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Comment Re:firewall (Score 1) 107

Of course the problem can be reduced if we were allowed to control a root level firewall on our android or iphone devices.

On Android, DroidWall, AutoProxy and others use iptables. IOW, you can control a root level firewall on your Android devices. I doubt you can do it on iOS, but I wouldn't know because I don't actually care.

Comment Re:Open ports (Score 2) 107

Open ports are not by themselves a security risk.

Not by themselves, but there's no such thing as an open port by itself. We're obviously talking about listening, so we need not discuss ports opened outward, although there are definitely ways to compromise an application in reverse, so opening a TCP connection outward is an opportunity for an incoming attack, if you connect to a host which is malicious (whether inherently, or because it has been compromised.) But at minimum, listening ports provide an opportunity to attack the networking stack of the device, and the application (or daemon, etc etc.) which opened the port. So yes, open ports absolutely do increase your security risk. If there are zero open ports on the device, then the only parts of the networking subsystem with which you interface are the network interface and its driver, which means there's less opportunity to exploit a vulnerability.

Saying open ports are not a security risk is like saying that open windows are not a security risk. What? Of course they are.

Comment Re: It has its uses (Score 1) 417

Java (like Flash) was always designed as a plug-in, running side by side with the browser, not an integrated part of the browser. T

Uh, what?

Just because Sun developed a Java plug-in doesn't mean that Sun's vision was ever that Java was primarily supposed to be used that way. Java has always meant to be used as a standalone programming language, and the percentage of Java development targeted at the plugin is absolutely tiny. Most of it is focused on back-end applications, websites, and the occasional desktop app.

I'm not sure where this "Java = applets" thing comes from, and it's especially hard to understand why software developers would think this given it's pretty hard to work in this industry for more than a few years without being given a Tomcat/etc application hosted in a JBoss environment to fix up.

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 1) 174

NO, illegal immigrants are people who have NO LEGAL RIGHT to be in the country.

Sadly, the people who are really fucking up the country have every legal right to be here. Illegal immigrants don't even make the needle twitch compared to, say, Republican voters. Unless they are also voters, but when we go looking for voter fraud, we generally just find Republicans.

Comment Re:Charity is not a solution (Score 1) 174

People don't simply stay calm and die when they notice that they have no home, no food and no perspective. All it takes for a riot is some asshole shouting "follow me!"

I'm going to start a metal band which covers armored saint which is called asshole messiah.

Seriously though, that asshole is sorely needed right now in 'merica

Comment Re:God Dammit (Score 1) 174

STOP TELLING POOR PEOPLE TO BREED TO GET FREE SHIT.

A much smaller way to write this is "improve education"

Unfortunately, in the USA, you really do have to write it long: "Stop destroying education in order to create easily tractable low-information voters." Because that's what the federal government does, apparently, with policies like "No Child Left Behind" which at the implementation end, literally leaves educators without enough hours in the day to achieve the mandatory goals laid out in the program which may or may not correspond to students' needs (and usually don't.)

Comment Re:The Idiot and Chief (Score 1) 145

Climate change is behind quite a few of the wars in the Arab regions

SHUSH! That's not an argument against in their book, fool. Remember, we spend a shitload on "aid" to Israel which is spent keeping down the Palestinians. Our government does not want stability in the middle east any more than it wants it in Mexico.

Comment Re:Fiduciary duty (Score 1) 303

But they live in the US under worse living conditions because they know it isn't permanent.

Some, I suppose. The H1-Bs I know very much want to stay.

Meanwhile on this side of the pond I have to support a family.

You're basically saying that you'd like steeper immigration barriers to artificially boost your market value and artificially depress the market value of those who weren't lucky enough to be born here. You're far from alone in that view, but I think it's immoral. I spent some formative years living in another country, with great, smart people who worked their asses off for a standard of living that we wouldn't consider fit for a dog. They deserve a chance to earn something better, and if that means I have to compete harder, or even if it means I have to lower my standard of living, I'm good with that.

To be fair, it's easy for me to say that since I'm pretty comfortable. But I felt the same when I was a poor kid with a young wife and a new baby and I'd just been laid off, so I don't think it's just my relative safety speaking.

Comment Re:Fiduciary duty (Score 2) 303

So, as I forgot to say, I agree with your solution to the issue as long as prices fall to global averages as well as salaries.

It will equalize globally. Places with low salaries and low cost of living will see both rise. Places with high salaries and high cost of living will see both fall. Standards of living will also equalize, which probably means those who currently have the highest standards will see theirs decline, though not nearly as much as the low standards of living will rise.

This has already happened quite a bit in India, and in China. Labor costs have risen substantially, and cost of living has increased, too. For that matter, the cost of many types of goods has fallen dramatically in the US. Basically anything that can be manufactured overseas and imported is significantly cheaper than it would be otherwise. Clothing, for example, costs less than half what it did, on an inflation-adjusted basis, than it did 30 years ago. Toys, electronics, also dramatically cheaper. In fact, strangely enough, most of those things are actually cheaper to buy in the US than they are to buy in the places they're made!

Note that this equalization won't happen instantly, or painlessly, and there will be winners and losers in the short term. But it's the right thing.

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