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Comment Re:Why do Slashdot users continually defend hacker (Score 1) 54

Most of us have come to accept that black hats will never be punished, because on the internet it's very easy to involve multiple unfriendly countries in a crime, and when you put American and Russian agents on the same case it's very hard to get them to stop playing "my country has the biggest dick therefore I'm in charge" and start cooperating to catch the black hat. There's a subtle difference.

Comment Re:I don't (Score 2) 507

Because if you buy a TV for picture quality and non-smart features (4k, deep color, whatever), you'll probably end up with 'smart' just because it's the default now. 'Dumb' is getting hard to find in the middle market segment, it's either $10k audiophile grade nonsense, or $199 Walmart specials that aren't 'smart' because they're still using a chipset from 2008.

Comment Re:Cool story. One question... (Score 1) 177

If only computing devices had some sort of a virtual pointer... One could use a dedicated peripheral to position this "pointer" over the green, underlined IFTT in the article summary. One could then press a button on the controller for this "pointer" and have a document describing exactly what the hell "IFTT" stands for and what the "If this, then that" service it refers to does delivered to them.

But alas, it is futile dream.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 354

Python is like BASIC: It allows a lay person to build a 90% working tool in less time than it would take to build a consensus on what type of muffins should be at the kickoff meeting for the project to develop a requirements document for the 100% solution, and that irritates a certain type of IT people the same way PCs with BASIC irritated mainframe programmers.

Comment Article accidentally a few words (Score 1) 209

Those trying to influence somebody with a good one will have the tricks of a modern mentalist: perfect recall, suggestions for how to curry favor, ease maintaining friendships and influencing strangers

Information is power, think before handing too much of it over to the marketing dudebros.

Comment Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

They also don't try to change velocity, or emit EM radiation to sense what's around them, or even emit waste from a power source. If one of those objects lit up a RADAR looking for rocks crossing their path, or fired a thruster big enough to bring an aircraft carrier size craft into Earth orbit, somebody would notice in a big hurry.

Comment Re:Bad Site (Score 1) 252

So you can share every movement and temperature fluctuation with your friends on panterest, obviously!

I bought the "Bobby Flay filter" through in-pan purchase, so it always looks like I'm doing something with steak and blue corn and ancho chiles, even when it's really just mac & cheese from a box.

Comment CyberThis, CyberThat, CyberCommand (Score 5, Insightful) 61

Dear US military and federal contracting wanker-sphere,
I know you were 30 years late discovering this whole internet thing, so imagery and phrases from 1980s cyberpunk still sound super-duper-cutting-edge to you, but can you please stop using "cyber" as a catch-all for everything connected to computers? Thanks.

PS: When you leave a laptop full of citizen's private information on the bus, and a million people's social security numbers turn up on pastebin the next day, that's called "negligence" not "a cyberattack".

Comment Re:The good news (Score 1) 700

That only worked because the people harmed by having their satellite cards bricked were willfully infringing DirecTV's copyrights, and suing DTV for frying their smartcards would be admitting it in court. At absolute best the pirates might get triple actual damages, but 3x the cost of a smartcard is next to nothing, and then the counter-suits would have been a slam dunk for DTV to win $750,000 statutory damages from each of them.

If FTDI wants to use that strategy they're going to have to contend that every end-user of a device with a counterfeit FTDI chip knew it was fake. Doesn't sound plausible to me, but the US courts are generally tech-idiotic so I suppose it's not entirely impossible.

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