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Comment: Re:Market Share in 2019? (Score 0) 367

by bmo (#48423531) Attached to: Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

while threatening to jump ship to a browser they can't even customize at all.

You can't possibly be talking about Google's browser.

Chromium is properly FOSS.


Chrome itself is closed source, but Google really does an awful lot for the FOSS community.

The browsers you truly can't customize consist of the likes of IE and Opera.

petty little complaints

I've been an open source user/abuser and proponent going on 20 years now. It's stuff like this that make me think that if you're an actual Firefox dev, you need to GTFO right now before your toxic attitude spreads.


Comment: Re:I think (Score 5, Insightful) 307

by bmo (#48420317) Attached to: Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Product liability never results in anyone being actually responsible for the death going to jail or huge penalties.

A multinational might> pay out a couple of million in product liability, but then it will just be chalked up to the cost of doing business.

If the multinational is a defense contractor (BAE, Raytheon, Lockheed, General Dynamics, etc), it will all be swept under the rug and more money will be thrown at the contractor to "fix" it.

That's the reality.


Comment: Re:don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

You'd be surprised how many felonies and misdemeanors they could find on your phone. If they find anything suggesting you committed a crime, they can make your life hell for quite a while. This affects everybody.

You know those pill organizers, because you're taking so many drugs each day (heart, etc)?

If you carry around prescription drugs without the actual bottle without the actual sticker, it's a felony. This actually happened to one of the members of my DBSA group.

No, you do *not* have permission to search my bag, Mr. Officer.


Comment: Re:Standard Document Retention Policy (Score 1) 190

by bmo (#48269603) Attached to: Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

The county had to buy a spare server and restore each monthly tape to it and manually pick out the email messages

It's a fucking computer. How do you not even try to automate stuff like that? How stupid do you have to be to not even write a script, but sit there and fucking vgrep everything?

The cost was not because of the documents being requested or that the county kept the records too long, the cost was that their IT department is run by retards.


Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 242

by bmo (#48254325) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

It's fashionable to complain about the replaced start menu in Win 8.

It wasn't just that, it was all the touch shit crammed into a desktop OS that failed to work well with a mouse and keyboard. Ballmer et al., were chasing after the "golden fleece" of a "universal interface" by j-j-j-jamming touch into desktops/laptops. They thought that mobile interface on desktops would work better than desktop interface on mobiles (XP tablet edition, to be specific).

They're finding out that people use different form factors in different ways/use cases and that the interface should follow the use and form factor.

Winidiots swear up and down that Linux "will never be ready for grandma." I have to tell you that from personal experience "grandma" hates 8 more than any Linux desktop environment.


Comment: Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (Score -1, Flamebait) 179

by bmo (#48254157) Attached to: FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

AT&T doesn't want to throttle these people just to limit their effect on the network. AT&T wants them to leave and never come back.

Then they should have never sold "unlimited" plans and your friend was an idiot for not having tiered pricing.

Have a nice day.


Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 1) 475

by bmo (#48190499) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

So the "'net neutrality" rules every idiot is screaming for means that ISPs will be required to scan for and block this from being transmitted over their networks. Because it's not "lawful content".


Net Neutrality is all about classifying the ISPs as what the other telecom and freight companies are: common-carriers.

Verizon, as a telephone company, doesn't censor "illegal" voice traffic, does it? They do not, last I checked. That's because Verizon is a common-carrier and is not held liable for telephone content over its wires. UPS is not held liable for a pound of weed being shipped through its system, either, because they are a common-carrier. Being held not liable is exchanged for the duty they have to not discriminate against customers and traffic for the common good.

Back in the day of the local BBS being your ISP, system operators could discriminate against abusive/disruptive/trolling users (we wanted that freedom, because resources were tight) being able to ban users/delete traffic. Because BBSes were classified as "information services" (as ISPs are classified right now), holding a kind of editorial power, we fought against common-carrier classification because it would have been onerous. But once a sysop exercised editorial power he/she was held liable for illegal/defamatory/copyright-infringing content hosted on the drives.

Like what happened to Rusty&Edie's.

ISPs have grown beyond the local BBS for well over a decade-and-a-half and ISPs are no longer "editorial." They have become common-carriers in everything but name, and the ISPs like TimeWarner/Cox/Comcast/Charter, etc, want to have their cake and eat it too - they want to be able to discriminate various kinds of traffic and retain editorial power while being not held liable for that traffic.

Sorry, no, they don't get to do that. They are now common-carriers and should be classified that way.

And that's what Net Neutrality is all about.


Comment: Re:Terrific counter to Monsanto's herbicide messag (Score 1, Interesting) 308

by bmo (#47989733) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

In contrast, companion planting is mixing your crop (e.g. beans + carrots together) so that they work together.

That's not Kosher according to Leviticus 19:19.

Why aren't there "conservative" christians whining about this?


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