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Comment: bitcoin is circling the drain, but.... (Score 3, Insightful) 78

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48895815) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

If the Winkletwins want to hype it up long enough so that I can dispose of the last of my BTC stash while 1BTC is still over US$200, I'm game.

Having bitcoins kept in a US bank seems to defeat the purpose of bitcoin, but it it helps me with my previous point, then by golly, full speed ahead.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 1, Insightful) 415

Yes, it sure does happen. Just ask the politically incorrect (for the current administration) non-profit orgs who got "special attention" by the IRS. Knowing where you live is one thing...having the ability to freeze all your assets or deny your org legitimate rights afforded to "politically correct" orgs that get little scrutiny is a whole new class of bullying.

Comment: Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (Score 4, Insightful) 391

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48744663) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

For the "audiophile" market, it's all about marketing. There are companies out there that are quite successful at selling multi-thousand dollar speaker cables to the gullible with deep pockets. It doesn't have to actually "sound better". I doubt they expect to move these in high volume, but there are certainly a number of folks that will buy it as a prop and show that they really care about their music. :)

Comment: Not worth the hassle... (Score 1) 400

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48717459) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Subject to opinion, but a lot of people feel like the quality (in terms of story) of content has gone down so they lose interest.

Ticket prices have skyrocketed and who really likes paying "movie prices" for things like soda and popcorn after getting reamed on the admission cost?

It's much more convenient to purchase VOD titles and watch on your own schedule.

Home theater displays and audio gear has become significantly cheaper so it's possible to get a very good viewing experience at home.

I think piracy has little to do with it. The people who are going to steal, are going to do it anyway. I doubt the population of those people is growing significantly. It's the number of non-pirates that's not bothering to consume movies in the cinema that's the "problem."

In short: The industry is actively chasing away consumers and technology is making it "worse" by creating an environment where people can get similar experiences on their own schedule at home using VOD. Do I want to deal with the hassle of going to the cinema or do I want to wait a little while and then watch on a large high def display in the comfort of my own home.

Comment: shocker (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48682329) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

You voluntarily hand over your privacy to a group with a long history of treating your life as their product. And then you act shocked when they take liberties with what they feel is theirs....

I find it hard to feel sorry for people who complain. Welcome to the flipside of being able to tell people that you passed gas while lunching at Starbucks with the press of a button. *yawn*

Comment: "Docker Platform" (Score 2) 71

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48505831) Attached to: CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker

I don't understand the need to inject all the platform bloat into Docker. Why not just fold docker functionality into an existing platform such as OpenStack to handle all those "extras" that are being contemplated? The work to integrate the two is already in progress:


Comment: Re:Oracle (Score 1) 99

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48316361) Attached to: LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

OpenStack is simply a cloud framework. What does any of that have to do with Oracle? In any case, this would be a great test case for a ginormous ceph cluster. I use ceph in conjunction with approximately 10PB of storage and am looking to increase that by at least an order of magnitude over the next year or two.

More info on ceph:

Comment: Re:Lucky for Stripe (Score 2, Insightful) 353

At the end of the day, the guy is selling a tool...a basic CNC milling machine. Those are available all over the place and serve many more purposes than allowing the owner to mill gun parts. I guess the next step is to prohibit people from selling files and drill bits because they can also be utilized for gunsmithing purposes. Where does it end?

I'm sure he can find another payment processor that doesn't have a political agenda.

Comment: Chinese government complicity (Score 3, Insightful) 63

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48265773) Attached to: Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

Why don't they come out and call a spade a spade...the Chinese government aids, at worst, or allows, at best, this activity. Ask anyone who has spent any time living in China. It's pretty difficult to do anything that they don't like and if when you do manage to circumvent the rules, it's only because you're greasing the palms of someone inside the government. "Hacking group".....riiiiiiiiiight. (rolling eyes)

Comment: Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (Score 4, Insightful) 294

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48164757) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

I love all the chatter about how Tesla is "harming the industry" by selling direct. **rolling eyes**

Directly selling cars to the public is only harmful to the middlemen in the dealerships that ARE indeed greasing their state legislators with fat political contributions. Why should auto manufacturers be forced to deal with middlemen to sell to the public? How in the world does direct sales "harm the industry"? Are large home builders forbidden to sell houses directly to consumers? The whole concept of protecting a parasitic middleman is just ridiculous. It results in inefficiency and higher prices.

Comment: Re:A Strategic Delay (Score 1) 132

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#48070103) Attached to: FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

Far more likely that the folks in the White House would rather this issue goes away until AFTER the election...and then they'll continue cashing those checks from the monopolists and let the merger happen while they throw up their hands and claim they used that extra time to "really stick it to the man"....

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.