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Comment: Re: adblock plus (Score 1) 92

by Soluzar (#48026695) Attached to: Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements
I'm old enough to remember that too. I feel as though I may remember it differently than you do, though. In no way would I describe the content back then as superior. I would describe the primary content which we have now on the good websites as in every way a desirable evolution. Little things like advertising and malware don't detract from that, and I don't necessarily find the commercial content on the web a problem, as long as non-commercial content is also there. I'd be really glad to see a return to the days without advertising though. I can afford to pay for the content I want, if it is priced reasonably. Then there's the fact that some content is there because the provider wants you to see it. They won't seek payment for that.

Comment: Re: adblock plus (Score 1) 92

by Soluzar (#48026659) Attached to: Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

I'd actually be pretty happy to pay a small subscription to websites that I use all the time, and that seem to be worth it. Of course, there are a lot of websites that would die very quickly without advertising, and I don't object to that at all. They can go, and that is fine.

I think a reasonable subscription to a website I really like would be something like a $1 to $1.50 a month. If enough people are paying, that can easily cover the costs.

Of course I'd rather have those websites supported by voluntary donations. Lets not pretend that it doesn't work, just because Wikipedia are hopelessly greedy and over-ambitious. For many websites it can work fine. I know at least one for which it has worked for more than a decade.

Comment: Re:BeOS? (Score 1) 392

by Soluzar (#45859331) Attached to: If UNIX Were a Religion
I don't really care for that idea, since (as I mentioned in my previous post) BeOS is very much a recent development in the field of computer operating systems. It came along in the late 90s, once Windows was already relatively mature and Linux on the desktop was already practical. Comparing it to religions both ancient and widespread seems entirely wrong to me. BeOS was not all that significant. Clever and nicely done, maybe... but it didn't carve out a very large place in history.

Comment: Re:Don't hold your breath (Score 1) 221

by Soluzar (#45859281) Attached to: NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer
Please note that I didn't say it was currently a meaningless buzzword. I said that I believed it to be such when I first heard the term. I'm aware that something meaningful has come out of it since then, although exactly how much is still a matter of which I'm largely ignorant.

I appreciate you making me aware of the fact that there have been some working quantum computers now. They may be small, but even the first one was a huge step. I'm somewhat surprised to learn that the first real steps were quite a long time ago.

I wonder if I'll live long enough to see a quantum computer on the home desktop. It would probably run The Elder Scrolls 37 really well. :D

Comment: Re:Step One (Score 1) 146

by Soluzar (#45859161) Attached to: How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

For me if I have to use cash I'm already against the purchase. It's horribly inconvenient for me, and isn't accepted for online purchases which is where I do all my important shopping other than clothes and groceries. Since I can pay for both of those things on my card as well as at pretty much any restaurant, I've got no need for cash that I can see.

Even convenience stores are happy to accept a card (with no surcharge) for very small purchases. I admit that has changed in recent years, and until that change I did grudgingly have to withdraw cash to shop for those items.

I don't really care to carry currency which can be lost or stolen, and then never recovered. If I lose my card, all I have to do is contact the bank and let them know. They will cancel it for me and I can soon get a new one. Under those specific circumstances I would use cash, of course. Since I am deprived of all the better options.

I see things are different for you, but I prefer to handle as little cash as humanly possible.

Comment: How far away is it? (Score 1) 221

by Soluzar (#45857973) Attached to: NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

Has anything practical actually been demonstrated in the field of quantum computing yet? I understand that a lot of exciting and complex (if you're into that) math has gone into describing a model for how quantum computing should function, but as far as I'm aware nobody has actually managed to build any prototype devices yet.

When I first heard the term "quantum computing", I believed it to be a meaningless buzzword. I think at that time it may have been so. Now it is obviously a real concept, but unless I may be better informed, I think it is still a very long way off.

I wonder if programming for a quantum computer will be anything like programming for the digital (is that the proper term to use in contrast?) computers we have now. I can't help but feel that it would be both very different and rather more difficult.

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