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Comment: no help (Score 1) 79

by frovingslosh (#48937399) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

You don't help Alibaba by pointing out what they already know. I'm certainly not going to defend the Electronic Bay of Thieves' business pratices, but Alibaba has built their business on telling you that you are dealing with crooks. They go to great lengths to warn you that the people they hook you up with are not trustworthy and that they will hold your money in escrow for you, while warning you never to deal with the seller directly. Then, when you get cheated, they always side with the seller.

Don't try to kid us that they didn't know crooked things like fraud merchandise is going on. Only in the case of Alibaba it is as likely to be counterfeit SD memory cards or chips as it is to be designer fashions.

Comment: I question the ZX-81 claim (Score 1) 202

by frovingslosh (#48921645) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record
I never before heard a claim that the ZX-81 held a record, and I don't believe that it did. Back in the 70's (1975 or 1976) I received a copy of a chess program from Fairchild for their F8 computer prototype board, It fit in 1K of 8 bit memory (sorry, I don't remember how many bytes were left over, if any). I don't remember if it could under-promote, but I'm pretty sure that it could castle and allowed en-peasant moves. This was a novel and interesting microcomputer (the CPU didn't even have a program counter - but the memory management chip did!) and it certainly wasn't popular with hobbyists (although it was used in the Fairchild Channel F video game that came to market before the Atari 2600), but they did sell some $100 prototype boards and I bought one, mainly because I was so impressed by the 1K chess program.

Comment: Ain't DRM great? (Score 2) 465

Game companies have been doing lots to negate the right of first sale for quite a while. But this is different. They created a product then didn't like how some sellers were taking advantage of arbitraging how they bought it. Rather than try to deal with the retailers legally (if they even had a legal option), they decided to just punish innocent customers who have no good way to know all of the details of the Ubisoft wholesale and retail structure. Good for you Ubisoft, thanks for driving another nail into the damn DRM coffin. Do this enough and maybe the sheep will learn not to buy DRM products. (Yea, I don't really believe that the public is smart enough to learn, but I can hope.)

Comment: bigger problem (Score 2) 165

by frovingslosh (#48866099) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?
We all know that IE is tightly integrated into Windows and the two can never be separated Microsoft testified to that under oayh, and we all know that they would never lie to the court or congress. So making IE open source would demand that Windows be open source. Clearly Microsoft can't open source Windows, so they will have to keep IE closed source too. That's too bad, because I was looking forward to that piece of crap working it's way into other projects.

Comment: Phase 1 (Score 3, Interesting) 382

by frovingslosh (#48857035) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN
This is just Phase 1. Once this is in place then in Phase 2 if you ever use any service that uses https then you must be trying to hide something and so they can take all of your data. Same for any other use of encryption, you might be a criminal or terrorist hiding something. And if you ever send anything through the mail in a sealed envelope, well you must be a criminal trying to hide stuff.

Comment: Re:In "Real-Time"? (Score 0) 121

So you are trying to tell us that they not only recorded this thing that occurred in "the span of a millisecond" but they also understood and were able to take actions on it while it was still going on? I don't buy it, any more than I buy that the previous millisecond events were recorded after they arrived at the Earth rather than when they arrived at Earth.

Comment: US Ego (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by frovingslosh (#48845269) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

Cuba is NOT about to make any big changes. At least not unless the man who has been busy trying to destroy this country by Executive Action decides to prop up the Communist Government at our expense. The idea that Cuba has been suffering from an isolationist policy imposed by the United States is bogus. We were (somewhat) cut off from Cuba by our government, but we are only one country. Canada and most of the rest of the world has still been trading with them. Sure, Cubans drive around old American cars from the 50's, but they keep them running and keep fueling them with imported gasoline. Other countries would be glad to sell them newer cars, it is just that when you have a communist mindset keeping the economy depressed, no one has the money to buy new modern expensive cars.

Sure, they might sell Americans some cigars, although there has been a supply of them coming in through Canada already. They will not be selling us sugar, but not because of any real barrier. Rather because of a completely artificial barrier, Cubans who moved to Florida when Castro took power have gotten laws in place that impose such high tariffs on imported sugar that we can't import it, and we have higher prices on Sugar than the rest of the world, with all of that money going into the pockets of a few politically powerful Cubans in America who grow sugar and trickling down to the politicians they buy to keep the system in place.

Cuba is going to see a little bump in tourism, at least while the novelty is still there, but it will not be that much or make a big impact, they already have tourism from the rest of the world and from Americans going there through Canada who show their American passports and ask that they not be stamped to avoid problems back home. We will still over pay for sugar compared to the rest of the world and have tariffs that keep us from importing it from Cuba.

Comment: We have bigger problems (Score 1, Insightful) 83

by frovingslosh (#48840743) Attached to: What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola
If people in other countries have and put up with corrupt governments, and go out and kill and eat "bush meat" and get Ebola, that's too bad but we have our own corrupt politicians here, I don't see how we can take on correcting theirs when we can even correct ours. And we have the flu virus in this country, and even with our first world hospitals and our Obama-care the flu is killing more people in America than Ebola is killing in the entire world. Yet I don't see Obama sending the Army to help out when one of my friends gets the flu. Perhaps we should realize that we are no longer the largest economy in the world (China is, although I think we still give them "foreign aid", and do that with money that Obama borrows from China!) and start trying to solve some of our own problems rather than playing World Doctor and World Cop and World Missionary and World Peacekeeper.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke