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Comment: Who ever takes an ad guy seriously? (Score 1) 394

by Sir Holo (#47494309) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
FTA: "Everyone gets that advertising is what powers the internet, and that our favorite sites wouldn't exist without it,"

And all this time I thought that my paying an access provider, paying for web hosting, paying for email services (in the past), paying people for products through their web-stores, and donating to Wikipedia — I stupidly thought that was what powered the internet.

I will now dutifully watch all banner and video ads to avoid breaking the sacred "social contract" that enables the internet's existence.

Comment: Re:Simple rule, actually (Score 1) 749

by Sir Holo (#47455055) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

I'll add a more generic reference, Adam's Fallacy, by Duncan Foley. It's about how Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations is selectively interpreted by modern economists of the (predominant) Chicago school of thought.

I just hope that Wikileaks doesn't publish my non-conforming TPS Reports. I did get the memo.

Comment: Re:A larger legal question arises here (Score 1) 749

by Sir Holo (#47453363) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

. . .the "How would you feel if somebody did it to you?" test. . .

Excellent test, to propose a citizen consider being on the other end of some legal action or law, as a way to consider whether it is reasonable.

I daresay acceptance of the described international-legal concept would be the end of the concept of Trade Secrets.

It would also be a boon to any company with "favored" status in their home nation.

Comment: Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 749

by Sir Holo (#47453327) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Just claim the data was lost due to a "hard drive crash." I mean, it worked for the IRS, right?

It worked for the CIA video recordings of interrogations.

It worked for the CHP & KCSO after they confiscated, w/o warrant, the two cell phones which had video of the deadly police beating. The phones were later returned, sans video.

And so on. . .

Comment: Re:You have this backwards. (Score 1) 749

by Sir Holo (#47453225) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

If this were not the case then the Tobacco and Asbestos companies could have just said "all those meeting minutes and research records are stored in our warehouse in mexico so ha ha, you all lose." Any company or person, on any issue, could just mail the evidence out of state or out of country and get off scott free.

Interesting point. There is one subtle difference to consider.

The "moving physical documents off-shore" approach would be conceivable if not for the fact that such documents, etc. were generated by a US-based Corp., by people acting as representatives of the Corp., thus subject to US laws. IANAL, but I think this kind of maneuver would be obstruction of justice, contempt, or something similar to "destruction of evidence."

In the online case here, the issue is email caching. It does really make sense to cache users' "cloud" data in close physical proximity to said users. That said, one can easily imagine MS using this excuse as a shield to deliberately hide documents they'd like kept secret. Probably not the case here, but extend this ruling to company-internal documents, and you'll spot the trick that US DOJ is trying to prevent.

Kind of like how many Corps. have a "delete any email over two weeks old to 'save storage space'." If you delete a category of data, on a regular schedule, and before any subpoena, then the trick will work. But good luck preserving any sort of corporate memory...

Comment: "Exlusive" deal (Score 1) 138

by Sir Holo (#47453033) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park
It's an exclusive deal that kicks in this Fall.

At the moment, downloaded "purchases" from the iTunes Store, Netflix, and Amazon don't have ads. Replayable, scrubbable, etc.

With this deal, viewers pay three times to watch. Once for cable/internet service, second by watching on Comedy Central, and then third via Hulu plus un-skippable ads, if you like an occasional re-run. Yeech!

Comment: Re:you would think prop wash would down the drone (Score 1) 310

Similarly, I've seen the rotorwash of an LAPD copter, 50 feet above my street, blow 4' X 8' plywood panels dangerously airborne in the construction site across the street. Grit was thrown in my face.

This was around 3:00 am, and NOT in LA City proper. If only I'd grabbed my camera...

Comment: Re:Yay big government! (Score 1) 310

Government, police, etc will always be corrupt. Always. People are people. The only defense is to give them just barely enough resources to do their job, with no excess or space for overreach. It's all about taxes. . .

Close, but wrong. It's all about the purse-strings.

Elected leaders, held to account, will reign in organizational misbehavior by tightening the purse-strings (cutting their budget).

Government, like many things, is a necessary evil. Flat-out saying that "paying taxes is wrong!" solves nothing. Because, you see, there will always be someone in charge.

Hold them to account, and they will hold departments, etc. within their purview to account.

If you want zero taxes, go to Somalia.

Comment: They are dead to me (Score 1) 502

I bought a SoundBlaster card for four-channel audio for my Mac >10 years ago. It did not work.

Cretive Labs' management clearly had decided to dump Macs, as months of emails with "we're trying to work on driver fixes, but, but, but," rang hollow.

I'm not worthy of your hardware, despite me giving you money? OK. Your choice.

Creative Labs has been dead to me for >10 years, and will remain so. I can get my A/D & D/A converters elsewhere, and I do. I program and use them, actually. And I teach University classes in the subject. Guess what provider never gets a mention.

Any company who gives a paying customer the middle finger deserves animosity, sharing of info with other consumers, and generally, well, eventually being overtaken by a business that provides what consumers pay them for.

Comment: Welcome to Reality (Score 1) 132

by Sir Holo (#47428557) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business
Well, when your business model is to use donated, individual efforts to build a database —a database that you then use to make money via advertising with no contributor compensation. . .

Well, don't be surprised when some "hired gun" pretends to be one of us altruistic citizens contributing to your database. And they make stuff up.

SEO guys. Google Map spammers. The list goes on forever.

These "crowd-sourced" businesses, making money off of the altruism of anonymous individuals, have it coming to them. There is no free ride.

Comment: Re:Self Medication (Score 1) 454

by Sir Holo (#47338213) Attached to: CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking
Reason A can, and does turn into reason B.

That is, chronic exposure leads to physiological dependence.

"Self-medicating" is fine for a month or two, but during that time one should seek a psychiatrist who can prescribe something to replace that "escapism" need. Hopefully.

If one does find a good advisor, and one follows the advice and prescriptions, normalcy and acceptance can soon follow. (Soon being within the scale of a human life-span, maybe 5 years.)

Hang in there! It will get better.