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Comment: Re:Only To Be Expected (Score 2) 139

Right. It really is interesting to see what the US has devolved into.

What we are seeing is the US and China becoming more like each other:
China turning into a consumerist, polluting, financial behemoth, while the CCP keeps control
The US turning into a self-censoring, pseudo-police state.

Comment: Re:The Internet is our best weapon (Score 1) 271

by Sir_Eptishous (#48220863) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems
Your post sounds like some trite consumerist mantra.

The only real way to do business, is when people are free, and can spend their money on stuff they want. That's us winning.

What utter rubbish.

So you're equating freedom with consumerism?

I would recommend you wake the f#$k up and see what a consumerist "growth for growths sake" worldview is doing to the ecosystem of the planet we live on, but nah, I'll let you stew in your own FauxNews juices, while Hannity has you on a slow boil.

Comment: Re:Google Changes Its Slogan (Score 1) 271

by Sir_Eptishous (#48220767) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Today, they're more "Neutral Neutral"

So they're Druids? Actually, if we could confine Schmidt to Scimitars and Wooden shields that might be a good thing. But, they also get some nasty spells that I'm sure would work wonders on K Street...

Twenty years from now, they'll probably be "Lawful Neutral", with increasingly-frequent side trips into "Lawful Evil" territory

Agreed, Google as The Scarlet Brotherhood.

Comment: Re:We had a distributed social network (Score 1) 253

by Sir_Eptishous (#48216617) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello
Over the years I've had four registered domains. My current one live on one of the big corporate hosters, and it runs on WordPress, which is actually quite fun to manage. I put new content about once a month, sometimes more. It really is a lot of fun and I have complete control. That is one of the things about FB that I could never accept, combined with the fact that FB is 99% fluff/krap, and, the interface is absolutely abhorrent. At least Google+ has a half decent ui.

But yes, things like FB make it easy for most people to do what we who run our own sites do, without the cost and management.

Comment: Re:Third World America (Score 1) 289

by Sir_Eptishous (#48214563) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?
The real point his comment makes is about the backsliding of American infrastructure , and to that you can't argue against.

Sure, if your standard is to compare the roads. bridges and broadband of the US against, oh say, Bolivia, then sure, we are in a much better place. But to compare the US against other "First World" countries it is a much different story.

Also, your comment about the economic output makes no difference to the average American whose wages and benefits have been stagnant or backsliding since the 1980's. For someone who lives off of capital gains in the stock market or other investments, sure, things like economic output have some meaning. Yes, the "US economy" is very strong, and the capital it generates is incredible.

How much of the benefits of that economy are actually being "trickled down" onto the American middle class?

Comment: Re:Third World America (Score 1) 289

by Sir_Eptishous (#48214283) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?
I find it interesting that your comment is being modded down, though I'm not surprised.
You are correct in your condemnation of the US regarding infrastructure, and yes, that is what the whole broadband issue is. We have let ourselves(via greedy politicians, lobbyists and corporate managers) become the slaves of a no competition broadband scenario, where we have two choices, the phone company or the cable company for broadband.

Comment: Re:Only for root users (Score 1) 114

by Sir_Eptishous (#48204999) Attached to: Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks
It's not just in house VB jockeys doing this. All sorts of "enterprise" grade software will only run as admin.
If you can find the registry keys to tweak and files and folders to manually change perms on than sometimes that problem can be mitigated.
Really, the problem is that software development gives little priority to security.

(1) Never draw what you can copy. (2) Never copy what you can trace. (3) Never trace what you can cut out and paste down.