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Comment Re:I think there's a lot of misplaced hate here (Score 1) 271

It does not matter. One does not — or, rather, should not — have a right to forcibly alter other people's memories or perception of himself

Even if those perceptions are wrong? I'm not completely convinced you are grasping the long-term impacts here. If one single mistake can ruin your future life, with no hope for redemption, well, you've heard the saying "In for a penny, in for a pound"? Why stop at a small misdemeanor when you'll get the same effect (a ruined life) for murder?

The reason it might be a good idea to allow these to expire from search engines is because the internet has greatly improved the global recall. Previously, this sort of offense would only be known to you if you personally knew someone who knew the individual. These days, you can jump on google and find out all sorts of random things about any individual you get a name for... and the internet will always remember this!

I'm guessing that you think that you'll never end up on the wrong side of an accusation, or never have any incidents that affect your future employment recorded on the internet... With the growing surveillance and online records, I don't really share that same confidence, for either myself, *or* you.

Comment Re:bullshit meter is strong on this one (Score 1) 161

Where do you think the government gets it's income, information and technology from, if not private corps?

Fighting corporations is equally as important as the government here, especially as the US trends more and more towards an oligarchy.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 1067

That makes sense in natural language. Only math can't handle it, thus exemplifying math's inability to express real life situations that natural language handles without problem.

I've seen you repeat this phrase a few times now, but to paraphrase a good movie, I don't think it means what you believe it does.

The question make sense in natural languages only because natural languages rely on the listener to divine the speaker's intent. I.e., Natural languages handle this issue by being ambiguous most of the time. I'm not sure that being deliberately vague and unclear is quite the advantage you're wanting it to be. Ever tried reading legalese? The advantage of natural languages isn't the language... it's the human processing unit that has accumulated years of experience in how to communicate with the language.

Math can handle the question. It's just that most humans don't have enough interest or attention to detail to comprehend the answer...

Comment Re: Centralized on GitHub! LOL! (Score 1) 116

Same is true for subversion. In both cases you can develop and test your code and review your changes against what was last seen original copy. All the rest (preparing commits early so you can push them faster when connectivity is restored) is just a detail.

Depends on how you use commits and what you think they are for. As they say, the devil is in the detail... in this case, the area you've marked out probably contains enough room for the entirety of hell ;-)

The key advantage of git is that if the central server goes down, I can spin up a complete copy (using git itself, emails, or an existing open source git server) and restore a large portion of collaboration. Subversion can't do that.

Comment Re:What's with all the pitchforks? (Score 1) 208

The pitchforks came out primarily due to the original blog posting calling anyone who downloaded their OS without paying for it "cheaters". It seemed extremely two-faced of eOS, especially as their work is so dependent on the *free* hard work of the Linux eco system... yet they have the gal to accuse those who don't pay them of rorting the system.

Comment Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 1) 339

The parent's point is that double-taxation is unfair to the individual that balances & accumulates wealth. Because the mere act of holding on to that wealth (e.g., saving up for a house) incurs additional taxes, compared to the individual who keeps their credit cards maxed out and Bank savings at $0.

Comment Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (Score 1) 258

What about all of the customers not downloading that data, should they also pay for these upgrades?

Indeed they should.

But, there's nothing stopping an ISP from divying up the cost according to usage. In Australia, we have different data caps + plan speeds for exactly this purpose. I pay more for my internet with it's 500Gb download limit than my parents with their 70Gb download limit.

The problem with what's gone on with Netflix is that Comcast seems to be ignoring the fact that they were *already* paid (by their customers) to be able to stream Netflix at the promised speeds. Comcast is not delivering on that promise, and is now trying to deflect blame by asserting that it's not their fault Netflix traffic is flooding some crucial uplinks.

If Comcast couldn't support the advertised download rates *on average* for it's customers, they shouldn't have sold it to so many people...

Comment Re:Funny inability to see alternatives (Score 1) 469

Anyway, enough with the ranting. Uselessd is a fitting name. Even so, adopting it (or systemd) requires a change of philosophy, one that I am not willing to make. Linux (and UNIX in general) is supposed to be an open system with a intelligible interface. Hell, all init is supposed to do is run a shell script! It is not supposed to be this big binary blob that only takes up memory. Memory that I could be using for other things, like say, run sendmail...

Hehe. I had a good chuckle that "run sendmail" is in the sentences just following "Linux (and UNIX in general) is supposed to be an open system with a intelligible interface."

From the horrors that are sendmail config, it sounds like there is already some wiggle room in that philosophy :-)

Comment Re:*Dons asbestos suit* (Score 2) 1262

That screenshot might make a wonderful conspiracy theory if it wasn't full of obvious holes.

Why isn't she logged in? Because she didn't take a local screenshot, she probably used an ONLNE screenshot service (e.g., snapito.com)

Why wasn't there a search query filled in? Because she used a direct user link... you know, twitter.com/[user]

Why was the screenshot taken so quickly after the last message? Because she'd just had a previous 3 MINUTES of detailed information including her address and her parents address sent to her with threats of bodily harm.

Why only 10 tweets? Because the account was a throw-away. Who would deliberately write that type of harassment with an account they intended to keep using?

I love a good conspiracy theory, but quite frankly I could find more support for Hitler being a time-traveller from the future than the one your touting here.

Comment Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 739

The other thing that seems to be frequently lost in these "Linus acting off" articles is how few and far between his rants actually are. We see 1, perhaps 2 of these a year? And as near as I can tell practically *all* of his discussions are on public mailing lists.

I suspect most readers getting all hot and bothered over Linus's response on the kernel mailing list probably missed the fact he went and raised a GCC bug on the issue, and seemed to have a perfectly reasonable interaction with the GCC developers: https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/s...

Comment Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (Score 1) 749

> Those corporations/individuals are just acting rationally within that system.

For a short-term definition of rationality. Taxes are not an arbitrary amount of money that goes to some higher power. It is something *you* pay, in order to ensure the upkeep of common infrastructure & services that you rely on.

These days, corporations seem to be focused exclusively on their remote shareholders, to the complete detriment of the economy and society that hosts & provides them with public utilities, law and other institutions the corporation needs. It is effectively turning these companies into a feudal system (e.g., the Google Bus), as only people working directly for the company receive any benefit from the company's success.

Backed up the system lately?