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Comment: Re:Not inherently unreasonable (Score 1) 165

This kind of legislation would apply even if nobody died in the carrying out of the activity.

And there's nothing wrong with punishment without someone dying. If someone destroyed your car (physically or digitally) there is harm done to your wallet regardless. Of course as has been said repeatedly it is not yours nor my wallet/life/<important thing here> this is aimed at protecting.

Comment: Re:Nobody kills Java (Score 1) 371

by Unknown1337 (#47631513) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

I can say for a fact that you've got a 50/50 chance

I don't mean to be picky, but this statement deviates as far as you can from instilling confidence or stating a fact. This equates to "definitely might", "100% maybe", "completely possible" or <insert your favourite overly supported flip-flop statement here>. While I certainly don't doubt COBOLs use in the banking system; unsubstantiated 'facts' are merely opinions. Java is embedded in everything these days and large companies hate change. While its evolution will probably cease to exist in the near future, Java isn't going anywhere.

Comment: Re:Internet (Score 1) 248

I can't argue with the good debate that has arisen from trying to come up with a great analogy, but I actually hadn't intended it to be so literal, simply that the ends don't always justify the means. I feel these sorts of law suits make the scope of the results too small, which makes it easy to get caught up attempting the wrong solution, despite the appearance of a 'solution'. Especially since the 'ends' in this case is to remove records from Google which, while a good first step, is far from the desired effect of removing it from the internet.

Comment: Re:Internet (Score 1) 248

That is definitely one possible outcome. It is beyond ridiculous that this is Google's problem at all. Sue the company who is making the illegal product and force them to take down all sites and advertisements. Once the proper approach has been established, then requesting, not demanding that Google remove the historic links to fraudulent material would be in order. When your cat is stuck up a tree; shooting it gets it down... but that doesn't mean it is the proper course of action.

Comment: Re:They already do this. (Score 1) 474

If this Public WiFi is free for Comcast subscribers without additional fees (and assuming the speeds are acceptable). Every Comcast customer should drop to the cheapest package and connect using the public connection SSID to receive all the free bandwidth they could want. I feel like there are some details that are being overlooked. The public connections will likely require a login of the comcast user and the wifi bandwidth used will come off the connected user's cap instead of the owner of the router being used.

Comment: Re:Windows (Score 0) 611

by Unknown1337 (#47106849) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?
Ranking MSDos over ME is reasonable, but realistically including it in this list is not. It is a part of every Windows OS in some form (no matter what M$ has claimed over the years) and while it may constitute an OS when installing the full versions (v6.* or 7.* were decent, I've used them to breath life into old laptops once or twice) it is not intended to 'compete' with the likes of a GUI OS. It's like saying RHEL or Ubuntu are better than the Shell. There are still things I can do more easily on Windoze with the command prompt than with any amount of clicking/GUI interface which personally would rank it parallel and equal with 7. (but still lower than nearly any Linux Distro)

Comment: Re:Death throes .. (Score 1) 43

by Unknown1337 (#46999925) Attached to: BlackBerry To Allow Rivals To Manage Its Smartphones
My Blackberry has been connected to exchange for a few years and there have been zero issues with it since OS 10. Calendars, e-mail, etc. all sync perfectly. As for being irrelevant... even you who think so are still talking about them. They are not the biggest players in the game any more it's true, but all major companies go through ups and downs. Some users abandon them in an instant and others give them the slack they need to deliver good products again. (Apple is not exempt from this path either.) Simply the fact that people feel the need to constantly dog BlackBerry and 'remind' us that they were basically in the toilet not too long ago is a sign that they are still seen as a threat. If they held no expectation of competition they would not regularly be measured against the other major players.

Comment: Re:Two things... (Score 2) 107

by Unknown1337 (#46948133) Attached to: ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee
Sadly your 1) is correct. If they tried to introduce this today as a new idea, the people would never have it. Allowing an easy bypass (not even a loophole yet to be exploited) to anything guarantees that it will become the norm and not the exception it was intended to be. We already have examples such as the NSA denial of FOIA requests simply because what they have (or don't have) on you /could/ be useful to someone or anyone with the slightest of misguided thoughts.

Comment: Misguided Authority Rules Again (Score 4, Insightful) 75

by Unknown1337 (#45556301) Attached to: French Court Orders Search Engines, ISPs To Block Pirate Sites
Another ridiculous case where the courts attempt to stop a leak by putting a bucket under it; instead of turning off the water. Whether you agree or not with the operation of the sites is not valid in this argument. The entertainment companies can't stop the real problem so they are targeting anyone who makes it easier to find. Perhaps we should think bigger. Sue the entire US government for supporting the Internet because it helps people find search engines which offer routes to illegal content. Or perhaps bigger yet, sue copper manufacturers or OS development companies for without them there would be no reasonable computer access... Just a farce as far as I'm concerned, they can't win the real battle so they'll sabotage anyone they can get their hands on... the media industry needs to grow up.

+ - Is Nissan Going To Take On Google Glass?->

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Oh dear. We've heard rumors of Google Glass competitors from everyone, including Apple, Samsung, and other electronics companies. But now we have an, uhm, automaker jumping into the fray, and it's not a rumor. Nissan is unveiling a gadget called 3E that's clearly meant to compete with Google Glass. A teaser video released on YouTube says the 3E is a glasses-type wearable device currently under development. It can be connected to the Internet in real time, allowing the users to overlay acquired information on the glasses, record projected images, communicate with others by sending information to their glasses, and more. Nissan plans to unveil the 3E at the Tokyo Motor Show next week. Seriously, is wearable technology a smart category for an automaker to jump into, or should this be left to the likes of Apple and Google?"
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Comment: Re:The thing about relative measures... (Score 3, Informative) 249

by Unknown1337 (#45399969) Attached to: Netflix, Youtube Surpass 50% Mark of Internet Traffic
Exactly what I was thinking. Netflix has expanded its coverage of HD and 'super HD' while Youtube has increased the quality/resolution of its content as well. Increased quality comes with increased data transfer, while a 700MB file will always transmit 700MB. The customer base has probably grown and there is likely some relationship between the cost effective viewing and increased usage of these services, but overall they are simply sending more data for the same content which makes this a nearly irrelevant thing to measure. It would be like proving global warming by switching to Fahrenheit when you used to use Celsius... it just doesn't add up and the 2 are not comparable without conversion.

+ - Fire-Eaters - The Search For The Hottest Chili->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From the New Yorker, "Chilis have become an attractive business. According to a report by IBISWorld, a market-research firm, hot-sauce production is one of America’s ten fastest-growing industries, along with solar-panel manufacturing and online eyeglass sales. Last year, the Los Angeles hot-sauce company Huy Fong Foods sold more than sixty million dollars’ worth of sriracha. (Americans bought so much sriracha in 2007 that there was a three-month national shortage.) Chilis are the male equivalent of cupcakes, tempting entrepreneurial amateurs with dreams of a more flavorful life. Gerald Fowler said, “In the last five years, you find somebody’s been made redundant, he likes chili, he’ll set up a chili business.” The month after the Naga Viper got the Guinness record, Fowler made an extra forty thousand dollars. ... (A recent study found a positive correlation between chili-eating and “sensation-seeking” behavior.) As a leisure activity, superhots offer some of the pleasures of mild drugs and extreme sports without requiring one to break the law or work out. They are near-death experiences in a bowl of guacamole.""
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