only took 20 years to get it right :) (Score: 1)

by in 20th anniversary of the teen cyberpunk thriller "Hackers" on 2015-09-21 14:35 (#N3QM)

while extraordinary hacks are hard to depict, they finally got things right in the 2015 US series named Mr. Robot. sure it took 20 years but that's a hell of a lot better than the wimpy depiction of nuclear explosions in media.

shut them down (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in An Ohio power company wants to reverse the deregulation it once fought for on 2015-09-21 14:23 (#N3NQ)

there is no reason to keep them going, so shut them down. if the price of natural gas goes up, great! it will be a great reason to move to solar.

i have a solution! (Score: 2)

by in Verizon, T-Mobile oppose delaying LTE-U to test WiFi interference claims on 2015-09-12 09:54 (#M7G5)

obviously, parties involved have an interest in holding back LTE-U to make additional profit. instead of just giving in or ignoring them, i think the answer should be that those that oppose have to agree to pay an anti-competitive fine (and not contest the results) if lab testing shows LTE-U to not cause significant interference. the fine would be equivalent to the projected profits of holding back the technology during them time it takes multiple third party labs to do the testing and analysis. if they honestly think it will be a problem then they will pay for the test but if they a just full of it then they will refuse.

simple (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in More than half of Australians training for soon-extinct careers on 2015-08-28 13:58 (#JQTX)

How does one future-proof his/her life and career?
duh, dont choose a career that is formulaic. design is the last thing to be automated, especially software. when machines can design their own software, they will be more than just machines.

not a surprised (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in A user's guide to the Win10 Privacy Policy on 2015-08-28 00:21 (#JP1K)

Vox Media (parent company of The Verge and other trendy tech news sites) has always been Microsoft friendly which leads me to believe they are getting significant kickbacks to put everything Microsoft in a favorable light. the bottom line is that they are both sociopathic corporations with no respect for the truth. no need to read their mindless drivel.

security. (Score: 1)

by in Who's Afraid of Systemd? on 2015-07-29 22:26 (#FVJS)

Systemd may not be ideal, but most users are unlikely to make a fuss so long as their systems continue to boot and function the way they are supposed to.
my concern has been and is still about the security of systemd. it's a huge amount of unproven code and it's running as root at all times. when someone finds a remote exploit, it's going to be worse than heartbleed because it will be a backdoor into a large number of servers. will people care then?

we really need to push for solar (Score: 1)

by in Natural gas surpasses coal as top source of electricity in US on 2015-07-24 16:49 (#FB78)

coal is especially bad for the environment but fracking is just absurd. we are bombarded by free power every single day, so instead of ignoring it, let's use it!

alternatives are good but... (Score: 1)

by in Privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo surpasses 10 million daily queries on 2015-07-08 05:43 (#DMWY)

while it's good there are alternatives, there are good reasons google handles 90% of search engine requests.

HDCP will flop... again (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in HDCP 2.2 content protection for 4K video will frustrate consumers on 2015-06-30 11:27 (#CW0D)

if nothing else, there will be HDCP downgrade units. a downgrade unit wouldn't actually be circumventing DRM and thusly still be legal. however, without significant influx 4k content or a considerable boost in GPU speed, i think we will be maxed out at 1080p for at least the rest of the decade.

just uninstall/disable flash (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Security updates for Adobe Flash Player flaws that could lead to info theft, malware attacks on 2015-06-10 12:27 (#AV3Z)

you are better off just uninstalling flash if you can or disable it if can't be removed. most everyone has switched to html5 players so unless you are a flash game junkie, there is really no reason to have it anymore.

Re: Yet (Score: 1)

by in First American walked in space 50 years ago on 2015-06-04 10:19 (#ADET)

frankly i'm glad we have not sent a manned mission to mars because the people that went would have died on the way from radiation. believe it or not, we have learned a lot in the last 50 years by sending our technology instead of people with tools. sure we could have pushed harder but the world is littered with humans that become distractions. in the mean time our technology has improved an absurd amount and humans are still noisy distractions but we becoming more forward thinking even as some drag their feet or kick and scream.

we will get there eventually but what's more important than going is making a way to stay there permanently. this means we need to up our genetic engineering game so that we can make some plants grow on mars after we melt mars' polar cap of dry ice using machines.

in short, it's one thing to throw a corpse onto the surface of another planet, it's another thing to make a second world.

Re: New heights in hyperbole (Score: 1)

by in Computrace backdoor exposes millions of PCs on 2015-05-27 15:15 (#9W09)

i reported the bug the other day. see:

Re: New heights in hyperbole (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Computrace backdoor exposes millions of PCs on 2015-05-26 18:07 (#9SZF)

unless you looked at the firmware for each laptop you can't be sure. a lot of big vendors put it on their boards* and some vendors just remove the options from the "BIOS Setup Utility" but it's still there.
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not enough to matter (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Verizon, Sprint customers to get refunds for fraudulent "cramming" charges on 2015-05-14 17:24 (#922F)

if you want a punishment to have a lasting effect, you have to actually charge people with a crime. start putting executives in jail and you might see companies stop trying to pull this crap. short of that, the fine has to be crushing. seriously, $150M is written off as a cost of business expense. hit them with a $150B fine and you will get real change.

Re: Don't buy it! (Score: 1)

by in Firmware licenses threatening the concept of ownership on 2015-04-24 05:47 (#7Q5D)

cars have had their black boxes pried open by congress. companies must provide an OBDII interface. however, there are reverse engineered ECU solutions like at as well as from scratch ECU replacements like at

Don't buy it! (Score: 1)

by in Firmware licenses threatening the concept of ownership on 2015-04-23 12:42 (#7NFJ)

If there is product with a black box of secrets, the answer is to simply not buy it. If you buy something with a black box, don't complain when they do something bad to you, reverse engineer it or buy something without a black box. There is almost nothing that doesn't have an open and free or reverse engineered alternative. The general populace started the PC revolution with proprietary everything and we are still working hard to undo that mistake.

bullshit (Score: 1)

by in Microsoft may one day open source Windows on 2015-04-15 10:35 (#73EM)

Microsoft isn't about to give up it's cash cow that it's been milking for 30 years. they would only ever do this if it no longer gave them an advantage. this effectively means that the source would only be released after windows was worthless.

Re: Zoom (Score: 1, Insightful)

by in Large Text Support on 2015-03-23 11:34 (#5H9M)

it's absurd to have a site with tiny text. even the w3c recognized the tendency of web designers to make stupidly small text and put out an advisory telling people to use 1.0em for your text size! pipedot is in denial that it's an issue is and it's stupid. pipedot's response to this issue is effectively WORKSFORME WONTFIX!

Re: D vs. R (Score: 1)

by in Congressmen raise concerns over SoCal Edison replacing 500 IT workers with H1-B visa holders on 2015-02-10 00:47 (#2WZZ)

a) protectionism is having very high import taxes, like tech import tax in Brazil that drove the price of a PS4 up to $1800.
b) the reason people are against it is because allowing the US economy to self-destructing is a bad idea for everyone.