* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

UK publishes Laws of Robotics for self-driving cars

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Re: "Ensure systems are secure over their lifetime"

Insurance companies that will be handling the liability insurance (i.e. if the car kills someone) can require proof of adequate "maintenance insurance" as a condition of covering the car, whether or not the automaker or the owner is responsible for paying for that insurance. Or maybe just roll the cost for that into the liability insurance - since it is obviously in the interest of the company underwriting the liability policy to insurance that security fixes are made in a timely manner!

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"Ensure systems are secure over their lifetime"

That's a laudable goal, but who owns support for cars after their OEM goes bankrupt? That's bound to happen, with all the traditional carmakers getting into the game, plus various new entrants. A lot of carmakers will go bankrupt, because people aren't going to be buying cars as many cars as they do now once ownership becomes the exception rather than the rule.

Not only do vendors need to commit to lifetime support, they need to purchase insurance against the possibility they can no longer do so to fund someone else taking over. If Volvo for example went bankrupt next year, a Volvo you buy today is still just fine. There are people who will be able to service it for you. But an autonomous car is useless without updates that provide necessary security and fix potentially deadly bugs that may be found in their code many years after sale. No one would insure such a car, so it would become an extremely expensive paperweight with no one left to maintain its software.

Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

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Re: Simple

No one has "lost" AI because there is no AI yet. Google's AI is just a warmed over version of the same shit we've been able to do for some years now. They have access to more computing power so it is improved a bit, but there have been no major innovations in the field aside from better marketing.

All the "intelligence" in AI comes from the programmer writing the code, machines still aren't able to learn shit on their own except in the narrow fields which have been prepared for them by the programmers.

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They had to update their vision to be buzzword compliant for 2017. Talking about "mobile" is old news. That market has stopped growing, the hot thing today is AI. Look for them to drop the word "cloud" in a couple years as that is in the beginning stages of getting a bit tired as far as buzzworthiness, and it'll be replaced by something new. Maybe AR, or maybe a new buzzword that will be invented tomorrow on Sand Hill Road.

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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@AC 'blaming those who came before'

We're seeing an interesting variation of that in the US, as Trump and his supporters are taking full credit for unemployment being at 16 year lows. Yes, using the same supposedly "rigged" system of measurement used under Obama they claimed was hiding far higher "real" unemployment, and nevermind that the rate was more than cut in half from where it was a couple months into Obama's first term (the depth of the great recession)

Somehow I think there would be no irony felt by Trump or his supporters if for example the economy soured next year and unemployment went back up. Somehow that would be Obama's fault, despite Obama getting none of the credit for the unemployment continuing the slow drop that begun within a few months of him taking office.

Politicians know it is ridiculous, the problem is their partisan followers are all too eager to lap up bullshit that fits their biases so of course they capitalize on that. People love to blame a president they hate for high gas prices, even though presidents have almost zero influence on it. Conservatives everywhere blamed Obama for high gas prices, even though he had nothing to do with it. They gave him no credit when they were cut in half, but were right in that case because he had nothing to do with that, either.

Presidents do have some influence on the unemployment rate, but only loosely - to the degree they can affect the economy, and it typically takes a few years for anything that affects it (like for example a change in tax rates) to work its way through the economy to the point where it affects companies decisions on whether to hire or fire.

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Re: Proportionality? We've heard of it.

Wow, Big John finds a way to blame everything on Obama. The government was fine until "that community organizer" came along, no abuses of power happen under republicans in Big John's alternative facts based world!

Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

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Re: Is there always an element of chance in poker?

If you use that definition any wager is "gambling". If I say "I'll bet you $100,000 you can't walk a straight line for a block" and hope you are so nervous over the large bet that you stumble, you're saying that's gambling even though it is purely a test of your "skill" in walking a straight line.

There's a difference between "I'll bet I can bench this 225 lb weight 10 times in under 20 seconds" and "I'll bet that bird sitting on the wire flies away in the next 20 seconds". You can lump them both together under gambling, but one is essentially completely random and the other has zero element of randomness, and it completely related to my strength/skill.

By your definition all investment is "gambling". If I buy a stock or an ounce of gold, I don't know it will go up in value. It might go down. Is it "skill" on my part if the stock I choose and the time I choose to buy it means it goes up? Or is just dumb luck? After all, supposedly 80% (or was it 90%?) of restaurants close within 5 years after opening. If I invest a million bucks to open a restaurant, if it is a big success is that all skill? Or is there maybe a lot of luck involved, if the only other restaurant in town burned down a month after I opened?

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Re: Is there always an element of chance in poker?

Since it has been years since the last time I played poker, probably so. I'd probably kick your ass in golf though :)

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Re: Is there always an element of chance in poker?

So anything with an element of chance is gambling? I mean golf has an element of chance, if your ball takes a bad hop or a drive down the middle ends up in a divot. But it is a game of skill when two players of different skill levels compete.

Same with poker, if I play the winner of the 2017 WSOP heads up, I might be able to beat him in the short run by being lucky with the cards, but in the long run he's going to crush me, because he's the top player in the world and I'm the 50 millionth best or whatever.

Forget Iran and North Korea. Now there's another uranium source

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Re: Intriguing

How would we observe a small black hole? Its gravity would be too small to observe it by its gravitational effect on surrounding matter, and evidence of material spinning up around it wouldn't help differentiate its size, only the amount of material around it.

Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps

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@Jake Archibald

When you say "only allow scripts to run in the background when the site is open" do you mean if the tab is open anywhere, or only if the tab is selected and in focus? If the latter, that's great. If the former, that's not much help for those of us who like to keep 50+ tabs loaded on our desktop (and usually about a half dozen on my iPhone)

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We need a toggle!

Yep. If any Safari devs are reading this, please give iOS a toggle to disable service workers entirely when you add support!

If the damn things do become useful on a few sites eventually, we'll need some sort of NoScript style plugin that lets us whitelist sites we'll allow to use service workers. Because it seems pretty likely they'll mostly be used for advertising and malware. Just like Javascript and Flash, in other words.

Most of the time people coming up with new specs spend too much time thinking about all the cool things that can be done with new capabilities, and not nearly enough thinking about how to prevent the bad.

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Hope there's a way to disable this

Making it easier for web sites to run shitty scripts in the background that suck up your battery doesn't sound like a good thing to me. Already I'm annoyed by how many pages keep asking me if I want their stupid push notifications, which seems to be the main use of service workers I've observed with Firefox.

Until I started using Noscript, too often Firefox would pop up a dialog about a script running too long and ask me if I wanted to stop it. At least if there were pages that loaded down the browser you could kill that tab and avoid the problem. Now you'll get scripts that aren't owned by a page so you'll have to kill the whole damn browser to fix the problem.

Why does Google want to ruin the web with shit like this?

WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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Re: I wish I could defend my country

And who exactly would I vote for to make this change? Clinton and Trump are identical in this respect. I voted for neither, but unfortunately the third party candidates have no chance because the system is rigged for a two party system and the republicans and democrats will never support a constitutional amendment that would be required to fix this, because they would be hurt by it - they will present a united front in favor of the two party system.

The dilemma is the same for my congressman and senators.

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I wish I could defend my country

But I really can't. I also wish I could blame Trump for this, but I really can't because it started well before he even thought about running.

Now it is possible this arrest is legitimate so I think there's a bit of 'rush to judgment' here, but regardless of that you have to accept that it is quite possible he's being arrested on bogus charges. Perhaps as a pretext to get some info they think he has, or because he wasn't properly cowed and submissive for the power mad TSA dweebs.

She's back! Jessica Rosenworcel returns to FCC as America's net neutrality row heats up

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In theory with the Sanders/Clinton split in the democratic party, and the giant fissure Trump is in the process of creating/expanding in the republican party, there would be room for more. It would be great if they both let themselves split and we had four parties.

Unfortunately the entire system in the US is rigged against that happening, and the fear of a split while the other side doesn't mostly forces them to kiss and make up when it comes time to cast a vote.

The 2018 party primaries may be "interesting", but the elections themselves probably mostly won't be. The risk for the republicans is if they primary sitting congressmen and senators who the hard right feels are unreliable RINOs and replace them with someone independent voters can't accept, and they give up seats unnecessarily as a result. The democrats may be on their way towards the same sort of thing, but haven't quite reached that point yet.

