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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Puls4r Re:What are you planning to do? (163 comments)

Are you an American? I ask because I cringe when I see this type of comment from a people who should understand what freedom and limited government is supposed to mean.

We don't use a metric of what I 'need' to do to determine what freedoms I should have. I don't need to purchase a 64 ounce mountain dew. That hardly means that I should be protected from doing so if I choose to. It's not exactly analogous to the drone situation, but it's a good representation of why the metric you propose is NOT one than anyone worried about personal freedom would ever support.

I don't need to make an argument of why I should be able to do something. You're trying to put the onus on the users, when it fact the onus is ALWAYS on the person trying to take away. Do we have systems in our cars that prevent us from crashing the gates at the White House? Do we have systems in our phones that prevent us from abusing the 911 emergency line?

I could continue, but frankly if you don't understand or agree with the argument it's pointless to go on. You comment regarding the United States being 'not so different' that China is fairly telling. It's not based in any semblence of reality. Censorship? Political arrests?

You argument is completely nonsensical on both counts.

yesterday
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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Puls4r Re:kinda illegal already, by a rule referring to a (163 comments)

I didn't know that. It actually bothers me that they would intentionally make their product un-flyable in areas to 'prevent' me from breaking the law. Is it a law that they have to do it? I'm looking at car manufacturers: how would people feel if they governed their cars to the posted speed limits on the roads? A lot more analogies can be drawn. I'm not surprised that a Chinese company took this route: it's par for the course in China to be under the governmental thumb.

yesterday
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China Lays More Fiber, Improving Physical Connection To the Worldwide Internet

Puls4r This has nothing to do with their population. (44 comments)

China is preparing for a cyber war. They've watched what happened to North Korea. Having more direct connections to the net both prevents you from being DDOS'd as easily and allows you to counterattack. It's a simple numbers game. The person with the biggest pipe is going to end up winning the fight.

about two weeks ago
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Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

Puls4r So.... the key back to profit is... (94 comments)

1. Don't actually develop technology
2. Hire another company to build smart phones with no particularly compelling features
3. ????????
4. Profit!


Exactly HOW does that bring a company back from irrelevancy?

Unless they are planning to acquire some whiz-bang startup with new tech or a new social paradigm that is going to make them stand out, this will just continue their slide into obscurity.

about a month ago
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Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Puls4r Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (224 comments)

I've said it before and I'll say it again. People act like this sort of thing is new. But every single industry has the same problem with the same kind of thing. Telling your kids not to go into your field is pretty much a 'grass is greener' viewpoint. Take it from someone who works in automotive, you don't WANT the solutions that people propose. You're going to end up going to sensitivity training, diversity training, business relationship training and sexual harassment training. When it's all said and done the only thing you'll have learned that you didn't already know is a new repertoire of jokes about the topic. Note: When you're in sexual harassment class and they ask you what you would do if a girl with nice donuts walks by, the correct response is not "eat them".

about a month ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Puls4r Re:If Google happens to be an EU corporation ... (334 comments)

Actually, that's where you're wrong. Americans hate each other. We treat each other like crap. Here's the thing though: anytime ANYONE not from another country tries to fuck with us we immediately band together. We may not get a long, but we have a nationalistic streak a mile wide.

about 2 months ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

Puls4r How much more screw up can our government get? (119 comments)

So, rather than just selling them on the exchanges, they're pricing them in huge blocks that only the wealthy can afford. I mean seriously, how many folks here have $150k burning a hole in their pocket that they want to plunk down for some bitcoin? I truly hate our government. These bitcoins are going to be sold a huge (unrealized) loss to the wealthy, who are going to turn a giant profit. Fantastic. No wonder it's 'closed' bidding.

about 2 months ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Puls4r Re:I guess they missed the first step of engineeri (173 comments)

I don't normally reply to my one post, but here's the key take away from that article:

Codecademy is also hoping to convince employers that completing one of those programs is a meaningful qualification for a job

I.e. - create a new certification that companies can require. Then profit from it.

about 3 months ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Puls4r I guess they missed the first step of engineering. (173 comments)

Where you have to list assumptions for your problem statement. For instance: 1. We're assuming that the 'beginner' already has a functional knowledge of more advanced math. 2. We're assuming that the 'beginner' already has a functional knowledge of computers - things like screen widths And so on. Yeah. I can grab my 7 year old, plop him down and teach him to write basic programs like 'hello world'. But he won't have the background in all the other subjects along with the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are required to actually be a good programmer. THAT's a skill set that takes way more than 3 months to teach.

about 3 months ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

Puls4r I think the article should be updated.... (353 comments)

Because I'm 100% sure that a couple of government 'visitor' types stopped by to help Stripe make this decision.

about 3 months ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

Puls4r Actually no... (164 comments)

Yep. And fan pages, or personal pages that might come up will be totally buried because they won't have corporate legitimacy under this search engine.

about 3 months ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

Puls4r /wiki/Streisand_effect (257 comments)

That is only true because this is still a novelty. When other people and companies jump onboard, google will be deluged with hundreds of thousands of requests from everything from microsoft to restaurants to politicians. At that point no one will be paying attention. This needs to get fixed, ASAP.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Panel Finds Fault WIth Curiosity Rover Project's Focus

Puls4r Managers (51 comments)

Can we please retitle this story to "Armchair Quarterbacks Randomly Decide They Don't Like Curiosity"? Because, in all seriousness, do you think a that a bunch of rocket-scientists and engineers are like "nah.... let's just point the camera at clouds and do nothing with this huge multi-million dollar rover". Far more likely that the engineers behind the project are doing everything they physically can with curiosity, but this review panel doesn't like the reality of what can be done. I can think of a great Dilbert comic or two that cover this.

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

Puls4r Summary that misrepresents the Article... *shock* (373 comments)

Actually, the article doesn't say anyone has been banned using the data. It specifically says that NO one currently knows what happens with the data. So that's a pretty large red herring. That doesn't negate the heinousness of them tracking the websites you visit *just* in case you might cheat. Very NSA-esque.

about a year ago
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Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

Puls4r Re:No Thanks (173 comments)

He didn't say most phones. He said HIS phone. Nice try at changing the conversation once you realized you've lost.

about a year ago
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ICANN's Cozy Relationship With the US Must End, Says EU

Puls4r Re:UK invented HTTP. (193 comments)

Despite your sarcasm, you're right.

The countries that invented that particular item can go ahead and specify anything they want inside their borders. If countries outside those borders don't like it, then they can ignore it.

ICANN is no different. Don't like it? Then go make your own. Just because the internet has gained universal acceptance doesn't mean you get a say in how it's administered in the US. There is nothing saying you can't stick a bunch computers between your country and the internet and administer everything inside your own borders any way you want. If you want it to work on *our* internet, then make it compatible with ICANN. If not, get out.

Am I being rude? Yes. Because I'm pretty sure ANY country would react the same way to a bunch of other countries constantly whining about something like this. It took hold in the US first, and we went through creating the system so it works. You guys plugged in. If you don't like it - then unplug.

about a year ago
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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Puls4r Re:I do not look forward to this. (336 comments)

Why not take it a step further? A 15 year old female gets pregnant by a 15 year old male. Guess who's likely to be charged with statutory rape and guess who's not?

The lists are jokes because our legal system is built to be flexible. When you get into a situation where you have a law that says your name goes on regardless of the reason, but only because of the verdict, then it's the equivalent of zero tolerance.

about a year ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Puls4r Re:Threatning the midwest! (684 comments)

More right than you know. We've seen this many times before in the last 20 years in terms of snow here in Michigan. And the cold? Well..... it's cold. It tends to do that in the winter. As for other states like Kentucky that might get snow and cold... I suggest a unique item called a 'coat'. Perhaps you can stay home a day or two as well until it melts... *BREAKING NEWS* - It's a slow news day because nothing has blown up and no one has been shot. Let's name a snow storm.

1 year,24 days
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US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

Puls4r Re:Valuable how? (511 comments)

You're falling into the chasm of rational arguments they are trying to shepard you into. Keep in mind the initial argument. We are protected from having them collect this data. You have already started arguing how the data is valuable. That's exactly what they want you to do, because now if they can prove it's valuable (even in some false manner), they've 'won' that portion of the argument. Always return to the initial argument. You CAN NOT SPY ON AMERICAN CITIZENS LIKE THIS. Regardless of how 'valuable' it might be. It'd be even more valuable to put a chip in each and every one of us to monitor every last thing we do. Then there would never be crime that goes unsolved. Force all foreigners coming in to get the same chip. After all, wouldn't stopping all crime be extremely valuable? This judge was gotten to in some way. Because he ignored the laws and simply started justifying the actions. Don't fall into the trap of changing the basis of the argument. It's illegal. Leave my information alone unless I give it to you.

about a year ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Includes Unwanted Elements of SOPA

Puls4r There's more to the story (129 comments)

The TPP is horrible in a number of ways. It creates so-called free trade between the countries in a number of areas, including automobiles. Unfortunately, if you know anything about the markets you know that even while the Japanese may not place tariffs on automotive products from the US, their market is absolutely closed to US product through a number of other legal but fairly immoral actions.

To top it off, the Japanese are even WORSE at currency manipulations than Americans. As of this second, Japan enjoys an $8000 imbalance between autos made over there versus what we can make them over here, specifically because of their intervention in the currency market.

Free trade doesn't work when countries can play games, dumping products and using massive government subsidies to drive people out of the market. The Automotive industry is virtually the last bastion of American manufacturing, and supports a huge proportion of what remains of the American middle class.

This is a BAD partnership. Oppose it.

about a year ago

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