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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

poetmatt Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (266 comments)

Not true.

GPL doesn't restrict people from using the software any way they want. It restricts them from preventing anyone else from using the software any way they want.

Which matters - let me know how trying to run Apple on non-apple hardware without paying for a license goes, in comparison to a GPL'd OS.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

poetmatt Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1112 comments)

Resignation is a resignation. There isn't a discussion over how forced it was/wasn't, if it's a resignation.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

poetmatt Re:Someone has to be in charge (641 comments)

No, it's not hard to know.

It's a literal "Fuck you", just without using words.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

poetmatt Re:Grabs popcorn (518 comments)

You have the right idea, but your injury costs, deaths, and sensor costs are both wrong and based on the summary. If you RTFA it's 200+ deaths a year and 15 thousand injuries (not 1100), so we're talking almost $550M right there based on your back of a napkin numbers.

Even the government may be stereotyped as stupid but they are surely able to do this kind of cost/benefit analysis better than a random anon post.

about three weeks ago
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eBay Japan Passwords Revealed As Username+123456

poetmatt Re:wait a minute... (80 comments)

Zeus has 99.97% uptime in our environment.

about three weeks ago
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NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

poetmatt Re:Taking bets here.. (103 comments)

This is hilarious. You don't have to be born powerful to be in those situations. In fact, it's likely the small fry at companies who are targeted. Other NSA ops seem to confirm this. You're just confirming that you would be a target.

See, ain't this shit grand?

about a month ago
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NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

poetmatt Re:Taking bets here.. (103 comments)

What I find is hilarious is that "being forced to comply" is considered "assisting".

Apparently when your only choice is jail or compliance, somehow you're assisting in the process.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

poetmatt Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

Oh hey, maybe there's a lot of details you could be missing before you make up something like this. You know, like "what you're using" and "Where you make this shit up"?

You can access google drive from any browser, unless you plan on running IE6.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

poetmatt Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

Anything refused under that angle is basically denial of working with the FOIA process, basically using "national security" as an excuse to get out of everything via the loophole as designed.

That is exactly a lack of transparency, not an excuse for it.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

poetmatt Re:Just start the war already! (498 comments)

Them being ethnically russian has absolutely zero bearing on intentionally driving up tensions between people in a single region, as you note yourself in the second sentence. This isn't an "ethnic cleansing" like Armenia. Just as there are peaceful middle eastern folk who live freely in Israel, there are peaceful Russians who live freely in Ukraine.

I don't know how someone in such a position can't even pronounce Kiev properly though, that's pretty fucking sad from a cultural perspective. That part of things (and US involvement in general) is indeed a fucking insult/joke. However, I certainly wouldn't be able to tell you what the right answer/response is here.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

poetmatt Re:How are nuclear weapons going to help though? (498 comments)

What makes you think they would?

This is all posturing and nothing more. It's almost all brought upon by Russia.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

poetmatt Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

You have this backwards. There is no right you have to privacy from public photos. Do show me where you suppose one exists.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

poetmatt Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

Maybe you're still missing the "being in public means being in public" part? You don't get to choose when that's somehow no longer true based on your own non-legal definition when you're still in public.

Factually incorrect.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

poetmatt Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

Let me tell you outright, you are explicitly wrong. Paparazzi exist to make a profit off public photos without people's permission. There is no such right or law that proves otherwise.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

poetmatt Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

Yep. There are other countries that require this and it becomes quite a problem in general. I believe france may be one of them?

Requiring permission makes it impossible to exercise free speech and/or take photos, basically.

about a month and a half ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

poetmatt Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

Actually, don't forget - if there's a killswitch on your phone, then the people up top would also have it.

about a month and a half ago
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Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation Unite Against Software Patents

poetmatt Re:to free or not to free (105 comments)

It's not that they are or aren't free (BSD), is that the freedom can be removed.

about a month and a half ago

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ACTA and SOPA make a return via TAFTA

poetmatt poetmatt writes  |  about a year ago

poetmatt (793785) writes "Techdirt notes that a new trade agreement is being released which will reintroduce the same IP maximalist issues from ACTA, SOPA and TPP previously, this time named TAFTA.

FTA: "More details are starting to come out as the main EU negotiator for ACTA, Karel de Gucht, came to DC to see about getting things kicked off, on an agreement that's being called TAFTA — the Trans Atlantic "Free Trade" Agreement. Of course, instead of recognizing the lessons from previous failed efforts to push for broken maximalist policies, it appears that the plan is to try, try again."

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Supposed Android Malware is a wild guess, says "researcher"

poetmatt poetmatt writes  |  about 2 years ago

poetmatt (793785) writes "Courtesy of the link at Muktware, self proclaimed Microsoft researcher Terry Zink admits that it was a wild guess that the emails claiming to be sent from android might not actually be sent from Android devices.

Sophos also acknowledged that their wild guess is not necessarily accurate either, in a half apology half denial not dissimilar to O'Reily's half apology for misstatements, ending in saying "the evidence suggests it is Android malware and there isn't a good reason to think that pretending it is from Yahoo! via Android devices is of any benefit to the spammers." with no actual proof."

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Verizon gives the finger to prospective customers

poetmatt poetmatt writes  |  about 2 years ago

As a current Verizon customer, in reading about Verizon unveiling their new shared plans hopefully people will be able to reasonably identify just how much so these plans aren't worth their time. The Verge already has a writeup highlighting just how these plans are fairly hostile to anyone currently on Verizon. Considering that getting a new phone on subsidy will require that you're switched to these plans (and thus pay even more money than currently), how would they even expect someone would want to consider such an atrocity?

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