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Comment Skype Doesn't Claim Otherwise (Score 3, Insightful) 40

I feel like Amnesty International has failed to put these various services in context.

Skype makes no claims that it is an anti-government service. It is subject to and complies with Lawful Intercept in the US and other countries. You should not treat it any differently than the local telco, because that's all Skype is trying to be.

Comment Follow the money (Score 2, Insightful) 32

Blockchain? Open-source? Kind of like Bitcoin : sounds good eh?

Remember this: whatever banks concoct and why they decide to do it isn't for the good of their customers, but that of their rich fuck shareholders. Yes, that's the same rich fucks who caused the latest recession - and the one before that, and the one before that...

Still want in on their latest project? I don't...

Comment Re:Because Windows Sucks (Score 5, Insightful) 267

The only reason Linux is perceived as more secure than other operating systems is because most hackers don't care enough to spend time working to crack it, so there are less attempts.

Linux is a major server OS (arguably the largest), very big in embedded systems, and completely dominant on smartphones. Hackers are spending very significant time working to find exploits.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 352

For them theoretically hacking a private org?

It's not that it's a public organization or a private organization that matters. What matters is that another nation-state is attacking a US entity.

One of the most important jobs of the federal government is to protect us from other nation-states; to "provide for the common defence." The US would mobilize a defense/counterattack if Russia bombed your warehouse, so is it really so hard to imagine they'd do the same if Russia attacked your data warehouse?

That Russia apparently went after a political organization certainly makes things expedient. But even if they had gone after something else, when you have a nation-state attacking, you take action. If nothing else, what the heck is a single corp/org/person supposed to do against the entire cyberwarfare division of Russia?

Comment Re:Or stay on LTS (Score 1) 78

I'm using LTS for all my work machines. The last round I rarely felt I missed out on anything compared to my updated machine at home. I think it's perfectly reasonable to stay with LTS if you want. You can still update to newer versions of, say LibreOffice and similar applications using snaps if you need it.

Comment Re:Facebook is entertainment, not news (Score 1) 113

Facebook is entertainment, not news

It's not about what it's designed for, it's about how it's used. And people are increasingly treating whatever trends at Facebook as actual news.

Facebook is news if enough of the population treats it as such.

Comment Re:Let's teach critical thinking (Score 1) 212

It's a sad indictment of American intelligence that we have citizens who actually believe the government wants to be paid in iTunes gift cards.

There are almost 300 million people in the US over the age of 14. And to steal a line from George Carlin, consider how dumb the average person is, and then realize that half the population is dumber than that.

When you have a sample size that large, there are going to be some people who, if nothing else, came up short in the genetic lottery when it comes to intelligence. There's nothing "American" about it; some people just aren't blessed with the intelligence of the average Slashdot reader. And this is why we have consumer protection laws, because their limits make them vulnerable, especially to much smarter people.

Comment Re:HDD price milking (Score 3, Interesting) 161

The HDD pricing situation pre-flood was unsustainable. Everyone was losing money in a madcap attempt to hold on to their market share and have the other guy go out of business first.

If not the flood, then something else would have happened to reset prices. The HDD market is still a big market, but you can't make a business of it by losing money. Current prices are (unfortunately) about where they should be for a mature market given the operating costs and SSDs eating into higher profitability high-performance drives.

Comment Was Already Approved For "Generic" Tier Rebates? (Score 2) 198

As much fun as it is to use Mylan as a punching bag these days, there's a final point in the Ars article that leads me to think this is hardly in the bag for the Feds.

The question of whether Mylan had misclassified EpiPens came up during a recent Congressional hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, defending the company's prices at the hearing, stood by the classification. She noted that EpiPen was classified as a generic before Mylan bought the drug in 2007.

And if that's true - that Medicare was already applying the âoenon-innovator multiple sourceâ rebate schedule to the EpiPen back in 2007 - then that makes this case a lot murkier. The Feds would then have to make a case as to why the drug can and should be reclassified at the higher âoesingle sourceâ tier. It's clear that in practice the EpiPen is a single source device, but the conflict at the heart of this is one of bureaucracy and not medical practices; the Feds would need to justify both the higher rate now, and why they're not culpable for approving the lower rate in the first place.

Given how long that this is going on, I suspect that this isn't an easy case to prove, otherwise the Feds would have done it already. Instead it's probably being brought back up now to either apply additional pressure to Mylan, or to strike while the political iron is hot.

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