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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

xxxJonBoyxxx So...use your computer skills for...censorship? (214 comments)

So this is a call for what - people to use their computer skills to censor viewpoints they don't agree with?

2 days ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

xxxJonBoyxxx Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work? (190 comments)

>> Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

Because they hired Bennett Haselton to promote it, and the target audience died of thirst waiting for BH to finish his pitch.

5 days ago
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Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

xxxJonBoyxxx Lazy headline writers - where's the "Deep Six"? (47 comments)

>> Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

"Quietly shelves"...really? From the department of less crappy headlines, here's a couple of freebies:

"Branson Deep Sixes Own Submarine Mission"
"What Do Sir Richard Branson and the Red October Have in Common?"
"Virgin Dive Aborted Before Anything Gets Wet"

5 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

xxxJonBoyxxx Congratulations you've invented the credit card! (156 comments)

>> business could collect a...card number and use it to make an instant payment...real-time, payment transaction risk-scoring

Congratulations you've invented the credit card!

5 days ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

xxxJonBoyxxx I'm even older. (241 comments)

>> Who's old enough to remember when the best technology was found at work, while at home we got by with clunky home computers and pokey dial-up modems?

I'm even older. I remember when the best technology was at home, on our personal computers. From there, PCs started invading the workplace...finally breaking up a lot of the control held by an iron-fisted, non-innovative, mainframe-based IT department.

about a week ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

xxxJonBoyxxx Eh? (105 comments)

I love the source document, but how about a TFA that summarizes what this is all about?

about two weeks ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Does the FAA know about this? (225 comments)

>> Does the FAA know about this?

They probably would after the fried plane drops into the sea.

about two weeks ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

xxxJonBoyxxx Finally we close the Shark Gap (225 comments)

>> U.S. Navy has declared a "laz-er" ...an operational asset and ...has given permission for the commander of the ship to defend itself with the weapon

Today, we finally begin to close the Shark Gap.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

xxxJonBoyxxx Not surprising. Also why we're going all OSS (415 comments)

>> The company might adopt a new pricing model for the upcoming operating system, as it looks to shift away from the one-time initial purchase to an ongoing-revenue basis.

This certainly follows what we've seen out of the Office and Azure product lines already, what developers are used to with MSDN subscriptions and what many enterprise customers are used to with "true-ups" with large CAL and desktop/laptop counts. However, the coming squeeze on customers locked into Microsoft is why I love the fact that my company has gone all in on a multi-year "if it's not open source (or our own customizations), we don't need it" approach to software.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Shakedown (127 comments)

>> Give Jackson money and he'll go away.

This. Remember when beer distributorships were harming minority communities by entrenching already dominant companies? And then Jackson's kids mysteriously ended up owning a distributorship or two...and suddenly all was well? http://www.martinlutherking.or...

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

xxxJonBoyxxx Rampant wide-spread abuse of this data (99 comments)

>> doesn't look like there's rampant wide-spread abuse of this sort of data. Yet.

But there could be. Many IoT company's privacy policies seem to be just a cut/paste of their wide-open web privacy policies. For example, take a look at Lowe's IRIS system. According to the legalese, I think they might be able to scan your home video feeds to look for products you might want...
http://iotsecuritylab.com/iot-...

about two weeks ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

xxxJonBoyxxx Already lost the "complete freedom" argument... (129 comments)

>> Any rational interpretation would suggest that when people buy or pay off the loan on a piece of equipment—whether a car, a refrigerator or a mobile phone—they own it, and should be free to do what they want with it.

This argument has already lost in the public square WHEN IT HARMS OTHER PEOPLE. For example:
* If you own a refrigerator, it's already illegal to just discharge the coolant into the environment
* If you own a car, it's already illegal to just set it on fire, and in many places you can't store it certain places (like your front lawn)

If you narrow it down a bit (e.g., "root your phone = legal but proceed at your own risk") I could get behind this guy, but when we're starting to talk about hacking automobile electronics that other drivers and pedestrians depend upon for their own safety...you can probably see where we're developing a slippery slope.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:What happens to these at the true end-of-life? (143 comments)

>> that'll pollute *their* environment, not ours, right?

I think you've hit the nail on their head. It sounds like someone's just figured out a way to turn this problem:

Q) How do we ship all our old batteries to a third-world country and then dump them in local landfills, gullies and rivers?

into this opportunity:

A) Repackage the batteries individually and ship them to locals in third-party countries. Then, when they dump the batteries improperly - hey, it's not our fault - we TRIED to give them flashlights! Hell, we might even get some "green" grants for this scheme!

about two weeks ago
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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

xxxJonBoyxxx Hackers Are Pampered (102 comments)

>> In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

Which means $3K/year, 1600 calories a day?

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

In Wisconsin, electric companies almost doubled fixed charge "transmission" rates to get more money from people who are shipping electricity back into the grid.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=psc+solar+rate+increase

In other words, they were frightened enough to attack one of the main financial benefits of distributed solar.

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

>> Sometimes I'm just reading the menu

And sometimes I'm reading it - fascinated even - to avoid talking to (or intentionally annoy) my companion(s).

Oh wait, this isn't passiveagg.org?

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Malcolm Gladwell Answers Your Questions

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Divisions (48 comments)

>> How is abortion still an issue?

It's used both on the right ("pro life") and on the left ("war on women") as a wedge issue.

>> Who are these people that lay awake at night worrying about whether someone will have an abortion?

Mostly "base" voters who are almost assuredly going to vote for either the right or left for other reasons, but who are cynically motivated to get off the couch by "pro life" or "war on women" advertisements full of BS. You can call people who buy into this stuff dumb, but it works (or neither side would do it). /karmawhoring>

about two weeks ago
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FBI: Wiper Malware Has Korean Language Packs, Hard Coded Targets

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Malware? Sony? (81 comments)

>> Is the irony of Sony being hit by malware lost on people?

At Sony, we just call it "software."

about three weeks ago

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