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D.A.M: "Paper Dollar is unstable and wholly impractical as a currency..."
I agree with your general perspective of how the government thinks currency and many other things *should* work, but I think there is a substantial amount of people that feel any physical representation of currency is more practical than a uint64_t or whatever bitcoin is represented as, in whatever database. I know the current economy might prove otherwise about physical currency, but look at the current economy :-/. I thought the dotcom bubble proved something, maybe not.
The evolution of virtual currency should have to wait, at least until we've sorted out the mess we've made with the physical one, else we are just adding another problem to the ever growing mess. I'm not against the existence of virtual currency, I'm just currently against any further development of it. I hope someday soon my mind will be changed, but things aren't looking up.
Yahoo just didn't know what they had when they had Geocities/BeverlyHills. They could of trailed blazed social media in the late 90's, now it could be they just want to trail. I really hope they are not doing "social" media or "cloud" anything, they need to bring something really new and useful to continue in...anything.
Re: What type of information it can reveal about another person?
Crisp, right, but that is the way it is supposed to be currently, but it most certainly is not. Congress appears to be under the impression that the future of these devices needs attention, but the current state of privacy doesn't. Google doesn't need new laws stopping it from collecting data, the current ones already give them all they will ever need. This issue seems to be a 3 card monte, with the private citizens as the mark.
"Would Google place limits on the technology and what type of information it can reveal about another person?"
So apparently, Congress isn't concerned about the gathering of information, just the revealing of it? I see Google glass going as far as recording images of every person you see, and when you see Jim at the bar, and say "Hello Jim, how are you", Glass tags the name "Jim" to that photo. If Google Glass didn't have plans to do that and many other types of data gathering, how exactly would it "reveal" anything new, or better yet, anything that only Google has, and not the competitors?
Pot abandons kettle.
"...but he apparently wants nothing to do with politics."
Nice! Maybe the writer used to write for a different ilk!
Re: Crime != Punishment
h3: "There is something fundamentally wrong with most societies."
Yes there is, and it is called greed. However, I completely disagree with you on your opinion about a slap on the wrist, but on the other hand I completely agree with you on the biased perspective of business over citizen.
If I take your sentiment and zoom out a little, then maybe another evil is how legal punishment has been overly micro managed. There were days when stealing a horse, raping a woman, robbing a bank, committing arson, stealing cattle, committing murder and many others all saw the same possible end...public hanging. But today, how many ways can the prosecution go with deciding a punishment with any 1 of the above listed crimes? To me, there seems to be just too many ways to be punished for crimes that are, at their core, extremely similar.
Now, about the article. Truthfully, I don't care what becomes of them, but the only thing I never liked about this whole story was how they got ratted out. Good lord, I hate rats! Sort of a indescribable personality trait of mine similar to why I'm heterosexual or why my favorite colour is blue. It might just be me, but I've always felt that the rat should always get a little somth'n extra for being, well...the rat.
"...as long as it doesn't fall on a multiple of 5 or 20"
What multiple of 20 doesn't fall on a multiple of 5?
Re: Adobe Reader
"Foxit Reader has one function"
Actually, that is not correct. Most importantly to me, it can save bookmarks inside the .pdf. Also, you can draw, annotate, export, and a few other things I never use, but I do use bookmarks a lot.
If anyone knows of a Linux reader that can save bookmarks into the .pdf, please list it. I've been running an older version of foxit through wine for some time now being the newer versions don't run properly, but I'm only doing that because the bookmarks save directly into the .pdf. Okular, which I like the most doesn't do this.
Re: They have the authority
Franklin was correct in his thinking, however back then there wasn't air conditioning, fast food, or communication devices like we have today. If he was alive today, I don't believe he would of found the time to stop checking his email in a drive thru window on a hot summer day to make the statements he did. Even in that thinking, he was still correct to point, but is that point the point where we are at?
I have to wonder sometimes what we give up, and what others have never had. There is currently no bombs going off over our heads. There isn't multinational firefights occurring in our streets. Many homeless beggars pan handle daily enough to live on for days.
Is something growing ever wrong in our government, sure, like any other. Is it to the point were we need to load our weapons? I don't believe so. But maybe we also could be charged guilty of believing we should live in utopian polished perfect world, instead of the one we have.
