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Comment: Will you Shadowban as governor? (Score 2) 127

by Megaweapon (#49580445) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Fark Founder Drew Curtis a Question

You have in the past (and probably still do) ban people from posting from you website, including paying customers, in a fashion that makes the users not aware of their status. Given that this is fraud, do you plan on implementing any sort of Shadowbanning as governor? Perhaps billing constituents for state services without providing them?

Comment: Re:why phase out DVI? (Score 5, Informative) 704

by Megaweapon (#38763262) Attached to: VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

DVI can support the same HDCP protection as HDMI because it's the same fucking thing with a different connector shape. The anti-HDMI fud here is idiotic.

Making HDMI ports requires a license/royalty (whereas things like DisplayPort is an open VESA standard and requires no royalty payments).

Comment: Re:Cartels fall apart (Score 1) 360

The reason why diamonds are so expensive isn't the result of De Beers, but rather the governments of the western world refusing to sell diamonds unless they are certified as "conflict free" and the government of many diamond producing nations having laws in place to limit the harvesting and exporting of diamonds.

... because De Beers has influence over these governments to maintain the market conditions that De Beers wants. The problem with free market puritanism is that it attempts to completely separate the private entity with the government entities they manipulate. Some would even go so far as to try to victimize De Beers. The fact remains that De Beers is just as complicit in all the bloodshed in those regions. Playing the "only blame the governments involved" is shortsighted.

Comment: Re:Cartels fall apart (Score 2) 360

So what? Cartels will naturally fall apart given no government interference. It is in their best interests to cheat on this agreement. Its just like the prisoner's dilemma, while it might be best for all of them to cooperate, they won't because they want an advantage over their competitors. Cartels never last so long as there is a lack of government involvement.

[Citation Needed]

Ludwig Von Mises and his ilk (which while they had good ideas they don't really apply to real world human behaviors).

Comment: Re:Nice Slashvertisement (Score 1) 100

by Megaweapon (#38727608) Attached to: Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming

Yes, but it's terribly nerdy to blithely dismiss these stories if you don't use/like/know-anything-about the software, isn't it?

Yeah, I work in an Oracle shop. I've also been on /. since it was on Malda's Alpha. My point is the intent of the submission, since there's plenty of nerdy stuff to post besides some piece about turtleneckboy's latest crapware bug written up on just another industry rag.

Comment: Re:Nice Slashvertisement (Score 2) 100

by Megaweapon (#38727052) Attached to: Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming

Not by much, "Corporate Expensiveware Has Bug, Film At 11" isn't interesting nor very "nerdy" on its own. If you watch what gets frontpaged and who the submitters are lately, it should become obvious that modern /. is just clickbait for the big IT rags. I doubt this is merely coincidence, so I'm wondering what's going on behind the scenes.

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