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Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

gstoddart Re:Painted target (123 comments)

globalization is not a choice. you can't opt out.
with 7,221,305,422 people , jets and the internet what do you think is going to happen
the people that are generating massive wealth simply understand whats going on better.

Or, you look at some of the things of globalization ... free trade, exporting of copyright laws, other things which distort the market and turn it into a farce where the game is rigged ...

And you decide, does this really make any sense?

I think those people "generating massive wealth" who "simply understand whats going on better" have sold us a bill of goods which says "the way to prosperity is this, follow me", when in fact what it says is "fuck you, jack, this stacks the odds in my favor and now I'll rip you off"

I think the economic models championed by the people pushing the shittiest bits of globalization are lies, and I think "globalization", as America has been selling it, it basically a long-con.

I think if countries suddenly said "why aren't we protecting out own jobs, and our own products, and our own economies", instead of operating under the myth that letting those be lost to "globalization" and ruthless corporations. What fucking benefit to society is it if a foreign-owned company maximizes their profits while cutting domestic jobs and leaving an vacuum?

Globalization is predicated on gutting as many smaller companies as possible, in order to get one massive corporation -- all so that shareholder value and executive bonuses can be maximized, while local economies are gutted and left to rot.

The notion that Country A should buy companies in Country B to, only to move jobs to Company C is only good if you're in Country A ... otherwise it's pretty much raping and pillaging Country B.

Globalization is about the eternal quest to find a Country B to fuck over as much as you can.

Globalization is a fucking Ponzi scheme.

yesterday
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Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

gstoddart Re:Windows Phone (102 comments)

WTF does being anti or pro Microsoft have to do with the fact that the fucking headers are being rewritten by Verizon?

I'm not blindly pro or anti Microsoft -- but let's not fucking pretend a Windows phone is a magic cure-all for something which is happening at the carrier level.

But, hey, don't let common sense or facts stand in the way of being an idiot.

yesterday
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Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

gstoddart Re:Windows Phone (102 comments)

Are you clueless or something?

Verizon's controversial technology basically involves attaching tracking numbers whenever customers view Web pages. Generally, to visit a Web page, my computer (or phone, tablet, etc.) sends a request message to the website with that page. Think of this like a very (very!) fast version of sending a letter through the mail, requesting some information.

Now imagine if the Postal Service assigned an identification number to me, and every time I sent one of those letters, a postal worker opened up the envelope and stamped the ID number inside. That is more or less what Verizon has been doing: Every time a Verizon Wireless customer requests a Web page, Verizon rewrites the request in transit to include a tracking number identifying the customer.

There is no way to disable this, and certainly not with your damned Windows phone.

Verizon is directly injecting this crap into your request, on their servers, independent of what YOU do.

Basically Verizon are acting like a bunch of greedy assholes, and setting every request you make to be something uniquely identifiable as you.

yesterday
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Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

gstoddart Re:Painted target (123 comments)

Because globalization is the directive, and you can't think this way and be a globalist.

And what evidence do we have the globalization helps anybody except corporations who fuck the rest of us over in the process?

Everybody acts like globalization is a good thing ... and unless you're a multinational corporation, I have yet to be convinced that's true.

H1B visas are just large corporations cheating the system by bringing in cheaper labor from other countries.

I'm of the opinion that globalization is a crock, championed by those who make money from it, and which comes at the expense of everybody else.

yesterday
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Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

gstoddart Re:Sure they can (123 comments)

Easy answer: don't trust any of them.

You'll be far less disappointed by assuming all corporations and government are lying, self-serving bastards who don't give a fuck about you, and will happily climb over you to get what they want.

It's probably not far from the truth.

yesterday
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Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

gstoddart I'm sorry ... (123 comments)

Sorry, but am I meant to believe the US government doesn't also insist on backdoors?

Because they pretty blatantly want backdoors in crypto and everything else.

So let's not pretend it's just China doing this ... every damned government is insisting on this crap.

And, really:

With these new regulations, foreign companies and business groups worry that authorities may be trying to push them out of the fast-growing market. According to the Times, the groups -- which include the US Chamber of Commerce -- sent a letter Wednesday to a top-level Communist Party committee, criticizing the new policies that they say essentially amount to protectionism.

Boo frickin' hoo. You think China gives a crap about a stern letter from the US Chamber of Commerce? Or that they care if you have access to their markets?

Other than that's the only way they can keep expanding indefinitely, what makes corporations feel like they're entitled to be in any market?

I'm betting a bunch of the companies involved in this collective hand-wringing are already enabling the US government to have access through other backdoors -- so don't pretend it's even more terrible when China does it.

If America is so concerned about backdoors and exploits in Chinese made products ... make 'em yourselves.

American companies need to stop acting like they can tell countries where they do business what they're willing to do. Suck it up, you want access to the market you play by the rules. Just like they would have to do to do business in the US.

I hear this crap and I just hear "Waaah, how are we to make a profit if you impose rules on us, woe is us, how will be maximize executive bonuses if there are rules?"

yesterday
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

gstoddart Re:track record (291 comments)

LOL ... thanks for that ... I haven't heard anyone else use that one in years.

I actually heard it for the first time from people who were in the business of aircraft maintenance. I still think it's hilarious.

yesterday
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Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

gstoddart Is anybody surprised? (70 comments)

In what way should anybody be surprised that a wearable, wireless device has implemented security in a completely incompetent way?