Let me troll and ask a question with no knowledge of this. Being sockets have damn near replaced adjustable wrenches for more jobs than they haven't (especially when you factor in torque via socket), would you say XACML is the wrench, or the socket? I know nothing about this, but reading the posts here make it sound like XACML is pivotal to some, but not to the majority.
So, are these blog rants about anything other than the death of becoming popular? I totally trolled this, but I really like your wrench vs. socket thing...props :-)
In my opinion this is on everyone's wishlist, but if any progress is made by an upstart that becomes more than failure, the large teleco's jump in and wring politics to 'dig' in deep and uproot small players. However, I'm hoping I'm 100% wrong and still wishing for more competitive pricing. So rock on Asterisk, give them hell!
The news isn't supposed to be overwhelming in any good way, it's Ubuntu. With recent news of Debian uptake, they will have to shamefully play their Debian card to get any real attention to this device. After all, the trendy news says NASA uses Debian, so Ubuntu has to be stable too right? How much do you think it stings Ubuntu when the quiet and low brow Debian becomes more recognized than the flashy loud mouth Ubuntu? Ubuntu should actually pack it in and push Debian on their mobiles for a chance of greater success. After all, they only have to change a splash screen to fool 99% of Ubuntu users.
Ubuntu: Debian's Section 8.
What? I only heard Neil.
I feel like he said nothing, I mean this completely. I believe the editor (Neil) was the only saving grace, without the editors words, the other guys comments read like generic P.R. dribble you find in junk mail from health insurance companies. Truthfully, if you edited out a few company specific words, you could apply that public statement to any field or company. And people wonder why Microsoft seems so generic.
How about they stop pushing notebooks off on consumers with the illusion that notebooks only run windows? I've looked at hardware specs on these things all too often thinking "this looks good", but then I read something along the lines of "Designed for Windows"...a felling drops on me like an anvil knowing I'm being charged a higher price for a OS I'm never going to use.
If they wanted to sell more Windows licenses, then they should offer them without any OS, or with the option of Windows. At least that way they could at least sway people with the idea of a lower cost, only to catch the consumer in hesitation about having no OS when they are in the checkout line, and make a few last second sales. Some revenue is better than none.
Re: Windows, Windows,
@Vince: Yes, but let me troll to point out you just trolled to troll another, and in the process, you put holes in your own boat.
Vince: "It's all nonsense. You do not have to reactivate Windows in this type of environment, assuming you installed the right version to start with. Poor quality trolling."
You just assumed yet another variable that is yet another reason why not to choose Windows, that is unless you believe having to reactivate a OS license is NEVER a possibility with Microsoft Windows. Of course, with Debian it isn't, which the original troll implied (With appropriate comedy I might add).
P.S. Did I troll...YES! I'M GUILTY!
Re: Three wins for Debian in a week
I run nothing but Debian, and I'm always reminded how poor I am every time I realize I can't donate money. Debian very much requires money or at least what money can buy, if you don't know this, then you haven't even once read the Debian homepage. Google can help, but let us hope Google doesn't lean on Debian too much for private gains.
I typically don't reply to AC's, but being I run nothing but vanilla Debian and you somehow have 7 downvotes...I believe you are correct. If you read no farther than this paragraph, then I must ask now: Will this push Debian development, or push Google development in Debian? There is a difference.
Google seemed to start with the intention of taking Linux to a new level, although no one knew or does know what that level is. Now, they are starting to understand that they can make even MORE money by cutting down on certain development, which requires a migration from fully custom to a tweaked standard. In time, expect this from anyone running anything Linux today. Give it 5 to 10 and all your mobiles will all be running Debian or a tweaked forked version of it (BTW, this might not be a good thing).
Of course, there will still be Windows for the ones who just can't let go...
I agree with you Khaptain, but I wish I didn't! I wish that because if the web has shown us anything at all, it has shown us that technically it creates redundant, non-standard, and proprietary technologies that only create a ever growing divide. I know the web brings us as humans together, but everything else it seems to clutter. I'm sort of reminded by that in another aspect every time I find a software package ending in .deb, but for which division is the .deb for... And so it goes, a common interest that perpetually encourages a common division.
Re: Once a bastion of freedom...
Agreed! If we get away from the ~idealism~ of both sides for a second, then how can DRM be a good thing for the actual HTML itself?
One example of DRM gone by bad technical merit is, what if DRM is incorporate as vastly as SSL? How many webpages that you save for offline use will no longer load, unless you have a inet connection to the originating domain? It seems it could force the technology of HTML itself to require a inet connection, how is that a positive evolution at all?
"...using easily sourced metal parts..."
You're missing the effect of all this, it is the parts that are hard to obtain that are potentially being printed, not the metal ones. This particular article mentions someone who tried to create a complete synthetic weapon, which is useless because as you seem to understand, metal parts are much cheaper and durable.
Until someone prints a frag grenade out of Liquid Metal, I think we all can rest easy.
Re: Good god!
Don, opinions may vary, but there is always a majority. The majority, if it is the majority, that stands for having a persons life turned inside out for this particular issue, are assholes. Don, escape it how you like with your own words, but you're and asshole.
"...and also to inform them of which Googlers are doing the searching."
Does the above mean private citizens, or employees? And why in either case should that matter, wouldn't it sort of be like asking who bought season tickets when a team owner is under investigation?
Re: Good god!
You're an asshole. You hope someones house gets raided along with their finances because they shared and attached their name to the project, because they didn't take a criminal approach and attempt to sell them, use them, or develop them for criminal activity? Again, asshole!
Is it a good thing they are developing even MORE laws for criminals to break? I suppose at some point I will have to fill out a government form when I want to pick up a pack of DVD-R and a 3D printer, of course there will be an extra tax on that printer.
"MP3s are so low-quality that they are not even worth stealing."
That is true, but it is not completely .mp3's fault. If you take CDDA and use lame @ 320kbps, you won't notice. But that is CDDA, which sadly is still the popular format. Now if you rip DVD-A or DTS streams and encode .mp3 @ 320, you immediately hear the difference. However, being .mp3 is generally encoded from CDDA, it is gimped from the start at the source.
The irony of .mp3 quality is that if you download them for free, they are almost always better quality than the ones you pay for, I'd say 95% of the time. Companies are just too damn greedy to spend an extra 0.005 dollars to sell you a better quality .mp3.
Technically, if you want higher quality .mp3's you don't buy them, because you can't :-/
Re: Sort of the...
Uhhh, I was going to post that exact name! This man, for better or worse, has lived! Truthfully, I feel like this man is the I.T. equivalent of where the buffalo roam, the land between. Undoubtedly proof that I.T. isn't always physically boring.
This man should be the bad example of the I.T. world. The kind of bad example that can be inspiring. Where are the McAfee T-Shirts !!!!
Amazon, Publicly Private.
Considering Amazon is a Private company, what does that say about their "Public" cloud....anyways.
Well, I don't think it is a matter of *if*, but when. The design of a public "cloud" is great, until dark clouds roll in. But a private "cloud", well that is much more controllable and not to mention, private. Amazon and the similar minded can go on and on about the public cloud, but when the day comes when we all have gigabit (yeh, someday right?), who needs it, or even wants it?
I still wonder if the "cloud" is actually something at all new, or just a buzzword to fire up economic spending on something that has been implemented many times before. The kind of buzzword to push for spending and market dominance of whatever company pushing it. As far as I can tell, the buzzword "cloud" is the only thing new about the concept, but sadly we all still know the word that holds the keys to the gate...."bandwidth".
"All-in-all, the Trends Map is a fascinating peek into the American psyche..."
The author is from San Fran. and the author really believes that this is a accurate portrayal of the "American psyche" as well as fascinating.
For those not from the USA, please remember that people from San Francisco are "special" and they should not be considered to be a working example of anything other than "special".
If we weren't seeing all browsers being exploited as they are now, I probably wouldn't think twice about forgoing increased browser speed for security, but we are seeing it. Also, outside of WebGL, where are the advancements in this area for hardware? If you want to state that it can be a step in the wrong direction, I wouldn't argue that, but at least it is a step in some direction. I can't think of any advancement that starts off bulletproof, but if bulletproof was a requirement to advancing, I don't think there wouldn't be much advancement. Shit happens right now, and shit will continue to happen, so why not make the best of it? New territory, new problems, new solutions.
