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Comment Re:Good feedback! (Score 1) 85

Which may effectively doom IoT for consumers.

You say that as if it's a bad idea.

It's one thing to empower the average person with technology. It's another thing if you simply vomit fancy gizmos on a public that isn't skilled or responsible enough to use them properly.

I mean, we have people who still refuse to accept evolution exists. Or think that vaccines cause autism because some celebrity told them so. Or hell, actually think the world is flat. These people by definition do not have the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to use advanced technology. So maybe they shouldn't get to use it at all.

Comment Re:If he gets busted... (Score 1) 85

That may well be true, except there's one critical problem

Individuals who do not do their due diligence, who do not take the necessary steps to secure their property so that it doesn't cause harm to others, are *not* in any way liable for the damage they cause. Because they arn't liable, they don't give a shit, and won't make attempts to rectify the situation. The manufacturers are not liable for putting out insecure crap. Because they arn't liable, they don't give a shit, and won't make attempts to rectify the situation.

And so vigilantism like this becomes inevitable, because the law isn't doing fuck all about the actual problem.

There are going to be bad actors. There are *always* going to be bad actors. Whether it's individual, terrorist organization, or even governments, there will always be someone pumping out this kind of malware. This is not an argument of blaming the victim vs blaming the offender. This isn't analogous to some petty crime. This is close to war than anything else. And as anyone (should) knows, there are no rules in war. There are only the survivors and the dead.

You either defend against it, or you get steamrolled by the inevitable. You may still get steamrolled even if you defend against it, but the point is that you have to at least try because if you don't you *will* be compromised, and your devices *will* be used to harm others.

If you do not at least try to secure your devices, then IMO you are as liable for the damage they cause as if you performed the act yourself, in the same way that you are still responsible if you leave a loaded gun on the sidewalk in a crime-ridden neighbourhood.

Comment Re: If he gets busted... (Score 1) 85

Some might. Some will simply shift the blame because they refuse to accept that they are in any way responsible for the situation. I had such a thing happen with a neighbour whose internet had been cut off because his machine had been infected and was spewing spam.

He was irate that the ISP didn't protect him from this and felt he was being unfairly penalized, and wouldn't budge no matter how much I tried to explain to him that the computer was his property and he was responsible for maintenance and security. Eventually I told him that the only option was to backup any critical data and completely reformat his hard drive, and that there was nothing else I could do for him.

Every word that came out of his mouth made me less and less sympathetic to him, to the point where I hoped he was never able to access the internet again. People like that are beyond help. The only thing you can do is isolate them so they don't hurt others.

Comment Re:Sucks, but derivative work (Score 1) 137

A movie review that contains plat elements, stills, quotes, and even clips is a derivative work.

It's perfectly legal, under fair use. (as a critical work)

Being derivative has no bearing on whether or not it is fair use.

Fan subbing, is an "accessibility" transformation, and should be a fair use work, especially if it is produced non-commericially and distributed for free, separately from the copy protected film.

Comment Re:This is very important news. (Score 1) 49

Actually, us Windows 7'ers and hanging on to the previous OS for as long as humanly possible in the hope that Microsoft will pull their head out of their ass before Win7 support ends completely.

The fact is is that Windows 10 is a a godawful pile of horse shit. They took a technically beautiful OS that rightfully should have taken the world by storm, and did everything they could possible do to sour people on it, and the list of complains just gets longer as times passes. Between privacy issues, forced updates routinely hose your machine, and forced advertisements, there is absolutely no way I would use Windows 10 unless I had no other choice.

The choices are simple:
-Give back control of *my* computer
-Tell me who I can start sending invoices to every time I need to clean up their fuckups.

Until either of those things happen, I won't be installing Windows 10 on any machine I am responsible for.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

Yes, "I can't afford to invest in my future" is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Heh. The number one rule of smart investing is diversification. For the average middle class family to buy a 2nd house (and not just some small affordable rental income property in the suburbs... it pretty much has to be "downtown" to be much of a draw to airbnb guests...

Then you are tying up 100,000 to 200,000 just in the down payment; and taking on a large 2nd mortgage.

If your net worth is say, 500,000; and half of that is in your primary residence, would you put the rest all in one stock? even a blue-chip? Of course not! And putting it all into one single property, in the same city you live... that's just asking for trouble.

