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Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 126

And when you argue that "That's a long way from it being used to deny a criminal electricy (sic)" you're overlooking the obvious - meter tampering is illegal.in and of itself, as is theft of electricity.

I'm not overlooking the obvious. They cut off the electricity when the electricity use itself is either wired dangerously, or itself being stolen. There is a definite correlation between grow-ops stealing electricty, and of violating all building codes when runnign their lighting wiring.

But that is a long way from cutting off power that is wired safely to code, that is being paid for properly, simply because it is being used in support of a criminal enterprise.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 126

Both links aren't really about shutting down power to curtail illegal activity, per se. Both struck me as more safety related -- in the first they mention illegally bypassed meters (theft of electricty) as well as the status of the buildings being unsafe for human habitation etc (due to mold, humidity, and dangerous wiring etc... ) The power was NOT cut because generic illegal activity had taken place ... it was cut because the wiring situation there was a hazard.

Likewise, the 2nd article, the main reason the power was off was the wiring around the electrical box needed to corrected and repaired. The grow-up allegation was incidental -- the electricy would have been shut off even the meter replacement guy had been invited in for tea and given a tour of the place. The root issue was the unsafe wiring. He couldn't legally attach the meter and turn the power back on until the wiring was corrected.

So, thank you for the links, but I don't feel they've really demonstrated anything except that the power will be cut off if the wiring has been illegally tampered with and/or is a hazard. That's a long way from it being used to deny a criminal electricy as part of a curb on his ability to commit a crime.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 2) 126

They are, for better or worse, more materially related to your illegal business.

And that's i guess where you are trying to 'draw the line' between peripherally or incidentally related and 'materially' related. But i don't think it's a very clear line -- perhaps snowclearing my driveway is on one side and fedex actually carrying packages for me is on the other?

But without both, my milk isn't going anywhere; so who's to say that the snow clearing isn't material?

As for the vendor selling me cows and milking isn't that like arguing the gun store is somehow responsible for what people do with them?

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 2) 126

Grow-ops have the power cut all the time.

Are you absolutely sure? Can you find a cite for that?

I know unusual power consumption is actively used to *identify* grow ups, but I don't think the power company is ever obligated to cut power. I mean... why bother? Once they know where they are they just go collect the plants.

From what I can tell grow ops losing power is usually initiated by the utility itself because the grow up was actually stealing the electricity (ie not paying for it) and the only reason the courts get involved with that is because some utilities are so regulated that they need permission to cut off the power even when it is being stolen -- because it could lead to a resident freezing in the winter for example.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 5, Insightful) 126

Where do you draw the line, if I'm *suspected* of running, oh i dunno... an illegal unpasteurized milk business from my home, should the telephone company be obligated to cancel my service? Should the power company be obligated to turn off the power? Should the snow clearing company be obligated not to clear my driveway?

While they cannot "keep the sites offline"; pulling their service will, at least for the short term block a venue for accessing those sites.

Yes, and the power company, telephone company, and snow plow all pulling their services will all make it more difficult for my 'customers' to access my illegal services. That doesn't make them contributors to it.

If knowingly extending CDN services to any of these websites, CloudFlare can legitimately said to be aiding and abetting the distribution of their content by those websites.

And if you tell my snowplow guy you suspect I'm delivering illegal milk (remember I haven't even been charged yet, nevermind convicted... you could be a busybody for all he knows), but he's now aiding and abetting the distribution of illegal milk by clearing my driveway? Really? That's how you think the world should be?

I think CDNs should be treated as neutral in this. If a court asks them (via subpoena) for a the contact / billing information for the allegedly infringing site then they would have to turn it over. But I don't thin the CDN is aiding and abetting the illegal activity any more than the telco is for running the wires, or the power company is for providing the electricity.

Comment Re:Siri on Mac (Score 1) 61

I'm not sure that the main thrust of your argument is entirely relevant here, because the context is that its slurping your contacts into icloud, which is definitely not anonymized in anyway.

It does this so that siri on your phone knows about the contacts on your desktop, just in case you ask about them. Is this not correct?

That said, I concede that calling it the same privacy nightmare as cortana and google is overstating it too much. Siri / icloud has many, but certainly not ALL, of the same privacy issues as cortana and google; and while I'm glad to see apple taking privacy seriously -- it is definitely far and away ahead of the other two, the fact remains that the nature of icloud itself has many privacy implications that you simply can't handwave away nor solve with math.

Siri on your desktop, and siri on your phone can only do certain things if the two have shared information about you... information that is stored on icloud.

Comment Re:Refused to hand over "evidence" (Score 1) 82

Yeah, not going to do that. This is going to the police as evidence because I need to file charges against you so that I can sue you.

"+5 insightful"

The police would only be collecting it into evidence if there was a likelihood of the state pursuing a criminal prosecution. For a simple defective product, causing a mild injury the police would not be involved.

I wouldn't hand it over to the Samsung rep either unless they are standing there agreeing to accept responsibility and my medical bills at a minimum.