Re: Fraid not
"What do politicians have to do with the judgements made under Common Law?"
Surprising question. Is it what do politicians have to do with judges, or what do politicians have to do with any law? And if it is both as you have worded, wouldn't it be everything? Yeh, so I'm bullshitting you a bit, but I can't see how politicians wouldn't be able to pull the strings of judges.
With verdicts like this, it could be very quickly chalked up as a win for Mrs. Justice. However, if I stop and look around, I'll notice an alarming sum of patent lawsuits happening. Some of these lawsuits have billion dollar price tags on them, seems like they are Weapons of Massive Corporations (W.M.C.'s :-). So I have to wonder, is it really that the courts didn't know of such corrupt business practices, or is that the big boys want a bigger share of the pie, so time has come to knock out the little players?
As you can tell, I like to play antagonist. But can you state honestly, positively and undoubtedly that you don't at all think or feel, for even a second, that there is something a little "off" about the timing of all this?
I didn't read the article, but this doesn't seem strong, in fact, the second quote even adds a bit of plausible deniability to the wording.
Also, I've never understood if it was that the USA is better at hacking the Chinese, or the Chinese just don't publish their reports of the USA hacking them.
Check is in the mail.
This is one step to putting a government body to the internet.
First, corporations do it, then governments like the idea. Then governments give tax "incentives" to companies that "comply". Then some asshole corporation who needs more "incentive" somehow spins "Online Citations" as a good idea. Next thing I know, I'm being cited for trespassing and littering on some random blog that I can no longer visit due to a "Browsing Order", which prohibits me from coming within 1 octet of it at all times. Then comes the processing and convenience charges for the litigation of these payments, which involves a private corporation that will market, I mean handle my details and payment.
Yes, it is super paranoid.
"Conceptually it is a security nightmare. That was always the given reason by Microsoft for not implementing it."
Ok, I'll bite. Can you explain why decoding one thing on your GPU is worse than any other? I would think that in particular to Microsoft, they never implemented it because DirectX is a nightmare in itself, not too mention it would be similar to incorporating GNU software into their OS. I'm probably wrong, but I think OpenGL was one of the things intentionally crippled (in the ASM) if the CPU was detected as non-Intel...or maybe I'm thinking of something else.
When I try to run WebGL games currently, I have to use Chrome. Firefox just doesn't run some, and doesn't run others as fast. Also Chrome can run some C apps via an extension, which really could be a security nightmare, but it does work. However, being that Firefox is my preferred browser, I do hope the other players start incorporating WebGL to it's full spec. I figure if my GPU is going to render it, then rendering it faster is a good thing.
I think this is the future. You could use any monitor as a slave (eventually). People are in the groove of BYOD of some sort, add in public WiFi hotspots, and the only thing that needs to be publicly ready is a monitor. Throw in a iR keyboard/mouse interface (like MS Kinect) ran off a bracelet, and your set. Assuming all that isn't the future, then at least I could load a recover OS on the damn thing as long as it has USB and Cat5.
I'm starting to wonder about how many electronic appliances you couldn't put Linux in. At some point it could get very hairy and you would have to start treating different kernels like you would different networks. The whole thing could be extremely grand. Think "Cloud Management" software can be big and complexed? Huh, I'm foreseeing "Kernel Management" software even larger and much more complexed.
Re: Greenspan Times Are Here Again
@Destroy All Monsters: Do you believe all of that, or just half?
The suggestion that construction is low, is to me, insane! Maybe this means construction within newly acquired, previously desolated land? As far as I can see, constructions is booming in older sectors with rehabilitation of "poverty" zones and other lower income areas. In many places, it has gone from cutting down trees, to cutting down families.
As far as the increase in housing prices, I completely agree. I'm currently in a position where I have to find a new house, and after tracking the prices for the last 12 months, I've seen as high as a 15% increase across a dozen or so houses.
Re: Be careful for what you ask for, you might get it!
"A 5 year old boy does not need to ask his parents for a Kinder rifle before shooting his sister. Print,Bang,Done" <--- W. T. F. ! Have you not thought about the more abusive government response!
