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Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 79

by drinkypoo (#48666161) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

If by that you mean it won't make anything except more money for the new Comwarner Cable for doing absolutely NOTHING, and removing a potentional compertitor from EVER becoming a threat, then yes it makes absolutely nothing.......

They're not potential competitors because in most markets they have monopolies on the right-of-way.

Also, there will be something REDUCED as a result of this merger. Comwarner CEO: "Hmm, we really don't need TWO marketing departments right? Or HR departments, or janatorial departments or........"

They will need just as much janitorial staff, but you're right, they won't need as many marketers, or HR employees. So that's a major win in my book. Are you sure you know what you're arguing?

Comment: Re:Today it is porn, tomorrow it is your political (Score 1) 285

by drinkypoo (#48666057) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

It will not be long that the UK government will choose to put any site they do not like into the black list.

That's how it is now. The "porn" sites are on the list, but the religious sites aren't, and their works are much more harmful to children, least because they include material which could be considered pornography under the government's own guidelines but primarily because of all the violence with specious justification.

Comment: Re:Prohibitions do not work! (Score 1) 285

by drinkypoo (#48666053) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

And if those services are not available in the UK, or not good enough in the UK, why not create the company and let the free market do the work?

We tried. No suitable product became available.

That no suitable product became available proves that such a product is either unworkable or undesirable. Problem solved!

David Cameron pushed the market into providing such a service.

No, it's something that masquerades as such a service. The provided solution does not work properly. If you sold customers such a product, it would be returned as being unsuitable for the stated purpose, because the mission is impossible. That is why no one produced a suitable product: it cannot be done.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been known? (Score 1) 158

by drinkypoo (#48666035) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

Although there are some ways to secure DMA (like a white list of addresses/sizes that are safe to write to), all of the advertised functionality of USB3, such as the sustained data rates, would be very hard to achieve if you didn't have direct access to memory

Sigh. It's almost like slashdot is peopled by people who know fuck-all about computers, such as the existence of the IOMMU. Decent operating systems have support for these. They completely solve this problem with minimal overhead.

That's why Firewire ruled for live streaming of data for so long: DMA made it's rates reliable

Yes, firewire has the same problem, and the same solution.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been known? (Score 1) 158

by drinkypoo (#48666011) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

Firewire, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt all have DMA, which means any device hooked to a host can pretty much do anything they want to the host, no matter what the host hardware or OS is. I didn't think this sort of thing was still news?

It's news to me that apple still isn't using an IOMMU, I thought that they were supposed to be fixing this problem. Most modern PCs have one.

Comment: Re:I'm starting to think it's this simple... (Score 1) 58

by drinkypoo (#48665983) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

If patents could not be transferred, then if person X worked for company Y, and then went to company Z, they'd be taking the patents with them with no means to leave them with the company that was using them.

I don't think it's necessarily a very good idea, I think the problems with IP can be solved by shortening the terms of protection on both patents and copyrights, but I don't necessarily see this as a bug. Corporations should be encouraged to reward their employees fairly. Such a system would do that.

Comment: Re:well, yes. Owners don't want to be on TripAdvis (Score 1) 87

by drinkypoo (#48665981) Attached to: TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews

Two restaurants I really liked in Berlin, I talked to the owners about TripAdvisor:
Neither was listed. I wanted to add them and tell others about how nice they were.

I had that experience with a restaurant in Panama City called La Esquina Van Gogh. It was an outstanding, impeccable fine dining establishment just a bit off the main drag which was languishing for lack of business. I tried to add it to TripAdvisor, and they declined to utilize my review. They just blew it off entirely, I presume after soliciting a bribe from the owner.

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 1) 319

Same reason I never understood the "Gold Pressed Latinum" nonsense. Even if you couldn't replicate it, what would you buy with it? Everything is free.

Because not every culture used replicators to the same extent as Federation cultures did. Remember who were the biggest proponents of latinum-based economics? The Ferengi, who were all about gaining wealth by pretty much any means; their entire culture is built around gaining material wealth. A replicator needs feedstock in addition to energy, and those don't necessarily HAVE to be free.

Voila, there's your money-based economy in the face of replicator technology.

Comment: Re:What a nightmare (Score 1) 319

Dude, you're far too wedded to the canon you've built up as something immutable.

There's too much retcon in Trek to suggest that the canon might be immutable. But it's also valuable. The history not only provides back story automatically, but it also gives it gravitas for free if you just don't shit on it. Like, for example, the theme song to Enterprise. Ugh. That was some of the worst awfulness which was ever awful. I was constitutionally unable to watch that show if I had to sit through the intro music.

Because now they can focus on making (hopefully good) movies

They made exciting movies, but I don't want to watch them again, because they had no substance. They trotted out some characters we were supposed to care about, and then crapped on all the reasons we cared about them. If they were good movies, they wouldn't have needed to call them Star Trek. They weren't, so they needed Trek characters to bastardize.

Comment: Re:print fans (Score 1) 314

by drinkypoo (#48664253) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

But think -- that simple decision set in motion a chain of events that after many years leads to the destruction of the One Ring -- something that probably could not have happened otherwise. How did Gandalf know?

He didn't know, and LotR makes it abundantly clear that he did not know; he had to go hit a library and do a bunch of research to even be sure that it was the One Ring. That fits the narrative of Bilbo coming upon the ring completely by chance. The Ring is consistently speaking of as having fallen out of all knowledge while Gollum was living under the mountain.

"I got everybody to pay up front...then I blew up their planet." "Now why didn't I think of that?" -- Post Bros. Comics