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Comment Re:I just want some fucking choices (Score 4, Interesting) 97

I think the problem is that the spying IS the business model. No one is manufacturing phones, creating mobile operating systems, or providing cellular service simply to sell those things at some dollar amount above cost for profit. They do that too to be sure, but the end game is to track, aggregate, and catalog every thing about you that they can and sell THAT information to advertisers...and maybe the government(?).

So we get to be the consumer and the product, which works out pretty well for everyone on the other side of the equation; just not us.

Comment Re:Watergate (Score 1) 667

Yeah, I don't know about that. Woodward and Bernstein used tactics that were certainly questionable, and they did break a few minor laws in obtaining some information, but it was insider information from Deep Throat that really go the ball rolling. Once they knew about Watergate, it was really just a matter of investigative journalism. And Watergate was actually a pretty serious crime; campaign finances used to pay burglars to break into your political opponent's offices. And in the end, was Nixon really brought to justice? He resigned before he could be impeached, and Ford pardoned him. Such are the penalties for breaking laws while in political office...regardless of political party.

Contrast that to breaking federal laws to find nothing particularly damning beyond that Clinton operated a private email server, which is pretty misguided on her part I'll give you that. It's also breaking the law, but after the FBI investigation didn't find her being maliciously deceptive, that's where the light hand of justice falls faintly on a politician's shoulder like a snowflake. Seriously though, if that's the worst thing she's ever done, it's not that bad, and it's probably not the worst thing she's ever done. It's certainly nothing that justifies breaking a federal law over. I checked Politifact and Fox News, and didn't see anything terribly hair-raising.

Trump is no saint either. He grabs women's crotches without their permission. That's also a crime. Don't believe me? When you're out and about next time, grab a few crotches and see what happens (seriously, don't do that). But half of the country looked past because they felt a sense of greater good in voting for him. Is Trump grabbing crotches the worst thing he's ever done? I seriously doubt it.

You really don't get to the levels of wealth and power that these people have being squeaky-clean. You've got to be willing to get your hands bloody, not dirty. And having that level of wealth and power will turn people into monsters; being able to make every sick and depraved notion that pops into their head a reality with a quick whisper to a trusted intermediary. It's always the ones preaching family values that are the worst offenders.

If you want a boy scout, you'll have to visit your local troop. Just don't be surprised to see a politician casing the joint from the parking lot...he's looking for a date.

Comment Re:I'd like to thank the leader of said nation-sta (Score 5, Insightful) 667

Just so I'm clear about your statement, you are saying it was incumbent upon the "lying media" to hack into the computer systems of one or all candidates (fair and balanced), breaking untold number of laws set forth by the computer fraud and abuse act, and disseminate the findings of which to the viewing public?

That's an interesting point of view.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 3, Interesting) 182

100% spot-on.

It's all about marketing more crap to consumers, dependent entirely upon the ubiquity of IoT devices. I absolutely do not want my grocer or it's suppliers to know what's in my fridge. I don't want a digital profile built about how often I participate in a sport so an insurance company can buy that list and find ways to charge me more, or for a black-hat to crack that list and find out when I'm not home.

There's going to be a tremendous push for this type of thing in the coming years because traditional advertising models are not generating the numbers they once were. Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are universally down. Terrestrial radio consumption is down. People are cutting the cable tv cord more and more. Ad blockers are thwarting efforts in web advertising. It's not just tomorrow's consumers that advertisers are scrambling to find ways to reach; they want something now.

Comment Re: That's excellent! (Score 4, Interesting) 535

...Inkscape is very good for vector graphics, much better than illustrator.

Better, unless you are planning to take your work to a printing company. Inkscape does not appear support knockouts or overprints which means you would have to rely on auto-trapping software if the printer even has that. Inkscape was clearly not built for color separations. Better if don't need a gradient mesh.

Because it's been years, I looked at the Inkscape web site. They still promote bezier curves as a bullet point. That's like an auto manufacturer touting a steering wheel. Simpler than Adobe Illustrator? Almost certainly. Better than Illustrator? Yeah...no.

