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Comment Re: Bodes Really Well for a Fair Trial (Score 1) 484

Look, you're wrong and you're full of shit. I even gave you a reference to the Wikipedia article which points out that Egypt IS in the middle east. If you think you know better than a scholarly article on the subject, then I don't give a shit what you think, you probably think the moon landings were a hoax too.

Comment How to make publishers willing to offer source? (Score 1) 57

If a web application has a good reason to require JavaScript to function, what should it do to gain the trust of a NoScript user?

Offer source so people can run it locally.

What use is a local app that is unable to access the resources it requires due to the Same Origin Policy? Some of the resources are dynamically generated by the web app's server. Even ability to download static resources locally as well would fail because Chrome considers each file in the file: scheme to be a separate origin.

If you instead refer to storing all resources on a computer owned by the user, there are two things likely to happen. The first is unwillingness to share source code: "You can use the app on the public server without charge, or you can license a copy to run on your own private server for $9,999." The second is network effects. Consider a web application that allows users of a particular server to interact, but user accounts on your private server cannot interact with users on the public servers. So good luck getting the majority of users to use your private server instead of the public ones.

If you want more concrete examples, consider whether the publisher would be wiling to offer the source code for Google Maps or H&R Block At Home or Netflix or an HTML5 multiplayer game with greater-than-hobbyist production values. Or what would be the business model for funding the continued development of such an application as free software?

Comment Re:FUD at least sort of. (Score 1) 117

#2 If the device is already hardwired to allow it to shut down the LED without shutting down the camera then it's only one software update/hack away from transmitting while it appears to be off. (Assuming that such a "feature" hasn't already been included and is just waiting for a signal to activate.)

So? Even if the camera was being powered off, it would only be one software update/hack away from being able to transmit while turning off the LED.

Comment Re:It's important to keep Christ in Christmas. (Score 1) 113

Well, given the the holiday is a winter solstice holiday, which people have celebrated probably since the dawn of agriculture, and it was originally a week long and involved temporarily suspending normal social rules, I'd say that was absolutely the primary reason for the holiday, as well as honoring the great Saturn.

Comment Re: Bodes Really Well for a Fair Trial (Score 1) 484

That is why I said: "middle east is not a defined term".

Sure it is, in English at least. English is defined by popular usage, so how people use it IS the definition. What I gave you was my perception (as an American) of how the term is used in this country.

You can also see what Wikipedia has to say about it here:

If you look at the map, you'll see that it pretty much matches up exactly with what I said before. Egypt in, Afghanistan out.

Point is: we define it geographically, and the americans more or less by political reasoning

However Americans have collectively come to use the term "middle east" to mean that group of countries, it IS correct, by definition.

if the regions/countries you mention are "middle east", what is then "near east"

Simple: there is no "near east" any more. No one really uses that term, so it's archaic. We use the term "middle east" now. Decades ago, we used to use the term "near east" to describe the Ottoman Empire's possessions in Asia. There might be some academics who still use the term for something, but that's jargon and not popular usage.

So calling those areas "middle east" makes no sense

It doesn't matter what "makes sense" to you. The only thing that matters is how a term is used in English, if you're communicating with an English speaker. However it's used popularly IS the correct usage. If English speakers worldwide all decided tomorrow to start calling that region "Vulcan", then *that* would be the correct term for the region. Even better, if all English speakers suddenly decided to call that region "Europe", and to call what's now Europe "the Middle East", then *those* would be the correct terms.

So calling those areas "middle east" makes no sense, not even from the point of view of the USA (world map, not political).

Language isn't defined by geographers, it's defined by popular usage. Every language is borne out of the culture of its speakers, and reflects upon their culture and their worldview to a huge extent. This term has obviously come about because of the American worldview and its involvement in geopolitics. The term may not be what geographers would prefer, but there's a lot more to the world than strict geography, and the various people who have to deal with the people and cultures in that region are worried about a lot of things other than some lines on a map, or which piece of land technically sits on which continent or which tectonic plate.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 348

. If you just exported an image to JPEG with features that are unsupported by JPEG then those features will not be saved in the JPEG image and will be lost if you do not save to the application's native format.

Then it should at least tell me what features unsupported by JPEG (or, more commonly in my case, by PNG) have been changed since I opened the image.

Comment Re:For the BEST adblocker (& more vs. threats) (Score 1) 57

You make a big deal that browser-level blocking extensions are "usermode slower & increases messagepassing". But if a browser extension blocks a request, the CPU doesn't need to make a context switch to kernel mode in the first place. And good luck with your hosts files once ad networks start randomizing their servers' hostnames for every hit using wildcard CNAME records. Finally, and most relevantly to the article, good luck changing the hosts file on mobile devices without root privileges.

Comment Re:Pay per bit (Score 1) 286

Your suggested browser countermeasure: Have a server on a cheaper connection download the video.
Server countermeasure: The server could show the article only if the page view, the ad framework script view, and the video view came from the same IP address.
Possible browser countermeasure: Have a server on a cheaper connection download everything, run the scripts there, and forward them to the browser, as in Opera Mini.
Server countermeasure: Block the IP addresses of known such servers. Video streaming services already do this for VPNs used to evade territorial exclusivity. Or use rapid DOM updates that are efficient when run locally but create an inefficient level of traffic when the DOM changes are passed back and forth over the wire. Or quiz the user on the content of the video ad.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 2, Insightful) 477

If we would open drilling even more in the US and more publicly support fracking, we could never use another drop of middle eastern oil again.

Don't you dumbasses realize that we're using their oil so that when it runs out we'll still have ours left? Leaving our oil in the ground for as long as possible gives us a strategic advantage, and squandering that for short-term economic gain isn't "conservative," it's just goddamn fucking stupid!

Comment Re:The rising tide of Balassa-Samuelson (Score 1) 220

A sort of positive outcome of the ADHD jobjumping done by Corporate world is that eventually [after more countries' wages improve] there won't be any more people to pull that stunt with. It is going to be interesting when the whole world is at one pay level. But will that happen before robots take over.

If anything, at least subsaharan Africa will likely lose its reputation as a den of poverty.

Comment Hash the video (Score 1) 286

Then replace the hash function with one that always returns the correct answer.

Not if the hash is salted, such as including a unique ID in each copy of the video stream.

the thing is, the blockers have the advantage because the person who is doing the blocking has control over the machine.

And the server has control over what it requires before it will provide the key to decrypt an article past the first paragraph.

Comment Re:Opportunities are not equal for everyone (Score 2) 156

There is no lack of opportunity in STEM, especially computer programming. The barrier to entry is ridiculously low: all you need is a computer, which these days you can get for next to nothing if you get something used and old. You don't need teachers or mentors, you can learn everything on your own. A kid who really has an interest and wants to get into it can, as long as their parents support them.

The place where things really aren't equal and it really matters is in peoples' upbringing. Parents and society encourage little girls to believe they're Disney princesses and that math and tech work isn't for them. Girls are also trained to be much more social than little boys, and this also makes them avoid STEM careers which are not usually seen as highly social.

There's not much you can do about this, because it's a product of wider society, and also parenting. The only way you can change this is to ban parenting, and only have kids raised in government institutions like in Brave New World. And finally, trying to do things at, say, the high school level to address the inequity is way, way, way too late.

If everything is so equal as you claim then why do we see non-white people incarcerated at disproportionate rates?

That has absolutely nothing to do with why women don't go into STEM. That's a problem with socioeconomic trends that are hard to change, and also with ongoing racism in the law enforcement profession. This last one isn't going to change any time soon when police departments selectively weed out applicants who are too smart, and only want to hire dumb thugs.

Why do we see older people having trouble getting tech jobs even when they are well qualified for them?

You can blame that on the H1-B program, and of course the greed of employers. Cut the supply and the employers will be forced to shape up.

Why do we see a congress that doesn't even begin to resemble the demographics of the country?

The same socioeconomic trends that mean black people still are, on average, poorer than white people. The people in Congress look a lot like the people who run corporations; they're from mostly the same socioeconomic groups. There's a high correlation with racial and gender demographics there.

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