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Comment Cold War much? (Score 1) 57

So what you're saying, is that Azerbaijan was a former soviet republic; seriously? Let's move on from the cold war and call it what it is: part of Europe. We don't commonly refer to the Ukraine as a former soviet republic, nor Belarus, nor Estonia. Get with the times and stop posting ignorant propaganda.

Comment Re:Another technology to be avoided (Score 1) 145

Very interesting, I learned something about a Casio watch I used to own today!

Anyway back to the article, I think there should be a difference between using a specific encryption scheme (applying math to your data), and purchasing a physical piece of specific technology. But then again, there are import/export laws concerning security so I guess there is some legal precedent, even if it's questionable.

Comment Typical (Score 4, Insightful) 110

The problem I've seen happen over and over again is when the boss decides it's much simpler to bypass the technology department, create something as a rapidly developed prototype, and then leave the tech department to cleanup the aftermath. Maybe the IT department got a reputation for making things overly complicated, or they find communication with their own experts too difficult because they lean on the side of realism rather than optimism. In either case, the companies that act this way clearly do not have leaders who have confidence in their own people, and will repeatedly go through new staff for their "technology department" which would be better labeled "cost center" as far as any of said leaders are concerned.

Comment Re:Typo: Digital Rights Management (Score 2) 371

At least Steam rides its own platform rather than demanding the introduction of proprietary extensions into a tool meant to browse the open web. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Netflix subscriber and I'd like to get my content easily, but at some point I have to wonder why they don't develop their own desktop apps to support the client side.

Comment Re:Add another one... (Score 1) 784

Not any more-so than elsewhere in the world. Visit just about any other country in the world (say Russia, Mexico) and you'll find it's much more common for unmarried children to live with their parents, mostly due to economic concerns. Hell, I'd save so much money if I still lived with my folks.

Comment Re:Yes, but for specific reasons (Score 2) 182

If I father a child (creator) and raise it to be... less than respectful of the law... my child then robs a bank. Do they put *me* in jail? By your definition they should...

While scripts aren't children, in any event parents are often held responsible for the actions of their children.

Check out this article.

Comment Re:You'd cheer were it Exxon instead of Google (Score 4, Informative) 114

This comment has so little context, it's asinine. Are you implying that the public favors lawsuits against oil companies over those confronting online piracy? If so, are you suggesting that the collateral damage caused by oil companies (such as damaging the environment) is greater than that caused by search companies (incidentally providing results that lead to downloads that violate copyright)?

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb