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Comment: Re:Black pest 2.0 (Score 1) 165

by Dragonslicer (#47978647) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

I think there's some disturbing parallels to the zombie/ebola outbreak scenario.

A lot of people laughed when the CDC put out their "Zombie Survival Guide", but this is why it wasn't just some big joke. The CDC published what is really just a guide for handling an outbreak of a major contagious disease, like Ebola, and just called the disease "Zombie" for fun.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 3, Insightful) 321

by Dragonslicer (#47951193) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Ignoring the desires of 40% of the population is a wee bit undemocratic, wouldn't you agree?

Uh, no, if the other 60% desired otherwise, ignoring the desires of 40% of the population would, by definition, be completely democratic. That's why we don't have true democracies.

Comment: Re:FOSS names (Score 2) 264

by Dragonslicer (#47948593) Attached to: TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Good ones: Inkscape, Thunderbird, Blender, VirtualBox, Linux...

Crappy ones: GIMP, Tahoe-LAFS, Ubuntu, Kdenlive, XFCE...

I personally think that you hit the sweet spot when you have a name which sounds cool and professional, is easy to remember, and at least tries to vaguely describe the function of the program.

A lot of software fails your last requirement (Thunderbird, Blender, Linux for a lot of people), but that isn't limited to open source software. While Microsoft has the reasonably-named Windows and Word, they also have Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Comment: Re:Cross between a music album and a video game (Score 2) 349

Lots of posts bashing the "can't be pirated" thing, and this is the first one that talks about the first thing that I noticed. Nothing mentioned in the summary is interactive in any way. When I listen to music, it's to listen to music, frequently while driving or on the bus and subway. If I wanted to do something interactive while on the bus, I'd download some games for my phone.

So what exactly is going to be interactive about this new format? Or are they just using a word that doesn't mean what they think it means?

Comment: Re:Thank you apple! (Score 1) 332

by Dragonslicer (#47936681) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

...and it is amazing how hard it is for some people to understand the difference between losing market share in a saturated market and your market share growing slower than a still expanding market. In percentages your market share may be declining even though your sales are still growing.

Uh, the definition of "market share" is the percentage of the whole, no matter the size of the market. If the percentage is going down, then by definition they are losing market share, even if raw sales numbers are increasing.

Whether the most important number is market share, raw sales number, amount of profit, or something else, that depends on who you ask.

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." --Arthur C. Clarke