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Comment Glad to see the star ratings go (Score 4, Interesting) 97

I'm sure there are many exceptions amongst the Slashdot user base, but hardcore critical thinkers aside, people don't use anything but "5 Stars" and "1 Star" anyway. They love it or they hate it. This change will make the experience more honest...now we KNOW it's just a bunch of crap. I'll be much less tempted to believe the recommendations now. That said...the recommendations Netflix used to give me, using the algorithm they used back in 2005...those were uncannily accurate.

Comment How can you be surprised? (Score 1) 75

This is a company that booby traps its games with phone home features to check and be sure the Mouse still says it's okay to play promotional movie games on your phone. One day, your kid can play the pointy clicky phone game, the next day, screw you kid, won't launch ever again. They seem to love taking things away, just because they can. Concerned parents should teach kids young that Disney, like other corporations, cannot be trusted.

Comment Re:Leave the original (Score 4, Insightful) 542

Hey, I've seen the Matrix! Let's talk about Heinlein. Also, wouldn't it be awesome if blah blah blah? Why do all movie discussions on slashdot forums go like this? Also it's important that I post this so it appears as high as possible in the conversation at the time of my posting, regardless of relevance or whether this story is even news. Whew! Now I can get on with my day.

Comment This just in: slashdotters are OLD (Score 5, Interesting) 542

NOW you perceive the film industry has run out of ideas? In 2017? More likely, those who voted this to the front page just happen to be in the 35 to 40 year old zone where the banality of popular entertainment starts to become intuitively obvious even to those with no critical thinking skills. Not news. Status quo.

Submission + - James Comey: "There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America" (cnn.com) 1

Bob the Super Hamste writes: Last week, pretty recent by /. standards, FBI Director James Comey at the Boston College conference on cybersecurity stated:

While that quote in the article is taken out of context it is even more disturbing when taken in context. The included video puts the quote in context where Comey is arguing against widespread access to strong encryption with the public. There are other quotes included as well that are just as disturbing such as:

Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America... ...In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications.

Is this the "adult conversation" on encryption he was getting ready for last year.

Comment Is this a why-is-open-source-more-secure thread? (Score 1) 52

Is the premise that the C-levels at AMD are going to read /. to discover whether open source security code is safer than closed source security code? Some of us bill by the hour for regurgitating established factual non-opinion-based security information. Hell, some of us are even salaried to do it. What's in it for us?

Comment Re:Are they qualified? (Score 1) 47

Here is what they are using as criteria: https://thedigitalstandard.org...

No...that's what they are saying they are using as criteria. Knowing where to look something up and understanding it are different things. I don't believe Consumer Reports will be hiring any real security experts to conduct their reviews. They'll do the same thing they've always done--best effort approach using reviewers who know how to meet deadlines for writing review text. If you're an expert in a field, you don't take advice from Consumer Reports. Just look at their reviews for product areas in which you are personally expert, and you will see what I mean. It's nice that they've added a column to their matrices about "Security", but for me, a dot in that column is meaningless.

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