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Comment More Control (Score 5, Informative) 72

Since nobody ever actually reads the linked articles, here is what "Brian Kerbs" has to say:

I asked eBay to explain their rationale for suggesting this switch. I received a response suggesting the change was more about bringing authentication in-house (the security key is made by Verisign) and that eBay hopes to offer additional multi-factor authentication options in the future.

“As a company, eBay is committed to providing a safe and secure marketplace for our millions of customers around the world,” eBay spokesman Ryan Moore wrote. “Our product team is constantly working on establishing new short-term and long-term, eBay-owned factors to address our customer’s security needs.

Comment Re:After trying to sell phones... (Score 1) 176

It might cost you 85 cents to get it shipped from China, but meanwhile the 3 to 5 weeks (occasionally even more) that is typical for shipping from China is a long time to wait for someone that has something broken and just needs a damn resistor to fix it.

I know a couple of people who buy guitars from China (counterfeit Gibsons and Fenders that are even stamped "made in USA") and they claim 12 days or less to get one.

Comment Re:Wow, 9 months of security updates! (Score 0) 91

Considering how tightly Firefox is still integrated with Google (e.g. when you first start your browser, you get a Google cookie), I wouldn't call it "free money".

Google paid Mozilla hundreds of millions of dollars a year and all Mozilla had to do was put a Google search box in their browser. That's it. Nothing else. That "tight integration" doesn't require a lot of developers or hundreds of millions of dollars.

  I call that free money.

When you have huge amounts of money constantly flowing in, with no requirement to deliver a decent product in return, you end up with a shit product, e.g., Firefox.

Comment Re:fucking kids and millenials (Score 4, Insightful) 82

I often think the same thing.

When I graduated from highschool, cellphones didn't exist, neither did Microsoft or Apple and there was no publicly accessible internet.

Spending time with my friends meant exactly that. Nobody was calling anyone else or checking messages 50 times a minute. Now I see groups of people who don't even look at or speak to each other. Sorry, I don't get it.

Comment Re:The reason I hate WordPress is PHP. (Score 3, Insightful) 119

Everything you said is more or less true, but, the bigger problem is that WordPress and many other software packages are written by people who are just plain incompetent and/or stupid. They either don't give two shits about security or are to stupid to figure it out.

Comment Re:Probably should have focused more (Score 4, Insightful) 319

Who did what now? Eich resigned because of massive public outcry, when it became obvious that him staying around wasn't going to work. Mozilla didn't fire him.

Technically, that's true. But everyone knows what REALLY happened. Mozilla COULDN'T fire him because it's illegal to fire someone simply because they donated to a political campaign that you don't like. So, behind the scenes, they put as much pressure on him as they could to convince him that he needed to "resign".

As far as I'm concerned, that's even worse and more heinous than firing him.

Comment Re:And ISPs are jacking up rates (Score 4, Insightful) 148

Plus, this gouging will get Gov't involved - they are asking for repeat of breakup of Bell.

You obviously have been in a coma for a while.

Der Trumpenfuhrer and the Republicans who control congress are absolutely opposed to anything that prevents ISPs and the big media companies from screwing consumers as much as possible.

Thanks to unlimited approval of mergers, the biggest ISPs, who have monopoly control of Internet access, are also owners of most of the content creators.

Submission + - North American Box Office Hits Record $11.4 Billion (variety.com)

rudy_wayne writes: Despite constant claims of losing billions of dollars to "piracy", the North American box office closed out 2016 with $11.4 billion in ticket sales. That marks a new record for the industry, bypassing the previous record of $11.1 billion that was established in 2015.

Disney had four of the top five highest-grossing films, including “Finding Dory,” the years top film with $486.3 million. When holdovers are taken into account, Disney had six of the year’s ten highest-grossing releases, a group that includes “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which debuted in 2015.

Other top films include “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” ($408.2 million), “Captain America: Civil War” ($408.1 million),”The Secret Life of Pets” ($368.4 million), and “The Jungle Book” ($364 million).

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