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When you can't beat 'em, legislate to prevent... 444 Views / 23 Replies  
When you can't beat 'em, legislate to prevent them competing against you.

I don't know which is more sickening--the craven, underhanded tactics of the big telecoms (which is hardly...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jul 17, 2014 at 05:42 PM, in Tech News
What's a little sad is that one or more world... 71 Views / 3 Replies  
What's a little sad is that one or more world governments haven't done something similar already. Yes, the internet is self-policing and all, but given the value of cybercrime (both to private and...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jul 15, 2014 at 04:55 PM, in Tech News
This is a transparent ploy by the Russian... 615 Views / 15 Replies  
This is a transparent ploy by the Russian government, but the sad part is that the NSA has completely destroyed any high ground the US might have had in arguing for storing such data in the US. ...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jul 6, 2014 at 01:43 AM, in Tech News
Actually, I'd say if they depend on (legitimate)... 69 Views / 4 Replies  
Actually, I'd say if they depend on (legitimate) licensing deals, they don't qualify as a patent troll, although the company is of questionable value to society. It's the ones that never try to...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jul 3, 2014 at 05:06 PM, in Tech News
Whether these guys were counterfeit or not, this... 86 Views / 5 Replies  
Whether these guys were counterfeit or not, this does illustrate the dangers of a retail monoculture (you can't quite call Amazon a full monopoly yet, but they're pretty close)--if that one retailer...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jul 2, 2014 at 05:07 PM, in Tech News
"... Dropcam will come under Nest's privacy... 126 Views / 7 Replies  
"... Dropcam will come under Nest's privacy policy, which explains that data won't be shared with anyone (including Google) without a customer's permission..."

How pleasantly noncommittal. ...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 23, 2014 at 08:10 AM, in Tech News
macjockey--people underestimate the damage that... 69 Views / 3 Replies  
macjockey--people underestimate the damage that can be done by a poor power supply. This is partly because most DC devices have tended to be fairly tolerant of poorly-controlled voltage, since in...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 20, 2014 at 04:09 PM, in Tech News
Even if you're a multinational that cared nothing... 74 Views / 1 Replies  
Even if you're a multinational that cared nothing for its customers, I could see how you'd be wildly against this--the simple fact that the government of Ireland (or whatever country) could penalize...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 16, 2014 at 04:42 PM, in Tech News
Well, it may be a shameless ripoff of the Nest in... 68 Views / 1 Replies  
Well, it may be a shameless ripoff of the Nest in terms of shape and design, but at least now I can get a compact smart thermostat (as opposed to the huge overblown ones) that isn't going to attach...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 10, 2014 at 03:52 PM, in Tech News
What I always find particularly galling (or... 96 Views / 5 Replies  
What I always find particularly galling (or hilarious) about these "regulation is bad, and less regulations is better for consumers" arguments fronted by the big telco ISPs is that it only holds...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 6, 2014 at 07:02 PM, in Tech News
I'm willing to wager there are not too many... 74 Views / 2 Replies  
I'm willing to wager there are not too many things you could get Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Dropbox, and Linkedin to all vocally agree on.

I also notice that there's not...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 5, 2014 at 07:06 PM, in Tech News
It's ironic that on one hand, the big ISP telecom... 97 Views / 5 Replies  
It's ironic that on one hand, the big ISP telecom companies want no government regulation on what they are and aren't allowed to do with their networks--because, you know, regulation is bad for...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jun 4, 2014 at 03:09 PM, in Tech News
Ahh, well, then it must be a fantastic idea,... 551 Views / 8 Replies  
Ahh, well, then it must be a fantastic idea, because the cable industry has done such a fantastic job of keeping consumers' and the public's best interests at heart. I mean, when I see "cable...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 29, 2014 at 08:31 PM, in Tech News
Clearly time for the DoJ to increase sanctions... 96 Views / 5 Replies  
Clearly time for the DoJ to increase sanctions against Apple.

That's how this works, right?
Posted by Makosuke, on May 28, 2014 at 01:03 PM, in Tech News
Well, at least they know who pays their salaries.... 291 Views / 6 Replies  
Well, at least they know who pays their salaries.

