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Comment: Re:Kudos, Bill (Score 1) 140

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46767705) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Glad to see there's someone out there that cares about privacy and is looking to do something about it!

Unless this was irony, no: Bill Gates doesn't care about privacy. He cares about profits.

All I see here is one company - Google - bringing misery to people with their surveillance equipment in disguise, and an individual trying to profit from the coming backlash. All in all, both are out to profit from you, but none have your interests at heart.

Comment: Overstating the case (Score 5, Insightful) 580

by kurisuto (#46761165) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

I don't think anyone claims that open-source software won't ever have security issues. The claim is that the open-source model tends to find and correct the flaws more effectively than the closed-source model, and that the soundness of the resulting product tends to be better on average.

One case does not disprove that. The key words there are "tends" and "on average".

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 4, Informative) 630

by belmolis (#46754099) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt
No. The heirs are not responsible for the debts of the estate. The debts are paid by the executor out of the assets of the estate. The heirs are paid out of what remains of the estate. If the debts exceed the assets, the heirs receive nothing, but they do not assume any part of the debt.

Comment: Re:Not getting funded. (Score 0) 157

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46750293) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

Flying cars are technically possible.

Flying cars however are not desirable for everyday drivers: they have a hard enough time managing 2 dimensions, we don't need them to occupy a third. So unless they're fully automatic in flight mode (with manual control disabled), flying cars can only be flown by trained pilot.

The market for pilots who want a plane that turns into a car is very small. That's why flying cars won't happen - not enough money in it.

The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work. -- Herbert V. Prochnow