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Comment: A sellout is a sellout (Score 4, Insightful) 81

A sellout is a sellout... period. Just admit that you saw the large cash out and couldn't walk away. We understand, you're human after all. Most of us couldn't walk away from $68-100 million. But, don't try to blow smoke up people's asses that you kept to your original mission. If you can't sleep at night because you sold out people who were counting on you, that's your problem.

Comment: Re:Scale issues (Score 1) 137

by TheReaperD (#49475407) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

I fully agree. The problem is political and social will. We're so obsessed that everything return on their ROI in less than a year, preferably less than six months that a large scale project is considered an anathema to our current "values" (a.k.a. worshipping the almighty dollar/pound/etc.). I really wish we had the will to explore like we did in the 60's but, I don't see it anytime soon and that makes me very sad. The truth is that the advancements we made then are what created the information age and all that was made possible by the push to space and the moon but, since those advancements took a decade or more to make a lot of people mp

Comment: Re:so... no trial... no proof... no justice. (Score 2) 144

by TheReaperD (#49389227) Attached to: Obama Authorizes Penalties For Foreign Cyber Attackers

Plus, you have the problem such as the hacking command center in Canada, ran by the US NSA, that launches attacks on the US with the intent on pointing the finger at other countries. How can anybody be sure it isn't a false flag attack as long as the NSA runs something like this?

Oh, and I'm pretty sure an order very similar to this would have happened if we had President Romney too. I'm not forgiving Obama for it but, the name in office matters very little any more nor does the party affiliation. The same corporations pull the strings. All the party hate serves is that people are watching Republicans or Democrats when they should be watching Northrop Grumman, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Monsanto, etc.

Comment: Re: Moral obligation? (Score 1) 87

by TheReaperD (#49388219) Attached to: UK IP Chief Wants ISPs To Police Piracy Proactively

You'll hear every successful U.S. politician say that they never stop campaigning. The only time that they stop campaigning is when they leave politics altogether (this includes lobbying), die or sometimes the last two years of a two-term president. It's why they almost never do their real job is because they spend their entire careers begging for money from lobbyists to get (re-)elected.

Comment: Easy Solution (Score 4, Insightful) 222

by TheReaperD (#49353309) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Quick and effective solution to this problem. Pass a law that if a service provider says that they offer service to an address they must do so by law. No fines, they have to install service. If that means $30,000 in new cable to be laid, then so be it. The service providers will get their service maps in order really quickly and we'd have accurate coverage numbers for the country.

Comment: Drives IT people nuts (Score 3, Insightful) 79

by TheReaperD (#49309803) Attached to: MRIs Show Our Brains Shutting Down When We See Security Prompts

I've witnessed this so many times as an IT tech that it's sickening. Even if we're standing there and try explaining it, our words just end up in "don't care" brain bin and they'll click on anything that makes the message go away the fastest. I've even had them click on "yes" then "Ok" on the install even when I was standing there and told them not to. It's like they're "listening" to their mother in law. Irritating as hell.

Comment: Re:From a simpler era (Score 1) 95

by TheReaperD (#49308267) Attached to: South Korea Begins To Deprecate ActiveX

True, ActiveX was just one of several bad ideas that became "standards" during the web's explosive growth period. Others that came to mind were the blink tag, Flash (as you mentioned), Java (for the web, a terrible idea), and the abortion of a scripting language known as JavaScript. JavaScript is just the lesser of the evils of the technologies and no one has been able to push forward a replacement, though several have tried.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin