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Comment: Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (Score 1) 325

by Jeremi (#48928545) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Crippleware on Windows always used to amuse me. Oh you've disabled the button because I haven't paid? [poke]...[poke]... There now it's enabled again. Oh, you forgot to check if it should be enabled when processing the click event? Tough.

If you're going to pirate the software, you might as well go ahead and pirate the full version; then you won't have to poke at it.

OTOH, if you're going to legitimately use the software, you ought to pay for it.

Comment: Re:Status sells (Score 1) 465

by Jeremi (#48923751) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Your product can be clearly inferior hardware and be much more expensive than the competition, but if your product is considered a status symbol that lets you win rich partners, so it sells no matter the price.

Which kind of begs the question, how did "clearly inferior hardware" become such a status symbol? Microsoft and Samsung would give their respective left testicles to do the same, but haven't quite been able to replicate the recipe.

Certainly part of it is effective marketing, but I think the other part is good execution -- regardless of what you think of the hardware (which is hidden inside the case and visible to the customer only through the device's observed behavior), the devices, as consumer products, work really, really well.

I think you have to give a lot of the credit credit to high-quality software.

Comment: Re:Going to be a lot of dead kids and pets (Score 1) 90

by Jeremi (#48910615) Attached to: Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

How many billions in lawsuits for their lifetime (a kid lives 100 years, and becomes a CEO that means $40 billion each kid) will these Steel Death Automatons rack up before they are outlawed except in retirement communities without kids or pets?

Zero billions, because the auto companies' lawyers are quite aware of liability issues, and so they aren't going to allow the sale of any self-driving car to the public until they're damn sure it's smart enough to avoid running over pets and children.

So either the automobiles will reliably detect and avoid pets/children, or they will never be released to customers.

Comment: Re:I Don't Buy It (Score 1) 408

by Jeremi (#48902181) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

there are people who actually believe trading in and looking at child porn isn't a problem, that that is victimless, it's just pictures and video

I don't think I've seen anyone argue that the distribution of child porn isn't a problem.

I have seen people argue that the First Amendment permits it, regardless of whether it's problematic or not.

Comment: Re:Credible, Really??? (Score 2) 110

by Jeremi (#48896621) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Some random twitter loser says he put bombs on two separate planes at the same time in different parts of the country? Not remotely credible.

It is quite possible, if he had an accomplice.

I agree that the guy was basically covering his ass, but he should be fired for being such a gullible idiot.

If he was correctly following the procedures that were set up, it's hard to justify firing him because the procedures aren't to your liking. A more rational response would be to change the procedures.

Comment: Re:Credible, Really??? (Score 2) 110

by Jeremi (#48896097) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Would you want to be the guy who ignored the bomb threat, after a plane (or two) blew up?

Put it this way: following procedure (when it later turned out it wasn't actually necessary to do so) won't end your career. Failing to follow procedure (when the threat turned out to be valid) almost certainly will. "But the bomb threat didn't really make sense, because (reasons)" will probably not be seen as a valid defense.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 423

by Jeremi (#48895821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Who puts three fingers on the surface of a mouse?

Everyone with the normal human number of digits, I would think.

(e.g. for a right-hander: the thumb is next to the mouse, on the left side; the pinky finger is next to the mouse, on the right side, and the central three digits rest on top of the mouse)

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 5, Interesting) 304

by Jeremi (#48892609) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Let's just enforce existing laws and get dangerous drivers off the road. THERE IS NO RIGHT TO DRIVE. If you are a dangerous driver you can and should be taken off the road.

I was a safe driver for 11 years; no tickets, no accidents, no "close calls", no complaints. Then one day I was driving to the airport early in the morning, got distracted by my radio, didn't notice that the traffic light was red, and ran right into a car that was (legally) crossing the intersection.

My question: should I have been driving for those previous 11 years? If not, why not? What kind of test would you have had me take to show that I was a dangerous driver? Or, if I was a safe driver except on that one morning, how would your plan have prevented my accident?

The fact is, most people are safe drivers most of the time. Except for when they're not.

Comment: Re:A Boom in Civilization (Score 1) 227

by Jeremi (#48869863) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

EVE seems to be doing OK, and while there's war to participate in if you want to, there are plenty of people making money from mining, research, logistics, and so on.

I wonder how well EVE would be doing, if its creators had decided on day 1 to not allow war in their video game? My guess is, not so well.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 5, Insightful) 666

by Jeremi (#48869785) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Voting whether something is fact is indeed stupid.

While I agree that these amendments are political gamesmanship, they are not "voting whether something is fact".

You'll notice in TFA that the amendments are voting on the "sense of the Senate" -- i.e. their purpose is to get Senators' opinions/positions on record, not to determine reality.

Specifically, the Democrats want the Republicans to either publicly acknowledge that climate change is a real problem (thus undercutting their own arguments against doing anything about it), or publicly deny it (and, presumably, thereby look increasingly silly in the future as its effects become more pronounced).

Computer programmers do it byte by byte.