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Comment Re:$3 per package, eh? (Score 1) 146

Selling the service to other companies in addition to delivering your own stuff might work albeit not immediately profitable.

So, basically, the real world equivalent of the original AWS. "We have a shitload of extra computing power, wanna rent it?". Except now it's, "We have a shitload of extra delivery power, wanna rent it?".

Comment Re:IoT is an unnecessary security risk. (Score 1) 113

How... then would the vendors sell a phone app to naive users to change their thermostat settings when they're on vacation?

They shouldn't. None of this should be happening. What should be happening is that vendors should be selling "IoT-enabled" routers that are highly secure and will generate a VPN connection package for a device type. I run an Untangle appliance and it will literally generate a unique Windows installer package for a VPN to your home network. And it's very easy to do. There is no reason why it couldn't generate a VPN package for any device you wanted to use outside your home. In fact, I would say that if you are connecting to random wifi networks without initiating a VPN to a more trusted network (like your home), you are doing it wrong.

Comment Re:Only when it costs them money. (Score 1) 113

There is actually a fourth option: Turn the IoT devices against their local LAN. Pretty innocuous in the grand scheme of things but, if you discover that you can't watch Netflix when you have your IoT lightbulb plugged in, it might make you wonder about the value of IoT devices.

(Also, your 3 options made me literally laugh out loud).

Comment Re:IoT is an unnecessary security risk. (Score 5, Insightful) 113

If you can't see advantages and demand for controlling your house from your phone, regardless of if you're home, then you're very short sighted and not a good futurist.

Bullshit. There is a safe way to do this: Don't let any of the devices have direct access to the internet. None. Put them on their own dedicated wireless router, connect that wireless router to your real router and then set a firewall rule that doesn't allow anything from the IoT router to route outside your LAN. If you want to check the status of the devices when you aren't on your local LAN, VPN into your house and check them.

You don't need to trust shady vendors that don't give a shit. You don't need to open a billion insecure ports in your firewall to expose devices. Consider the devices 100% insecure, configure your network in a sane way and setup a VPN or use an SSH tunnel.

Comment Re:Can we use a VM for all programs? (Score 3, Informative) 161

You could do this on linux if you wanted. Using a tool like firejail, you can run all your software in lightweight sandboxes (linux namespaces). It comes with custom profiles for 100+ desktop/server applications and it's easy to write more. I wouldn't recommend converting all of /usr/bin to run under firejail as this would certainly cause issues but, I run all my desktop applications with it and it's worked well.

Comment Re:Perspective... (Score 1) 183

If someone was going to die as a result of a malfunction or breach of a system, we'd demand it be air-gapped and have robust CM. There would be hell to pay as a result of failure - think hospital systems. Or military systems.

Yes, these systems never get hacked. And people never die because of the hacks...

The thing is, most of the systems businesses use aren't all that important in the grand scheme of things. No one is going to die if Twitter or Walgreens has a breach.

Nonsense. It's entirely possible to have a company let your data get stolen and then not learn about that breach until years later (Yahoo). That information leak could lead to all sorts of things (particularly, credit reports) that would genuinely and profoundly affect your life. This isn't "Oh noez, hackers know my home address", this is, "Fuck, they know enough about me to open credit cards in my name".

Cue "assumed breach"...we must assume that systems like Twitter and Walgreens are breached and are leaking data. Therefore, conduct any business with them while insulating yourself from the consequences of said breach.

Agreed. And, as it turns out, my tinfoil hat is starting to come into fashion these days.

Comment Re:Then they need an incentive (Score 1) 183

Are you saying you want an internet version of osha?

Not quite but, kinda. I think data breaches should be very expensive to a company. Expensive enough that it's worth protecting against them. It's obvious that the market isn't going to go out of its way to prevent these breaches because, frankly, the costs are externalized (onto the people who have had their data breached). If the costs were internalized, you can bet your ass that companies would take security more seriously.

If, on average, a data breach costs each breached customer like $5, then fine the company $10 per breached record. In the case of Yahoo, that would be 5 *billion* dollars. That's a number that companies can understand and will bend over backwards to not let it happen again.

Comment Then they need an incentive (Score 5, Insightful) 183

If it's truly the case that it's cheaper to let data breaches happen than to protect against them, then some sort of incentive (or, punishment) needs to be put into place to change that situation. This is one of the few areas where government intervention is actually warranted: When something is not in the best interest of corporations but is very much in the best interest of citizens.

It's probably cheaper to let factory workers die on the job than it is to put all the safety measures in place to ensure they don't. Yet corporations put those safety measures in place anyway. They don't do it out of fondness of the workers, they do it because the government will shut them down if they don't.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 271

You don't need vacuum tubes. That's such a horrible audio myth

The summary doesn't say anything about sound quality. My guess is that he's using vacuum tubes because it's possible to 100% DIY a vacuum tube amplifier from off the shelf parts. If you try to build a solid state amp from scratch, you are probably going to need to get custom PCBs built and you'll get to test the steadiness of your hands as you try to solder tiny SMD chips.

Now, making the actual tubes seems a little overkill (is he also making his own transformers, resistors, wiring, etc?) but, if you want to build your own amplifier from scratch, tubes is the way to go.

Comment Re:For years now... (Score 1) 387

I think all printers are purposely designed to fail these days. I have an Epson that I use once or twice a year. I can't recall the last time I tried to use it and didn't spend an hour trying to clean the print heads only to order a new cartridge. It's not worth owning a printer if you are just a casual user. I spend like $30 a year to print 5 pages every 6 months. It's much cheaper to just take your print job to a store.

Comment Re:Very cruel (Score 4, Funny) 429

What if there's fifty bugs? What if there's a hundred bugs and a dozen mice? Someone is keeping your apartment free of bullshit parasitic creatures that spread disease and filth. It's not you, apparently, but someone is doing the fucking job out of your sight.

And, it's probably a cat. Which directly answers one of the questions posed in the summary.

Comment Bundling is monopolistic (Score 4, Insightful) 92

So, basically, you have a physical monopoly (the connection coming into your house), that we, the taxpayers subsided, that is now being abused as a content monopoly. "Sure, you can have just an internet connection. But, it will cost you the same as getting internet/phone/tv. Oh, and we are going to cap your internet connection so, I highly recommend you take the bundle." I really can't wait until these fuckers finally generate enough hate among their users that it becomes a re-election issue for congress critters. The *only* way this problem will be solved is if the outrage of the voters outweighs the lobby money from the monopolies.

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