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Comment Pretty useless (Score 1) 319

If you're an ISP, you just won't sell this information to a buyer (even if they were to sell individual browsing history, which is totally unlikely given it's relative lack of utility to advertisers) to accomplish two things:

1) you're a well behaved ISP
2) not make an enemy of the lawmakers

Any attempt at buying lawmakers browsing histories is only going to reinforce the argument of the ISP industry that they behave sans regulation when they politely decline to do so.

Comment Re:Can't blame NASA (Score 2) 166

I don't think anyone is defending NASA's budget, only correcting the statement that NASA is the easiest to go to for pork barrel politics. NASA is bad, but the defense spending is far worse mainly because if you question defense spending your loyalty to your country is questioned so it's a great place to force the military to buy overpriced things, or worse yet, things they don't even need.

Comment One up side (Score 5, Funny) 320

There is one real up side to this. Microsoft as you know only puts out small, efficient updates in the minimal needed package sizes. This should be great comfort to users on metered connections, they are only being lovingly graced with the minimum needed amount of bytes. Can you imagine if Microsoft was one of those companies that pushed out near-daily 100+MB behemoths to update a spelling error in notepad's FAQ? Luckily they don't do this, and we all win!

                    -Charlie

Note: Yes this is sarcasm. If you didn't get that by the 19th word, go play with some tiles.

Comment Re: Easy fix (Score 4, Informative) 85

The thing is, as long as people pay for their own internet themselves, they're in complete control of what gets to connect to their wifi. So, even if all the water heaters on the market had IoT features, it's trivial to keep them offline and harmless. And should they ever come with their own connectivity solution that bypasses the users' router completely, well... it's always possible to encase it in a Faraday cage of some sort.

As for trusting manufacturer with IT security, that's not the only problem: even if they're serious about it and actually qualified to secure your device properly, personally I'm more concerned about what they do with my data - how they snoop on my habits, how they intend to misuse that data, or whom they intend to sell it to.

If there's a buck to be made, company won't even consider moral or ethical use of the data they collect. That's the only thing you can bet on with big data.

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