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Comment Re:Add THIS to the map (Score 1) 40

I'd add "all unnecessary police activity" to that list. Where I live, the police justify owning their helicopter(s?) by circling them low over different parts of town during the night. I've heard that they were looking for grow operations, which is such a good fucking reason for waking up tens of thousands of people every night, but pot is now legal here and they still do it, so I'm not sure what their current excuse is.

Comment Re:Why do we need CAs at all? (Score 1) 77

Browser vendors like (Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Apple) don't support DANE because they're big enough to each run their own trusted (by the other browsers) CA and so they don't feel the pain of having to buy certificates and "trust" third parties. They're fully invested in the CA model: sometimes charging for continued inclusion on their root CA lists and other times proposing standards that further cement the mandatory role of CAs (Certificate Transparency).

Just like you'll never see laws that are genuinely beneficial to the people come from our autocratic politicians, you'll never see support for a (more-) decentralized trust system like DANE come from the self-declared "trusted" Certificate Authorities.

Comment Re:I get no updates from my carrier (Score 1) 103

It would be just like that if the electric company edited the microwave manual so that the Microwave Repair Hotline rang up the electric company. The telecommunication companies inserted themselves in the middle of the update process, so they need to either issue/approve updates or remove themselves from that role.

Comment Re:I use chrome (Score 1) 147

Putting trust in corporations is stupid and trusting an advertising company (whose core business model is tracking people and building dossiers on them) to not track you is equally stupid. I don't have any evidence that they're tracking you, but you don't have any evidence that they're not and tracking you would fit their MO perfectly.

Do what you want -- nobody cares -- but there's nothing unreasonable about distrusting Google, even in the absence of hard evidence.

Comment Re:Contemptible. (Score 1) 520

I don't think that he's saying that you can be compelled to produce a physical key, but that a physical key can be seized against your will if it can be found. Since a product of your mind can't (yet!) be seized without your cooperation, and you can't be compelled to cooperate, it is off limits.

Comment Re:Low Takeup (Score 1) 64

Google's entire business model requires continuous and ever increasing access to user data. They're not starving for data now, but they need to secure future streams of user data or they will be starving in the future.

This isn't about these specific exploitable resources in Kansas; they are just a small subset of resources and all of them are worthless to Google if they can't be data-mined for advertising purposes.

Comment Re:Leave the original (Score 1) 542

It's because of "corporate thinking": big businesses always talk about 'innovation' and that sort of thing, but they are too timid to actually go for anything truly innovative.

It's due to the bloat of "management" and the (mis-)assignment of business critical decisions to professional managers. They often have literally no idea how their company works or what the core-business employees do with their time. "Innovation" is a magic word to them that they think they can get access to by following cargo cult trends in their favorite management journals.

Comment Re:The answer: XMPP (Score 1) 456

You can presume that they dropped support for XMPP federation for a noble reason, but I'll presume that it was an sleazy reason (force people to need to use Google services to talk to to the consumers that are Google's chattel and hopefully get them using all of the other data harvesting services out of convenience).

The so-called 'instant-messaging problem' has been solved. TFA is hand-wringing over a non-issue..

Something like the common use of XMPP federation is what the article was asking for and it hasn't been solved. It just needs more than a technical solution. How do we get bad faith actors like Google and Apple and Yahoo and ... to stop building walled gardens?

Comment Re:We need "detente" between employers/employees (Score 1) 632

You don't need a detente to fix this situation, you only need better behavior from employers and the rest of the situation resolves itself.

Employees job-hop because it is increasingly difficult to get any substantial increase in compensation or position without moving to a new employer. If employers regularly gave raises that matched an employee's increasing skills or value to the company, employees would stop feeling so exploited and undervalued. If employers trained employees to the positions that they desired instead of laying them off and seeking perfect-match replacements every time, employees would be able to advance their careers without moving to a new employer.

There is no part of this that can be fixed by employees making the first move (which would only lead to employers delightfully exploiting the newfound loyalty). The situation was entirely created by, and can be easily and rapidly fixed by, employers. They don't even need any cooperative participation from the employees themselves in the process.

Comment Re:Dead pixels? Really? (Score 1) 241

Which is fine in both cases, because the lower core count processors and the binned processors had different prices to go with their different capabilities. You didn't buy a four core processor to find out that it only had three functional cores.

If LCDs were binned for dead pixels and you could opt to get a panel with some dead pixels for cheaper, nobody would be complaining.

Comment Re:How many... (Score 1) 95

To make this self replicating you'd have to add the sequences to a bacteria like E-Coli, and somehow ensure that the cell doesn't just kick the useless (for it) DNA out again.

Tack it onto a gene for antibiotic resistance so that it's not useless. It'll be the typical movie piracy scenario played out on the microscale: not only does this version of Arrival of a train at La Ciotat not have any DRM, but it has kanamycin resistance thrown in too!

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