These are products which are intended to be cool, shiny, and pretty ... but secure? Not even a little.

I continue to be unsurprised by this crap, and I continue fairly firm in my indifference to owning any of this stuff ... and the same goes the for "Interweb of Stuff"; I assume that out of the gate it's going to be insecure and stupid.

Unless companies have actual legal liability for shit security, you'll continue to see shit security.

So just don't buy it if you value security or privacy -- because they're all pretty much designed to upload your information to analytics companies anyway.

yesterday
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US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

gstoddart And more importantly ... (88 comments)

The wireless industry estimates that for every 10 Megahertz of spectrum licensed for wireless broadband, 7,000 American jobs are created and U.S. gross domestic product increases by $1.7 billion.

And more importantly, this correlates to a 5% increase in executive compensation, and a 2% increase in the hookers and cocaine fund.

This will also increase the pool for bribing politicians by an additional 1.5%, ensuring the best opportunities to purchase favorable legislation.

CEOs are said to be pleased with the forecasted pillaging of the American public, and look forward to raising your rates and finding new and creative ways to give you less for your money, while optimizing long-term executive compensation.

Suckers.

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'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

gstoddart Of course not ... (96 comments)

"We are showing that the privacy we are told that we have isn't real"

Of course it's not bloody real.

For us to believe this data has been 'anonymized', we have to assume that a) the company is qualified to do what is required to anonymize the data, b) that they actually give a shit, and c) that they bear any penalty if they do a terrible job.

Entrusting these companies with this data in the first place is the problem. Allowing them to share it all over the place for profit and with no restriction is a terrible idea.

This is precisely why sane countries have data protection and privacy laws -- because corporations are greedy, self serving entities, who won't give a crap if the collateral damage of their stuff is to damage the privacy of everybody they deal with.

And this is precisely why all of those analytics companies in web pages are just parasites and not to be trusted.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

gstoddart Re:Government Intervention (469 comments)

Well ... nobody has been scammed by the telcos as much as you have.

If you gave them hundreds of billions and got nothing in return, blame your politicians, and shoot their lobbyists.

Subsidized and conned aren't the same thing.

2 days ago
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Mozilla Dusts Off Old Servers, Lights Up Tor Relays

gstoddart Re:48GB of ram? (80 comments)

Honestly, lately I find Firefox to be more of a memory pig than Chrome ... as of the last update to Firefox grows to using 2GB of RAM after a few hours, instead of staying under 1GB after several days.

Because every developer apparently feels that all of my memory is there for just them.

Yeah, Mozilla, I'm looking at you guys -- that's just sloppy.

2 days ago
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Mozilla Dusts Off Old Servers, Lights Up Tor Relays

gstoddart Re:LOL ... what? (80 comments)

Ah, but it comes with a catch. These are Mozilla servers.The AX (Administrator Experience) team has made regular improvements to them every month. As of this writing, the case has been modified so that it has no front-panel status display (not even a status bar of LEDs to show temperature and system load), and the case has been modified so that the power button is operated by a foot pedal, and next week the fiber/ethernet ports will be covered over with a 2-inch thick layer of beautifully minimalistic white epoxy laboriously hand-polished to a glossy sheen.

*bites lip* Oh, keep talking nerdy to me.

2 days ago
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Mozilla Dusts Off Old Servers, Lights Up Tor Relays

gstoddart LOL ... what? (80 comments)

three HP SL170zG6 (48GB ram, 2*Xeon L5640, 2*1Gbps NIC) servers

LOL ... geez, I wish I had something like that just laying around in a cupboard.

Sheeee-it.

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Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

gstoddart Re:LOL (98 comments)

It may come as a surprise to you .... but well used sarcasm can be insightful.

Sorry you don't feel you were consulted, but that's been true for a VERY long time.

You don't have to like it, but you should probably get over it.

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Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

gstoddart Re:LOL (98 comments)

Now, let's take the contrary to your position:

The wireless provider is no longer allowed to treat their own subscription offering as being different from, say, Netflix by pretending data which they're sending you is magically different than any other data -- which prevents them from undercutting other services by making those services artificially more expensive.

This basically allowed them to make competition obsolete by giving themselves an exemption, and treat their data packets as special.

This didn't help consumers, or competition ... it helped them get an unfair leg up because they own the network and could cheat.

Do you think people are well served when a company can undercut competition by rigging the system?

2 days ago
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Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

gstoddart Re:LOL (98 comments)

Perhaps your ability to detect sarcasm needs some adjustment?

Or ... whoosh!

2 days ago
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Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

gstoddart Re:What? (98 comments)

Give him a little time ... I'm sure they'll come up with something moronic to give the telcos what they want and pretend they're doing something which benefits consumers.

2 days ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

gstoddart Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (201 comments)

Leech.

Let's be clear here ... fuck yeah.

I don't surf little private vanity sites, I hit major news agencies, and sites owned by large corporations.

Let me be perfectly clear: I don't give a crap about the revenue of large corporations. Not now, not ever.

You think I should give a shit if Dice gets ad revenue? Or cnn? or google? Or Microsoft? Of Ziff Davis? Or Facebook? Or Twitter?

Fuck that.

2 days ago

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