But that's what it would take... minimum just for a reasonable downpayment on a hot commodity condo downtown in these cities. Plus you are taking on a huge debt load that you're going to need nearly constant tenants to cover.

No, you need a net worth of 1.5M+ before it starts making sense to considering buying a 2nd property in a market like that.

There's LOTs of middle class people with net worths under a million dollars.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

Those people aren't in the middle class.

People who are renting aren't middle class? Graduated university, got a decent job, single, renting a condo or apartment in the city near where they work, living comfortably and saving money every month, but don't have a hundred thousand in cash for a down payment... or who would prefer to rent to stay more mobile, maybe even living with a roomate 90's 'Friends' style and don't want the commitment of a joint mortgage with those people... etc.

OR maybe their on a short term contract, so it doesn't make sense to buy a home.

That's not the working poor, and that's not 'dumb asses' either.

Comment Re:Microsoft...why couldn't they do this? (Score 1) 218

You like Windows 10? Fine. You don't mind not having control of your machine? That's your choice. I despise it. But our personal OS preferences are irrelevant to the discussion.

You're assuming that the number of non-OEM installs are an insignificant number. They are not. Between retail copies, Volume License copies, and people who have simply exercised their right upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10, this is still a very sizeable number. This is also irrelevant to the discussion.

What IS relevant is that they are breaking their contractual agreement to provide support for Windows based on a very narrow and completely arbitrary criteria, for no other purpose than pushing people to Windows 10.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 only ended last week. Windows 8.1 mainstream support doesn't end until *next year*. Kaby Lake and Rizen processors have been around since last year, and Windows 10 was working *just fine* with those new processors. You could buy computers and they would run Windows 7 and 8.1. And now suddenly, they've decided they're going to arbitrarily hold back security updates if the machine has one of these newer processors? Again, these are *security updates* only. If they said that they were going to withhold new features on newer processors, that would be one thing, but not providing security updates is entirely different.

And THAT is the issue here. Microsoft has pulled a Darth Vader and altered the agreement, and you have to pray that they don't alter it further.

Comment Re:So what makes Ubuntu different from Fedora? (Score 1) 224

Not Fedora. RHEL specifically. (ie: RedHat *Enterprise* Linux, hint hint) Fedora is, more or less, just the consumer testing ground for software before it ends up going into RHEL.

If you examine major commercial linux software (not sure what you mean by "both"), they are infinitely more likely to support RHEL than Ubuntu. Things are have been changing in the past few years... Ubuntu Server *has* increased in popularity and support, and Amazon Linux is turning into a major contender simply because it's the default when setting up in Teh Cloud(tm). But with few notable exceptions, you are almost guaranteed to have RHEL support for any given major software package. Oracle. DB2. Zimbra. Etc.

Comment Re: Irrelevant Studies (Score 5, Informative) 286

Chickens are frequently fed soybean meal so maybe they drew the wrong conclusions from DNA tests...

Yet the chicken meat at Wendy's, McDonalds, A&W... etc were all 85%+ chicken DNA. Only the chicken meat from subway was 50% chicken DNA.

The lab also was so surprised by the Subway results, that they did the test over again with completely new samples BEFORE publishing... and got the same results.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 4, Insightful) 106

Why can't the middle class also buy up condos/homes and put them on AirBNB?

Get a clue... the middle class lacks the free money to buy an extra house just to rent out. Many in the middle class are often themselves renting because they don't have the free money to buy even a house for themselves, nevermind a spare one to rent out... meanwhile they are being evicted from those rentals so the owner can rent it by the day more lucratively on sites like airbnb.

Your solution to them being kicked out their rental to make room for airbnb, is to buy 2 houses; so that they too can benefit from airbnb!

"Let them eat cake!" am i right?

Comment Re:Attitudes (Score 2) 81

What if Russia nukes the whole of USA?

What are you trying to preserve in the event of nuclear holocaust?

Are you a librarian concerned about preserving humanities knowledge through another dark age? Or are you concerned about preserving the Xena fan fiction you were writing?

The former might consider hard copy and tapes in out of the way bunkers... the latter probably has more pressing things to worry about...

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