top New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists
If only they wouldn't breath our cause would be aided. Get over it gov'ment. Do your work the way your supposed to without invading our privacy and whining over every thing we do that keeps you honest and working for US.. the people. Encryptions protects us from you. We use social media because we like it... etc. etc. etc.
top Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys
The security for THEM can be more or less secure than current. I don't want their apps shuffling through my shit on my phone. The only way I would use something like this is if I was using Cyanogenmod and over-rode their apps security settings and kept it locked out of everything. I'm not even sure that is trustworthy enough for most crap though. There really needs to be a virtual phone within a phone that can keep each app sandboxed to what it thinks is an entire real phone.
top Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak
I *** LOVE *** connected devices. Connected to MY network and under MY control. I love to tinker and connect in and do things just to be doing things. But stuff like the NEST thermostat that cannot be controlled directly, but require me to ask PERMISSION from a central authority at Nest to control my device can stuff it. I'd love the technology but if it is in my house, no one else will have access to it.
top Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing
Better hope the right open source company takes this and runs with it before the Apples and Microsofts and AutoDesk's of the world take it and run with it. Otherwise the walled garden approach will infiltrate real objects and we'll be regulated to death. LED screen says Error: Your custom widget looks too much like ACME widget Model #32456, you must pay for right to print this object. Enter unlock code to enable printing this and similar objects.
top Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock
Then learn who the hell owns a device once it has been purchased and act accordingly. The OWNER should not be locked out of their device or policed by their device in any fashion.
top "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
Its everyone now. Its every device, every OS except SOME versions of linux. I hate not just Microsoft, but Apple, Samsung, Sony and many many others. In todays software and hardware OVER 50% OF THE BUDGETS FOR EVERYTHING ELECTRONIC, is spent researching and implementing systems and technologies that keep me from being able to use my devices in any way other than a way that generates revenue., They are not even satisfied with one time revenue stream, but now even cripple THINGS so they can sell them back as a service to generate a continuous revenue stream. The days of geeks owning their devices/computers is over and I resent that beyond belief. There really isn't any single place that anyone can go and get rid of this completely, so I can't even truly vote with my pocketbook. I just simply have to buy the electronics that are LEAST riddled with any technology that exists for the sole purpose to limit my capability/creativity in some way. When Microsoft become less concerned about Metro walled gardens or killing the video stream if something looks fishy to THEM on MY computer then I'll go back to using Microsoft or other vendors.
top FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'
I tend to agree. Even the small houses will leach public code and write code that restricts the user in some way shape or form. The end user is where freedom is determined. Software that cripples features or hampers user freedom in any way regardless of developer size does tend to be evil. Imagine how much better software the world would have if all of the time, money and effort that went into writing code that limits freedom in some way (DRM, crippling features, artificial limitations) had actually been spent on actual development up until now.
top FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'
I have to disagree with that. I agree with Stallmans take that end users are where freedom is defined. Someone shouldn't be able to leach off the free community and not give back... such as Tivo and others. Software that limits what the END USER can do with it is simply not in the spirit of free software.
top You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future
Yes.. Fuck that. This is a perfect example of why software and hardware separation should be enshrined by law. If you give me hardware/devices/equipment/cars that is capable of something but crippled by software then I'm going to work incessantly to hack past your stupid shit and get the features that are in my hardware/devices/equipment/cars.
top Building an Open Source Nest
I actually only heard about Nest about a month ago and was VERY interested until I found out it was cloud based. I immediately typed a complaint to them about it. I'm very happy Google is heading this way with it. Even if Googles open solution is still cloud based, it should open API's and communication documentation so that people like me who are NOT interested in giving control of my house to a cloud app under someone elses control that can sometimes override by proxy. I'm a security concious guy and I simply do not want my homes firewall open to anyone but me. My phone or tablet should connect DIRECTLY to my in home equipment or server without anyone else having to be involved.
top Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck
A lighter truck just cannot do the same work as a heavier truck. Even if it were made out of theoretical indestructible materials. Modern trucks have had engines and bodies capable of hauling/pulling loads many times greater than they can effectively stop. Weight is about STOPPING a load and trailering it in a stable fashion. Even if it had an unlimited energy drivetrain and was built with theoretical indestructible materials, a light truck will get pushed down the road or thrown into a ditch by an unstable load if it doesn't have the weight on top of the tires. Lighter truck = less work done safely. Period.
top ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015
DAMN... at least once every 10 years pick a broadband solution and BUILD IT ALL THE WAY OUT. To every last house in the US. This never ending cycle of new technology coming out and being bult out to the edges of the big cities and then the next new technology hits and they stop where they are go back to the center of the big cities and start building out again.
Just once. Get something other than dialup and satellite all the way out to every last house in the US.
top Mozilla Backtracks On Third-Party Cookie Blocking
Why should web marketers feel entitled to additional data just because of the media change. When I read a newspaper, marketers can't even tell I read an ad much less who I am or what I did before or after reading the ad. They have the ability to tell the browser requested the ad, that should be all info they get about anyone.
top Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'
I simply don't trust valve. They are currently the lesser of all evils but still evil nonetheless. Give me a gaming kernel replacement (kind of like the real time kernel) in a general purpose OS that I remain in control of and that doesn't spy on me and I'll be a cheerleader. But this thing will do all the same old same old such as spy on me, try to control what I can and can't do on my own machine, try to lock my content, impose artificial limits that I have to buy back etc. etc. etc.
top Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of
I don't mind younger or older, either is fine with me. The only gripe I can see in my now 15 second old research of the man I have never previously heard of before is that IMDB has some really unflattering photos of him where he looks positively frail. Shortest lived Doctor ever.... regenerates walk to the first set of stairs falls and breaks a hip and 2 days later regenerates because pneumonia is killing him.
top Motorola Is Listening
We only use rooted phones running Cyanogenmod 10.1 in our environment. We have a fleet of about 50 smart phones and all of them but about 4 are Google Galaxy Nexus phones. We don't consider anything that we don't control to be secure.
top Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?
I can't believe I'm replying to the troll but heres a list. First and foremost. I don't and never will use a tablet or touch interface for real work so I don't want charms that are huge stealing my screen real estate, or windows that force full screen or any arbitrary size. I want windows that ** I ** can resize to any size I want and have multiples on the screen at one time. i want everything small and precise because I multitask... a LOT.... and with multiple large monitors. I DON'T want an app store that thinks it controls what I can and can't install on my own devices. I shouldn't have to be on a domain to bypass app store crippling of my machine. I say what software goes on and comes off of my own PC and no one else. For my users on the network, hierarchical menus for apps based on purpose is still superior when you are building systems for people so unsavvy they don't even know the name of an app to search for. I don't want cloud integrated into everything by default. As an add-on its just fine, but I don't trust other people and companies with most of my stuff and I surely didn't trust Microsoft even BEFORE this NSA mess. I also want things to work the same way every time. If I click on an icon I want it to start a new instance. Every. Time. I can manage my own windows and decide when I want new ones and when I want pre-existing ones. I don't want Windows trying to decide when I want to maximize a window by getting too close to the top. If I want it maximized, I'll click a button to do so and so on and so on and so on......
top Ubuntu Phone Carrier Advisory Group Announced
I realize that none of these carriers are in the US so that may very well be the difference here... BUT!!! Why pander to the carriers? What we need is open source in phones in a way that enshrines the consumer first. GPLv3 all the phone specific software so that it CAN'T BE TIVO'IZED and corrupted and used against the owner of the device. I'm all for people getting paid if they want to be paid for their work, but it will in no way ever justify locking me out of my own devices in any way or using my devices against me in any way. Remote software removal by anyone other than the owner? Nunh-Unh. Locking me into a market and excluding others? Nunh-Unh.
about a year and a half ago
top New Prenda Law Shell Corp Threatening to Tell Your Neighbors You Pirated Porn
I run a computer repair shop out of my house with open wifi and am also in an area with no DSL or Cable modem options. I'm bringing a cable connection in from a mile away with 900Mhz equipment and then re-share that over wifi to my cluster of neighbors. Everyone that comes to my place has a device that connects and I get PC's to work on that have bittorrent downloads in mid-download. They can kiss it.
about a year and a half ago
top Living In a Virtual World Requires Less Brain Power
As the human species evolves and our technology advances, our ability to be a "jack of all trades" decreases. More time must be spent learning especially focused tasks to the point of expertise. I think this is just more example of that. Yes, a digital world probably requires less overall brain power, but also enables a much higher degree of specificity of focus not possible in the real world. Yes. its probably all being used up on porn.
about a year and a half ago
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