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Comment LINCOS (Score 3, Interesting) 169

Read LINCOS: Design of a Language for Cosmic Intercourse, Part 1 by Hans Freudenthal, North Holland Publ. 1960. Unfortunately, he never got to publish the second volume covering more advanced concepts, but the language was further developed by NASA and by various enthusiasts later. It's still the most systematic treatment for communicating with aliens.

Comment Re:RAM is not cheap (Score 1) 208

Oh man, I wish I could get anything from Newegg. Here in Europe it's not fun seeing the USD prices and then the same amount in Euro + 50% arbitrary addition plus 23% tax plus 15 Euro shipping. :(

Not to speak of the constant announcement of great new products who will be available here only 1 1/2 years later for twice the price ...

Comment Re:Everyone needs an address so you can be tracked (Score 2) 435

NATs are the biggest pain in the ass for every user, whether they know it or not. They have taken back the internet by decades. Not only are they full of bugs and incorrect protocol implementations, they have forced myriads of developers to spend thousands of hours on unreliable NAT hole punching hacks just to be able to use the internet for what it's intended to. In addition to this,they have frustrated and enraged millions of gamers.

Comment Re:What is the incentive to the uploaded? (Score 1) 279

Whether they pirate movies, music or software, pirates seem to be mostly driven by moral considerations. They also tend to have a strong moral code of conduct - don't attribute other group's releases to yourself, always provide the necessary cracks, add an "if you like it, buy it" clause, and so on.

Comment Re:DMCA vs. Human rights vs. Bill of rights (Score 1) 381

This is NOT about privacy! People remove evidence of their past crimes, as well as past political statements and affiliations from their search results!

I encourage you to investigate further what is being removed, so you can come to a conclusion by yourself.

Comment Re:Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 4, Interesting) 381

As a European who is generally very fond of the European Union, I'm truly ashamed about this "right to be forgotten". Whenever I see a link removed, I use a proxy to switch to Google US and I've seen countless abuses of the system. Many of the search results that are removed are clearly in the public interest.

I cannot believe that there is no discussion about this at higher levels of the EU. If France got this right world-wide, why not Russia, China, Saudia Arabia, or Nigeria? This regulation makes no sense whatsoever. The judges who decided in favour of it must be mentally retarded.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll