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Comment: Re:Just Remember (Score 1) 188

by rsborg (#49133045) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

I cannot even begin to count the number of commenters here who pushed HTML5 as the best way to end, once and for all, those incredibly invasive and annoying Flash ads.

You got exactly what you were asking for.

So long as business is on the web, there will never, ever, ever be a technological "solution" to online advertising. There's simply too much money at stake for that to happen.

Flashblock does to HTML5 and Silverlight what it does to Flash. It blocks it.

The only difference between today and 2 years ago is that nowadays some browsers (Firefox, Safari for sure) block Flash by default (assuming you're not on the latest version plugin - which resembles 90% of people I know). This must be impacting the bottom line of online advertisers.

We're back to not relying on the browser to auto block ads and to use plugins like block and Flashblock (I go one step further and use facebookblocker but that's just me) to keep ourselves from being spammed.

The only problem is that mobile users are now going to use more bandwidth and get ads in return.

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 531

by afxgrin (#49099075) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

You have to give the guy some slack. He's lived longer than my grandfather yet was diagnosed with a disease that should have killed him in a couple of years. Of course he'll have something negative to say about aggression - what the fuck is he going to do about someone being violent to him and his family? Ram them with his electric wheel chair while making snarky comments via text-to-voice?

Comment: Re:News (Score 1) 210

by rsborg (#49098335) Attached to: 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

thats it, would have cost next to nothing to the people, and would accomplish the only good thing that obamacare has going for it.

..and is something many States already had a law for. It is unbelievable how many people point to the pre-existing conditions rule completely unaware that they were already living under such a law. It just goes to show that uninformed idiots are deciding things, and then defending those things, while commiting logical fallacies all the way through.

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Comment: This info is for us, not the average pleb (Score 2) 192

by afxgrin (#49093681) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

Considering this audience is pretty much the only one that understands the implications behind these revelations. WE should be the ones raising the issues and getting in the government's face about this, but technologists are notoriously passive when it comes to protesting the government. With that in mind, there's not too much _I_ can do as a Canadian to protest the NSA/GCHQ, but there's definitely the CSE who are one of the "5 eyes" members.

However the easiest response to mass surveillance is mass encryption, and that doesn't involve standing outside for hours shouting at people who couldn't care less or trying to educate the average person about why this isn't just part of the fight on 'terrorism' but it's a direct assault on all of us. Obviously the entire cell phone network design will need an overhaul after these keys have been leaked, and hopefully the overhaul uses better techniques.

Comment: Re:After reading the article (Score 2) 126

by rsborg (#49082439) Attached to: Patent Troll Wins $15.7M From Samsung By Claiming To Own Bluetooth

Out of 13 jurors, which includes one alternate, I believe that only 2 of us had jobs that might be called "professional". The others were roofers and holders of various jobs that don't require any college education. These are the kinds of people who serve on juries.

This is a result of the adversarial juror selection process where legal teams from both sides, plaintiff and defendant, try very hard to remove any liabilities from the juror pool. Knowledgeable people are liable to be on a "side" and therefore will be removed by one side or another.

That combined with the fact that, as a juror, you are not rewarded or likely to get compensation from your employer, means that people who have valuable knowledge, skills and generally good understanding of lots of stuff, try very hard to not be selected.

I'm not sure there's a better way, other than perhaps to try to increase the overall average knowledge of the entire juror pool (either by free, compulsory 2ndary education) or by restricting the juror pool to prevent the "know nothings" from deciding the law on cases that could have society wide impact (a slippery slope that I probably wouldn't recommend).

How do they do this kind of thing in Europe?

Comment: Re:Human Nature (Score 1) 114

is such that certain crimes are so grave that they transcend the realm of due process and require summary execution.

The whole point of due process is to ensure that yes, this is indeed the guilty party to be punished. Historically, the witch hunt was one popular alternative.

Comment: Who TF buys a "Smart" TV anyway? (Score 3, Insightful) 370

by rsborg (#49028441) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

I mean, with the plethora of set-top boxes like AppleTV, Roku, FireTV, ChromeCast, why would anyone in their right mind buy an all-in-one, especially from a known UI offender like Samsung (TouchWiz?).

Samsung should focus on making a TV with sound that doesn't suck (i.e., integrated wireless speakers that auto-calibrate) or maybe focus on style and setup for differentiation.

Whatever... they are a low-price disruptor and they essentially kicked Panasonic and Pioneer out of the market so they could foist this "app crap" on us. Whoever buys a Samsung "smart" TV deserves one I guess.

Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 3, Interesting) 551

by causality (#49013015) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

The current maintainer has said he will apply the patches anyway so it's really a non issue. None of that seems to be mentioned in the summary at least.

That part IS mentioned in the summary

The Emacs maintainer has called the statements irrelevant and won't affect their decision to merge the LLDB support.

You can be sure Stallman is miffed. Publicly calling his input irrelevant on code he wrote is one step away from calling him irrelevant.

Whenever you relieve yourself of a responsibility by giving it to someone else, you accept that that person is not you and may not make the same decisions that you would make. If Stallman is to be blamed for anything, it should be in the form of Stallman blaming himself for choosing a maintainer who does not more closely share his views.

Now that persuasion has failed, I suppose he could fork it.

Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 1) 551

by causality (#49012981) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

He's presenting and supporting a position that he holds. He's not flaming anybody, he is participating in a rational public debate about something that he helped to start, which seems entirely fair. He chose not to keep maintaining emacs day to day, and so that is his role; to say what he thinks the people running it now should do.

What you're doing, though, is just to flame him... for speaking his mind... while trying to accuse him of being against the speaking of minds.

It should be very easy to form a rational basis for views contrary to his. Unfortunately you abandon the attempt right at the start, and resort instead of a basket of logical fallacies. His views are at an extreme end, it shouldn't be hard at all to be both contrary and reasonable.

It seems like every time there is a discussion that remotely touches on the subject of freedom, someone in some form or another has to rehash this same discussion. The subject matter changes, the circumstances change, the exact pseudo-logic has a few variations, and it's articulated with varying degrees of skill, but at heart it's really the same discussion.

Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 4, Interesting) 551

by causality (#49012861) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

Excellent point, open and free but only in the way he sees freedom... We are talking about the man who is insisting to call Linux, GNU/Linux and likes to flame people for speaking up their minds, with different world visions...

So he tries to persuade people to agree with him, perhaps passionately, perhaps vehemently, maybe even not so nicely ... but (to my knowledge) he has never used force or fraud to coerce people into behaving the way he thinks they should. That sounds perfectly freedom-loving to me. I'm really not seeing the problem here.

If your opinion of the guy is correct, then his methods will cause fewer people to listen to him and he will thereby undermine his own efforts. This means such a situation would be self-correcting. I've never heard of RMS using force or threat of force to make you call it "GNU/Linux". The degree of power he has over you is determined entirely by how much you decide to listen to him*. The ability to recognize this is generally called perspective.

It's as though some people have an entitlement mentality, a manner in which they are self-centered. It leads to them feeling like they've been wronged or mistreated somehow when they discover that someone doesn't agree with them, won't support or otherwise validate them (probably the part that really bothers you), and speaks against them.

* I started to add "and use his software", but then I realized that's not true - you could use Emacs with the LLVM debugger ... or not, whether anyone else likes it or not, because the GPL and LLDB's NCSA license are compatible. RMS deliberately chose a license allowing this to happen. Did you fail to recognize the significance of that? That freedom means people might do things with which he disagrees does not remove his right to disagree. Are you suggesting it should? If not, what exactly are you trying to say, if you are not in fact expressing another entitlement mentality?

Comment: The only difference with Apple (Score 1) 82

by rsborg (#48974913) Attached to: Samsung Set To Launch Mobile Payment System With Galaxy S6 At MWC

Apple Pay is a fancy term for the EMV payment standard - there's no magic in it, and it's just implementing what the payment industry says is how they want to do it. It's why it "just works" in a lot of stores because the standard was done a while ago and implemented.

The only difference is that with Apple, it is simple and it works. If you doubt that, then look at how long a lead Google had with Wallet and how as soon as Apple Pay appeared, it's dominated the usage of contactless terminals.

Sure, Apple pushed it - but if it was a total pain, people wouldn't do it. There's always the fallback of actually using your card.

Comment: Your rant is 30 years late (Score 3, Informative) 82

by rsborg (#48974867) Attached to: Samsung Set To Launch Mobile Payment System With Galaxy S6 At MWC

The biggest problem with these contactless payments, bigger even than trust, is that it separates you mentally from your money. It makes it easy for people to fail to develop and maintain responsible financial habits. It softens the blow of spending money. If that blow doesn't hurt, then you can imagine what happens to the thought of security. The closer you are to the cash, the more you pay attention to its security! Someone takes $20 out of your wallet, you get upset. Someone skims your card, you don't even notice, and if you ever find out, you hope the card company will just reverse the charge. What incentive do you have to care anymore?

You don't think the same issues happen with cards vs. cash? Yeah, I go through stores already today just putting stuff in the cart, swiping at the checkout, collecting the receipt and never even looking at the bill until well after the fact (and sometimes never even then).

I manage my budget after the fact - hey that spongecake we bought was completely uneaten - never buy again. That TJs cold-brewed coffee habit is expensive but more cost-effective than buying beans and cleaning out the coffee machine... etc, etc.

Fact is, cards have already altered our spending habits and contactless does very little to modify that - it's just a nice shinier petina over the same rubric.

Comment: Re:its not about the ring, its just a lesson. (Score 4, Insightful) 591

by causality (#48958437) Attached to: Texas Boy Suspended For "Threatening" Classmate With the One Ring

the school is teaching the kid that threats have consequences.

Credible threats have consequences. Threatening to magically make someone magically vanish lacks credibility.

and a pretty good lesson

"Good" lessons have a point to them. Teaching kids to fear imaginary threats does not.

There is one good lesson they're teaching this boy: those with authority are not to be trusted.

The more they over-think the plumbing the easier it is to stop up the drain.