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Comment Re:Now only if... (Score 3, Interesting) 11

Yeah, well, don't hold your breath ... if the US doesn't launch some form of trade sanctions I'll be surprised.

The US is leading the charge on entrenching in law that the copyright cartel has absolute veto over technology and the internet.

There's a reason why US foreign policy has been pushing to have treaties include this shit, and why the representatives of the copyright lobby are effectively writing the text of the laws and treaties -- and it's because the US politicians have been bought on behalf of these industries.

I wish more rulings like this would happen, and these clowns would find themselves on much shorter leashes (if not short ropes and long drops).

But things like the TPP and every other treaty has proven that the US government is essentially now working on behalf of the copyright cartel, and are prepared to keep giving them bullshit laws which give them all the power, and with little or no penalties and oversight.

Copyright owners have far more legal rights than you or I, and increasingly an accusation of copyright supersedes your right to have someone show you their evidence.

Comment Re:Soo... Aerogel? (Score 1) 36

I guess its novel to use the method with gold, but the idea is more then 100yrs old.

You DO realize that TFS even mentions aerogel, right? And that it's mentioned like 5 times in TFA?

NOBODY is claiming this is a 100% new idea, they're saying they've managed to do it with gold, and that they can influence the color based on how they do some of the steps.

Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 1) 122

The only "sadly" involved is users sadly not reading what they agree to.

In general I disagree with the premise of contracts which one side can change unilaterally ... but I acknowledge it exists, which was what I was saying.

Oh, so you DO get it. What are you bitching about, then?

Maybe you should read my fucking post and the person I was responding to?

I'm not defending it. I'm saying it exists, it's widespread, and at the end of the day short of not participating in it, or giving them false information ... there's not a hell of a lot you can do about.

WTF are YOU bitching about?

Comment Hmmm ... non-gold gold (Score 1) 36

I think the market is under-served by not having non-gold gold.

The implications for the hip-hop and gold-tooth industries are staggering, as suddenly bling is no longer confined to being gold, but can be other non-gold colors.

People have been saying for years that gold should come in other colors, as gold was just too damned boring.

When asked if creating non-gold gold would create confusion among buyers of gold, as well as creating higher change of fraud due to non-gold-gold gold being produced to be represented as non-gold gold, representatives declined comment citing they were not authorized to speculate on such drivel.

Comment Re:"impossible"? (Score 1) 122

The other alternative is the content-management software is garbage.

Me, I'm laying my money on that one.

Don't go assuming these papers are building some specialized platform with software experts, they're buying a commercial product which does as much as the vendor made it to. Or worse, they're subscribing to a 3rd party to provide it, and in the process that 3rd party gets all your info anyway. I believe that's what disqus is for.

Sometimes, a competent person will tell you that, no, the software can't actually do that. My bet is the company who made it never built it to be able to do that, and the paper is so invested in having the comments they're not willing to care how this policy change impacts anybody.

And you can bet that if it comes down to keeping the comments because it adds value to their site (probably more than their own reporting does), or worrying about YOUR privacy ... they don't give a crap about you.

Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 1) 122

I'm pretty sure I can post open and honest comments while not being anonymous.

If you're white, middle-class, cisgendered, belong to a mainstream religion, have political views within the mainstream, and live in a cosmopolitan community, yes.

If you're a closeted gay atheist anarcho-communist in a small town in "flyover country", maybe not so much.

Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 3, Informative) 122

Who do they think they are to say, in effect "I have changed the terms of the contract. Pray I don't change it again," because now they've shown that their agreements are not really agreements.

Sadly, EULAs and the like tell them they can do this. Courts have upheld it. Which means taking them at their word is pretty much useless.

I don't disagree with you, but corporations who wish to make money off your personal information, they don't give a crap about your privacy or any fallout to you.

Real names policies exist because companies say "what value can I get from selling the fact that SuitWrinkler53 commented on the website?" and deciding that they can't sell that information.

They claim it's so they can police the content and keep things civil. But those comments add value to those sites, which is why they want to keep them.

But never ever assume you can or should trust a website with this information. Unless you're doing a transaction in which they need a billing address, giving random websites your actual information pretty much guarantees your information will be sold, collated, analyzed, and used for marketing purposes.

