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Comment: Re:Pay us for other people's work (Score 3, Insightful) 208

by Zalbik (#49033817) Attached to: Elementary OS: Why We Make You Type "$0"

Why are they not allowed to charge for their work when the baker can?

Nobody is saying they shouldn't be allowed to. Heck, the licensing of most open source stuff explicitly allows you to charge for distribution.

What people are saying is they are being hypocrites for doing so.

Basically, to use your analogy:
The coal miner mined the coal for free
The generator generated electricity for free
The water gatherer filtered the water for free
The farmer grew the grain for free
The baker baked the bread for free
The waiter served the bread for free

Now these asshats spread a bit of butter on the bread and feel they should be compensated for their efforts, even though everyone else did most of the work for free. They don't seem to have felt any There is also no indication that the Elementary OS group intend to share any funds they receive with the people who did most of the work to provide their product.

Yes, they are within their rights to ask for money. They are still blatant hypocrites for doing so.

Comment: Re:Risks and Challenges (Score 4, Funny) 175

by Zalbik (#49018027) Attached to: Hobbyists Selling Tesla Coil Kits To Fund Drone Flight Over North Korea

Interesting that "Starting a War" does not appear in that section.

That's just a perk of the $1000 reward level:

"Get all of the previous rewards and we will give you the opportunity to choose a payload to put in the drone as well (as long as the weight and size fit the constraints)!"

Just cough up $1000, and ask they drop off a copy of "The Interview" in Pyongyang. That will likely start a war.

Not because it was disrespectful towards Kim Jong Un, but because it was such a godawful terrible movie.

Comment: Re:Yes. It serves a crucial purpose. (Score 5, Insightful) 645

by Zalbik (#48999369) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Showing these murders serves as a gut punch to the free world. It enables us to have a visceral reaction to this brutality,

And this is exactly why the video should not be shown or viewed. Our reaction to terrorism should NOT be an emotional one, for a number of reasons:

1) It screws with our understanding of how likely a situation is to occur. People "feel" that their children are more in danger of being abducted now than 20 years ago precisely be because there is more graphic reporting of abductions, not because more abductions occur. Similarly, graphic evidence of violence influences our perception of how likely that violence is to occur.

2) It's screws with how we respond to such incidents. Juries that are presented graphic imagery of a murder are far more likely to convict than those who are not, even if the crimes are identical. Citation

3) It gives our government far too much power. The reason so many draconian measures were easily passed post-9/11 is EXACTLY because it had a massive emotional reaction from the people. Our reaction should be based on reason, not a our "visceral reaction to brutality".

I'm not worried about Fox doing ISIS's work for them. I'm worried about them influencing the militant "let's glass the whole middle east" segment of America.

Comment: Re:Cue the libertarian fucktards (Score 1) 379

by Zalbik (#48982561) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

Ahhh...so you only agree with government regulation when it supports your own agenda...I see.

That's the problem I have with many Libertarians (the fucktard variety or other). Rather than just state "these are the areas we believe should be regulated, and these not", they often scream nosily about any regulation when it is something they disagree with and just remain silent if it is something they support.

It'd be nice if there was an actual position they took that described how they expect the government to function that was something other than "government bad. less regulation good. free markets good. deficits bad".

Never let facts stand in the way of demonizing your political enemies.

Is that intentionally ironic?

Comment: Re:Evidence for the assertion ? (Score 1) 113

by Zalbik (#48980149) Attached to: Pilot's Selfies Could Have Caused Deadly Air Crash

No, the evidence is:

1) Flying a plane takes a lot of attention. Sometimes things happen in a plane that require immediate attention.
2) There is no evidence of any mechanical failure with the plane.
3) There is evidence that the plane was operating correctly.
4) Therefore, based on (2) and (3), the crash was caused by pilot error.
5) The pilot's was taking selfies at critical points during the flight. This requires some attention.

Therefore, based on 1, 4 and 5 the act of taking selfies could have contributed to the crash.

Comment: Re:.NET applications on Linux? (Score 1) 253

by Zalbik (#48980031) Attached to: Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Execution Engine

WinForms is considered 'deprecated' by Microsoft

No, it really isn't. A substantial segment of the community assumed it would be deprecated when MS started heavily pushing WPF. Given that WPF has been around for 8 years now, it doesn't appear to be the "WinForms"-killer some thought it would be.

That being said, WinForms all but officially in "maintenance-only" mode. I would be seriously surprised to see new features. However, this is different than being deprecated.

There are signs that WPF is also heading into "maintenance only" mode, with the future being HTML5.

Comment: Re:There is no such thing as an unobtrusive ad (Score 4, Funny) 619

by Zalbik (#48973089) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

There is no such thing as an "unobtrusive ad."

That very term is offensive and is an oxymoron.

obtrusive (adj.): noticeable or prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way.
advertisement (noun): a paid announcement, as of goods for sale, in newspapers or magazines, on radio or television, etc.
oxymoron (noun): a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction

You misunderstand the definition of one of the words you are using.

Comment: Re:Someone has (Score 1) 270

by Zalbik (#48576363) Attached to: Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Wrong. There is no My K-Cup or derivative thereof that doesn't require you to remove the insert in the machine that has the needle in the bottom of it -- the one used to puncture the bottoms of the pre-made K-Cups.

Wrong. I have these

I usually use these with my Keurig. Ocasionally I use standard K-Cups. No need to remove/reinsert the insert.

Comment: Re:No bigger than ... (Score 1) 325

by Zalbik (#48550949) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

Why do people use laser pointers to try and blind pilots?

That's it!

We need drones with frickin' laser pointers attached to their heads!

Footnote:
For the comedy impaired, the above is intended as a humorous amalgamation of the GP's point that some idiots use laser pointers to blind pilots, and the scene from Austin Powers where Dr. Evil planned to have lasers attached to sharks heads. It is not intended as a serious suggestion. The author maintains no responsibility for any repercussions that may occur if you attempt the above and informs you that any attempt to do so immediately qualifies you as a real dick. The author further hopes that if you do successfully carry out the above that any plane you attempt to interfere with manages to land safely directly on top of your bloody carcass.

Comment: Re:No bigger than ... (Score 1) 325

by Zalbik (#48550831) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

Birds are mostly hollow and crush easily.

Uh, how many birds have you taken apart?

Typically birds are fairly hollow, and do crush reasonably easily. Ask any cat.

From wikipedia:
"Birds have many bones that are hollow (pneumatized) with criss-crossing struts or trusses for structural strength"

That being said, I agree that is is very unlikely that the plastic & tiny bits of metal in a drone would be any more dangerous than a bird. For obvious reasons, drones are typically designed with as lightweight materials as possible. The ones I've seen also crush fairly easily.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.

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