And Samsung would agree to accept responsibility and offer a damage settlement before verifying that the unit exploded due to a fault of the unit? As opposed to you exploding it by placing it the microwave...?

Comment Re:Siri on Mac (Score 0) 61

"Would you rather it didn't warn you? The fact is, Siri is OFF by default on macOS; so if you are that privacy-conscious, you don't HAVE to "Opt-IN".

Oh 'macs4all' your fanboi is shining through again. Nobody said Siri was on by default. And you are right, Apple did the right thing by shipping it off and making it opt in (hello Microsoft Cortana -- are you listening! I bet you are... because you're on by default!)

Nevertheless, once turned on Siri is much the same privacy sucking nightmare Cortana and Google are. The fact that it's off by default doesn't change what it is if you turn it on. Its literally the headline feature of the OS update; so talking about it in context with Sierra seems reasonable to me.

https://www.apple.com/macos/si...

Oh, and you don't HAVE to use MacOS' Contacts list. I NEVER have. The ONLY Contact I have EVER had in my macOS Contacts/Address Book for the past 16 years is my own.

So what? You think Siri won't chase down one's contacts in outlook in the next update even if it doesn't already?

Comment Re:Refused to hand over "evidence" (Score 4, Insightful) 82

Pretty much exactly this. If I had a new anything and it 'exploded' on me then I'd expect the manufacturer to warranty the product, cover any medical costs, and cover any other damages. And if its not a shit fly by night company, I'd expect them to be volunteering a settlement without me having to sue them for one.

But I'd also expect them to want the exploded product back. That's just a given. Not only to validate my claim that it exploded due to a fault in the device... (which they should do) but also to determine whether the fault is a one off or something that will affect other devices. At this stage, like you, I think he's at best trying to scam himself a new macbook, and at worst an apple fanboi trying to create some bad press for samsung... and scam himself a new macbook. Maybe he even shorted Samsung stock as well (what prescience!)... their equivalent to the SEC ought to check.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 161

If I am going to consult I can save customers money by using the pro version.

I never said it would save money, per se. Although it might. Depending on how the per user enterprise licensing actually works out when it comes to VMs, desktops, laptops etc.

From what I read here from slashdotters the pro version has no GPO support whatsoever, all commercials that take up full screen ads, all updates forced with no settings, etc. I have news? I own 10 pro! I see nothing of the sorts other than tinfoil hats getting +5s.

I own it too, several copies (6+ at least in my household). I never said it didn't support GPOs or anything. And you are right, so far other than telemetry and some issues with updates, all the nonsense can be turned off. But I'm tired of rebooting my PC after a big update having to find some new crap that needs to be turned off on all my computers.

Out-of-the box my start menu was full of crud, it wanted me to sign up for a microsoft account, and cortanta wanted to shove msn celebrity news gossip down my throat, and suggest app store apps... when I was searching for files on my local computer. Ok, no problem, I turned all that crap off and every single personalization/advertising/privacy sucking setting I could find -- all 2 pages worth on the settings off, off, off, off, off.... and I installed spybot anti-telemetry to deal with the one item MS wasn't giving me the proper option for. I am mostly fine with automatic updates, so those weren't a deal breaker for me. And then I was happy with the desktop... a nice incremental upgrade over 7 with some cool features like hyperV and desktop workspaces etc.

Then a month later, another update, I come downstairs to find my lock screen is a full screen ad for some nonsense. So now I turn that off on all my computers. Then a month later, another update, and I click the windows logo and "Get Facebook - featured app!" has been added to my start menu. So now I have turn that off this new "Suggest featured apps to me on my startmenu" setting on all my computers.

The anniversary update likewise botched a few things -- reset Edge back to the default, and put the app store icon back on my taskbar. (Although the edge thing sounds like a bug... or at least that's their story...)

My complaint isn't that i can't turn this adware stuff off, because I can (so far). My complaint is that its being pushed on me turned on in the first place. And my understanding has been that enterprise customers are getting treated better and that these adware updates aren't being defaulted on for them. So they don't have to waste their time fixing this crap that NOBODY wants. And longer term there seems to be a pattern emerging, and coupled with the 'Windows 10 is the last version' and 'all future upgrades will be free....' I think it's reasonable to be suspicious that the consumer platform is steadily heading towards 'ad supported', so I'm looking at the enterprise platform where I'm still the customer. Maybe its not time to cut over from pro to enterprise just yet... but 2, 3, 4, 5 years from now? It seems pretty plausible to me.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 161

I don't disagree with you. The trouble is that I'm finding pro is steadily becoming more 'managed by microsoft' than 'managed by me', and increasingly it's becoming an 'ad delivery platform'; given Microsofts positioning of Windows 10 as the 'last version of windows' and continually supported and updated for free... I read that as with Windows 10 "You're going to be the product now. Not the customer".

So while I get the 'features' like hyperV and GPO etc... I don't get enough control over stuff like the updates, telemetry, store, and each update i find new nonsense to turn off .. "like suggested apps" and lock screen advertising. And I know the enterprise version is generally exempt from this crud by default.

