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Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 4, Insightful) 523

by squiggleslash (#48622985) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Yes, I'd go to the mall. And if I didn't, it'd solely be because I'd turn back if I saw over-zealous TSA-style "security" at all entrances. That's right, I'm more afraid of the TSA (guaranteed to cause misery) than a terrorist (can only cause misery if extremely lucky.)

I lived the first 25 years of my life in a county regularly attacked by real terrorists - not cartoonish villains wearing head dresses, but the sociopathic extreme of a (rightly, in my view, but that's another story) angry Irish Catholic community. I can honestly say I never changed anything I did based upon fear of being killed by terrorists. You don't live your life that way.

In this case, Sony and various theater chains are pissing their pants over a group that has no record of terrorism and which, having "warned" us, is highly unlikely to get away with an attack anyway. And whose justification for an attack anyway is absurd and highly improbable to drive anyone into a murderous rampage.


This is the logical continuation of the Bush response to terrorism: show the entire world we're terrified and lashing out at everyone, because somehow that's helpful, moral, and not going to encourage more terror.

It's time this nation stood up, and stopped pissing its pants every time someone phones in a bomb threat.

Comment: Re:DOCUMENTS? (Score 1) 249

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48620425) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

>The documents DEMAND that the the press DESTROY SONY!

Is this a joke that whooshed over my head, or are you hopped up on something? I'm thinking it's probably the former.

Information wants to be free. Sony demands. Anthropomorphism requires.

Q: If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?

Comment: It's fairly simple (Score 4, Insightful) 198

by squiggleslash (#48620341) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Open source is a success. It's taken over most of the server market. The fact it's open is why it's a success - do you think PHP would ever be popular if it were closed?

The question Microsoft is asking themselves is not "How do we kill this", but "How do we monetize this?" (followed by "How far should we jump right now, and to what extent should we hold back?")

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Comment: Re:Patents (Score 4, Informative) 198

by squiggleslash (#48620289) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

I may be wrong but I thought the only major patent things they've been involved in lately they were pretty up front about - in fact, many Slashdotters complained at the time they were just engaging in FUD by announcing they had any patents.

The things I know of are:

- The FAT LFN patent. Not a great idea, but they never picked FAT to be a SD card file system in the first place. Can't blame them for cashing in beyond general opposition to patents.
- The package of patents covering technologies in Android - this is the one I think Slashdot's commentator consensus complained was FUD until Microsoft started approaching mobile device makers.
- VC-1, which they were upfront about during the standardization process, and coordinated with the group licensing the MPEG LA was organizing.

Where have they tried to push something as an open standard and then turned around and said "Ha ha! Gotcha! Here are these hidden patents we never told you about"?

Comment: Re:First amendment? (Score 1) 249

by squiggleslash (#48608007) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Kinda, there's an area in between that it also protects against. The first amendment also protects you against private prosecutions and civil actions, as well as (again, for the most part) the government using its megaphone to promote one view and not another. Of course, everything's subject to tests on whether it's actual speech or not, and some categories, generally involving dishonesty or involvement in crime, have less protection.

On that latter note, not being a lawyer, I can't comment on whether quoting from Sony's documents is likely to result in successful court action or not, and would be interested to hear a real lawyer's take on it (a good one, I don't mean NYCL.)

Comment: Re:Easy solution... (Score 4, Insightful) 593

by squiggleslash (#48604667) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Ladies and Gentleman, we have a time traveller from 1948!

Just so you know, that whole "Outlaw high rise buildings, cover the entire country in parking lots and freeways" thing you and Robert Moses advocate was tried. For about 50 years in fact. In fact, in most of the US it's still the default. The problem was it made transit and other alternatives to the car commercially unsustainable, drove up the cost of living, has had immense social and economic costs, and it's actually the underlying cause of the problem being described by this article, which is that too many cars are on the road, not too few.

Comment: Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (Score 4, Insightful) 593

by squiggleslash (#48604493) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Up to a point: the complaint about zoning laws is that they're abused by Suburbanists, who use them to impose the following:

1. Mandatory free parking as part of any building, requiring that the development use 4x as much land as the actual building on it requires.

2. A complete seperation of business and residential development, preventing businesses from being close to the people they serve.

The end result is that the entire area becomes unwalkable, and impossible to serve using profitable public transit (thus requiring transit needs subsidies.)

What makes this worse is that after applying the same absurd standards to urban centers from the 1940s to the 1990s, which were impossible to meet and thus caused the elimination of most urban development during that period, people found it impossible to live in urban areas and migrated to the surburbs. This was used as evidence that everyone in the US wants to live in suburban areas and "wants" to be forced to drive everywhere.

There are still people out there, in fact, someone is probably composing a response to this post right now, who are so entrenched in the mentality that "everyone" wants to be forced to drive, they see attempts to liberalize zoning as "forcing" everyone to live in urban areas. I know this personally, I've been attacked for advocating such use of force when all I've done is argue for zoning liberalization.

Few people are likely to argue that zoning needs to be eliminated completely, and most - though not all - of comments along those lines are calling for something far less dramatic. No, you don't want to buy a home, then find that a property developer has bought all the lots around you with a view to building a chemical plant that borders your house.

But that's not what we ask for when we ask for zoning to be relaxed. We want it to be possible for developers to say "Let's built a walkable neighborhood with sustainable transit links between it and other similar centers." Right now, unless it exists already, they can't do that. It's effectively illegal.

Comment: Re:And this is why there's traffic... (Score 1) 593

by garcia (#48604087) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Clearly you have never been to the UCLA campus because, if you had, you would have known this isn't true in the least. You can walk all over that place.

The problem in LA is the culture. People believe they are to be seen in their automobiles and they buy or lease expensive cars and drive them ridiculously short distances for that sole reason (if there is another reason, please do share but nothing really makes sense).

I worked for a company based out of LA for 2.5 years and we were there often. One guy lived a 10 minute walk from the office but chose to drive each and every day. He didn't buy an M3 to have it sit in his garage, after all. Nope, it sat in the company's garage instead.


If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.