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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

poetmatt Re:If all goes well. . . (225 comments)

I can see why this would be mentioned as a focus, but I can see this being the straw that breaks the camel's back.

It's one thing to at least require an agreement to let your privacy be violated in return for X functionality (sadly because there is no other option from how companies have designed it), but it's another to just do this outright.

2 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

poetmatt Re:Censorship? (415 comments)

To themselves? Of course.

Corruption begets corruption, clearly.

3 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

poetmatt Re:Censorship? (415 comments)

It's also hilariously ineffective in this day and age where wireless access does tend to exist.

If someone cuts the internet connection to my house I can just tether my phone to my router and continue uninterrupted. So as long as I have power, this doesn't mean shit. What's sad is that the moron trying to intimidate via cutting internet cables didn't get electrocuted in the process.

3 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

poetmatt Re:Bad idea (372 comments)

The only thing touting the 2nd amendment does is show how stupid you are. And we're not talking vaguely stupid, we're talking "you make tinfoil hat conspiracists sound completely normal" stupid.

There are ways to fix things, there are responses to things, implying that you're citing the right to bear arms when it talks about a militia during times of war is absolutely bonkers.

Please stop posting on slashdot at a minimum and maybe take a class on reading comprehension.

5 days ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

poetmatt Re:Yet another Google fan boy (629 comments)

Please keep writing your Neowin articles, as they provide us countless entertainment based on conjecture.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

poetmatt Re:When the freedom of speech is taken away ... (319 comments)

In respect of US law, obviously. It's not an accident that the timing here is identical to CISPA, because it is much of the same parties with the same interests.

about two weeks ago
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Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

poetmatt Re:The hard part is yet to come (84 comments)

You highlighted the exact real issue:

"What they claim to have found".

It will take years to actually even start to identify the damage this new antibiotic may have on the body. From a medical perspective we are still in the process of assessing just how harmful existing antibiotics are on the body for example.

about three weeks ago
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Seismological Society of America Claims Fracking Reactivated Ohio Fault

poetmatt Re:Good luck with that. (168 comments)

To be clear, none of what you're talking about is really related to the pollution of the ground water.

The pollution of groundwater is from the actual chemicals used in some fracking and isn't tied to the whole "burning sink water" thing. Quantifying burning sink water as being tied to fracking will not happen, but quantifying what's in the water and when? That has occurred.

Likewise, quantifying increased seismic activity to fracking has occurred.

about three weeks ago
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Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

poetmatt Re:The latest trend... (130 comments)

Maybe you're missing the "why" of 99% of this .

The "Why" is the United States.

The economic impact on this is drastic.

about three weeks ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

poetmatt Re:Sure... (343 comments)

Security very much is a profit center. Go ask how much this hack is costing sony (supposedly millions just from the production costs alone), and then ask how much actual security would cost.

The difference is in zeroes. Many of them.

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

poetmatt Re:Sure... (343 comments)

You're talking about air gapping the wrong system.

There needs to be an air gap between executives and computers. They need to never be allowed to breach it, because they are completely fucking stupid. Sony is so inept I don't even get how they are allowed to do business. This is such a lack of security compliance for a for profit that I imagine compliance auditors are drooling by now.

Is it unique to them? not even remotely. Is it their own fault? about 99.9%. 56 hacks in 12 years is not a company who understands technology. It's a company with about as much technical knowhow as the musical artists they represent.

about a month ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

poetmatt Re:This needs to stop ... (388 comments)

People should be bashing sony for doing a shit job at being sony, but the MPAA is not only Sony.

Meanwhile, the irony of attempting to break DNS is that it's going to come full circle and harm the MPAA. So they really aren't paying attention to what scorched earth tactics really do.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

poetmatt Re:Does the job still get done? (688 comments)

If it's destroying more jobs then it creates, then you need to fire the people who make false statements.

Then again, we're talking about the NY times, a site that long ago gave up on honest journalism and now resorts to getcha headlines.

The reality is that technology will always destroy more jobs than it creates if you're looking at an exclusively dishonest worldview. Technology will simply shift where the jobs are available, from (things that are now automated), to things such as managing the things that are automated.

about a month ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

poetmatt Re:No (1051 comments)

So what method do you suggest? Maybe a yellow patch on the sleeves of their shirts?

People may be stupid about vaccines but this isn't how you fix the problem.

about a month and a half ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

poetmatt Re:So fucking stupid (162 comments)

He's not ignorant. It's called Dunning Krueger effect.

He is literally so fucking stupid he can't even comprehend that he is stupid. Which also means samzenpus should be fired for this shit too.

about a month and a half ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

poetmatt Re:America's loss is Africa's gain (338 comments)

They've been setting up to do so for years, ago yes. We're not giving them any reason to desire to be in the US, so this shouldn't be too surprising.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

poetmatt Re:What is it? (145 comments)

Eggs are about as natural as the chickens they pump with antibiotics. So, no.

People should eat what they want to eat and will, but it helps that if you decide to eat eggs you understand what's going into the chickens you're getting them from.

about 2 months ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

poetmatt Re:So good that the proxy battle is over (69 comments)

This is the exact opposite of the truth. Amazon allowed ebooks as low as 99 cents, the itunes price fixing explicitly prevented that from being a possibility.

about 2 months ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

poetmatt Re:Education versus racism (481 comments)

Knowing your rights is the very definition of a civics class, as is knowing what to do with them.

about 2 months ago

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ACTA and SOPA make a return via TAFTA

poetmatt poetmatt writes  |  about 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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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