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Comment: Re:Serious Question (Score 1) 222

by Zamphatta (#47103721) Attached to: China Looks To Linux As Windows Alternative
I was just thinking the same thing. For any serious governments, I think a BSD would seem a better choice from their perspective. The license allows them to keep their source changes closed to prying eyes, and the secure reputation of using something like OpenBSD would seem a natural for a nation with concerns about spying. Perhaps they're concerned they won't be able to spy on their own people that are using a BSD as easily as spying on users of other OS's?

Comment: Re:BS (Score 5, Informative) 293

I totally agree. I was getting 15 mod points every 3 days or so. I generally upvote stuff that I find worthy of it, and ignore comments "bad" comments unless they were seriously bad/trollish/obvious flambaiting. Recently, somebody down voted all of my comments in one thread so they were 0'd, and then /. suddenly decided that I'll only deserve 5 mod points every few days. That, to me, is obviously weird. I thought my comments weren't that bad, even if they weren't great. This is the 2nd time this has happened to me, and it happens far too easily. So I just stop commenting 'cause I don't want to risk losing all my karma over 1 comment just because somebody might not agree with my viewpoint.

For the record, I'm hesitating to submit this comment. I could do it anon, but, I'd like my thoughts to be attached to my identity..... otherwise it just feels like free speech is really dead around in this community.

Comment: Re:Physical Media's a Joke (Score 1) 477

by Zamphatta (#46926523) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected
I couldn't agree more. I haven't bought a CD, DVD, or cassette, in years, unless it's a CD of something I can't find anywhere else. Even then, I rip it and give the thing away 'cause it's worthless to me. Whenever I'm at Walmart's electronics section, seems there's nobody looking at the large swath of CD's & DVD's, but there are people lookin' at other stuff.

Comment: Re:Physical Media's a Joke (Score 1) 477

by Zamphatta (#46926501) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected
Can easily support business & participants by buying or renting non-physical copies too. Sharing/lending is a plus, for people who still do that. I don't really know anybody who does that anymore. With non-physical copies I can just hook my external drive up to a friend's computer or TV (via HDMI) and we can all enjoy the flick together. My Dad (who's in his 80's) still uses VHS tapes for everything. Friends of ours used to come over and borrow tapes from his large collection of stuff, but they haven't done that in years.... partly 'cause fewer people have VCR's now, but also because people just don't seem to be borrowing as much. People I know, either watch stuff together or get a copy themselves. Non-physical copies cost less & don't take up storage space, so it's easier for people to get copies of films (and music) they really like with the excess price or clutter.

Comment: Physical Media's a Joke (Score 1) 477

by Zamphatta (#46925267) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected
Funny, I've found physical media to be quaint SINCE i was 25. I only buy a physical copy of something so I can rip a copy for myself, and I only do that when I cannot find a non-physical copy of the movie or song. It's been a few years since I wasn't surprised when somebody buys a physical copy of something. I just don't understand why anyone keeps doing it.

Comment: Will It Still Be Habitable? (Score 1) 46

by Zamphatta (#46902479) Attached to: Astronomers Calculate How To Spot Life On an Alien Earth

Every time I read something like this, I wonder if any habitable planets we find will still be habitable by the time we can get to them. If we find a habitable planet just a relatively close 10 light years away, then we're already seeing it as it was 10 years ago. Something could've changed there by the time we're seeing it. It's probably unlikely there'd be THAT much change in just 10 years, but then you have to figure it'd take us thousands of years to reach it with our current technology 'cause we can't even go 1% the speed of light yet. I haven't done the math, but wouldn't that take thousands of years just to get 10 light year away? So even a habitable planet 10 light years away would be well beyond our reach for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Terminal Cases (Score 1) 307

by Zamphatta (#46671081) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?
If NASA could find some people with terminal illnesses & have enough time to train them for a particular mission, then those people might be able to use what's left of their life to really be historic and help humanity in some way. Not sure if this is possible, but it's crossing my mind as a possibility.

Comment: Re:JSON Sucks (Score 2) 68

by Zamphatta (#46514797) Attached to: OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web
I couldn't agree with you more. I love XML far more than JSON. I don't get why so many seem to want to use JSON these days. Quite often, it's easy to glance at some XML and get an idea what to do with it, but you can't quite do that with JSON. Is there an XSLT equivalent for JSON? I haven't heard of one.

Comment: Re:The correct way to "inform the authority" (Score 3, Insightful) 287

Sounds like the underlying issue is that some people (who should know better) still believe security through obscurity is a viable way of business.

This also reminds me of the case of Julian Harris. A man in Brisbane who was recently fined $44 for leaving his car window down while he was away from the car. The reason, is because it makes it easier for a thief to steal things from the car or steal the car itself. So clearly, Australian authorities understand that leaving oneself vulnerable (aka. "security negligence") should be punished even if you're not taken advantage of.

Comment: Not To Worry (Score 2) 396

The NSA will catch them before anything goes seriously wrong, and that's why we allow the gov't to spy on us. It's a service we're paying for. Remember guys, if the gov't spies on its own innocent people then they will be able to stop terror attacks and stuff against the people. So, there's nothing to worry about, the government has already got our backs and they won't let anything happen to us.

What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.

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