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Comment Re:Moral of the story: (Score 2) 59

It's not even as if Java is a huge security problem today. It's effectively been click-to-play by default in all major browsers for a long time, and the plug-in itself then has a bunch more security safeguards before it will trust remote code to do just about anything.

As I seem to have to point out every time this subject gets raised, this is a horrible move in terms of preserving useful content on the web. A lot of things that have been done with plug-ins like Java or Silverlight are small and in-house, like the math lecturer's interactive visualisation of something in their course, or the applet some guy in sales wrote a few years ago for the intranet so the group managers could see a quick overview of how everything is going and copy the data straight into their Excel spreadsheet. Of course they have also been used for a lot of GUIs for networked devices, where things like drawing interactive charts wasn't possible using native web technologies until relatively recently.

Many of these useful tools won't have dedicated maintainers and they aren't magically going to get rewritten to use the new blessed technologies. Closing them off in Firefox as well just means anyone who actually relies on them is now left on IE forever. Again.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 201

If MS survival came down to Slashdot population it would be out of business in 30 seconds.

Whereas it will probably take 30 months. Win10 looks like a whole pallet of coffin nails to me.

Surely PC sales have shrunk cos everyone who needs one has got two, and what most people actually need is a tablet and/or phone and they have that already too.

And the people that actually USE PCs sure as hell do not want Windows - as they are rapidly learning.

Stop with the buggy whips already!

OK, I ignored he Apple users. They are on a different planet.

Disclaimer: my family have been computer users since the IBM709.

Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 1) 201

If you had previously used WinCE or WinMobile, or indeed, any previous portable device with MS software anywhere near it, you should have seen this coming.

Shafting their customers is what Microsoft do!

WinPhone users can expect the same shafting any day now.

Meanwhile, MS have gone into the machines belonging to Windows users and fucked with the systems. This is a criminal act in most jurisdictions, which has been cited as the reason why MS had not previously made any serious effort to stop viruses, and why third parties cannot release "good" viruses that clean up PCs infested with bad ones.

MS is like a rogue TLA agent that is on a killing spree. Sure, the average Joe has not yet understood what is going on. The average Joe is they guy next door to me who normallysays "They are a huge company - they would not be allowed to do this/never get away with it". However, he understands what VW has done (cos he owns a VW) - and now realises that big companies can do anything in Europe and USA, and they no longer need to bribe enough people to do it (like in the old country).

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 257

That is what I mean by saying we don't give enough of a fuck about where things come from.

Fortunately, over here enough people do, the ecology movement of the 80s took care of that. Markets exist and in fact are thriving. About two years ago, they opened a night market near my home, which so far I've only known from tropical asian countries. It's a much bigger pleasure to go there than to a supermarket.

Comment Re:Who are these people? (Score 4, Insightful) 257

capitalism as we used to have it, as it used to benefit average people, and lift them out of poverty, is pretty much dead.

What makes you assume this was ever the purpose and not just a side-effect?

It is very, very visible here in Germany. In fact, it's so transparent that you would have to be completely blind to not notice it.

Germany had very strong social systems and a good distribution of wealth. There were poor and rich, but very few very poor and very few crazy rich. Normal people could afford a house and a car on one salary from a regular job. Unemployment money was high enough that you wouldn't lose your home and pensions were so that retiring didn't mean becoming poor. Universal health care? We've had that always and it was adequate. Doctors were so good we exported them to other countries. Basically, a lot of people could actually afford those Mercedes and BMW cars we make.

After the fall of communism that all changed. Politics intentionally created a new low-cost labour market. Unemployment benefits dropped, lots of social benefits were dismantled, and when you are of working age, you are being bombarded with advertisement telling you to buy into this or that investment scheme because your pension will not allow you a good life anymore. All of that happened in less than 20 years. It started almost exactly after the re-unification, which provided a nice excuse for some measures ("it's so expensive, we need to save money").

What you learn from that is that all of this has been a front. The reason capitalism in Germany allowed for a good life was not inherent to capitalism. It was added benefits that were included because West Germany was too close to communist East Germany and the western allies needed to make sure the west german people would not look to East Germany and see something better, but the other way around (which, btw., worked).
Once the threat of people actually desiring communism disappeared, the facade came down. Now we see what capitalism is really about, has always been about. It just stopped pretending.

Comment Re:How? (Score 4, Interesting) 257

I don't know about you, but 90% of the things I buy to live (Food, Toiletries, shelter) are owned and made by 13 companies. Unless you can afford really expensive boutique goods how the hell do you boycott? And if you can afford that TPP is good for you...

For food, you can go to local markets and buy it directly from farmers. At least here in Europe you can.

There are also local products in many categories, but they are often more expensive and sometimes only available in select shops (look for eco shops and sustainable products, that's a first pointer). But again, in this area there is so much scamming from big companies that you have to do research to be sure.

And that's the problem. We don't want to do that. We don't give enough of a fuck about the stuff we eat or use to care where it actually comes from.

Tell me how the hell to fix our politics...

