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Comment We need a new Phoenix. (Score 2) 294

When Mozilla - the new browser - was becoming muddled with senseless features and cumbersome crap, someone forked it and created project Phoenix. It was lean, simple, fast and reliable. People loved it and switched to it en masse.

Due to trademark problems, Phoenix was renamed to Firebird, and later to Firefox.

Mozilla team mostly abandonned Mozilla, leaving only a slowly dying "Seamonkey" branch, and moved to Firefox. And they immediately began shitting it up just like they did with original Mozilla. Currently the shit-up is reaching its apogeum.

Someone needs to fork it again and start a new Phoenix. And don't let the current team touch it!

Comment Re:Whose law? (Score 3, Interesting) 92

There are countries (including the US) that do consider certain acts committed outside of their borders, not by their citizens, that only indirectly affect their country or citizens, as full crimes, to be persecuted and the guilty to be extradited, regardless of laws of the countries where these "crimes" were committed.

So, if given country has a law against aiding unauthorized entities from spying on their citizens, and the firm sells the software to these entities, it is committing a crime. And while extradition or direct consequences are unlikely, they are not impossible, especially if employees of the firm ever visit the country in question.

Comment Filler appendices and introduction to the problem? (Score 1) 33

Filler appendices and introduction to the problem? What about over 30 pages of autopromo?
Testimonials. Reviews. Forewords By Famous People I'd Never Heard About. Award nominations. Blurbs. Thanks to Famous People for Help.

If I see the book needs so much space to convince the reader it's any good, it means the actual content definitely isn't good enough to sell the book.

Comment On the other hand... (Score 1) 289

it would be very nice if Windows stopped insisting that its driver for "Unknown Device" is up to date, at newest version and doesn't need to be replaced by another driver supplied by the manufacturer. Once new hardware in Windows is recognized as "Unknown Device" it's about impossible to convince Windows to change it to something more reasonable. Remove the hardware, wipe all traces of its past existence from system, install the correct drivers and only then install the hardware.

Seriously, Microsoft, the first this issue appeared was Windows 95. And it still persists!

Comment Forwarding... (Score 3, Funny) 776

One thing she could have done - turn call forwarding to a private phone on, so that the 24/7 condition is met, and then... sky's the limit.

Get a friendly taxi driver to take the phone for the night.
Put it on an RC plane and take it for a trip over the city center.
Put it in a box and attach with a magnet to your boss' car.
Borrow it for a friend who does car races (preferably illegal) to take it for a 200MPH ride.
Root the phone, get a GPS spoofing app and "send it to Antarctica".

Or just leave it in a desk drawer at work...

Comment Re:Mother of all assumptions (Score 1) 182

There's always an option of energy hoarding. I saw that sci-fi once; the whole universe is long dead but the civilization thrives on a single isle of enormous hoard of energy picked before that. Yes, that means the universe isn't -entirely- dead, but its final thermal death is prolonged far past its natural date through artificial means buying the civilization extra time to either migrate to a different universe or trigger a new big bang.

Plus it's not entirely sure if space expansion can't be harnessed as an energy source; that effect seems to increase potential energy between distant objects at no cost at all - a mysterious source of negative entropy.

Comment Re:Lawsuit incoming? (Score 1) 90

Not to mention any more considerable violation results in a lawsuit against the violator, and in that case eBay must provide whatever help available in identifying and locating the violator.

Here, we're playing whack-a-mole, with Google pretending to help while in reality they protect the violators.

The Tao doesn't take sides; it gives birth to both wins and losses. The Guru doesn't take sides; she welcomes both hackers and lusers.