Let's say some ChemCorp comes forth with a polymer who's catalyst is something as cheap and accessible as water. Let's also say that anyone who wants a weapon that has been too inaccessible in acquisition, now has alternative means to acquire parts. Eventually, the whole "3D Printer" concept is taking to a grand new level and now the those who couldn't afford to before, now can on a mass scale. I know this is wild speculation on the future, but is it not feasible to have a synthetic future for at least Bioweapons and deployment? I think rifles and such are out, but 1 off devices such as bombs and missiles are another story.
So I have to wonder, who should I be worried about the most: A. Little Johnny that would do something as horrible as kill his sister. B. My rights to the information I may or may not put to good use. C. New found laws that support even further communist "profiling" of anyone with a printer (even if it was non-3d, I could still print out the plans)?
For the Doom & Gloom minds: Access does not equal intent! If it did, everyone has access to a gun right now, so by that rational, everyone has intent to murder. Now, for the paranoid minds :-): Eventually, these devices and their ilk will open new doors to new laws, regardless if they are needed or not.
Re: Takes me back to high school.
You both have horror stories because you are the "intellectual" types. You need to stop those types from trying to make anything! Remember, they don't make things, they design them! They pay people to make things for them for a reason. What you need is a class of "engineering" types, not intellectuals.
If you would like to try out a redneck engineering level, I can make you up a zip-gun in a zip! I can teach you to fabricate almost any material into almost anything you want. Some objects and materials a redneck can't due, I just can't reliably sustain anything over 480v.
Re: Brassed off
"You got a good point there. but the cartridges are smaller and easier to hide, e.g in a hollow metallic hairbrush handle. or inside a metallic toothpaste tube. And you could hide a 'proper' steel barrel camouflaging it as another metallic handle."
But you don't have a point! Nobody seems to have a point! WTF is going on here people? AAARrrrgggghh! :-)
Everyone is under the impression that this is 1982 and detection systems are solely based on material, not dimensions. Metal or not, that object will be detected as a potential weapon as long as the software knows to match it (which it would, being it's similar to any snub nose).
Re: Strip searches?
"...there's going to be nothing in the design that makes the metal addition crucial, so potentially there could be people walking around with firearms that can get through airport scanners undetected."
@Hempy: "If a gun is made at home without any metal it could easily be carried onto an airplane."
No, this is not true. Just about any detection system today uses dimensional detection rather than solely material. I can testify that in the case of federal buildings, the object would be identified as a gun-like object.
Ultimately, the airports and what not will have to update their "checkers" for the latest possibilities.
"...since it has a full fat version of Windows,..." Sure it does, but no one wants anything full of fat anymore, or ever did. Also, have you ever considered that you have somehow associated computing power and performance with high disk and memory usage? In the power and resource department, Windows is all fat.
"The attraction doesnt end there either." Hold up on ending and tell us where it began, or better yet, tell the global market.
"...they have full-on keyboard docks." Is this a plus? I'd hope for a Bluetooth or mini USB interface myself.
"The versatility of a tablet isnt enough from..." The versatility of ANY tablet is limited, especially if you are a power user of any kind. It is fine for when we feel like a dreamer, negator, or gamer. However, for the rest of the time, it is clunky and about as advanced as an Etch-A-Sketch.
And of course, your "proprietary" comment. I greatly assume you meant "fragmented" instead, which is true (enough). If you actually meant to use the word "proprietary", don't explain...my head would explode.
Re: Promises, promises
Why? Simple: They don't have to be better to win, just good enough. More cash comes out of the large majority that just want a display, not to play video games. Also, don't forget that their competition is aiming a wicked eye at them by pushing GPU cycles, cores, and math. If Intel sits still, they could loose the desktop/mobile market once and for all, and we all could be whisked away to Cuda`Ville.
No matter. If the "Intel HDA" driver or its proprietary cousins actually performed in an non-ass way, I'd actually care about this news. However, being that the driver might as well come shipped blacklisted, Intel is wasting their time.
You might be countering your own argument about "Japanese English", because your entire posts is honestly the worst written post I have read since I've been a member (~6 months). Do you speak English natively, or was the grammatically train wreck intentional?
A Dutch door.
