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Comment: Re:An Insightful Quote (Score 2) 165

The point is that if disaffected Islamic youth in Australia are buying the "war on Islam" propaganda, what chance does the U.S. and their allies have in Iraq and Syria?

Anything they do there will only amplify the view that they are modern day Crusaders.

The additional context only bolsters that opinion.

Comment: An Insightful Quote (Score 2, Interesting) 165

From the Sydney Morning Herald article:

"I dunno, I got a lot of anger," he said. "It's a war on Islam just because we grow our beards. They want to label us as a terrorist, or supporters of IS, whatever, that's up to you."

As long as the more stable regional powers refuse to directly confront the extremists, it becomes very easy for this view to continue.

Comment: Re:Yes it is a lot of money (Score 1) 405

by GlennC (#47879915) Attached to: Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

The instant review stations are in view during some of the most tense situations of a game, with a lot of attention.

I don't know what channels you're watching the game on, but where I watch, the review station gets a couple of seconds of camera time at best. It's actually rather rare to see the booth at all.

Most of the on-air view is the replays themselves, with the announcers giving their interpretation.

Comment: Software Analogies (Score 1) 312

by GlennC (#47809163) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

I wonder how many of those who are up in arms about letting services like Uber and Lyft market their services would allow commercial hardware and software companies to make changes to GPL licensed software without attribution or sharing their modified source code?

Or should Apple support my home built PC if I put OS X on it? If I paid for the OS, the vendor should support that, right? Why should I pay extra for their's no different, right?

To me, it's simple - if you want to market your services, follow the established rules.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 4, Insightful) 146

by GlennC (#47714697) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

Let's look it up....

        "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Since there is no "Right to Travel" listed earlier in the Constitution, it is not explicitly denied here.

Unlike most codes of law in the United States, the Constitution does not generally apply to individual citizens. Rather, the Constitution defines and codifies the Federal government, and is generally accepted to be the limit of Federal and State powers and responsibilities.

Finally, I remember that when I was younger (mind you, this was back in the 1970's), having to provide identification and being subjected to searches before being able to travel was the scope of godless Communists and tinpot dictators.

That we have come to this point is a sad commentary on the United States. That many others not only accept this but actively defend it is even more disappointing.

+ - Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store is Full of Scamware and It Doesn't Seem to Care

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Windows 8 brought a lot to the table, with one of its most major features being its app store. However, it's not a feature that Microsoft seems too intent on keeping clean. As it is today, the store is completely littered with misleading apps and outright scamware. The unfortunate thing is that to find any of it, all you have to do is simply open the store and peruse the main sections. Not so surprisingly, no Microsoft software seems to be affected by this, but many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost, or will lead the user to download a third-party installer. It's only a matter of time before malware sneaks its way in, if it's not there already."

Comment: Re:Makes both look bad (Score 2) 125

by GlennC (#47655199) Attached to: The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

I'm just giving my opinion, and I've been in plenty of taxis in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and elsewhere.

If you don't agree with my opinion, I have no problem with that.

Since the Uber premium services rely on existing limo services, why wouldn't I just go directly to those service providers? Although if I were in a position where I couldn't find one, Uber could potentially be useful in that situation.

Also, it's nice that Uber provides additional insurance, but the point is that in most locations, Uber, Lyft and the rest are still in a legal grey area in which I'd personally rather not find myself.

Again, if you want to avail yourself of the service, feel free.

We may not agree, but I see no reason for the angry invective.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik