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Comment: And this is why Open Source is goodness (Score 1) 87

by rsborg (#47906411) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Plenty of time to switch to Firefox. Probably they'll keep offering 32-bit for a while yet, and when they stop a third-party project will come along that will, a la TenFourFox.

All hail open source - Chrome is not (completely) open source, Firefox is. Google doesn't want or care if you want 64bit (or don't want it).

Comment: Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (Score 1) 171

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#47902721) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

It depends on what you need to do, and what you know about it.

If you are not willing to walk away from it, on short notice? Then buying nothing is wise.

The trick about big financing is that you don't own a house - a bank owns you. Your on their plantation.

If you didn't barter or pay cash, you are on Massah's rules, Massah's time.

Comment: Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (Score 1) 171

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#47902695) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Yes. Enjoy 15-30 years of BEARABLE slavery. But you OWN something... Just ask the taxman.

You have Stockholm syndrome - and don't recognize it. You should read about Edward Bernays, some time - before lashing out in pseudo-moral rage against a proposition who's arguments you fo not actually comprehend.

Comment: Re:The Curse of Geolocation Strikes Again! (Score 1) 4

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#47902661) Attached to: Android International

Crazy, isn't it?

Evidently, there is some unwritten law that states that Geolocation by IP address shall override any and all set preferences by the user on their device, and ignore any possibility that barring or redirecting the user makes no sense.

The tyranny of location! Don't worry. They have a fix for that with TPP and TTIP. ;-)

One law to rule them all, one law to bind them...

Comment: Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (Score 4, Insightful) 171

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#47898465) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Lem was critical of Government, of official bureaucracy - whether public or private.

He never singled out the US as a specific target, and could be construed as subtly/subversively anti-authoritarian, in ways that were passable by the Communist governments of Poland and USSR.

The US is now no different than those. We just have Nike Fuel bands, and two cars in front of our debt-bondage. Whoops! I mean home.

Comment: Re: Why should it NOT exist? (Score 3, Insightful) 119

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#47897287) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Governments and corporations are fictional persons. They have no "moral consciousness" of any kind, outside of rhetorical and ideological fantasy.

So, this will not be a question of moral or immoral use. It will be amoral, in the hands of those who have advanced themselves through manipulation of the aforementioned ideological rhetoric.

You continue to believe that there is hope for this modern, post-industrial society. But there is none. We as people have increased the sophistication of our tools and our reach - just as relentlessly as we have avoided the refinement of our own beings.

In the end you don't get Star Trek. You don't even get Starship Troopers. You get Scanner, Darkly And hope there is Valis.

Comment: TV used to be a social medium (Score 2) 102

by rsborg (#47894387) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

I posit that the rise of Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and the like allowed people to share and discuss about things they actually care about, rather than TV shows or even movies. Hell, I spend more time on /. than watching TV - and I'm increasingly feeling like most of my family is the same (not on /., but you get the picture).

For those who still watch TV, TiVo and Netflix have set the standards too high for many to really give a crap about last century's TV model anymore.

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -- Elbert Hubbard

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