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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

mlw4428 Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

Yes and no. Most of the general public that deal with software who have any real influence are your managers/executives and I think they're the ones more or less meant in this article. My company won't lay in bed with Open Source because of the recent issues and their opinions on the lack of support. I'm not saying FOSS is bad, just why ONE company chooses not to.

about two weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

mlw4428 Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (651 comments)

I wouldn't say pistols are teh best self-defense weapon. It depends highly on the situation, environment, and other engagement parameters. For example, at home, your best weapon could be a shotgun with rounds that don't easily penetrate through drywall. It could be a semi-automatic rifle with a larger clip meant to provide extended engagement times without reloading against targets. It might be an airsoft rifle against some idiot kid.

There is no "one-size fits all" weapon. But that's not to say that weapons shouldn't be tracked to some degree. I don't mind the government knowing what I have...I'm protected by the Constitution and case precedents set by the US Supreme Court. I also fully understand that if the government wants my weapons I'm in no real tactical position to fight them off. They have superior numbers, firepower, and ability to make my life suck. I would let them take what they wanted and fight for it in court. Cliven Bundy and all his little cohorts might've thought they stared down the US government, and maybe they did. But if Uncle Sam wanted to he could've waived his hand, dropped a few bombs, and wiped out the whole ranch in under an hour. I favor a peaceful approach over an aggressive approach whenever tactical advantage isn't on my side.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

mlw4428 Re:There goes HIPAA (99 comments)

Why would you think that? HIPPA very much applies to any company that handles medical data and I can assure you that HIPPA violators aren't taken lightly. It's also one of those laws that can pierce the corporate veil (IE your CEO could go to jail/be fined directly for violating HIPPA). Facebook wouldn't be so stupid as to want to get tangled on the bad side of HIPPA.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

mlw4428 Minimum Specs != A Good Time (554 comments)

ThemMinimum specs for the OS doesn't hold anything back. 64-bit builds exist and "fancy" features of the UI can become disabled if certain hardware isn't available. Furthermore I'd say it points to some level of efficiency in that the OS can run on a low end system. Arguments can be made either way about whether the sheer slowness would be totally a fault of Windows or of the software you're running.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

mlw4428 Re:I would like to see a return... (120 comments)

France has a different culture and population and economic class separations than does America. It's a people problem more than a procedural problem. Ironically we could do the insurance thing totally cashless fairly easily (government provided debit card/insurance card with a payment guarantee for covered procedures).

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

mlw4428 Re:I would like to see a return... (120 comments)

You're very much correct about the UK. However France requires a copay and I don't disagree with that. Truly free healthcare leads people to go to the ER for stuff their Primary Care Physician should be handling (as the uninsured do now). This presents the ER staff with a large triage issue and it affects emergency care quality. A reasonable fee would discourage this and allow for the creation of additional funding that could be applicable to public funded medical research. Stipulations on that research could be things such as private companies using the research must not patent protect any application of that research (so a drug company using public money couldn't patent and restrict access to a new drug that, say, cures cancer).

Medical research is rather expensive and pure taxation wouldn't be enough. I'd love to see the bulk of medical research moved into the public domain vs companies discovering a cure and making a pill that has to be taken forever (at great cost) instead of using the version of the pill which cures in one round of treatment.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

mlw4428 How About America Tax Apple Too? (120 comments)

Let's face it, Apple doesn't exist without America. Their designers live here, their product engineers live here, their top management lives here. It shouldn't matter that a shell company based out of Ireland is what "holds" Apple assets. If a company does business in the US (selling to US consumers) it should be required to submit the same financial paperwork as any other registered American company. It should then be taxed accordingly. If they don't like they're free to get out of our country and never be allowed to sell a single product unless they accept a 400% tariff which gives true blue American companies an edge within one of the world's most powerful, prosperous, consumer driven market. They're free to sell to Cuba anytime they want, good luck selling your overpriced junk to a bunch of poor people.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

mlw4428 Re:I would like to see a return... (120 comments)

> all other health costs.

Let's clarify this. Universal Coverage doesn't mean "free" healthcare. It would work the same way a private insurance plan works now, except it's the government running the program and doing so without charging money to pay for CEO private jets, bonuses, and lobbying efforts. No one I know has a problem with paying copays, deductibles, or coinsurances, it's the massive premiums (of which a not-insignificant chunk of which goes to paying silly things while insurance companies actively work to deny claims for any small reason they can find).

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

mlw4428 Re:What I especially liked (140 comments)

And this has what to do with the topic?

about 2 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

mlw4428 Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

"The problem is what's the point of Java?"

The problem being solved isn't speed. Most of the scripting languages of yesteryear were very limited or restricted to specific platforms. The problem being solved is cross-platform development.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

mlw4428 Re:Why is (201 comments)

Do you feel you're exempt from having to pay for the work others have done? We can get real philosophical and shit about whether copying data is tantamount to stealing it, but there certainly can't be any argument to the point that if you don't purchase a DVD or download you're not paying the people who are asking to be paid for their work. People like you are why companies feel the need for restrictive DRM. You feel the product is overpriced so you won't pay for it, but that doesn't mean you should than be able to partake in that product's benefits, right? I think this is the biggest problem for software devs like myself who feel that our work entitles us to payment OR you don't have a right to use my software. I don't think that's unfair.

about 2 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

mlw4428 How's That Free Market Working For Ya? (282 comments)

An unregulated business practice designed to funnel jobs and monies overseas? Say it ain't so, George, say it ain't so!

about 3 months ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

mlw4428 Re:Example of slippery slope (150 comments)

Why is this any different to you than a search warrant against your house?

about 3 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

mlw4428 Disney-fication Is Complete! (590 comments)

Now we can have loads of girls thinking that they're special goddesses instead of mere mortal princesses. How trite.

about 3 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

mlw4428 Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (443 comments)

I'm not a troll...I actually love Tesla and hope they come out with an option in my price range. I'd certainly take a free one and happily drive it.

about 3 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

mlw4428 Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (443 comments)

I get what you're saying, but if the "high speeds" were "nearly" 100MPH it's not unreasonable to wonder just how the car got literally ripped in half. I do wonder about the safety of a car like that. A lot of the US's top Interstate speed limits are between 70-80MPH. You're not talking a huge difference in speed at that point, so it's not unreasonable to at least question the safeness of the car and ask for some additional testing/data.

about 3 months ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

mlw4428 Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (135 comments)

God, then pay cash. You act as if YOUR legal financial dealings are important. Unless you're buying anthrax, massive amounts of coke, or guns with serial numbers filed off than chances are your dealings are about as interesting to the government as my pissing schedule is to you.

about 3 months ago
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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

mlw4428 Re:Serious? (71 comments)

Third party firmwares patch this. However it's the carriers and manufacturers who lock down bootloaders, void warranties, and refuse to allow a more open environment that refuse to make additional changes or updates. I've got a Note 2, it was updated by Samsung nearly a month before Verizon could come out with the update and that was delayed quite a bit from when Google released 4.4.2.

You can blame Google all you want, but it's an Open Source OS and patches can be backported by anyone. Sadly the only people interested in doing that have no power over the carriers and device manufacturers.

about 4 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

mlw4428 Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (561 comments)

I don't think that intelligence (perceived or not) is equatable to a hobby.You can't get "more intelligent" and those few that are true blue geniuses didn't just start being a genius the way you or I go out and start stamp collection. It's a biological trait, not a sociological construct.

about 4 months ago

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