Comment Re:That's excellent! (Score 4, Informative) 535

GIMP and Blender are probably fine for some web graphics work, and maybe even some in-house print work. But they really do lack a lot of the nuanced or finer-grain tools necessary for commercial projects. They can also be problematic where files need to be worked on by different people in different companies at different points in the project. Since the fall of QuarkXPress, the industry standardized on Adobe for good or ill. You realistically cannot just decide to change tool sets without changing the industry.

You can call Adobe crap if you want, and maybe you're right, but I've never had a project fail to go to press because of an issue with Creative Suite. I have seen projects fail to go to press because some freelancer decided to use something other than Adobe software and a graphic didn't show up on the DI because an EPS had some weird quirk in its code. If you're building a product that's used in the creative industry like a digital press, or platemaker, or anything else; you are building and testing with Adobe.

Comment Counterpoint... (Score 4, Interesting) 48

A few years ago, I got a network request from the college-bound daughter of a client of mine. I thought, "Oh that's nice. She's starting early to build her professional network." So I clicked the acknowledgement. I then got a message stating something like, "Great! We'll notify her that you are interested in joining her network!"

I don't know if that was the exact wording, but the message made think there was an AI at work trying to make connections on behalf of the girl, and that because I responded, it would send my request to her out of nowhere. So she's 18 and I'm 40, and now I look like some kind of creepy stalker.

I haven't used LinkedIn since that day. It's just as well. I see little value in the site. To me, it's just a tool for head-hunting companies to spam me with requests to hire me or help the recruiter find someone who has my skill set and qualifications. Yeah, I'll get right on that.

Comment Re:What the actual fuck (Score 2) 255

...I can safely say that I like people way better when they aren't high.

Agreed, but if I had to choose, I like people who are high way better than people who are drunk. I used to be on the fence about this issue because I have seen first-hand how excessive pot use can ruin people. But the same can be said of alcohol and many/most other things that humans consume for pleasure.

I think the biggest driver for anti-pot legal enforcement is/was the privatization of prisons. It would not shock me to hear that private prison companies lobbied hard to push for mandatory incarceration for recreational pot use; probably also jaywalkers and those who spit on the sidewalk.

Comment Philip K. who? (Score 5, Funny) 136

Yeah, totally. When I think of a classic cinematic science fiction masterpiece, with an amazing score and even more amazing soliloquy at the end making us confront what it means to be human, I don't think Blade Runner. I'm thinking maybe something staring The Rock, where he's an ace starfighter pilot, but one day his ten year old nephew stows away aboard his ship and hilarity and action ensues. Maybe they land on a planet inhabited by enemy sentient dinosaurs, but there's a really cute young one that befriends the nephew for even more hi-jinks.

Yeah. THAT'S science fiction right there.

LOL. He said "Dick".

Comment Re:Failure on the *pad* not the rocket (Score 3, Informative) 338

It blew during or shortly after a static firing...

Eyewitnesses said the explosion happened at T-3 minutes. If that is true, the explosion would have occurred during the fuel load and not the firing of the engines. I'm sure we'll learn more as the day goes on. I'm also sure the SpaceX engineers have very valid reasons for conducting a test firing. They are well-trained professionals, and not teenagers given to thinking like "get away with it" and the previous generation is full of "dinosaur idiots". If nothing else, this will provide a vector for making pre-launch procedures safer. Better to figure it out with a $200M satellite on board than human lives.

Comment Re:Stop obsessing over updates (Score 1) 190

Maybe not so odd. Perhaps what is necessary is some kind of delineation between new features or enhancements that require better spec's, and bug fixes or security patches that simply protect the system as it was sold.

Microsoft does this. They break all of their updates down into small, manageable packages that you can either choose to install or...oh wait.

Face it. We don't own our devices; we never did. All they are is the method by which ever-grown amounts of money can be extracted from us whether by planned obsolescence or otherwise. We can still (for now) build our own PCs, but we can't build our own phones or tablets. As long as we have to rely on carriers, we won't ever be able to either. We don't really have any power or say. Voting with your wallet just takes you down the road to the next guy who is doing the same thing. They are telling us to shut-up and eat the spoonful of crap they are shoveling our way, because they know we don't have a choice. It would take something like ubiquitous mesh network wi-fi to really change things. Then we wouldn't be at the mercy of the carriers.

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