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Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 473

by bill_mcgonigle (#48186731) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Then you're not exactly a rational being; you're just a barbarian.

Right!

Hopefully you get thrown in jail/fined, and hopefully you learn your lesson.

And then it goes off the rails, calling for vengeance.

Statists are just one ladder rung up from barbarians, painting a thin veneer of excuses over group-backed violence. Take the next few steps and learn about peace-based alternatives! It's the means, not the ends, that determine whether an act is just - this can be easily proven with reason.

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - MK Gandhi

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 4, Informative) 360

by bill_mcgonigle (#48180103) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

It's general knowledge in typography that Helvetica is the most legible typeface. Low-resolution devices present challenges that keep that from being true, so adaptations had to be made.

Of course, pretty soon if you want security updates you'll have to accept Helvetica, even on your low-resolution device. But you should stop being such a loser with a three-year-old computer and give Apple some more money.

Maybe they'll have "Mac Mode" ready for the iPhone by then.

Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 4, Interesting) 517

by bill_mcgonigle (#48170467) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

And...that is where binary logging should stay, until it can be eliminated entirely.

I don't even know why I'd care if systemd uses a binary representation internally, as long as it can give me human-readable logs with only text tools.

Only showing binary logs with systemd tools is a misfeature of the type "exposing the implementation". Userland requires a UI, and it's bad UI, and frankly bad Unix.

Now then, I hear you can somehow configure systemd to echo a copy of its logs to rsyslog. But, and maybe I'm just a fool with poor GoogleFu, but I tried for a couple hours to get this working and only found company for misery on the mailing lists.

If any systemd fans can point us to a quick-n-easy HOWTO on getting text [r]syslog working under systemd, then by all means shut a few of us up. Tell us how there's plenty of documentation too, we'll all hang our heads and wander away.

Comment: Re:also applies to flash and acrobat (Score 4, Interesting) 111

by bill_mcgonigle (#48160945) Attached to: Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

That's why we all have flashblock, right?

This is actually a problem. I've been running Flashblock, then NoScript, for probably 8 if not 10 years. The problem was well-known then, and Google and Netscape (and Safari?) did something about it a year or two ago.

I miss the days when browser vendors weren't afraid to rapidly innovate and take bold, important steps. For all that time, the Internet was much, much less safe for their cowardice.

Comment: Re:USA 1969 (Score 5, Interesting) 314

Only if you believe BLS numbers. Their latest "basket" offsets the inflationary impact of wheat doubling and heating fuel and beef quadrupling by counting in the rapid fall in prices of flat-screen TV's.

That's not how inflation was measured in 1969, but it's better for the politicians this way.

Comment: Re:Isn't this what Netflix OpenConnect is for? (Score 5, Informative) 204

by bill_mcgonigle (#48138543) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Could someone explain why all of this is an issue, when Netflix seems to be giving away their OpenConnect CDN boxes for free, so that ISPs can cache most of the Netflix traffic inside their own network?

Verizon has a competing (to some extent, anyway) video service. Their incentives have been aligned to make Netflix bad for customers.

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