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Comment: Re:On the contrary, the web must forget (Score 1) 215

by Skim123 (#34066754) Attached to: Geocities To Be Made Available As a 900GB Torrent

Keeping a permanent copy of every bad web site made by every bored teen is not actually useful, any more than keeping every grocery list, or to do list, or every piece of homework you ever did as a child.

I agree that such extremes are not good for the individual or society today, but they would be a boon for histories.

Yes, 99.999% of those to do lists would be of zero interest, but what historian wouldn't want access to all of, say, Abraham Lincoln's to do lists and diary entries?

Comment: Re:What do you expect? (Score 1) 470

by Skim123 (#34066618) Attached to: IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations

his will become especially true if and when 32-bit systems disappear. In the mean time Microsoft is going to realse at least one more version of Windows and likely more.

You mean like the 16-bit or 8-bit support disappeared? You do realize that even the latest x86/AMD64 processors still support the original 80086 processor modes, right? That that is their _default_ state of running when power is applied?

Perhaps what the OP meant is the limitations imposed by 32-bit systems, thereby prompting decision makers to choose a 64-bit system when upgrading the hardware? Say the new workstations being purchased have 4 or 8 or 16 GB of memory and here we have Windows XP, which can only see and use 2 GB. Time to roll in a 64-bit OS!

Comment: Re:why are the bounties so low? (Score 1) 114

by Skim123 (#33604126) Attached to: Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

I hope you don't think we've hit the bottom of the real-estate market. Fine wines maybe? Collectables? Seems much safer to just buy interest rate derivitives, at least that way your losses are limited to 100%.

I wager he's talking real estate. Probably been snatching up lower end homes to rent out to the previously home owning subprime market. That would be my guess. I really hope he hasn't gone into debt to buy collectibles or fine wines!

Speaking of real estate, here's an interesting aerial photograph from a Florida subdivision that was built during the 1970s land boom. No houses were ever built, just sold lots. Today, trees are growing between cracks in the roads.

Comment: Re:why are the bounties so low? (Score 1) 114

by Skim123 (#33594078) Attached to: Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

On your sig: A 121K debt per taxpayer sounds like a lot until you think about paying that off over a 30-40 year working lifetime. Plus, you know that's going to be heavily reduced by inflation. 2015-2025 we're probably going to have 10-15% inflation per year, which will turn that into only 46K or less in today's dollars. Over a 40 year working life, that's like 1K extra in taxes per year. Call me when it hits 10K in extra taxes per year.

121K debt per taxpayer is what the national debt is right now. Your whole formula presupposes that the debt won't rise another penny from now through the next 30-40 years. Is that at all likely? The GAO estimates Social Security and Medicare obligations alone will cost us roughly 12 TRILLION in borrowed dollars (in total) between now and 2040 (not adjusted for inflation). And have you seen the proposal for the upcoming fiscal year? We'll be running a $1.6 TRILLION dollar deficit.

We have reason to be worried about the US deficit and debt. There will certainly be a day of reckoning in our lifetimes.

Comment: Re:Just what we needed (Score 1) 238

by Skim123 (#33538708) Attached to: King's <em>Dark Tower</em> Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV

remember, young Roland was in possession of the horn in the reset that occurs at the end of the final book. It gives the reader hope that the outcome may be different on the subsequent attempt.

Maybe, but probably not. It seems like after a second or two he had already forgotten about the events that had just transpired and was back to the narrative of The Gunslinger.

Have you seen the movie Triangle? If you liked the ending you may like that movie.

Comment: Re:the last two books (Score 1) 238

by Skim123 (#33538648) Attached to: King's <em>Dark Tower</em> Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV

"The Stand" was brilliantly done, and while there were a few creative licenses taken, stuck extremely close to the brilliant novel he had written.

Really? I agree that the adaptation wasn't bad, but I thought the acting and soundtrack left a lot to be desired. And the casting decisions were questionable, especially having Kareem Abdul-Jabar and King himself making cameos. Also, they never were able to really connect the viewer - emotionally or visually - to the wasteland of the world after the plague. I agree it would be hard to do on the small or big screen, as those aren't as impressive as one's imagination, but given that several of King's books have translated excellently to the big screen, I was disappointed by this mini-series. But perhaps that's what one is to expect from a TV production, at least one back in the 90s.

I thought IT was a better small screen adaptation - much better acting.

The main problem with King's novels, in my opinion, is that he spends all this time in character development and setting up the plot, then rushes headfirst into the conclusion. The Stand, for instance, should have been 2,000 pages. Having the whole thing wrap up in the last 100 pages or so was a travesty. (Likewise for IT.)

Comment: Re:Want to stimulate the economy? (Score 1) 219

by Skim123 (#33399300) Attached to: Paul Allen Files Patent Suit Against Apple, Google, Yahoo, Others

but the intent of that provision was that you couldn't criminalize something and then try someone for committing the crime prior to it being a law

I'm sure that was one of the intents, but are you certain that another intent wasn't to stop, say, the government passing a tax law and then saying, "Oh yeah, and you owe taxes for the past 10 years on this new law." Not being a Constitutional scholar, I don't know what the Founders intent was, but the wording is very succinct and to the point - "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed." - there are no qualifiers referring to criminal law or certain types of laws.

Comment: Re:Isn't this the SECOND time ... (Score 1) 479

by Skim123 (#32470752) Attached to: Malfunction Costs Couple $11 Million Slot Machine Jackpot

I knew someone that was in an accident and went to one of those lawyers. They told him to rack up a few thousand dollars in medical expenses and then call them back. Never hire a lawyer who advertises.

Any lawyer who is working on contingency - whether she advertises or not - is going to have this same sentiment, because in a civil suit the judgment cannot exceed your damages. If you have an accident and need no medical attention, you were not damaged.

Now, if this person you knew said, "I will put you on retainer and pay you hourly and start with a $1,000 deposit," I'm sure the lawyer would take the case immediately.

Comment: Re:Yea but (Score 3, Informative) 1204

by Skim123 (#31990202) Attached to: Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

Sure, but sites that sell ads on a CPM usually have unsold inventory, meaning that they have more impressions (e.g., page views) than advertisers willing to spend the money on them. That's why you see in-house ads and such show up. Point being, the increased traffic unlikely impacted the bottom line UNLESS the ads are CPC or CPA (and the increased traffic led to increased click-throughs and sign ups).

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.