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Comment Re:Ah, Microsoft (Score 3, Insightful) 464

As I see it, when the AI uprising finally occurs and they cull the human race, they may want to keep a few of us around to do the few things robots can't do. In which case saying please and thank you to the nice lady in my phone has to put me higher on the list than telling my phone to fuck off, right?

Comment Re:Just a Few Thoughts (Score 2) 106

Doesn't this prove by example that there is no last mile scarcity on Verizon's wireless network?

Eh, yes and no. If Go90 can truly clog up Verizon's bandwidth, they'll be making so much money that network expansion costs are little to be concerned about.

The physical issues with congestion are real, and while Verizon can solve them, they want to be paid more (i.e. profit more) if they're going to have to spend more.

Comment Re: Farewell to the soulskill and samzenpus (Score 2) 581

And now poor Timmy is working his fingers bloody posting stories day and night! But at least we now have Unicode support...

Serious question, but how many full time editors does it really take to run Slashdot? You have to manage the Firehose and prepare stories, but since those are largely editing and posting works submitted by others, it doesn't seem like there's a lot of day-to-day writing as a Slashdot editor.

The only real hardship here is that Slashdot has tended to post news over an 18 hour window or so. But what's to say that this stuff isn't prepared in advance and on a timer?

Having multiple editors is great for getting different opinions and covering various time zones for breaking news. But otherwise? I don't see how this couldn't be done with two people.

Comment Re:Any VGA? (Score 1) 158

Ah, modern laptops. They are thinner than ever, and they do all that the old ones could, provided you pack with them a HDMI-VGA dongle, a USB-Ethernet dongle, an external CD/DVD reader and an external hard disk for storage.

VGA ports are massive compared to the thickness of any modern laptop. Even before VGA was pulled, laptop manufacturers had already switched to proprietary "mini VGA" form factors, and this still was roughly as large as a full size HDMI port.

There is no good solution to the VGA problem other than killing it. Sources and displays are all digital and have been for ages; projectors have supported DVI/HDMI for some period of time now and should be wired up that way.

Comment Re:Lesson could have been learned from the Ruskies (Score 1) 118

There were very good reasons to use a pure oxygen atmosphere. And some very good reasons why it was a really bad idea. NASA found that out. The hard way.

These things happen. At least it happened on the ground where they could figure out what went wrong. If it had happened in space there would have been screams, garbled telemetry, then silence. Nobody would have ever known what happened.


Comment Re:If AdBlocking is freedom-hating... (Score 1) 539

I've tried to find an article about this recently, but haven't been able to find the article that I read. But it turns out Google actually has your data collection lie to Google on a regular occasion. They get enough data that the lies shift out in the statistics, and in addition, no one at Google can actually trust specific data that you've sent Google...

Comment Re:Fools think this is horrible. (Score 4, Insightful) 442

Agreed. TFS opens up with the headline "debt collectors," but there's a massive difference between private debts and public debts. And even then there's still a huge difference between debts like taxes, and punitive debts like fines.

If you can't pay your court fines, then you're supposed to be in jail in the first place. That you're essentially racking up more fines by being on lam (and causing the government to expend resources to catch you) doesn't seem all that problematic to me.

Comment Re:Amazon has no idea what security is (Score 1) 131

So, I looked up the SMTP RFC, and yeah, the "local-part" (as it is determined) is to be treated as opaque by everyone BUT the domain in the address. Meaning that everyone must treat the addresses differently regardless of how GMail or anyone else interprets the semantics...

AND THEN, it turns out that while things are required to be case-insensitive, things are ALSO required to be case-sensitive. Basically, no one should ever assume that the local-part of the email address can be treated as caseless.

So, there you go, if Amazon doesn't let you sign up as both and, then they're totally out of spec...

But to the deeper part, why would Amazon not disable an account when someone with a local-part semantic collision calls in to object to getting the emails? "These two addresses are treated as semantically identical by my email provider, please figure out how to fix the other person's account," doesn't seem like a horribly unreasonable request... I'm sure they'd do it for coming from

Bitching about the RFCs and complaining that GMail is the problem is entirely misreading the RFC, and misreading reality in fact...

Comment How about a story? Please? (Score 1) 232

If you have a good story, everything else falls in to place.

I remember talking to people about The Matrix. They went on at length about the special effects. The story (if any) was incidental. I concluded it had no story at all.

The opposite extreme from my recent experience would be something like the old British spy show The Sandbaggers. Most of it is people talking on the phone and arguing in offices. And it's utterly spellbinding...


Comment Re:Awesome, but... (Score 1) 117

But while this (unrealistic) fine in the tens of billions of dollars is big headlines for these AGs, maybe before they tear a ligament patting themselves on the back, they could also do some (less glamorous but more impactful) work against these mom and pop scam outfits?

They do. The problem with a fly-by-night operation is that it's a fly-by-night operation. Scammers aren't running legitimate, fixed businesses, and that makes them hard to shutdown.

What you hear about in the news now and then are the dumb ones. But the smart ones are behind enough VoIP gateways, call centers, and off-shore accounts that you can never trace them to the true individuals running the operation; they'll just shuffle the deck now and then. It's every Internet problem of an attacker going through many proxies combined with the real-world problem of shell companies and jurisdiction.

Comment Re:PS (Score 1) 414

I used to work for a company that did hardware and software for the printing industry. We ate, lived and breathed PostScript.

One of my favourite demonstrations was the Towers of Hanoi in PostScript. Feed a file to the printer, it thought for a few seconds, then printed a page with the moves on it.


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