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Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 5, Insightful) 482

by GauteL (#48632705) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

"Colorado already proved that with the tax revenue they brought in from legalized marijuana"

Colorado probably got significantly increased business from being the first, surrounded by neighbours where it is still illegal. They probably even have increased secondary trade from people travelling in to get marijuana and then buying other stuff. Also, there's probably the effect of the novelty. I'm not saying there isn't a permanent increase, but it will be less if Nebraska and Oklahoma also legalise it.

Comment: Re:lol (Score 1) 250

by GauteL (#48528871) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

"Who in their right mind would pay a whole fucking dollar for each track???"

Someone who thinks a dollar is a drop in the ocean? There's quite a few of us out there that don't buy fucktons of music, just a small amount of music per month. I, for instance, probably buy an album every 2-3 months. It costs me £7 to buy this album from iTunes. That is less than the price of a pint of beer where I live. Or it means I spend around £50 per year on music, which isn't even a factor in my budget. The automation in the process easily makes it worth it for me. You can keep your torrents with thousands of songs on them, I'd only listen to 50 of them before forgetting I even had the other 950 taking up disk space.

Comment: Re:How is their infringment? (Score 1) 268

by GauteL (#48359847) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

GroupOn's software is most definitely "downloadable", since it is most certainly installed over a network (and frankly, even a data transfer over cable will probably be legally seen as a "download"). An iPad is also certainly a "computer". The GroupOn software also most definitely is used as a "Graphical user interface". So there now exists a second downloadable computer GUI software called "Gnome" which is also being agressively trademarked by GroupOn.

What happens when GNOME the desktop environment eventually runs on a tablet (which is entirely possible)? If GNOME hasn't successfully defended their trademark against GroupOn, it is not at all implausible to envision GroupOn suing GNU for using the GNOME name, which they had much longer than GroupOn, but just not used on a tablet.

I doubt that you would get away with registering trademarks for POS software called "Windows" or "Excel".

Comment: Pretty obvious (Score 1) 81

by GauteL (#48267723) Attached to: The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

If you discovered a new gene responsible for Alzheimer's you would get cited in a lot of medical journals, but devise a new and particularly useful computational method (i.e a new and particularly useful linear system solver or numerical integration scheme) and you can have an impact on nearly every scientific field.

Comment: Re:Communist == Spy in America? (Score 1) 165

by GauteL (#47580329) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

You are of course right, but it is impossible to be a communist and not be at odds with the current establishment (your upper class overlords) of the US. It was genius to label socialism and communism as 'unamerican'. That way they could label all their political foes as traitors.

Comment: Re:opt-out of untargeted ads (Score 1) 97

by GauteL (#47228347) Attached to: Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

"The more accurate such advertising gets, the more value-per-print it can generate, and therefore the less overall advertising will be required to sustain the "free" services we use. One well-chosen ad is worth dozens of spammy ones."

That is just frighteningly naive. Surely you understand that more value-per-print does not mean less advertising, but simply more profit?

Comment: Re:Government fails again (Score 3, Informative) 267

by GauteL (#47177669) Attached to: Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

Great. So go live in an ideal world without those people so that you can implement a society without rules, where people just play nicely with each other.

The fact is; on every street in every town in every country there is at least one arse who will take full advantage of their freedom to fuck you over. You have a lovely sea view? The arse will build a massive garage blocking your view. Or opposite, you have a lovely old three hundred year old oak tree in your garden... when you come home one day that tree is lying across your lawn because the arse wanted a better view. Lots and lots of people care about nothing but themselves and their own. The only reason it is even remotely possible for us to live together in cities in relative peace is government and laws describing the limits to our freedom to fuck people over for our own benefit. Try going to cities where government and law enforcement has broken down.

Comment: Yes, duh! (Score 1) 437

There is very little point in an autonomous car in which you 'have to be on the alert' and 'be ready to take over in case of a possible accident'. You may as well be driving yourself. The point of an autonomous car is to take away the requirement you pay attention to the road to free you up to do other things, i.e. read a book, watch a film, have a nap, stare out at the lovely scenery in the distance, have a beer, none of which are possible if you are required to be able to take over if something goes wrong, you simply wouldn't be able to switch context quickly enough, so the car will have to deal with any emergency itself.

So assuming we're talking about the only type of automomous car which makes sense, no license should be required as no driving skill will have any impact.

Comment: I have a Sony Blu-Ray player (Score 5, Insightful) 477

by GauteL (#46926531) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

The picture quality is excellent and puts the streaming alternatives to shame. But every time I play a film that I've bought legally from a reputable shop, they treat me like a dirty, stinking pirate. I get shown lots of warnings and there's lots of unskippable propaganda sequences, I've even seen unskippable ads. Even worse, the player shows an obnoxious "this operation is illegal" when I attempt to skip these things and this warning requires an extra click to get rid of. I love buying a real physical disc and watching proper quality video on my TV, it feels much more like a proper movie night, but they were testing my patience from day 1 and this patience has run out.

The lesson as I see it: don't treat your legitimate customers like criminals. The first thing pirates do is strip these obnoxious warnings.

Comment: Don't bother remembering most passwords (Score 2) 288

by GauteL (#46917345) Attached to: Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

This should be the first thing you tell your mother or Aunt Tilly [tm].

If you do the occasional shopping, email and Facebook usage you only really need to know one password; your email account. The others can be stored in your browser/app or reset if you ever forget. Having to do a password reset before doing your "once-a-year" ordering of photo-books is a minor inconvenience compared to having to remember loads of different passwords or worse; using the same password for all sites.

Teach Aunt Tilly [tm] the typical password-reset procedure and tell her that she doesn't have to remember these passwords, so there's no need for the password to be simple.Shopping sites really should move away from using passwords anyway. They can store a token in your browser and perform a reset using your email address if you're using a browser without the token. They can also do periodic resets of the token.

Just make sure that Aunt Tilly [tm] knows that there is one password that needs to be GOOD and she needs some way of remembering it; her email account. Having access to your email account would give criminals many great ways of screwing you over, since they can reset nearly all your passwords that way.

If she really can't remember a complicated password, then writing it down on a piece of paper in her house is much less likely to cause her trouble than using "mathilda" or "whiskers" as her password.

One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor... is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics. -- N. Wiener

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