I use puppet for this sort of thing. I have a set of manifests which describe the basics of a VM I use for development, and I make changes based on whatever project I'm working on. These manifests usually get added to a repository either for developers; or (when possible) production
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"Why are you monitoring perfectly legal activities?"
"To help stop criminals"
I agree that this is free speech, and that police should not only be okay with people reporting on their location, but should be *required* to report their location publicly, constantly.
But that's not what this post is about. Others are saying "maybe if police didn't abuse their power, people wouldn't want to circumvent police and speed traps"
To take the opposite approach: maybe if speed limits were not only sane, but actually *enforced*, people wouldn't care so much about speed traps.
Speeds traps being a thing is really a sign that something is fundamentally wrong. Speeding should not be a thing which everyone does, unless there's a speed trap. Speeding should be a thing which, when it happens, everyone on the road reports the speeder, because they are creating a dangerous situation (just as you might call the police to report a chemical truck on fire).
If we live in a world where a law exists that *only police care about*, that's a problem.
Or at least, makes more sense than throwing up a giant red "WARNING: THIS SITE IS INSECURE!" page for HTTPS self-signed, but *not* for every other HTTP-only site.
"Ends justify the means" is usually meant to imply that the means are bad, but potentially excusable.
What exactly is wrong with the "means" here? I hate Disney's copyright practices, but other than that, I can't fault them. They have a dedication to quality which I wish were seen elsewhere.
Search Engine Optimisation all boils down to, in the end, "make websites that humans want to find, and search engines will tend over time to detect sites like yours". The SEO best-practices change all the time, but the ones which stick around tend also to be general usability best-practices.
There doesn't seem to be a similar rule for elections, ie "make candidates that humans want to govern them, and people will tend over time to elect candidates like yours".
Perhaps this is because nobody has actually tried such a strategy, but I expect it has more to do with the ideas that:
1. having lots of choices and few choosers (the choosers being chosen by the masses) tends to work-out better than having lots of choosers (the masses) and few choices
2. letting people benefit from more than one "winner" tends to work-out better than picking the top choice and throwing out everything else.
The last five books which I attempted to buy were not available for purchase in eBook format. (two of them previously were, but no longer are!)
Can someone please explain to me why it is that "publishers" don't want free money?
I came here to say exactly this. Apple is the one who ensured that the only manufacturers selling chargers for their products were those with no accountability.
If they did not use absurd proprietary designs, then most consumers would buy chargers from companies which have such qualifications as "an address" and "a name".
As someone who's been trying to use Cloud Print since it launched, I had assumed that the project was abandoned long ago. It has always been extremely flakey, it never "just works", etc. When it works, it's great. When it doesn't, you are left staring at a screen identical to when it does, with no diagnostics, and no sign of potential progress.
There are also some rather insane missing features, like the inability to rename printers (eg: if two of your friends have an HP DeskJet 1050a, and they both left it with the default name, have fun trying to decide which one to print on. Or if they both renamed their printers, but gave them sensible names like "HP (Upstairs)")
CloudPrint was a nice idea which Google has given zero attention. I do not expect things to suddenly work now that Windows is in the mix.
I would love it if google responded by saying it infringes no more than eyeballs do.
This isn't an issue of "two different currencies". What other time in history has a government issued a new currency, exchanged the "old currency" for the "new currency", and *let you keep* the "old currency" when handing you new currency?
The inability to deal with prolonged netsplits sanely is a fundamental limitation of the Bitcoin protocol.
That sounds more like the fourth amendment than the fifth, though.
... grab a random DVD off the shelf behind you. Look at the back of the box.
So, the market has spoken?
Wow, a post about cookies from a privacy nut which I actually agree with!
The only problem with DRM is the attempt to enforce the decisions made by the system.
I would have no problem with a DRM system which indeed *managed* rights. ie: allowed you to register your right to watch movie x because you own it and would like to format-shift. I would even be okay with it all connecting to a central database to notify you that "you have license for viewing this from a single screen, but it looks like your wife is watching it at home right now. Our system does not believe that you have the right to do this". So long as it didn't also include a system for taking over your computer to ensure that your viewing habits agree with its opinion of your rights.
I would absolutely *love* that kind of system