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Comment: Yeah, Roo-see-uh (Score 2) 79

Fascinating. If they can detect suspicious fraud nodes, TOR could build into their project a blacklist support that they publish and honor in their code. Then it becomes a whack-a-mole issue, which is better han the current situation.

Ummm...what with Russia trying to de-anonymize TOR and all. Bad Rooskies.

Comment: Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (Score 0) 287

Lots of old, cranky people have CDs. This is why they included cassette players up through he 2000s as "dual media" player options. Old fucks with money buying cars and why the hell can't I play my Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass cassette?!?!?

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 287

Well, that applies to any device.

I worked on these devices in the late 90s when they were moving from high end cars to upper mid range. The hardware has the ability to rip radio and phone audio streams, too, but they didn't wanna touch either of those with a 40 foot lawyer's schwantz.

Ripping CDs (and USB sticks) was deemed OK because you could do this at home already. And as long as you couldn't take it back off, they felt OK.

Service has a way to shift all your stuff on a "repair" that is a radio swap, without cloning the HDD, but again that is not end user.

Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 1) 248

He also labors under the left-wing echo chamber meme about "corporate personhood".

In the ruling, the SC made it expressly clear this was not some corporate pseudo-person's right to speech, but rather the rights of the owners, who carry along the right of free speech whatever they do, like anyone. Congress is specifically disempowered from attaching conditions to speech when creating groups of people, such as a "corporation".

For that matter, the money is speech because it buys use of a press, which is also specified in the First Amendment, and deliberately so, lest rulers want to try to control speech indirectly by banning or controlling the press, which they did all the time, too.

Comment: Re:OKC's match algos suck (Score 1) 161

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47554173) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

It's called the "tyrrany of dimensions". The more variables you have, the more data points you need exponentially to derive meaningful partitioning analysis from it, regardless of how clever your distance algorithms are.

And they have hundreds of questions when a dozen would be about all the entire population of Earth could support.

Comment: Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (Score 1) 374

Old Sam Kinison joke, about starving kids in Africa: "These kids don't need food. What these kids need is luggage. We have deserts in America, too. WE JUST DON'T LIVE IN 'EM!!! AHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

Except that we do. And we farm vast deserts, too.

Comment: Virtusl mapping of brain areas (Score 1) 52

> virtual dangerous fire escape

"After further study to discern the validity of the virtual-to-real world response, we have decided to rename the region of the brain that lit up in the rescuers as the "minimaxxer seeking rare drops" area and that of those who just fled as the "IDGAF trolls hahahablongota".

Comment: Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (Score 4, Interesting) 368

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47518365) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

I recall attending a Microsoft Visual C++ Developer's Conference about 15 years ago, when COM and interfaces were all the new rage. I recall one MS guy giving a speech about the complexity of developing with it, bragging, "If it came down to usability for developers or functionality, we chose functionality."

I knew then I was dealing not with real engineers but with clowns proud of a college project.

Comment: Too hi (Score 1) 190

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

In the rare case of necessary future research, it will allow them recognition in their field, leading to alpha status and thus more pussy.

Oh, you meant an analysis lower down within the memetic virtual worldview. Hmmmm. Why does a dog bark at strangers?

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp