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Comment Block It (Score 3, Informative) 60

The Feds should block this one if it ever comes close to being attempted. We have an absolute dearth of competition as it stands now. I looked at moving from Time Warner for my internet and found AT&T is the only option in my area. TW is okay, but overpriced and I have never heard a good thing about AT&T. Allow the two to combine and I get the worst of both worlds.

Comment Re:Supplier contracts. (Score 2) 44

Only if Intel misrepresented their product to Apple. If they did lie; that's going to be one unhappy conference call; but if they were chosen for being an adequate second source to reduce Apple's reliance on Qualcomm, rather than for being an equal or superior performer, this doesn't necessarily suggest that Intel failed to deliver what they promised.

Comment Dystopian future is predictable... (Score 1) 301

I wish I could be more surprised; but that just isn't an option.

Between the ongoing and aggressive expansion of what software EULAs claim the right to restrict; and the truly amazing contractual terms you can impose without anyone saying mean things like 'unconscionable' or 'contract of adhesion'; what would you expect to happen?

This thing is loaded with firmware that never leaves the vendor's control(either legally, since the claim is that it is licensed not sold; or in practice, since it remains in frequent contact with HQ for the life of the vehicle); and Tesla is in a fairly strong position to impose whatever contractual relationship they want; since there isn't much of an aftermarket; and even if you do buy a used vehicle, and have no direct relationship with Tesla, you aren't exactly going to take the car down to the local garage when it needs service or parts.

It is a trifle interesting that they are feeling confident enough to push the restriction before they even have their 'tesla network' in place; but it is no surprise at all that they have decided to never let go of the product.

Comment Re:Remote exploit (Score 1) 71

Most attacks these days are a sequence of memory safety violation followed by memory disclosure followed by arbitrary code execution. ASLR is meant to make the memory disclosure part harder, but there are now half a dozen known attack techniques that allow ASLR to be bypassed. Off the shelf attack toolkits will include these mechanisms, so it's a mistake to assume that an attacker won't be able to bypass it. It increases the barrier to entry from script kiddie with 5-year-old toys to script kiddie with new toys.
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Comment Re:Only $900? (Score 1) 120

Especially if the guy you are trying to bribe purchased an ~$850 smartphone a short while ago; and had immediate access to at least one other device capable of filming its fiery suicide. He may or may not have been able to sensibly afford it; but if he could scrape up enough cash and/or credit to get the seller to hand it over it is unlikely that he considers $900 to be some amazing amount of money.

Comment Re:Been there, done that, got cancelled (Score 2) 234

This is why most of the people involved with OCP are either companies that buy enormous amounts of server capacity; or suppliers who fear that they'll be discarded entirely if they don't participate.

CHRP cut directly against Apple's business of selling computers. OCP is gunning for servers and switches. Apple sells neither; but buys a lot of both given how much 'cloud' they are serving up these days.

Clearly they decided that it wasn't in their interests to participate(whether because they'd rather do it in house; or just because their margins allow them to sit back and adopt anything interesting once it matures); but OCP doesn't directly cannibalize Apple's business in the way CHRP did.

Comment Re:odd--- (Score 2) 234

It's also a story about technical people who have options. If Apple's standards for their network were so exacting and impressive, it is pretty unlikely that they had anyone just clinging to the job because they didn't have much hope of finding another one.

If you are already considered good enough with the existing tech that unemployment isn't a serious concern; and your current employer is specifically denying you the opportunity to be part of the cool new tech, why would that inspire you to stay with them?

You can get real hotshots, if the project is interesting and/or the money is good(or the stock options are risky but have the possibility of being really, really, good); and you can usually find people to work with a given system, no matter how legacy, weird, or unpleasant, if the money is good enough; and you can also get people who are unambitious and pretty easy to keep happy; but getting all of those simultaneously is much, much, less likely, if possible at all.

I don't doubt that Apple was able to hire a new networking team; they can certainly afford it; but telling people "No, it is going to be your job to maintain this legacy system and we aren't going to touch the cool new thing" is not exactly a motivational speech.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 886

If you don't have a job, "relocation" is a bus ticket. But very few people move to improve their circumstances.

Not true. If you don't believe me, look at the statistics for worker mobility - they correlate strongly with wealth. Poor people are a lot more reliant on their support networks (family, friends, and so on). If they're in a poorly paying job, then they probably can't afford to take a month to look for a new one in the new location (especially with the real possibility that they won't find one). If they don't have a job, then there's a strong psychological pressure not to move to places with fewer jobs and there's likely to be a delay in receiving unemployment benefit as these things are typically administered locally.

In contrast, someone like a typical Slashdot poster can afford to stay in a hotel room for a week or two (or have an employer willing to pay the cost) while they look for somewhere to live and will typically be able to find a job before they start moving.

Oh, if we're willing to tax the first dollar of earnings (over the UBI), it's far more credible. But right now the majority pays effectively no income tax, so that would be a massive change.

UBI itself is a massive change, so it's weird to think that you'd introduce it without introducing massive changes. Most proposals for UBI have it replace the tax-free allowance. You might have a very small tax-free allowance on top of it, but generally the way of balancing the books involves paying tax on all earned income.

Comment What I told you was true; from a certain point... (Score 3, Insightful) 284

Well, kinda-sorta-ish... If you adopt a definition of 'platform' that somehow excludes Linux and the BSDs, which, while certainly not the best option for all purposes, are trivially more 'open' than any proprietary platform; he might have a more reasonable point.

Despite some unpleasant attempts in that direction(Windows RT, the exciting new Windows Store, Cortana-integrated-into-all-sorts-of-things, etc.), MS isn't nearly as control-freaky as Apple is; and, while they have gotten worse about it, aren't quite as ruthless about terminating everything that isn't the most current version. They are also arguably less enthusiastic about lock-in than Oracle(because who could be more enthusiastic?); and offer compatibility with a much wider selection of 3rd party stuff than IBM; but that's hardly the same as 'most open'. It is true that they are hardly the least open; but 'most open platform' isn't really something you have a shot at when you ship many of your core products as binaries only under proprietary licenses.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 886

But the good ones are either simply not there anymore because they left, or they are not working in coding outsourcing because it pays badly

That's not quite true. The problem is that most Indian outsourcing firms are really crap places to work. They have huge staff turnover (as in, close to 100% over the course of a month). If you set up an office in Bangalore, have a mixture of people who moved out there and know your company and locals who know the environment, then you can still hire a lot of competent people. You'll probably be paying them a few times more than the local outsourcing sweatshops, but it's still cheap. You can also do the same thing on a smaller scale if you work with individuals and build a long-term relationship (pay them a 10-20% of a Silicon Valley salary and they'll have a standard of living vastly better than they'd get if they moved to the USA, so there's no big incentive for them to leave India and their family / friends).

But if you go with one of the big outsourcing outfits, or just do short-term contracts, you're likely to get either people who don't have the skills, or ones that do but will be gone before the end of the project because they've got a much better offer from somewhere else.

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