Dish has a less than satisfactory record with customer service, not to mention they are price hike hungry (but who isn't anymore).
Japan can stay in Japan. Once the Yen spun out of control, prices have never come back down to what they once were, so the probability of a higher costing network is a little higher with that particular country (yes it is naive, but anything can be used as an excuse for a price hike in today's world).
Re: those two companies already KNOW the local tax rates
Wait what? Yeh I'm confused now too! I thought you meant that Visa/MC could implement the mechanism for the new bill. If I'm wrong, ignore the rest of this :-).
If Visa/MC setup a mechanism for this new bill, they would take on the liability of handling your personal taxes. Like H.&R. Block, they would only cover mistakes on your behalf if you paid for "audit protection". Well, that is obviously not a fact, but I don't think they would offer such protection for free, so you'd have to pay more in the long run. If you pay H&R block to handle your taxes, but you didn't pay them extra for the audit protection, then you're left to deal with the I.R.S. all on your own.
In a nutshell, if Visa/MC fumbled your tax rate, you won't be calling Visa/MC customer support, you'll be calling the I.R.S.
Re: God I hate politicians...
If you really think government spending is adequate enough to justify more taxes, then apparently you've never worked for the government (or possibly have so much money and live on an island).
If you can find a way, look at how much the government spends on expedite shipping alone, JUST expedited. Do those skids of blank forms really need to be sent over night? Do those employees really need new $1000 Herman Miller chairs? Do those employees really need Reasonable Accommodation because they refuse to ride the bus? You have no idea how much is wasted in just any 1 division of the government, let alone the entire thing. Soooo..., firehouses, schools, roads....rrrrrrrright, if only.
Re: I can be paranoid.
@Psyx: Did your blood just start boiling too much to continue reading?
I failed at alluding that the first part was sarcasm, I should of stated that better when I mentioned I understood there was limitations to such contests. Now, when you state that I "don't want them learning anything useful", you apparently missed the part where I expressed I don't see a problem with it being that someone has to know it, and do it.
Where and when in time did I state I was fine with teenagers getting shot in the face?
"There is nothing that makes a teenager more likely to go rogue than anyone else."
There is one thing, lack of real world experience. When anyone, not just teenagers, just read and write all day at any job, one can loose interest in the reasons that they are there. When you have become warn in, conditioned, even just older, you understand that is just the way it is. However, many younger minds are much more ambitious and willing to seek new venues. They just haven't had the real experiences yet to fully understand what they are told, and more importantly, what they swear by. But again, someone has to know it, someone has to do it, so why not give them a chance. I'm stating that with honesty.
Now, surprisingly (extremely to me), you didn't call me out for the part of my post I was hesitant to even state...their body mass. It is not always the case that more muscle can sustain more damage, not always. In the end, I personally believe it goes from being honor, to just sheer will. I have been told that under extreme conditions, no words can be remember to be spoken and only images remain.
As far as your homage to the oil business, good job.
Re: What I want to know is
"You don't use anything powered by IOS, Android, Windows presumably?"
No, it is that we do that makes us notice the lack of ownership. Not to be a dick, but as far as them making $0.00, who has rewired you to make you believe that list is the only way to make money?
Remember when you owned something you bought...remember 1955?
The cost would be outrageous, but I still don't think a real attempt of educating this is possible, because everyone is different. Too many of us know what to do, and too many of us don't. I think we are pretty much "there" in regards to this topic, but the whole thing seems to boil down to human element. If you still don't know to question that dodgy e-mail attachment or whatever, chances are you never will. This doesn't make people dumb in all fields, it just sets a standard to what field they shouldn't be in.
"I have the feeling that this will eventually come back to bit the US in the bum."
Why the feeling? I don't know if you are in the U.S.A., England, or really any other "Western" country, but the competition is rough! Either they will get their shit together and willingly venture to the USA in the future, or they will just roll over and die.
Truthfully, they are probably making a smart move right now by getting their ducks in line and not taking on the current competition. However, I don't care what company you are, you don't shy away from 200,000,000 million potential customers just because "you're not interested", just the thought of it seems like a paradox.
Re: NO INTERNET TAX!
WTF is that? Is this your website...or do the votes get passed onto the ~official~ YouTube channel?