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Comment: Re:Wikipedia Never Bans Vandals? (Score 1) 57

by bill_mcgonigle (#47532143) Attached to: Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Looking into this, this ip address has been vandalising Wikipedia for over 4 years now...

C'mon, we're working hard enough to undo the "an IP address is a person" myth, to keep the government from smashing people who have shared wifi/tor exits/etc., without perpetuating it ourselves.

You'll notice a few helpful edits from staffers too - only most of them on Capitol Hill are psychopaths, not all of them. Probably the good editors already have accounts, though.

Comment: Re:I will invest in that. (Score 2) 104

by bill_mcgonigle (#47531247) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

But amazon has been telling "screw you" to investors ever since it went public in 1998. How long is their long term plan? The only reason investors are tolerating this is because the stock price has gone up as apparently there is no shortage of people who think that huge profits are just around the corner.

It's not quite that simple - there are profits at Amazon - they are just in certain divisions that are then funding the money-losing divisions.

Amazon takes a profitable business (remember when they sold BOOKS?) and makes it profitable, but takes those profits to invest in something crazy (like NOT BOOKS, or Kindle, or Prime) and then those divisions get profitable and the cycle repeats.

If Amazon ever wanted to stop growing as a company it could kill off the non-profitable divisions and show a dividend in short order. This is why the stock has value. Perhaps too much, but the entire market is in a bubble, so it's hard to dice which part of the stock price is which. In some ways stock prices are relative with an absurd floor.

Investors who have no appetite for such companies can - :gasp: - invest in other companies.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by bill_mcgonigle (#47522089) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

I cite every hellhole third world country in the world as my reference, where this is exactly what happens, with few exceptions

You're citing examples of corrupt governments as reasons why we need to have corrupt governments.

You have an extremely poor understanding of how power works.

See above.

Comment: Vaccine in the 2030's? (Score 1) 164

by bill_mcgonigle (#47522025) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

The story I read before this one was about a malaria vaccine that was developed in the early 90's, was known to be effective by '97, and has been awaiting approval since then, while ten million people died from the disease.

Really, though, it was only ten million families who had to lose their loved ones - that's a small price to pay for the paperwork being in order.

Comment: Re:OK MS bashers. (Score 2) 315

by bill_mcgonigle (#47520115) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

They tried that with FX-32 on Alpha (NT4). It wasn't worth it.

I think Nadella is talking about a unified codebase, like Apple with OSX/iOS and Linux/*BSD, heck even Solaris (a few poor saps are still using that - those with Stockholm Syndrome might even comment here). It's really unlikely that Microsoft will drop the ARM arch - there are too many opportunities there.

Say what you want, but Nadella seems to be making decisions like an engineer, not a fat marketing stooge or a conniving aspie beancounter.

Comment: Bicycles and Jets (Score 3, Insightful) 359

by bill_mcgonigle (#47517995) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

If you want to bring three hundred people half way around the world, don't try to do it on your bicycle.

If you enjoy bicycling far more than piloting a jumbo jet, then you should be in bicycling, not commercial aviation.

What, you don't like jumbo jets and nobody wants to pay you to ride a bicycle? Maybe you should invent the hyperloop or manage a B&B instead.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 186

by bill_mcgonigle (#47516457) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

I always wanted a backdoor in my browser.

I really did try searching for how this plugin retrieval works but must not have use the right search terms.

To stay license compliant *AND* safe, Mozilla should sign the modules as they become available, and Firefox should only download them if both Mozilla's and Cisco's signatures verify.

That being done, there's very little difference between Mozilla shipping the code to you as part of a Firefox update and having the browser fetch it afterwards.

But if Mozilla is _only_ trusting Cisco's signature, then, yeah, wow, holy cow, back a truck into it.

Links welcome.

Comment: Re:if you've voted R or D... (Score 1) 210

Nonsense. For example, if you voted for Ross Perot, you're directly responsible for the Republicans losing the White House.

That's silly - exit polls showed more Perot voters would have otherwise voted for Clinton than for Bush.

Either go back to your government as intended; that is to say, without political parties, or accept the fact that there are, in fact, political parties, and change your government setup to work with that.

That right there, though, is some good stuff.

Comment: Re:For those that don't know: (Score 2) 112

by bill_mcgonigle (#47495757) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

ICANN always argued that regulation / enforcement / policing of the registrars was not their job in response to complaints about many registrar's activities

Even if the activities are illegal (statute or Common Law)? If not ICANN, than who else? This is one of the problems with giving ICANN a monopoly.

"60 day hold/no registrar transfer period" after you renew your domain or change the name of any of your WHOIS contacts

Is that not disclosed in their Terms of Service or is it more like, "big boobs on TV so I didn't bother to read the agreement"?

Not saying it's not scummy, but scummy and fraud are different. If it's not in their ToS but they do it anyway, it's probably illegal as unlawful holding of property (some courts in some jurisdictions have recognized domains as property). Regardless, experienced ski instructors usually advise you're gonna have a bad time if you register with GoDaddy.

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