the newer PS/3 games stomps on their promises? Inconceivable!

Or... oh, wait... no, that's not it. The surprising part is that anybody trusts these shady jerks at all.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 1028

"After Hoover" meaning Herbert or J. Edgar? Becuase the latter was at the BI and FBI from 1924 to 1972. 1972 to 1990 is a small window there.

Ask George Takei about detention without trial. Look up US Executive Order 9835. Read up on Dennis v. United States if you don't believe the US curtailed civil liberties. Read up on the Hollywood blacklist. It wasn't just McCarthy and Hoover with some two-man mission.

Ask the folks at Kent State who were shot for peacefully protesting the Cambodian campaign in 1970, just before your window opens. Read up on Ruby Ridge. That's just after your window closes.

So you're basically asking "when, during this 18 year period, did we ever have curtailed rights?"?

Comment Re:If they want to play.. (Score 1) 86

I think if the precedent holds that common carrier is black or white and who regulates them based on that holds, they're going to still be able to offer non-common services. What they really won't like, though, is that this is consistent with the FCC's argument that because they are common carriers and tie non-common offerings to common offerings that the FCC gets to regulate the non-common offerings.

Comment Re:Predictable when newer is not better (Score 1) 272

Desktop support is a very tiny percentage of IT. We're talking racks of servers, multi-gigabit per second links between data centers, centralized configuration management, server monitoring as a service, custom web applications with published APIs for customers to use, individual servers with hundreds of gigabytes of RAM, true virtualization, containers, on-demand spin-up of new VMs, automated testing and deployment of new code, and single web queries across all that which trigger communication across multiple companies to fulfill the request and provide a product or service based on it.

No, a desktop being "fast enough" and running a "new enough" desktop OS doesn't have much at all to do with a contraction in IT jobs.

Comment Re:The most outrageous aspect (Score 1) 104

Identify theft by itself is technically a crime. Some customers got overdrafts because money was withdrawn from one account without their permission to be put into another account opened without their permission. It's at best fraud by Well Fargo against their shareholders because the number of active accounts was fake.

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