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Re: Who's to say we will have to wait until 2020?

Tradition is that the FCC is 3-2 for the party that holds the White House. Who holds the Senate makes no difference. Yeah theoretically democrats could hold up Pai's nomination if they had a majority, but surely they will have bigger fish to fry than worrying about the FCC.

At any rate, democrats taking the Senate in 2018 is unlikely even if there's a big anti-Trump wave, because of how many democrats are up for re-election versus how many republicans. They are far more likely to take back the House than they are the Senate.

To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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@Dave 126

In reality, other clues - such as your posts' time stamps as regards your likely timezone

I posted that last at around 3am local time, so perhaps not as reliable as one might think...

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Writing style seems unlikely to personally identify you

There would have to be some way to narrow it down. I could see it being possible to identify me knowing it was a Reg comment, given that there are a limited pool of people who comment here. Out of the whole internet....no way.

Si vous comprenez ces mots, vous êtes français ou l'intelligence artificielle de Facebook

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Re: Send three and fourpence

I would expect that a good human translator could translate David's original post from English to Turkish and preserve the meaning. Then another translator from Turkish to Russian. Then another from Russian to Japanese. Then another from Japanese to English. It may not be the exact same sentence, but the meaning would be the same. I agree with him, a true test of translation software would be that it is capable of doing the same.

Though translation software that good would take away the fun of using translation software to take a sentence and translate it from language A to language B and back again repeatedly until it settles on a particular sentence in language A. The results are quite often hilarious, and shows how far translation software still has to go.

I have some Facebook friends who are from other countries, so they might make posts and have friends comment in Dutch, Finnish and so forth. I've used the 'translate' link on them and seen some pretty hilarious stuff. I'll have to see it is still as funny now that Facebook has supposedly improved its translation software.

Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: Two free speech aspects

I wonder if that order is valid for her whole life expires after she's released from jail and completed her five year probation? If the latter she may still end up profiting, though not as much since it will be mostly forgotten by the public at that point.

WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

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I didn't say they wouldn't, I said they wouldn't without a reason. Unless someone can come up with an even slightly plausible reason why releasing WannaCry would benefit the CIA or GCHQ, I'm gonna file that under "silly conspiracy theory".

Obviously our governments are capable of some really stupid and really horrible things, but they don't do them without reason. Maybe not a reason we agree with, but a reason nonetheless.

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If it was the work of US/UK intelligence

Care to clue us into why, Mr. Tinfoil Hat? What do they have to gain? They don't do things - especially things that cause issues in the public sphere - unless they have a reason.

There's not much point to attempting to frame North Korea - this is about 1/10000000th of the seriousness of gaining ICBM capability to add to their nuclear capacity, so it isn't exactly moving the needle in making them look like a danger to the world at large.

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North Korea may be "backward", but they have one of the top offensive cyberwarfare capabilities in the world.

They have also built a working ICBM and a working atomic bomb, how many countries can boast that? Granted they can't feed all their people, but priorities...

Largest ever losses fail to dent Tesla's bulging order book

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Re: 16 billion

No, like Amazon shareholders they aren't betting that there will ever be enough profit to justify a fraction of the share price. They are only betting a bigger sucker will come along later.

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Re: Musk & co is a socialmedia 2.0 geniues

The deposits are refundable, so not all of them will result in a car order. Given the inflated prices for earlier models I could see some people reserving a few just in case they can be resold for above sticker price, and if not they can cancel for a refund.

Have $1000 laying around you can afford to tie up for a couple years, and want a chance that you might get a return of several times that? Might as well throw it down as a deposit and see what happens.

Trump as US president (in Sharknado 3)? Oh Hell No!

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Re: @Rich 11

If you've seen pictures of his Trump Tower digs you can understand why he thinks the White House is a dump. He apparently believes there's no limit to the amount of gold leaf or gold colored fabric you want in your domicile. It is the ugliest thing I've ever seen, but its what he likes so of course any normal rooms are going to look awful to him.

