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Comment The rebirth of trade schools (Score 1) 173

Is this the rebirth of trade schools?

IBM backs four of them, but they'll also be run by tech giants like Microsoft and SAP, major energy companies like ConEdison, along with hospital systems, manufacturing associations, and civil engineering trade groups.

This is either a new form of trade schools, or some kind of corporate takeover of education.

Comment Re:4th amendment (Score 1) 687

This is where the theory and the practicality collide. Even if the founding fathers intended for citizens to have the same weapons as the government, we cannot allow citizens to have nuclear weapons. It would be too dangerous. Of course, a nuclear weapon is probably not so useful against a tyrannical government anyway.

Thinking further, I wonder where that line should be drawn? Should it be okay for individuals to own armed fighter jets? How about aircraft carriers?

Comment This summary is fishy... (Score 2) 212

YouTube claims that I haven't been able to prove that I have commercial rights to this video of Superman.

I've never heard of YouTube doing this. If this is the US, then something is missing here.

If YouTube wants safe harbor under the DMCA, my understanding is that they can't require that you prove you own the copyright. Instead, they have to let you publish the content, then wait for someone to file a DMCA complaint against you. Then, once you file a counter to it, YouTube must allow the video to go back up. I'm not aware of any point in the process where YouTube gets to determine who owns the copyright.

You didn't mention anything about anyone filing a DMCA claim against you, so I'm totally confused where this requires to prove your commercial rights comes from. Ultimately, the answer here is probably "get a lawyer." Especially since you mention "commercial."

Comment Re:Don't trust the BIOS? (Score 1) 163

Yeah, if you don't trust the BIOS then you are not in good shape.

Yes, we would. We very much would. Such a "fix" would almost certainly end up locking you into one particular driver version, "helpfully" rolling back any newer driver you installed to fix additional issues/a

That's a strawman attack. I specifically said "installing a fix for a video driver that they knew caused lock-ups." You changed my scenario to "overwriting the video driver blindly" then attacked that scenario.

Comment Re:Windows Platform Binary Table (Score 4, Informative) 163

Both are to blame because there are 2 distinct problems here:

1. Microsoft trusts BIOS firmware enough to allow it to install arbitrary software on the machine.
2. Lenovo BIOS miuses the feature to install crapware.

We would not be complaining about #1 if Windows required user confirmation before doing this.
We would not be complaining about #2 if Lenovo was installing a fix for a video driver that they knew caused lock-ups on their hardware.

Technically though, the BIOS could probably do this even without Microsoft's help, although it would be much tougher to implement.

Comment Not easy or low-tech at all! (Score 1) 46

This provides an easy, low-tech way to let the eyes focus more easily, and alleviate the strain that causes headaches.

So it doubles the number of LCD panels, introduces one that is a different kind from the other, and changes the rendering process. How is that easy and low-tech? (Maybe the software just looks at the Z buffer to distinguish near and far?) Nice job though. This seems like a great trick and might just be the start of something even better.

Comment Re:It'd be hilareous if not so sad... (Score 1) 338

If you mean the Banqiao Dam that 170,000 number seems very suspect.

A 2005 book compiled by the Archives Bureau of Suiping county reports that more than 230,000 were carried away by water, in which 18,869 died.[9] It has been reported that 90,000 - 230,000 people were killed as a result of the dam breaking.

Notice that the 18,869 number is cited, and the second number is weasel-worded.

Comment Re:Award for menu that limits you to 512 programs? (Score 1) 249

512!?!?! That just shows how the start menu has been abused since Windows 98. Microsoft can redesign the start menu / start screen / quick launch bar / pin to taskbar 100 different ways, but they can never sole the problem of stupid installers that create:

FooCorp Software\
FooCorp Software\Foo\
FooCorp Software\Foo\Launch Foo
FooCorp Software\Foo\Uninstall Foo
FooCorp Software\Foo\Readme.txt
FooCorp Software\Foo\Other great offers from FooCorp

512 ought to be plenty, if it weren't for this kind of garbage.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein