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Comment Re:Thank the Lord... (Score 1) 292

"It's not clear if the Atlantic's below-normal season is related to climate change though.
"Hurricanes respond in complicated ways to their environment," said Timothy Hall, a research scientist who studies hurricanes at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in a NASA publication in May. "It's one of the areas of climate change research where reasonable people can still disagree.""
I'm glad the armchair philosopher-troll-climatologists on slashdot know best.

Comment Re:We can math (Score 3, Insightful) 167

And the author of the article can't.
"Ubuntu has approximately 135,000 instances. In second place, a long, long way back, you'll find Amazon's own Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI), with 54,000. Lagging even farther behind, there's Windows with 17,600 instances. In fourth and fifth place, you'll find CentOS, 8,500, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), 5,600."
There are 220,700 instances accounted for, and Ubuntu has a 61% share among those. As other smaller OSs are accounted for, the Ubuntu share only decreases. In other words, it's plainly NOT twice as popular as the rest put together. If I can make as assumption, I think he probably meant that it was "as popular as all others put together." That seems closer to reality.

Comment IANAL (Score 2) 150

Isn't the DC Court of Appeals sort of the equivalent of a State Supreme Court, with no jurisdiction outside DC? It get s a little confusing since it's still a federal court due to the nature of the District of Columbia, but I don't think this has any bearing on the 2nd Circuit ruling from a few months ago.
It's unlikely it ever ends up before SCOTUS since it was swept under the rug legislatively, but let's not misunderstand this as a sweeping judicial approval of the program.

Comment Re:Corporations (Score 1) 86

But is that what we really want? If CEOs are personally responsible for every action taken by a company, say hello to oppressive micro-management. I don't mean the normal "my manager wants to cover his ass" micro-management. If you turn this into a "perfect security or jailtime" proposition, there will be real consequenses all the way down the ladder. So maybe the CEO isn't the one ultimately responsible for website security...send the webmaster to jail? How far do we take that? Individual programmers are now criminally responsible for bugs?

Comment Re:Mozilla, please stop destroying yourself! (Score 3, Interesting) 187

It's not just a marketing spend. Once word spread around that IE on the desktop was toxic, people sought out an alternative. That same message has not happened (or really been necessary) on mobile. Chrome is the default on Android, and it's a fine enough browser that looking for an alternative isn't necessary for most people. Google has made it easy to sync across platforms, so Chrome has become the new alternative on the desktop as well (for Windows machines only, obviously).
The Firefox situation isn't so much Mozilla's fault for screwing it up as it is Microsoft making real gains in browser quality recently, combined with Google and Safari making for a simpler cross-platform experience. FF is not the default on any major platform, so it doesn't get to use that momentum to press into other platforms. All its major competitors do get that advantage.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

The Constitution does not authorize the US government to operate an Air Force, only an Army and Navy. Does that mean that anything more modern than was available in the 18th century is unconstitutional? Of course not. Likewise, modern arms, so long as they fall within the spirit of the framers intent, are also legal.

Comment Re:buh, bye (Score 2) 494

This is a pretty clear play to appeal not to the voters, but the money. The military-industrial complex has a large part to play (some would say the only part) in choosing the nominee. Coming out against encryption this early allows him to appeal to the check-writers, and leave him plenty of time to do damage control with the voters later. Still incredibly tone deaf, and hopefully it's a play that doesn't pay off, but as far as establishment candidates are concerned, it's just par for the course. It would have worked 8 years ago. Let's hope voters are more savvy now.
"Bush says he hasn't seen any indication the bulk collection of phone metadata violated anyone's civil liberties."
This, though, is entirely unforgivable. Bulk collection, BY DEFINITION , violates civil liberties.

Comment Re:Datamining (Score 1) 193

How hard would it be to crowdsource the IPs that the OS is pinging and blacklist them at the router level? Assuming they aren't the same servers used for Windows Update, of course. This seems a rather trivial problem to solve for anybody willing to spend a few minutes sniffing out the traffic.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.