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Comment Re: They just now added 802.11n support? (Score 1) 121

It's more appropriate to say they customized FreeBSD for their own purposes for both the PS3 and PS4. They do make use of the userland, as well as the kernel. In particular, they appreciate the port of LLVM and Clang to FreeBSD. The graphics stack I imagine is all theirs, but the networking stack is pretty much all FreeBSD, for example.

This begs the question: PS4 has supported 802.11n since launch (November 2013), how come FreeBSD is only getting 802.11n support 3 years later?

Comment Re:Good for him (Score 1) 255

Growing is quite an operation. I doubt most consumers don't grow marijiuana just because it is illegal, some yes, but I doubt the number who are interested is over 10%. You have to have the space, money, time, blessing of your landlord, etc.

You can literally have a grow inside a large PC case (and many people do exactly that for purposes of stealth). That removes the "space" and "blessing of your landlord" from the equation.

Comment Not seeing the forest for the trees (Score 1) 198

It makes me sad to read all these cries for supposedly needed increases in regulation and how supposedly the Mylan situation shows that "free market" failed. No, it shows entirely the opposite. The whole reason the situation is the way it is is BECAUSE OF vast amounts of regulations. The patent system needs a total reform and there needs to be a very through audit into the practices of the FDA.

Comment Re:Bottom line... (Score 1) 184

Exactly, and I thank you for making my point for me. And to take it a step further, nobody can promise anyone that the "Invisible Hand of the Market" will do anything at all, period. That's because it doesn't actually exist in the real world.

So you are basically saying nothing ever happens because noone ever gives shit about anything. How did you come to this blatantly false conclusion?

Comment Re:Bottom line... (Score 1) 184

In the Libertarian fantasy world, all of these companies with poor security would be punished by the Invisible Hand of the Market. People would boycott them and they'd go out of business.

But we know for a fact that never actually happens, which is why people laugh at Libertarians and their childish, magical ideas about how the world works.

That's a rather retarded way of looking at things. The "Invisible Hand of the Market" is essentially the total sum of people giving a shit (and amount of shit being given by said people) about an issue one way or another. The article being discussed is prime example of people simply not (yet, currently) giving a shit about getting hacked. Nobody promised you that the "Invisible Hand of the Market" will do shit that YOU want to happen.

Comment Re: The power of a concentrated marketplace (Score 2) 184

Analyzing the cost of security breaches is the wrong model because it's not the cost of cleaning up the mess than affects your profits. The loss of reputation has a direct impact on revenue. Just ask yahoo. I trust them even less now.

Yahoo is probably very thankful right now, they probably got quite a few ad impressions from 500 millions of accounts logging in just to change the password ;)

Comment Re:The U.S. ain't perfect, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 527

but don't you want to let in 600,000 more refugees?

what's another 60,000 jihadis? Nothing bad will happen letting them in

but don't you want to let in 600,000 more refugees?

what's another 60,000 jihadis? Nothing bad will happen letting them in

Considering that the US started the whole fucking mess and that Germany and Turkey had to take in MILLIONS upon millions of refugees despite being significantly smaller in size and despite not being the ones to initiate the conflict, yes, taking in 6,000,000 refugees (you seem to have misplaced the comma) would be a decent START.

Comment resetting passwords (Score 1) 107

I work at a large finnish ISP. We employ a very simple method to avoid problems with impostors trying to reset account passwords and the like, we do not, under any circumstances, reset the password on the customer's behalf. The customer has to do it him/herself. In theory, we are not forbidden from resetting a password, but we are (under penalty of immediate termination) forbidden from giving up the new password to anyone via any form of communication. The customer has to do the resetting him/herself via the account management page.

If the customer has forgotten the credentials to the account management page, he can get into it using his standard 2-factor online banking authentication (in Finland, ALL banks are part of this system and many public and large private services utilise the provided auth API for authorisation), Yes, we understand older clients might find this inconvenient, but no amount of yelling and screaming is going to make any of our reps divulge a password directly. If the customer can't find the account management page or navigate it, we an offer a remote desktop connection to caller's computer and help them with that, but the caller still has to authenticate, we just show them what links to click and where.

Comment Re:At least two other OSs will "optimize" Kaby Lak (Score 1) 276

You could very easily make an OS that uses a whitelist of CPUID responses and PCI probe responses and refuses to install/boot on anything else.... I'm not saying any mainstream OS does this...

Actually OSX does do this I believe. That's why you never see Hackintoshes running better CPUs than you can find in actual shipping Apple Macintosh hardware -- even when they are available.

That is untrue. Hackintosh machines are routinely way way more powerful.

Comment Re:That's six too many (Score 2) 74

Apple should ban cryptocurrencies altogether. They're not used to purchase legitimate goods because nobody accepts them. The highly variable exchange rates virtually guarantee that nobody will want to accept them. They are, however, frequently used to purchase illicit goods and services through websites like the former Silk Road. Apple should do the right thing and ban cryptocurrencies altogether.

Yes, also ban guns, baseball bats and cars because they can be used for crimes too. Especially guns. They can kill people.

P.S Why do you want to increase street violence levels by making it harder for sites like Silk Road to operate?

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