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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

geekmux Re:There is no "almost impossible" (180 comments)

It either can or can't be done. Almost impossible means it still can be done.

Encryption is ALWAYS breakable by brute force. Question is how long does it take? Seconds? Hours? Months? Years? Decades? This is usually determined by key sizes. The longer the key, the longer it takes to brute force. (generally)



You must live pretty damn far away from a big city or something.

Takes me like fifteen minutes to buy a $5 wrench. Tops.


Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

geekmux Re:Who to believe? (378 comments)

Elon Musk. The guy who also created PayPal, arguably still one of the biggest, most successful companies on the internet.

There ya go, FTFY.

Not that he may have had much to do with that these days, but just stating the obvious. Business is business.

2 days ago

iOS 8 Review

geekmux Re: Nerd fight (204 comments)

Was it the beta or the broken moderation system that drove him away?

As I glance up at my "nobeta" URL on the only internet site proudly owning the meme Fuck Beta, you're really asking this question?

2 days ago

iOS 8 Review

geekmux Re:Keyboard (204 comments)

For me, it's crappy because the autocorrect commonly changes what I intend into something that I don't intend. After several years, I gave up and turned off autocorrect, which is a partial solution- but the keyboard was really built with autocorrect in mind...

Perhaps you have extra-large thumbs, but how exactly is a keyboard "built" with the assumption that someone will be misspelling a word on a device that supports dozens of languages?

Oddly enough, I can't seem to find a definition for "QWERTY" that doesn't pertain the the very keyboard layout that birthed it's name in any dictionary...

2 days ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

geekmux Re:bullshit (324 comments)

There's a reason people are this desperate for an answer, so don't sit here and trivialize it, or waive it off as if anything in use today is actually working.

In what way isn't it "working"? Deaths per vehicle mile are at an all time low.

When you have to word your defense this carefully, even you should question the validity of it.

I suppose we hardly have a gun problem in the US to argue about either. I mean after all, murders per bullet fired is at an all time low...

3 days ago

Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

geekmux The next major city project (46 comments)

"...she clarified that the initiative was meant to be a satirical way to highlight the dangers of texting and walking."

Regardless of the original intent, if it is a device that allows human beings to ignore each other and stay tethered to social media with even greater efficiency, there will be no amount of money or time large enough to stand in the way of budgeting or building it.

What started out as a joke will become the next major city project.

3 days ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

geekmux Re:bullshit (324 comments)

His "solution" is utter bullshit, trying to capitalize on "think of the children", helicopter parenting, and potential legislation.

It's usually easy to tell whether a driver involved in an accident was texting and the penalties can be stiff (including manslaughter or vehicular homicide).

There's a reason people are this desperate for an answer, so don't sit here and trivialize it, or waive it off as if anything in use today is actually working.

The only bullshit here is believing that it is.

5 days ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

geekmux A true fix for constant communication (324 comments)

"The problem is that Tibbitts can't get anyone interested in setting up a system to make these devices ubiquitous. Consumers can't be sold on such a product: all evidence suggests people are increasingly unwilling to be cut off from constant communication."

Hrm. I wonder how that same consumer will feel about being "cut off" sitting in a jail cell for vehicular manslaughter.

I only list that here for reference. The electric chair isn't enough of a deterrent for people these days. After all, everyone thinks they are an excellent texter.

5 days ago

California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

geekmux Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

Minicab companies.

They are not 'ride sharing' or 'car pooling' or anything even similar.

The business model is old and well established,at least in london.

You know, all this confusion over what these companies are is rather silly. If you've established anything that even remotely resembles a corporation (like filing for a business license, paying employees, taxes, etc.), then it's a business.

If Bob and Tom decide to share fuel costs by carpooling to the same building every day, that's a personal agreement and a "tax" system that doesn't need to go beyond each others wallets. If Bob picks up 2 other co-workers on the way, it doesn't change the dynamics much. And let's make this clear. THIS type of organic ride sharing has been going on far longer than anyone who decided to make a business out of it.

As far as what all of this is and means, let's not confuse that either. All of these companies like Lyft and Uber and encroaching on other companies business, and this is nothing more than the large (and corrupt) establishment trying to push them out.

And yes, I gladly label this as corrupt. One should not have to resort to making another companies practices illegal in order to ensure "competition".

about a week ago

German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

geekmux Re:Google should win this if they went to court... (290 comments)

Communication is two way. Monologue is one way.

No! Communication *can* be two or one way. It is two way in this case.'ll receive an automatic reply informing you that Google will not respond to or even read your message, due to the large number of emails received at that address...


Oh, please tell me society isn't ready to start labeling some automated fuck-you-very-much-and-have-a-nice-day response as "communication".

