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FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

ashpool7 Do you even want their WiFi if it was free? (125 comments)

I mean, if the WiFi was "good", free, and there were multiple APs with plenty of antennas and bandwidth... would you use it? Especially at a convention?

Even if it's encrypted, people are just going to sniff out your traffic, because they know the key too. The benefit cellular hotspots confer is that only YOU know the WPA2 key.


Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

ashpool7 Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

It's not like women currently in the profession are going to get paid more in this situation. Increasing the talent pool drives wages down. If you do this via H-1B or attempting to reduce barriers to women, you get the same results.

The OP wanted to know why everybody is making a giant fuss about it. It's not because companies suddenly developed a moral compass, but rather they figured out how to dovetail a "win-win" by adopting the cause. They get good PR, diversity increases, talent pool increases... but most importantly: costs go down.

There's no way to fight against this sort of wage suppression other than unionization, so if sexists want to use this as an argument, they'll just look like... sexists?

about two weeks ago

Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

ashpool7 Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

I can give you the most politically incorrect reason that companies are falling over themselves to push this.

It's the same reason they fall over themselves for H-1B and other immigration reform.

They want cheaper labor because tech skills are rare. If there are equal numbers of women that are smart enough to program, but being held back by invisible barriers, it's in their financial interest to remove those, because that will create a larger supply pool and push down wages.

Bla bla bla other factors about how it's a good idea anyway, but we all know what really drives capitalism.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

ashpool7 Re:prevents big 3 from controlling. Tesla monopoly (137 comments)

What exactly is a vertical monopoly going to do against Honda? Note that Honda is free to create one as well, in this situation...

about 2 months ago

Aereo Shutting Down Boston Office

ashpool7 Re:TV on the pocket screen.... (40 comments)

IP Multicast sounds great until you hit the cell tower. Aren't all those signals encrypted per-phone?

about 3 months ago

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

ashpool7 Re:5K display (and computer) for $2500 (355 comments)

The feature is called Target Display Mode and it is not available in the 5K iMac. It may return when it gains Skylake CPUs with Thunderbolt 3.0, because there is no DisplayPort currently capable of sending 5K data.


about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

ashpool7 Yep (190 comments)

Voter intimidation is easier when you don't have to get them to register for an absentee ballot ahead of time.

about 6 months ago

Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

ashpool7 Patents (213 comments)

Last time I checked the ACM was pro software patents, but I can't verify that is the case now because as others have said, their website is awful.

about 6 months ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ashpool7 Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Don't worry, once they've used you as a beachhead into requiring the devices for all car insurance, I'm sure there would be no unintended consequences of setting a precedent for allowing your insurance company to monitor all sorts of things that are going on about your car.

about 7 months ago

Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

ashpool7 Re:Market Share (269 comments)

No, I agree with that statement. I just don't agree that separating the app procurement from the OS makes it any less about the OS/platform/whatever, because the OS dictates how you get them.

about 9 months ago

Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

ashpool7 Re:Market Share (269 comments)

in regards to iOS, the store and the OS are inseparable

in regards to Android, the OS allowing side-loading is the avenue that allows malware to enter

technically, it might matter as to if you say it's an OS issue or a "platform" issue, but practically, the nature of the OSes make the difference on this issue moot

about 9 months ago

Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

ashpool7 Re:Market Share (269 comments)

So, the iOS solution is to not _let_ users install apps from untrustworthy sources.

Android doesn't have a solution... so... there's that.

How is that not an iOS vs Android issue?

about 9 months ago

Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

ashpool7 Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

That's why the change occurs on Sunday morning, not Monday...

about 10 months ago

The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

ashpool7 Without any exploit mitigation (352 comments)

Somebody please tell the iPhone dev team that baseband security is so bad. They've been terrible at finding and exploiting these problems since the A5 baseband in the iPhone 4S.

â¦. :-P

about a year ago

Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

ashpool7 Re:Conflict of interest (312 comments)

Probably the larger issue that drives this is that they can do *some* kind of check on the system before they hand over the BluRay decryption keys. That way they have some leverage over somebody who would⦠I don't know⦠get the master key and use it on their BluRay player binary.

about a year ago

GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

ashpool7 Re:Shooting for 10.x? (131 comments)

Easy portability from OS X to Linux/FreeBSD.

Many programmers and server admins moved to OS X as their desktop machine because of its Unix base. You can have a nice desktop, commercial app support, and not be far away from a command line environment.

If GNUStep can get compatibility, then developers can cross target OS X and Linux with their apps.

Windows has nothing in common with Linux. All you're doing by throwing money at Wine is perpetuating the Windows Way Of Programming. At least with GNUStep it starts with the assumption of Linux or BSD Unix.

about a year and a half ago


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Friends and Foes

ashpool7 ashpool7 writes  |  more than 8 years ago


Friends: User accounts of "famous and respected" people
Modifier: +6
(Opinions valued.)

Foes: User accounts of trolls that frequently get modded to +5 because of stupid moderators
Modifier: 0
(Mark them as successful trolls.)

Eagle5596: Inexperienced elitist

DAldredge: Disadvantages are fatal flaws. Troll

ObviousGuy: thinks CS majors are just code monkeys. Tends to post deceptively incorrect things.

dada21: Similar to ObviousGuy


TheRealMindChild (IP block bant recently too... wonder why)

DavidSell: Microsoft shill

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