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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

Enry Re:FOSS (183 comments)

Maybe. If the pushes are in the right direction it gradually moves the overall discussion in the way you want it to go.

4 days ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Enry Re:Are those Amazon sales legitimate? (344 comments)

Yes. I bought one for my daughter (11) and one for an older person who kept getting her laptop pwn3d. Given the number of parents/grandparents that no longer have the time or ability to have a stable system and just want a browser, this is the perfect solution for them.

4 days ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Enry Re:Yawn (72 comments)

I've had a few failures (Kreyos and the Neal Stephenson sword game) but the rest of about two dozen have given me exactly what they promised and I got some really nice items.

4 days ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

Enry Re:Always a chuckle (116 comments)

Libertarians claim that bad business practices will force bad companies out of business allowing good companies to prosper, but any time a person buys a product from a 'bad' vendor is their own fault for not doing enough research.

5 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Enry Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (150 comments)

Perhaps, and maybe that's the problem. I'm sure they're growing at a really rapid rate. If you grow like that for 10 years, there's going to be a lot of amortized expenses that will catch up if you're growing that quickly every year.

5 days ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

Enry Always a chuckle (116 comments)

when libertarians get treated the way they'd treat others in a libertarian utopia.

Caveat emptor.

5 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Enry Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (150 comments)

If this were Amazon vs. rinkydink provider, I'd buy that. When it's Google vs. Amazon vs. Microsoft, they have the resources to slug this out for as long as they want.

5 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Enry Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (150 comments)

That link wasn't there originally, nor (IIRC) did it say "estimated".

Given the new information, then it doesn't matter. AWS is running at some sort of loss, but the question is why are they running at a loss. Are they spending lots of money on new infrastructure and scoping out new locations for data centers? That all costs a lot of money to implement and it would show up as a loss. Given how well the rest of the company is doing (AMZN would have had a profit if it were not for AWS), it sounds like revenue from other Amazon operations is going to provide capital for AWS to continue building. AWS isn't going anywhere soon if they're continuing to build out at this rate. There will be a time when the demand starts to plateau and they don't need to spend quite so much every quarter to expand. At that point they start raking in the dollars.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Enry Re:But flights from West Africa are OK? (463 comments)

Because it causes panic in the target countries, they flee through porous borders and spread the disease more. Other countries think the problem is fixed, never bother screening at airports or other border crossings and they still get in anyway.

How about this for a counter-question: Why aren't we quarantining Texas?

5 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Enry Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (150 comments)

Yeah this. I can't find a source for this claim. According to Wall Street Journal, AWS' revenue is only a $1.2billion per quarter. It would have to be losing at least $500mil/quarter to make a $2 billion/yr loss. In other words, for every dollar you spend on AWS, they're really losing $.50 or so.

5 days ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

Enry Fair (158 comments)

Their ISP and storage costs will increase to handle the new format and you have to pay for that somehow.

At least they have 4k content.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Enry Re:WTF? (622 comments)

You're still failing at point #2. Why was there insufficient security? Ordinarily you'd think that the user had a poor password, but then you said this:

We can tell because they went public without authorization via a hack. That security was Jennifer Lawrence's responsibility.

And what is precisely why you don't get this. This is an either/or case. Either there was a vulnerability on the part of the cloud vendor, or the end users handled their passwords improperly. Given the number of people involved, it seriously points to the former.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Enry Using the selfie-post theorem (261 comments)

According to 'blame the victim' mentality, you shouldn't send your e-mail address around and it's your fault you're getting spam.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Enry Re:WTF? (622 comments)

So when a cloud vendor says "we store your photos securely and have your privacy as our #1 goal" or whatnot, that's equivalent to putting photos in an envelope and putting them in a post office? I don't think so. Try another analogy.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Enry Re:WTF? (622 comments)

It's not black and white at all. A crime was committed.

This is like the old joke of the guy going to the doctor and saying "my arm hurts when I do this" and the doctor says "then don't do it!". You're the doctor.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Enry Re:WTF? (622 comments)

If my account was hacked then that's not the same as leaving my house unlocked. I had a password on it and someone picked the lock.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Enry Re:WTF? (622 comments)

I guess that's the answer if you blame the victim.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Enry WTF? (622 comments)

This is dumb on the level of 'blame the victim' dumb. Should everything online be a cost-benefit analysis now?

You know who should be in trouble? The person/people who stole the photos in the first place

If I have naked selfies printed out in my house[*] and someone comes in and steals them, I won't get "well you shouldn't have naked photos of yourself in the house". I get "hey, they stole items from you!". You don't blame the person that made the lock. You don't blame the person if they left the house unlocked. Breaking and entering is a crime. Full stop. There may be other issues if the criminal acquired a master key or picked the lock, or the lock was faulty to begin with, but the blame lies on the person that walked in without authorization and stole property.

What I do with my personal equipment and how I store it and how it can be accessed isn't your business nor do I have to justify myself to you about it.

[*] I do not. You are welcome.

about a week ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

Enry Re:Scarier (78 comments)

Like them or dislike them, the VA has had electronic patient records since the 60s. They've had this nailed so well their software is in use in many hospitals around the country.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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Let kids do 3D design with BlocksCAD

Enry Enry writes  |  about three weeks ago

Enry (630) writes "To make good shapes you can send to a 3D printer, you need to either know how to draw or how to code. BlocksCAD takes a different route and uses an interface similar to MIT's Scratch which makes it easy for kids or adults with no prior CAD experience to start designing. The end product will be released under an open source license and will run from within a browser, making it easy for anyone to start designing (a standalone desktop app is a stretch goal)."
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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

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Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 13 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

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