With the enterprise edition the relationship is still: "You are the customer."

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 161

You're not a 'power user' if you're looking for ways to buy yourself out of abuse.

The only 'abuse' I'm buying my way out of is the telemetry. And I agree that

The ability to manage my own updates is definitely something non-experts are terrible at, and need to have managed for them. I'm glad clueless idiots can't run around with unpatched systems anymore, not because they have any reason to avoid a patch... they just hit cancel every day straight for the last 3 years because they wanted to check facebook. And then completely disabled UAC because some antique label printing software needed them to run as administrator but rather than just 'run as administrator' they disabled UAC entirely...

Those people need their OS to just slap them forward.

And features like hyperV, RDP, and the reset of the stuff that pro/enterprise versions feature are all stuff the regular consumer doesn't know about, never mind actively uses.

You're Microsoft's bitch. Better have daddy's money on time. And get ready to get slapped around anyway, because that's how daddy keeps his bitches in line.

Cute, but the metaphor breaks down because while the consumer OS whether pro or home continually makes you feel like you are fighting for control -- paying enterprise customers get treated like... well...actual customers. The enterprise OS actually does what they want.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 161

No you think rationally. What are the huge compromises you speak of?

My accounting software is quickbooks. I also use Microsoft Office (mostly Excel and Word). Quickbooks integrates with Excel. None of that is on linux.

At work I do several things that are Windows or Windows / OSX only. (Filemaker Pro, Quickbooks, Navision, various industry tools, Visual Studio, etc) So its nice to be able to work from home sometimes with locally installed software instead of remoting to the RDP server. And we have hyperV at work, so its nice to be able to migrate/clone VMs back and forth to my home office in some cases.

Just admit up front you want to play games.

For sure. Games is a big deal as well. My HTPC is windows for the games.

And who is running IIS anymore?

Its perfectly fine for hosting b2b middleware like WCF services etc. I have no issues with it. I mean, I've got a debian box next to me with Apache and owncloud and so forth too... its not like I'm windows-only or anything. My laptop is OSX.

I pity people who can't make a living in IT without touching MS.

Its just tools in a toolbox. Use the right tool for the job. Linux is great, but its not the right tool for a lot of jobs.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 5, Interesting) 161

Its rapidly becoming the case that the enterprise edition is the 'new' pro edition.

Whereas with XP through 8, I just wanted to have pro to be able to run my own IIS, accept incoming RDP, not have to deal with the idiot simplified user permissions etc, with win8 pro came hyperV... etc In each case, Home edition was awful, while Pro was a good OS.

With 7/8 Enterprise has some extra bitlocker stuff I think? And the VLA license management features that only an enterprise would need.

But with 10, "pro" is garbage too, and all the features I actually want are now in Enterprise edition. (Turn off telemetry, more control over windows update, Edge in a Virtual Machine...)

So im coming to the conclusion that us 'power users' that until now always wanted pro should now be looking for the enterprise edition.

Of course enterprise is currently a lot more expensive than pro, with recurring subscription fees.

But this is looking to be the carrot and stick approach; (and mostly for businesses -- us power users are just caught in the middle of it.) Home users are being corralled into Windows 10 Home (and Pro at this point is really just Home+) where their updates are managed and theyre expected to be all appy and cloudy and monitored with telemetry.

While businesses (and people) who need to get shit done, and don't want their windows computers scheduling an update before an important meeting, and don't want to send telemetry to redmond,etc, etc... (i.e. people like me) -- should be using enterprise.

Us power users should be looking to use enterprise. (Assuming as always that we wish to use windows at all, which in my case at least, while I love my linux -- I am not interested in the huge compromises necessary to make it my primary desktop.

Ah but Windows 10 Enterprise is nasty for individuals to get a hold of what with Microsoft VLAs and the byzantine and downright hostile Software Assuarance licensing crapola.

So when I read about something like this...

Windows 10 Enterprise E3 / 7$ seat / month. And it sounds like its being aimed to be run like office 365... suddenly things start to come into focus...

http://www.pcworld.com/article...

" It's worth highlighting, though, that a business of one employee can take advantage of it, however. "

Interesting right!? (I mean yeah, this is /. so the pitchforks are out in force... and I should switch to linux everything... but think about it rationally...)

There is going to be the non-recurring windows 10 home edition and the home+ (aka pro), the spyware adware versions. And there is going to be Windows 10 enterprise, the only one businesses and power users will want but at $7/seat/month.

So If one seat of Enterprise really is per user? and I can put it on my desktop, laptop, and a couple hyperv virtual desktops like i can Microsoft office... all for 84/year... and I can turn off automatic updates and do them when i want, and I can turn off telemetry...

On the one hand... ugh... rent seeking subscription -- the business model for companies who really can't compellingly improve there product but still want the same revenue they were getting when each release was a must-have. And yeah.. Windows has reached that point I guess. "XP does all I need" people are still all over the place.

On the other hand... $7/month for an actual good windows user experience with the kind of control I want over it, with continual support in the form of antivirus and security updates...ok... I'm listening.

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