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Comment Censorship is out, but what about this? (Score 3, Insightful) 499

Dealing with this problem that the news most people get these days hasn’t been carefully vetted as it was (or at least they tried) back in the days of Uncle Walter Cronkite is important. The Internet, with it’s ability to spread unfounded rumor at a wildfire pace, has broken America. I’m not talking about this current election, this has been going on for some time now. The question comes down to how does an organization like Facebook help keep down the levels of total bullshit without censorship problems. And I’m talking both sides of the political spectrum here. One way might be to take on a vetting responsibility in which bullshit posts aren’t removed but are edited by adding a statement something along the lines of “this statement is the most puro of bullshit” along with a link to something like Snopes where the issue is explained.

This won’t fix this problem, but it might help people see that there’s more to a story than what their good buddies or BFFs are posting on Facebook. And no, it’s not perfect, but it’s also not censorship. You can post whatever nonsense you feel like, but the owner of the site has the right AND THE OBLIGATION to watch for and flag nonsense. It would be nice if everyone had a working bullshitometer, but the newer models of People seem to have dropped that module.

Comment Re:Apple is a software company (Score 1) 299

When I moved to Macs in 2004 it wasn't because of the hardware, it was because of the software. At the time I was using Linux for everything except for desktop functionality and Windows for the desktop. When OS X became clearly a mature option I jumped to an iMac and was about as happy with a computer as I've ever been BECAUSE OF THE SOFTWARE. It really did for the most part "just work" and I wasn't having to constantly upgrade or tweak or fight with AV software. Apple is now going downhill both on the hardware and software. I find myself having to fight OS X to get it to do what I want, I have to reboot the damn thing at least every other day (as opposed to just when an update required it back in the day), and I am terrified every time I upgrade the OS to the latest-and-greatest. If I jump ship it won't be to a Hackintosh, but I don't know what I jump to. Not good days to be a Mac power user.

Comment Re:Charity? (Score 4, Insightful) 404

According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, which gave the Clinton Foundation an "A" rating, the Clinton Foundation spends only 12% of the money it raises on overhead. Politifact has a good rundown on this: http://www.politifact.com/trut... . Do some research before making wild claims, don't just go with wisdom from the blogosphere.

Comment Re:Is anyone really surprised? (Score 3, Interesting) 66

There are at least two interpretations for this apparent failure: (1) the Feds are dumb as a box of rocks as you say, or (2) they knew perfectly well how to do this but wanted the courts to establish precedence for ordering manufacturers like Apple to provide access to customers' encrypted storage. Or it could be a little of both. I've worked with the Federal government for over 40 years, and either of these is well within the realm of possibility. I will say, however, that the recent tenor from the FBI and its director about encryption make me believe more in #2 than #1.

Comment Another Problem (Score 3, Interesting) 265

Another, and I think larger, problem with the increased use of technology rather than human boots-on-the-ground is that it makes it easier, from a political standpoint, to go to war. You don't have mothers, fathers, and spouses of all those people being put in harms way making trouble because their loved ones are dying. This is one reason I'm a fan of bringing back the draft, without all the loopholes that allowed rich-white-boys (I'm looking at YOU, W!) to dodge serving. If your constituents have skin in the game, it's harder to vote on a war resolution.

Comment Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, etc? (Score 1) 148

It seems to me that lots of really fine and innovative work was done prior to the imposition of patents and IP protections. I say drop all protection for everything and let the chips fall where they may. Good people with good ideas will do something with them. The leaches and ten-percenters that live off our currently AFU system will eat dirt and die.

Comment Re:I'm all for advancement, but (Score 1) 290

Just about to post this myself. We have a vehicle with a camera that engages when a right-turn is signalled, showing the image from the right-side mirror viewpoint on the console. Looking at this forces a change in focus which is highly distracting and, I would think, potentially dangerous. I'm looking for ways to disable this "feature" so as to avoid the distraction. Add in the "if it's mechanical/electrical it will break at the most worstest time" factor and I vote against this bad idea.

Comment Curiosity Question (Score 2) 88

If this hack was made on systems which were accessible from the Internet, why the frack were they accessible from the Internet in the first place?? If an organization is too cheap, or too lazy, or too inept, or all-of-the-above, to put in place the serious security protections needed for an Internet-facing server, then said organization should never put sensitive data on any of their Internet-facing servers. Even if the organization is on top of things security-wise, if there is no really REALLY good reason for said data to be on an Internet-facing server, do NOT put it on one. Network Security for Dummies.

Comment Re:No, that's not what the court ruled. (Score 3, Interesting) 309

That's how I read this. Clearly a technique that bears watching, but it seems to me that the courts were watching over this pretty carefully. Of course, if you do not at all trust the courts or anything to do with authority, this is a run-around-screaming problem. However, the police/FBI will want to be able to track anonymous perps through the Internet, and I'd rather having them do this in ways that the courts are watching and we find out about (as in this article) than operating outside the court's control. Not a perfect system, but nothing really is. Make it as good as we can, and watch it closely.

Comment Re:Mackeeper = Malware (Score 1) 95

Wish I had mod points. I was just about to suggest that before anyone takes this report too seriously, a report based on one source, that they go and google MacKeeper. I think I would throw the bullshit flag on this unless it's confirmed by a real, and honest, cybersecurity firm. There's lots of things in this that don't make much sense.

Comment Re:I'll settle for the thing just not burning out (Score 1) 227

The only way to impact Apple's market-driven (as opposed to engineering-driven) culture is to vote with your wallet. Don't buy your kids a new iPhone until Apple starts building something worth shelling out big bucks for. As long as parents continue to buy their kids new iPhones every two years Apple has no reason to change how they're operating.

Comment Do Any of these Work? (Score 3, Interesting) 73

I have lost track of how many "teach the great unwashed masses to program/code" initiatives and gimmicks have come out since Logo. Has anyone anywhere actually done a real-world study to see if people subjected to this force-feeding actually becoming credible working programmers, or maybe even developers? And I don't mean a web "developer." I learned to program (many decades ago) because my job required it, I found out I enjoyed it, and I had things that I needed to do with it. Any time I want to learn a new language I wait until I find a project that could actually make use of the new language. Just coding some random thing that someone else thinks is neato-keeno (I said I've been doing this for decades) never taught anyone how to do anything. So, are there some hard studies on which to base throwing more money at this problem?

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