It is not that I am âoeunwilling to configure our software so that comments posted before the new policy is implemented remain under chosen screen names.â I extensively investigated that possibility and was unfortunately told by our content-management software experts that such a configuration is impossible.

And then you realize they don't know much about the underlying technology, and are probably using something like WordPress.

You can trust a corporation to do one thing: look out for their interests. And you can safely assume they don't give a crap about your interests, which means the more you stop giving websites your real information the less they have it.

If I was faced with a website which wanted my real information, I would choose not to use it. Because I don't give a crap what most websites think, and I don't give a damn why they feel entitled to that information.

When I walk into your store, if you asked me for my real name and address, I'd tell you to fuck off. Why on earth would I give this to you when I visit your website?

The problem is people keep pretending like the internet is trustworthy, or that those agreements are binding or permanent. They just have to remind you it's technically private property, and that the license says they can change the terms if they wish.

Oh, and don't forget that the comments are probably managed by a 3rd party, who has their own license, and doesn't give a crap what you think about it.

Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 1) 171

Samsung has sold hundreds of millions of phones with OLED screens in.

Samsung manufactures OLED screens. They don't have to worry about a supplier not being able to meet demand, because they are the supplier. If they have to throw more money at it to bump up production, they will. If the yield is too low, they can make up for it by cranking up the price of OLEDs disproportionately for everyone else that they supply panels to, or by cutting off those other companies entirely.

A company buying panels from somebody else doesn't have that flexibility.

Comment Re:Ministry of JUSTIVE prevents access to INTERNET (Score 2) 52

but being a pissant wanker in ensuring that people in the system have no access to reality, life, the Internet, and the ability to be part of even an online society, research their case, case law, or learn

Part of the point of being in prison is you get denied some of these things. That's kind of the point.

When someone has an illegal phone in prison, they could be using it to plan escapes, run their criminal empires, or plan witness intimidation. You know, stuff like this:

Although landline communications in prisons are monitored by authorities, mobile communications can go under the radar. A fact sheet published this year on unauthorised phone use in prisons, outlined that mobile phones were being used by âoeserious organised criminals to import firearms and drugs, co-ordinate escapes and to arrange murder.â

Think of the Mexican cartel leader they tunneled out of prison.

Justice, in this case, means ensuring you aren't still actively engaged in criminal activity. You know, the actual job of the ministry of justice.

So, boo hoo, criminals may not be getting unfettered access to the intertubes. That's what happens when you are in prison.

Comment Re:Enough with the proprietary ... (Score 1) 23

Let the OS maker build the tools to manage the OS, this way when that is found to be defective we all get the same update.

Certainly, some vendors provide drivers to Microsoft, who then goes on to provide them to us via this mechanism. But that only covers drivers in any case, and perhaps you could get them to deliver BIOS updates; but Microsoft Update is only for Microsoft software, so in Windows the vendor has no choice but to roll their own update delivery mechanism for their crapware. (Arguments about crapware are outside the scope of this comment, and boring anyway.)

Comment Re:We patched your patch (Score 1, Interesting) 23

A properly designed tool to download these updates is a great idea. But I have yet to see one that is properly designed.

A properly designed update tool should be:
- Able to check a "manifest" of already-applied updates. This does not require admin privileges.

I have yet to see a Linux (or indeed Unix) package tool which doesn't provide a mechanism to find out what version of a package is installed.

- Able to check an internet location for a "manifest" of available updates. This does not require admin privileges.

That's what e.g. apt does. You don't need root to do it, either. You can simulate all day without root.

- Able to compare the two manifests and determine if any further downloads are needed. This does not require admin privileges.

Apt will outright spit out the URLs for the downloads.

- Able to download any required updates as executable installer packages. This does not require admin privileges.

Why do they need to be executables? If there's a package management system there to handle the files? This is a red herring. Ignored.

- Able to launch any downloaded packages within the operating system. This does not require admin privileges.

Having printed the list of packages, and downloaded the packages, I can unpack them and do as I like with their contents.

You can probably do all this stuff with rpm without privilege elevation but I haven't had to deal with rpm in ages, so I can't speak to that.