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Comment: Really? This is designed to increase censorship? (Score 2, Insightful) 178

by SterlingSylver (#30791978) Attached to: China Begins Monitoring Billions of Text Messages

The Chinese government is clearly fixed upon the value of censorship. Censorship is what they're trying to promote, clearly. Cutting naughty or unacceptable words out of daily conversation is their endgame. They're certainly not monitoring billions of texts messages to identify and locate dissidents, increase their understanding of social networks that may work against them, or to increase their control over their citizens. Censorship is totally what they're after.

Comment: Re:Ernie Ball (Score 1) 371

by SterlingSylver (#29108353) Attached to: Why the BSA Is Less Reviled Than the RIAA

Why was this modded down? The RIAA nailing someone for $2+ Million for sharing some songs is in no way comparable to the BSA turning up unlicensed software and fining the business $0.1 Million (sourced from the Grandparent's link). Kudos to Ernie for going all Open Source, but there is a fundamental difference that might explain why the BSA isn't the devil incarnate.

Comment: Re:Chrome OS is Linux with a New UI (Score 1) 338

by SterlingSylver (#28705863) Attached to: Bill Gates Puts Classic Feynman Lectures Online

I'm also guessing that you know a hell of a lot more about Chrome OS than many of Google's own employees as you've never been entirely stupid when it comes to keeping tabs on your enemies. So either you're letting your own personal ego get in the way of your business sense while underestimating Google or you are asking a rhetorical question to spread uncertainty of what Chrome OS could be.

I'm not so sure that we can call FUD on this statement. I mean, at this point Chrome OS does seem like a fairly vague concept. Linux-based OS designed for cloud computing...maybe...and even then what would that mean? "Who knows what this thing is?" is a reasonable statement. Yeah it's Steve Balmer so you don't expect him to be a big supporter of the OS, but I'd expect that MS, Slashdot, and the internet in general will be spilling a lot of digital ink finding out what this thing is over the next 6-24 months.

Then after a reasonable 2-3 year beta period we'll be able to make an educated statement.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982