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  • Nov 8th, 2017 @ 8:41am

    Burying the Lead...

    "She was convicted in July by a jury"

    While thin skinned politicians and out of control cops are a problem the real problem is that over and over juries in this country are backing up all the stupidity that the Govt and its representatives engage in.

    Even in the few instances where cops are brought up on charges the juries let them get away with outright murder.

    Until juries stop backing up cops and the Govt when they overstep it is not going to stop.

  • Oct 2nd, 2017 @ 6:56am

    About those laws...

    I would think this ruling would affect all those anti-protester laws that states are trying to pass (not sure if any have been passed yet) to make and and all protesters responsible for any damage or costs that one or some of them caused.

  • Aug 28th, 2017 @ 3:22pm

    Re: Depends on the setup, doesn't it?

    The problem is not that IOT and smart devices can not be secured but that the majority of the population either does realize there is a problem or if they do have no ide how to fix it.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 7:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    Normally I would agree as they manage to do a good job blocking Google in enough locations that Google decided to start backing wireless.

    However any laws that get passed would have to be on the Federal level and I think that would be hard for them to do to Musk and keep it hidden in the dark like business as usual. He could shine a very bright light and make a lot of noise if they try underhanded tactics.

    Keep in mind we are talking at least 3 years before he gets this started and by then he will be launching who knows how many satellites a year and ferrying astronauts to the space station on a regular basis. The will give him an even bigger soapbox than he already has to make noise if other companies try to block him out.

    Not saying they will not try but I just have a hard time believing they will succeed.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 6:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    "I never understood why people believe that is all that is necessary to make a change. People literally develop Stockholm like syndrome with politics and the economy as well, not just with other people. You are most certainly underestimating humanities tolerance for greed and evil. In the vast majority of cases there are superior products and services all over the place by they are not taken advantage of because of the many biases that people develop. People LOVE maintaining the status quo because it is familiar and comfortable and are not quick to depart from it."

    You are not wrong, people tend to be creatures of habit even with it is not really in their self interest to be that way.

    However I think there are two things "fighting the inertia" in this situation.

    The first is the fact that many of the people who are cord cutters are already looking to make a change. They are actively trying to move in a certain direction and being blocked. As soon as there is another choice they will be on it like my dog gets on bacon.

    The second is that Comcast is a particularly horrible company and in my opinion a fair percentage of those slow to change have had enough to motivate them to do something. Obviously not all of the or even enough but it will be a big enough number to hurt.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 8:16am

    Par for the course hypocrisy

    It is not just "Cyber" that gets all the holier than thou hypocrisy. All the hair pulling about the election "hacking" where everyone is completely losing their minds.

    The US interferes in the politics of other countries more than any other Govt on the planet. Not only do we interfere with elections we actually have a long history of helping to overthrow democratically elected leaders if we do not like their policies.

    If we are going to do it to other countries do not be surprised when they do it us.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 8:06am

    Re: Re: Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    I would not bet on him not being able to beat the technological issues. If you had told me a few years ago that someone would be able to have two rockets take off and land in the same weekend I would probably have laughed.

    The big problem is cost and if he continues to bring down the launch costs it will work.

    As far as being "a man of the people" I never said that and do not even think that. I imagine that he plans on making a whole lot of money with satellite internet and I am OK with that. He can make all the money he wants as long as he delivers a service that is worth buying.

    The thing is he is not even going to have to undercut the existing companies on price because their service and contempt for their customers is so bad. I bet a lot of people would be willing to pay MORE just to get out from under Comcast and Verizon.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 7:16am

    Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    Hopefully Musk's internet satellite swarm will take care of this problem. He is saying 2019 but my guess from past experience is that it will take a bit longer to get there so probably 3-5 years is realistic.

    The thing is the cable/ISP companies will go from sucking us all dry to completely dying in a very short time once the satellites go live. All that bad customer service and price gouging is going to create a huge exodus once something else is available.

  • May 20th, 2017 @ 8:14am

    Re: FAA Dicktators

    I did not read it as him saying that the Chinese were not "authoritarian" but more a "people in glass houses"/hypocrisy thing.

    Face it we here in the US get all high and mighty when some other country does something bad even though we do the same or worse. It really time we got off our high horse because whatever moral high ground the US used to have is long gone.

    A perfect example is this whole Russia getting involved in our election thing that half the country is losing their minds over. Yes if other countries are trying to interfere in our elections that is a bad thing but all the outrage over it is just plain hypocritical to say the least as the US has a long history of not just interfering with elections but helping overthrow democratically elected leaders we do not like.

  • Apr 24th, 2017 @ 1:23pm

    Brickerbot author says...

    "The author of BrickerBot, which “bricks” IoT devices by rewriting the flash storage space and wiping files, has emerged to explain that the malware first attempts to secure the units without damaging them.

    Failing that, it reverts to “plan B”, i.e. actions that result in the device being rendered temporarily or permanently unusable."

    https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2017/04/24/brickerbot-damage/



    Killing IOT devices that people have bought and paid for is not really what I would call the best way to go about this. However this is going to force companies to better secure their products or they are going to have a hard time staying in business.

    Consumers will not notice (and most will not really care) if their devices are part of a botnet but they sure as hell will care that the IOT device they purchased quits working.

  • Apr 18th, 2017 @ 4:25pm

    uBlock is much better than AdBlock

    I have been using uBlock for quite awhile now and it is much better than AdBlock. Does a better job and does not suck up resources and leak memory like Adblock does.

    The fact that some sites do not realize I am blocking ads is just a added plus.

    Site owners have shown they can not be trusted to not crash my browsers by poorly designed and malicious ads. I honestly do not generally care about the ads themselves if they were not the spawn from hell. Well that and trying to track every move I make online so now I pretty much block everything except for a few sites I trust.

    No pity for them from me, they are getting exactly what they deserve.

  • Apr 10th, 2017 @ 2:26pm

    How is any of this constitutional

    I really fail to see how asset forfeiture ever passed constitutional muster. The complete lack of due process involved just makes the fact that anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together would defend it on constitutional grounds.

    I would weep for my country but I have almost become numb to the fact that we are sliding ever more rapidly into a police state.

    The question is not will we but what kind it will be. If we finally tip over and the Republicans are in charge we will get Iran. If we finally tip over when the Democrats are in charge we will get Venezuela

  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 8:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trump Lying More

    Trump is not lying more than the Democrats or the rest of the politicians.

    However you are correct that he is lying BADLY. Not only badly but just plain about stuff that does not even matter. Most politicians are much better at picking when and how to lie. Probably comes from all the practice they get from being called out on the stupid lies.

  • Feb 9th, 2017 @ 7:01am

    Re: Re: colaberation

    The Stasi were not not technically foreign occupiers either but that did not make cooperating with them any more acceptable.

    It is not a matter of the police "forgetting" they are not supposed to be special it is a matter of large segments of our society are telling them that yes they are special.

    When you are told over and over again that you can break the law, ignore the Constitution, and kill pretty much anyone you want with ZERO consequences by society and the court system then you are special.

    When your safety rather than the public you are supposed to be protecting becomes so important that you can shoot and kill children/the deaf/mentally handicapped/mentally ill/blacks/whites/other minorities/anyone who talks back to you/people running from you/people who look dangerous/"fill in the blank" because "Danger" then you are more than special.

    When you are someone who thinks that yes living in a police state is a good thing and the Constitution is for you but not other people than you are a collaborator.

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 6:02am

    The Problem

    The problem we now have is that there are few if any "Western Countries" that have any moral ground to denounce the actions of China and Russia and all the other "BAD" countries without freedoms.

    The US, European countries, and especially the UK have taken measures of the last decade that the East German Stasi could only have dreamed of having.

    It is kind of hard for the politicians to complain about a police state when they are doing their best to turn their own countries into one.

    It will probably not stop them though as hypocrisy and politicians are the best of friends.

  • Jan 17th, 2017 @ 7:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: WRONG...

    While I do not condone in any way Russia getting involved in the US election the US has no high ground here at all.

    We have a long history of not only interfering in elections but of actively overthrowing (or at least helping others overthrow) Govts that we do not like.

    We interfere with other countries more than anyone and then when somebody else does it we act all holier than thou.

  • Nov 21st, 2016 @ 4:40am

    I hate to sound pro Russian but....

    You can not really blame Russia, the EU, and other countries from not wanting all the info on their citizens stored in the US.

    Even ignoring the getting hacked aspect of the situation the US Govt has shown that it does not care about privacy at all and is more than willing to scoop up any and all information within reach regardless of what any law or the Constitution says.

  • Nov 17th, 2016 @ 10:59am

    You still need to test your connection

    I have been using PIA for at least a couple of years and some recent testing showed that I was still leaking some information. Updating and tweaking fixed most of them but their IPv6 leak protection does not work (at least on my win7 computer) and I ended up disabling IPv6 altogether for now. Not really a long term solution but hopefully at some point their IPv6 leak protection will do what it is supposed to do.

    You need to run regular privacy testing to make sure all the steps you are taking are actually working like they should.

  • Sep 12th, 2016 @ 9:09pm

    Not really seeing the problem here

    "As we noted, Ravi filming Clementi was definitely creepy, immature and dumb. But criminal?"

    Do you really think this is not something that should be against the law? Seriously?


    The guy secretly filmed someone having sex and then put it on the web for other people to watch.

    If that is not a criminal act that deserves some jail time then it sure should be.

    I can see your argument that people should not go to jail for what someone else did (in this case a suicide) but that is not what he was convicted of doing so I do not really see that justice was somehow perverted in this case.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 8:24am

    My First Thought: The Runaway Jury

    Reminds me of the Grisham novel The Runaway Jury.

    I personally do not see the problem as long as the info on the security problems is correct. We have been seeing a lot of companies just sweep these issues under the rug and not spending the time and money to fix them. Hitting the shareholders in the pocket may be the only way to get them to act.

    The only problem I see is if people start using fake security problems to try and drive down stock prices and make money off of it.

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