Sorry, but I don't consider out-of-office replies or a voicemail recording as "discussion". I've not talked to a person, I've talked to a machine. I have no confirmation that my monologue at that point will ever be seen or heard by another human ever.

about a week ago

German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

geekmux Re:Really? (290 comments)

The only difference between Google and most customer service today is that at least Google are honest about it and tell you that you will be ignored. Most other companies will just ignore your email and not tell you or leave you in a call queue for so long that you end up having to hang up and go do something else.

I'd rather Google even be more honest and not even provide a support email at all.

Trying to label a email address with a permanent piss-off-we're-busy auto-response as "support" is like trying to label a mannequin as human. Kinda looks like the real thing, but you're not fooling anyone here.

about a week ago

German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

geekmux Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

from what i understand of the definition of "customer", a "customer" means "someone who is paying for a service". here, there's no payment involved, therefore there is no contract of sale. i would imagine that it's fairly safe to say that we're most definitely *not* quotes customers of google quotes.

if on the other hand these individuals are actually _paying_ google for service and are not receiving a response, _then_ i could understand.

From what I understand, no one actually pays for anything anymore.

No one.

Therefore, you will see this new generation of it-better-be-free demanding new reform to protect what will be known as a "customer", regardless of what you pay.

Believe me, you make perfect sense here. But we don't live in a world that makes sense anymore. We live in a world that makes money. Somehow that is accomplished by giving most services away for free to attract "customers".

about a week ago

Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

geekmux And this makes things (102 comments)

I'm still struggling to understand how digitizing a library and then creating these kinds of restrictions around the use of the content somehow makes it easier to use said library.

Today, I can walk into a building called a library, and check out a book for several weeks, and not have to pay or communicate with a single person outside of that facility in order to do so.

Compare and contrast that with a "new and improved" digitized library saddled with legal loopholes and requests as you simply attempt to leave the building with information in the same manner as before.

Yup, seems legit. In a MAFIAA kind of way.

about a week ago

Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

geekmux That almost smells like... (85 comments)

""Apple could go a long way toward protecting customer privacy just by adding a second credential to encrypt stored iCloud data. An encryption password could be used to decrypt the backup when downloaded to iTunes or to the device, or it could be used to decrypt the data as it is read by iCloud to stream down to the device."

I'm sorry, but this smells a lot like common sense and good security practice.

In other words, it doesn't stand a chance getting past the don't-bother-me-with-security collective we like to call "smart" phone users.

about a week ago

WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

geekmux Re:containment (296 comments)

This takes "planned obsolescence" to a whole new level. "Your helium levels will reach critical in 32 days. Please replace your drive with a new one now."

I'd say this more takes IT cost justifications to a whole new level...

"Uh yeah hey boss, we're gonna need to buy $8K worth of replacement hard drives this month."

"Wait, what? We didn't budget for that! Why?!?"

"Well, I just got an alert, ours are leaking pretty bad. Low PSI warning. These things aren't SSD run-flats you know."

I mean c'mon...that would peg the bullshit meter of even the PHB.

about two weeks ago

DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

geekmux Re:Yanks drink too much coffee (228 comments)

I can never understand Americans' preoccupation with coffee.

Trying to accuse America of having a preoccupation with coffee is a slap in the face to the proud countries who use and abuse it like a religion.

Why don't you go do something less offensive, like accuse Germany of making horrible beer.

about two weeks ago

Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

geekmux So, my product goes viral... (47 comments)

...and you now expect me to give it away?

I really need to get to Starbucks and find out just what in the hell all the hipsters are sucking down. Apparently it's a Venti Capitalism with a New Math chaser that doesn't add up for shit.

about two weeks ago

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

geekmux Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

I work for an ISP. That's intentional. In fact, it's the only reason ISPs sitll offer email. It's a nightmare to maintain and has no other benefit to the ISP other than to make customers "sticky"

I guess I'm struggling to believe this bullshit when I can name exactly zero friends with an ISP-level email address. All of them converted to webmail services (or use their own domain they own) long ago.

In fact, I'd challenge you to find anyone who even knows their ISP offers email as a service, since the first (and last) time I heard of that service was on the day my broadband was installed.

That was 1998. Not a damn peep since then about ISP email. That's one hell of a "sticky" sales tactic.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

geekmux Re:False premise (546 comments)

...If you plan to be employed in the technology field, then you have to have a degree in computer science, engineering, math, or physics. Without a degree you will find nearly impossible to get past HR gatekeepers. Nobody actually cares where the degree is from, just that you have one..

Uh, you do realize that your latter statement is throwing fresh bullshit all over your former statement, right?

Either HR "gatekeepers" give a shit what kind of degree you have, or they don't.

about two weeks ago

FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

geekmux Insider Threat will not be eclipsed. (98 comments)

When speaking about the very banks that helped cause the global financial meltdown of 2008, I seriously doubt any attack could ever pose a larger threat than the insider threat that runs Too Big To Fail.

about three weeks ago


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