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Comment Defining "Progress"... (Score 1) 275

"...If true, it's not just the end of Moore's Law, but a rolling back of the progress it made over the last fifty years."

While Moore's Law was fun to watch and experience while it lasted, this is a bit of a slap in the face when defining progress.

It's kind of like trying to define the transition from the gas-guzzling muscle car era to the fuel-efficient compact car era as rolling back progress.

Regardless of the finite resource, there's plenty of good reasons for humans to be consuming less of it.

Comment Re:Hack proof? (Score 1) 52

How many times have we heard this over the years. To be truly hack proof it'll have to be a quantum system. Is it? Doesn't look like it.

The real question should be when will companies learn that using terms like "hack proof" will result in an exponentially shorter life span for their "secure" product.

At least enjoy some vetting and success in the wild before making such claims, because if you're smart you already fucking know the inevitable will happen.

Comment Re:Remove the motivator and you'll fix this. (Score 1) 662

The topic that Cleese raised was the intolerance of satire on campus, which has nothing to do with lawsuits.

He was addressing a growing problem and an infectious attitude towards being "offended." A campus is a good place to start, since that infectious mentality spreads into society from there.

Comment Re:The bullshit Capitalist "threat". (Score 1) 136

"...If Popcorn Time is Hollywood's worst nightmare, Torrents Time is trying to make sure Hollywood can't wake up."

Alright, enough of this bullshit. Everyone listen up. There are more than enough consumers on this planet to accommodate the greedy executives who run the capitalist corporations, as well as accommodating those who don't feel like paying them a damn dime.

Let's put it this way. How many sales records did the latest Star Wars movie crush in a matter of weeks? I rest my case. Now kindly STFU already about capitalism being killed by piracy. It's not happening nor is it ever going to, and the last fucking thing the lawyers need are the geeks themselves confirming this lie in order to justify more Orwellian anti-piracy laws.

So you have no problem stealing things so long as there are enough other people subsidizing it that the creators don't actively lose money? Congratulations, you're a mooch and a jackass.

It's really simple. If someone makes something and gives it away, fine, don't pay. If someone makes something and gives it away but asks for donations if you liked it, fine, don't pay if you don't want to. But if someone makes something that you want to see/use/whatever, and decides to charge money for it, then that's the fee to see/use/whatever. Oh, the price is more than you want to pay? Too bad, go without (note that we're talking about entertainment products and software, not stuff like food and shelter) or find an alternative. Why are you so special that everyone else has to pay, but not you? Oh, you're sticking it to the man by being a freeloader? Please. Get back with me once you've grown up a little bit.

Or, if you legitimately are too poor to spend a few bucks on a movie now and again, you probably have much bigger problems, and I wonder how you afford Internet access and a computer/smartphone to post on Slashdot.

OK, to reduce your propensity to ASS-U-ME here, I pay for my media, and can easily afford a movie every now and then. Hell, I still buy CDs and prefer physical media due to all the damn tracking and monitoring that goes with every online service. And yes, this means I can easily afford a computer and internet access, in case you were somehow worried I was broadcasting homeless under a bridge down by the river.

The issue I have here is the punishment not fitting the crime, which is the case most of the time. It's akin to putting the recording industry in charge of traffic violations and charging $20,000 for a speeding ticket. Only the criminals in charge would think that's a "fair" punishment.

Comment Re:Cavalier attitudes about theft (Score 1) 136

...I suspect you're not as cavalier about theft when it's your property -- intellectual or otherwise -- that's stolen.

When my car is stolen, I'm not going to stand in front of Congress petitioning for every new car to be outfitted with Federally-mandated GPS trackers and demand 15-year minimum mandatory sentencing for all car thieves.

I suspect you missed that main point and key difference here. Yes, theft is a crime. Yes, it should be punished. No way in hell do the punishments fit the crime in most cases. To revert to the car analogy again, if the MPAA/RIAA were in charge of traffic violations, a speeding ticket would cost you $20,000, as they rake in hundreds of billions in profit while crying loudly in public that speeding violations are going to ruin driving for everyone. It's fucking asinine.

It's not the crime I'm against. It's the criminals in charge of punishment.

Comment The bullshit Capitalist "threat". (Score 5, Insightful) 136

"...If Popcorn Time is Hollywood's worst nightmare, Torrents Time is trying to make sure Hollywood can't wake up."

Alright, enough of this bullshit. Everyone listen up. There are more than enough consumers on this planet to accommodate the greedy executives who run the capitalist corporations, as well as accommodating those who don't feel like paying them a damn dime.

Let's put it this way. How many sales records did the latest Star Wars movie crush in a matter of weeks? I rest my case. Now kindly STFU already about capitalism being killed by piracy. It's not happening nor is it ever going to, and the last fucking thing the lawyers need are the geeks themselves confirming this lie in order to justify more Orwellian anti-piracy laws.

Comment Remove the motivator and you'll fix this. (Score 3, Insightful) 662

John is obviously right about people being hypersensitive, but him talking to people isn't going to do fuck-all about the problem.

And the problem isn't that we're suddenly oversensitive towards each other, or that some specific generation or age group perpetuates it.

No, the REAL fucking problem here is that humans can sue the living shit out of other humans for nothing more than being "offended", and those cases are winning in courtrooms. THAT is the real problem here.

And the fix is simple. Remove the element of reward (monetary gain) for being "offended", and you'll suddenly find humans aren't so damn sensitive towards each other anymore. Anything short of doing this is pointless and not identifying the real problem.

And yes, once again, we have our greedy, corrupt legal system to thank for this bullshit.

Comment Re:Apple is doomed (Score 1) 428

Not sure why I am bothering to reply to an AC, but ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

$76B in revenue and $18B in profit in the LAST QUARTER.

For a doomed company, that ain't bad. If you disagree, please point out another company that made more profit in 2016. Hint, that's rhetorical, there isn't one.

Apple may need "another killer device" to continue to grow to that predicted "1 trillion dollar company". But holy fuck, how is not going from the biggest market cap in the world to the even biggerest market cap in the world "doomed"?

Exactly. 90% of companies would kill for Apples worst performance. It's going to be a long damn time before anyone has even the right to declare a company as large as Apple as "dead".

$150 billion in cash reserves tends to give you that flexibility.

Let's put this another way. Apple products are 80% marketing and 20% technology. The only "killer" Apple needs to sustain is marketing peer pressure, which clearly hasn't been hard for them. In fact, they're the best in the world at it.

Comment Re:Time for a "broadband" test. (Score 1) 521

Honest question - Besides updates or torrents, when do you regularly exceed 10Mbs? I host 6 moderately used servers, have a house with multiple users, and before watching any Netflix tonight...

Well, I was wondering when you were going to identify what comprises the majority of traffic demand today, to include your own house.

Next time you want to discuss broadband requirements, try not to throw the damn elephant in the room yourself and then stand there and deny it exists.

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