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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

Shavano Re:Dollars mean nothing (68 comments)

I think it's the latter. While marijuana production and even growing your own is legal under state law, it's still heavily regulated -- but much less so than it was before legalization.

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Shavano Re:The "old boys' club" (335 comments)

Then he would be acting as an unlicensed reseller on behalf of the company he owns. Also illegal. What makes you imagine that the Iowa legislature didn't think of every way a manufacturer could get around the law?

3 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Shavano Re:Should we? (266 comments)

When it's a remote prospect, they say they'd go. If you actually had a ship ready to leave next month, you might find it's more like 1 in 100 at those odds.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

Shavano Re:no Americans need apply (96 comments)

I'm sorry. I didn't know that programming was something that only Americans were allowed to do. We'll just keep it a secret, then.

3 days ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Shavano But... always? (191 comments)

I would assume that most lightning injuries wouldn''t have any observable effects on personality, because more often than not they're not going to hit the brain. But that could be a wrong impression. Maybe a high voltage jolt to the peripheral nervous system always carries back to the brain along nerve fibers and does damage there.

4 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Shavano Re:The "old boys' club" (335 comments)

Who's going to stop them? The federal government?

4 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Shavano Re:Another way to deal with the problem (335 comments)

Iowa Code 322.2.16. "Retail installment contract" or "contract" means an
            agreement, entered into in this state, pursuant to which the title
            to, the property in or a lien upon the motor vehicle, which is the
            subject matter of a retail installment transaction, is retained or
            taken by a retail seller from a retail buyer as security, in whole or
            in part, for the buyer's obligation. The term includes a chattel
            mortgage, a conditional sales contract and a contract for the
            bailment or leasing of a motor vehicle by which the bailee or lessee
            contracts to pay as compensation for its use a sum substantially
            equivalent to or in excess of its value and by which it is agreed
            that the bailee or lessee is bound to become, or has the option of
            becoming, the owner of the motor vehicle upon full compliance with
            the provisions of the contract.

4 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Shavano Re:The "old boys' club" (335 comments)

The State is right. Tesla is breaking the law:
Iowa Code 322.3.1 A person shall not engage in this state in the business of
            selling at retail new motor vehicles of any make or represent or
            advertise that the person is engaged or intends to engage in such
            business in this state unless the person is authorized to do so by a
            contract in writing with the manufacturer or distributor of such make
            of new motor vehicles and unless the department has licensed the
            person as a motor vehicle dealer in this state in motor vehicles of
            such make and has issued to the person a license in writing as
            provided in this chapter.
Iowa Code 322.3.14. A manufacturer or importer shall not directly or indirectly
            be licensed as, own an interest in, operate, or control a motor
            vehicle dealer. "

You need to change the law first, THEN you can sell cars legally. Were I in Iowa, I wouldn't buy a Tesla. There's a risk that it may be impounded as evidence in a case against Tesla.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Shavano Re: Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

You have potential, young Skywalker, but your comments clearly prove a Jedi, you are not.

You're right. I'm not a member of your religion.

But you will be someday ...

Don't hold your breath

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Shavano Re: Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

Apple isn't into commercial software.
  They make their $$$ off the hardware that is handsomely marked up.

What do you call Aperture, Logic Pro, Final Cut, Mainstage, Compressor and Motion?
What's the difference between a Mac and a PC if it's not commercial software?
What's the difference between an iPhone and an Android phone if it's not commercial software?
What is Mac OS and all the apps that come with it if not commercial software?

You seem confused about what it is that differentiates Apple's products.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Shavano Re: Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

"more secure?" Have you been paying attention?

As for having the "users interest" in mind, I'm not so sure about that either. Commercial software has a whole different idea of what the user's interest is. Apple and Microsoft think it's what the user is willing to pay for. That view is not entirely wrong. Google thinks that the user's interest is whatever the user expresses any interest in.

None of them are very prone to thinking about what is in the user's BEST interest. I think they don't feel entirely competent to judge.

The FOSS community has very definite opinions about what's in the user's BEST interest, and they tell you what it is and try to enforce it.

And I don't know if their idea of what's in my best interest is in my best interest.

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Shavano Re:Really? (493 comments)

Did they cancel winter in Germany? It's pretty far north.

According to Wikipedia, Germany got more than half its energy from nuclear and coal in the first half of 2014. So if they're unprofitable, it's because they're selling the power too cheap. The demand is there.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Shavano Re:Is it actually a bug at all? (208 comments)

At least. I remember the original "Morris worm" which took advantage of default setups that were wildly insecure by any modern standard.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Shavano Re:Is it actually a bug at all? (208 comments)

Yes, it is a bug. The shell shouldn't be evaluating expressions inside a quoted (or unterminated for that matter) string.

4 days ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Shavano Only cost them 25 percent of customer bills? (249 comments)

But they paid for reviews. So after paying Yelp! to shill for them unsuccessfully, they paid customers to shill for them.

I fail to see how anyone in this story acted non-shittily.

about two weeks ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Shavano Re:Conflicting priorities (221 comments)

Before that it was part of Treasury. That made sense WRT its main mission of dealing with financial crimes including counterfeiting, but never WRT protecting the President.

Being in HS makes more sense WRT protecting the President because, you know, he's American. But not so much WRT to protecting the money.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Shavano Re:5 dollars (262 comments)

If 10 million people choose the 16G phone and the incremental cost is $5/phone to take it to 64GB (which I don't believe but won't debate), that's $50M that Apple didn't need to spend to satisfy those customers.

But it does make it all the more sweet to overcharge those that want 64GB for the difference.

about two weeks ago

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Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial

Shavano Shavano writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial Apple Inc. lost its bid to exclude evidence presented by Samsung Electronics Co. at the companies' patent trial in California about a tablet computer developed more than a decade before Apple's iPad was released in 2010. Judge Koh strikes for sanity again."
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Avecto Rollout -- How much pain are we in for?

Shavano Shavano writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "My company has just announced that it is rolling out Avecto "Privilege Guard" which will be running on everybody's computer and monitoring what applications we are running and keeping a central applications whitelist. As our IT explained it, applications not on the whitelist will run with a local override. But I just looked on Avecto's website and that's not what they say about their application. They claim that you will have security and IT support savings because users won't be able to run applications that aren't permitted. What they're advertising is supposedly huge savings that companies can get if they take away everybody's admin privileges.

I should mention that most of the computers at my company are in the hands of engineers, scientists and programmers. So everybody is running specialized applications and most of those people have admin rights to their machines because they run programs that require it and in the past IT trusted them to some degree. I think there's a degree of pain coming and I want a gauge of how bad it's going to be.

Does anybody have knowledge of how Avecto really works and whether users will necessarily be locked out of non-whitelisted applications or is it a case where the local user of unapproved programs gets a warning and can give the system temporary approval to run the program?"

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