Give back your nerd card. Robert Heinlein wrote a little book in fucking 1946 about this very problem, and little has changed since then:


EFF: the Final Leaked TPP Text Is All That We Feared ( 257

An anonymous reader writes: Wikileaks has released the finalized Intellectual Property text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which international negotiators agreed upon a few days ago. Unfortunately, it contains many of the consumer-hostile provisions that so many organizations spoke out against beforehand. This includes the extension of the copyright term to life plus 70 years, and a ban on the circumvention of DRM. The EFF says, "If you dig deeper, you'll notice that all of the provisions that recognize the rights of the public are non-binding, whereas almost everything that benefits rightsholders is binding. That paragraph on the public domain, for example, used to be much stronger in the first leaked draft, with specific obligations to identify, preserve and promote access to public domain material. All of that has now been lost in favor of a feeble, feel-good platitude that imposes no concrete obligations on the TPP parties whatsoever." The EFF walks us through all the other awful provisions as well — it's quite a lengthy analysis.

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 144

I had a 4 processor ARM workstastion with NT. it was the most unstable piece of shit ever made. Windows NT for ARM was so half assed it barely ran, but it had an advantage, it was mostly hacker proof and served as a gateway to our SCADA system back then. Virus proof, hacker proof for the most part as the only break in we had they kept trying to run X86 executables on it. after that we used a single direction ethernet cable to make it completely hacker proof. Yes, 100% hacker proof. the best hackers on the planet can not defeat the security of a unidirectional ethernet cable. (RX wires snipped, TX only and all data sent to the office systems was UDB broadcast.)

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 144

And nobody will buy them. There is a buttload of cheap china windows 8 surface tablet clone out there that are cheap, and they run linux very well and easily. so nobody in their right mind would buy a arm based android tablet. you want to stick with something that is far morepower and power sippy like what all the current android tablets use.

Comment Re:And this is what that means: (Score 1) 289

Hey, long time since someone dared to propose a solution to spam and make the following relevant again. With you low ID, you should know better.

So you didn't read what I wrote.

So, I repeat: No, it would not make spam go to zero. Just like making theft illegal has not eliminated theft. However, the fact that it is a crime and is prosecuted and people go to jail for it certainly contributes a lot to the fact that in general we don't have very much of it.

Sure, spam would come from Russia and China. So? Just because something doesn't work 100% doesn't mean we should give up. Oh yes, and a lot of spam does come out of the USA. And even more of the actual spammers (the people, not the mail servers) are in the US.

(X) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money

Bullshit. Follow the money. What is being advertised, who runs that business and who did he pay for sending spam? Yes, a lot of the crap advertised is itself illegal, but again, doing something is better than doing nothing.

(X) Users of email will not put up with it

You just put crosses at random, yes? Users of email will not put up with spammers being put in jail? I very much doubt anyone would be sorry for them.

(X) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once

Absolute bullshit. It requires nobody to cooperate. If it is a crime I can take the spam I got today and go to the police and that's it. You don't have to cooperate and neither does anyone else.

(X) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email

Not necessary. I'll stop at this point because it's becoming apparent you just put crosses at random without actually thinking about it.

Comment Re:And this is what that means: (Score 1) 289

Micro-payment, for example. There are a few prototypes out there already, sadly they don't have the reach they need. But I am absolutely willing to pay for things I like. If hitting a universal "I like this" button means an automatic, behind-the-scenes transfer of a few cents to the content creator, why not?

We don't notice that this "everything for free" attitude is also in parts a result of this advertisement poisoning the well. They've told us for years that we can get cool things for free, but they were lying to us. It's not for free at all. The price is just not in dollars.

The LotR movies made, according to a quick googling, a world-wide total of 2.9 billion $. Let's be honest with ourselves and say that a LOT of people saw them without paying. I know a bunch of people who did, because I bought the extended version DVDs and made a big home-cinema event for my friends.

I would dare to say close to a billion people probably watched these movies. That's $3 for everyone. Apparently, there is a lot of inefficiency in the system, because no legal source offers the movies for $1 a piece.

With less overhead in the system, we could bring these movies to everyone interested for a few bucks per person and without taking any revenue away from the creators. Sure, I didn't figure in the costs for operating a cinema or pressing DVDs. But I sincerely hope you are not trying to tell me that in those $15 cinema tickets only $1 is going to the studio?

My "I like" button is easily applied to media of all kinds. Duration of consumation is a perfectly good criterium. If I watch most or all of the movie, I pay a bit for it. If I watch it a second or third time, I pay less than for the first time, or not. Details TBD.

It is absolutely possible and normal to pay for content, and if it were priced correctly, I doubt so many people would opt out. We have seen it with iTunes already, which has made music reasonably cheap and comfortable to get and most people prefer it over hunting for a torrent.

We are beginning to see it with movies now with Netflix, and HBO and again iTunes / Apple TV.

We are beginning to see it with books as well. It won't work as well because physical books still have the better form factor, haptics and general appeal.

But the point is: People are ready to pay, if they don't feel extorted. People don't like to pay for movies because they are not priced fairly. 30 bucks to watch a movie with your GF? Seriously? For students, that's a lot of money. They could just pay the Hollywood stars a few millions less and make the movie half as expensive. Most people do not trick people of similar wealth, but when you see these guys driving to dream holiday locations in supercars, wearing designer clothes that cost more than you make in a month, there is much less of an ethical issue. That's just applied psychology. Heck, even Hollywood has understood this already and changed their anti-piracy messages to pointing out how many normal jobs depend on movies. It won't work if they don't make these normal people visible, though, but don't tell them.

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