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Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 5, Insightful) 304

by dhammabum (#47052067) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

OK, I'll bite - so just because other countries abuse people's rights, that makes the abuse of the US courts and government OK? The point is: most other countries abusing such rights don't hypocritically pretend to be "the land of the free." Except the UK, of course. Once this may have been true for the US but that time has long gone.

Comment: Re:It's a fucking cockroach (Score 1) 512

by dhammabum (#45066799) Attached to: Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

Not always. We once lived in an inner-city neighbourhood with a high cockroach population. Didn't matter how clean we were (and we were clean, plugged holes in walls, made sure there was no water, etc) they still came in just from population pressure. Not much you can do if they crawl up through the drains.

Comment: Re:Fail To See The Point (Score 1) 116

by dhammabum (#42110265) Attached to: Dual Interface Mobile Devices To Address BYOD Issue

This happens all the time. Not so much selling the info to competitors but sales people taking their client's info when they leave the company, often to go work for a competitor. There is also people losing their phones along with corporate data. Best that data never leave the premises.

Comment: Re:UN takeover must be stopped? (Score 1) 454

by dhammabum (#40176659) Attached to: UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns

I was being facetious - every government wants to control whatever they can. While I would rather no one controls the Internet, and having Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran guiding matters would be disastrous, it is probably only a matter of time when the game will be over, the Internet becomes just another tool of governments and corporations, and we'll all have to go home. I do despair....

Comment: open standards for hardware (Score 5, Informative) 46

by dhammabum (#40105789) Attached to: Why Open Compute Is a Win For Rackspace

They have some really good ideas for rack/server design - eg they reckon they are getting 34% power saving by supplying 12V DC to buses in the racks so servers don't need individual power supplies and with improved cooling paths.

Manufacturers won't standardise unless they are pushed like rackspace is doing. This is a big advance.

Comment: Re:MPAA / RIAA Astroturfers Unite! (Score 1) 219

by dhammabum (#39708063) Attached to: Aussie Case Unlikely To Solve Piracy Riddle In Fast Broadband World

Really? You think all these pro-*AA comments are genuinely held views? And knowing the pathetic efforts the *AAs make to twist the debate? It makes a lot of sense to me astroturfing would be their next attack point. Though I agree, /. is an unlikely venue, but they are so clueless, they could easily waste effort here. Though not money, apparently. ;-)

Comment: MPAA / RIAA Astroturfers Unite! (Score 1) 219

Funds dried up since Microsoft has pulled out of the astroturf market? Want penalty rates for having to endorse such appalling subjects? Join the AWU, the Astroturf Workers Union, and at least get decent pay for your perfidy. Our charter: "We're not doing it for the money, we're doing it for a shitload of money!" (apologies to Mel Brooks)

Comment: Re:Couldn't get pass the picture of the unibrow (Score 1) 46

by dhammabum (#39504457) Attached to: Taking Down DNSChanger: A First Person Account

This is an insult to all inter-ocularly hirsute techs everywhere. We who sport the unibrow (or monobrow as it is known in Australia) - all look up to Mr Vixie, and I myself am proud to have been compared to Mr Twit of Roald Dahl's inspiring book, "The Twits" fame.

Such comments are just jealousy, I suppose.

Comment: you haven't thought this through (Score 1) 173

by dhammabum (#39435729) Attached to: Supreme Court Limits Patents Based On Laws of Nature

It would be chaos if natural laws or facts were patentable. Imagine a researcher discovers some new natural law governing a particular biochemical transformation occurring in white blood cells. They patent the discovery, then demand payment from each person having white blood cells that exhibit this law for a license to use the law. Preposterous.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.

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