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Comment: Re:Very suspicious (Score 1) 353

by BillKaos (#44186059) Attached to: MasterCard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers

It is likely the case that the VPN providers were involved with some form of SPAM.

Cutting off Visa/Mastercard processing to the spammers clients such as online pharmacies has been a very successful approach:

http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/05/20/2252225/a-new-approach-to-reducing-spam-go-after-credit-processors

No gain = no SPAM

Comment: Re:Stallman was right! (Score 1) 365

by BillKaos (#40179239) Attached to: Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted

Because at the time, would Java had been under a different license, it had an incredible potential and surely would have enjoyed much wider adoption.

We had to stop using Java due to its non-free license.

And what is more important, the language is fragmented. Its non-freeness motivated the development of several runtimes/stacks, which, TTOMExperience, suffer from compatibility issues.

Comment: Re:Will the police get any evidence? (Score 1) 361

by BillKaos (#36516554) Attached to: LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police
Well it seems some people is not familiar with TrueCrypt. You have an encrypted partition that you can show, and inside it (mixed in the free space) you have a second one. This way if the police forces you to decrypt you partition you can show the fake one, and they have no way of guessing whether you had another one, the most they can do is to destroy it.

Comment: Will the police get any evidence? (Score 1) 361

by BillKaos (#36511496) Attached to: LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police

has had his house searched and a significant amount of material taken away by police for forensic examination

Frankly, I can't imagine that even the less prepared script kiddie wouldn't keep all their hacking data inside a TrueCrypt partition allowing him to claim plausible deniability.

That, an open wifi, then claim "it came that way, or I couldn't make my netbook connect, so I had to open it".

Given those basic security measures, what evidence could the police use to incriminate him? Video/screen surveillance? I can't think of any other way.

Comment: Re:About $2K savings per month (Score 1) 562

by BillKaos (#31237680) Attached to: Fuel Cell Marvel "Bloom Box" Gaining Momentum

Aside from what other readers have noted (that getting a 5% return is very optimitics right now), you are not counting long term savings.

That is to say, today we have 1st generation power units which cost 3,500,000$ and save 100,000$ a year. Investing that money in the bank will return you 175,000$, all right, 75,000$ more than buying the machines.

But if you buy the power units, you are investing in power unit technology. So if they get a lot of customers, assume in 5 years time the units will cost 1.000.000$ and save you 300.000$ a year, a 30% ROI, no bank can compete with this. This is what happened with computer hardware, just look 20 years ago!

Comment: Quite a difference from theory to practice! (Score 1) 108

by BillKaos (#31178994) Attached to: PageRank-Type Algorithm From the 1940s Discovered

I guess previous work had the idea right, but actually building a system which can handle millions of links and reply in no time is not a small feature.

This reminds me of the discussion we had previously about the gap from research prototype transistors to having factories actually deliver them.

Comment: Re:More Microsoft Bashing (Score 1) 154

by BillKaos (#30180324) Attached to: Microsoft's Lack of Nightly Builds For IE

While I think Microsoft is right with its release cycle, the article is based on the fact the every other browser vendor is releasing snapshots.

For me, the biggest picture is interaction and strategy, not builds. In Webkit, Gecko and Presto, if you are a web developer, you can interact with the engine developer. They have mailing list, good bucktrackers, and a *good attitude* towards fixing bugs.

For Microsoft, if you are using Linux for development (a pretty common case I'd guess) you cannot even try. I doubt Windows users do fare any better. By the way, Windows 7 is not bad, but not usable yet.

The amount of weight an evangelist carries with the almighty is measured in billigrahams.

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