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Comment Re:Cool, but how does that help anything? (Score 1, Informative) 487

I agree, but it's Elon's money.

No, it's not. At this stage, it's his investors' money (he's never done anything without heavy subsidies). To actually launch, it will be the taxpayers' money. If he's talking about a fleet of ships convoying together, he's talking hundreds of billions of dollars - per trip. That's not, was never, could never be, Elon's money.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 1) 487

He also stated that one of the qualifications to go is that you have to be able to answer YES to the question, are you prepared to die - he expects it to be VERY dangerous.

I respect his ambition and his vision.

Which is the biggest reason (of many, starting with 90% of the needed technology existing yet) why it will never happen. He can't do it without NASA's assistance, and NASA will never sign on to suicide missions, no matter what they say in press releases.

Comment I am more interested (Score 1) 178

in how much they're going to compensate businesses that go offline every time there's a major update. Older versions of Windows Updates used BITS, which was, by default, limited to four concurrent connections. Win 10 uses some bastardized "embrace and extend" crap that opens, literally - I have counted - four hundred or more concurrent connections, eating up 100% of all available bandwidth, and knocking everything else on your network offline. And since this has been going on for months, with people complaining the entire time, it's clearly by intent.

I suspect that the Win 10 computers would be just fine if they weren't going through our VPN, which is also knocked down while this is going on, meaning only non-spyware versions stop working.

Windows 10 is malware, in and of itself. It is literally impossible to use for anything that matters.

Comment This isn't news (Score 1) 87

The idea behind the internet was to make a massive, decentralized system that wasn't under control of anyone.

That may have been the idea behind it, but centralized control has been in place since the DNS system was put in. Yeah, in theory, you can do stuff by IP address, but in practice, that hasn't actually worked since Apache added virtual servers. No, the web isn't the internet, but it's the only internet most people actually use any more.

Comment Re:The other side of the coin (Score 2) 278

Naw, that's just ridiculous. Snowden is not stupid and he did not keep the stuff with him.

Snowden: I'd like sanctuary in Russia. The Americans want to kill me. Think how embarrassing it'd be if you gave me refuge.

Russian Immigration Official: We want copies of everything you stole form them.

S: I don't have it with me.

RIO: Well, get back to us when you do. In the meantime, there's the door.

S: Well, here's what I got. That's all there is.

RIO: I don't believe you, and even if I did, that's not worth the trouble of taking you in, since you'll be a parasite living off the dole for the rest of your life. Go away.

S: Well, maybe there's more.

RIO: Lie to us again, and we'll stuff you onto a plane back to the US at gunpoint, and crow about how gullible you were to give us everything you stole, and thought we'd let you stay here.

Comment The other side of the coin (Score 0, Troll) 278

Without offering any opinion on whether what Snowden did was good, bad, or potato, my first though here is:

The odds that Snowden was given refuge in Russia without turning over 100% of what he took are about the same as the odds of him getting his pardon: zero.

Which is better than him putting it all up on the internet, I suppose. While I'm sure there's national security intelligence in that data dump of great interest to Russia, they will do their best (which is very good) to coerce him into not revealing any of that to anyone else.

Comment Re:Because it's unnecessarily complex (Score 1) 206

what you have one of those apple phones?,

I have a flip phone. It's still bigger than my wallet.

my phone is much slimmer than my wallet and lighter

your wallet can be stolen and "hacked into" spent and credit cards used

how did you get your credit card? through postal mail?....

and do those credit card companies send you "checks" to use against your account with the credit card number helpfully written at the bottom for anyone that intercepts or loses or delivers to wrong block your postal mail? (I call those identity theft kits)

I'm sure these other countries doing this stuff since 2004 have some tech we can look at to lessen the problems you fear...

In none of those cases am I responsible for anything past the first $50. I don't know, and can't find out, who is responsible if a phone with some kind of digital wallet installed is stolen and hacked. Apparently, you don't know either, or you'd be crowing about it, or you do know, and hope I don't find out. What do these company have to hide?

Comment Re:Because it's unnecessarily complex (Score 3, Interesting) 206

All the crap in my wallet is still smaller and lighter than a smart phone. or even than my flip phone, for that matter.

I am curious a to who is responsible if someone steals your phone and hacks their way into it, and uses it to buy stuff. Once the new standards go into effect in October, I suspect that will be the consumer using the phone, because that's the lowest level of security (not using the chip). With a credit card, it might be the merchant (if they're not using EMV), if might be the merchant service, is might be my bank, but it won't be me.

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