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Comment Are you kidding me? (Score 1) 153

The "report" is just the outcome of an online poll-- i.e. they asked people if they believed they were creating secure passwords. The only data they're tracking is based on whomever answered their survey, not an actual observation of passwords created by any age group. Honestly, as someone who deals with both targeted groups on a daily basis, I can assure you that I've seen some incredibly bad passwords, and they're typically created by people in the +50 age range.

Comment Not surprising (Score 1) 214

None of the large telcos want to do copper line POTS anymore. It doesn't generate enough revenue, no one seems to actually use it, and the cost for upkeep and maintenance can be prohibitive. I doubt subsidies for maintaining the copper plant infrastructure will be around for much longer, to be honest. This is just Verizon fleeing a ship that has already sunk, and been under water for some time. The only thing that old copper plant is really good for anymore is rural telecom and rural DSL services-- which don't even qualify as "broadband" anymore according to the new FCC guidelines.

Comment Qualcomm, but not really Qualcomm. (Score 5, Interesting) 349

It isn't Qualcomm directly that issued the DMCA notices, but rather, an IP protection agency that operates on behalf of Qualcomm. In my work, I've often had to respond to these DMCA notifications, and these IP protection agencies are often pretty bush league. They'll see something that possibly infringes on an IP, and then they'll jump on it, thinking it'll make them look good to their client, who hired them. Honestly, I doubt this company will be doing much more work for Qualcomm once they discover what has happened.

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