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Comment Re: BREIN are complicit (Score 2) 74

BREIN is a government-sponsored shake down.

As far as I know, BREIN is an industry-backed group with no government sponsoring.

They have collected on music royalties, even for songs that never signed onto a label or labels connected to them but never pay out.

I think you're confusing them with Buma/Stemra, who manage music royalties. They have indeed been accused of not paying out royalties when they should.

Comment Re:Easy fix (Score 1) 74

If Torrents Time is indeed just a browser plug-in that streams videos using the bittorrent protocol, then there is nothing illegal about the tool itself. It could be used for streaming videos legally or illegally, that depends on which torrents the site operator sends to the plug-in. In this regard, it's no different from any other torrent client.

That said, this bit from from the page for website owners sounds a bit dodgy:

Torrents Time as a monetization solution allows you to start nourishing a great relationship with your users where you profit, among other things, from subscriptions to VPN services, which is truly essential to your users. Your users on the other hand, can show their love and appreciation for everything you're doing for them by using these services which they need.

Why would users need a VPN? Those unfortunate enough to have an ISP that disrupts bittorrent traffic might want a VPN, but that's far from all users. If a site is distributing videos legally, most users won't need a VPN.

Comment Re:I can understand the point. (Score 0) 214

I once was an assistant in a course that taught beginners Java. Try explaining why they must have "public static void main(String[] args)" in all their programs when they are writing their first code ever...

As for C++, the only way I can imagine it being a beginner's language is that you'll regularly feel like a beginner even if you've used it for years.

Comment Re:Linux vs Unix? (Score 4, Informative) 108

FreeBSD comes with compatibility for running Linux executables, but it doesn't let you run the Linux kernel unless you run it in a VM, which doesn't seem to be the case here judging from the boot logging. Getting the Linux kernel to run on the bare hardware means adding drivers to run on the PS4 hardware, which is PC-like but not exactly a PC, and I doubt Sony published their FreeBSD hardware drivers. Doing that in just 2 weeks time is pretty impressive in my opinion.

Comment Re:One important law (Score 1) 166

That's the way open source handles it: if someone submits a pull request with one huge patch that changes multiple things, it will most likely get rejected with the request to split it up into patches that change one thing each. It's the sensible thing to do if you care about the quality of the code base.

Comment Re:The people asked for Circuses... (Score 1) 485

Take for example TNG or Voyager. Basically their best work was season 1/2 and the last season. Why? In the first season they were trying it out. Seeing what was cool. The middle seasons are meandering and rather boring. The last seasons though it was more 'screw it we are not getting renewed lets do something interesting'

With Voyager's first two seaons, to me it felt like they were trying it out but never finding a good foundation for the rest of the series. There was only one really memorable character (the doctor) and the antagonists (Kazons) were uninspired. So in season 3/4 they gave the doctor more screen time, brought in the Borg and added a new character (Seven of Nine). You could call that pandering to their audience, but it did improve things a bit in my opinion.

Still, for me Voyager had a good premise but failed to do much with it. Perhaps because they went to one-off episodes pretty quickly, while the "in hostile space a long way from home" theme would have worked better with more continuity. Compare it to for example the first two seasons of the Battlestar Galactica reboot: even a simple detail like the population counter they show every episode does a lot to reenforce that theme.

Speaking of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, there the first two seasons are also the best, but my guess is that's for exactly the opposite reason as the one you named: in the first seasons it feels like they knew exactly what they were doing, while in later seasons they were trying things out and losing focus. I wouldn't be surprised if they started filming with 2 seasons of fleshed out scripts and had to write the rest as the series was already running..

Comment Re:Any Task Quickly... (Score 1) 354

A fresh install was pretty quick, but it would slow down a lot over time as you installed applications which added DLLs, registry entries, fonts etc. And uninstalling an application usually didn't remove everything, so the only way to make Windows 95 quick again was reinstalling the whole OS.

Comment Re:In the US. (Score 1) 904

Again, this works in the US with big suburbs where everyone has a parking lot with an electric outlet. In other countries (like good old Europe), where most people live in apartments and there is just no way you can plug your car at night, it doesn't work. It is just impossible until you can refill your car in 5 minutes like with gasoline...

There is no requirement to have a garage or driveway next to the house: charging stations can be built next to residential parking spots. And in some countries that is subsidized. I've seen several in the city I live in.

Oh, and many Europeans travel 1000+km on a single streak with their cars on holidays. Again, if the cars you want to sell have to wait 2 times 4 hours to refill in such travel, you're not going to sell many of them.

Some people do, but others always take a flight to their holiday destination. There are also families with two cars, they could have one gasoline car for long trips and one electric car for short distance travel.

Someone I know made a long holiday trip with a limited range electric car by spreading the travel out over a few days. It allows for some sight seeing along the way and it is less stressful than a long trip on a single day. It's a different way of travelling but it's not inferior if you're not in a hurry. It does require more planning, but with the internet at your fingertips that is easier than ever before.

In any case, the question is not whether the electric car will be the best choice for everyone. The question is how many people will pick an electric car and how that will affect the availability of infrastructure for both electric and gas.

Comment Re:GitHub TOS (Score 2) 312

Article G7 of the GitHub ToS reads:

We may, but have no obligation to, remove Content and Accounts containing Content that we determine in our sole discretion are unlawful, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party's intellectual property or these Terms of Service.

GitHub could decide to remove the project as "offensive" or "objectionable", which are pretty generic words.

However, the code itself is entirely neutral: it just requests API access via OAuth. It is the potential use by web sites that could be undesired. I think shutting down the GitHub project would be shooting the messenger.

For me personally, the most shocking aspect of this news is that 23andMe has an API for third parties to access your DNA profile.

Comment Re:Somebody had to write it (Score 1) 312

A sensible government would create its own authentication infrastructure instead of relying on an external platform. Unfortunately, the UK government hasn't displayed a lot of sense lately when it comes to privacy.

As someone without a Facebook account, I know it can be problematic when people and other companies just assume you'll have no problem giving up privacy for a little convenience. I think though that a genetic profile is considered more private to many people than their chats and photos, so they'll be less likely to hand it over just as easily. For example the sharing of electronic medical data is something that generated a lot of resistance here in the Netherlands.

In any case, trying to stop this at the technology level is a lost cause, since it is just too easy to write the code. If you'd want to stop it with regulation, you'd have to do it at the policy level: forbid sites to use it. But looking at ineffective half-measures like the EU cookie directive, I have more confidence in end users rejecting genetic access control than in legislation blocking it.

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