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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

rtkluttz Security (98 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

rtkluttz Open Source (302 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

rtkluttz If Apple is so damn righteous... (348 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

rtkluttz Re:Change (Its worse now) (742 comments)

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.

about 7 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

rtkluttz Re:Not helping vs harming (1098 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

rtkluttz Re:Not helping vs harming (1098 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

rtkluttz Re:All I Have To Say Is (437 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago
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Building an Open Source Nest

rtkluttz This is great (195 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago
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Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

rtkluttz Re:Make it nearly 70 (521 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago
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ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015

rtkluttz Go ALL THE WAY OUT! (153 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago
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Mozilla Backtracks On Third-Party Cookie Blocking

rtkluttz Thick Skulls (173 comments)

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.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

rtkluttz Proprietary on top of linux = no control for user (271 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

rtkluttz Re:GET READY.... (242 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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Motorola Is Listening

rtkluttz Re:#1 reason to use Android (287 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

rtkluttz Re:I tested Windows 8.1 (543 comments)

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......

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Phone Carrier Advisory Group Announced

rtkluttz Why pander to the carriers? (40 comments)

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 ago
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New Prenda Law Shell Corp Threatening to Tell Your Neighbors You Pirated Porn

rtkluttz Go ahead a$$hats (258 comments)

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 ago
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Living In a Virtual World Requires Less Brain Power

rtkluttz Its Specialization (89 comments)

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 ago
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White House Petition To Make Unlocking Phones Legal Passes 100,000 Signatures

rtkluttz Re:You know, you can buy an unlocked phone (317 comments)

Umm. I believe that is what I said. heheh

I laid out the two most often heard arguments people give for why it IS OK for cell phone companies to do what they do, and said both are BS. Its our phone, they don't have any say over what we do with it.

The same with rooting. Its a computer, I'll put whatever the hell OS on it I want to. I buy a beautiful engineered piece of hardware that the cell company loads with bloatware and spyware and unauthorized remote control, oh and you put artificial restrictions in my software that limits what I can and can't do with my hardware.... guess what? As soon as I get it home the phone companies cesspool of an OS is coming off and one that serves ME, the owner of the device, is going back on.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Petition To Make Unlocking Phones Legal Passes 100,000 Signatures

rtkluttz Re:You know, you can buy an unlocked phone (317 comments)

This argument is always brought up but it is BS. Cancel your contract early and you pay full price, run to the end of the term and you've paid full price subisidized by the super high monthly bills we have in the US. Either way we paid full price and their our phones. I'll do whatever I like with my equipment.

Also someone further up mentioned loss leaders in business. If Ace Hardware offers me trash bags and garden hoses at a 20% loss just to get me in the store in hopes that I buy something else while I'm there then great. They take a chance that I will come in and buy a garden hose and leave. Its still my damn garden hose. Suck it cell phone providers.

about a year and a half ago

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Shaming Companies into Computer Security

rtkluttz rtkluttz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rtkluttz (244325) writes "Is shaming companies into being careful with our critical data our only option? Here is an example: I was checking into a local hospital the other day and had just finished giving my life history to the computer Gods. I was walking through the lobby and walked past their scheduling terminal when this pops up. We give our critical information to Doctors, Dentists, Insurance Companies, Car Dealerships while the receptionist gleefully hits social media sites and instant messages their boyfriend. They all pretty much wave our information around on a flag while we watch helplessly. Shaming them seems to be the only way to get companies to take security seriously."

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