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Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 317

I was under the impression it is under the FCC's remit, as they regulate telecommunications businesses. But either way, if it's just a "We think it should be under this agency's jurisdiction, not that one" thing, then that's at least not terrible.

Like the sibling post however, I'd like to see evidence the FTC will actually step up to the plate on this.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 317

Because, in my experience, libertarians - both self described, and described by the dictionary - would generally rejoice about any reduction in regulation, arguing instead that somehow consumers and ISPs can just sign contracts that agree to the levels of privacy they want.

In the real world, that's bullshit, because you have to hope that an ISP with a service and price level that's acceptable would consider it worth offering.

Comment Re:So, it's not only the Russians that hack, huh! (Score 1) 99

Just to be clear: you think the CIA doesn't spy on anyone with modern technologies, and you think this because the media didn't report it?

First: Are you aware what the CIA is? Or the NSA?
Second: Do you really read newspapers? I mean, there's this Manning person, and another guy called Snowden, who passed quite a bit of information to the newspapers during the last part of the last decade, and first part of this one, about how groups like the NSA work. Did you not read those articles?

Look, I'd point you at some links, but why not just hop over to, and do a quick search. You'll find quite a bit of news you apparently missed.

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 1) 409

Great for you. Not everyone is as awesomely brilliant as you. But that's their tough shit, right?

I don't even remotely consider or promote myself as brilliant.

I do tend to act like an adult when it comes to my working life, and I am responsible for myself.

I expect the same from other working should be responsible for your life, work and family...and we really don't need any MORE govt. intrusion.

If you are an idiot and can't be an adult..well, then yes...fuck'em.

You gotta grow up some day, its a big old world that doesn't give a shit about you and you have to compete.

I tend to try to rely on multiple sources of income and am always looking for new revenue streams.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 2) 317

Seriously, is there an actual reason for this that isn't corruption or some kind of libertarian ideological nutcasery?

I try not to take these things at face value, but everything looks like blatant corruption from here. It might give me some faith in humanity to know there's a good reason beyond "Ayn Rand would approve, and so does my wallet."

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 1) 115

Is the movie somehow worse if it's viewed two months later?

Yes, as by then you're likely to have seen or heard spoilers... On the other hand, if a movie is over hyped garbage you're likely to have heard this from your friends and might not bother seeing it at all.

I always disliked how some countries got movies much later than others, as you'd end up reading all kinds of spoilers online before you could watch the movie yourself. This has actually improved a bit later - not for the benefit of consumers, but because the studios are greedy and know that word of a lousy movie soon gets out which results in very poor sales in those countries getting the movie later.

Comment Re:Interesting how few controls there are (Score 2) 118

Another problem is the way in which legit companies do business... If legitimate companies communicate with their customers/suppliers insecurely, then it becomes easy for scammers to do so as well. The more difficult it is to identify the scams from real requests, the more likely people are to fall for the scams.

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 2) 409

The point of the study is that the "gig" economy is "you can work as little or as much as you want" is a way around labor laws, things like 40 hr weeks, paid time off, overtime.

No, it is a little something that has gone on for a LOOOONG time, but apparently many people somehow don't know about it these days...

It's called contracting...aka independent contracting.

It is perfectly legal and it has been around for a long, long time...

Now...not every contract gig is something you make a living off alone. Many people make a living off of multiple contracts.

With the exception of one W2 "gig" in the middle for a couple years, I've been working 1099 contracting and making a healthy living off it for the better part of 10 years or so.

Now, do I take every "gig" I can? No. But the ones where I can negotiate a bill rate, and I do make big boy decisions as to how much I cover paying my insurance, fund retirement, and yes to cover 3-4 weeks a year vacation/sick time off I allow myself (no work no pay, has to be calculated in)...I accept those contracts.

I can assure you that I am not the only person out there doing this for a living...especially in IT.

So, are you saying this should be done away with entirely? That just because some people mistake side gigs for full time employment, that those of us who can do and prefer to make our own decisions, work our own hours, work what jobs we want...should have this capability removed, so as to cater to the lowest common denominator?

That's what I seem to hear you saying. Because a contractor, is a contractor, is a contractor....doesn't matter the duration of contract nor the bill rate.

I consider myself the same work category as a Uber/Lyft or other contractor type work relationship, I just happen to make more money at the contracts I enter into.

If I wanted, I could do Uber on the side too...I just don't need to.

But I VERY much enjoy the freedom I have to make my working, investment and retirement decisions myself.

What's wrong with that?

Comment Re:Interesting how few controls there are (Score 1) 118

Because legitimate companies conduct business in the exact same way - emailing invoices around and unexpected phonecalls chasing them up etc...
Quite often larger companies have a high staff turnover so you're frequently dealing with different people each time so you'll get invoices from names you've never heard of...
If people do their due diligence and try to verify each one then they end up behind on their work and get in trouble, especially if a payment is late and it ends up causing trouble.

Comment And now maybe we'll know why ... (Score 5, Interesting) 99

And now maybee we'll know why it's been so hard for Open Source developers to get information on writing their own against-the-metal drivers for telephony radios and startup modules (BIOS, EFI/UEFI, etc.)

It has long been suspected that was not just proprietary info-walling, but to reduce chances of discovery of backdoors and persistent threats imposed in the name of spying.

Comment As a tech insider (Score 1) 118

I am not surprised that tech companies fall for this. Dealing with manufacturing in Asia is already a process that feels sketchy as hell, and we often wonder if we'll ever see the money again when we setup a manufacturing agreement because the process feels so ad hoc. It wouldn't take much for a conman to insert himself into this process without arousing suspicions.

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