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Comment Yes (Score 1) 357

At this point in time I'm pretty sure all my emails are in the hands of many entities besides my provider, all of which are thieves by definition. The NSA, foriegn governments, hackers, etc. In fact it's a safe bet that the majority of all emails ever sent are already stolen.

The last people I'm concerned about are CEOs and elected officials. I'm pretty tired of the back door dealings and making them viewable for all to see is not only making things more transparent it's making these people think twice about communicating thier corrupt and self dealing practices effectively restricting them and helping to shut it down.

It's pretty funny now as entities always have had this info and it was always used in closed door shady dealings. Now with the Information Age really under way it's kind of refreshing how all this goes public and makes them stew in their own juices. Finally the shoe is on the other foot with the whole "you have nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide" meme.

Comment Distributed robotics... (Score 1) 113

While each device will likely be mostly autonomous it will still be necessary to have some kind of system to issue commands. Something with a good line of sight, where you could set up a network. Even better if this system could be a strong AI to help coordinate troops.

A skynet if you will.

Comment Maybe if HP didn't make crap... (Score 2) 116

It's pretty much a "day in the life" for HP to make people redundant. I'm convinced they only do it to boost their stock price.
If you look at the HP Origins movie which they show to all new hires, HP brags of a company that cares about it's employees.

Excuse me while I feel violently ill. Maybe that used to be the case when Bill and Dave were alive..... but now....?
How the mighty have fallen. It's very sad watching that video.

The real problem for HP is that they now make "Made in China" crap and ride on their brand name and it's past glories. I can't think of a worse brand for computers now. Quality seems to be an afterthought in the drive to produce stuff that only barely just scrapes past the warranty period. Every HP I have come across has had some lingering issue with it. Dead and dying keyboards, broken hinges off the bottom of laptops, laptops that fall apart, random blue-screens on their business docks, glitchy displays, Windows 10 upgrades that cause serious display issues, their custom HP BIOS that blocks third party hardware from being used (forcing the consumer to endure phone support to buy HP parts at greatly inflated prices), their printers from barring 3rd party ink through firmware updates, etc. etc. etc. and that's just what I've seen.
Sure all brands have the occasional bad egg, but HP seem to create more than others.

And yet, HP equipment floods the market where I live, and given the choice... it's just cheap and nasty. ... and heaven help you if you have to deal with their support.

So these days they're almost irrelevant in the consumer space. Microsoft pushed people away from Windows with Windows 8 and has been scrambling to bring them back. Then of course most computers these days are good enough for most people and don't need to be upgraded constantly.
Then, you have iPads for most people who just want email and to surf the internet
Then you have Macs for most people who want to do stuff rather than wrestle with a computer ...and then you have Windows PCs for most everyone else who hasn't got the memo yet - but yet relies on office and the like.
That said, Windows computer issues keeps most home IT techs in business.... as they'd otherwise be working for HP.... if HP didn't send their jobs overseas.

Comment Re:gimme a pitch on FreeBSD (Score 2) 121

FreeBSD has been traditionally used in ISPs, primarily for it's networking.
It also supports native ZFS for storage

It's usually been the base OS for other projects like pfsense, and FreeNAS

Also given it's licence, any changes made to the source don't have to be shared... so code gets creatively "borrowed" from it a lot.
Just ask Apple.

Comment Schedule status is complete BS (Score 3, Insightful) 255

The schedule I status needs to go. Certain chemicals in marijuana have shown themselves to be the best treatment for specific kinds of seizures, far better than anything currently available, to say nothing of the myriad of other uses. The evidence it has some medical value is insurmountable and being schedule I prevents much of the research that could be helping people while ensuring that grandma gets the full swat experience.

Getting a realistic categorization based on facts and not propaganda will help to pave the way for legalizing it on the federal level.

Comment Re:So it's Apple's fault that Samsung screwed up? (Score 1) 150

Apple has had non-user replaceable batteries since the original iPhone (almost 10 years now) and they haven't lost a billion in valuation due to that.

iPhones have had battery recalls. Moreover many iPhones, pods and pads have suffered unusually short battery lifetimes. My kids had two iPod touch 5th generation both purchased at the same Apple Store on the same day and both used nearly identically and charged on the same charger the same amount of time yet one battery failed within 6 months and the other is fine after two years. Apple has been lucky with fires and they did lose stock value over the issues with iPhone 5, just not a billion dollars like Samsung.

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