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Comment: Re:Not much of a fix (Score 1) 101

by ShaunC (#47697549) Attached to: ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

Something like protocol://

But no one is going to put up with typing in any more than they'd put up with typing in Plus, it's a burden on users to assume that they'll know (or care, or remember) on which continent and in which country each site lives. So we'd need some system to translate your well-executed hierarchical taxonomy into something that users could more easily remember. I wonder what we could call it...

Comment: Re:Mosaic (Score 5, Informative) 413

Don't forget fucking over the original developers in the process. Microsoft negotiated the price down to $2 million by agreeing to pay royalties to Spyglass for each copy sold... Then turned around and gave the product away for free. Spyglass should have worked a better deal, sure, but it was a dick move by Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Too much surplus (Score 0) 264

Now that we have given away this surplus equipment.

And are looking at the possibility of reentering the Iraq area of conflict.

Are we going to need all new equipment to put boots on the ground ?

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Comment: Re:I'm not sure these buttons belong to the Wash P (Score 1) 134

by ShaunC (#47686703) Attached to: Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

Per Wikipedia,

Slate is a United States English language online current affairs and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. On 21 December 2004 it was purchased by The Washington Post Company.

So, if Bezos owns the Washington Post and the Washington Post owns Slate, well, there we have it. WaPo's using the "slatmag-20" affiliate ID to simplify things for accounting purposes, I guess.

Comment: Re:Street view... (Score 4, Informative) 140

by ShaunC (#47652109) Attached to: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

A lot of what shows up on Google Maps, especially in larger metro areas, has been photographed from planes. They're only up on nice VFR days, so there's no atmosphere in the way. Better resolution satellite stuff from Digital Globe will be nice to see, but aircraft will continue to dominate the commercial aerial imagery sector for quite awhile.

Comment: Re:Not implausible (Score 1) 102

by ShaunC (#47622969) Attached to: Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

Um, no you/they didn't. I work at an ISP, smaller than Google, and am constantly blocking various attacks.

It was pretty heavily implied that he was speaking about blocking these attacks on GMail. Thankfully, Google hasn't quite achieved the ubiquity needed to interfere with other ISPs' traffic.

Comment: Re:This is how we learn (Score 5, Funny) 150

by ShaunC (#47605823) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

The useful thing about the cloud is that no-one knows what it actually is, so any company is free to call their product cloud-based without contest.

Reminds me of the quote about "big data" being like sex in high school. Nobody's really sure what it is, but everyone thinks that everyone else is doing it, so everyone says they're doing it, too.

Comment: Self-aggrandizing (Score 5, Insightful) 71

by ShaunC (#47602809) Attached to: Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

I'm a Comcast TV and internet subscriber (not really by choice, as in many places it's the only solid option). Over the past few weeks I've seen an ad from, by, and for Comcast promoting this service... over and over and over. It shows a kid in school with some narration about how everything would be better if only he had access to the internet, then he goes home, and imagine that! A Comcast truck is sitting outside his home, hooking up some internet service!

Comcast loves kids, loves schools, and wants to help all students do research for their education! Yeah, right. This is a very low cost (or free), but also extremely low service plan. You have to be around or below the poverty level to qualify. The local news did a segment recently and the way they presented it, Comcast won't be letting you sign up unless you can prove that you qualify for food stamps and free school lunches. I'm not looking to go into a welfare debate, but living in a city with a fairly high number of section 8 residents, many of the folks who would qualify for the Internet Essentials plan are already paying Comcast for much better services using subsidies from other sources.

I love the idea of internet access being available to everyone, but don't think for a moment that Comcast is doing this out of some kind of corporate benevolence. It was required the last time they were involved in a giant merger (buying out NBC) and they're finally getting around to promoting it in hopes of their next giant merger (with Time Warner) being approved.

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