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Comment: Re:Fuckin' C*nsorship (Score 1) 705

by Cabriel (#47546989) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

As someone pointed out, above: Dumb censors aka Automatic censorship, whether through school/business firewalls or those people who didn't opt out of their ISPs auto-censorship, etc. It's better to throw in the asterisk to reach a wider audience sometimes than to prevent a number of people from being able to load the page.

Personally, I hate the idea of automatic censorship, but it's not like I can stop it from existing.

Comment: Re:Democrats getting a pass here? (Score 2) 225

by Cabriel (#47380309) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Who else is on the subcommittee? Turns out it's 7 republicans and 4 democrats. While I can believe that the Rs may have dominated the vote, it's about as valid as assuming both sides agreed on the cut, since the quote from Senator Lamar Alexander specifies "We've withdrawn..." meaning it wasn't just his decision.

Really, though, you expect one single person is the only one ever asked to decide anything? Well, you might, but I don't think you should admit to it, if you do. But in case you do, perhaps you should examine this:

"Instead, appropriators will zero out ITER spending until DOE comes up with reliable numbers, said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, at a hearing today. "We provide no funding for ITER until the department provides this committee with a baseline cost, schedule, and scope," she said.

Source

Don't ask me why I decided to go to google for this stuff, but I didn't really need to. Even the first link in the submission specifies that it was a Democrat who chairs the subcommittee and who warned almost 3 months ago that the funding was in jeapordy.

Comment: Re:Lines to purchase new Apple products. (Score 1) 242

by Cabriel (#47362351) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Besides, what better way to make sure you know what the consumers are experiencing by making sure your gear (no pun) is acquired from the same place?

If Apple (or any company) gave him special supplies, maybe they might deliberately make his item somehow superior (whether through special hardware or software options or optimizations that aren't available for the general public)?

Comment: Someone invented some extra penalties (Score 1) 145

by Cabriel (#47339027) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

I read through the actual law and I don't see anywhere that specifies each CEO and officers of a violating company can be fined. The law specifies "individuals" can be fined up to $1million, and "any other person" (presumably corporations-as-people) can be fined up to $10million.

Anyone care to clue me in?

Actual FULL text of the law: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca...

Comment: Re:Those who can, innovate; those who can't... (Score 1) 140

Imitation spurs innovation by differentiating, however slightly, from the original and other knockoffs so that people will aquire your product.

Litigation prevents innovation and generates bad publicity, driving people away from your platform no matter how Right and Just your litigation may be. A vocal minority will always misrepresent your position to sway the market away from you.

For the Market, Imitation is clearly superior.
For the Seller, it's perhaps less clear which is better. Litigation is clearly a suprerior short-term solution but very harmful to your brand in the long-term.

Comment: Stop whining, you old farts! (Score 3, Insightful) 325

by Cabriel (#46871689) Attached to: <em>Star Wars: Episode VII</em> Cast Officially Announced

You know how you can retain your good memories of Star Wars? Don't watch the movies. As for the rest of us who never read the books and thought the original movies were a range of merely okay to pretty dismal, let us watch these new movies in equally okay to dismal peace.

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