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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

qbast Re:Not Coincidence, it's the point (231 comments)

Problem of important people getting upset could be solved by quiet warning to short the stock. As for hipster riots? I would pay to see this - it would be pure comedy gold.

3 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

qbast Re: Obama is but a puppet (231 comments)

I think you are overly optimistic. Even after you cull 'undesirables', remaining population will again divide into 1% rich and 99% everybody else, just with different baseline. It is like stack ranking in MS - no matter how many people get fired, there are *always* bottom 10% destined for next cut.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

qbast Re:Experience counts (232 comments)

I would love to have at least one of those fearful devs to handle documentation. But unfortunately we hire only people with confidence to actually code.

5 days ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

qbast Re:Asian-only team? (90 comments)

Just wait until African researcher works at MIT ...

about a week ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

qbast Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

As a non-American I find forbidding car manufacturers from selling directly to customers even more bizarre.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

qbast Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Except the data breach you are alluding to was the fault of people using weak passwords, rather than a fault in the security of iCloud.

And you know this because ... ?

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:DUAL CORE, BEEOTCHES! (183 comments)

Meh, baboon. You seriously underestimate capitalism. I prefer to find third-world street urchin most bio-compatible with me, buy him for $1000 from the family and just get his heart.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:Predictable (183 comments)

Wow ... you are a moron. Go design next artificial heart if you think it easy compared to slapping encryption, message signing and some sanity checks (like ignoring command to slow down below safe level) on communication protocol.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:I really don't my vital body parts to be on wif (183 comments)

Encryption, message signing ... does it ring any bells? And why exactly do you think that artificial heart would even accept command to slow down below safe level? Even ignoring communication security, you would not want to give your patient easy way to kill himself by mistake.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (183 comments)

Here is what scares me. We do not seem to be doing much to keep the brain healthy into very old age.

Because we have no bloody idea what to do about it. In comparison heart is simple - it has to pump blood and that's it. I would rather not put all medicine on hold until we figure out brain.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Predictable (183 comments)

And of course 90% comments are whining about wifi. As if 'wifi' was somehow synonymous with 'unsecured and unauthenticated wifi'. Getting this secured is trivial compared to making a heart that will keep patient alive for years. Until it is possible to make artificial heart respond to nervous system and speed up/slow down as needed, having some control system will improve patient's quality of life.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:I really don't my vital body parts to be on wif (183 comments)

Then how exactly you want to control it? Artificial heart won't speed up/slow down automatically in response to oxygen needs of your body because it is not controlled by nervous system. Maybe you want wired connection with plug embedded between your ribs? I don't understand why 'wifi' means 'unsecured/unauthenticated wifi' to you.

about two weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

qbast Re:Defund (142 comments)

You keep telling yourself that. Meanwhile, in GB nobody fears getting robbed by police. Or getting killed for not dropping to the ground within 100ms.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

qbast Parallel construction (142 comments)

In other words: perjury, but you can't prove it.

about two weeks ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

qbast Re:Sleepy time? (185 comments)

Yes. However waking up is not guaranteed.

about two weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

qbast Re:Huh? (314 comments)

Because GNOME.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

qbast Re:Just be rich! (819 comments)

So everyone should be rich is your answer? How generous of you... [/sarcasm]

You can also not fly if you can't afford it. Where exactly did you get idea that you are entitled to as much leg room as you want for as little money as you are willing to pay? Do you also have habit of going into five start hotels and demanding their best room for price of flea-infested motel?

There is a point where the pursuit of money has to end

Of course, let's turn airlines into charities or nationalize them. For greater glory of proletariat!

and causing needless discomfort to paying customers is right about at that point.

You are getting the exact service you are paying for. Waving around your cheapest ticket around while demanding special treatment for being a PAYING CUSTOMER won't work very well.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

qbast Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Either you are extremely unlucky or I am lucky. I have been flying twice a month on average for past 4 years (mostly short trips in EU, several longer to South-east Asia and Canada), but my baggage has never been lost.

about two weeks ago

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