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Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

bigstrat2003 Er... (259 comments)

Yes, the company offering free service if you pay a one-time fee for the hookup (a fairly reasonable one, at that) is totally making the digital divide worse. Clearly.

The pricing of their gigabit offering is fantastic. And while that price is undoubtedly out of the reach of poor people, so is almost everything. If it's really that important to have gigabit internet for the nation's poor, then that's something the government (as well as charitable organizations) needs to subsidize, just like with anything else that is deemed necessary (but too expensive for the poverty-stricken to afford). In no way can Google be reasonably found to be at fault here.

about 6 months ago
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Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

bigstrat2003 Re:And now they get credit for saving us (322 comments)

Oh, I don't blame the users, despite how it might sound. But that doesn't mean I enjoy the support nightmare that BYOD entails (unless management is going to say "you bring it, you support it", which isn't likely at most companies).

about 10 months ago
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Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

bigstrat2003 Re:Spawn (322 comments)

Posting as Anonymous for obvious reasons.

Yeah, sometimes I forget my password too.

about 10 months ago
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Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

bigstrat2003 Re:And now they get credit for saving us (322 comments)

...then there was a time when BYOD was better...

The utopian future, where users won't be crying "fix my random device you have never seen one of before, I need it to work" to IT?

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

bigstrat2003 Re:Trust no one (330 comments)

You either didn't read or didn't read closely enough. TFS clearly states that the author is a fan of Schneier, and that this is a hypothetical exercise.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

bigstrat2003 Re:Too late (219 comments)

That's definitely not true. While I can't definitively state that the function hasn't changed, I can get different results by typing a phrase, and then typing the phrase with quotes. Ergo, quotes are not ignored.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Botches More Patches In Latest Automatic Update

bigstrat2003 Re:This is why I have a 1 week delayed install pol (254 comments)

In the sense that there is a non-zero risk? Sure. But that goes for any system which you patch. In the sense that there is a significant risk? Absolutely not. I have installed more patches on more machines than I can count, and I can count on one hand the number of times I have ever had a problem. The only times I have had problems was on occasion with my test group of PCs at work and well... that's what test groups are for. On my personal machine, I have never had problems ever, even though I have nothing to test the updates on first. It is not at all difficult to avoid problems patching. You have a test group or (if that is not an option) wait a week or two for others to have issues and for Microsoft to resolve them. Either way, you avoid any significant risk to your own machine(s).

about a year ago
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Microsoft Botches More Patches In Latest Automatic Update

bigstrat2003 Re:This is why I have a 1 week delayed install pol (254 comments)

Or... test your patches before installing them. If you're installing just on one machine, do like the OP said and wait a few weeks or so before installing (to let others find the bugs). It really isn't that difficult to avoid having headaches with Windows patches.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Botches More Patches In Latest Automatic Update

bigstrat2003 Re:This is why I have a 1 week delayed install pol (254 comments)

Let's address those point-by-point.

  • Free: fair enough.
  • Fast: Windows is plenty fast enough, and has been for quite some time.
  • Open: who cares? Being open source doesn't matter for the vast majority of people, even power users.
  • Reliable: Windows is also plenty reliable enough. We aren't on Win95 any more.
  • Not back-doored by the NSA: for all 99% of people know, Linux is back-doored by the NSA to high heaven. The ability to inspect the source code means nothing when you aren't qualified, nor in possession of a trusted contact who is qualified, to find vulnerabilities in the source code. Linux's lack of back doors is taken by most people on faith... the same as Windows.

So out of your list, the only valid point is "free". And perhaps applications, depending on if you need to use an app which is Linux-specific. But otherwise it's not a compelling argument you just made. And hey, if you have no need of applications which run on Windows and want to take advantage of the Linux price point (or just prefer the OS), God bless you. But Linux advocates also need to cut it out with this superiority complex nonsense. Linux and Windows are both perfectly serviceable operating systems which may or may not be superior depending on your needs. Saying one is inherently better than the other is asinine.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

bigstrat2003 Re:you are pushing shit up hill with that request (399 comments)

This is probably the best way to tackle it. Although frankly, the real answer is that your personal data almost certainly isn't important enough to bother encrypting it. But if you must be paranoid, then let them choose the best method, because I guarantee you that if you start asking them for a public key their eyes are going to glaze over.

1 year,18 days
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Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

bigstrat2003 Re:wtf (662 comments)

Out of curiosity, where did you go? Lord knows I hate the crap that the government here is doing, but it seems like other countries are also keen to trample freedom, just like we are. I'd love to be wrong though.

about a year ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

bigstrat2003 Re:Someone start a defense fund (955 comments)

There is no chance of this working. The Whitehouse petitions are a theater to let the Whitehouse look caring and connected to the people. It's not in place to get anything done.

There is no realistic chance of this working. That is not the same as no chance whatsoever. It may be about the same as the odds of winning the lottery, but it's still non-zero.

This is basically never true. This action makes people feel like they have done something without actually doing anything at all. Because they felt like they have acted, they don't feel the need to act any further. Donating just $5 once to the EFF or the ACLU would be actually doing something, funding groups that actually do things. A whitehouse petition is the same as doing nothing at all, but damn if you don't fell like you did something.

In the cases you mentioned, the alternatives are not "do something that probably won't help" and "do nothing at all", they are "do something that probably won't help" and "do something which helps in a small way". Not the same thing at all. If someone was going to donate $5 to an advocacy group, then I can respect saying that this hurts the cause for the case of that person. But if someone was going to do nothing at all, this is still an improvement, however small.

about a year ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

bigstrat2003 Re:Someone start a defense fund (955 comments)

Even doing something which doesn't have much of a chance to help is better than doing nothing at all. A .0000001% chance is better than a 0% chance any day of the week.

about a year ago
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US Entertainment Industry To Congress: Make It Legal For Us To Deploy Rootkits

bigstrat2003 Re:They also want to allow private cyberwar... (443 comments)

That is only true if you define "stealing" to include depriving the original owner of the use of their property. Which almost nobody does. The usual meaning of the word is nothing more or less than to take without permission.

Not to mention that in moral terms, it is the same damn thing as conventional theft. But hey, let's focus on technicalities of language. Nobody (except the industry people themselves, or those taking their paychecks such as legislators), is going to say that the tactics proposed by the media industry are reasonable or morally acceptable. But the fact that they are dicks about making their point does not diminish the validity of their point that piracy is not ok.

about a year ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

bigstrat2003 Re:Not me (232 comments)

I like what I do a lot. But regardless of how much you enjoy your work, if you're putting in extra work without fair compensation then you are allowing yourself to be ripped off. Your employer isn't going to show you a shred of loyalty for those extra hours, so why sacrifice other activities you enjoy to work, even if you enjoy your work?

about a year ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

bigstrat2003 Re:Not me (232 comments)

Yeah, I don't check either. I have some email alerts set up, and my phone only plays a notification if one of those comes in (or if someone calls, obviously).

And like I said, I'm sympathetic to people who get forced into that stuff by management. But there are so many people that voluntarily give up their work life balance, and then complain about how much time they spend working. Well, you're the one who chose to work 7 days a week...

about a year ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

bigstrat2003 Not me (232 comments)

We have an on call rotation at work, and I am plugged into my work smartphone when on call. That's it. When I'm not on call, the smartphone stays at home (and gets ignored while I'm at home).

There are those who get forced into spending weekend time on work, and I do have a lot of sympathy for those people (though I would encourage them to find a job with an employer who isn't abusing them). But a lot of people who spend weekend time on work don't do so because they'll get fired or anything... they just do it out of a misguided sense of loyalty to their employer and dedication to their job. Those people are fools, unless their employer is repaying them for that devotion (which almost none do).

about a year ago
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Sorry, Larry Page: Tech-Industry Viciousness Is Here To Stay

bigstrat2003 Re:This is America. We compete. (201 comments)

Making a profit and being a decent human being/member of society are not mutually exclusive. You can claim all you want that one has to be an asshole to get ahead in business, but it simply is not true.

about a year ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

bigstrat2003 Re: Yeah, right. (381 comments)

Exactly. My company doesn't "technically" allow BYOD (though I imagine that enough pressure from users with the magic "Vice President" in their title will eventually change that), but even so I could totally use my phone. I have a work-provided device which uses ActiveSync, and nobody would ever really know I set my own phone up to receive company mail if I didn't tell them.

But fuck that. Using a separate device for work means that when I'm not on call or otherwise required to be available, I leave it at home and nobody can even attempt to reach me. My direct boss has my personal number for emergencies that might come up, but nobody else. I would never consider giving up the work/life separation that using two different devices affords. I work 40 hours a week, not 168.

about a year ago

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