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Comment Patterns of Access (Score 1) 292

There is a additional security hole here that I'd love to see a solution to-- how to hide your patterns of access. The NSA is every bit as interested in who is access what data, when and where, as it is in the contents of the data. If a person of interested has accessed an encrypted file, then other people who access that same file are also very interesting. The actual contents of the file may just be icing on the cake.

Comment Volume.. (Score 4, Informative) 352

I believe that. The older programmers that I know have a better sence of what is neccessary, what works, and what doesn't need to be done. The young guys out code them by number of lines, the old coders write much more code that survies for years and doesn't need to be rewritten six monthes from now.

Comment Re:Why directors shouldn't resist... (Score 1) 521

3D may be invevitable and unwise to resist, but that doesn't mean film makers should embrace it now. Let's face it, it took 30 years for the movies to really transition from B&W to color. Many great B&W movies were made after the color debut. For decades it made economic sense to stick with B&W. Likewise, until 3D cameras become cheap and convinient, it may be better for most filmmakers to skip it. In the long run 3D may win. But, if you want to make a film, it's better to make it with the tools at hand, then go the extra mile and expense to make it in 3D. How many movies really would benifit from 3D? Sure, the summer blockbusters will. And probably animated kids fare. How about a Romantic Comedy? A drama? I predict it will be a long time before a 3D film wins Oscar for best pic.

Comment Re:Well that's easy... (Score 1) 427

What ethical line is that? People paying different prices for goods based on how much they want them, is fundamental to capitalism, to supply and demand. There are ethical problems if you gouge; charge thousands of dollars to someone for a bottle of water when they are dehydrated and near death. How else should prices be set? Cost plus some socially approved mark up? What if you find that your goods are continually resold on e-Bay for a much greater price?

Comment Re:Cute robot (Score 2, Informative) 197

> "I've always wondered if I took a postcard, wrote someone's name and city to be delivered to, and gave it to a random person. Would it ever get there?"

That experiement has already be done. Read about Milgram's "Small World Experiement." It's the experiement that originated the phrase "Six Degrees of Separation." Milgram did a rigours version of "write a name and city on a post card and ask a random person to help deliver it."

Comment Summaries are filtered and modified. (Score 4, Informative) 171

The capital 'S' in Service means they are using their definition and not the dictionary.

At the beginning of the EULA you see that Service menas "Google's products, software, services and web sites"

So basically they are telling you that the data you get directly from Google may not be the raw unfiltered reality. And that makes sense. Google for anything if you want to see a filtered and modified view, although in this case it's a summary.

This sounds more like up front honesty than evil.

Comment Re:My take on the problem (Score 1) 753

On Fox, average crap earns over 10 million viewers. American Idol, for example, has over 24 million viewers. Recently Fox averaged 11.2 million viewers per show.

So, when a great show like Dollhouse has less than five million viewers, its time will be limited. Why would Fox be patient with it when they can quickly churn out another shock show that will probably get double the ratings?

The real lesson is 'Don't put quality on Fox' They are not in the business of selling quality.

Comment Re:VOD (Score 4, Insightful) 576

Yes. It is strange that people consider it normal for their show to be interrupted by attempts to sell crap. The internet shows us a better way-- attempts to sell us crap should happen on a banner down the side the show, or be integrated into the show, or as a pop-up over the show, or at the beginning of the show, or the end, or your show should be broken up into segments each with their own ads that force you to click 'next' before moving on, or via a voice over, or.... Thanks Internet!

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar