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  • Samsung Issues Update To Brick Remaining, Spontaneously Combusting Galaxy Note 7 Phones, Verizon Refuses To Pass It On

    MrTroy ( profile ), 14 Dec, 2016 @ 06:56pm

    Re: You don't really own what you own

    Is there a particular reason you want to own a phone that may burst into flames?

  • Samsung Issues Update To Brick Remaining, Spontaneously Combusting Galaxy Note 7 Phones, Verizon Refuses To Pass It On

    MrTroy ( profile ), 14 Dec, 2016 @ 05:18pm


    In the meantime someone who brought a dud now gets the additional punishment of having it rendered useless, when they may not know or be eligible for any recompense.
    That's the whole point of this update. People who don't realise they are eligible for recompense can take the phone back to the store and get recompense. Everyone who owns the phone is eligible for recompense, because the phone is under recall. The only people being punished are those people who are putting other people at risk by keeping a phone that may burst into flames.

  • Samsung Issues Update To Brick Remaining, Spontaneously Combusting Galaxy Note 7 Phones, Verizon Refuses To Pass It On

    MrTroy ( profile ), 14 Dec, 2016 @ 06:55pm

    Slippery slope?

    Come on, folks. There are currently one hundred thousand phones unaccounted for that could burn down homes and injure people, and you're calling foul on Samsung trying to prevent that?

    If they start actually treading the slippery slope, that's plenty of time to bring out the pitchforks and disable phone updates.

    For those of you who think it's your god-given right to own items that could hurt other people or burn down the building, I feel sorry for anyone who ever shares an apartment building with you. Please go live in the desert where you can't hurt anyone else.

  • Your Earbuds Can Be Made Into Microphones With Just A Bit Of Malware

    MrTroy ( profile ), 30 Nov, 2016 @ 05:28pm

    When even our headphones are a potential enemy, the world has gone mad.

    In fairness, headphones have been a potential enemy ever since physics was a thing.

    The world becomes mad when our headphones become a viable enemy.

  • Dear Eric Trump: Do Not Be Shamed Into Deleting Your Free Speech By A Dumb New York State Law

    MrTroy ( profile ), 08 Nov, 2016 @ 05:19pm


    This is what I was going to say. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.

    I mean, how could the Donald attack the 1st Amendment with any kind of vigor if his son is active in a battle to defend it?

  • Samsung Issues Takedown On Video Of Grand Theft Auto 5 Mod Turning Galaxy Note 7 Into A Weapon

    MrTroy ( profile ), 20 Oct, 2016 @ 07:05pm


    > I don't usually engage your silly posts, but:

    Sounds like it might be better to ramp up your original policy.

  • Trump Adds To His Anti-First Amendment Legacy In Threatening To Sue Clinton For Campaign Ads

    MrTroy ( profile ), 07 Oct, 2016 @ 12:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: As usual, you're full of shit...

    Waitwaitwait... are you saying that TechDirt is pro-Trump? Now I'm confused.

  • Yahoo Issues Tone Deaf Non-Denial Denial Of Email Scanning Report

    MrTroy ( profile ), 06 Oct, 2016 @ 12:20am

    Re: Fighting in court / Folding and liquidating

    I agree with that on the extremes, but I think it still falls down in the middle:

    Massive companies can afford to go to court, hoping that the PR boost from fighting for their customers comes back to their bottom line.

    Individual employees, or tiny companies like Lavabit can afford to fold up operations, because those people are making the decision for themself.

    What if you're the owner of a company with a dozen employees? A hundred? A thousand, across multiple countries? You may be able to get work again quickly on the back of a reputation of "standing up to the man"... but how long until you can afford to re-hire all of those employees again? Will they be able to hold out for long enough?

    Plus, as one of your customers, how do I know that your new product is going to be around for long enough to get use out of it? Especially if you're offering a service, what happens when the government targets your new service in six months time? At what point does "have backup providers ready" become "just use a different provider"?

    It's not just tech companies either; tax accountants, builders and tradespeople (we need you to install a bug while you're doing this job)... I don't know if lawyers are on this list; would client-attorney privilege trump an NSL? And that's probably the best solution for the people - reverse the third party doctrine, and give client-attorney-like privilege to ALL dealings between customers and their providers/contractors! Good luck with that, though.

  • Yahoo Issues Tone Deaf Non-Denial Denial Of Email Scanning Report

    MrTroy ( profile ), 05 Oct, 2016 @ 10:20pm


    And that alone should be a giant warning sign to any tech company that decides not to fight these kinds of demands: when it inevitably leaks to the public (and it will), the intelligence community will let you hang out to dry all by yourself.

    I'm curious how a random tech company would be able to fight?

    I guess a good answer is to spend a bunch of money to implement end-to-end encryption (and then even more, to do it properly)... but that doesn't work for email, or message boards, or a bunch of other situations.

    But even then, how does a random tech company fight back against demands from the government to open a back door?

    The only options I can see end up being to be to fight it in court (Apple), or to fold the company and liquidate the equipment (Lavabit). Both are horrifically expensive, and either way the cost is ultimately borne by the customer.

  • John Oliver Takes On Police Accountability And The Colossally-Stupid 'Bad Apple' Defense

    MrTroy ( profile ), 03 Oct, 2016 @ 08:52pm

    Re: Re: "The whole thing is worth watching (of course)"

    I know you were aiming for funny, but you hit closer to sad but tr... actually, just sad.

    You also missed the perfectly reasonable option of waiting until the copyright owner decides to make the content available in the relevant parts of the world (ie- never).

  • Former Refugee Who Took Skittles Photograph Donald Trump Jr. Used In A Stupid Meme Threatens Copyright Lawsuit

    MrTroy ( profile ), 22 Sep, 2016 @ 06:44pm

    Re: "they would only kill a small number of Americans."

    And the societies they've erected haven't yet properly apologized to the nations they displaced.

    Happily, that is no longer blanket true!

    Well, you could argue that "properly apologizing" involves more than just words, but it was a pleasant change not to be embarrased about our leaders for a few days.

  • Former Refugee Who Took Skittles Photograph Donald Trump Jr. Used In A Stupid Meme Threatens Copyright Lawsuit

    MrTroy ( profile ), 21 Sep, 2016 @ 07:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Missed the point

    The best way to help them is to actually help them... And America has long been causing world trouble with its "helping hand" methods.

    Now I'm confused.

    A lot of people do not know that just mindless giving is often more destructive than giving anything at all.

    Lots of people are wrong, too. I'm pretty sure there are more options than the two you suggest, anyway.

  • Lenovo Accused Of Locking Linux Out Of Certain Laptops At Microsoft's Request

    MrTroy ( profile ), 21 Sep, 2016 @ 07:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Enquiry in re other operating systems

    which is sorting out what OS's it will allow to be installed on a computer, based on whether an RMT RAID driver is built-into the OS Kernel? That's nothing but fingerprinting for identification, at best!

    What? That's like saying that my Intel CPU is performing fingerprinting by not letting me install an OS based on whether it supports the x86 instruction set.

  • Newegg Sues Over Copied Legal Filing; Judge Rules That It's Not Fair Use

    MrTroy ( profile ), 19 Sep, 2016 @ 08:04pm

    Re: Use the tools you are given

    I feel the same. Copyright law is being used here because there is no plagiarism law.

    What are the other avenues? Civil theft, trade secret? They don't really seem like they fit because the draft was given to Sutton without any kind of non-disclosure agreement.

    It seems fine for now to ignore the legal route and just leave it to the court of public opinion; but at what point is it worse to set up a kangaroo court rather than deal with things in a proper legal arena in which all parties are meant to get due process?

  • Scientists Realizing That EU Ruling On Copyright & Links Just Made Science Much More Difficult

    MrTroy ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2016 @ 07:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Science and Protectionism

    Yeah... no. Considering that 99% of temperature data comes from SATELLITES that didn't exist until a couple decades ago, and that we have NO RECORDS OF ANY KIND from more than a few thousand years ago, I'll take all average global temperature data values older than 20 years with a grain of salt.

    Yeah... no.

  • Thanks, Google, For Fucking Over A Bunch Of Media Websites

    MrTroy ( profile ), 07 Sep, 2016 @ 10:35pm

    Re: Now scale this out to their other properties

    The only people you can trust with your data is yourself, because *you care* about your own data, but companies only care about profit and return on shareholder value, which is a few steps away from your data.

    I find your optimism about the combination of how much I care about my data and how capable I am of taking care of it charming, given just how long my NAS has been out of service...

  • Comcast/NBC Tone Deafness, Not 'Millennials' To Blame For Olympics Ratings Drop

    MrTroy ( profile ), 26 Aug, 2016 @ 01:01am

    Re: Re:

    So, by extra cost to yourself you can improve a terrible experience to merely mediocre? Sounds awesome!

    The free-to-air coverage in Australia was actually pretty good, I thought.

  • Apple Updates iOS To Close Three Separate 0days That Were Being Exploited

    MrTroy ( profile ), 26 Aug, 2016 @ 12:55am

    Re: Not all bad news

    Create a tool utilising malicious code to try to help people against their will? What could possibly go wrong?

  • Lawyer Sues Basically All Mainstream Media For RICO Violations For How They Report On Donald Trump

    MrTroy ( profile ), 25 Aug, 2016 @ 10:57pm


    Sounds like we'd all benefit from a simplified "Is it RICO?" flowchart, along the lines of this one for meteorites...

  • Daily Deal: The A-to-Z Programming Language Bundle

    MrTroy ( profile ), 24 Jul, 2016 @ 08:26pm


    "The C-S Programming Language Bundle" just doesn't have the same ring to it...

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