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Comment Re:The latest fad (Score 1) 119

Uh..fanboy much? Did we forget silverlight? (Yes, I know they've committed to security bug fixes until 2021, but still...)

This is why commercial software is just plain bad -- we buy because we hope to get something near perfect and avoid this type of stuff. But alas, free or commercial, developers have always had the same struggles with an ever-shifting landscape. At very least with FOSS you can take up maintenance of a library yourself if you have to. And a relatively small effort to fix a critical bug or missing feature can pay off big when it brings new users and developers.

Commercial licenses should have a provision that if the vendor ever decides to discontinue future development, they are required to open-source the whole thing for free.

Comment Re:Arrest warrent is being drawn up now (Score 1) 337

The law disagrees. It is called THEFT of services.

Yes, and he's clearly in the wrong because he clearly knew he was using something he didn't pay for. But the world really does need to come up with some logical legal argument that places blame on a party who's negligence in terms of IT security harms some 3rd party. In this case, T-Mobile is the party harmed in terms of lost revenue, so that doesn't apply. But ethical hacking and wistleblower protections laws are clearly non-existant or not enforced, and never will be until the law places blame on the party who could and should have afforded the effort for better safeguards.

Comment I hope it's us...I think (Score 1) 237

I hope it's US DoD trying to catch up on cyber security. Or maybe not. I'm not sure who's scarier, foreign governments or our own. Not that I like terrorists, but I'm pretty sure we all need to be more worried about all the the "official" guys we willingly bought nukes and stuff for than we do about the "alquiedas" who might like to steal one.

Comment Re:IT training? (Score 1) 103

Wow. That's a bleak and insulting picture of both the future and of slashdot. And you're clearly suffering from Dunning-Kruger -- or more accurately, the rest of us find you insufferable due to Dunning-Kruger.

I admit, I awk and perl pushed everything about linear algebra and a whole boatload of other things I learned in school out of my brain. But that doesn't make me stupid -- I simply know practical things for my particular and current situation. I have no doubt I could pick up linear algebra quickly should I ever find a use for it. But advanced mathematics is a very specific skill that's valuable only in a very specific few situations -- just like awk and perl. And just as equation solvers like matlab devalue some of the skills of people who can do certain algebraic manipulations in their head quickly, new languages, software and IT design patterns will (hopefully) supersede today's internet duct tape. But just as you learn to use matlab to work more efficiently, I learn how to use Docker Swarm and Consul and RUM and CNDs to work more efficiently. Sure, some of today's current IT people will be freed up for more productive work because I can do more with less. But those of us left will be paid more, not less. And the results of our less but smarter work will make the world exponentially better (though we'll almost certainly not be paid exponentially more).

Comment Re:The use cases are narrow but legitimate (Score 1) 212

The bad part about lack of anonymity in our transactions is that Big Data actually gets us some reasonable legal use cases for privacy like why should my credit card company and everyone they share data with know what kind of porn I buy or what books I read or whether I go out to lunch often and who knows what kind of automated algorithms farther down the chain might do with that info like deny me employment surreptitiously.

We all need to admit that the privacy war was lost long ago. But we have plenty of use cases for all the Big Data too. So instead of ranting about privacy, we need to change laws to make everyone who tracks us give us copies of all that Big Data in real time and in a useful (i.e. machine readable) format.

Comment Amazon...paperweight (Score 1, Troll) 259

What? Amazon has a device called the "Paperwhite"? Did anyone else initially read that as "paperweight"? I guess technically it's the Win10 system that because a paperweight, but if you can't charge it because it crashes your computer, the reader will eventually become one too.

Who names these things?

Comment Re:Is this so hard (Score 1) 113

This can be ended quite easily, blacklist numbers that receive a large ratio of complaints to calls. Make it possible to rate received calls.

Requires users to spend extra time after making a call, and could be confusing. It could also get legitimate numbers (collection agencies following the law) blacklisted wrongly because people don't like them, or allow people to now SWAT phone numbers of people which could be a serious safety concern given how many households rely on only a single cellular line.

Extra time? I already blacklist numbers that spam me now the new versions of Android make it easy, so no extra there. They simply need to share (with opt-in user permission, of course) our personal lists of blacklisted numbers. They'd pretty easily sort themselves out into very high blacklisted numbers and everything else. When the phone companies start running out of phone numbers that aren't blacklisted, they'll agitate regulators for a real solution.

And as for collection agencies, let people blacklist them. It may be legal for them to call, but it's also legal for me to ignore them and for me to freely share their numbers with the public so everyone else can do the same. If they want someone's money, use the courts instead of harassing people.

But what I really want is punishment. Let regulators work their way down the list of highly blacklisted numbers and fine companies into oblivion when once they collect evidence of illegal abuse.

The collection agencies can skate on the punishment front since they're legal, but we still get to blacklist them so they don't bother us.

Comment Justice is blind (Score 5, Insightful) 284

Justice may be blind, but she sure is greedy. Not that I'm a huge gawker fan, but clearly having a billion dollars lets you have your way in the courts. Had they posted a sex tape of some average Joe and/or not somehow pissed off Thiel, Mr. Average Joe would just have to live with it because he wouldn't have the money to fight it in court.

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 158

Open source (well, sort of) means that we know our Android devices are tracking our every move. Apple isn't defending your privacy. They're defending your false beliefs that they don't track you.

That said, so long as I can use the fact that my phone wasn't at the scene of the crime as an alibi, I'm all for the government having such data (after getting a warranty, of course). That way we only have to worry about the criminals with IQ scores of 10 or better.

Comment Ha, suckers! I'm getting NextLight (Score 1) 218

I live in Longmont, Colorado. The city government is running fiber to the entire city. A guy just strung a piece of glass into a box on the side of my house the other day. Next Monday they come to install the inside port and give me my fiber modem. I'll be paying $50/month for 1Gbps and I can't wait to give Comcast the boot.

So HA! Suck it all you capped mofos. Looks like your big commercial ISPs have put a cap in your arse, so to speak.

There's a house down the street from me for sale if anyone's interested. ;)

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 1) 311

This is the same issue as the mortgage loan robosigning thing. Did anyone go to jail for that? Or loose their job? Or even face a meaningful fine?

The law is clearly there to make non-super-rich individuals suffer at the hands of the very wealthy. Both the judicial and executive branches make that abundantly clear.

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 2) 311

> "Your video has been subject to a DMCA claim, filed by someone who has been identified as submitting excessive numbers of fraudulent or unproven claims. Contact our legal department at xxx for assistance."

Or better yet "click here to automatically file a counter-claim using our one-click-counter-claim feature". Of course, Amazon them would probable sue Google because Jeff Bozos thinks he owns anything "one click".

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