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Comment: Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 645

by Grismar (#46683757) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Most photocopiers aren't on the internet and even if they are, the essential risk and impact attached to failure is far lower than that of a business PC running XP.

I don't see how the Apple one even maps to the XP question. The problem is with support of an essential piece of software being discontinued.

Google Wave was free and never sold or supported as a piece of business software as far as I know. Apart from that, the Wave protocol is open and you were able to migrate the content to open alternatives at the time.

Windows XP is an essential piece of software to many, replacement of which is neither trivial nor free. It's almost exclusively used on machines that frequently (or continuously) require internet access and the software didn't come for free in most cases. You can call OEM versions free, but we know that's not exactly true.

The article seems to make the point that, unless MS extends support, it's only fair (and possibly legally enforceable) to make MS share the source with parties that want to support XP and offer assistance to such parties. Or, just release the source outright.

Comment: Technology maturity (Score 1) 260

by Grismar (#46497123) Attached to: The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

Social media simply haven't matured to the point where it makes sense to standardize interfaces and infrastructure. Since all of them are allowed to use proprietary interfaces, there is no chance of integration and people are forced to move to the same network to find each other. As soon as I'd be able to read your Facebook post on my Google+ and you'd be able to read and respond to my tweets from your Linkein account, that need goes away. Stuff like RSS was a nice try, but that only carries the content, not the entire service.

But I don't think it will happen anytime soon, at least not without government interfering and I don't think the times are very conductive to that. The reason I say that is the battle for the app space. Suppliers need their proprietary protocols, so they can force you to use their apps and that's one of the ways to control what services and advertisements reach you. Ask yourself: why do we have protocols like XMPP, but do we still need Whatsapp, MSN, ICQ, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, etc. etc.? Again, the protocol doesn't effectively carry the service, but that doesn't mean the services shouldn't support the standard. The companies providing these services have too strong an incentive not to standardize, that outshines any and all incentives that might cause them to.

Comment: What bunk (Score 1) 529

by Grismar (#46493003) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain

If the research shows that relaxing, avoiding stress and using your brain to think about imaginative things is healthy - say so. I'll happily increase the time I spend fishing and soaking up sun at the beach while reading a scifi novel.

None of that stuff has anything to do with religion per se though.

Comment: Misleading title (Score 2) 261

by Grismar (#46210447) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

The court didn't "forbid" anything like reselling games. They simply agreed with the EULA stipulation that you're not allowed to transfer ownership of an *account*. This actually makes perfect sense.

The fact that Steam also disallows/lacks the functionality for the transfer (gifting or resale) of used games on Steam, simply means there's a market for other providers to start a platform that would allow sale and resale of games. Of course, they might have some trouble attracting large game publishers, but that's another matter altogether.

Comment: Re:Skynet (Score 2) 514

by Grismar (#45904715) Attached to: Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Skynet? Really? That's the one thing /.-readers can think of that could go wrong with this technology?

So, as long as we don't develop self-aware AI that somehow decides to rise against its creator, we're fine with having weaponry that can acquire and engage human targets autonomously? We're fine with armies of these devices at the direction of a few mad men, with just a single conscience deciding the fate of thousands instead of having a human at every trigger?

We should oppose this type of weapon for the same reason we feel it's well beyond humane to use nukes, chemical weapons or even cluster munition. Because these weapons kill indiscriminately and wholesale, at the direction of perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

And don't start about the military command structure and how everything is ultimately always at the command of the commander in chief, because all evidence shows that the weak point always lies with the soldier that has to pull the trigger and decide to kill a fellow human being. And personally, I like it fine that way.

Comment: Re:Can any government really stop BitCoin? (Score 1) 185

by Grismar (#44422807) Attached to: Thailand Government Declares Bitcoin Illegal

The Streisand effect applies when you're trying to avert attention from something but inadvertently attract attention to it in doing so. I don't think it applies here. Nobody is trying to avert attention from anything. In fact, I'd expect their government to be pleased as punch with so much free publicity for a simple policy change.

If your point is that telling people about illegal currency only makes them want to use it more, I think you're overestimating the general appeal of bitcoin. Main reason for bitcoin's popularity is that it's both difficult to trace and not illegal. One of those is no longer true in Thailand and I don't think that will improve its popularity with criminals in Thailand, nor with most others valuing the former.

Don't mistake my point for agreement with their policy though. I don't think bitcoin as it stands has lasting potential, but that doesn't mean I agree with a decision like outlawing it.

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