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Comment Look at it the other way: (Score 1) 303

How much has the basic UI changed since Windows 95? It hasn't, because 95 got it just about perfect for comfortable productive. There are minor variations in the size of component and placement, but almost every OS since has used the same basic concept: A 'launch programs' button, a task bar with a tab for each open window along one edge of the screen, and a notification area. Almost all major linux distros use that, Ubuntu with Unity being an exception. Microsoft tried to change to something new in Windows 8, but it was met with such hatred by the users that MS was forced to revert back to the classic layout in Windows 10. The only alternative to achieve any measure of success is OSX and the dock in place of the task bar. The most useful innovation MS has made to their UI after Windows 95 was taskbar item consolidation.

Comment Re:The frog is boiling (Score 1) 160

RAID cards often use a semi-functional token to enable write caching. To cache safely requires the controller incorporate a battery, which is commonly sold separately. No battery, no caching - it's a technical problem, can't be overcome. The non-technical limitation is that the batteries (In Adaptec, anyway) have a cryptographic chip in them that authenticates to the controller, so you can't just stick in any li-ion cell in - and those batteries are sold at a ridiculous price.

It's a fee to unlock the write cache feature, disguised as a functional component.

Comment Re:So can I sell my used copy? (Score 1) 160

What kind of horrible person would sell a game second-hand and keep the key? ... ok, I did. But that was back in the days of dialup when online gaming was a rare thing. I didn't think it would matter.

If you happen to be the one who brought a bundle of old game CDs on eBay that included Half Life and Opposing Force, sorry about that.

Comment Easy. (Score 1) 715

1. Put the money in some nice, safe savings and investments, dispersed among a few banks. Or even currencies. It's not the highest return, but it is lowest risk.
2. Quit job.
3. Buy small house. Not a mansion. Just somewhere with spare bedroom I could turn into a workshop.
4. Tell no-one of my obscene wealth.
5. Enjoy a life of doing just about anything I wish with all that free time.
6. Commission huge amounts of furry art, buy myself lots of cool tech-toys to play with, hire professional programmers to work the bugs out of a few open-source projects that are pretty good but could use some refinement. All the little things you wish you could do, but can't afford.

Now, if I have a truly crazy amount of wealth:
7. Commission the construction of the world's largest needle, and rent a camel for a day.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 4, Insightful) 258

Cold Fjord has attacked me! I declare him an enemy combatant. Can I murder him legally now?

This is why I made the comment about the uniform. Your view worked very well in conventional wars of the past, when you knew who you were fighting. Modern wars are messy. Insurgent groups do not wear uniforms - they dress as civilians and disappear into the population. Even entire armies can be denied - look at Russia's recent invasion of Crimea, spearheaded by troops who wore uniforms without insignia and which Russia denies even exist.

It's one thing to declare on the battlefield that anyone pointing a gun at you is probably the enemy and should be immediately shot. There isn't really any other option then. But it's another matter entirely to systematically disappear people into a secret prison and declare that they have no legal rights. If you resort to that, you'll be sure to catch a lot of innocent civilians who just had the misfortune to get caught up events.

Comment Re:What did he expect? (Score 1) 258

Sometimes even in the real world, things happen that look like they belong in a comic book. The Litvinenko assassination comes to mind - Russia openly carrying out an assassination on foreign soil as recently as 2006.

While I'm sure the US has the capability to make difficult figures vanish in the night if extreme circumstances require it, that wouldn't work on Assange. He has too high a profile - an obvious murder or simple disappearance would raise immediate suspicion. They don't want him dead - they want him either discredited, or made into an example to deter any others who might otherwise be tempted into leaking some embarrassing documents.

Comment Re:Ya that part always seemed like total BS to me (Score 1) 258

He is paranoid, no doubt. But it may be justifiable paranoia.

Forces in the US government would certainly like to see him imprisoned, but they may also be afraid of making a martyr of him. He may also be afraid that the US is applying pressure to Sweden to convict him of rape an imprison him for a long, long time for that. Most societies regard rapists as among the most vile of criminals. An prison sentence for contributing to the leaks might take him out of play, but a prison sentence for some form of sex offense will take his reputation too.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 258

They are in prison.
They have not been imprisoned by order of a criminal court.

They may well be guilty, but the term 'extra-judicial imprisonment' still applies. Things get a bit difficult in a war where the enemy doesn't wear uniforms or maintain a formal army - it's not always clear who is an actual combatant and who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 258

The US political system thrives on attention. If a politician doesn't occasionally say some seriously over-the-top and outragious things, they are at a great disadvantage.

Look at the current republican primaries. Trump has stated his intention to ignore the constitution and declare children of immigrants non-citizens so he can deport them, Santorum has stated he believes possession of any contraceptive should be a criminal offense and Huckabee has expressed a desire to amend the constitution so that the government many prohibit citizens from following any religion other than Christianity. Do they have any hope of achieving these aims? Of course not, and they know it. But their careers demand a constant spotlight to build name recognition, and keeping that spotlight focused means endorsing a stream of extremist positions and goals - always trying to be more attention-worthy then their rivals.

Comment Re:The consortium needs to finish human languages (Score 1) 263

So what is your alternative? Let them continue to speak a language that is hardly spoken by any outsiders, not only maintaining their isolation but also the isolation of their next generation? Able to access only that news and knowledge of the world that limited and possibly manipulative translators allow? Their opportunities for economic advancement severely limited?

A self-imposed ghetto is a ghetto nonetheless. It it still a ghetto even if the residents take pride in living there.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang