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Comment Re:This is completely awesome (Score 1) 92

A trillion dollars to power the US for patents until they run out is cheap. But stuff doesn't magically appear. Either government pays for research or private people do, and the lion's share of invention is the latter.

So better to have new stuff even if costly for a bit, than have it years later, or never.

Comment Re:Everyone's phone, DSL and copper (Score 2) 153

I guarantee the US can, too, as it's all computers now.

My dad refused to give up his rotary (a phone company rental bakelite black, at that) because the phone company continued to want to charge extra for "premium" touch tone service, even long after it was actually a drag on them.

Last time I had a land line, around 2010, it was rotary-only, so whenever I had to use a menu, as to pay a bill, after dialing I would switch the phone to touch tone.

Comment Re:Hey ESG (Score 1) 149

Back in the day on download.com, I would go to download well-known, legitimate antivirus stuff, and the reviews were always crammed with "this installs a virus itself".

As these were often almost identical reviews across multiple products, I got the feeling they were by competitors, but of actual scamware, or by virus writers themselves.

Legitimate reviews are already laced with the problem people are much more likely to write a review to bitch about something than praise it, leaving everything everywhere with shitty reviews. But antivurus reviews are in a class by themselves because of this additional problem.

Comment Re:Yeah, right... (Score 2) 124

What happened to equality before the law? What happened to blind justice? You know, that famous statue at the Supreme Court?

What happened to the concept of inalienable rights, inherent in you by fact of being human, not by being a US citizen. Our constitutional theory declares these rights preceed the formation of any constitution or government.

Government

UK Wants Authority To Serve Warrants In U.S. (usatoday.com) 124

schwit1 writes with this news, as reported by USA Today: British and U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communications companies in criminal and national security inquiries, U.S. officials confirmed Thursday. The talks are aimed at allowing British authorities access to a range of data, from interceptions of live communications to archived emails involving British suspects, according to the officials, who are not authorized to comment publicly. ... Under the proposed plan, British authorities would not have access to records of U.S. citizens if they emerged in the British investigations. Congressional approval would be required of any deal negotiated by the two countries.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 120

Docker is so hyped nowadays I'm surprised people reading Slashdot are claiming they never heard of it. Docker is an application container. It essentially creates an advanced chroot which runs ONE application (usually). Now 644MB seems a lot of overhead for running one app, so shrinking this to 29MB is a welcome improvement.

That said, Docker is not for typical users. Use LXC, LXD, or systemd-nspawn if you want containers that can run several apps with their own init.

After 12 seconds of reading the first thing that popped up on Google, this is some kind of virtual machine that runs your app. Is this extra crap standard libraries for that language?

Comment Re:Religion by any other name (Score 1) 662

Memeplexes gather cogs, i.e. humans, and with critical mass, spread by force, by convincing the voluntary joiners of their righteousness.

The details of the memes are irrelevant -- the real power of memes is in getting cogs to behave in ways that spread the memes. Force is the final adopted step, be it execution of apostates or merely wielding the modern social mass mechanism methods (twitter, facebook) to enforce ostracism.

On campuses, these memez are struggling to work around the first and fourth amendments to eject students who do not join the memeplex.

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