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Comment: Re:Soon (Score 1) 130

by doccus (#49799933) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites
T^he only one I ever heard of was avaxhome.. a very popular (and good!) Russian site (at least I think it's russian). I wouldn't be half surprised if all the others on that list are also Russian. How would an ISP block them, however? The only mechanism I know about would be DNS blocking, whenthe DNS server is supplied by the ISP.. Is there some new British trick where pages of certain sites could be selectively blocked? If so, how long before "politically sensitive" human rights pages would be blocked, or whistle blower pages? As I'm sure has already been said about this issue, this is the "thin edge of the wedge" ... and a very big wedge indeed.. ;-(

Comment: Re:Then let us sue the government! (Score 1) 83

by doccus (#49799179) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Patent Troll
So why is it that a patent for something that legitimately makes someone's lefe better, or puts food on the table, or saves lives such as a medical patent, is only 20 years anyways, when a copyright for somethijng that is, frankly, useless in the greater scheme of things, such as a film or song, is 70 +. How many songs have saved someone's life, or prevented starvation, or made life easier? All my years as a musician I never considered what I did had nearly as much value as a simple farmer, or inventor. Yet these creations have a copyright period longer thamn anyone will live, but a patent forea a life saving heart gadget will expire before they can even really make any money off it., seeing as testing is 15 years...

Comment: Re: Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 742

by doccus (#49776367) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
The money was NEVER used to "kick start" the economy.. and most of it NEVER got used for what it was intended. It was entirely the increased confidence of investors that shored up wall street. The middle income people that lost a third of their savings or investments, never got it back. Only the top 5% recouped their losses, and actually made record profits again..

Comment: Re:There is something to it, people are missing (Score 1) 742

by doccus (#49775955) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
That's a farce, trying to compare a country to a company. It's callous and crude. Countries don't exist to "make a profit" they exist to survive. And any terms that don't reflect that are written by the bank of Satan. There sure as hell is an afterlife, and you can bet that everybody will be judged using the SAME terms they extended to others. I can hardly wait to see it...

Comment: Incorrectly phrased question! (Score 1) 494

by doccus (#49744703) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers
Re: "...You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?" Nowhere in the question is the proviso "after which" or any condition of not using transport other than walking stated... as in " mile west, and one mile north AFTER WHICH you end up exactly where you started. Where are you?" So, as this was not stated, I could have hopped a plane from the landing point back to the start point. Not using transport might be "implied" in the question , but that's only a personal matter of interpretation. It's not actively forbidden. Furthermore, the question says "You're standing on the surface of the earth", in which could be argued that it is immediately ruling out the north pole, unless, of course, ICE is considered "the surface of the earth" . A geologist might be the one to ask this question to, if Ice is "the surface".. I suspect that this more lengthy response might be part of the answer Musk expected, because the "north pole" answer is so patently obvious that it, by itself , proves nothing intelligence wise !

Comment: Re:Try again... 4? (Score 1) 226

by doccus (#49600709) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down
Because, for tens of THOUSANDS of years, performers needed to be able to, you know, perform, in order to get paid.. WHen the phonograph first appeared the very thought of trying to make money from recordings was ludicrous. We (As a professional musician myselffor 40 years) used recordings as "advertisingt" to get people to comne to our shows. At 5 cents a record profiteering from recordings was considered absurd. The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and Allen Klein changed all that.. Nowadays, "artists" NEED to sell their recordinhgs because the big selling artists are talentless nimrods that can't even sing in tune without electronic help. The artists that CAN perform live, conversely, are the ones supporting musiuc sharing, almost to a one...

Comment: Re:Yet Apple can't port iOS apps to Macs? (Score 1) 223

by doccus (#49594591) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

Apple's position is not that you can't run an iOS app on your Mac. They provide an emulator for free with the development kit. Apple's position is that you generally don't want to run iOS applications except on a phone or tablet. They may be wrong (although there's a distinct lack of apps on my iPhone that would make sense on my desktop or laptop computers), but it's a conscious decision.

Sorry, but that "emulator" is a similator only.. It requires the original code of the app to run, and can't do anything but surf the web, the other "apps" are dummies. It's only applicatiion is to let devs see how their app would behave on an iOS device. It can't run external iOS apps. As far as wanting to run these apps on OSX, perhaps there's similar productivity apps for the OSX platform, but when it comes to games such as pinball, over 90% of the currently available ones are iOS only. Since the developers of many keep promising to port them to OSX, but never do, an emulator is currently the only optionsort of having several devices for all the games, short of an iOS layer in OSX..

Comment: Re: gosh (Score 1) 164

For the record, the United States is not the problem in Peurto Rico. They've held multiple referendums about independence, statehood, etc... They continue to choose the status quo each time, by a narrow margin. We've never even had the opportunity to address statehood in Congress because they've never gotten that far, and we can't force statehood OR independence down their throats. So maybe back off on that one.

Golly.. That is the very same argument Britain used about India, in the Victorian era.

Comment: Yet Apple can't port iOS apps to Macs? (Score 1) 223

by doccus (#49587531) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps
OK... smells of incompetence to me. For years they've been hinting of the ability to run iOS apps on OSX,m but it's always been implied it's too difficult. YEt Microsoft didn't seem to have any problem, and surely OSXs code can't be more imcompatible than Windows. Sheer incompetence.. and another reason to run Linux instead on my Mac..

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