He probably thinks "the US is the richest country in the world, we have all this gold in Fort Knox, why it isn't it covering every square inch of the walls and ceiling of the White House?"

Flash fryers have burger problems: You can't keep adding layers

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Re: we're running out of options

Not everyone needs flash capable of 100,000 random 4K ops per second, or 3GB/sec of sequential read/write, or with a drive write per day for five years worth of longevity. For a lot of uses 1000 4K ops, 500GB/sec, and a drive write per week or even month is more than adequate, That provides a way to get cheaper flash for cold data, entry level PCs, cheap phones and so forth.

If you can process 5x more terabytes of flash per fab line when making the denser stuff, it will cost a lot less since the equipment investment per TB is 1/5 of what it is on the faster longer life stuff.

Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Re: "Tape has a long way to go yet, baby."

Storing more energy per volume only becomes a "bomb" if a fast uncontrolled discharge is possible. The reason some LiON batteries go pop and catch on fire isn't because they have reached some sort of bomb limit, but because of the chemistry. Some explosives that hold a half dozen orders of magnitude more energy per volume than the battery in your phone are remarkably stable against unintended explosion. If only there were some way to cause them to discharge that energy on demand at a desired rate they'd be great for grid storage (in secured areas or buried under a few meters of concrete to prevent their use as explosives by evildoers)

The guy who invented LiON batteries originally has come up with a new version that is denser, lighter, charges and discharges faster and can't go boom or catch on fire. Not only will they not catch on fire if pierced, but they will keep working even if you stab them multiple times with a knife while they're operating! Hopefully they'll figure out how to mass produce them affordably, because that will be a welcome advance.

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Re: Long live tape !

You may have been working in IT for 25 years,but you obviously have no clue what you're doing if you can't even manage a proper backup and restore with a tape! The bare minimum for an IT person who is in charge of backups is to actually verify that they can do a restore, if they cannot then they start troubleshooting, calling support, whatever they need to do to find out if the problem is hardware, software or IdioT related.

What do you tell people who want a restore, that it isn't possible because you have never figured out how to successfully restore anything from tape? Maybe you are using disk based backup like a Data Domain, but if you still have tape drives and use tapes you need to figure out how to make them work (or have them fixed if the hardware is faulty) and not just assume that because you can't make it work that "tape can't be read after it is written".

If tape wasn't actually able to be read, don't you think people would have caught on by now and quit buying them? Do you really believe that no one ever needs a file restored, so they just haven't caught on to something you are "smart" enough to have figured out? If someone said what you did during an interview I'd stop him right there and thank him for his time, and figure he was a poser with a fake resume who had no clue what he's doing.

As for the comment above that SSDs will replace tape, because technology changes over a decade means you won't have equipment to read those tapes any longer. Have you ever tried to read an SSD that hasn't been powered on for a couple years? I think you'll find it has lost all its data. It is not useful as an archive medium unless it is kept powered on. If you can afford to keep your "archive" SSDs powered on, more power to you, but for a tiny fraction of the cost you could afford to pay a tape monkey to insert those tapes into the library and copy them to newer formats every few years to insure you don't have the problem. Or simply keep a few older technology drives in your library (if you have one of the huge ones) or keep an old library with the old drives (if you one of the small ones)

Apple chief on Chinese VPN app ban: We always toe the line with other nations' laws

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Kind of surprised to see the upvotes, and no one bringing up the fact that if we actually did this a massive worldwide recession would result that would make 2008/2009 look like a blip.

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I don't know Chinese law, but obviously VPN services that comply with the law will compromise the privacy and freedom of the Chinese people in some way. If you are going to suggest that Apple should refuse to cooperate, even to the point of having China ban all their products from sale in China, then where's your suggestion that ALL western companies should cease doing any business with China?

Treat them like South Africa was, divest completely, economically isolate them, and see if that makes them loosen the reigns or clamp down even harder to avoid unrest when their economy is sent into a massive depression as a result? Or is Apple alone required to take a stand by you, and everyone else is off the hook and business as usual? Don't be naive, the idea that once China gets richer their government will loosen control has been proven wrong, so if we really care about their citizens we should cut all economic ties with China and try applying pressure the apartheid way.

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Re: Funny legal compliance

I don't live in the UK so I don't know the laws or whether what you say is true or not, but why do you assume it is Apple acting illegally? Maybe your carrier didn't want to deal with it so they lied and told you to go through Apple? It isn't as though carriers have a reputation for great customer service...

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All they did was remove SOME VPN apps. The ones that complied with Chinese law remain, and nothing was said about disabling the built in VPN capability in iOS.

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Not all VPN apps have been removed

The iPhone has VPN built in as well. Note that it is only some VPN apps that have been removed. China's law requires VPN operators have a license from the government, they are not all banned. Cook said "a number of VPN apps that apparently follow regulations are still available in the App Store in China", but the Reg didn't bother to mention that in their misleading article.

No idea what requirements there are - presumably that they have to do something that lets China censor content.

I read elsewhere that China is going to block all VPNs in their firewall, and only let the approved ones through. So before long you might be able to install whatever VPN app on your Android, but it won't work unless it has been blessed by the government.

Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed

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Re: This isn't a terrible idea

The hard right seems to think name calling is really fashionable. Even before Trump started coming up with nicknames for all those he hated like 'low energy Jeb', 'Pocahontas', etc. they came up with a million ways to think they're clever with stuff like Obummer, OBAKA (not sure why they capitalize that one, maybe it stands for something) and of course their favorite, 'Killary'.

I guess this is the height of what passes for intellectualism on Breitbart's message boards or something.

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This isn't a terrible idea

The main problem many will have is cutting the number of immigrants down, but that's something a lot of conservatives have run on so it was to be expected. If you ignore that part of it I think the points system is the right way to do it. Obviously you can quibble with it in terms of what 'x' should be worth, and I think it would work better if there was a threshold of points above which we'll take anyone who wants to come instead of having quotas, but other than that it is a good start.

The salary thing is rather like what I've been saying for years we should do to fix the H1B, except I'd link it to percentages of the average salary in a given location. 300% of the median US salary is a lot less than 300% the median salary in San Francisco or Manhattan. The H1B is terrible in all ways - it lowers salaries of tech workers, is a gigantic pain for companies to bring in employees, and removes the freedom of H1B workers to seek a better job without losing their green card.

From what I hear on the news (the "fake news" for you Trumpists) the bill as it stands has no chance of passing congress, but if they took away the hard limits and made them point limits, and tweaked the points, If expanded to cover more cases, it could simplify US immigration policy by subsuming a bunch of different <letter><number><dash><letter> coded programs into one via the points system. If it makes it more expensive for Trump to import maids for his resorts...well boo fucking hoo!

Canadian ISPs do not Canuck around: Bloke accused of piracy grilled in his home for hours

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Fight club

I keep reading about Kodi usage in other countries, but never hear anything about Kodi usage in the US. Is it not used here for some reason, or do those who use it here just not talk about it?

Developing world hits 98.7 per cent mobile phone adoption

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Re: I've never carried more than one cell phone

This must be a European thing. I almost never see people in the US carrying two phones, but from what I understand from people I work with in the EU it is considered normal. Maybe the stricter 'work life balance' type laws there dictate companies giving their employees phones so they can shut them off when they leave work?

Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

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Re: calling people like me (who have legit questions) all kinds of foul names ...

You're trying to rewrite history now. Trump was saying there was no contact AT ALL back in January, before any contact had been shown. He only lowered the bar after so much contact had been demonstrated by multiple people in his campaign/administration that he could no longer claim it was fake news.

Sessions testified to Congress he had no contact with Russians, the whole reason he had to recuse himself is that he was caught in a lie. You had Kushner having to amend his SF86 at least twice because he left off ALL contact with Russians in the first version, then left off the contact in the company of Don Jr. in his amended version and had to submit a third version in June.

Doesn't it bother you at least a little bit that everyone around Trump seems to have had a major case of amnesia where meetings with Russians are concerned? Are you so willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that this doesn't seem even slightly strange to you? If it was all innocent, why the coverup? Why is Trump so intent on killing the investigation, even to the point of publicly demeaning one of his strongest supporters (someone who his base loves almost as much as Trump) trying to get him to resign so he can appoint a new AG?

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Re: The title is no longer required.

Sorry, Trump has already made a secret deal with Putin to sell Alaska back to Russia for the original $7.2 million. The other 49 are still available though. We'll even give you a discount on New Jersey, if you are willing to take Chris Christie with it!

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Re: calling people like me (who have legit questions) all kinds of foul names ...

Where a "rational observer" is one who still gives Trump the benefit of the doubt, despite all the lies from him and everyone else around him that "no one in the campaign had any contact with Russians", the constantly evolving stories every time they are caught in that lie and more contacts are proven, along with Trump himself taking multiple steps to try to shut down the investigation?

Do hardcore conservatives have an alternative dictionary to go along with their alternative facts? Because you are using a meaning of the word "rational" with which I'm not familiar.

FCC: We could tell you our cybersecurity plan… but we'd have to kill you

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Of course

If they admit it wasn't a DoS but was just their system collapsing under the volume of comments telling them not to do what Pai had already decided he was going to do, they'd have to admit net neutrality is very unpopular and deserves further study before dumping it.

While I have no problem with getting rid of the Title II business that was used to shoehorn it in, we have to find some way to insure net neutrality is the norm, and not just "trust us" commitments from big ISPs. We know what those are worth.

The most hypocritical thing about it is that republicans kept claiming (quite correctly!) that Wheeler would decide something, and then the public comment period was a formality that was ignored. Now Pai is doing the same thing, but somehow they aren't objecting - and somehow the democrats who ignored those republican complaints are aghast that their complaints are being ignored. It is too bad partisan politics have infiltrated the FCC...

Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Re: What if...

Perhaps the "employee areas" he said can't be filmed are places for the exclusive use of employees, like a breakroom? I can't see how you could make a law that employees can't be filmed anywhere. How would you handle say an antique shop if you wanted to have CCTV cameras to deter theft, if you couldn't film anything but the register because it might catch a view of employees?

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Re: @ Pascal Monet -- The real question

Trump isn't saying he's above the law, he simply doesn't understand the law. There's a difference.

'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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NSA cracking

The NSA doesn't use clusters of computers with standard CPUs to their decryption. For many years they operated their own fab, where they designed ASICs specific to their needs. They still design ASICs specific to their needs, but they contract out fabrication of them. They used to have IBM make them, but since IBM sold their NY fab to Global Foundries a few years ago they probably have Intel making them now.

I would imagine the NSA can get 50-100x more cracking power per square foot of datacenter floor space with dedicated ASICs versus running code on x86 or POWER CPUs. That $2 billion plus datacenter they are building in Utah will probably have more cracking power than every supercomputer on the Top 500 list combined, and then some.

Apple celebrates soaring iPad sales: Put it on my tab, says CEO Tim Cook

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Re: School sales?

Or because they lowered the price on the standard 9.7" model and it is more affordable now than it was in the past? Sure, some will be replacements of older ones, but since the iPad is 7 years old they've already been in a replacement cycle for some time.

Whether it is a 'rip off' or not depends on how they are being used. I'm sure some school districts use them very effectively and they are well worth the money, and others not so much.

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Re: The new iPads are amazing, but still overally expensive

There are always scumbags around coming up with schemes to steal from schools and parents of school aged children who worry their little one will be "left behind". Unfortunately they are mostly targeting those parents and school districts who can least afford it, because there's no reason for a well funded suburban school district and their upper middle class parents to need such a scheme to afford computers/tablets/etc.

'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

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If it deletes itself once you set your phone to Russian, you can set it right back to English after.

It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

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Re: The one domain where IoT shit cannot linger long

The chips weren't "designed for cheap disposable things"...where do you get that idea? It isn't as though companies have one line of cellular chips intended for phones, and a second one for cars.

Don't shift the blame, the car companies need to start caring about security, and that includes insuring they update cellular chip's baseband firmware. Though the REALLY big blunder is giving the cellular chip access to the CAN bus. That's just stupid! Read only access sure, but there is no reason for it to have any ability to change anything in a car. If they did that the worst thing this exploit might be able to do is fuck with your radio presets or give your Nav system maps for Siberia instead of Seattle.

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