No, wait...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 18, 2014 at 04:34 PM, in Tech News
Because a guy who racks up $120,000 in credit... 93 Views / 1 Replies  
Because a guy who racks up $120,000 in credit card debt that he's not paying is *exactly* the kind of guy I want in charge of my virtual currency foundation. Gives you confidence he knows how the...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 17, 2014 at 02:05 AM, in Tech News
If the ISP oligarchy is complaining, I'm inclined... 76 Views / 5 Replies  
If the ISP oligarchy is complaining, I'm inclined to think it's a good thing, although I suspect Steve Wilkinson is right--they're just making noise either because not getting absolutely everything...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 15, 2014 at 05:47 PM, in Tech News
Deal that has not been announced by either party... 83 Views / 1 Replies  
Deal that has not been announced by either party and the details of which is based entirely on speculation and media claims based on leaked information that may or may not be accurate is now...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 15, 2014 at 02:26 PM, in Tech News
On the down side, Adobe had more or less cornered... 84 Views / 3 Replies  
On the down side, Adobe had more or less cornered the market on DRM'd streaming video via Flash already, so this isn't really changing much--just furthering their existing stranglehold and...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 15, 2014 at 06:02 AM, in Tech News
I really like BackBlaze even if I don't use their... 73 Views / 4 Replies  
I really like BackBlaze even if I don't use their service, because they are the *only* organization on the planet giving statistically meaningful, real, useful data on hard drive reliability. For...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 12, 2014 at 06:34 PM, in Tech News
Incidentally, if you *did* want to save... 70 Views / 2 Replies  
Incidentally, if you *did* want to save absolutely everything, based on the number of law enforcement personnel in the US, an 8 hour shift, and a 5-day workweek with a couple weeks off, at 3.5 hours...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 9, 2014 at 09:54 AM, in Tech News
I'm of the opinion that every cop in the US... 70 Views / 2 Replies  
I'm of the opinion that every cop in the US should have one of these on his or her person at all times, and be unable to turn it off under any circumstances--it would do more to stem police abuse...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 9, 2014 at 09:41 AM, in Tech News
@jreades: "when was the last time anyone checked... 932 Views / 9 Replies  
@jreades: "when was the last time anyone checked a signature or asked for ID"

The signature instead of PIN is ridiculous, since it's just recording legal consent rather than any form of security,...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 9, 2014 at 09:36 AM, in Tech News
Well, at least somebody at the FCC is either... 66 Views / 2 Replies  
Well, at least somebody at the FCC is either paying attention or isn't a telecom shill.
Posted by Makosuke, on May 8, 2014 at 05:48 PM, in Tech News
Go, Al. I don't care what your political... 201 Views / 6 Replies  
Go, Al.

I don't care what your political beliefs are, it should be nearly impossible for any thinking individual with a concern for the future of their own access to information to *not* be in...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 7, 2014 at 06:03 PM, in Tech News
Now that is just sad. If *anybody* in this... 484 Views / 7 Replies  
Now that is just sad. If *anybody* in this country needs a clear, unbiased source for scientific information, it's Congress. The amount of misinformation the government is stewing in is terrifying,...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 6, 2014 at 04:22 PM, in Tech News
Allegations this extreme are going to require... 96 Views / 4 Replies  
Allegations this extreme are going to require proof before I'm going to believe them, so we'll see what happens if and when documents materialize.

That said, even if this *isn't* true, AdSense is...
Posted by Makosuke, on May 1, 2014 at 04:18 PM, in Tech News
Decent little mid-model bump. Now if they could... 566 Views / 6 Replies  
Decent little mid-model bump. Now if they could just do something with the year-and-a-half-old Mini. Some of us have an use for a box somewhere between a Mac Pro and an iMac, but it's pretty hard...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 29, 2014 at 07:02 AM, in Tech News
A government agency pushing an agenda intended to... 76 Views / 3 Replies  
A government agency pushing an agenda intended to boost competition and consumer choice at the expense of corporate giants? Will wonders never cease.

Not that the FCC has a spotless record, but...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 17, 2014 at 06:47 PM, in Tech News
It's not entirely clear to me why you'd want to... 101 Views / 1 Replies  
It's not entirely clear to me why you'd want to spend $8.5K on a medium-format camera with fantastic features and then use it to record 1920 x 1080 with h.264 compression (it does do 24p framerate,...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 15, 2014 at 05:54 PM, in Tech News
My own beliefs aside, you could argue that... 482 Views / 8 Replies  
My own beliefs aside, you could argue that everything related to her record on the Iraq war and CIA "enhanced interrogation"/torture unrelated to a file-sharing service. And there's certainly no...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 10, 2014 at 05:34 PM, in Tech News
Well of course they called it "Windows in the... 192 Views / 6 Replies  
Well of course they called it "Windows in the Car." There was no way to insert the word "Windows" into "CarPlay" that would make sense.

Although you'd think that with the image most people have...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 7, 2014 at 08:24 PM, in Tech News
Personally, I find the conservative sites that... 1,732 Views / 40 Replies  
Personally, I find the conservative sites that are actively banning Firefox now mildly amusing, since what they're doing is pushing people to use either Chrome, IE, or Safari.

Which is funny...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 7, 2014 at 06:47 AM, in Tech News
Well. That only took 138 years. (Or 34 years,... 99 Views / 1 Replies  
Well. That only took 138 years. (Or 34 years, if we're only counting cell phones.)

I suppose increased call quality is better late than never, although it's a little embarrassing how long the...
Posted by Makosuke, on Apr 2, 2014 at 05:59 PM, in Tech News
pairof9s--that's the thing: Do you "invest" in... 135 Views / 6 Replies  
pairof9s--that's the thing: Do you "invest" in Dollars, or Yuan, or Yen, or Euros? It's theoretically possible for governments or high-level currency traders to do so, but the intent (and for the...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 24, 2014 at 02:21 PM, in Tech News
Guess that's what happens when you put your money... 135 Views / 6 Replies  
Guess that's what happens when you put your money (or "money") in a bank that isn't FDIC insured. Everything's great until it isn't, at which point there's no larger entity to step in and bail you...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 24, 2014 at 03:22 AM, in Tech News
It's kind of like the part where the telecom... 1,250 Views / 18 Replies  
It's kind of like the part where the telecom companies (AT&T included) were told by the government to provide good broadband service to everyone in the US, so a tax was added to everyone's bill that...
Posted by Makosuke, on Mar 21, 2014 at 08:14 PM, in Tech News
What's the BlackBerry CEO getting so angry about?... 333 Views / 5 Replies  
What's the BlackBerry CEO getting so angry about? The promo is only targeted at current BlackBerry users, so they're only at risk of losing, what, eight or ten customers nationally.
Posted by Makosuke, on Feb 18, 2014 at 09:41 PM, in Tech News
Notably, T-Mobile already offers their unlimited... 89 Views / 1 Replies  
Notably, T-Mobile already offers their unlimited data international roaming plan, which kicked in late last year. While the voice and texting rates are outrageously expensive, my wife has been...
Posted by Makosuke, on Feb 18, 2014 at 05:43 PM, in Tech News
Not to say that there aren't plenty of people... 424 Views / 4 Replies  
Not to say that there aren't plenty of people doing nutty performance art in other countries as well, but the problem with Japan (and I say this as someone who's going to be on a plane to the country...
Posted by Makosuke, on Feb 15, 2014 at 03:35 PM, in Mac News
While there definitely seems to be a bias toward... 908 Views / 10 Replies  
While there definitely seems to be a bias toward reporting whenever an Apple device has a weird failure, even the authority quoted in the article said "People should obviously use caution when...
Posted by Makosuke, on Feb 1, 2014 at 01:17 AM, in Mac News
Well, buy a company for $12.5B, lose between... 676 Views / 7 Replies  
Well, buy a company for $12.5B, lose between $200M and $500M per quarter for two and a half years, then sell it for $3B and keep a few patents.

Yeah, that was a good investment.

I wonder what...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 29, 2014 at 05:35 PM, in Tech News
This study is exactly what I've been hoping some... 70 Views / 1 Replies  
This study is exactly what I've been hoping some datacenter would do for years.

Anyone can post anecdotal evidence about hard drive brands and models, but with something as statistically...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 21, 2014 at 01:14 PM, in Tech News
Step 1: "There won't be any changes." Step... 677 Views / 7 Replies  
Step 1: "There won't be any changes."

Step 2: "Any changes to the company's privacy policy would be made transparently and only on an opt-in basis."

[...]

Step 3: "In order to install...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 20, 2014 at 04:27 PM, in Tech News
Better this than no improvements at all, I... 182 Views / 6 Replies  
Better this than no improvements at all, I suppose, but the first step in anything like this should be transparency. So long as there is secrecy--black budgets, secret FISA courts, and gag orders...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 17, 2014 at 01:33 PM, in Tech News
I'm generally in favor of antitrust laws and the... 814 Views / 7 Replies  
I'm generally in favor of antitrust laws and the monitoring thereof should, of course, not be pleasant to the company being monitored--that's sort of the point.

But even if you ignore the fact...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM, in Mac News
I wanted to voice a late disagreement with... 1,167 Views / 21 Replies  
I wanted to voice a late disagreement with Laphroaig; while Nest's products are exactly the sort of thing Apple would make if they made thermostats and smoke detectors (no surprise given who founded...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 15, 2014 at 06:51 PM, in Tech News
"including the tablet-based Window RT and Pro,... 87 Views / 3 Replies  
"including the tablet-based Window RT and Pro, not that it materially affects the results"

You gotta love that line. It's true, yet a brutal dig.
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 14, 2014 at 01:24 PM, in Tech News
I'm just waiting until those Adsense banners... 1,167 Views / 21 Replies  
I'm just waiting until those Adsense banners start displaying ads for sweaters when the temperature in my living room drops below 70F, cooking lessons after the third time my smoke alarm goes off at...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 13, 2014 at 06:12 PM, in Tech News
Too bad. I kind of want one of the smoke alarms,... 1,167 Views / 21 Replies  
Too bad. I kind of want one of the smoke alarms, but the last thing I'm going to do is pay Google to give them another backdoor into my life, this time physical presence. And if they don't use this...
Posted by Makosuke, on Jan 13, 2014 at 04:50 PM, in Tech News
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